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Friday, August 1

AWB announces additional candidate endorsements

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business has endorsed 12 additional candidates running for the Washington State Legislature. The endorsements are for candidates in races with only one or two individuals vying for a seat. They follow the automatic endorsements given earlier this year to 43 incumbent candidates who received an 80 percent or better voting record with AWB.

“After meeting with these candidates and reviewing their backgrounds, it was clear they are committed to supporting policies that will improve Washington’s business environment,” said Gary Chandler, AWB’s vice president of government affairs. “Parts of Washington are emerging from recession, but the recovery has been slow and uneven. We need people in Olympia who understand that decisions legislators make impact all employers, big and small, urban and rural alike. In many cases, these are people who own their business, but in every case they are people who demonstrated a strong understanding of the issues facing employers and their communities.”

The association’s full review of the 2014 Legislative session, including the vote record for the House, Senate and governor, is available online. The complete list of candidates who received automatic endorsements is available here.

Additional candidates receiving endorsement:

District Position Name
Name
Party
2
Rep. Pos. 1
Graham Hunt R
4 Rep. Pos. 2
Josh Arritola R
12
Rep. Pos. 1
Cary Condotta R
13
Rep. Pos. 1 Tom Dent
R
15
Rep. Pos. 2 David Taylor
R
17
Rep. Pos. 1
Lynda Wilson R
25
Rep. Pos. 1 Melanie Stambaugh 
R
26
Rep. Pos. 2 Michelle Caldier R
28
Rep. Pos. 1 Richard (Dick) Muri 
R
30
Senator
Mark Miloscia R
30
Rep. Pos. 1 Jack Dovey R
39
Rep. Pos. 2
Elizabeth Scott
R


About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,100 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.

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