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Monday, August 22

AWB announces 2016 legislative candidate endorsements

Employers back candidates for state Legislature based on association’s voting record

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has granted automatic endorsements to 48 members of the Washington State Legislature based on their voting record on business issues.

"Building a strong economy in every part of the state requires legislators that understand what employers need to thrive and create jobs,” AWB Vice President, Government Affairs Gary Chandler said. “Our endorsements today represent legislators that have been mindful of how policies considered before the Legislature help or hurt the state’s competitiveness. We hope our voting record allows future lawmakers to understand what matters to the state’s risk-takers – entrepreneurs – as they work alongside their communities to create an economy that works for everyone."

The following candidate endorsements are the result of a months-long process based on member input on legislation considered during the 2016 legislative session. Incumbents with an 80 percent or higher voting record with the association receives an automatic endorsement.

District
Position
Name
Party
2
State Rep. Pos. 2
JT WIlcox
R
2
State Senator
Randi Becker
R
4
State Rep. Pos. 1
Matt Shea
R
4
State Rep. Pos. 2
Bob McCaslin
R
4
State Senator
Mike Padden
R
5
State Rep. Pos. 1
Jay Rodne
R
6 State Rep. Pos. 2
Jeff Holy
R
7
State Rep. Pos. 1
Shelly Short
R
7
State Rep. Pos. 2
Joel Kretz
R
8
State Rep. Pos. 1
Brad Klippert
R
8
State Rep. Pos. 2
Larry Haler
R
9
State Rep. Pos. 1
Mary Dye
R
9
State Rep. Pos. 2
Joe Schmick
R
9 State Senate
Mark Schoesler
R
10
State Rep. Pos. 1
Norma Smith
R
10
State Rep. Pos. 2
Dave Hayes
R
10 State Senator
Barbara Bailey
R
12
State Rep. Pos. 1
Cary Condotta
R
13
State Rep. Pos. 1
Tom Dent
R
13
State Rep. Pos. 2
Matt Manweller
R
14
State Rep. Pos. 1
Norm Johnson
R
14
State Rep. Pos. 2
Gina McCabe
R
14
State Senator
Curtis King
R
15
State Rep. Pos. 1
Bruce Chandler
R
16
State Rep. Pos. 2
Terry R. Nealey
R
17
State Rep. Pos. 2
Paul Harris
R
18
State Rep. Pos. 1
Brandon Vick
R
18
State Rep. Pos. 2
Liz Pike
R
18
State Senator
Ann Rivers
R
20
State Rep. Pos. 1
Richard DeBolt
R
20
State Rep. Pos. 2
Ed Orcutt
R
20
State Senator
John Braun
R
25
State Rep. Pos. 1
Melanie Stambaugh
R
26
State Rep. Pos. 1
Jesse L. Young
R
26
State Rep. Pos. 2
Michelle Caldier
R
28
State Rep. Pos. 1
Richard (Dick) Muri
R
28
State Senator
Steve O'Ban
R
30
State Rep. Pos. 1
Linda Kochmar
R
31
State Rep. Pos. 1
Drew Stokesbary
R
35
State Rep. Pos. 1
Dan Griffey
R
35
State Rep. Pos. 2
Drew C. MacEwen
R
39
State Rep. Pos. 1
Dan Kristiansen
R
39
State Senator
Kirk Pearson
R
41
State Senator
Steve Litzow
R
42
State Rep. Pos. 1
Luanne Van Werven
R
42
State Rep. Pos. 2
Vincent Buys
R
44
State Rep. Pos. 2
Mark Harmsworth
R
47
State Rep. Pos. 1
Mark Hargrove
R
AWB’s 2016 Legislative Review and Vote Record will be available in September. The association will make additional legislative endorsements later next month.


In addition, AWB offered early candidate endorsements of Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, and Rep. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, both running for their district Senate seats, and Rep. Teri Hickel, R-Federal Way, running for re-election to the House.

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 8,000 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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