October 14, 2019
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North Whidbey farmer Ron Muzzall emerges as top pick to replace Bailey

Republican precinct officers from the 10th Legislative District have chosen North Whidbey farmer Ron Muzzall as their top choice for a state Senate appointment, The Whidbey News-Times reports.

Muzzall is the farm manager for the 3 Sisters Cattle Company and a founding member of the Island County Farm Bureau.

County commissioners from Skagit, Snohomish and Island County have the final say, however. They are scheduled to meet Oct. 18 to make an appointment to replace former State Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, who stepped down effective Sept. 30.

Two other candidates are also on the list, the newspaper reported: Christine Cribb, executive director of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and Sara Hyatt, president of Hyatt Development Inc.



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From a snowstorm to the Snake River
Manufacturing is alive and well

It's time to celebrate the amazing things Washington makes

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington makes some really cool things.

We're famous for many of them -- airplanes, apples, software, wheat and more. The state's iconic manufacturers established the foundation that our recent economic expansion is built upon.

But there are many medium and small manufacturers that fewer people know about. The fishing rod manufacturer in Woodland. The music stand manufacturer in Yakima. The boat builder in Colville. And the manufacturing company in Richland that makes surgical tools to help heal patients around the world.

Read the full op ed in the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.
Engineering Success

An Interview with Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox CEO

By Christine Varela, partner, DH

Last week, I attended the Association of Washington Business's (AWB) annual Policy Summit. AWB, Washington's largest and oldest statewide business association, brings together members from businesses across Washington every year to help them gain insights on trade policy, small business leadership, entrepreneurship and engage in high-level, statewide policy discussion.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to host an interview with Debbie Sterling, successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and founder and CEO of GoldieBlox.

Read the full blog post here.