Coming home to friends Gov. Gregoire returns to her roots, kicks off re-election campaign

Gov. Christine Gregoire launched her reelection campaign Monday in Auburn’s Rainbow Café, a few feet from where she once sat after school while her single mother cooked flapjacks and flipped burgers.

  • Monday, June 2, 2008 6:59pm
  • News

Gov. Christine Gregoire greets people upon her arrival at the Rainbow Café in Auburn on Monday.

Gov. Christine Gregoire launched her reelection campaign Monday in Auburn’s Rainbow Café, a few feet from where she once sat after school while her single mother cooked flapjacks and flipped burgers.

Gregoire, a 1965 Auburn High School graduate, scanned the crowded banquet room of the downtown eatery and found there some people she knew, including the two sons of a former classmate and Auburn City Councilman Gene Cerino, her high school driving instructor, now 81.

“Don’t ask him any questions,” Gregoire said to laughter.

Gregoire, flanked by husband Mike Gregoire and U.S. Congressman Norm Dicks, spoke proudly of her track record on the environment, education and the economy. She promised to fight during a second term for children, senior citizens, veterans and the less fortunate.

To win a second term, Gregoire will have to get past former state Sen. Dino Rossi, her Republican opponent in the bitterly-contested 2004 election and her opponent once again. Rossi, the initial winner of that contest, lost by 133 votes on the third recount and a long court battle.

More in News

A chili cook-off, with purpose

Auburn High School kid chefs top the cops for best taste | PHOTOS

State Route 509 extension could cost city of Kent $2 million

Legislature requires local contributions

Auburn traffic advisory: night work at 15th Street SW at Perimeter Road

For the Reporter Starting Monday, June 18, through July 1, construction for… Continue reading

YMCA of Greater Seattle serving up free summer meals for Auburn children

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is offering a free summer meal program… Continue reading

Auburn’s Amateur Radio Field Day gets the call June 23-24

Event demonstrates science, skill and service

Joint American-Vietnamese War Memorial dedication set for Saturday, June 16

A dedication ceremony for the Joint American-Vietnamese War Memorial is 11 a.m.… Continue reading

Auburn-area CERT graduates 7 new members

For the Reporter The City of Auburn Emergency Management Division has announced… Continue reading

Sen. Fain wins Telly Awards for ‘57 Seconds’ films

State Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, was recently recognized as a national Telly… Continue reading

Bloodworks Northwest encouraging people to donate on World Blood Donor Day

It takes about 800 donors a day to meet the needs of the nearly 100 hospitals that depend on Bloodworks

Most Read