The 8th Congressional District is one of 23 throughout the country where Hillary Clinton had a majority vote but where a Republican currently holds the seat. I had expected to vote for a woman in this critical August primary, but I’m for Jason Rittereiser.
After attending a candidates’ forum and his town hall on July 9, I’m impressed. His positions on immigration, healthcare, taxation, infrastructure, and the environment match mine, but more important, as a labor lawyer he understands how law and public policy intersect. Plus, he strikes me as authentic and smart, with proven ability to work with differing points of view.
He understands how prioritizing benefits for the wealthy has degraded working Americans’ economic security. Raised in eastern Washington and now living in western Washington, he articulates the urban/rural divide in our state and nation, and I believe has the knowledge and skill to bridge it.
We need someone who understands complex issues, who will engage with constituents, and who will stand up in Congress for what’s right. You don’t have to get out of your chair or even pay for a stamp with Washington’s FREE mail-in ballots. Join me in voting for Jason Rittereiser by Aug. 7.
– Wendy Pender