The 8th Congressional District is one of 23 around the country where Hillary Clinton had a majority vote but whose seat is currently held by a Republican. I expected to vote for a woman in this critical August primary, but I’m for Jason Rittereiser.
After attending a candidates’ forum and his July 9 town hall, I’m impressed. His positions on immigration, healthcare, taxation, infrastructure, and the environment match mine, but more importantly, as a labor lawyer he understands how law and public policy intersect. Plus, he struck 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 articulated 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