PORT LUDLOW, Wash. — The primary election for Washington State’s U.S. House, 6th District, is heating up. The district includes most of Tacoma, part of Kitsap County, and the Olympic Peninsula counties of Jefferson, Mason, Grays River and Clallam.
Three candidates are seeking the position: Republicans Jesse Young and Doug Cloud, and Democrat Norm Dicks. The top two candidates in the primary election will proceed to the November general election.
Even though Norm Dicks has represented the 6th District since 1977, none of the candidates are taking this election for granted. Washington State has a long history of making 180 degree political turns. Dicks’ opponents are aggressively campaigning and heavily relying on national and state cries for change in the halls of Congress. While the 6th District has not made the radar of national polls, locally it is heating up to be an exciting and active campaign.
Washington Secretary of State lists complete profiles in the official Voters’ Pamphlet for the candidates running in the Primary election. Here is a brief summary of that information for the position of U.S. Representative, Congressional District 6. (Full profiles can be found here on the State’s Website.)
Jesse Young was raised on Tacoma’s Hilltop area and lives with his wife and family of five in Gig Harbor. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a BBA-MIS degree, he is a software engineer by trade. According to Mr. Young’s profile in the 2010 voters’ guide, (go here and click on Congressional District 6), this is his first run for elected office. His campaign theme is, “Time for a fresh start!”
In the Washington State Voter’s Guide, Mr. Young’s statement, (go here and click on Congressional District 6), reads in part: “With your vote, I will bring a fresh but disciplined approach to addressing our nation’s needs. Fiscal responsibility, individual freedom, free market principles, and innovative spirit can be more than just catch phrases if set free and unshakened. With energy and passion, I will do just that!”
More information can be found on Jesse Young’s website.
Doug Cloud was born in Tacoma, grew up on Fife Heights and has lived in Gig Harbor with his wife and family of three for over 20 years. Mr. Cloud earned his JD degree at the University of Washington. After serving as a Deputy Prosecutor for Kitsap County, he has been in private law practice for the last eighteen years. His campaign theme is: “Let’s clean house!”
In the Washington State Voter’s Guide, Mr. Cloud’s statement, (go here and click on Congressional District 6), reads in part: “Send Doug Cloud to Congress to bring sustainable jobs back to Washington, enforce existing immigration laws, advocate sensible economic solutions, not bailouts; protect seniors and veterans by repealing government-run health care threatening Medicare and TRICARE; and reunite Washington families by seeking an honorable end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
More information can be found on Doug Cloud’s website.
Norm Dicks was born and raised in Bremerton; he and his wife have two sons and three grandchildren. Congressman Dicks earned his JD degree from the University of Washington. After graduation he became top aide to U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson. In 1976 he ran for and won the office of U.S. House of Representatives, Washington’s 6th District, a position he still holds. His current committee assignments in congress include: Vice Chair, House Appropriations Committee; Chair, Defense Appropriations Subcommittee; Vice-Chair, Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee.
In the Washington State Voter’s Guide, Congressman Dicks’ statement, (go here and click on Congressional District 6), reads in part: “Norm Dicks, our voice in Congress, would appreciate your support based of his record of accomplishment, continued hard work, and pledge to keep fighting for our interests.”
More information can be found on Norm Dicks’ website.
Washington State Secretary of State 2010 Primary Online Voters’ Guide: Website
Jesse Young Campaign for U.S. Congress: Website
Doug Cloud for U.S. Congress: Website
Norm Dicks for U.S. Congress: Website