March, 29th 2010

WA-3: Pacific County GOP endorsing Herrera

– Liz Mair

More good news for Washington State Rep. Jaime Herrera in her bid to succeed Rep. Brian Baird in Washington's third congressional district: The Pacific County GOP decided at its convention this weekend to endorse her. 

The endorsement was unanimous, and followed a straw poll of convention attendees, in which Herrera captured 95 percent of the votes.

The motion to endorse was placed by Vince Shaudys, a South Bend community leader. 

Those backing the move reportedly felt strongly that with Republicans having their best opportunity in years to wrest the third district seat from Democratic control, it would behoove them to get behind one candidate at this point in the game.  This came despite what the Pacific County GOP said were warnings from Chairman Nansen Malin about endorsing prior to the August "top two" primary.

Last week, Herrera picked up the endorsement of the Cowlitz County GOP and former third district Rep. Linda Smith.  David Castillo, also running to succeed Baird in the third district, recently received the endorsement of FreedomWorks.  [intro]


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