Politics & Government

Campaign Trail for Feb. 20

Women's Campaign Forum picks candidate

VANCOUVER - Democrat Deb Wallace reported that the Women’s Campaign Forum has endorsed her campaign for the 3rd Congressional District in southwest Washington.

The campaign said that the national, nonpartisan group singled her out because of her efforts to support “good-paying jobs.” Wallace, a state representative from Vancouver, is the chairwoman of the House Higher Education Committee and has worked as director of business expansion for the Columbia River Economic Development Council.

The campaign quoted Sam Bennett, the president of the forum, as saying, “In our current economic downturn, Congress needs leaders like Deb Wallace who understand what high unemployment really means for middle class families.”

The forum is organized to help bring equality for women in public office.

Wallace already received a legislator-of-the-year award from the conservative Washington Farm Bureau. The group said she was recognized for “contributions for strengthening Washington family farms.”

Castillo gets some experienced help

OLYMPIA – Republican congressional candidate David Castillo says he has added senior staff members to his campaign, including consultant Cary Evans, who had roles in the 2000 and 2004 campaigns for President George W. Bush.

He also retained Tom Dryer as campaign manager. Dryer worked for the Bush administration as a liaison between the White House and the U.S. Agency for International Development and is a former Washington State Republican Party political director.

Castillo’s campaign reported that his fundraising consultant is Beth Crane, who worked for U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert in 2008 and is a former state GOP finance director with experience at the Republican National Committee.

Castillo is one of four Republicans in the race and led all of them in fundraising with $104,172 as of Dec. 31; state Rep. Jaime Herrera of Camas had $55,775. Democrat Denny Heck led all candidates with $214,737.

Brad Shannon, staff writer