I know I’ve broken rule number one in politics: never mention your opponents name,. But the sight of a gigantic campaign sign in the window of a closed business on Main Street spoke volumes to me. Political differences aside, there are just some facts people can’t ignore. Our district is struggling, our Main Streets are lined with empty store fronts and no matter how many flags we fly or flowers we plant we can’t hide the decline and the despair.
Karen Hardy: SD-07 Special Election
Karen Hardy is a native Washingtonian and Head Teamster at the Rocking K Ranch in Deer Park, WA. After attending Clark College in Vancouver, WA, she worked for Delta Airlines for almost 20 years. An avid outdoorswoman, Karen is committed to promoting and protecting Washington State’s resources and public lands. She will also fight to stabilize the WA state health care market and cultivate innovative partnerships to drive economic development. She and her husband live in Valley, WA.
We’re in the home stretch and things continue to get more and more interesting. Parade and fair season is almost over and now we are transitioning into our “get out the vote” mode. Candidate forums and media interviews are stacking up quickly, there are more people volunteering than ever and our momentum continues to grow. To date, we’ve received just less than $36,000 in donations from all over the state and beyond. By far, the largest portion ($16,000) has come from individuals like you. It’s humbling to have received so much support as a first time candidate.
I’ve been traveling around the 7th for months now campaigning, meeting people, attending fairs, rodeos, BBQ’s, benefits and bars. I’ve talked to strong supporters and fierce opponents and there is one common thread running through everything: people are good. As a whole and as a rule, people are good, they do good, and they want good. Every day people help each other, people look out for one another, people go out of their way to make their communities and world a better place. Contrary to media reports, Americans work incredibly well together, we unite quickly and tightly over natural disasters, community projects and honestly almost anything that helps our neighbors or our communities. I don’t think we hear that enough. I think the real story of America has gotten lost in the media’s need for conflict.
Today I realized, I don’t know where my current State Senator stands on most of these issues. I’ve only heard her speak publicly once, I can’t find anything in writing other than her official voting record and she has no social media or any other kind of media presence. I can’t find an op-ed, mention of a speech or anything of relevance on google. I’m guessing if I can’t find anything, neither can anyone else, so I’ve decided to take the bull by the horns and just ask the questions I want answers to: