Sitting state Senator Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver, has secured the endorsement of the Sierra Club in the race to replace retiring Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash.
The SW Washington Sierra Club political chair, Holly Forrest, passed this information along in an email late yesterday afternoon. The group plans a rally for Pridemore this morning, Apr. 16, in Vancouver at 8:30 am on the Columbia River waterfront. The address is 115 Columbia Way, just east of Who Song and Larry’s, if you are in Vancouver. The group says it has over 25,000 members in Washington state.
Pridemore has a strong record on environmental issues, so it’s not a surprise. But it’s a major milestone for the campaign, as Pridemore himself has been locked down in the interminable special Legislative session until two days ago. I’d expect Pridemore will garner other important endorsements in the coming weeks, as the campaign heats up. Seeing as he has a 98% lifetime record with labor, I’m hopeful on that front as well.
The other major candidates in this race are former TVW head and Democrat Denny Heck, who last ran for office in 1988 and lost a race for state schools chief, and Republicans Jaime Herrera and David Castillo. Herrera is a state House member from Clark County who seems to have the backing of the GOP establishment/Slade Gorton crowd, and Castillo is a financial planner and former Bush administration official who seems to be garnering plenty of Tea Person support.
Don’t forget, national sports fans, Washington state has a top two primary now.