Rossi Visits Key Groups in North Central Washington
Rossi visits key groups in NCW
The Wenatchee World
WENATCHEE — Congressional candidate Dino Rossi plans to make the rounds this week with city officials and community groups in North Central Washington.
The Sammamish Republican, now a state senator, will meet with agricultural groups and economic leaders in Chelan and Kittitas counties. On Wednesday, his campaign was still working to schedule Friday meetings with Chelan and Douglas County commissioners and elected officials in the city of Leavenworth.
Rossi hopes to win election in the 8th Congressional District, which encompasses Chelan County and municipal East Wenatchee. U.S.Rep. Dave Reichert announced last year he would not run for another term. No public rallies or townhall meetings are scheduled.
“This is just the first of many trips here, and we anticipate meeting with many more leaders and community members whose schedules didn’t work to meet with on this trip,” campaign aide Andrew Bell said in an email.
“The purpose of the trip is to hear about the issues facing each community, town, or city, and the ways in which the federal government can either continue to support them effectively, or change its approach in order to more efficiently serve their needs,” Bell said.
Rossi so far is the lone Republican to declare candidacy for the seat. Multiple Democrats remain in the running, including former CDC health specialist Dr. Shannon Hader, business executive Brayden Olsen, former prosecutor Jason Rittereiser and pediatrician Dr. Kim Schrier.
Rossi is best known for his historically narrow loss in the 2004 gubernatorial race, and an unsuccessful lawsuit that sought to overturn the result. He ran again for governor and lost in 2008, and in 2010 lost a race for U.S. Senate. Since 2012 he has served in the state Senate by appointment, first to replace resigning Sen. Cheryl Pflug in the 5th District, then last year to the 45th District upon the death of incumbent Sen. Andy Hill.