Clallam County native Derek Kilmer, who is endorsed by Norm Dicks to succeed him as the Representative for Washington’s 6th Congressional District, has announced he will kick off his official campaign in his hometown of Port Angeles.
The event is 6 p.m. tonight, June 5, at the Elwha Heritage Training Center at 401 E. First Street in Port Angeles.
“I chose Port Angeles for the first kickoff event of my campaign because Clallam County has meant so much to me and to my family,” said Kilmer, a 1992 Port Angeles High School graduate and the son of two longtime local teachers.
“This community made me who I am today. It was the hardship I witnessed growing up in Port Angeles when the timber industry declined that motivated me to seek an education focused on economic development, to work protecting family-wage jobs and small businesses with the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County, and to eventually apply my professional skills to fight to create jobs as a state legislator.”
More than 60 local residents have signed-up as co-hosts for the June 5 event, including State Representative Kevin Van De Wege, State Representative Steve Tharinger, County Commissioner Mike Doherty, and Sequim Mayor Ken Hays.
The event will also feature the first public appearance on Kilmer’s behalf by County Commissioner Mike Chapman, who endorsed Kilmer last month. Chapman is a three-term incumbent who has been elected twice as a Republican and most recently as an independent.
“I’m looking forward to introducing Derek Kilmer to friends on June 5 because his campaign transcends partisan politics, political ideology, and the fact that he is a born-and-raised Clallam County native,” Chapman said. “Regardless of your political beliefs, I think most people who take the opportunity to speak with Senator Kilmer will come away convinced that he is the best informed, best qualified, and best equipped successor to Norm Dicks we could ever dream of finding. I believe he'll make all of us in Clallam County very proud in D.C.”
The kickoff is open to the public. Donations will be accepted but not required.
For more information about Kilmer’s campaign, see DerekKilmer.com and www.facebook.com/Elect.Derek.Kilmer.