Candidates speak at Lincoln Day dinner

OMAK - The party of Lincoln wasted no time during their annual Lincoln Day dinner on Monday to talk about the upcoming elections in the state level.

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Gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant speaks at the Okanogan County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday.

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U.S. Senate candidate Chris Vance speaks at the Okanogan County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday. Vance is challenging incumbent Patty Murray.

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Lieutenant Governor candidate Marty McClendon speaks at the Okanogan County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday.

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State treasurer candidate Michael Waite speaks at the Okanogan County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday.

The event’s keynote speaker, gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant said his chances are good against Governor Jay Inslee if people get out and vote. He said that staffers are not working on counties, but rather legislative districts looking for individual voters that haven’t voted in previous elections that they feel may be compelled to give Bryant their vote.

Bryant said he didn’t take two years off from his business to get 49 percent. He’s going for the win.

“The Republican Party has mastered getting 49 percent,”Bryant said. “We’re defeating ourselves by not voting.”

Bryant talked about business and the one thing that every successful business needs – a strategic plan. He said the state of Washington’s issue is that it needs to know where it’s going.

“In Washington, we have no strategic plan.” Bryant said.

He pointed to his years as a commissioner for the Seattle Port District. He said when he started on the board, other members balked when he suggested that the board be disciplined with its money and not raise taxes unless there was a need. He said prior to his arrival, the board increased taxes every year.

“We collected less, but provided more last year,” said Bryant, in comparison to his first year on the board.

Several other candidates for office introduced themselves during the night.

U.S. Senate candidate Chris Vance talked about his chances for a win against four-term Democrat Patty Murray.

He said it will be a tough, yet important race, but said the only way to improve the economy is to get rid of politicians that don’t work on bringing down our debt.

“Patty Murray is part of the problem and she has got to go,” Vance said. “We’re gonna send Patty Murray and her tennis shoes home.”

Marty McClendon, a candidate for lieutenant governor who grew up in the Coulee Dam area and now lives in Gig Harbor, spoke about how the state needs to be more responsive to its constituents.

Michael Waite, a candidate for state Treasurer, said voters need someone who is fiscally responsible and believes in common sense money management.

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