DECISION 2018: Congressional District 4 U.S. Representative

Adams, Benton, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Okanogan, Walla Walla and Yakima counties



Christine Brown

(Prefers Democratic Party)

Age: 68

City/town: Kennewick

Why are you the best choice?

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Christine Brown

I’m willing to listen, it’s as simple as that. The way our government operates right now isn’t leading to solutions of the problems facing the nation. For decades, we have stumbled over the issues of healthcare, immigration, and protecting the planet for future generations. I am willing to listen in town halls, public hearings, and review the data to consider all solutions, not just the ideas of one party. I call it the Big Table approach. I’m running for Congress because we need a big table in Congress with a seat for the people of Eastern Washington.

What sets you apart from your opponent?

I’m not a career politician and don’t have any special interest groups pulling the strings of my candidacy. My campaign is entirely funded by individual people, not corporate Political Action Committees. Corporations and the wealthy are currently buying elections and writing laws in the other Washington in their favor, not yours. My votes will take you into consideration first - how will this policy or law affect you and your family? How does this law make your life better?

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing?

I’m campaigning all over the 4th Congressional District and across Okanogan County from Oroville to Brewster and up in the Methow Valley. The message I hear is loud and clear: People are worried about losing their healthcare coverage. And if they aren’t covered, that they are one accident or illness away from bankruptcy - this is not right. Republican proposals would cut 50,000 people in the 4th congressional district from healthcare. I’ll fight against any cuts to Social Security and Medicare and be an advocate for a healthcare system that ensures quality, affordable healthcare coverage for all.



Dan Newhouse

(Prefers Republican Party)

Age: 63

City/town: Sunnyside

Why are you the best choice?

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Dan Newhouse

Central Washington’s priorities are always my first concern. I stand up to the big spenders in D.C., regardless of party. I voted to protect Social Security and Medicare. I have a record of defending the Constitution -- including the Second Amendment. And I work hard every day to ensure veterans receive the care they deserve.

I understand the issues important to Okanogan County. I’ve focused attention in Congress on the devastating wildfires in the region, worked to ensure the smokejumper base remains here, and secured funding both to fight fires and to prevent them from spreading in the first place.

What sets you apart from your opponent?

I have experience as a Congressman, State Legislator, and as Director of the Washington Department of Agriculture, but I’ve also been in the private sector as a farmer my entire life. As the 3rd generation owner/operator of our family farm, it’s taught me to be a good steward of the land. The best decisions aren’t made by federal bureaucrats, but by landowners and local communities. My record demonstrates a history of ensuring local voices are heard—which I’ll continue—whether on the management of gray wolves, the potential introduction of grizzlies, or the mineral withdrawal in the Methow Headwaters.

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing?

The economy is improving, but there are still far too many in Central Washington who can’t find good-paying jobs. I will continue to work hard to cut red tape so we have reasonable, predictable regulations that don’t strangle job growth. I was happy to support a tax cut bill that puts more money back in the pockets of Central Washington’s families and gives job creators more capital to invest in their businesses and new jobs. We can’t forget that employers are attracted to our region’s clean, inexpensive, renewable hydropower. I will always defend our dams.



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