Vicki Kraft announces candidacy for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District

Washington state representative joins a crowded field for Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s seat

VANCOUVER — Vicki Kraft announced her candidacy for the Washington state 3rd Congressional District seat last evening while speaking to the Clark County Republican Party.

Kraft has served as the Washington state representative for the 17th Legislative District, Position 1 since being elected in 2016. “The people of the 3rd Congressional District deserve a candidate who is a proven, experienced, conservative leader with the voting record to back it up.” Kraft said.

Rep. Vicki Kraft. Photo by Mike Schultz.
Rep. Vicki Kraft. Photo by Mike Schultz.

Kraft joins a field of Republican challengers to Jaime Herrera Beutler that includes Heidi St. John and Joe Kent. Democrat Brent Hennrich is also actively seeking the seat.

Kraft recently received an award from the American Conservative Union Foundation, host of the national Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in recognition of her conservative legislative voting record. In 2020, according to their scores, she had the most conservative voting record in the Washington state House of Representatives.

Kraft’s first bill passed in the state legislature was to help Disabled Veterans with a sales tax credit for adaptive housing needs. She also started a bi-partisan Sex Trafficking Prevention Caucus in the House of Representatives her first year in office in 2017, which is still going strong to work to protect children and youth, and help survivors.

Other legislation Kraft has more recently introduced includes HB 2933 in 2020 and HB 1215 in 2021 to provide K-12 school choice education scholarships for private school and homeschool students. Also, HB 1738 in 2019 and 2020 to reduce administrative burdens for small businesses. In 2021, HB 1305 protecting the right to refuse a Covid-19 vaccine or any health-related mandate, and HB 1381 to limit the governor’s emergency powers, ensure legislative balance of power, and regulate government agency emergency authority.

Kraft has continually worked for limited, accountable government, a strong economy and one that promotes free market, small business growth.

Most notably, Kraft has been a consistent champion for the people and their Constitutional rights and freedoms. “Whether it’s fighting for parents’ rights, and against controversial mandates in schools such as Comprehensive Sex Education or Covid-19 masks; or fighting for individuals’ rights, and against the Covid-19 vaccine mandates, I will continue fighting for the people and will make sure their voice is heard in Washington D.C.,” said Kraft.

Prior to joining the legislature, Kraft worked for the Freedom Foundation as the SW WA development director. Previously, she worked as an account executive for Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Pillsbury, and Frigidaire as well as small businesses.

Formerly, Kraft lived in Washington D.C. and worked for We Care America, a nonprofit working with Federal government agencies including George W. Bush’s Community and Faith-Based Initiatives Office which awarded grants to nonprofits.

“It is indeed a true honor to serve the 17th Legislative District,” said Kraft. “I look forward to the opportunity to use my legislative experience, proven conservative record, and background to serve the citizens of Southwest Washington as their U.S. Representative for the 3rd Congressional District.

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Democrats are Evil
Democrats are Evil
11 months ago

Vicki Kraft – you are a great candidate, and you would have had my serious consideration if I wasn’t already backing a 1000% behind candidate Joe Kent running against turn coat Jaime H Beutler. Sorry, but Joe has my vote this round.

Last edited 11 months ago by Democrats are Evil
RamRod
RamRod
11 months ago

Jaime H Beutler is the candidate I’ll be voting for. I was glad to see her stand up against Trump and the GOP and do the morally right thing. It takes guts and that’s what we need right now.

Born in Washington
Born in Washington
11 months ago
Reply to  RamRod

Jaime Beutler has been a do nothing wonder.. She doesn’t hold in person townhalls because she doesn’t like being yelled at. Her words.She is spineless.

RamRod
RamRod
11 months ago

Jaime H Beutler is the candidate I’ll be voting for. I was glad to see her stand up against Trump and the GOP and do the morally right thing. It takes guts and that’s what we need right now.

Democrats are Evil
Democrats are Evil
11 months ago
Reply to  RamRod

LOL! When Jaime voted along side with spineless RINOs and progressive leftists to go forward with the sham impeachment of a duly elected president, she showed her true TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) colors… so tell me, what guts does it take to roll over like a French two-bit whore and just “go-along to get-along”? She was once a hopeful light in a dimly lit liberal circus in SW Washington for a time, but now it’s time for her to go. She’s lost her spine down somewhere down between the Beltway and SW Washington, probably somewhere near your lost testicals. Gut’s? yeah, right! If you want guts – try wearing a MAGA hat in downtown Portland on a sunny afternoon. That takes guts (and you’d better be ready with your head on a swivel, and with backup.) Dont’ get me started on what takes guts you woke cool-aid drinking dolt.

Headshot
Headshot
11 months ago

Keep it civil or the little Trumpanzee won’t get another food pellet.

Democrats are Evil
Democrats are Evil
11 months ago
Reply to  Headshot

LOL – Oh, thank you for the unsolicited comment there Headshot… lemme guess, you and Beutler’s lil’ tool RamRod are both trolling for shill points today? You wouldn’t know civility if hit you right between your little beady troll eye… There there snowflake – go warm up some soy milk for your “Orange Man Bad!!!” butt hurt feelings… LOLOLOL!

Steven Nelson
Steven Nelson
11 months ago

“Kraft’s first bill passed in the state legislature was…” What other bills that she crafted have been passed into law? 

Democrats are Evil
Democrats are Evil
11 months ago

Sheesh, it seems I’ve touched a nerve at the Jaime H. Beutler camp… the little cry-baby trolls shilling for Beutler are coming out one by one to shut me up! Let the wack-a-troll game commence! LOLZ! Let’s fire up the pop-corn and pour a nice 12 year single batch nice and neat and have me sum fun shooting them down 🙂 Be warned though – I only use facts and logic with a serious dose of sarcasm to make my point. However – it’s been known that if rebuttal is proven with facts and logic, I tend to come around and heck, maybe come to an agreement with you. But so far, that seems to be a rare commodity in my neighborhood. Meanwhile – let’s get it on 🙂

Headshot
Headshot
11 months ago

From all the unprovoked name-calling that you have done in your posts, I doubt very much that you would “come around and reach an agreement.” Most likely you are writing these posts to impress Kent’s organization or his he-man ex-military friends. Now you can say, “Look they printed my comments,I was soooo brave and smart to write this, the snowflakes all melted. Aren’t you proud of me? I must be important! Please be proud of me.” Good luck on the therapy.

Democrats are Evil
Democrats are Evil
11 months ago
Reply to  Headshot

Headshot, were you looking into the mirror while in retortion to my message?

Insane much?

Unfortunately, name calling does indeed happen, and I’m guilty of the throwing sand in the sand box if provoked. However, my initial comment on this thread was neutral in general and no shots were directed to be lobbied across anyone’s specific bow – only my disdain and disgust for Jaime Beutler’s failure to honor the facts and, like a good little moderate Republican, roll over to the sham impeachment against the big bad orange man… However, you fellow trollmeister RamRod inserted himself as a contestant to challenge my opinion, and then you magically showed up to defend his ‘narrative’… So, did name calling happen? Yes. But not until you two Beutler tools showed up and made your presence known here. Dem’s the facts mister. Suck on that.

So, you ended your last message to me with “Good luck on therapy”… was that another jab at me because I (along with 70+ million legitimate American voters) support Trump, and support those like Joe Kent (who Trump himself supports) to carry on the same “America First” narrative? What will happen to your fragile little brain if Joe Kent succeeds in taking the 3rd Congressional District of Washington as our newly elected Congressman and Trump makes a comeback victory in 2024? You may want to change your name to “Headache” and stock up on your Xanax and extra strength Tylenol.

Democrats are Evil
Democrats are Evil
11 months ago
Reply to  Headshot

Headshot, were you looking into the mirror while in retortion to my message?

Insane much?

Unfortunately, name calling does indeed happen, and I’m guilty of the throwing sand in the sand box if provoked. However, my initial comment on this thread was neutral in general and no shots were directed to be lobbied across anyone’s specific bow – only my disdain and disgust for Jaime Beutler’s failure to honor the facts and, like a good little moderate Republican, roll over to the sham impeachment against the big bad orange man… However, your fellow trollmeister RamRod inserted himself as a contestant to challenge my opinion, and then you magically showed up to defend his ‘narrative’… So, did name calling happen? Yes. But not until you two Beutler tools showed up and made your presence known here. Dem’s the facts mister. Suck on that.

So, you ended your last message to me with “Good luck on therapy”… was that another jab at me because I (along with 70+ million legitimate American voters) support Trump, and support those like Joe Kent (who Trump himself supports) to carry on the same “America First” narrative? What will happen to your fragile little brain if Joe Kent succeeds in taking the 3rd Congressional District of Washington as our newly elected Congressman and Trump makes a comeback victory in 2024? You may want to change your name to “Headache” and stock up on your Xanax and extra strength Tylenol.

Headshot
Headshot
11 months ago

The last thing I need is some east coast elitist like Trump telling me for whom to vote. I, and most voters in Washington, are just not that simple-minded. Other than “Donald says he is OK,” which Kent legislative credential moves you the most? In all your name calling, ramblings, and oblique references to a potential alcohol-opioid fixation (are you crying out for help?), you have not once written why you prefer Kent over the others. If I were involved with Kent’s staff I would prefer that you support someone else (but give us your donations anyway), lest you give his campaign a bad rep..

Born in Washington
Born in Washington
11 months ago

Oh good, another corporate connected, Washington DC vote splitter. Just what we don’t need. Not impressed with her political resume. That’s why we need Joe Kent, he’s the real deal. Why is Kraft helping Beutler, I have to ask myself.

Jim Luce
Jim Luce
11 months ago

Watching the internal GOP fight – slings and arrows – is enjoyable.

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