Letter: ‘Dirty politics is alive and well in the 3rd Congressional District’

Vancouver resident Julia Dawn Seaver shares her perspective on the Congressional race

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author alone and do not reflect the editorial position of ClarkCountyToday.com

Dirty politics is alive and well in the 3rd Congressional District. Three lie-filled smear pieces against his opponent, disillusioned former volunteers, an unpaid vendor invoice, and now the lie that Joe Kent’s campaign asked Heidi St. John to debate numerous times and was turned down.  St. John’s campaign manager, Lisa D’Andrea, confirmed that their first debate request was on September 30th through a text message.  Still, the lie continues.

Julia Dawn Seaver
Julia Dawn Seaver

If that wasn’t enough, there’s the fact Kent was a registered Democrat until last year, and spouts Democrat sounding talking points, like limiting property rights for individuals and corporations, $10K per child tax credits, making the rich “pay their fair share,” and actually said, “We cannot let the permanent ruling elite rig the system against the average citizen and not intervene because we are loyal to this idea of a free market/free trade.”  Not be loyal to the idea of a free market?  I can’t vote for someone with these ideas just because he puts an R after his name.

I get it.  People like military service and Mr. Kent deserves our deep gratitude for his service and the sacrifices he and his wife made.  But that doesn’t mean he should, or even could, represent people in an area he doesn’t know.  Mr. Kent moved to Washington just seven months before filing to run and waited a year to switch his car tabs and license. He still maintains his home in the D.C. area where he lived while in the military and working for the CIA.  He used his D.C. connections to get articles, TV appearances, and ultimately, the Trump endorsement.

Interesting thing, the way people have put so much emphasis on the Trump endorsement, especially since in the November 2020 election in Clark County, there were five other Republicans who captured more votes in their races than Trump did in his.  Regardless, my vote will not be determined by someone in Florida, D.C., or anywhere else.

My vote will be going to the candidate whose party affiliation has never been in question since she first canvassed for Ronald Reagan with her grandfather; the one who’s raised her family here, started businesses here, and has been active in our community.  Heidi’s been speaking for us in D.C., in Olympia, and at local school board and library board meetings for years.  She embraces traditional Republican values, knows the Constitution, is a fierce defender of the 1st and 2nd amendments, and a proponent of a small federal government.  She is a gifted speaker and leader who knows how to educate, inspire, and motivate others to action.    Heidi knows us.  She is one of us. She will shine in Congress and be a powerful voice for the people of CD 3.

Julia Dawn Seaver

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