Letter: ‘I implore you to vote based on the issues we face… and not simply the (R) or (D) behind their name’

Felida resident Jim Bittner offers his support for Marie Gluesenkamp Perez

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Merriam-Webster defines a representative as one who stands or acts for another, as well as constituting a government in which the many are represented by persons chosen from among them.

Jim Bittner
Jim Bittner

The editor-in-chief of The Banner, a Christian magazine, recently wrote political tribalism is where loyalty to the political tribe is more important than loyalty to anything else — including the issues confronting our families on a daily basis. Tribalism means never conceding an inch to other tribes, resulting in an ‘us versus them’ mentality.

A little over 100,000 people cast votes in August’s 3rd Congressional District primary for candidates that did not advance to the general election. The citizens of WA-03 have two choices for our next representative, the person who will stand and act for ‘the many.’ I ask you, good readers, to take the time necessary to look closely at what each candidate believes, advocates, and has publicly stated on the issues facing our region and our nation. Try — if only for 15 minutes — to place your tribe aside, ignoring the (R) and (D) behind each candidate’s name, and understand what each person stands for. Read through their respective platforms, their intentions, their involvement in our community. We are choosing our representative, someone who will act for us in Congress. With this information in hand, I implore you to vote based on the issues we face… and not simply the (R) or (D) behind their name.

I am hopeful many of Jaime Herrera Beutler’s moderate Republican supporters will push aside political tribalism, and join me in voting for Marie Gluesenkamp Perez. Marie supports small business and worker’s rights, improving childcare options, protecting women’s access to healthcare, overturning Citizens United, and investing in clean energy. Her campaign is focused on making real improvements in our lives, while her opponent is more concerned with a long-settled federal election and his plans to engage in wasteful bureaucratic obstructionism “on my first day in office.”

I would be proud to have Marie Gluesenkamp Perez represent my family in Washington, DC.

Jim Bittner

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  1. Mike Jelineo

    Jim… Do you know Marie is Lying to Voters… Marie’s full name REAL Name is Kristina Marie Perez, Her and her husbands small business is actually in Portland, OR, they also own a House there as well as in Washougal, she also is Registered to vote both in Washington and Oregon…Don’t believe all you read on her website or social media or even her Ads. I myself voted for someone else in the Primary but I am Voting for KENT because he will get stuff done, Marie is just making Promise to Appease Voters.

    1. Anne B

      It is legal to be registered to vote in two states. This often is the case when someone moves from one state to another. She just can’t vote in both states ; and she hasn’t.

      The Cowlitz republicans are spreading falsehoods about her name and that she got arrested in Arizona. The person in Arizona is NOT the person who is running for our district. Don’t be fooled by the lies.

      Kent will not get things done; he has said he wants to go to Washington to obstruct the government and he doesn’t care if it shuts down.

      I hope the majority of voters see that Perez is the best candidate.


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