A political ripple caused by the retirement announcement of state Sen. Jim Hargrove began Monday, with two candidates announcing their election plans.
State Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, in his fifth term in the Legislature, announced that he will relinquish that seat in order to run for the state Senate seat Hargrove is vacating at year's end.
Minutes after Van De Wege's announcement, four-term Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman announced his intention to run for Van De Wege's seat.
And, as a previous poster pointed out, former County Commissioner Ron Richards will also be running for Chapman's soon-to-be-vacant County Commissioner's seat. No new blood. No new ideas. No new energy. No, no, no - which is what the public should say to this incestuous, insane abomination.
“I'm excited to announce my candidacy to the state Senate,” Van De Wege said in a news release distributed to the media Monday afternoon.
“It's an opportunity to keep working on creating family wage jobs, championing our public schools and working to keep improving the quality of life for every resident on the Peninsula.”
Chapman in his release said: “I'm basing my campaign around creating more opportunities and support for the communities, families and businesses of the Olympic Peninsula.”
How's Van De Wege done so far at "creating family wage jobs" and "working to improve the quality of life for every resident on the Peninsula"? NOAA, for one, famously cited the lack of quality of life on said Peninsula, and the scores - no pun intended - of drug addicts who have made Clallam County their home under Van De Wege's watch might also find fault with his claims.
And Mike Chapman, again following right in Van De Wege's footsteps, is also going to "base his campaign around creating more opportunities and support for the communities, families and businesses of the Olympic Peninsula." Oh, right. Too bad you haven't been working on that for the past few years, Mike. Too bad the opportunities you're really interested in creating are opportunities for you to draw a fat paycheck without having to produce anything.
Will these three ride the Combover's coattails into office?
Seriously, this is a very, very bad sign. Nothing will change - nothing - unless you change the people making decisions. If you like poverty, drug abuse, hopelessness, crumbling infrastructure, political corruption and gross indifference to the needs of the public, then by all means, maintain the sick status quo.
But if you want more, if you want better, then speak up, stand up, and just say NO.