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Larsen loses luster, San Juan County Dems pick Lapointe in primary
— Editor's note: Information below is submitted as a press release by SJC Democrats
In the race for Washington State’s 2nd Congressional District seat, the San Juan County Democrats have voted to endorse independent Mike Lapointe over incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen in the Aug. 5 primary election.
In a unique attempt to include as many county Democrats as possible in the endorsement process, the San Juan County Democrats held separate endorsement meetings on July 26 and 27 on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands.
Both Mike Lapointe and Rep. Larsen were invited. Mike attended each of the three meetings, while Rep. Larsen did not attend nor did any of his surrogates.
In total at these three meetings, the vote was 50-0 to endorse Mike Lapointe.
The main factors in this decision were the incumbent’s failure to adequately address two of the primary concerns of the citizens of the San Juan Islands, namely the potential negative environmental and economic consequences of building the Gateway Pacific Terminal coal export facility near Bellingham that will ship massive amounts of coal through our county's waters, as well as the quality-of-life and health-destroying noise of the Navy’s Growler jets based on Whidbey Island.
Instead of endorsing our corporate-funded incumbent, we are excited to endorse Mike Lapointe, an independent candidate of the people who accepts no corporate contributions. Mike will fight against the coal terminal and the Growler jets, and he will also fight for green jobs to replace fossil fuel-related jobs.
Mike is actually more true to our Democratic Party platform than the incumbent. Mike Lapointe represents our values.
The San Juan County Democrats urge a vote on your August 5 primary ballot for Mike Lapointe for Congress in the 2nd district.
— David Dehlendorf, chairman, San Juan County Democrats