WA GOP endorses slate of candidates amid discord at state convention

(The Center Square) – Endorsements for all statewide offices were made by the delegates to the Washington State Republican Party convention held in Spokane last week.

Candidate speeches were heard on the first day, except for the office of governor. Gubernatorial candidate Semi Bird gave his speech on Saturday morning just before the endorsement vote. Former Congressman Dave Reichert, also a candidate for governor, withdrew his request for an endorsement and did not attend the convention.

What follows is a list of the endorsed candidates with the percentage of the vote they received, including other candidates seeking endorsement, as well as highlights from the endorsed candidates’ speeches.

U.S. Senator: Dr. Raul Garcia 73% (Issac Holyk)

“I have to tell you my why,” Garcia said of his run for national office, explaining his “why” started with the day he was to leave Cuba with his mother at age 11 and government officials tempted him
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