Republicans gathered for their annual Lincoln Dinner in South Bend at the Willapa Harbor Community Center last Saturday. Speaking to the full house, Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant shared principles of good government, which included the importance of education, hard work, personal responsibility, defense of the middle class and fiscal responsibility.
Bryant, who is expected to announce his candidacy for Governor soon, but declined inquiries about his potential campaign while thoroughly enjoying the fresh Willapa Bay oysters and listening to individual concerns about State government.
Discussing her work to combat the overreaching size and regulations of Government, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler held up a large stack of the Federal Registry, exclaiming, "This is just one week's new regulations! Did you know you are over 400 times more likely to break a federal regulation than a federal law?"
Herrera Beutler also spoke about the passage of the REFI Pacific Act as a bipartisan win for local fishermen. The "Revitalizing the Economy of Fisheries in the Pacific Act" that she co-sponsored ensures private small businesses like Jessie's have a level playing field and continue to provide jobs in Pacific County.
The Congresswoman awarded the Republican of the Year award to Brett Malin of Seaview, thanking him for his hard work toward Republican efforts in SW Washington and around the State. Pacific Co Republican Vice Chair Aaragon Markwell of South Bend gave a short speech on "Why I am a Republican" to the enthusiastic crowd.
There was a straw poll for the Pacific County Republican Presidential Primary, the ballot listed 16 potential choices reflecting the crowded national field. Emcee Nansen Malin announced the results with Scott Walker winning with 37% of the vote, followed by Ben Carson 19%, Jeb Bush 9%, and Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz tied with 5%.