An Outstanding Conference

Cascade Conferences have been held in Leavenworth many times over the years.A In my opinion, this was the best one ever held there.

The highlight was the commemoration of the golden anniversary of when Dan Evans was first sworn in as Governor. After fifty years, he hasn’t lost that dynamic, charismatic style.A His speech was eloquent and profound. Governor Evans historical perspective was thoughtful and insightful.

And, speaking of governors, we had appearances and remarks by the hard-working announced candidate for governor, Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant, and three candidates being talked about for governor, State Senator Andy Hill, State Senator Steve Litzow and Congressman Dave Reichert. All four stood out as exceptionally capable. Political insiders view Governor Inslee as being vulnerable next year.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman received the highest award of the Mainstream Republicans of Washington (MRW), the Joel Pritchard Award. She emceed the Dan Evans luncheon with her inimitable combination of heartfelt comments and quick wit. An announced candidate for re-election, she also hosted a Saturday evening hospitality suite.

Spokane Mayor Dave Condon received MRW’s award for the outstanding local official in the state. His acceptance speech was exciting as he showed what a commonsense conservative leader can accomplish as the chief executive of the second largest city in the state.

I was impressed with the presentations of the young up-and-comers in our state. State Representatives J T Wilcox, Hans Zeiger, Chad Magendanz, Melanie Stambaugh and Drew Stokesbary as well as Bellevue City Council member Jennifer RobertsonA and Mayor Condon.

Finally, the knowledgeable and witty Stuart Elway gave us a reality dose with his professional presentation of where Washington voters really stand regarding party identification, key issues and ratings of elected officials. His presentations are always thought-provoking.

We were inspired, impressed, educated about key public policy issues and fired up for next year’s election. And, very importantly, we had fun including an evening of laughter with comedian Pat Cashman hilariously taking on us Washington state politicians.

–Sam Reed, Chair, Mainstream Republicans of Washington