The Bryant Brief: October 2015

Support keeps building

And our support is getting noticed: in late September, I was invited to attend a Republican governors’ dinner in Indianapolis. Gov. Susana Martinez (New Mexico) generously shared her time and counsel, talking with me about how to run a campaign in a Western state that tends to elect Democrats.

Several leaders have stepped forward to endorse my candidacy. Notably, Gov. Dan Evans and Sen. Slade Gorton cut videos strongly supporting me and my campaign. Many state legislators and local government officials have since climbed aboard. 
37 port commissioners from across the state signed a letter expressing their commitment to get me elected. County GOP organizations from Pend Oreille to San Juan to Kitsap have endorsed me.

Across Washington, across the political spectrum, people are stepping forward, endorsing my candidacy and pledging their support and assistance.

With the primary field now cleared, our campaign is building on this strong foundation and kicking off into a new phase.

Beers with Bill - Oktoberfest Tour

In September, supporters voted on Facebook for their favorite microbrewery or pub in Washington. Those votes built our Oktoberfest Beers with Bill statewide tour. No speeches; just an opportunity for people to drop by, have a beer, and ask me whatever they want. The tour has touched down in Spokane, Richland, Issaquah, Bellingham, Bellevue, Georgetown, Edmonds, Gig Harbor, Maple Valley, Olympia, Centralia, Longview, Puyallup, Ellensburg, and Leavenworth. More on the tour in November’s Bryant Brief.

Charter School Tours

In September, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that state funding for publicly chartered schools is unconstitutional. Gov. Inslee agreed. Since then, I’ve toured publicly chartered schools from Seattle to Spokane, and have come to admire the innovation that’s meeting the diverse needs of many kids. Teachers, parents, students, and principals have shared their stories and experiences with me. They’ve left me even more committed to keeping these schools open and to making similar opportunities available to more kids across our state. Before the end of this year, I will have toured every publicly chartered school that the court and Gov. Inslee want to shut down.