Ferndale Record: Governor candidate visits Whatcom Business Alliance and tours Phillips 66 refinery in Ferndale.

March 30, 2016

Bill Bryant, a business owner and the Republican candidate for governor, talked with the Whatcom Business Alliance Wednesday morning about how the lessons he learned building a business shape how he approaches government.

"I'm not a career politician.  I'm pragmatic," Bryant told the group, "I like to get stuff done".

Bryant, who built a company that operates in eastern and western Washington and helps farmers export their crops, lived in Yakima and worked for the apple industry before moving to Seattle in 1992 to start his business. He told alliance members "I learned three things working with the apple industry that helped me build my company: the importance of being fiscally conservative, the need to have a strategic plan and the power of building coalitions to get stuff done".

Bryant, who was twice elected in King Co to the King County/Seattle port commission, told the group because he took his fiscal conservatism to the port, it cut property taxes during his eight years there. He explained he built his company after developing ten year objectives and a strategic plan. Then added "Washington State needs a strategic plan to keep jobs here and Jay Inslee has no plan".

Bryant said he'd "take a pressure hose" to Olympia, replace the leadership at every department, rebuild the state budget from zero, scrutinize every program and tax incentive, and "on day one place a moratorium on all new regulations until the departments justify the ones we've got."

After meeting with the Whatcom Business Alliance, Bryant toured the Phillips 66 refinery. "Energy is one of Washington's ten job generating sectors, a lot of families depend upon our energy sector and our state should be looking for ways to both protect our environment and protect these jobs." said Bryant

Mike Foster