Entire state will be affected by two special elections on August 4

OLYMPIA, Wash., July 27, 2015—The voice of Washington state small business today announced its endorsement of Teri Hickel in a special primary election to be held August 4 for one of the two State House seats in the 30th Legislative District.

Last week, NFIB/Washington endorsed Mary Dye for a vacant House seat in 9th Legislative District.
 “These special elections might be at opposite ends of the state, but everyone in Washington has a stake in the outcomes, because the Legislature currently hinges by a couple of votes whether or not we raise taxes and increase regulations,” said Patrick Connor, Washington state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.
The seat Hickel is vying for is currently held by Rep. Carol Gregory, who was appointed following the death of her predecessor, Roger Freeman. The 30th district includes parts of King and Pierce counties. The endorsement of Hickel was made by the Washington SAFE Trust (Save America’s Free Enterprise), the political action committee of NFIB/Washington.
“We base our endorsements on an incumbent’s legislative voting record first, and then on a challenger’s response to a questionnaire or interview,” said Connor. “Teri Hickel knows our issues and has a fundamental appreciation of the fact that small businesses are not smaller versions of big businesses. Her knowledge of the needs of the people in her district combined with her get-it-done experience on a variety of issues is deeply impressive.”
NFIB has 350,000 members across the nation, including more than 8,000 members in Washington state. Click here to learn more about the power of the small-business vote, here for NFIB’s 2015 legislative victories and here for the challenges ahead in 2016.

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

By Zen Chi

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