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WINDEPENDENTS It Is Go Time!

I am driving around stopping by many of the campaign’s main haunts to encourage people to finish those ballots. We can do this but we need every Windependent to vote as turnout will be key. Remember the warning from the California primary; Democrats and Republicans vote but Independents or late-undecideds decide not to in the primary. I am sure we picked up Democrats and Republicans in our coalition, but we need Independents too. A few minutes of your time could set us up for another 90 days of fighting for a better Congress. I need you to act!

Windle Log Run Dedication – August 5

DEDICATION OF THE 10-MILE LOG RUN – GUNNERY SERGEANT BRYCE BENNETT: The idea for a longer log run came late last week. When your job is to meet and talk with people, you hear all sorts of inspiring stories. One young man, Gunnery Sergeant Bryce Bennett, 1st Recon, EOD platoon, First Marine Division, made quite an impression on me. Also from the Sammamish area, he deployed on multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now out of the Marine Corps, he is adjusting back to civilian life. When you consider what he has done and is now enduring as he recovers from the injuries he sustained, it makes you feel like you should work harder in life. We also need to remember our obligation to provide top-quality support and care to the veterans of our armed forces. I am dedicating the run today to Sergeant Bennett. The run is also in memory of Sergeant Rudy Valdez, Sergeant Xavier Bravo, and Lance Corporal Justin Ellesworth, 7th Engineer Support Battalion. Thank you to all of the men and women in uniform for their service to our country.
 

Week-long Windle Log Run to the Primary

James announced today he would be running two to four miles per day, beginning on Monday, with his increasingly famous log on his shoulder. He will start at coffee shops he has visited throughout the primary campaign. While there is certainly a humorous angle to running in public with the log, he aims to draw serious attention to his candidacy as an Independent. The two political parties historically have huge advantages over Independent candidates so much so that there is not a single Independent member right now in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also wishes to emphasize the importance of an active lifestyle to staying healthy and productive. Congress needs diverse voices to break the gridlock of the two parties. James has campaigned hard since leaving his job in this attempt to serve you. He has experience in government, independence from the inflexible party platforms, and courage to represent the 8th well in Congress as an Independent. This is the election cycle for you to think for yourself and vote Independent. Vote and support Windle in the primary.

The details of the log runs are in the press release (no log is required). Voters and Windependents are welcome to join.

Windle Commits to Daily Log Running for Final Week of Campaign

Thoughts on the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July has always been a favorite holiday for my family. We were not a political family; we rarely spoke about the Framers or the Declaration of Independence. It was a day to appreciate each other and this country that provides us opportunity and safety. Even as we struggle today with a sluggish economy where opportunity is not as available as we want it to be, today is a good day to appreciate what we do have, aspire for more, and consider what else we can do to serve our communities and country.

I wanted to make my own contribution so I left the area for a career in public service after I graduated from the University of Washington. My Fourth of July celebrations in recent years included watching the fireworks in Washington, DC, from the White House South Lawn and from the porch of the Capitol building. For someone with my humble background, being in those historic places evoked powerful feelings of patriotism and service. The Fourth of July inspired me to work harder. Yet, even when I attended the celebrations in Washington, DC, I would often think about my family and friends back home having bloc parties in Fall City or camping at Lake Alta State Park.

When I left my career in the other Washington for this campaign back at home, I knew there was risk. Running a campaign for Congress as an Independent can be lonely. You end up battling against both Democrats and Republicans facing the organizational challenges of not having party support. I also wondered how I would connect with people after my years away. My concerns were unwarranted. Connecting with people through this campaign, discussing my experiences growing up in this Washington and working in the “other” Washington, has been one of the best experiences of my life. I will look back on these months of my life fondly.

I am now home for the Fourth of July. I will be driving around the District with my wife, mother, sister, and good friends (and a dog named Archie) stopping by various public events. We have volunteers around the District as well. You will see them with our T-shirts. I know this is not a day for heavy campaigning. It is about people, families, and communities coming together. I believe that someone who wishes to represent an entire Congressional District should not set-up a camp in a single community over a holiday. We decided to hit the road.

This country is going to get back to greatness. I would not be doing this if I believed otherwise. We have everything to be great. We have resources. We have talent. And we have work ethic. We need our leaders to get past partisanship and lead. The drafters and signers of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were not Federalists, Democrats, Whigs, or Republicans. They were Independents and Americans.

I declared my independence from the two parties and the other forces that have caused our problems in recent years when I decided to run for office as an Independent. You have a choice in coming weeks too. You can declare your independence by supporting Independent candidates, like me. You can become a Windependent.  Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July. We hope to see you in the days ahead.

The Coffee Shop Campaign Continues

The coffee shop is a place we go to get our coffee but it is also a social institution in our community. It is a place where people come together to talk about their lives and politics. With such a large District, spanning from Chelan in the north and east to Eatonville in the south and west, the Windle campaign has relied on coffee shops for caffeine, volunteer meetings, and places where James can meet individual voters or small groups of people to get their thoughts on politics in the 8th District.  Last week, for example, James stopped at coffee shops in Chelan, Wenatchee, Leavenworth,  Cle Elum, and Kent.  One of his favorite aspects of the campaign is sitting down getting in-depth with volunteers or voters over a coffee. The photo below is from Pioneer Coffee Co. in Cle Elum, after the Pioneer Days parade. These stops will continue throughout the campaign. Email the campaign or click “Volunteer” on the website to meet with James for a coffee.

Major Milestone for Sammamish Historic Landmark

At 3:00 AM Sunday morning, James and other local residents will gather to witness the move of the historic Reard-Freed House in Sammamish to its new home at the Southeast Eighth St. Park. A sustained political and fundraising effort took place over a decade to rescue the house from demolition. Native to Sammamish, James has witnessed the dramatic growth of the area since his mother and father purchased the home in 1976. James has made periodic contributions to the effort to save, move, and restore the home as a reminder of the Sammamish Plateau’s history.

Volunteered for Beach Clean-up and Improvement in Sammamish

 

A Sammamish native, James volunteered today for the Inglewood Beach Club’s annual beach clean-up and improvement on the shores of Lake Sammamish. He spread new gravel and sand on the beach area with other volunteers and members in preparation for summer. As he is finding throughout the 8th District, politics was on minds of everyone with discussions on the gridlock of the major political parties and questions about James’ experience working in Congress and throughout the federal government.

Presentation at the UW

James spoke with students at the Jackson School of International Studies today. He graduated from the Jackson School in 2000. The title of his presentation was, “How the ‘Other’ Washington Works (and Doesn’t).” He offered his views on the state of the national government, reasons for gridlock, and advice to the students on how to seek careers in public service.

Snow Lake Trailhead and Hike

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. James will be at the Snow Lake Trailhead near Snoqualmie Pass before hiking to the lake with Anh later today. The views are spectacular leading to the vertical top of the hike. Once at the lake, it is difficult to believe Seattle is less than 1 hour drive away. Quick access to the trails and outdoors is a major benefit of living at Snoqualmie Pass.

Easton Memorial Day Parade

James stopped by the Easton Memorial Day Parade on Saturday to enjoy a wonderful annual event.