Yesterday Congressman Doc Hastings announced he will not be seeking reelection in November. "I congratulate Congressman Hastings and his family on his retirement. We have been extremely Blessed to have him representing us in D.C., and he leaves some very big shoes to fill", Senator Holmquist Newbry said. As Congressman Hastings says, "it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them in the people's House".
"I have faithfully served the voters of my district in the Senate and House, I have heard the concerns of voters in the 4th congressional district, and now I am considering a possible run for Congress. I have formed an Exploratory Committee and will be visiting with key leaders throughout the district in the coming weeks to assess the viability of my candidacy", Senator Holmquist Newbry said.
Holmquist Newbry has appointed several key advisors to her exploratory committee. Among them is Mayor Micah Cawley of Yakima. "I've always looked up to Jana and her leadership abilities. I've seen her collaborate with Governor Gregoire to work on contentious issues while still representing her citizens through her values", Mayor Cawley explained. "Out of anyone who could or would run, I think she would be most effective in Congress", Mayor Cawley concluded.
State Senator Jana Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 2001, and at age 31 in 2006 became the youngest woman ever elected to the State Senate. Holmquist Newbry currently serves as chairwoman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, a position that has made her the face of Senate Republican efforts to improve Washington's business climate such as reforming the worker's compensation system.
"As a business owner here in the Tri-Cities, I hope Senator Holmquist Newbry runs for Congress. Jana understands small business and how to create jobs", said Steve Simmons, Owner of The Country Gentleman Restaurant and Catering.
Grant County Commissioner Cindy Carter chimed in "I hope Senator Holmquist Newbry runs for Congress. Her strong leadership on agriculture and water issues, and proven track record in protecting citizens from tax increases is exactly what we need in D.C."
"As a farmer, I know Jana will create jobs in WA! Run Jana run!!!", said Sam Krautchied.
Former chair of Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, Toby Bouchey (Tri-Cities) stated: "We need a strong voice to represent our interests; a leader who understands issues that impact our local economy, such as Hanford, issues facing people who are buying and selling homes and our burgeoning wine industry. I hope Senator Holmquist Newbry runs for Congress."
Matt Harris (Ephrata) said, "I've worked with Senator Holmquist Newbry on trasportation and agriculture issues, and I'm very pleased she's considering running for Congress".
"Jana found a way to hold true to her conservative values and still get things done in Olympia. That is what we need in D.C.", said Elliott Goodrich (Goodrich Farms Adam and Grant Counties).
"Our country is in a time of need. We need bold, new leadership, not rubberstamp politics", said Representative Cary Condotta (R-Wenatchee). "Holmquist Newbry is the new generation we've been looking for," he concluded.