Two years ago, Republican Elizabeth Kreiselmaier, Ph.D., burst onto the political scene as a first-time candidate challenging Democratic incumbent Rep. Derek Kilmer for U.S. Congress in the 6th congressional district. She advanced through the primary and captured 40.5% of the vote in the general election with nearly 178,000 votes, the highest number in modern history for a Republican candidate in this district, winning two, and almost three, of the six counties outright.
Urged by others to build on that progress and run again in 2022, she started her campaign a year earlier to create a longer runway for building relationships, raising money and getting early endorsements. That strategy has paid off in a big way, as she has already set an early fundraising record this cycle and received unprecedented early endorsements from the Washington State Republican Party and all six county Republican parties in her district, as well as numerous other conservative organizations. She also enjoys a broad base of support among current and former legislators, community leaders, military and law enforcement leaders, and business owners.
I have personally observed Elizabeth’s impressive work ethic on the campaign trail, and she is a very mobile, energetic and eloquent candidate, which has earned her the nickname “Energizer Bunny.” A typical Saturday has her speaking at three different events in three different counties, and she typically works from morning to night, six days a week, with a singular focus, vision, goal and passion.
With a doctorate from the University of Oregon, a successful 20-year career in program evaluation and research, grants administration, and extensive service to her community, Elizabeth has a proven gift for sizing up problems, communicating effectively, and engaging productively to get things done right and to get the right things done.
In stark contrast, four-term incumbent Rep. Derek Kilmer’s voting record is a clear, unambiguous and well-documented rubber stamp for the Democratic Party. Since 2013, only three Kilmer-authored bills have become law, thus earning Elizabeth’s nickname for him: “Do-Nothing Derek.”
I strongly and proudly endorse and recommend Elizabeth Kreiselmaier for Congress.
Bruce Cook, Lakebay
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