Governor Gregoire visits Yakima on Campaign Kickoff TourPosted: Updated:
Governor Gregoire was in town this afternoon addressing one hundred, or so people at EPIC in Yakima.
Yakima was the fourth stop for the governor in a ten-city, four day tour kicking off her campaign for re-election.
It came less than 24-hours after the second gang shooting in the last four days.
Governor Gregoire and her husband arrived in a bio-diesel greyhound bus just after noon.
The parking lot was filled with city leaders, school district representatives, as well as parents and their children from the EPIC school, all there to greet her.
After pressing the flesh, Gregoire spoke for about 20-minutes. She hit upon her successes over the last four years, including money for early learning.
But she also met with local press and answered our question about whether she supports additional funding for the new anti-gang legislation if re-elected.
"What we did is put down a down payment. It is not a complete payment," says Governor Gregoire, "We need to see what works and every community is different. What we have with gangs here is different than in many other parts of the state."
The governor signed the anit-gang legislation into law nine days ago. The state will provide two and a half million dollars in initial funding, but sponsors had asked for ten million originally.
Governor Gregoire faces Republican Dino Rossi for a second time in this November election.
She narrowly defeated him after three recounts in what is now considered closest election in US history back in 2004.