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Chandler and Gotts Face Off for 15th Congressional District Seat in State Legislature

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DECISION 2008--In these tough economic times, many voters are concerned about what's being done to help businesses in their community.  The candidates for the first seat in District 15 recognize that.

Republican incumbent Bruce Chandler plans to make sure that government is helping, not hurting, the 15th district.

"We should not make it worse by raising taxes or imposing new costs and demands on them," Chandler said.  "We should be a partner in building a future for the community, not an obstacle."

Challenger John Gotts feels there are too few jobs that pay enough to support a family.

"The idea that somebody can get a living wage today that can pay for their kids to go to a good, public school and pay to go to college, have a retirement [fund] and some kind of pension, and health, medical, and dental [insurance] doesn't exist anymore."

Gotts is working on a proposal to bring wind turbines to the district.  He thinks they will bring well-paying jobs back to Central Washington.

"We could have turbines set up in a farm over in Bickleton but Union Gap, Yakima could have turbines there," Gotts said.  "Once they pay for themselves, I figure every 100 turbines we bring in we'll get 70 million dollars to pay for education, senior care, veterans care, emergency services, roads, libraries."

Chandler says Washington will likely bring in more revenue this year than ever before.  While he acknowledges balancing next year's budget will be tough, he thinks our financial situation is relatively strong.

"Washington as a state is positioned better than most other states, maybe any other state as far as confronting the challenges over the next few years," Chandler said.  "I think Central Washington is on the leading edge of economic growth in the Northwest."