Ridgefield Democrat announces run against Herrera Beutler

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, faces another challenger in 2014. Democrat Bob Dingethal, 57, of Ridgefield announced Monday afternoon that he’s running for the 3rd District U.S. House seat because many Southwest Washington residents are unhappy with the recklessness of federal lawmakers. He also said Southwest Washington needs to position itself for growth as the economy improves. That means investments in education and job training, he said. “Our Congress is dysfunctional,” Dingethal said in a statement. “It’s time to put aside the partisan in-fighting that has caused the problems of struggling families to be ignored. The people need someone who will listen and work as hard as they do.” Dingethal is executive director of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, which aims to protect natural habitats in the Cascade Mountain range, and he previously served as the Southwest Washington regional director for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. His resume includes stints as president of a public affairs consulting business, a business owner and an executive in the telecommunications industry. He said he believes most people are fiscally conservative, but they also value taking care of the nation’s most vulnerable people, which is good economic policy. On the Columbia River Crossing project, Dingethal said Southwest Washington missed an opportunity to create jobs in the region when some public officials walked away from the CRC. He also said the federal government should pay most of the cost associated with a new Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River. Herrera Beutler, first elected to Congress in 2010, is serving her second term. She’s up for re-election next fall. Dingethal is the second challenger to enter the race against Herrera Beutler. In October, Republican Michael Delavar, a Washougal airline pilot, announced his candidacy, saying Washington’s 3rd District needs a representative who will protect citizens’ civil liberties and get serious about reducing the nation’s debt.last_img read more