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April 19, 2012

Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen announced that he would be seeking reelection

to his fifth term in office. He was elected as Washington State’s

15thlieutenant governor in 1996 and re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Prior to

his election as lieutenant governor, Mr. Owen served as Shelton finance

commissioner from 1976 – 1979, as a member of the Washington State House of

Representatives from 1976 – 1983, and in the Washington State Senate from

1983 – 1996.

In making his announcement, Lieutenant Governor Owen stated “ I am running

for reelection because there is a lot of work that needs to be done to get

our state moving again. We need to stimulate our economy and help create

family wage jobs. I’ve traveled the world building economic alliances with

friendly nations and I plan to continue my work to help Washington State

businesses increase their share in the world market.”

Lieutenant Owen stated that “My other passion is to make Washington a state

for healthy kids and communities. I’ve made substance abuse prevention and

child welfare as a priority of my office. Over the last decade, I traveled

throughout the state visiting schools with a multiple media musical program

that delivered a positive message to help kids avoid substance abuse and

also to raise their awareness about the dangers of bullying”.

In responding to a criticism of one of his opponents regarding

partisanship; “One of the things I am most proud of is the relationships

that I have developed on both sides of the aisle. As the President of the

Senate, I have made sure that all sides get a fair shake on the Senate

floor. I’ve tried to be the most bipartisan Lieutenant Governor in the

history of our state. It’s ironic that the only criticism that my opponent

has is the one thing I am best known for.”


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