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May 24, 2006

On the Campaign Trail with Peter Goldmark

Democrat Peter Goldmark, Okanogan rancher and molecular biologist, aims to take back the 5th Congressional District for the Democrats. The seat, long held by Democratic Speaker of the House, Tom Foley, is currently held by Tom DeLay supporter, Cathy McMorris. Goldmark, along with a gang of supporters, rode into Spokane by horseback along the Centennial Trail for a kickoff rally this morning.

This guy would be a great addition to Congress. As Steve Zemke says over at Majority Rules, we need someone like Goldmark in Congress to represent our great inland empire. He is from the ranching community; he is a PhD scientist with a lab on his ranch, and he a former WSU Regent. Take a look at the photos on his website. Goldmark, like Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, has sizzle.

Here's a bit about why he decided to run from an article in Saturday's PI:

Goldmark decided last year that he would run against McMorris because he felt the nation was on the wrong path.

Goldmark was particularly worried about the plight of the farm economy, which he believes the Bush administration has ignored. He would also focus on cutting the nation's dependence on foreign oil, by promoting alternatives to oil that could be grown and processed in farm country.

This could be a very good year.

Posted by Lynn Allen on May 24, 2006 at 05:03 PM in Candidate Races | Permalink


The PI article mentions that he is the son of "John Goldmark, a Democratic state legislator from Okanogan County who was accused of having communist sympathies and lost when he ran for a fourth term. He sued his accusers and won a landmark libel lawsuit in 1963 that helped put an end to red-baiting." This HistoryLink http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=3577 ties him to "civil rights attorney Charles Goldmark, his wife, Annie Goldmark, and his two sons, Colin, 10, and Derek, 12, [brutally murdered] in their Madrona home [by right-wing extremist David Lewis Rice]".

His family has paid heavily for their principles. This is very good news for Washington, he looks like a winner in November.

Posted by: Mark Centz | May 24, 2006 11:34:28 PM

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