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Live Recording: Second Governor’s Debate

Recorded live on Wed., Oct. 19 at 8:00 p.m.

October 19, 2016

The gubernatorial debate between Washington state Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant will take place tonight at 8:00 p.m., streaming live from Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash. 


Jay Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee is seeking his second term as governor, having won the office in a tough 2012 contest with former Republican state Attorney General Rob McKenna. The 65-year-old Democrat graduated from the University of Washington before earning a law degree from Oregon's Willamette University School of Law. He began a law practice in Selah, just north of Yakima, and served as city prosecutor and later as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives. A born-and-bred Washingtonian (as a student at Seattle's Ingraham High School, he was frequently mentioned in the daily papers' sports pages), he has the rare distinction of having been elected to Congress from both an Eastern Washington district for a single term (1993–1995) and a Puget Sound area district. He served as a member of Congress from 1999 until resigning in March of 2012 to run for governor. Inslee is campaigning on improvements to school funding, successful passage of a bipartisan transportation funding package and job growth.

Bill Bryant

Former Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant, 56, is trying to become the first Republican governor since John Spellman left office in 1985. Bryant actually served in Spellman’s administration as director of the governor’s international trade council. A lifelong Washingtonian, he was born in Morton and graduated from high school in Olympia, going on to earn a bachelor's degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Like Inslee, he also has an Eastern Washington background, having worked in Yakima on the export of agricultural products following his employment in Spellman’s administration. He moved to Seattle and founded BCI, an agricultural exports enterprise that he grew from a basement office in 1992 to a firm employing 35 people presently. During his eight years as a port commissioner, Bryant helped bring about an agreement to consolidate operations with the Port of Tacoma. He has criticized the Inslee administration as incompetent and promises improvements to education and environmental leadership.

Fun fact: The fathers of both candidates were public school teachers.



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I am struggling to pay rapidly increasing property taxes. Levies are reportedly responsible for half of our property taxes and benefit all. Half of the people are renters. Why are sales taxes not increased instead so that everyone pays for things that benefit everyone instead of letting people who assume they are getting something for nothing.

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