Monday, June 30, 2008

Kevin Ranker wins sole endorsement of NARAL, and SEIU 925, 775

Kevin Ranker also takes the lead in overall contributions with over $46,000 in donations

Democratic Party Nominee for the 40th District Senate, Kevin Ranker, has gained endorsements from NARAL, SEIU 925, 775, 40th LD party chair Tom Pasma, and 40th LD Vice Chairs Roni Beall, and Erna Berghuys and Wade Marlow (owner of the Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham.) This comes on the heels of out-raising all other candidates in both May and June with over $46,000 in total contributions and receiving other key endorsements from the Washington Education Association, Skagit County Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt, Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell, and others.

"I think it is important to get endorsed by the organizations that I consider the 'good guys," said Ranker. "I am a strong supporter of all their causes: I'm for worker rights, for protecting women's right to choose, and I am supportive of a vibrant cultural community."

Dennis Angell, the NW Region Member Political Organizer from SEIU 925 said, "We believe Kevin Ranker will provide the kind of leadership working families need to truly make improvements on issues like early childhood education, K-12 education reform and health care."

In addition to the success with fundraising and endorsements, Kevin Ranker's campaign is working hard at the grassroots level throughout the district doorbelling hundreds of homes a week and hosting several events this month in each of the three counties in the district.

Kevin possesses 15 years professional experience in the private and public sectors, developing and advancing legislation, community development strategies, and conservation initiatives. He has directed numerous organizations and has specialized for several years in working to promote healthy, diverse, and strong communities and jobs, while protecting the environment.

Kevin was elected to the San Juan County Board of County Commissioners in 2004. During the past years, Kevin has taken on additional responsibilities that have allowed him to work on issues for the entire region, including Skagit and Whatcom Counties. These commitments have allowed Kevin to represent issues ranging from senior citizen and veteran's needs, to agricultural preservation to health care, education and the environment. Kevin lives on San Juan Island with his wife and daughter

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