Republican Rob McKenna has launched a “Mayors for McKenna” group in support of his candidacy for governor.
McKenna, the sitting state attorney general, is running against Democrat Jay Inslee, the former congressman, for governor.
On the list of about 40 mayors are Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney and Montesano Mayor Ken Estes. “McKenna has a lot more experience in state government and I think he will provide a different view of things that I would intend to support,” Durney said. “I’m looking forward to a change.”
Durney said he also has a problem with Inslee resigning from his seat in Congress, which will result in two elections to fill the 1st Congressional District seat. One election is to take on the rest of Inslee’s term for about one month. The other election is for the new term. “That’s an enormous expense to the taxpayers and a waste,” Durney said.
Estes said he has always been a steadfast supporter of McKenna and thinks he’s done a fine job as attorney general.
A letter from the mayors states, “Washington State needs to rebuild its relationship with local governments, and it is clear that this requires new leadership in Olympia. That is why we, as independent non-partisan elected leaders, from around the state, are supporting Rob McKenna for governor.”