FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPOKANE, Wash. – Members of one of the most prominent labor unions in the region, the Spokane Police Guild have voted to endorse U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers in her 5th District race.
The announcement follows a growing list of local law enforcement leaders and organizations in Eastern Washington offering their support for her continued commitment to local law enforcement.
“I remain vigilant in my support of the men and women who wear the police uniform,” said Cathy. “We need to stand behind those who stand up for our families and our neighbors every day. My mission is to restore trust and confidence in representative government and the rule of law, and I’m proud to support the people who work every day to keep our communities safe.”
Among the key reasons for supporting Cathy McMorris Rodgers given by the Guild were the repeated attempts by her opponent Lisa Brown to raid pension funds while serving as the Senate Majority Leader in the Washington State legislature.
“When Lisa Brown was a Senator she was the prime sponsor of a bill to take money out of our pension fund,” said Sgt. John Griffin, the president of the Spokane Police Guild. “We feel like that’s a promise to people, a pension. And if you’re going to do that, we don’t want you in office.”
In her work, Cathy’s recent votes have supported law enforcement by giving them more tools to keep Eastern Washington schools safe, more funding to fight the opioid epidemic in our community, and by reauthorizing the Project Safe Neighborhoods program to facilitate partnerships between federal, state, and local agencies to combat violent gang crimes. She pushed for the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, received a national award from Sandy Hook Promise for her commitment to school safety, and continues to hold one of the highest rankings by the National Association of Police Organizations.
Cathy has made it a priority to spend time with officers on the job to see firsthand the issues officers are facing. In a recent ride along with the Spokane Police Department, Cathy saw continued evidence of drugs on our streets like heroin and opioids. It gave further proof that the work Cathy has done to help pass a package of bills to combat the opioid epidemic has never been more important. Those bills also provide $4B in resources for those working with this crisis in our communities.
Additional Law Enforcement Groups and Individuals who have endorsed Cathy include:
Washington Council of Police Chiefs & Sheriffs (WACOPS)
Craig Bulkley, President, WACOPS
Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP)
Marco Monteblanco, President,Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Fraternal Order of Police Spokane Lodge 20
Holt Widhalm, President, Fraternal Order of Police Spokane Lodge 20
Brian Asmus, Chief of Police, Liberty Lake
John Hensley, Chief of Police, Cheney
John Hilderbrand, Sheriff, Asotin County
Ray Maycumber, Sheriff, Ferry County
Drew Hyer, Sheriff, Garfield County
Wade Magers, Sheriff, Lincoln County
Alan Botzheim, Sheriff, Pend Oreille County
Ozzie Knezovich, Sheriff, Spokane County
Kendle Allen, Sheriff, Stevens County
John Turner, Sheriff, Walla Walla County
Brett Myers, Sheriff, Whitman County