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Kilmer, Driscoll To Vie For Wash. 6th District

Liz Jones

In Washington's 6th Congressional District, Democrat Derek Kilmer has easily earned a place on the November ballot. It appears Republican Bill Driscoll will fill the other spot, as KUOW's Liz Jones reports.


The ballot count so far shows Senator Derek Kilmer far in the lead, with 54 percent of the vote. The likely Republican challenger, Bill Driscoll, trails with 18 percent. It appears both candidates will now move on from this top–two primary to the November election.

Washington's 6th Congressional District spans the Olympic Peninsula. Democrat Norm Dicks has represented the area for 36 years. Now, he's retiring.

The only Democrat in the race to replace him is current state Senator Derek Kilmer. Kilmer says he's eager to build on Dicks' legacy in this working class area.

Kilmer: "People want leaders who understand the struggles of middle class families. They want someone who's going to fight every day to get people back to work. And they want Congress to get back to work, too."

Kilmer is also currently vice president of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma–Pierce County.

Bill Driscoll is one of five Republicans in this primary race. And early returns show he'll likely move on to the general election.

Driscoll is the great–great–grandson of lumber baron Frederick Weyerhauser. He has worked for the family company and also served in the Marine Corps. Driscoll says one of the big differences between him and Derek Kilmer is experience.

Driscoll: "Well, this is the first race I've ever run and so it's pretty exciting to do well. And I attribute that to getting a message out about non–politician running; trying to focus on a bipartisan message of balancing the budget, getting the economy going."

For this congressional run, Driscoll and Kilmer have each raised close to a million dollars. That's way more than the nearest challenger.

Driscoll has pumped more than a half–million dollars into his own campaign. Kilmer has not put in any of his own money.

I'm Liz Jones, KUOW News.

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