Categories: Elections

State Representative Jacquelin Maycumber launches campaign for Congress in WA-05

The con­test to suc­ceed retir­ing U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers in Wash­ing­ton’s 5th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict is on.

Today, Repub­li­can State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jacquelin May­cum­ber announced that she will leave the state­house to seek elec­tion to Con­gress this year, declar­ing: “My jour­ney as a moth­er, farmer and for­mer law enforce­ment offi­cer has equipped me with a unique blend of expe­ri­ences that I have lever­aged to enhance the qual­i­ty of life for the res­i­dents of East­ern Washington.”

“As a Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­tor cur­rent­ly serv­ing the largest dis­trict in the state, I know the impor­tance of lis­ten­ing to every voice. I am com­mit­ted to engag­ing with com­mu­ni­ties from Repub­lic to Pomeroy, Cusick to Spokane Val­ley, Wal­la Wal­la to Ritzville, and every­where in between. As a farmer, I will con­tin­ue to fight for the voice of rur­al Wash­ing­ton,” May­cum­ber added.

May­cum­ber, forty-four, has rep­re­sent­ed the 7th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict since 2017. Pri­or to becom­ing a law­mak­er, she worked as a leg­isla­tive aide to for­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and now Sen­a­tor Shelly Short, who took over for Bri­an Dansel after his res­ig­na­tion to take a job with the Trump regime. May­cum­ber was cho­sen from a list of three names sup­plied by the Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­can Par­ty by coun­ty com­mis­sion­ers in the five leg­isla­tive dis­tricts that are in the 7th District.

A fourth gen­er­a­tion landown­er, May­cum­ber lives in the Repub­lic area with her hus­band Mar­ty and three chil­dren. She has a bachelor’s degree in bio­chem­istry and has a back­ground in bio­med­ical research and law enforce­ment. She also has expe­ri­ence in the K‑12 edu­ca­tion are­na as a school board member.

May­cum­ber is part of House Repub­li­can lead­er­ship — she serves as Minor­i­ty Floor Leader, work­ing with State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mon­i­ca Stonier (D‑49th Dis­trict: Clark Coun­ty) to man­age floor action. (The major­i­ty par­ty con­trols what hap­pens on the floor, but does so in con­sul­ta­tion with the minor­i­ty party.)

May­cum­ber says her pri­ma­ry focus “will be on ensur­ing our nation’s safe­ty by secur­ing our bor­ders, there­by pro­tect­ing our econ­o­my and com­mu­ni­ties from the threats of human traf­fick­ing and the influx of nar­cotics like Fentanyl.”

She is also opposed to breach­ing the Snake Riv­er dams that block fish pas­sage. “Secur­ing the Snake Riv­er dams is cru­cial for ener­gy pro­duc­tion, agri­cul­ture and trans­porta­tion,” her cam­paign announce­ment con­tends. “These dams play a sig­nif­i­cant role in pro­vid­ing hydro­elec­tric pow­er, irri­ga­tion and facil­i­tat­ing nav­i­ga­tion for trans­porta­tion. There­fore, ensur­ing the secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty of these dams is vital for the over­all well-being and devel­op­ment of the region they serve and I promise to con­tin­ue fight­ing to pro­tect them.”

May­cum­ber says she is endorsed by the fol­low­ing peo­ple and groups at the out­set of her cam­paign for Congress:

  • Spokane Coun­ty Pro­fes­sion­al Fire­fight­ers, IAFF Local 2916
  • Coun­ty Sher­iffs Fer­ry Coun­ty Ray­mond May­cum­ber, Stevens Coun­ty Brad Manke, and Pend Oreille Coun­ty Glenn Blakeslee
  • Stevens Coun­ty Pro­fes­sion­al Fire­fight­ers, IAFF Local 4333
  • 7th Dis­trict State Sen­a­tor Shelly Short
  • 7th Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Joel Kretz
  • 8th Dis­trict State Sen­a­tor Matt Boehnke
  • 8th Dis­trict State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive April Connors
  • 16th State Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mark Klick­er and Skyler Rude
  • Spokane Coun­ty Com­mis­sion­er Chair Mary Kuney
  • Spokane Coun­ty Clerk Tim Fitzgerald
  • Spokane Val­ley City Coun­cil Al Markel
  • Curt Holmes Kalispel Tribe vice-chair
  • The Kalispel Tribe
  • Doreen and Alice Moran Pend Oreille County
  • Bri­an Whitely
  • Andrew and Danielle Holstine
  • Pend Oreille Coun­ty Com­mis­sion­er John Gentle
  • Grant and Lin­da Peter­son, for­mer Asso­ciate FEMA Direc­tor con­firmed under two pres­i­dents, for­mer Spokane Coun­ty Commissioner
  • May­or of Chewe­lah Gre­go­ry McCunn
  • Deer Park City Coun­cil Bil­ly Costello
  • Pend Oreille Coun­ty Audi­tor Mar­i­anne Nichols
  • Bob Gumm, Vet­er­ans Ser­vice Officer
  • Nick Richard­son, Vet­er­ans Advisor
  • Ray Liv­ingston, wildlife con­trol oper­a­tor, TV personality

The 5th Dis­trict is wide­ly con­sid­ered to be “Safe Repub­li­can” turf. It is Wash­ing­ton’s east­ern­most con­gres­sion­al dis­trict, which rarely votes for Democ­rats or pro­gres­sive caus­es. The last Demo­c­rat to rep­re­sent the 5th was the ven­er­a­ble Speak­er Tom Foley, the only Speak­er in Unit­ed States his­to­ry to be from the State of Wash­ing­ton. Foley lost his reelec­tion bid in 1994 to Repub­li­can George Nether­cutt. Nether­cutt chal­lenged Pat­ty Mur­ray ten years lat­er and lost, end­ing his time in Con­gress. He was replaced by McMor­ris Rodgers, who in 2001 had become the House Minor­i­ty Leader in the Wash­ing­ton State House.

McMor­ris Rodgers earned 60% of the vote in her first con­gres­sion­al cam­paign, trounc­ing Demo­c­ra­t­ic rival Don Bar­bi­eri. In sub­se­quent cycles, she usu­al­ly matched or exceed­ed that, though in 2018, she only man­aged to get 55% of the vote against Lisa Brown, who is now serv­ing as May­or of Spokane after she defeat­ed McMor­ris Rodgers ally Nadine Wood­ward in a hard fought election.

Three oth­er can­di­dates have filed with the Fed­er­al Elec­tions Com­mis­sion to run for Con­gress in WA-05 this cycle: Repub­li­can John Guen­ther, Demo­c­rat Carmela Con­roy, and Demo­c­rat Ann Marie Dan­imus. Guen­ther has only raised $5,872.24 so far. Con­roy has raised $72,270.49 and Dan­imus has raised $103,575.80.

If no oth­er cred­i­ble Repub­li­can files, May­cum­ber would be favored to win the seat. But it’s been two decades since WA-05 was an open seat, and it would­n’t be sur­pris­ing if one or two more cred­i­ble Repub­li­can can­di­dates were to jump in.

Andrew Villeneuve

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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