Jay Inslee calls for 6 governor debates with Rob McKenna

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee on Monday called for six debates with Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna to help voters decide which of them should be elected the state’s next governor.

Inslee wants to hold two each in eastern, central and western Washington before the November 2012 election. He is seeking a range of formats including television and radio.

His campaign manager, Joby Shimomura, made the request Monday in a note to McKenna’s campaign manager, Randy Pepple.

At this stage, Inslee and McKenna are their respective party’s leading candidates for governor.

Such requests for debates typically come from candidates trailing in a race. To this point, every publicly released poll of voters shows McKenna leading Inslee by several points.

“I guarantee you that Rob McKenna will agree to more debates than Congressman Inslee will,” Pepple said.

He said they’ve already agreed to do two debates — one in Yakima to be hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and one in Spokane to be sponsored by the Association of Washington Business.

Pepple said he’s waiting to hear if Inslee has agreed to those as well.

“We have a list of organizations who have invited us to debates, and we are very interested in discussing mutually agreeable dates, locations and topics,” said Jaime Smith, an Inslee campaign spokeswoman. “That’s why we initiated the conversation with McKenna’s campaign.”

JerryCornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

These little piggies stay home

Norman, who was spotted last week in Everett, is part of a trio kept as pets by the “pig whisperer.”

Cheering families welcome Kidd, Shoup after 6 months at sea

“I get back Daddy back today,” said one homemade sign at Naval Station Everett.

Stanwood man, 33, killed in crash near Marysville

Speed may have been a factor, the sheriff’s department said.

Street-legal ATVs approved for some roads near Sultan

Supporters foresee tourism benefits. Opponents are concerned about injury and pollution risks.

Jamie Copeland is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. She is a basketball player, ASB president, cheerleader and, of course, a Lion. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Cedar Park Christian senior stepping up to new challenges

Jamie Copeland’s academics include STEM studies, leadership, ASB activities, honor society.

Woman, 47, found dead in Marysville jail cell

She’d been in custody about four days after being arrested on warrants, police said.

County plans to sue to recoup costs from ballot drop-box law

A quarter-million dollars could be spent adding 19 ballot boxes in rural areas.

Marilyn Carter (left) is president and Barbara Callaghan is vice president of the AOK Club at Washington Oakes Retirement Community in Everett. Carter personally funds much of the supplies for the club’s annual candy wreath fundraiser so that all sales proceeds can go to local charities. It’s just one of the club’s year-round activities to support local nonprofits. (Melissa Slager / The Daily Herald)
Circles of kindness

Residents of an Everett retirement community create candy wreaths as fundraisers.

County to contribute $1.6M to Everett’s low-barrier housing

The plan appears on track for the council to transfer the land ahead of next month’s groundbreaking.

Most Read