In the past six months we have heard much discussion on Congressman Brian Baird and his public support for the “surge” military strategy in Iraq. Many people have disagreed with his decision and some accuse him of not appropriately representing his constituents. Well, it looks like the question “Is Congressman Baird representing the citizens of the 3rd Congressional District?” will get it’s real test this summer and fall.
Ms. Cheryl A. Crist is challenging Congressman Baird for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional. On her campaign website, she lists her positions on a number of issues including:
She favors “bringing the troops home from Iraq immediately.”
She favors “Universal, single payer, not-for-profit health care”
“fair trade over free trade, getting out of the WTO, and canceling NAFTA and CAFTA.”
She promises to “foster the knowledge of nonviolence as a way of life in our communities and help make nonviolence the organizing principle of US foreign policy.”
She favors “free public education all the way from pre-kindergarten through college, including non-college vocational training.”
These are just a few of her positions. You can read more at her campaign website.
She also challenged Baird in the Democratic Primary of 2004. The totals for the 3rd Congressional District were Brian Baird with 61,110 votes for 85.31% and Cheryl A. Crist with 10,518 votes for 14.68%. (from the Secretary of State) See here.
The results from Democratic Party voters in Thurston County were not that much different from the Congressional District totals. The Thurston County totals for the 2004 Democratic primary were Brian Baird with 16,905 votes for 84.35% and Cheryl A Crist with 3,136 votes for 15.65%.
The primary election this year will be on August 19th and the general election will be on November 4th. I say that this will be the real test on whether Congressman Baird is representing his constituents satisfactorily. Polls, surveys, vigils, and demonstrations can have many uses but the real “polls”, the ones that count, will be on August 19th and November 4th. Local “progressives” (this term is not intended to insult anyone) now have a candidate to support and work to get elected. Let’s see how this test works out.