Fundraiser For Fish, Angling-friendly State Senate Candidate Coming Up

A fundraiser for a Washington state senate candidate backed by members of the recreational angling community will be held early next week.

Jesse Salomon is running for the 32nd District seat against incumbent Maralyn Chase, and he will be on hand Tuesday evening at an area fishing tackle and boat shop.

Both candidates are Democrats and the challenger actually received 168 more votes than Chase during last month’s primary, 14,477 to 14,309. The Republican candidate, James Wood, failed to qualify for the November general election under the state’s top-two system with 9,104 votes.

According to the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, which is putting out word about the meet-and-greet, Salomon is a “champion of sports fishing and an avid sports fisher.” His website says he “cares deeply about salmon’s importance as a local icon, a sport fishing resource and an essential part the Native American way of life.”

Chase has represented the district, which includes Shoreline, and parts of northwest Seattle, Edmonds and Lynnwood, since 2002 both in the House of Representatives and Senate, but has been standoffish towards sport angling interests, though she did twice cosponsor a bill urging Congress to provide NMFS funding to finish habitat genetic management plans that would benefit Puget Sound recreational as well as commercial and treaty fishers.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. at Three Rivers Marine, which is located in 24300 Woodinville-Snohomish Road.

To RSVP for the event, call NSIA at (503) 631-8859.

Contributions are up to attendees, but if you can’t attend, checks made out to Elect Jesse Saloman can be mailed to Carl Burke, 4041 Legacy Drive NE, Olympia, WA 98516.

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