Pollet looks to Tri-Cities for help in legislative campaign

By Chris Mulick, Herald Olympia bureau October 2, 2008 

Tri-Citians for Gerry Pollet?

The Heart of America Northwest director, who for years has sparred with Tri-City-based Department of Energy officials over Hanford cleanup, was to be the beneficiary of a fundraiser Wednesday night in Kennewick to boost his legislative campaign.

Pollet, a Seattle Democrat, is running for an open House seat in a safe Democratic district opposite fellow Democrat Scott White.

White is outraising Pollet 2-to-1 in the race for campaign money and has garnered more establishment endorsements, including from the Washington Conservation Voters, the political arm of the state's environmental community.

And White outpolled Pollet in the August "top two" primary. White got 49 percent of the vote, Pollet 36 percent and Republican Keith Ljunghammar 15 percent.

But, scrappy as ever, Pollet is pressing on and is looking to the Tri-Cities for help. And he has found help at least from Bill Lampson and Bob Ferguson, Tri-City business leaders who organized last night's fundraiser.

"We are supporting this event in hope that we can create a positive dialogue with respect to Hanford issues," Ferguson said in an e-mail invitation obtained by the Herald.

Pollet could not be reached Wednesday afternoon.

He has reported raising $4,525 in the Tri-Cities so far, with big checks coming from Richland's Pacific EcoSolutions and Babcock Services.

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