Glen Stockwell of Ritzville has a plan to employ tens of thousands of people and expand irrigated agriculture in the Mid-Columbia, and he said he'll make it happen if he is elected to Congress.
Stockwell, 64, is one of 12 candidates looking to make it past the Aug. 5 primary for U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings' District 4 congressional seat so he can implement his proposal for the Columbia Basin Project and related irrigation initiatives.
Stockwell, who is running as a Republican, won't say where specifically the billions of dollars needed would come from for his project, other than pre-existing dollars and no new taxes would be required.
And he would pursue it at the same time as his other top goal -- to have President Obama impeached and imprisoned for treason.
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Neither of those two goals would prevent Stockwell from working across the aisle, he said, something he has sought to do for years with state and regional lawmakers in the region.
"If I don't succeed in two years, fire me," he said. "I'm a doer, I'm not a talker."
Stockwell was born in Yakima and grew up in Yakima County. He attended what was then Yakima Valley Junior College and also served in the U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force. He has been self-employed as a business consultant for more than 30 years, primarily working in agriculture and irrigation.
He was a Ritzville city council member in the mid-1980s. He has sought higher office in recent years, including state representative and U.S. senator, but has not won.
Stockwell has pitched his idea to carry out the Columbia Basin Project for years, appealing to Gov. Jay Inslee, Hastings, U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and others, and all have said it's a viable project, he said.
A minimum of $2 billion would be needed to carry out the initiative, Stockwell said.
"I'm not prepared to tell you where (the money's) at," he told the Herald. "Bill Gates wouldn't be Bill Gates today if someone stole all his ideas."
But while the Columbia Basin Project should be supported by the federal government, Stockwell said he sees it being carried out by state and local government. The same goes for the cleanup of the Hanford site, which Stockwell said should be financially guaranteed by the federal government but actually carried out by those living in and around the site.
"It's time to quit waiting on the federal level for this," Stockwell said.
Implementing the Columbia Basin Project and seeing to Hanford's cleanup wouldn't detract from Stockwell seeking Obama's removal. He claims Obama is not an American citizen, though government officials in Hawaii have provided copies of the president's birth certificate. Stockwell contends the Hawaiian documents aren't valid.
"I will take the podium, I will call for the vote," Stockwell said.
U.S. representatives are paid an annual salary of $174,000 and are elected for two-year terms.
Primary ballots will be mailed to registered voters beginning July 18.
Washington has open primaries for partisan office, meaning all candidates regardless of political affiliation compete against each other. The two candidates who receive the most votes will go on to the general election.
Stockwell had not raised any money as of the most recent filing deadline, according to the Federal Election Commission.
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