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Washington Restaurant Association endorses McKenna for governor

OLYMPIA — The Washington Restaurant Association has announced its endorsement of Rob McKenna for governor of Washington state. The WRA is a 5,000-member trade organization, representing the interests of the state’s restaurant industry — Washington’s largest private-sector employer.

The WRA is proud to support McKenna on the basis of his plan for economic growth and fiscal responsibility in Washington, his keen understanding of small-business issues and his sensitivity to the unique challenges within the hospitality sector. Consistently during his time as attorney general, McKenna has worked with the restaurant industry, seeking feedback and addressing the concerns of business operators.

“As an industry, we want to be a part of Rob McKenna’s vision for Washington,” said Anthony Anton, WRA president and CEO. “Repeatedly, Rob has been a champion for the state’s hardworking restaurant operators. His plan for fiscal sustainability aligns with the core values of this industry, and we believe his approach to state leadership is exactly what Washington needs.”

The WRA’s board of directors hosted a gubernatorial candidate interview in early April, providing McKenna and his Democratic opponent, Jay Inslee, the opportunity to share their goals for Washington and respond to questions from restaurant industry leaders. Prior to the meeting, both candidates were provided with a profile of the industry and were briefed on issues of particular significance to the sector. Following the interview, WRA members voted to award the endorsement to McKenna.

“I am proud to have the support the men and women of Washington Restaurant Association on my side in this campaign,” McKenna said. “The entrepreneurs and small business owners who make restaurants the largest private-sector employers in the state understand my campaign focus on budget sustainability and job growth — because they live those principles every day. I look forward to working with these hospitality industry leaders throughout my race for governor and in my work to improve state government.”

 
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