Former state Republican Party chair challenging Cantwell in U.S. Senate race
Longtime U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is defending her seat against former state Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison.
Both candidates said they want to work toward a healthier economy, and both highlighted preventing wildfires as a priority.
While Cantwell — a Democrat who has held the seat since 2001 — said she brings experience, Hutchison said she offers a fresh perspective and politics that are in touch with residents.
“Maria Cantwell is a D.C. insider, detached from the interests of the people of our state,” Hutchison said. “Cantwell has been a politician for 25 years. She is no longer a servant to the public, but to the influences of the D.C. swamp.”
Cantwell said her experience has taught her to push legislation through partisan divides.
“In the Senate, I have worked to put partisanship aside and work with members of both parties to find real solutions to help make Washington more affordable and to make our workers and businesses more competitive,” she said.
If elected, Hutchison said she will fight against a state income tax.
Hutchison singled out supporting Washington farmers as one of her priorities. She said she will work for guest worker immigration policies and fair trade agreements.
“I will always fight for our farmers by protecting property and water rights from burdensome federal regulations,” she said.
In Skagit County, Hutchison said she will fight for property rights and water access for rural landowners, business owners and homeowners.
If re-elected, Cantwell said she will make long-term investments in child care and affordable education.
She said she also hopes to “grow the economy, build clean energy jobs, protect the environment, provide educational opportunities for all people at all stages of life, protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and ensure that housing, health care and retirement remain affordable for working families.”
Cantwell highlighted several of her accomplishments over her three terms, including increasing affordable housing, passing a $2 billion increase in funding for wildfire prevention and creating a federal tax incentive for training and apprenticeship programs.
She said the No. 1 issue facing the winning candidate is ensuring that prosperity is shared.