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Blog: Talking Jobs in Cowlitz County


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Denny spent a full Thursday in Cowlitz County meeting with a port commissioner, campaign volunteers and a barber/political prognosticator.

Denny's day began at Pacific Barber Shop, where the proprietor, Bill Ammons, has a long history of successfully predicting the outcomes of elections in our state. Bill has predicted Denny will win the race to represent Washington's 3rd District.

"He's definitely the most qualified person in this race," Ammons announced to a crowd of veterans, educators, firefighters and a 94-year-old Woodland man who just came up for a trim. "You're a small businessman, you've been through it and I respect that. Because I've been there, too. I've owned a lot of businesses and you don't know until you own a business what it's really all about."

Several veterans came from Toutle to speak with Denny about a variety of concerns affecting our country's veterans, including unemployment, benefits and health care -- specifically traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorders. Bob Roche, a Vietnam veteran from Cathlamet whose son-in-law is currently serving in Iraq, said that our returning veterans, like everyone else, are most in need of jobs.

"That's my basic reason for running," he said. "I want to help get people back to work."

Denny saw many opportunities to do just that during his tour of the Port of Longview. The enormous, once bustling economic center of the county is undergoing many changes, but is in need of more in order to create jobs and revenue.

"The Third District is blessed with some incredible assets," Denny said. "As a businessman, one of the first things I would tell you to do is take inventory of your assets. We have some incredible assets and those assets are the river, the rail and I-5, but we have to optimize them."

Denny wrapped up a busy day by thanking volunteers at his Longview headquarters for their hard work and dedication to the campaign.

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