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Reichert holds latest campaign fundraiser at Thomas Family Farm in Snohomish

SNOHOMISH—Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Reichert held a fundraiser event at Thomas Family Farms in Snohomish Tuesday, May 21. The event was hosted by State Representative/Snohomish County Councilman Sam Low and Snohomish County Councilman Nate Nehring with approximately 175 attendees.

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Republican candidate Dave Reichert (center) at Thomas Family Farms fundraising event on May 21, 2024. SOURCE: Kristina Mitchell.

The evening began around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and included a dinner, keynote speakers, and opportunities to donate to Reichert’s campaign. Suggested donation for a seat began at $75 a ticket or $600 for a table of six. The event concluded around 8:00 p.m.

Dave Reichert has raised approximately $3,032,480 so far, according to Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) records. Reichert and Semi Bird, respectively, are the leading candidates GOP candidates for Governor, competing against Democrats Mark Mullet and Bob Ferguson.

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Thomas Family Farms fundraising event for Republican candidate Dave Reichert on May 21, 2024. SOURCE: Kristina Mitchell.

Reichert first began his career of servitude in 1971 when he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves’ 939th Military Airlift Command. After his time in the military, he entered a career in law enforcement where he worked for 33-years for the King County Sheriff’s Office – first as a beat cop then as elected Sheriff.

During Reichert’s career with the King County Sheriff’s Office, he was the lead detective of its investigative team, working alongside officers, medical examiners, and volunteers to capture the infamous “Green River Killer”, Gary Ridgeway, who was convicted of murdering 49 people between the early 1980’s and the late 1990’s.

Reichert was honored by the National Sheriff’s Association with their “Sheriff of the Year” award, was a two-time Medal of Valor Award recipient and was also given the Attorney General’s Award for “courageous action.”

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Republican candidate Dave Reichert (left) Thomas Family Farms fundraising event on May 21, 2024. SOURCE: Kristina Mitchell.

In 2004 Reichert ran, and won, a seat in Congress, representing Washington’s 8th Congressional District – which encompasses portions of King and Pierce counties. He continued to win elections to maintain his seat for the next 15 years.

During his time in Congress Reichert became the sixth freshman representative in history to be named chairman of a subcommittee – the Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee. He would later become a senior member of the most powerful panel in Congress – the Ways & Means Committee. He also served as chairman of the Trade Subcommittee where he championed free-trade agreements critical to over 248,000 jobs in Washington State.

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Republican candidate Dave Reichert (center) with Snohomish County Vice Chair Nate Nehring and Representative Sam Low (R-Lake Stevens) at a Thomas Family Farms fundraising event on May 21, 2024. SOURCE: Kristina Mitchell.

When Reichert left Congress in 2019, he responded to a modern-day humanitarian crisis by working throughout Central America to combat human trafficking.

Reichert has also been instrumental in helping law enforcement across the country obtain Rapid DNA, a technology that provides a full DNA profile in just 90 minutes.

His platform revolves around cracking down on crime, reducing the cost of living, protecting parents and children’s rights, create jobs and stimulate the economy, and maintain government accountability.

Reichert lives with his wife Julie in Chelan. He has three children, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

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