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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page C-7 2014 GENERAL ELECTION GUIDE - 6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT U.S. REP. By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com For the second time, Gig Harbor residents Derek Kilmer and Marty Mc- Clendon are facing off in an election. Four years ago, McClendon sought to unseat Kilmer as the state senator in the 26th Legislative District. Kilmer won the election by garnering almost 59 percent of the vote. Now McClendon, a Republican, is trying to replace Kilmer, a Democrat, as the U.S. representative of Washing- ton's 6th Congressional District. Kilmer served in the state House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007, and the ~tate Senate from 2007 until he was elected to the House in 2012. In the U.S. House of Representa- tives, he serves on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Congress needs to move beyond "partisan bickering" to improve the economy, Kilmer said. "We need to get people back to work -- that's what's motivated my whole adult life ... unemployment remains too high," he said. Kilmer, 40, grew up in Port Angeles, where both his parents were teachers. He earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wil- son School of Public and International Affairs, and a doctorate from the Uni- versity of Oxford in England. Kilmer calls himself a strong sup- porter for the two largest employers in the district, Naval Base Kitsap and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He helped pass legislation to fund military con- struction at Naval Base Kitsap. Kilmer said he helped form a timber Kilmer McClendon collaborative that embraces the desires and needs of timber businesses, environ- mentalists and oth- ers in responsible harvesting in federal forests. He said he also helped stop the closure of two small business develop- ment offices. "I've really been a fighter for small businesses," he said. Kilmer said he also fights to make sure veterans get their benefits. "If you served your country, we should have your back," he said. Kilmer was recognized as the Leg- islator of the Year by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, and was also recognized by the local chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. McClendon has been a real estate agent since 1999, and is the managing broker for Prudential Northwest in Gig Harbor. He is also a church pastor. McClendon's campaign did not re- spond to repeated requests for an in- terview with the Journal. On his cam- paign website, McClendon offers his platforms on issues. McClendon grew up in east- ern Washington, including East Wenatchee, Coulee Dam and Quincy. His father worked on construction and see CONGRESS, page C-8 AT A GLANCE: 6th Congressional District U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer Prefers Democratic Party Incumbent For more information, go to derekkilmer.com or email derek@derekkilmer.com Marty McClendon Prefers Republican Party Challenger For more information, goto mcclendonforcongress.com or email mcclendon4congress@gmail.com RE-ELECT Our Future Together" r e