‘Culp for Congress’ site up, announcement coming Friday in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — Loren Culp on Friday is formally announcing his candidacy for Washington’s 4th Congressional District, running against fellow Republican Dan Newhouse.

Friday morning, Culp officially launched culpforcongress.com.

In a Facebook Live video on Tuesday night, Culp said, “Coming up this weekend, we are having a rally — yes, a full-blown rally. Some of you that attended our rallies last year, you know it’s a great time. It starts Friday night, 6 p.m., at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick, down in Tri-Cities. We’re gonna have live music and a couple of speakers. One of them will be me.”

“I also have a very big announcement that I’m going to make live on stage so you don’t wanna miss it.”

The Culp for Congress website prominently features a mission statement of sorts, titled Relighting the Fires of Freedom and Liberty:

Loren knows it is not enough to speak about the assault on our liberties and freedoms from the radical Democrats and cowardly Republicans in Congress; we must stand tall and act.  For over a decade, Loren served his community as a law enforcement officer and for the past two years has traveled the state speaking about individual freedom and liberty to tens of thousands of Washington citizens through his historic and record-breaking gubernatorial campaign.

Now he is taking his fight to Washington DC.  But first, he needs your help to defeat the congressman in Washington’s 4th Congressional District who betrayed the President and betrayed his oath by standing shoulder to shoulder with Nancy Pelosi and the radicals in Congress bent on destroying our nation.

The congressman Culp mentions is Newhouse, who fell out of favor with many Washington state Republicans when he voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump. Many Republican organizations and constituents in Newhouse’s central Washington district demanded that he resign after the impeachment vote but he refused.

Culp ran for governor of Washington last year and received 43.12% of the vote. Dan Newhouse was re-elected to Congress with 66.21% of the vote in November.

Culp is the third person to announce he’s running against Newhouse. Republican State Rep. Brad Klippert of Kennewick announced last month that he is running for Congressional District 4. Prosser businessman Jerrod Sessler is also running.

Culp mentioned during his online broadcast that he lives in Ferry County, which is in Congressional District 5, represented in Congress by Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers. District 4 covers Douglas, Okanogan, Grant, Yakima, Franklin, Benton and Adams counties. U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 2, clause 2 states House members must be at least 25 years old, have been a U.S. citizen for at least seven years, and live in the state they represent (though not necessarily the same district).

Friday’s event in Kennewick is called the Ignite the Right Freedom Rally. It is free to attend. 4 News Now sister station KAPP-KVEW Local News will be covering the event live during our 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. newscasts.

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