Former gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp files to run for Congress in District 4

Loren Culp

REPUBLIC, Wash. — Former gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp has filed paperwork to run for Congress in Washington’s fourth district. 

Culp, the former chief of the Republic Police Department, ran for governor in 2020, but lost to incumbent Jay Inslee. He never formally conceded and in the weeks after the race, made allegations of voter fraud. 

He sued Secretary of State Kim Wyman and several county auditors, but dropped the lawsuit after the state threatened legal sanctions for making meritless claims in court. 

The fourth district — which covers Douglas, Okanogan, Grant, Yakima, Franklin, Benton and Adams Counties — is currently represented by Republican Representative Dan Newhouse. He has held the seat since 2015. 

Six GOP chairs in Newhouse’s district call for him to resign in January following his vote to impeach then-President Donald Trump. 

Culp, who has been a vocal supporter of Trump, has not yet changed his social media pages to reflect his run for congress. His former gubernatorial website links to an inactive Facebook page. Culp’s Facebook handle has been changed from “@CulpforGovernor” to “@insubordinatecop.” 

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