Boehme plans to run for state representative

Port Orchard may soon enjoy the hometown advantage Gig Harbor currently enjoys as the home base of both the 26th Districts’ state representatives.

Ron Boehme of Port Orchard announced his candidacy for 26th District state representative over the Thanksgiving weekend. He was born and raised in Kitsap County and currently lives in Port Orchard with his wife and six children.

Boehme will run as a Republican, though he said he hasn’t decided whether to run against current state representatives Derek Kilmer or Pat Lantz.

He said he will announce later in the spring which seat he will declare for at filing time in the summer.

“I want to change the way government does business by restoring trust in public officials, championing the needs of youth and families and releasing the power of freedom in our community,” said Ron Boehme in his announcement to seek one of two 26th District seats in the State House of Representatives next year. “There are two distinctly different outlooks on the role and scope of government and neither current state representative holds the view I do in this arena.”

Boehme is wasting no time pledging to the voters he will never support any new or increased taxes.

“It appears that our present representation favors larger government, more regulation and increased taxes. I believe this hampers both the economy, as well as personal freedom for all of our citizens,” Boehme said. “If a program comes before me worthy of my vote then those proposing such programs will have to find funding from existing revenues before they can secure my vote.”

According to Boehme, he is not opposed to new or innovative programs for government, but that government takes too much from the people and does far more than needed now.

“I believe much of what we are getting from the government now is done very inefficiently and that there is much fat that can be cut.”

Boehme says his focus in his campaign will be on protecting and growing the economy.

“People without well-paying jobs cannot support their families in a dignified manner - much less pay taxes for services,” said Boehme, and he would know after working over 30 years for Youth with a Mission, a global humanitarian organization, of which he is now the director, with centers in Port Orchard and Port Townsend.

“Let’s face it — every government program we now receive will be a lot better off if we focus on the private sector economy first. That is where wealth is created and hope begins.”

For more information on the Boehme campaign contact Friends of Ron Boehme, P.O. Box 8643, Port Orchard, WA 98366.

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