Patty Murray Rally in Bothell Draws
Hundreds of Supporters Friday.
|Patty Murray Speaks at Friday Campaign Rally in Bothell|
photo credits-Janet Way
The "mom in tennis shoes" walked on stage and captured the spotlight on Friday in Bothell, her hometown, on a spectacularly beautiful late summer day. She joined dozens of supporters on stage and brought attention to "Main Street" issues. The rally was held on Main Street in Bothell, WA which the city has chosen to preserve and utilize in recreating its town center planning.
Patty Murray spoke about her family, many members of which were on stage with her. She told the story of how as a child she worked in her dad's "Five and Dime" store on Main Street called "Merediths 10 Cent Store". The shop is now the "Alexa's Cafe", where her team gathered as its headquarters during the rally. She pointed out that small business is the backbone of our nation's economy and will be a focus of her campaign, because it represents the potential for growth and investment in our communities and her interest in protecting family wage jobs. She emphasized that she grew up in a small family business, and also experienced hardships when illness and economic difficulties impacted her parents. But, her parents made certain that she and her siblings succeeded by applying their skills and getting good educations.
|Patty Murray volunteers in front of Alexa's Cafe (formerly Patty's dad's Five and Dime store)|
|Rally staged on Bothell's Main Street where small businesses are key|
|Murray supporters on stage|
|Excitement builds as speaker Iraq Veteran Pete ____ introduces Senator Murray|
Another theme that has been important during Senator Murray's career has been her advocacy for veterans. Her dad was a veteran of WWII and Vietnam. She was the first woman to serve on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. She has been a strong advocate for funding veterans programs.
|Senator Murray addresses large crowd|
|Patty poses with supporters after speech|
Candidates Cindy Ryu and Maralyn Chase joined me in cheering Patty Murray
photo credit-Rose Lafoon
|Chase Family and Candidate Luis Muscoso pose in front of Alexa's Cafe after rally|
L to R - Carin Chase, Norma Mayfield, Rep Maralyn Chase, Chase Simurka, Lucky(dog) and Luis Muscoso
|Dominique Stephens (in red) and partner waiting for rally to begin|
She is staffing the North Headquarters of the State Democrats
Coordinated Campaign on Aurora Ave N in Shoreline.
Patty meets with supporters and press in Alexa's Cafe
formely her Dad's "Five and Dime" store