Republican Watkins Launches Second Run at Inslee's Seat in Congress

The 2010 challenger emerges as the first 2012 GOP candidate for the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Jay Inslee.

Redmond resident and 2012 congressional candidate James Watkins doesn't mince words when giving his take on the way the federal government is currently operating.

“Clearly, people overwhelmingly believe the country is off the rails,” he said in a recent phone interview. "If we don’t do something about it in the near term, we’re going to have a train wreck in the economy.”

Watkins, 50, was 's (D-Bainbridge Island) Republic challenger in the 2010 election for Washington's 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He recently filed to run again for the same position in 2012.

Inslee, whose district includes most of Kirkland, announced earlier this summer that he will run for governor in 2012. Other candidates vying to take his seat in Congress include former Democratic state legislator  of Kirkland, Bothell Democrat Darshan Rauniyar and state  (D-Kirkland).

A business development consultant, Watkins said he spent a combined total of about 15 years as a contractor and full-time employee at Microsoft. He began his career as a mechanic before switching to banking and ending up at the FDIC, where he worked under both the Clinton and George H.W. Bush administrations.

Watkins, who lives in unincorporated King County near the Woodinville city limits, said he believes his combination of public and private sector work experience make him the best candidate for the job.

“As a result of all that, I have the ability to get things done,” he said. “I think that’s a combination we need.”

If elected, Watkins said he would focus on providing the core government services “that people depend on” in a more efficient manner. He also said he would work to repair what he sees as a damaged relationship between the federal government and the American people.

“Unless we have a competent government, that’s not going to change,” he said.

Watkins said he has begun to appear publicly at various events around the region, but that his campaign is primarily focused on fundraising at this point in the election cycle.

Dick McManus November 30, 2011 at 01:19 AM
I dare Mr. Watkins to list where he stands on all the issues, I am doing. Dick McManus for Congress, D-WA, 1st or 2nd CD Democrat, Everett, WA Chief Warrant Officer/counterintelligence special agent, US Army, retired. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DickMcManusforCongress/ I request your endorsement, and it doesn’t matter where you live. I believe that in order for the citizens to know who they really are, public officials and candidate must speak up on all issues, not just local and state issues. Some national issues go to the very heart of who they are. 1. We need to add a statement to the Democratic Party platform "Human evolution is a fact." Why? It is because it is the duty of honorable citizens to speak truth to witch-doctors who run for office. 2. Population growth is a problem. 3. We need to demand the prosecution of Bush et. al. for high crimes and war crimes. 4. We need to demand a new investigation of the events on 9/11. 5. We need to require the super rich to pay more into social security 6. Publically financed campaigns for public office. 7. I am against the Coal Trains, but Rep. Rick Larsen wants to keep the trains a-rolling along. Where I stand on all the issues - also called a platform http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewsViewsnolose/message/885 Background of why I stand on issues: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewsViewsnolose/message/886
Dick McManus November 30, 2011 at 01:22 AM
Why we need a new Congressional Hearing about the CIA's plot to kill JFK The following link is of a radio program called Guns and Butter The information that Joan Mellen talks about is exactly what I have been researching and write about in my online book. "How the Failure to Identify, Prosecute and Convict President Kennedy's Assassins Has Let to Today's Crisis of Democracy" with Joan Mellen http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/75409 Here is the link to Joan Mellen's book A Farewell to Justice - Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History http://joanmellen.net/ check out my online book and learn about the crimes of the CIA and US war crimes SOME UNKNOWN HISTORY OF THE U.S. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SomeUnknownUSHistory/messages Dick McManus for Congress, D-WA, 1st or 2nd CD Democrat, Everett, WA Chief Warrant Officer/counterintelligence special agent, US Army, retired. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DickMcManusforCongress/ I request your endorsement, and it doesn't matter where you live.


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