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3 law enforcement groups endorse Inslee for governor

At an April 12th press conference Gov. Jay Inslee along with Dept. of Social and Health Services' Secretary Pat Lashway (left) introduces Cheryl Strange, the new CEO of Western State Hospital.
At an April 12th press conference Gov. Jay Inslee along with Dept. of Social and Health Services' Secretary Pat Lashway (left) introduces Cheryl Strange, the new CEO of Western State Hospital. sbloom@theolympian.com

Three law enforcement organizations have endorsed incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee after supporting his gubernatorial opponent, Republican Rob McKenna, in 2012.

The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association and the Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs announced their endorsement Thursday, according to Inslee’s campaign.

The councils lobby in Olympia for police unions on law enforcement and labor issues. The troopers association is a union.

“Gov. Inslee’s support of law enforcement officers and work to assure they have the necessary training, investments and coordination of resources is the leadership needed to ensure we have safer communities,” Craig Bulkley, president of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, said in a written statement.

The troopers association noted successful efforts in the Legislature to raise trooper pay, signed by Inslee. Troopers got a 5.8 percent pay boost in July.

Current sheriffs of 18 counties and one former sheriff have individually endorsed the Republican candidate, Bill Bryant. The sheriffs of Pierce, Thurston and King counties are not among them.

Bryant’s spokeswoman Yvette Ollada said the groups were endorsing a sitting governor for his political standing, and endorsed McKenna, the former state attorney general, for his.

“I think these individual sheriffs on the ground know Bill really cares about law enforcement,” she said.

Walker Orenstein: 360-786-1826, Twitter: @walkerorenstein

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