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Gov. Inslee says Clinton ‘is a strong and experienced leader’

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with the Washington state delegates to the Democratic National Convention Monday, July 25, 2016, at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel in Philadelphia.
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with the Washington state delegates to the Democratic National Convention Monday, July 25, 2016, at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel in Philadelphia. For The Bellingham Herald

When the Democratic National Convention ends in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, it will be just the beginning for the Washington state delegation, Gov. Jay Inslee said during an interview Monday, July 25.

“We’re continuing the work that has happened nationally,” said Inslee, who is up for re-election this year. “The spirit of Philadelphia is alive in the state of Washington, and that is the spirit of economic justice, individual freedom, acceptance of who we are and acceptance of science.”

Inslee said he is proud of what has come out of the DNC so far – including both the Washington state Democratic Party platform and the national party platform draft.

In particular, he’s most proud of the progressive stance the party has taken on minimum wage laws, gun legislation, climate change and health care.

“Those are fights worth having and I believe we’re going to win them,” Inslee said.

A lot of people are wishing that Jay’s endorsement of Hillary was more in line with what we wanted in my county, which is to support Bernie.

Richard May, a planning commissioner from Blaine

The governor is spending this week in Philadelphia as a superdelegate pledged to Hillary Clinton.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will receive 74 of Washington's national delegates, while Clinton will receive only 27.

Clinton “is a strong and experienced leader,” Inslee said, “and she can win this race.”

Still, the governor said he feels common ground with Sanders.

“He’s brought so many people to the table to be engaged in this, so I’m really glad he’s been such a vigorous candidate,” Inslee said.

Richard May, 49, is a Bellingham delegate pledged to Sanders.

Whatcom County is “a Bernie county, period, from top to bottom,” May said, but noted he still supports Inslee in his campaign for governor.

“A lot of people are wishing that Jay’s endorsement of Hillary was more in line with what we wanted in my county, which is to support Bernie,” said May, a planning commissioner from Blaine. “But for the most part, he’s OK on a lot of issues.”

“I don’t think someone should support someone or not support someone just because they endorse someone,” he added. “I hope people who are judging the governor are taking a lot of things into account. I don’t think anyone should do anything based on a single issue.”

Inslee said he promised his constituents that if he’s reelected, he’ll bring Sanders’ issues to the forefront in the state.

Michaela Winberg is a journalist and a student at Temple University in Philadelphia. This month, she will be reporting on the Democratic National Convention from Philadelphia as part of a groundbreaking project allowing students to cover the event for local newspapers, TV stations and digital outlets. Follow her on Twitter: @mwinberg_.

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