August 19, 2008

It was a hard fought campaign and the early results are in. We are in the lead 4909 to 4851 over Shelly Short, with Mike Davis in 3rd place at 3283. As the campaign heads into the general election, I am grateful for the support of folks all over the 7th District and will be working hard to prepare for a strong finish in November.

Next ballot counts for Lincoln, Pend Oreille and Spokane counties will be Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 pm. Okanogan, Stevens and Ferry won't update again until Friday. It will be interesting to see if the later ballots trend differently than those mailed earlier, given the unfortunate late breaking news related to the Short family. Our prayers are with them as they face a difficult situation.

We will continue to focus on running a positive campaign and getting our message out - the Legislature needs more representatives with hands on business and agriculture experience. The Spokesman-Review endorsement editorial summed up the message nicely - "Madsen is a solid choice with ideas and common sense." Their assessment is borne out by the lengthening list of endorsements from business and professional organizations, updated regularly on my website. These groups carefully review the qualifications and positions of candidates, often with a personal interview, before making a decision to offer their support. It’s a great process in a democratic society.