Centrist Democrat Thobaben seeking Vicks seat

first_imgChris Thobaben, a supply chain consultant and reserve officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, is seeking to unseat state Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida, in the November election.A Democrat, Thobaben said he has not previously run for office but has served as an appointed precinct committee officer. The Salmon Creek resident said he became interested in running for the position after he helped write the platform of the Democratic Party for the county and the state.Thobaben, 34, said that after helping write the platform he saw an opportunity to run in a Republican district on what he said are centrist ideas that fit into the Democratic platform.“We have a lot of stuff going for us and I want to be involved,” he said, citing nearby Vancouver and a port of entry “to dream of” that links the area to other supply chains.Thobaben describes himself as a centrist Democrat. He said that his objectives align with Republican ideals of economic opportunity and hard work. He said that much of his focus will be on jobs and the economy.last_img

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