Vancouver, WA — Carolyn Long, an educator at Washington State University Vancouver for the past 24 years, announced her campaign for Washington’s Third Congressional District. Long, along with community leaders and stakeholders, will be making three stops on her announcement tour today, starting in Centralia, then Longview, and finally back home to Vancouver where she will be joined by her husband, Kevin, and daughter, Tennyson.
“I am very excited to announce my run for Congress in the third congressional district,” stated Carolyn Long. “Time and time again we have watched as Southwest Washington gets left behind. For too long DC politicians have chosen to listen to powerful special interest groups and corporations instead of listening to their constituents. That is why I am not accepting corporate PAC money. We need common-sense solutions to move our country forward and it is time we had someone who understands Southwest Washington’s values and knows how to get results, regardless of partisan politics.”
Long lost her first bid for the 3rd Congressional seat in November 2018 against incumbent, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, by 5 percentage points. She told Lacamas Magazine at a November campaign rally that if she lost, she’d run again in 2020.
Carolyn Long grew up in a rural community and dropped out of school to help her family get their small produce stand, John’s Fresh Produce, up and running when her father fell ill. Going back to school once her father was able to get back to running the business, she was inspired to give back to her community. As teachers expanded her own opportunities, she made the decision to give back and became an educator at WSU Vancouver.
“Growing up in a working family,” began Carolyn, “I know the costs and barriers that make it harder for our families and small businesses to get ahead. I am running because I have seen firsthand the astronomical costs of healthcare and prescription drugs pushing families to choose between putting a roof over their head or paying for lifesaving medicine. We need a representative who puts our working families and seniors first rather than voting 40 times to gut pre-existing condition protections.”