WA’s SOS Kim Wyman talks about the primary

When U.S. President Barack Obama was visiting Oregon during his first bid for the presidency someone asked him about the Hanford nuclear plant.

“He didn’t know what it was,” recounted Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman said.

But he reassured the person asking the question he would find out.

“That’s the power of having a presidential primary,” Wyman said.

Wyman is pushing to move the state’s presidential primary from May to March. It would make the primary more relevant and ensure Washington state has a say in shaping the national debate, Wyman said.

She expects a panel to vote in August whether to approve the change.

On Friday, Wyman visited The Columbian’s editorial board.

The interview with Wyman was wide ranging. You can view the video here.

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The secretary of state touched on the recent legislative session and the state’s dismal voter turnout.

She also talked about an exhibit that will be on display starting in August featuring World War II veterans from the state.

There will be free online profile of veterans. Arnold Samules, a German Jew who joined the U.S. Army,  and Clayton Pitre, one of the first African-American Marines, will both be featured.

Those interested can hear from the WWII veterans in Wyman’s office in Olympia on August 20th. For more information, call 360-902-4171.

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or lauren.dake@columbian.com. Follow her on Twitter .

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