Ike throws hat into House race
June 11, 2008 · Updated 1:16 PM
Improving the conditions of Hood Canal is just one of the reasons Bill Ike Eickmeyer said was behind his fourth campaign for re-election to the House 35th District Position 2.
I dont want to walk away from this because that body of water is sacred to me, the Democrat from Belfair said during a recent interview. Whats going on in the Canal is a natural problem thats been accelerated by human abuse.
Eickmeyer said theres a number of difficulties getting legislators to understand whats going on with the Hood Canal due to its complex nature. Its taking a long time, he said. One of the ways he says could relieve pollution would be through the creation of a sewer system around the Canal. Thats going to take a lot of time and a large commitment from the feds and state along with the homeowners.
He said he helped secure funding for a pilot project by the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group which could form the base for future legislation.
Eickmeyer said he will likely chair the trade and economic development committee if re-elected, as well as serve on the House committees for agriculture and natural resources, capital budget and rules.
Chairing the economic development committee will be a boost to his campaign to eliminate a portion of the state business and occupation (B&O) tax that could put a business out of business.
It doesnt make sense to have a tax that puts people out of work, said Eickmeyer, who is the executive director of the Sound Institute of Family and Childrens Services which has offices in Bremerton and Silverdale. We received support on both sides of the aisle last session and now were working on a way to make it functional and hopefully well find the keys to make it work.
Eickmeyers only opposition wont likely come until November when hell face Silverdale resident Robert Benze, a Republican.