It is long past time to reopen small businesses and the schools! OF NOTE: 20 days prior to our Aug 29th L/R Day Gala Peaceful Protest, Skagit County reported 131 new Covid-19 + related cases — The 20 days following our event there has been 59 new Covid-19 + related cases (none from anyone who attended our event). There has not been a Covid related death in the county for more than a month, since August 13.
September 10, 2020
Letter to the Skagit Valley Herald
Dear SVH, this letter is in response to your very unfair “hit piece” article that was published in your newspaper yesterday regarding our SCRP Aug 29th event. Just an FYI, the governor’s edicts are not laws and there are pending lawsuits saying Inslee’s mandates are unconstitutional (violating the State Constitution Article 1 Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 11 and the U.S. Constitution 1st, 5th and 14th amendments).
Of Note: Our event was a “Peaceful Protest” and began with a several minute long prayer. Many of the speakers spoke against governor Inslee and his covid mandates. It was an open air event during the day. Everyone had to have a mandatory temperature check before they were allowed to register. There were masks available to everyone that needed one or requested one. There were two large airplane hangers (with hanger doors open) that encompassed 23,000 sq feet of covered space for the approximate 410 people (better ratio than any Walmart or Costco). The caterer’s servers wore masks and gloves and served all the food from behind a glass partition (just like in restaurants). We had social distancing tables of 6 (just like restaurants).
Also of Importance: We could have easily sold another 100 tickets, but capped the event and officially “Sold Out” the event three days early to keep the size of the crowd down to about 410 (most of the complaints were people who wanted a ticket but could not buy one because they waited too long). Everyone who attended had a great time and we have received many, many thanks for having the event.
It is also important to note that the Republican Governor Candidate Loren Culp, for several months now, has been consistently having rallies all across Washington state, attended by several hundred and in many cases over 1,000 attendees per event. And there have not been any covid related issues.
With all due respect to the liberal narrative regarding Covid-19, there are literally thousands of doctors around the country and around the world that are saying wearing masks, sheltering in place, etc. is the exact opposite of what we should be doing as a society to eliminate Covid-19. The science, data and doctors are telling us that this is an influenza type of virus and we need to build up a herd immunity to the disease to eradicate it, and mandating healthy people to wear masks and social distancing is not necessarily the best approach. Also it is time to get the children back in school. Kids under 18 YO are 3 – 17 times less likely getting Covid-19 than they are of getting a normal flu. The members of our county party wholeheartedly agree with this point of view and side with thousands of doctors and the true data and science about Covid-19.
Since April I have been tracking and writing about the coronavirus on a consistent basis in my weekly Chairman’s Corner newsletter which your readers can find at skagitrepubicans.com. The people need all of the facts regarding Covid-19, i.e. most all the covid related deaths are people over age 70 who had pre-existing health conditions. It is very interesting to note that in March the Washington State Department of Health took away the 70 – 79 year old category on their website and replaced the category with a 60 – 79 year old category to further their narrative.
Also the death rates are very skewed as people are not necessarily dying from covid, they are dying “with covid,” which is what is being put on death certificates. In Skagit county and overall in Washington state the majority of covid related deaths have occurred in long term care and assisted living facilities (In Skagit 17 of 22 covid related deaths and statewide over 60%), and many covid cases are people who are asymptomatic.
The collateral impacts of shutting down the economy with our governors proclamations is far worse than the virus itself, as suicide rates have increased over 600%, drug and alcohol abuse and cases of depression are on the rise, etc. We need to have a healthy respect for the virus and need to be smart and use common sense as with any serious flu. But we need to also have a healthy respect for families and businesses that have suffered way too much under governor Inslee’s edicts.
It is time for Inslee to end the emergency and lift the mandates, now. Not after the election. But most unfortunately we now know Inslee’ s agenda is to “use this crisis to peddle a solution to climate change that will allow us to rebuild our economy and jump start it in a more green manner”, which is what exactly Inslee said in an interview with Bernie Sanders on May 13.
Perhaps this is one of the many reasons why Jay Inslee is refusing to debate Loren Culp.
Bill Bruch, SCRP Chairman
August 18, 2020 — PRESS RELEASE
Bruch defeats incumbent in state primary election
Bill Bruch, candidate for the state House of Representatives in Legislative District 10, earned the most votes in this month’s primary election, despite challenging a well-funded incumbent who spent nearly twice as much money.
When the primary election was certified on Tuesday, Bruch (pronounced Bruck), the Republican in the race, ended with 30,248 votes, 1,033 more votes than Democrat incumbent Dave Paul. It was a record voter turnout for the primary election, about 61% in the district and over 54% statewide.
“The results are very encouraging heading into November,” said Bruch, a longtime resident of Skagit County.
The main issues that drove Bruch to run to replace the incumbent were Paul’s strong support for and votes in the legislature to increase taxes and to enact the controversial mandatory K-12 sex education law, that many parents in the state oppose.
Even with pandemic lockdowns, more than 266,000 people signed the petition to place Referendum-90 on the November ballot in an effort to repeal the controversial sex-ed law, which was supposed to take effect this school year.
Bruch also is advocating to re-open schools and get small businesses open again.
“The science and thousands of doctors are telling us that Covid-19 is nothing more than a serious influenza type virus. We need to have a healthy respect for the virus, but we also need to have a healthy respect for businesses and families. There is no need to keep punishing small businesses with draconian mandates,” said Bruch.
With 30 years of practical business experience, including owning his own property management company, Bruch, a former La Conner Town Council Member, wants to bring fiscal responsibility and transparency to the state government.
“Government’s response to Covid has dug this state into a $9 billion hole and when the pandemic was affecting the state in March, the Legislature still increased the budget to spend an additional $1.5 billion of taxpayers’ dollars. And, during the pandemic relief efforts, the state sent hundreds of millions of dollars to con artists filing fraudulent unemployment claims in Nigeria,” said Bruch. “Needless to say, we have a lot of work to do.”
State House race takes a turn
August 10th — By Skagit Valley Herald staff
Bill Bruch has taken over the lead in the primary election race for a state House of Representatives seat in Legislative District 10.
Bruch, a Republican, leads Democrat incumbent Dave Paul by 536 votes after primary election results were updated Monday.
The two are virtually assured to face each other in the November general election, as the third candidate in the field — Taylor Zimmerman — remains about 22,000 votes behind Bruch and Paul.
The 10th Legislative District covers all of Island County, the northwest corner of Snohomish County and the southwest portion of Skagit County, including parts of Mount Vernon.
Bill Bruch aims for Republican win
by Bill Reynolds
Now he hopes to change the political tides in Olympia.
Bruch, a former La Conner Town Council member who has served on various panels here, is seeking the District 10 State House of Representatives seat held by Dave Paul, D-Oak Harbor.
Bruch has more than 30 years of business experience. He chairs the Skagit County Republican Party. He told the Weekly News his overriding philosophy “is to do the right thing every day.”
“Elected officials,” Bruch said, “need to answer to the people and represent their wishes. In our current political climate, we often have leaders who impose their own will on the public.”
Bruch will champion the cause of small businesses, which have struggled as a result of state mandates designed to curb spread of COVID-19.
“Big box stores, which are seen as essential, are setting sales records and small businesses, including the hospitality industry, are seen as non-essential, and have been destroyed,” he said.
“There’s no greater evidence of this,” Bruch stressed, “as in the town of La Conner, as many businesses have been forced to close. I want to help fix the disparity.”
Bruch said he would go to Olympia seeking to reduce taxes and regulations wherever possible.
“This,” he said, “includes property taxes, sales taxes, business and operation taxes and gas taxes.”
He prefers offering tax exemptions, incentives and credits as means of bolstering the economy.
Bruch favors legislation and policies addressing the region’s housing shortage and related problems of homelessness and drug addiction.
“The role of any welfare, homeless or addiction program is to be compassionate and innovative,” he said, “with the goal of self-empowerment by helping people to help themselves. I support personal responsibility in securing a job and helping those in need with effective treatment programs.”
In terms of solving the housing crunch, Bruch said he would “advocate helping to expedite the permit process at all governmental levels, mitigate permit and impact fees and help to facilitate zoning and density flexibility.”
Bruch said his prior experience developing budgets for the Town of La Conner would serve him well as a state legislator.
“I’m a fiscal conservative, “Bruch said, “who believes strongly in upholding the state and federal constitutions.”
Other key priorities for Bruch range from “ending the governor’s declared state of emergency and getting the schools and small businesses up and running again” to overturning “the new comprehensive sex-ed law that begins in kindergarten.”
The recent deaths of his parents, his mom from cancer and dad from Alzheimer’s, has greatly impacted Bruch.
“This has taught me profound lessons in compassion,” Bruch said, “and to value every person and every day as special and sacred.”
Though Olympia is Bruch’s desired destination, La Conner remains his home base.
“I love the small-town atmosphere and rural lifestyle that La Conner offers and enjoy the unique specialty shops and various local artists,” he said. “I have several merchant friends and had a lot of fun as a merchant in La Conner where I owned and operated The Salish Sea Gallery.”
Bruch is hoping to flip the seat back to the GOP, though he vows to shun partisan politics. “I have good friends and allies on both sides of the political aisle,” he said. “I always put people above party and consistently work for what is best for our community and our state.”
Letter: Bruch for House
Sandy Stokes July 3, 2020
If the dangerous, lawless takeover in Seattle has shown us anything, it’s that generations of one-party rule have not been healthy for our state
Our local community is fielding a candidate who can help reverse the trend toward impotent state governance. Bill Bruch is the change candidate, a Republican running for a seat in the state House of Representatives.
He has been a La Conner and Skagit County resident for many years and knows the issues we face as homeowners, farmers, small business owners and taxpayers. He has allies in both political parties and constantly works across party lines to achieve solutions that benefit us all.
Bruch has served on the La Conner Town Council in the past and has spent many hours volunteering on projects to make our community better.
As your Legislative District 10 representative, he will resist any efforts to sanction lawlessness and will work hard to make the state stay within its budget without constantly raising our taxes.
Bruch has grassroots support and is not funded by unions and rich elites in Seattle and Bellevue.
Please don’t buy into the dirty partisan politics. Elect Bill Bruch, a principled man who will work hard for the community he lives in and cares about.
Bill Bruch 4 House LD10
Media contact: Sandy Stokes 360-421-2269
Bruch campaign responds to political attack by Dave Paul
On Saturday, May 23, the Democratic incumbent for a Legislative District 10 state house seat, sent out a fundraising email with an allegation that his opponent is beholden to “deep pocket” interests.
Rep. Dave Paul, D-Oak Harbor, a first term legislator who championed the law requiring sex education for kindergartners, launched a deceptive attack on his challenger, Republican Bill Bruch writing: “The latest Public Disclosure Commission reports show that my opponent’s campaign is now being funded by out-of-state, deep-pocket donors.”
In truth, more than 95 percent of Bruch’s campaign money has come from local donors seeking grass roots change in Olympia. The $2,000 in donations to Bruch that Paul is alluding to came from an active Republican donor who lives in LD 10 and who owns businesses in other states.
The Washington State Public Disclosure records also show that Dave Paul has taken more than ten times that amount – $20,000 + from unions and tribes. That represents almost a third of his entire campaign war chest.
“If you add in thousands more he has collected from environmental activists and various social justice warriors, you get a pretty clear picture who owns Dave Paul,” stated Bruch Campaign Manager, Sandy Stokes. “One thing is clear, he is not working for the average taxpayers in our district.”
Legislative District 10 encompasses all of Island County and portions of Skagit and Snohomish counties.
May 15, 2020
Governor Jay Inslee
P.O. Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
As the Mayor of the City of Burlington, I have supported your Stay home…Stay safe order from the beginning. As difficult as it has been, it was in the beginning a necessary move. I had trust in your reasons for implementing the order.
But, after watching the interview you did with Bernie Sanders on May 13th, my trust in your motives is gone. Frankly, I was appalled that the Governor of the state would in, a brief moment of unfettered honesty, express your willingness to use this “crisis to peddle a solution to climate change” that will “allow us to rebuild our economy and jump start it” in a more green manner. Your willingness to politically weaponize this terrible disease to further your climate change agenda shows a fundamental lack of leadership. True leaders do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons and let the political chips fall where they may.
The citizens of Washington deserve as much….our businesses deserve as much…and the elected leaders that have supported you thus far also deserve as much. You have just called into question every decision you have made during this pandemic up to this point, and future decisions as our economy clings to life. The ability to “rebuild our economy” would require tearing it down first. Many will now question if that is, at this point, your true motive?
I am often asked by business owners, “Why can I not open”, and I am many times at a loss for an explanation. You sir, just provided the answer for the next time I am asked that.
As the Mayor of a Washington State city that is heavily dependent upon sales tax (#1 per capita in the state), facing the sharp reduction in these revenues, I am fighting to keep our city solvent. Your interview suggests that your agenda and mine diverge at this point.
So while you use your power to further your climate change agenda, using this pandemic as a tool to do so…I will use my powers apolitically to do what is right by the citizens and businesses in Burlington. That is what our shared constituents deserve.
I am always available for discussion,
City of Burlington
May, 5 2020
Attn: “Construction Work is Essential” petition signers
Re: Follow up of April 21 letter
On April 24 governor Inslee announced that statewide private-sector construction projects could resume. However Inslee mandated new protocols like requiring plans to go through L & I and the Dept. of Health, required designated on-site specific supervisors monitoring workers, sign in sheets, etc. Additionally, it is only for existing construction projects; any new construction projects will not be allowed unless they are deemed “essential,” link here. On April 25 the BIAW hosted a 1 ½ hour live webinar that helped to explain the changes, link here.
On May 1st Inslee decreed a 4-phase plan that still did not offer any substantive changes in the foreseeable future regarding private-sector construction and it appears that Inslee is in this for the long run. This is not an acceptable solution and most unfortunately all this does is create another level of government bureaucracy and reams of paperwork. This is not sufficient. Governor Inslee needs to fully open up construction now. At a minimum Inslee should allow each of the Washington state counties to act autonomously so they are free to safely open up their businesses and economies on their own. NOW, not some nebulous arbitrary time in the future.
Also there are several lawsuits being filed against Inslee. Today House Republicans filed a lawsuit in Federal District court saying the governor’s emergency proclamation extension be declared unconstitutional, as there is no more emergency anymore and that governor Inslee’s powers are not unlimited as he has overstepped his constitutional authority, violating the U.S. Constitution video here.
Another lawsuit, The People VS. Jay Inslee that originated last week with Franklin County Commissioner Clint Diddier and Attorney Stephen Pidgeon, then gubernatorial candidate Tim Eyman is moving forward. Pidgeon is citing WA State Constitution Art 2 Sec 42 and U.S. Constitution Art 14 Sec 1, saying Federal Law does not allow for the quarantining of people that are healthy, info here.
LD 10 state House Candidate
April 21, 2020
Attn: “Construction Work is Essential” petition signers
Re: Follow up of April 13 letter
I have been in daily communication with state and local elected officials with the purpose of continuing the pressure on Governor Inslee to open up private-sector construction.
The several builder and developer groups continue to meet with the governor’s office on a regular basis, and their “get back to work” plan is classified into phases and categories with specific protocols. Last week the group submitted a well thought out and reasonable list of recommendations to the governor to begin a Phase 1 restart of construction work, along with a letter unanimously endorsing the plan.
This evening’s press conference by Governor Inslee confirmed the builder group meetings have been productive as he laid out a plan to ease out of lockdown restrictions. Inslee implied he will be allowing public-sector construction workers to get back to soon, based on future favorable data, science and informed reasoning.
Also, today the Franklin County Commissioners voted to end recognition of Inslee’s stay-home quarantine order, and encouraged builders and small business owners to start returning to work and re-opening businesses. The move to reopen comes a day after Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond posted a letter publicly stating that his office would not enforce quarantine orders on churches or residents who need to work to care for their families.
Last week, the city of Lynden, and Douglas and Chelan counties reopened home construction on permitted projects in defiance of the governor’s order. These government agencies are making the case that Inslee’s policies are creating an economic crisis and additional health crisis far worse than the Covid-19 crisis, and Inslee’s actions are an infringement of our Constitutional rights. Many of the state’s counties may also soon follow suit including Benton, Cowlitz, Kittitas and Klickitat.
I will keep you updated!
LD 10 State House Candidate
April 13, 2020
Thank you so much for signing my “Construction Work is Essential” Petition! Your signature has helped to make a huge impact as to date we now have over 20,000 signatures. I wrote a follow-up letter on April 3 to Gov. Inslee informing him of of the petition and asking him to lift the ban on private-sector construction by April 9. On April 10 several builder and construction groups met with Inslee’s staff to find a resolution “phase in” plan to get back to work. I was informed the results of the meeting were good which included a preliminary approval from L & I. It is my understanding that the “get back to work plan” is now with the Governor.
To view the petition click here, and to view my letter to the governor click here. I will most definitely keep you updated with news on any other progress. Thank you for your patience in these most challenging times.
LD 10 State House Candidate
April 9, 2020
Letter to the editor
CONSTRUCTION IS “ESSENTIAL”
On March 25 Gov. Jay Inslee decreed that construction is not “essential activity” shutting down residential and commercial building projects, leaving some with unfinished houses
The order allows construction on government projects, but takes away thousands of private-sector jobs, with builders and contractors forced to cancel orders. Inslee’s mandate kills many trades, hurting families and the economy. Now some construction companies, roofers and others may have no choice but to leave the state to find work.
The construction industry already uses safe protocols, and the private sector should not be punished in this time of economic downturn. We should allow construction trades to continue to work as long as workers are practicing CDC guidelines the same as the public-sector workers.
Private-sector construction workers are entitled to equal protection under the law and their rights are being violated by our state government. People who would live and work in the private-sector projects in homes, apartments, and businesses are being discriminated against in favor of those who would live, work or do business in public-sector projects of the same sort.
This policy lacks a rational explanation. Does the COVID-19 virus go after private -sector construction workers more than public-sector construction workers? Are public-sector construction workers more immune to this virus than private sector construction workers? Of course not. Then why the policy? Private-sector construction should be treated the same as government funded construction.
April 8th, 2020
Today I was interviewed by Steve Shorrr with the Whidbey Buzz Facebook live, interview was about 10-12 minutes, but was edited. Hoping that the message gets out for Governor Inslee to change his policy regarding private sector-construction. Private-sector construction needs to be considered “essential,” the same as public-sector construction.
April 4th, 2020 – Press Release
Local property manager sparks movement to lift construction ban
Bill Bruch, a property manager who lives in La Conner, has gathered over 16,000 signatures from people pleading with Gov. Jay Inslee to allow private construction during the COVID-19 lockdown.
On March 25 Inslee ordered all “non-essential” businesses to shut down, including construction companies, except those working for public entities.
Bruch sent a letter to Inslee on Friday to inform him of the petition and to outline why the order is unfair to tradesmen in the state and has been devastating to many families in the state. He implored the governor to declare construction essential and put the trades back to work by next week.
“It is not fair for Governor Inslee to be picking winners and losers as to what businesses are deemed ‘essential’ and which businesses are not,” Bruch said. “Favoring public sector construction over private firms is harming tradesmen and families.”
In November, Bruch announced he is running as a GOP candidate in 2020 for Legislative District 10 State House of Representatives. District 10 includes Island County and portions of Skagit and Snohomish counties. See link to letter here, and see link to petition here.