April 23, 2020

Quincy native announces bid for House seat

Quincy Democrat Eduardo Castañeda-Díaz recently announced his upcoming bid for the state legislature, running for the seat currently held by longtime incumbent Rep. Tom Dent.

In a press release, the candidate’s campaign stated that he believes that the district’s current representation does not reflect the values and people of the district. 

The son of immigrants, Castañeda-Díaz is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Washington, California and Idaho Army National Guards, as well as a graduate of Washington State University, the press release stated.

The primary election will be on Aug. 4.

April 23, 2020

Quincy resident looks to unseat state rep

QUINCY — An Army veteran focused on such issues as agriculture and the environment is running for a seat in the state House of Representatives.

Quincy Democrat Eduardo Castañeda-Díaz wants to replace Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, in Position 1 for the 13th Legislative District. Dent is seeking a third two-year term serving the district, which covers Lincoln, Kittitas and parts of Grant and Yakima counties.

The son of immigrants who worked in agriculture, Castañeda-Díaz would often help his family during harvest seasons, according to his Wednesday campaign announcement.

“Eduardo knows the diverse people that make up this incredibly unique part of Washington,” the announcement said. “He understands the needs, the desires and the spirit it cherishes day after day, and Eduardo also knows what drives the pulse of Washington’s heartland, what can galvanize and excite it, but also what can frustrate and aggravate the community, particularly in the face of injustice and disregard.”

Castañeda-Díaz enlisted in the Army in 2015 while attending Washington State University and has been a combat engineer for three years, serving in the Washington, California and Idaho Army National Guards. He previously served two years as a culinary specialist.

He earned a bachelor’s in foreign languages and cultures, with an emphasis in Latin American literature, and minored in criminal justice. He is working toward a master’s in ethnic studies, with a concentration in public policy, from San Jose State University.

He is running his campaign based on the following issues: environmental protection, agricultural vitality, civil and human rights, economic justice, health care and education. His education and work history have inspired that platform, according to his announcement.

“Eduardo’s campaign has come together to form a unified message: a better vision for the heart of Washington,” the announcement said. “Eduardo’s campaign’s goal is to bring a positive change to the 13th Legislative District and to inspire their generation to become civically engaged.”

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