Spokesman Review - U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell toured the new McKinstry Innovation Center in Spokane as part of Monday’s grand opening.
“Innovation means jobs in Spokane and across Washington state,” Cantwell said in prepared remarks. “The new McKinstry Center and the Riverpoint Campus’ cutting-edge research will be a hub for Eastern Washington’s innovation economy.”
Cantwell, a Democrat from Puget Sound, is facing a re-election challenge from state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, a Spokane Republican. She is expected to be present today for the dedication of a new section of the North Spokane Corridor.
As one of the most beautiful states in the union–and one of the richest in natural resources–Washington has a special interest in energy and environmental policy. And Maria has fought hard to uphold the state’s conservation tradition, while also working to bring our energy policy into the 21st century.
Maria knows Washington’s business community – because, as an executive at an innovative software company, she was part of it. And as a Senator, she’s led the way in helping businesses large and small throughout Washington grow, thrive, and create jobs.
Maria has taken a leadership role on safety and security issues, including defending our borders, strengthening our military, cracking down on gangs, and taking on drug crime in Washington communities.
Middle-class families around Washington and across the country are facing tough times–and tough decisions about balancing the family checkbook each month. Maria has fought to strengthen the economic security of Washington families and cut taxes for middle-class families.