Nate Herzog is the only UNDEFEATED candidate challenging Jay Inslee.
The others? They’ve each either lost multiple races… or have never even bothered to try.
When it comes to electability, Nate’s case is he’s never lost a race.
“Our campaign is not about personality; it is not about party. It is about issues—the matters Washingtonians care about and having the competency to deliver results.”
ONCE the YOUNGEST ELECTED OFFICIAL in the STATE of WASHINGTON
RE-ELECTED as a known CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN with 77% of the vote. This in a city where Barack Obama TWICE received over 70%. There’s a reason.
Nate knows how to talk to Democrats, and Nate knows how to WIN.
No state in the entire U.S. has gone longer under Democrat rule than Washington. In 1984, when Ronald Reagan won 49 of 50 states, our incumbent Republican governor, the late John Spellman, LOST by 7 percentage points.
“I call our campaign RESET Washington because it is about resetting the way we think about governance in our state. It’s about ending the 36 years of the One-Party Rule, which is bad for democracy, and bad for bureaucracy. It’s simply not a good way to run government. I will model my administration upon the successes of other moderate Republican governors to change our culture of government in the Evergreen State.”
This is a tough race to win. But if states like Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maryland can elect STRONG Republican governors, so can we. Here’s how.
We need a voice of moderation. When Nate first caucused as a Republican voter a quarter century ago, he supported state Sen. Ellen Craswell. Like many, it didn’t take Nate long to learn some distinct truths about Washingtonians.
Voters in our state are left of center. That is a fact; proved by decades of election results. It takes appealing to a broad coalition of independents, the unaffliated, and centrist Democrats to reach 50%. A successful candidate must focus on the issues upon which Democrats and Republicans can find unity. It may not be perfect to the ideological conservative. One can be stubborn and keep losing election after election, or if you want to win as an unabashed conservative, you’ll find Idaho just next door.
“I am asking for one term, and ONLY one term. I am going to make the reforms desperately needed in our state, and then move on with my life and raise our family. That’s the difference between me and career politicians like Jay Inslee. I’m not looking to have a job, I’m looking to do a job.”
Take a moment to read Nate and Kelly’s story below. Then click on the ISSUES tab. There you will find the areas Nate is focusing upon to build a winning coalition to elect and send a Republican to the Governor’s Mansion for the first time in 40 years, bringing real change in our state government. Together, we will RESET Washington.
Kelly and I come from completely different backgrounds. She grew up in the deep South, I was raised just north of Seattle. Whatever our differences in upbringing and life experiences, we found commonality in our values. We have been through difficult times. Times, quite frankly, I had no expectation we would get through. She has shown me great strength in many ways, and we now are happy for our journey together and couldn’t be more excited to soon be welcoming our baby daughter into the world!
She and I met on a sunny June evening at a Mariners game. As we shared our stories, we realized we had more in common that we thought. We were both ASB Vice-Presidents of our respective high schools, although hers was in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and mine was Shorecrest High School (Go Scots!) Needless to say, our experiences growing up were very different given the culture and geography. We had both gone to college in thoughts of pursuing careers, but life took us in different directions. We both spent extensive time traveling. In Kelly’s case, she traveled across the globe for a decade working as a professional model. In mine, I spent a decade traveling throughout the American West and across the country, accidentally turning a hobby playing poker into a semi-professional vocation that became very lucrative. Neither of us were looking for a relationship when we met, but nevertheless, we found each other at that time.
Our lives were touched by our son, with whom I became involved early in his life, and to whom I now have become a Dad. Our lives were tested—as so many in our society have been—by addiction. In our case, it was alcoholism. I didn’t know. I simply didn’t see it. But when things came to a head, I had to make a tough decision and intervene for him.
Kelly nearly lost her life to her addiction. With all her family out-of-state and the immediacy of the situation requiring protection for this most adorable little boy, I chose to take the steps necessary to look after him and became a licensed foster parent. I never had any expectation of Kelly and I having a future together—in fact, (as those of you ever impacted by addiction may be able to relate,) I wanted absolutely nothing to do with her. He’s a special child, and I couldn’t not make sure he was protected. So, I stepped into the role, not knowing what the future might hold but knowing I wanted the best for him.
After barely speaking for months-on-end, I saw Kelly’s growth through her recovery. It’s an ongoing process, in fact, a lifelong process. Kelly now has 17 months of sobriety and I couldn’t be more proud of her. There were many bumps in the road along the way. I never would have imagined we would get to the point where we are today, yet here we are, and we are excited for the life ahead of us now.
2020 has been a challenging year for so many. We are no different. Early this year I lost my younger brother, my only sibling, at the age of 38 after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was my hero. I’ve never seen someone so brave and so strong, never one to complain about his lot in life. He was far more accomplished than me. Not too many older brothers get to look up to their younger brother and I was fortunate to be given that gift. I’m proud of him and miss him every day.
One of the last things we could share with him was that he was to be an uncle, show him our very first ultrasound photo, and tell him that regardless of the sex, (we still didn’t know—it was early,) the baby would have his name as their middle name. We are welcoming Adelaide Morgan Herzog late this summer.
Much of my life has been shaped by challenges and loss. I am not alone in this. For many, events in life take us in a direction in which we never would have anticipated. I was a National Merit Semifinalist out of high school but went to work full time upon graduation. It was an eye-opening experience when I went to work for UPS in what was a highly-charged Union environment (shout out to Bob Hasegawa’s Teamsters Local 174) where I had a supervisory role of those 10, 20, and 30 years my senior. It taught me a lot and benefited from the experience.
I ran for an open seat on the City Council in my hometown of Lake Forest Park. I spent eight years in municipal government, contributing as a young conservative in a liberal city, which as one might expect, was an interesting adventure. When I left office, I never again expected to run again for anything, ever. Turns out I was wrong on that.
I lost my both parents before their time. Mom was only 52 when she died of a suicide after battling bi-polar disorder—on top of other ailments including lupus—for two decades. Dad was 67 when he died of a heart attack after walking off the 9th green at West Seattle Golf Course just four years ago. I’m comforted for our times together, the blessing of salvation, and the knowledge that no matter how challenging life can be, there is always someone not as fortunate out there who has a much tougher road in life. This has shaped my view over the years. It’s why I don’t see the world as being one at extreme or the other. It’s prepared me, I hope, to be a better friend, a better family man, a better citizen.
Kelly and I invite you to share your story with us. Whether it be the challenges you face in today’s world, or whether it be how government, for better or worse, has had an impact upon your life. Our pledge to you is that we will listen and use what we have learned throughout our experiences for the betterment of the communities throughout this great state which we love. Thank you for letting us share.
All our best,
Kelly and Nate