, a career Republican political staffer who has helped run campaigns for other candidates, this is the first time he's
been a candidate himself.
...For Strow, it's 14 years spent working on legislative and public policy issues while working in politics and government both in Olympia and in Washington, D.C.
By Monday, Conard had pulled ahead of Strow
in the amount of money raised for her campaign, raising ,55,900 compared to Strow's
If elected, Strow
hopes to help rein in state spending and make state government more accountable to taxpayers.He
wants to look for ways to improve Washington's economy by making it easier for businesses to operate.Strow's connection with Whidbey Island began at age 13 when his father, retired U.S. Navy Captain Peter Strow, now a district court judge, was transferred to the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor.He attended high school in Oak Harbor, earned a bachelor's degree at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, and has been working in politics ever since.
Early in his
worked on Metcalf's Congressional campaign and as a committee staffer in the Washington State Senate
.Moving to Washington D.C., Strow worked for several years as Metcalf's senior aide, returning frequently to his home district to meet with constituents.Later, he spent about a year as the legislative political director for the Republican National Committee, then a year and a half as a lobbyist for the National Association of Chemical Distributors.
Since September 2003, Strow
has been living in an apartment in Clinton not far from Whidbey's south-end ferry dock, and before starting his
own run for office, he
was working on gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi's campaign.To run his campaign, Strow has contracted with professional Republican strategist David Adams of Everett.