Jo Nordblad is an independent voter from Valley, north of Spokane. She told our pollster in July that she thought Gov. Jay Inslee did a good job handling the coronavirus pandemic but hadn’t made up her mind whom to vote for in November.
Nordblad, 64, has now made up her mind to vote for Loren Culp, Inslee’s Republican opponent. Culp has based much of his campaign on his disagreement with Inslee’s handling of the pandemic and Nordblad said that does give her pause. A family member died from the coronavirus this summer, but since the virus has almost disappeared in Stevens County, she is less concerned about the governor’s race than she would have been.
She made her decision based on other things she feels Inslee and his fellow Democrats have done in Olympia. “I don’t like how Democrats freely spend money we really don’t have,” said Nordblad, a retired business owner who became more conservative a decade ago when she felt small businesses were being treated poorly.
Nordblad said she plans to vote to reelect President Donald Trump and says her reason is the same as it was four years ago: “I don’t really like him but I think he’s good for our country.”
She added, however, that she does not like the way the president has handled the pandemic, and disagrees with him about mail-in voting.
Her closing thought about the November election: “I hope it doesn’t get ugly.”