Gubernatorial candidate McKenna Gets Specific on Transportation Investment

State Attorney General Rob McKenna, Republican candidate for Washington State Governor. (Image –

Washington State gubernatorial candidates Rob McKenna (R) and Jay Inslee (D) recently talked about transportation, climate change, and energy issues.

The candidates spoke individually via video a few hundred people at the “Beyond Oil: Transforming Transportation in Century 21″ conference. The day-long meeting focused on “how advances in batteries, information technology, communications, lightweight materials, and electric vehicles are enabling safer, faster, more affordable, and greener transportation.”

Below (and linked here) is Rob McKenna’s video talk.  We hope to will have Jay Inslee’s video on Tuesday. We thank the McKenna campaign and Beyond Oil conference organizers for allowing us to share the video.

The transportation section begins at 0:54, and here is the money quote:

“[I am] the only candidate in this race who has committed to taking a transportation package out to the voters within the first one or two years of my service as Governor in order to make the investments we need. What we don’t need re more Blue Ribbon Commissions or studies. The Connecting Washington report has done a solid job of identifying our highest priority projects.”

McKenna goes on to describe some of the characteristics of that package, and notes that transit must be included.

Learn more about the two candidate’s positions on transportation issues from our earlier stories. The latest poll shows Inslee leading by 5% with 7% undecided.

The Seattle Times’ Mike Lindblom wrote a good review of the Beyond Oil conference. Conference organizer Steve Marshall provided these recommendations to the gubernatorial candidates and published this op-ed. Videos of each presentation at the conference is available the “Content on Demand” tab below the show window at


Featured (cover) image of Washington State Capitol: Peggy Thompson (