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Gubernatorial candidate says statement was left out of Washington voter’s guide

Loren Culp, a Republican challenging Gov. Jay Inslee, says his candidate statement was omitted from the primary election voter’s guide.

Editor's note: The above video originally aired in July 2019 when Culp announced his gubernatorial campaign.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp says the Washington Secretary of State’s Office left his statement out of the Aug. 4 primary election voter’s guide.

An online version of the voter’s pamphlet reads “no information submitted” under Culp’s elected experience, other professional experience, education and community service.

Culp is the police chief in Republic, Wash. in Ferry County. He gained national attention for opposing gun reform measure Initiative 1639 and proposing a sanctuary city to protect the Second Amendment.

In a Facebook post urging voters to print and share Culp’s complete statement, Campaign Manager Christopher Gergen said they believe “a technical error with the servers” contributed to the omission.

However, the Washington state Secretary of State’s Office says it released the information that the campaign submitted.

“Culp’s candidate statement was not omitted from any materials produced by the Office of the Secretary of State,” the office said in a statement. “…Candidate statements are posted exactly as submitted. The Office of the Secretary of State does not make corrections of any kind or verify statements for truth or fact.”

On May 24, Culp’s campaign submitted a candidate statement and said it had previously sent two emails with candidate information, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. However, the office said it couldn’t find the prior messages on their email servers or on the online candidate portal.

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The Secretary of State’s Office said it confirmed Culp’s candidate statement with his campaign on June 10 and explained to the campaign that biographical information was missing.

The office says it asked Culp’s campaign to resend the missing emails twice, but the campaign never did.

The Secretary of State’s Office said it does not print and distribute statewide voter’s pamphlets for primaries. However, counties can distribute paper pamphlets if they choose. Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties all printed and distributed pamphlets for the Aug. 4 primary with the same statements that the Secretary of State’s Office published online.

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