Our state’s office of Secretary of State has a unique attraction: It brings to office Republican politicians with broad outlook.
The current secretary, Kim Wyman, came out of Thurston County. She was preceded by Sam Sumner Reed, who left a legacy of a GOP officeholder with a bipartisan outlook on his job.
Sam is, of course, well known here as the grandson of pioneer lawyer Sam Sumner of Wenatchee.
Sam’s predecessor, Ralph Munro, was cut of the same cloth. A Republican of breadth, he brought to the office a bipartisan approach like that of Reed. He was co-chairman, with Jean Gardner, wife of our governor, of the centennial celebration of our state in 1989, a celebration in which I participated as a member of the state commission that put it on.
This week Kim Wyman and her staff put on an open house of a new historical exhibit in her office of the many facets of state history.
Among them, it celebrated Grand Coulee Dam and its role in the development of the state.
I spoke of the heritage of Rufus Woods, my father, and his role as spokesman for those promoting the Columbia Basin Project, for which the dam is the focus.