Fortunato, Republican candidate for governor, visits Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE — State senator and gubernatorial candidate Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, stopped at Civic Park in Moses Lake on Wednesday to lay out his plans for addressing a number of key issues, drawing an audience of around a dozen.

The legislator talked about a number of policies and administrative decisions he would address as governor, including homelessness, housing affordability and the long-term funding of transportation infrastructure improvements, among others.

Harold Hochstatter, himself a former state senator who served for a time with Fortunato, was among those in attendance and carried one of Fortunato’s campaign signs with him Wednesday. Hochstatter said in an interview that he has donated money to Fortunato’s campaign for governor because of his mix of experience and willingness to go against the grain, even in his own caucus.

In comments captured in a book of quips called “Hochstatter’s 100,” the former legislator referred to the corrupting influence of institutionalism and told his own caucus they were “legislative eunuchs” for ceding power to the executive branch.

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