U.S. Rep. Kilmer selected to co-chair New Democrat Coalition’s national security task force

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Kilmer announces Facebook cover photo contest

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U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer’s Facebook page now sports a shot of his hometown of Port Angeles as seen at night from Ediz Hook with the majestic Olympics soaring above the town and its lights that gleam on the harbor.

Bob Kaune took that shot for Kilmer’s first contest for his Facebook cover, said Jason Phelps, spokesman for the representative of the 6th Congressional District, which includes Port Angeles and the rest of the North Olympic Peninsula.

Last week, Kilmer — a Democrat now living in Gig Harbor when he isn’t in Washington, D.C. — announced the start of his second Facebook cover photo contest.

The winner will be the first thing visitors see when they visit www.facebook.com/derek.kilmer.

All residents of the 6th Congressional District — which encompasses the Olympic Peninsula, most of the Kitsap Peninsula and most of the city of Tacoma — are eligible to enter.

“Our region features some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and I’m excited to give all of my constituents an opportunity to help me share it,” Kilmer said.

To be considered for Kilmer’s Facebook page, 6th District residents can submit original, high-quality photographs, along with their names, the locations of the photos and brief descriptions, to kilmerphotocontest@gmail.com.

The deadline to submit photos is 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, July 25.

All entrants must own the copyrights for their submissions.

Photos must have been taken within the 6th Congressional District.

On Monday, July 28, Kilmer will post the photos of five finalists on his Facebook page, and visitors to his page can select the winner of the contest by “liking” their favorites.

Voting will end at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 31.

The winner will be announced Friday, Aug. 1.
WASHINGTON — A coalition of moderate Democrats has chosen U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, the North Olympic Peninsula’s representative, to help shape its platform on military matters.

The New Democrat Coalition has chosen him to be co-chairman of its national security task force.

Kilmer of Gig Harbor is a freshman member of the House Armed Services Committee.

His district includes Naval Base Kitsap, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, and borders Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Kilmer joins Reps. Ron Barber of Arizona and Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii, who now serve as leaders of the Coalition’s National Security Task Force.

“Through this role, I’ll continue fighting to ensure our nation has the best-trained, best-equipped and most capable fighting force in the world and that the United States takes a thoughtful approach to its national security challenges,” Kilmer said in a news release last week.

“I look forward to working with my New Dem colleagues and leaders on both sides of the aisle to ensure that we do.”

The New Democrat Coalition, founded in 1997, has 55 members and includes about a quarter of House Democrats.

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