Clallam: Commissioner candidate, former Libertarian Party officer, says she’s back to her Republican roots

For years, Sue Forde, a candidate for District 1 Sequim-area Clallam County commissioner, and her husband, Bob, were fixtures in the Clallam County Libertarian Party.

She was the party secretary in 1999 and 2000, and he championed the Libertarian cause in 2001 in seeking a repeal, by ballot-box initiative, of the county’s Critical Areas Code, which protects land the county says is environmentally sensitive.

But no more.

The Fordes are no longer active in county Libertarian Party politics, they said Wednesday in separate interviews.

On Wednesday, after a Port Angeles Rotary Club campaign debate against incumbent Democrat Steve Tharinger, Sue Forde balked at explaining why.

“You don’t need to know that,” she said.

Asked again, she said, “For two years, I played with the Libertarian Party.”

“Now I’m back with the Republican Party, and I’m a lifelong Republican,” she said.

Bob Forde said he “dropped out” of Libertarian Party activities about four months ago.

“The party’s got problems statewide,” he said.

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The rest of the story appears in the Thursday Peninsula Daily News Clallam County edition.

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