Fair bets on both can­di­dates

Trump and Clin­ton sup­port­ers stop by booths at Mon­roe fair­grounds

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Cell­phones in hand, they lined up to snap self­ies and snag items that will some­day be pieces of his­tory. They came for yard signs, po­lit­i­cal but­tons and T-shirts.

A day be­fore Don­ald Trump brought his GOP pres­i­den­tial cam­paign to a rally at Everett’s Xfin­ity Arena, ar­dent sup­port­ers stopped by the Sno­homish County Repub­li­can Party’s booth at the Ever­green State Fair.

The Repub­li­cans are at one end of com­mer­cial build­ing 400 at the Mon­roe fair­grounds, while the Sno­homish County Democrats have a booth at the other end. On Mon­day, a stand-up cutout of Trump was draw­ing crowds.

“I like Trump. He tells it like it is,” said Cece Ah­les, 69, of Lake Stevens. Pos­ing with the can­di­date’s card­board im­age, Ah­les said she watched Trump on “The Ap­pren­tice” TV show. “He’s a down-to-earth guy,” she said.

If you missed Trump’s whirl­wind stop in Everett on Tues­day, or counter demon­stra­tions out­side, both po­lit­i­cal booths will be open at the fair through Mon­day.

Jane Coates, a booth vol­un­teer and mem­ber of the Sno­homish County Repub­li­can Women’s Club, said peo­ple were mostly seek­ing but­tons and yard signs. “We’ve got a good sup­ply,” said Coates, who lives in un­in­cor­po­rated Sno­homish County. She was there with her hus­band, Paul Coates. He said he be­lieves Trump will “clean up the mess we’re in now.”

Back­ers of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign stopped by the Democrats’ booth, but in smaller num­bers than at the GOP booth. Those want­ing to pose for self­ies with a card­board

Clin­ton were out of luck — there wasn’t one, nor was there free Dub­ble Bub­ble gum, which the Trump camp of­fered.

There was no lack of zeal, though, among Clin­ton sup­port­ers who chat­ted with Laura Lewis. The 77-year-old Lewis was staffing the booth. She is first vice chair­woman of the Sno­homish County Democrats, trea­surer of the 10th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict Demo­cratic or­ga­ni­za­tion, and a precinct com­mit­tee of­fi­cer from Stan­wood.

Lau­ren Chaykin, 31, and her mother, Julie Chaykin, 58, were at the Democrats’ booth to get a “Clin­tonKaine” yard sign. Their Bothell neigh­bor­hood has mostly Trump signs, they said.

But Lau­ren Chaykin was happy to see “Hil­lary for Amer­ica” boldly painted on the side of a barn along I-90 near El­lens­burg. She saw it while on her way to a power-lift­ing com­pe­ti­tion in early Au­gust. Ex­cited by the pos­si­bil­ity of a fe­male pres­i­dent, she ad­mires Clin­ton’s strength.

At the Trump booth, Ar­ling­ton’s Jim Brown, 73, and his wife, Mary, said they had tick­ets to the big rally. “He’s not the sta­tus quo,” Jim Brown said when asked about Trump.

Chic Hen­dricks, who lives near Mon­roe, be­lieves Trump is the best bet be­cause of his busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence. “I’ve fol­lowed Trump for years. I’m not sur­prised he is the nom­i­nee,” the 70-year-old Hen­dricks said. His wife, Lana Hen­dricks, also likes Trump’s vice pres­i­den­tial choice. She de­scribed Mike Pence as “a good Chris­tian man.”

Corey Inge­bret­sen is also im­pressed by the GOP can­di­date’s busi­ness ac­u­men. “I feel that he speaks for me,” said Inge­bret­sen, 45, who lives near Mount Ver­non. Herb and Wendy Metz, of the Sil­ver Lake area, like that Trump speaks his mind with­out re­gard to what they see as po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

One man with a keen in­ter­est in govern­ment isn’t tak­ing sides pub­licly, but did make an on­line of­fer to his Ad­vanced Place­ment stu­dents. “You can get AP Gov credit for go­ing,” Dar­rick Hayman posted on Twit­ter on Fri­day.

Hayman teaches AP U.S. his­tory and AP U.S. govern­ment and pol­i­tics at Lake Stevens High School. He re­quires stu­dents to at­tend pub­lic meet­ings con­ducted by elected of­fi­cials. For this “very ex­cit­ing pres­i­den­tial year,” Hayman said he’s telling stu­dents that at­tend­ing a po­lit­i­cal rally can also count for class credit.

Some of his stu­dents went to Seat­tle’s KeyArena in March to see Bernie San­ders, Clin­ton’s Demo­cratic pri­mary chal­lenger. Oth­ers saw Trump in Lyn­den when he vis­ited the state in May.

Hayman said he talked with stu­dents about Trump af­ter the real es­tate mag­nate an­nounced his can­di­dacy. Back then, he couldn’t see Trump be­com­ing the GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee. “It turns out now, he’s the can­di­date,” said the teacher, who vol­un­teered at the fair Mon­day.

Whether Novem­ber brings a Trump or Clin­ton vic­tory, for Hayman it will be a teach­able mo­ment. Ei­ther way, he hopes to take a group of stu­dents to the in­au­gu­ra­tion in Jan­uary.

Julie Muhlstein: 425339-3460; jmuhlstein@her­ald­net.com.-

PHO­TOS BY DAN BATES / THE HER­ALD

Jim Brown and his wife, Mary, of Ar­ling­ton, sup­port Trump and planned to at­tend Tues­day’s rally in Everett. The cou­ple stopped by the GOP booth at the Ever­green State Fair in Mon­roe on Mon­day and picked up some yard signs.

“I just like him,” says an ex­u­ber­ant Cece Ah­les, 69, of Lake Stevens, as she poses for a pic­ture with Trump’s card­board cutout in the GOP booth Mon­day at the fair.

JULIE MUHLSTEIN

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