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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Bryant Focuses On Traffic In First TV Ad

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Screengrab from Washington Republican candidate for governor Bill Bryant's TV ad, ''Traffic.''

Washington’s Republican candidate for governor Bill Bryant has unveiled his first TV ad of the general election. It comes the same week Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee hit the airwaves with his first ad.

Traffic is the title and topic of Bryant’s ad. It features the candidate behind the wheel, stuck in a jam. Bryant doesn’t say how he’ll fix it, but by leading with traffic he’s talking about an issue voters in Democratic Puget Sound can relate to.

Last year Inslee signed a 16-year, $16 billion transportation investment package. And the big statewide issue facing the next governor is education funding. But with Seattle mired in the fourth worst traffic in the nation and complaints about toll lanes, Bryant thinks he has an issue that will resonate.

Bryant’s campaign said it has produced more ads, but is still trying to raise the money to get them on the air.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."