When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee first issued his stay home order in mid-March, Deanna Martinez was supportive. A registered nurse from Moses Lake who’s active in Republican politics, Martinez thought the Democratic governor’s drastic action was necessary to stem the spread of COVID-19.
“I felt like Inslee really did do the right thing as quickly as he possibly could,” Martinez said.
But after eight weeks and two extensions of that order, Martinez’s support for Inslee’s COVID-19 response has evaporated.
“I don’t feel like my voice is being heard … as a person living in rural Washington,” Martinez said.