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Seattle Weekly – The Log Run and the Push Toward the August 7th Primary

Seattle Weekly blogger Matt Driscoll, of the Daily Weekly, wrote a piece on James’ candidacy. The log is again the focus but the article also emphases his experiences and how his physical fitness regimen is an extension of how he approaches his jobs and life. He is ready and willing to do the heavy-lifting for you in Congress. Vote Windle for Washington’s 8th Congressional District. You should have your ballot by now. He wants to challenge you to think for yourself and vote for an Independent this primary.

Week-long Windle Log Run to the Primary

James announced today he would be running two to four miles per day, beginning on Monday, with his increasingly famous log on his shoulder. He will start at coffee shops he has visited throughout the primary campaign. While there is certainly a humorous angle to running in public with the log, he aims to draw serious attention to his candidacy as an Independent. The two political parties historically have huge advantages over Independent candidates so much so that there is not a single Independent member right now in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also wishes to emphasize the importance of an active lifestyle to staying healthy and productive. Congress needs diverse voices to break the gridlock of the two parties. James has campaigned hard since leaving his job in this attempt to serve you. He has experience in government, independence from the inflexible party platforms, and courage to represent the 8th well in Congress as an Independent. This is the election cycle for you to think for yourself and vote Independent. Vote and support Windle in the primary.

The details of the log runs are in the press release (no log is required). Voters and Windependents are welcome to join.

Windle Commits to Daily Log Running for Final Week of Campaign

Seattle Weekly on the Windle Campaign and Log Runs

Seattle Weekly ran a blog on James’ unorthodox fitness routine. In its typical colorful language, Seattle Weekly has some fun with James’ routine. A question that has come up is what does his wife think of these work-outs. While she doesn’t carry logs, she has been known to carry some rocks up and down the hill with James and other Windependents. You can say she is with James most steps of the way. They both find that fitness, even amidst busy schedules, is necessary to have the strength to keep up their busy schedules. It is also something that is enjoyable to do with each other and with others.

The “Lighter Side” of Windle For Congress – From the Washington Post

The Washington Post’s “Reliable Source” blog did a profile of the Windle for Congress campaign with a focus on James’ physical fitness regimen. James and his wife have always been active, including unconventional work-outs that are both challenging and humorous. Reliable Source gives a closer a look at James’ running with a log as part of his cross-fit work0uts in recent months. The photo in the piece  is from the Summit at Snoqualmie in late-May. Yes, there was still snow near his house.–with-a-giant-log-on-his-shoulder/2012/07/24/gJQADu7P7W_blog.html

Feature on Windle for Congress – Independent Voters of America

The Independent Voters of America (IVA), which is one of the largest national networks of Independent voters, has watched the Windle campaign closely as a potential race where an Independent could get through the primary election. They posted a feature today on the Windle campaign. It is far-ranging discussion looking at the motivations and circumstances that led to James leaving his job in Washington DC to return home and run for Congress. In contrast to his profile video, campaign ad, and a lot of his campaigning that have focused on his local connections, this piece is the perspective from a national organization on the campaign. There is interest nationally in a credible Independent challenging a multiple-term incumbent.

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Windle For Congress “Think for Yourself” Campaign Ad

A Windle for Congress campaign ad “Think for Yourself”  is now posted on YouTube and will be aired in select communities in the days ahead. His message is that this election, people should think for themselves, and vote for an Independent for Congress. Sending more Democrats and Republicans will lead to more of the same in Congress. The sets include the backyard of his childhood home in Sammamish, working under the hood of his truck with his father in Fall City, near one his favorite hikes in Snoqualmie Pass, and his favorite coffee shop in Cle Elum.


Donate and Get a “Be a Windependent” Bumpersticker

Supporters of the Windle campaign are “Windependents.” A Windependent is someone who believes that Windle, as an Independent, can get through this primary. This is the election cycle to challenge what has been happening in Congress. Sending more Democrats and Republicans will get us the same disappointing results. The campaign still needs help. With just days before the primary ballots get sent out by mail, we need donations to support the final push to election day on August 7th. We just received new “Be a Windependent” bumperstickers. We will send one to anyone who donates more than $5 online. Thanks for your support. Visit us at Facebook:


Windle Campaign Events Weekend of July 14th

This weekend the Windle campaign will be holding and participating in a number of events. On Saturday morning, July 14, James will be running in Kent’s Cornucopia 5K fun run. He will be carrying a medicine ball to signify his willingness to do the heavy lifting in Congress. He will do a coffee shop campaign stop at the Issaquah Coffee Company around 1pm before heading to a BBQ for Sammamish volunteers, supporters, and guests at the Inglewood Beach Club from 3-6 pm. On Sunday, he will be in Kent in the Cornucopia parade that begins at 2pm. Visit the campaign website at You can follow his Twitter feed on his Facebook page, “Windle for Congress.”

Windle Campaign Postures for Final Push

Snoqualmie Pass, WA –James Windle, Independent candidate for Congress in Washington’s 8th District, is readying for a final push toward the primary. The campaign website has new feature stories and a profile video at: The new look emphasizes his roots in the District and his experience working in the federal government, including in Congress.

A native of Sammamish, he graduated from Redmond High School and worked at his family’s gas station. He attended Shoreline and Bellevue Community Colleges, as well as Washington State University. He graduated from the University of Washington. With a passion for public service, he pursued a graduate degree in Boston and then a career in Washington, DC. He left his job recently as an Associate Dean at National Defense University believing strongly that he can make a greater contribution representing his home District in Congress as an Independent.

“My time away from my family and home has not been easy. It prepared me, however, for my campaign. Independent-minded people live in the 8th. Only an Independent, equipped with my experience, can push for the solutions we need right now. The political parties have had their chance,” Windle said.

The Windle campaign will be holding and participating in events in comings days around the District, including Kent’s Cornucopia parade this Sunday. Windle will also be running in the Cornucopia 5K Fun Run on Saturday morning carrying what he describes as a “heavy object” to symbolize he is willing to do the heavy-lifting in Congress to break the partisan gridlock.

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Windle Postures for Final Push Toward Primary – Press Release

8th District Election Coverage – Tacoma News Tribune

The Tacoma News Tribune ran a story today reviewing the issues and candidates of Washington’s 8th Congressional District.