Keith Swank

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Keith Swank
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Washington, District 8
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Campaign website
Keith Swank was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Washington.


Swank joined the Army after high school. He went back to college after the Army and earned a Bachelor's in Pyschology at the University of Washington. He works with the Seattle Police Department.[1]


Campaign themes


Swank lists several campaign issues:[2] "*Entitlement programs, such as Social Security, Medicare, etc. need immediate reform, and alternate savings methods explored for younger Americans.

  • Government-run healthcare must be immediately repealed, and reforms made to insurance industry regulations.
  • Government expenditures must be immediately scaled back.
  • The tax structure must be changed to encourage employment and entrepreneurship thereby increasing revenue.
  • A strict, realistic, budget must be passed.
  • It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to protect the country.
  • To protect the country, and our allies, a strong military is required.
  • Building border fences on all of our borders is a necessary first step to stopping enemy infiltration into the country.
  • Police need the authority to check immigration status.
  • We must begin immediate exploration, drilling and refining of Domestic oil and gas.
  • Encourage private sector investigation of alternate energy sources.
  • Cap and Trade is a destructive policy that will kill the American economy.
  • Energy independence will increase our defense capabilities."



See also: Washington's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Swank ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 8th District. He was defeated in the open primary on August 7, 2012.[3][4]

U.S. House, Washington District 8 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Reichert (R) Incumbent 37.2% 66,220
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Porterfield (D) 20.8% 37,083
Keith Swank (R) 6.1% 10,942
Keith Arnold (D) 4% 7,144
James Windle (Unaffiliated) 29.6% 52,696
Ernest Huber (R) 2.3% 4,165
Total Votes 178,250


Swank is married with four children.[5]

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