Dinner Program: The Better Half Speaks

May 7, 2014 — Dinner Program: The Better Half Speaks

Dinner Program: The Better Half Speaks

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced that he would not run for president, citing one important reason was his wife’s opposition. Haley Barbour, another Republican presidential dropout, also cited his wife's opposition as an important factor in his decision. Taking this topic to the extreme, the popular TV program, The Good Wife, shows us just how much a spouse can effect an election.

Political spouses play significant roles, in some way, in any election. During this program, we will hear from spouses of local elected officials expound on their experiences.

What was the hardest decision they made as a couple, regarding an election?

Financial decision making is always in the mix, were spouses asked to make sacrifices?

There are so many issues one faces when deciding to run for office. The partner will be affected by each of those decisions.


The panelists are:

  • Paula Lonergan (spouse: Mike Lonergan, Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer)
  • Martha Flemming (spouse: Stan Flemming, Pierce County Council)
  • Gary McDonald (spouse: Joyce McDonald, Pierce County Counsil)
  • Laura Wolfe (spouse: Laurie Jenkins, Rep. 27th LD) Howard Graham (spouse: Jeannie Darneille, Senator, 27th LD)
  • Chelsea Lindquist (spouse: Mark Lindquist, Pierce County Prosecutor)
  • Kathy Wilcox (spouse: Rep. J.T. Wilcox, Washington State)
  • Howard Graham (spouse: Sen. Jeannie Dareille,27th Legislative District, Washington State) 


The panel moderator:
Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor

Program Agenda:
6:00 pm - Doors open
6:30 pm - Networking Dinner is served
7:00 pm - Program starts
8:15 pm - Program adjourns

University of Puget Sound,  
Building #7Commencement Hall, Tacoma Room - Please note the change of location
1500 North Warner
Tacoma, WA  98416

Parking map:
Best parking would be at the Field House. The most accessible side is located where the number 8 is on this map.
http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/campus-the-northwest/campus-map/ C-3 on this map.


$25 Members 
$30 Non-members
$8 Members only: wine-cheese

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given for cancellations made after 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 5th.

Program is coordinated by Ronnie Bush and Elaine Winter



City Club of Tacoma P. O. Box 1691 Tacoma, WA 98401-1691
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