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Smith to head New Democratic Coalition

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-9th District) has been elected as one of three chairmen of the New Democratic Coalition, a coalition of moderate Democrats.

Smith will help shape his party’s positions on major legislation in Congress and engage in negotiations with Democratic leaders, the Republican majority and the White House.

The three-term congressman, whose district includes Federal Way, said he hopes the added role will make him” a more effective member of Congress.”

About one-third of the 207 Democrats in the House are members of the coalition and were elected since 1996. They are considered fiscally conservative, supportive of a balanced budget and pro-business, pro-growth, pro-trade and socially progressive.

Many reportedly are frustrated with their party’s liberal views.

Smith ranks 166th in seniority among House Democrats and is on the House Armed Services Committee.

He has been a member of the New Democratic Coalition since he was first elected to the House six years ago.

His initial campaign received a $5,000 contribution from the coalition’s political action committee.

Julie Hoy to perform at Steel Lake Presbyterian

Julie Hoy, Northwest Christian vocalist and guitarist, will perform Friday at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church as part of its annual free concert series. Her program of original songs will begin at 7:30 p.m. at 1829 S. 308th St.

Hoy’s work as a missionary in Honduras was the inspiration for many of her recent compositions.

She will be guest of honor at a women’s brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.

The cost is $5. To attend, call 839-1210.

Tea party for moms, more

Moms, grandmother, sisters or aunt can attend a tea party May 4 on the grounds overlooking Dumas Bay the English way.

With guidance from Deborah King, owner of Final Touch Finishing School, the women will create a handmade card for mothers.

Tea will be served at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 Dash Point Road.

Cost is $2 for infants to 24 months; $5 ages 2-6; $7 ages 7-15; and $9 for age 16 and older.

To attend, call Recreation and Cultural Services at 661-4050 by May 1.

Carnival time for Priest campaign

Skip Priest, a candidate in this fall’s election for state representative from the 30th District, will formally launch his campaign with a “kickoff carnival” from 5 to 7 p.m. April 21 at The Courtyard by Marriott in Federal Way.

The family event will feature clowns, ice cream, pies, local singer James Caddel, a barbecue, children’s games and a barbershop quartet.

Priest is running to replace Rep. Maryann Mitchell, a fellow Republican who is not seeking re-election.

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