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Exploring the Tri-Cities’ Mindset

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(from an outsider, no less!)

I always think of our areas a contradiction in terms –  MANY of our jobs are provided by the money which comes from the federal government.  Which would lead one to believe that we’re an area that supports big government.  After all, it puts the roofs over many heads and the food on many tables.

On the other hand, we are out west, with elbow room.  We have an agricultural economy, as well.  Farms are often small businesses. I don’t know if you know a lot of small business owners, but traditionally they’d rather everyone stay out of their business, including the government.

So, as you can see, disparate forces collide along the banks of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima rivers.

We’ll be helping to elect a senator next week.  We’ll either send the current senator, Patty Murray, back to Washington, or we’ll elect “missed-it-by-this-much” gubernatorial candidate and former state senator, Dino Rossi, to represent our interests.

The Los Angeles Times ran an article about the race, and I found it fascinating to read about our area from a non-local perspective.  The author writes about the dichotomy present here, and how, yet again, Rossi is in a position to win or lose by just “this-much”.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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