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February 23, 2012

 Team America, a Political Action Committee founded by former chair of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus Tom Tancredo, "enthusiastically endorses John Koster for Washington's newly created First Congressional District."

"We couldn't have a better and more trustworthy candidate than John Koster. As a Congressman he will be a solid conservative vote and will always support true and fair immigration reform. And John will be a leader that we can depend on to fight amnesty", said Tancredo.

Koster, a third-generation dairy farmer whose grandparents migrated to America from Holland, is a long-time advocate of legal immigration and supports programs allowing Washington State farmers seasonal agriculture workers. He stands squarely in opposition, however, to any guest worker programs that provide a fraudulent cover for those seeking to flout U.S. immigration laws.

"The debate and problems we have today are not about legal immigration, but illegal immigration. The debate is also a matter of national security. We must secure our borders. We are a nation of laws; therefore, we first need to enforce our existing immigration laws. I will oppose efforts to provide amnesty for illegal aliens", said Koster.

Click Here to link to full text of Team America's endorsement.



February 16, 2012 - Greg Anders, a career fighter pilot and candidate for Congress who suspended his campaign in late January, formally announced his strong support and endorsement for John Koster at a breakfast event in Lynden on Saturday.

Both Koster and Anders expressed disappointment that the redistricting process had placed them in a situation where they would have to run against each other in a Republican primary. 


Greg Anders and John Koster

Anders, a Whatcom County resident and son of Apollo 8 Astronaut William Anders, challenged conservatives to "pull together" and support the Koster campaign with their time and treasure. Anders then presented a personal check to Koster to help "fight the money that is going to come out of the Democrat's liberal machine".

Speaking from his heart to the enthusiastic crowd, Anders said "John, I hope you get to plant that conservative flag on Capitol Hill for us".


Koster is the lone Republican in the race for Washington's newly drawn 1st Congressional District. With the departures of Anders and James Watkins, Koster will no longer have to face a protracted and expensive primary campaign battle against fellow Republicans.

"I am humbled by the support and endorsement I have received from a high caliber individual like Greg Anders. My campaign will not be outworked and we intend to plant that conservative flag in Washington D.C. that Greg spoke of today. Republicans, Independents and conservative Democrats in the 1st district can unite behind my candidacy."

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January 30, 2012 - John Koster today expressed his gratitude to his two Republican primary opponents for their service to our country and their selfless decision to forgo their campaigns for Congress.   

"Greg Anders and James Watkins are great American patriots", said Koster. "Both of these men made a difficult, but honorable, decision to pull out of the race for the 1st Congressional district. I am grateful to them because now we will not have a protracted, expensive primary campaign. Republicans, Independents and conservative Democrats in the 1st district can unite behind my candidacy." 

John Koster thanks James Watkins for endorsement at Roanoke Conference

Anders from Bellingham and Watkins from Redmond both decided late last week not to challenge Koster for the Republican nomination for the 1st Congressional district. Both were formidable candidates with experience, knowledge, and a correct vision for our nation. Watkins has agreed to serve as Koster's King County Chairman.

"With the primary field now cleared, I will focus on my positive message of more innovation, more jobs, less taxes and less government interference", said Koster, a Snohomish County Councilman.  

Koster, who declared his candidacy last summer, has already received donations from more than 800 people, and has built a formidable volunteer list.   

"I am humbled by the support from so many, and I intend to work harder than anyone to win the election in November", said Koster.

Six Democrats are still in the race for the 1st district. The Democrat primary will likely be divisive. Political observers believe the Democrats in the race will move as far left as possible in their anti-jobs, anti- business rhetoric.

"I look forward to hearing the Democrat candidates explain why, in the face of high energy prices and high unemployment, the Obama administration is shutting down the Keystone XL project and with it, tens of thousands of family wage jobs", said Koster.

"I look forward to hearing the Democrats defend the leader of their party for imposing an enormously expensive and unpopular government run healthcare plan on all Americans, while saddling us and our posterity with unconscionable deficits and debt".

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