Republican candidate for Congress Jim Postma was involved in a plane crash at the Spanaway airport tonight, Pierce County authorities tell KING 5.
Officials say Postma was flying the plane, when it
was forced to come came down without its landing gear. Firefighters say Postma was alert and conscious, and that his wife who was also on board, is doing fine.
Postma, a retired flight simulation engineer, is a candidate for the 9th Congressional district, which now includes south Seattle, the southern suburbs such as Federal Way and Renton, as well as Mercer Island and Bellevue.
Postma has run for Congress twice before. In 2008, he got 35% of the vote, losing to incumbent Democrat Adam Smith with 65%. In 2010, Postma lost in the primary to fellow Republican Dick Muri. This year, the boundaries of the 9th District were redrawn and Muri is running in the new 10th Congressional district. In the 2012 August primary, Postma got 23% of the vote, to Smith’s 61%.