Bill Bryant at the Lewis County Republican Picnic

Current Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant speaks at the Lewis County Republican Party picnic in August 2015 in Chehalis. 

Attendees at the annual Lincoln Day dinner in Chehalis will hear from a handful of state and local Republican candidates.

Bill Bryant, a gubernatorial candidate who was born in Morton, is the keynote speaker for the event Friday evening at the Washington Hotel.

Bryant is currently serving his eighth year as a Port of Seattle commissioner. He is chairman of BCI, or Bryant Christie Inc., which helps farmers export crops.

Vice chairwoman of the Lewis County Republicans and Lewis County Assessor Dianne Dorey said that as the dinner is in honor of the 16th president of United States, she asked Bryant to speak a bit about Abraham Lincoln.

Republican Party organizations across the nation hold annual Lincoln Day celebrations and fundraising events in February or March.

Other Republican candidates expected to attend Friday include lieutenant governor candidate Javier Figueroa, a Vietnam Veteran who served 12 years in the U.S. Army and was last stationed at Fort Lewis. He has lived in Pierce County for 38 years and currently serves as mayor of University Place.

U.S. Senate candidate Chris Vance, who served as a state representative in the 1990s and as a King County councilor from 1994 to 2001, will be at the event.

20th Legislative District representatives and local Republican candidates are also expected to attend.

A silent auction will be held, and Dorey said donations are welcome.

“We have well over 100 people coming,” she said.

The Longevity Award and Railsplitter Award for volunteers in the party will also be announced Friday.

The Lincoln Day dinner and auction will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Washington Hotel in Chehalis.

Tickets for the dinner hosted by the Lewis County Republicans are $35. For more information, call Dorey at (360) 701-8815.

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