November 9, 2023
On August 24, The Eagle reported that Wahkiakum School Board candidate Kandice Merz received a donation from the Family Policy Institute of Washington. Last week we ran a letter to the editor that repeated this claim. After an online reader pointed out that Merz had not in fact received a donation from the FPIW, but rather a personal donation from a member of the FPIW, we reached out to candidate Merz for clarification. She stated that she had received a personal donation from a member of FPIW. A representative from the FPIW confirmed this. Merz further clarified that the FPIW has endorsed her candidacy.
The stated mission of the FPIW is “to unite, represent, educate, and equip Washington legislators, pastors and citizens to knowledgeably speak out on authentic biblical values, public policy, and bills impacting individuals and families within the public square.”