Rising numbers of homeless in the state has not only become a regional crisis, but a campaign issue in Washington’s race for Governor.

The issue first came up in last month’s gubernatorial debate, after Republican challenger Bill Bryant asked Governor Inslee about “his failures.”

“I’m not sure it’s a mistake, but it’s a regret,” said Governor Inslee. “I’m not done with this job,” he went on to say.

Since that debate, Bryant has launched a homelessness tour, visiting local shelters and homeless sites, one not far from his SODO campaign office.

“I want to make sure we don’t let this become the face of homelessness,” said Bryant of a makeshift site littered with needles and trash.

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