State Candidates Comments, LDs 26-49

WA Legislative Candidates:
Top Three Priorities & Comments

Legislative Districts 26-49

Comments are as received without edits.

Legislative District 26

No candidates responded to this survey.

Legislative District 27

Jake Fey, State Rep. Pos. 2  
Top Three Legislative Priorities: Continuing work on transportation projects that need more funding and construction, increasing clean energy resources and clean-up efforts for our district’s port, as well as looking into solutions to the affordable housing crisis and homelessness issue in our district and state.

Legislative District 28

No candidates responded to this survey.

Legislative District 29

No candidates responded to this survey.

Legislative District 30

No candidates responded to this survey.

Legislative District 31

Immaculate Ferreria, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities:
1) Fully fund education including early/pre-k and quality childcare to college/career.
2) Accessible, affordable, universal healthcare. I support Initiative-1600.
3) Economic Growth

Comments: You may publish my answers. Not one person should be forced to file bankruptcy because they had to pay to survive! Not one parent should have to struggle to either put food on their table or pay for the medication they need to live and continue to support their family! Thank you for stepping up and standing up for all Washingtonians to receive the care they need.

Victoria Mena, State Rep. Pos. 1
Top Three Legislative Priorities:
1. Quality, full-funded public education for all Washingtonians regardless on where you live or what your family income is.
2. Affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare. I believe healthcare is a human right and I am in favor of universal, single-payer healthcare coverage as an ultimate goal for our healthcare system.
3. Labor rights. All Washingtonians deserve the fullest, most robust labor protections, workplace protections, and strong collective bargaining agreements.

Comments: In terms of healthcare, I fully support the ACA and am grateful for the tremendous advancements in health insurance coverage it has achieved. As a person without healthcare coverage myself, I deeply support the expansion to underserved and entirely uninsured populations in Washington State. Healthcare is a human right, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. On the state level, increasing access to the ACA via our state healthcare exchange is a state-level response to ameliorate the wide gaps in our healthcare system. For example, increasing the level of Medicaid expansion and including undocumented and immigrant communities would be good steps to take. We are a wealthy, prosperous state which can afford to provide healthcare coverage for all its people.

Longer term, I do support a vision for healthcare in our country like "Medicare for All". Because, ultimately, our country does not deserve a system of health insurance, but a system of healthcare. A system of care not built or managed by private insurance corporations concerned with profits, but instead a public system that works for the benefit of everyone and does not turn a profit off the backs of the sick. Medicare for All would ensure that every person in the US is covered, that care is free at the point of service, and no family or individual would go bankrupt simply because they got sick. It is a less expensive, more efficient way to manage our healthcare system. We would be able to save money and ensure every person got the care they need.

Legislative District 32

Maralyn Chase, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities:
Inequality of income and wealth and tax reform
Health care for all
Justice and fairness in education, the environment and the

Comments: N/A

Keith Smith, State Rep. Pos. 1
Top Three Legislative Priorities: Address the regressive tax code. Lower the cost of health care. And increase government transparency.

[No Comments.]

Chris Roberts, State Rep. Pos. 2
Top Three Legislative Priorities:
Investing in our Children's Future
Increase Affordable Housing
Single Payer Now

Comments: N/A

Legislative District 33

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson, State Rep. Pos. 2
Top Three Legislative Priorities: Equal access to housing, food and healthcare. Education should be affordable. Tax system needs to be less regressive.

[No Comments.]

Legislative District 34

Lois Schipper, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities:
1. Children and Families
2. Health Care for All
3. Revenue Reform

Comments: I am a BSN prepared nurse with a Masters degree in Public Health. For a majority of my career I have been working in Public/Community Health care; in both direct service and leadership roles. Much of the work has been focused in particular on underserved/low income pregnant women and their children. I have led evidence-based home visiting teams, overseen King County’s Parent and Child Health Program and managed the White Center Public Health Center.

My work in public health, combined with volunteering in our schools, has let me see first-hand the struggles faced by families in our community. I want to put my experience to work in Olympia to find solutions to these struggles. I am confident I can make a positive difference.

Shannon Braddock , State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities:
Reform of our regressive tax structure
Universal access to healthcare - including expanding mental health coverage
Responsible gun ownership legislation - I support I-1639

Comments: I am passionate about advocating for universal access and affordability for health care. We need to protect and expand the rights of women to access reproductive health care, expand Medicare options for seniors, and find a path that will provide all of our residents with access to quality health care options.

Lem Charleston, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities:
Reform of our regressive tax structure
Universal access to healthcare - including expanding mental health coverage
Responsible gun ownership legislation - I support I-1639

Comments: For housing, you first must have a decent place to live then yo must have decent medical coverage access and care and of course your families must have the best education available to them.

Lisa Ryan Devereau, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities:

Child safety and well being to include access to affordable healthcare.
Affordable housing and reducing property taxes.
Transportation including ferry travel and over crowded roadways.

Comments: I have many friends in Canada and have spoken with them about their healthcare system, they love their system and can't understand why we pay so much. we need Universal Healthcare coverage.

Legislative District 35

Irene Bowling, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities:

Providing equal high quality education and job training to ALL students regardless of where they live in the state.
Finding solutions to the terrible cost of healthcare in our state.
Developing job opportunities and the training and infrastructure needed for stemming the tide of high unemployment in the 35th L.D.

Comments: Affordable healthcare, affordable and high quality education K- college, and having a living wage job that ensures a good retirement are the issues all of us are facing. In my work over the years as an educator and small business owner, and in my own family, these are the main concerns I have learned must be addressed and resolved NOW! I am running for precisely these issues. 

Marco Brown, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities:
Solving Opioid epidemic, affordable housing for the homeless, a sustainable healthy forest.

Comments: Homelessness has become an issue for cities and it's a direct result of the drug tolerance society we come to tolerate and in some cases promote. 

James Thomas, State Rep. Pos. 1
Top Three Legislative Priorities:

Jobs for the 35th legislative district
Robust education funding through a baccalaureate degree or equivalent
Prompt and aggressive attention to our environment, especially water, salmon habitat, and greenhouse gases
Universal health care

I know you asked for the top three but there is more to a campaign and more to a legislative agenda than three items. I've spent most of my adult life in the health care industry, I understand health care metrics on outcomes and spending. I am convinced that universal health care is in our future. We need to make our future today.Comments:Universal healthcare is not just ethically right, it is economically smart. Essentially all of our OECD peers provide some form of universal health care. This assures a healthy population across socio-economic strata and frees people of crippling financial burdens that accompany unexpected health crises that in the US can lead to bankruptcy.

Comments: Universal healthcare is not just ethically right, it is economically smart. Essentially all of our OECD peers provide some form of universal health care. This assures a healthy population across socio-economic strata and frees people of crippling financial burdens that accompany unexpected health crises that in the US can lead to bankruptcy.

David Daggett, State Rep. Pos. 2
Top Three Legislative Priorities: protecting our safety net, fair taxes, improving the local economy

Comments: We have purchased Rx from Canada at a fraction of the cost

Legislative District 36

 [No Comments.]

Legislative District 37

Rebecca Saldaña, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities: My top legislative priorities, if elected, are opening up our democracy to every Washingtonian, fighting for gender equity, protecting workers' rights, protecting our beautiful environment, ensuring available and affordable health care, and building an educational system that closes our achievement gap.

Comments: I am an economic and social justice advocate who knows our success is rooted in facing race and undoing institutional, structural and systemic racism.

Legislative District 38

John McCoy, State Senator

Top Three Legislative Priorities: Internet access for all, education, mental health

Comments: N/A

Bruce Overstreet, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities:
1) Coming up with a viable solution to the opioid crisis and mental health issues, including early intervention programs, 2) promoting diverse job growth near Paine Field Terminal, and 3) holding Sound Transit accountable to timeline and budget promised to taxpayers.

Comments: We have a crisis with how we are dealing with our homeless population. This is an issue that crosses socio-economic and racial lines, an issue that is not well coordinated by DSHS, and an issue that is ripping families apart when they are searching for support. We must put the necessary resources into developing a comprehensive solution that will benefit all stakeholders.

Mike Sells, State Rep. Pos. 2
Top Three Legislative Priorities:Access to education for sustainable family wage and salary jobs. Workplace standards that are fair and protect people from exploitation. Infrastructure that is maintained and up to date for moving people, goods and services.

Comments: I don't have any further comments. I am currently the House Chair of the Labor and Workplace Standards Committee.

Legislative District 39

Ivan Lewis, State Rep. Pos. 1

Top Three Legislative Priorities:Universal healthcare -- healthcare is a human right and everyone in the state of Washington should have easy access to comprehensive healthcare.

Tax reform -- we need to reevaluate our regressive taxation system and find a better way of ensuring we fund the things we need without making it too expensive to live here and raise our families.

Ensuring the health and safety of our vulnerable populations -- while this is a somewhat broad category, the opioid epidemic, sex trafficking and comprehensive immigration reform are high priorities that need to be addressed for the betterment of our society.

Comments: N/A

Legislative District 40

No candidates responded to this survey.

Legislative District 41

Nathaniel Deily, State Rep. Pos. 1
Top Three Legislative Priorities: Taxation, Spending, Private Property Rights

Comments: The Washington State Legislature should aggressively simplify, streamline and eliminate laws and regulations that impose undue costs on health care providers, reform its wasteful spending and financial mismanagement as detailed in the 2017 State Auditor's Report and allow innovation and competition to drive reduced prices into as free a market as possible. 

Legislative District 42

Tim Ballew II, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities:
1. Transportation funding for safe roads and bridges.
2. Public broadband: high-speed internet in rural communities.
3. Water certainty for all water users for the future.

Comments: N/A

Legislative District 43

Nicole Macri, State Rep. Pos. 1 

Top Three Legislative Priorities:

1. Increase access to affordable housing.
2. Increase access to high quality, affordable healthcare, including behavioral and reproductive health services.
3. Protecting civil rights, especially for LGBTQ individuals.

Comments: I’m so grateful to partner with HCFA-WA on ensuring everyone in WA can gain access to the care they need, when they need it!

Legislative District 44

Jeff Sax , State Rep. Pos. 1
Top Three Legislative Priorities: Eliminate Tolls, lower property taxes, increase public access to government employee records.

Comments: N/A

Legislative District 45

Manka Dhingra, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities:

My number one focus is affordability. Ensuring that our state is a more affordable place to live for all families and individuals. We need to ensure families can afford both health care and housing, so that our communities are safe and healthy.

I am passionate about reforming our criminal justice system by investing in mental health, substance use treatment, and protecting the rights of women, immigrants, and underrepresented minorities.

Lastly, I want to ensure our schools are fully funded in a way that is sustainable and responsible to ensure our next generation can be the leaders we need in our country.

[No Comments.]

Legislative District 46

David Frockt, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities: My top three platform issues are maintaining and expanding health care access for the people of Washington, continuing to advance sensible firearm regulation, expanding access and funding for K-12 and higher education, and many other issues. candidates responded to this survey.

Comments: Last legislative session, I introduced SB 5701 (the Senate version of HB 1026), to establish the framework for a public state-based universal health care plan.

Legislative District 47

Mona Das, State Senator
Top Three Legislative Priorities (updated 8/17):  Housing (Housing First), education, and equitable access to public services including healthcare and mental healthcare for all.

[No Comments.]

Legislative District 4

Amy Walen, State Rep. Pos. 2
Top Three Legislative Priorities:
1. Reduce preventable gun violence by raising the purchasing age of semi-automatic firearms, and introducing other provisions protect our communities from gun violence.
2. Invest in proven mental health and addiction services, so that treatment is available on demand. Addiction is not a personal failure, but rather a public health crisis and should be addressed as such.
3. Increase housing options and continue to provide innovative and affordable housing choices for all.

Comments:
Our dynamic, growing region needs experienced leadership to address housing affordability, advocate for environmental protections, keep our kids and communities safe from gun violence, and invest in proven mental health and addiction services. I am committed to helping working families, seniors, and small businesses, and will work to replace high property taxes with solutions that tax wealth, not jobs and hard work. I care about people and I care about decisive, responsible government. I want a government that works for all of us. This is what we need in Olympia and this is why I am running for State Representative. I have a proven track record as Kirkland Mayor and years as a City Councilmember in involving neighbors in decisions that affect their lives and families. This is why I am the best candidate for the State House of Representatives in Legislative District 48 (Position 2).

Legislative District 49

No candidates responded to this survey.

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