I had so much fun marching in the Kirkland 4th of July Parade this year! People of all ages enjoying the sun and festivities for as far as the eye could see. So many marching to celebrate not just our country's birthday, but the values we as Democrats hold dear! We do, however, greatly diverge on our patriotic attire...
Great to see U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (CD 1), 45th LD Reps. Roger Goodman and Larry Springer, and of course, my amazing seatmate, 48th LD Rep. Vandana Slatter out shaking hands with everyone!
Many thanks to all the volunteers who came to celebrate our nation's independence!
Here are some lovely photos taken by the wonderful Lincoln Potter:
I'm thrilled to share that I've received the Seattle Times' endorsement in my race for the State Senate!
Here's the link to their endorsement:
They noted that I've "already been successful at promoting sensible legislation with bipartisan support" and that I am the "only logical choice to represent the 48th District in the state Senate."
It's a great honor to have earned their support, and I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of the 48th Legislative District to ensure our kids receive the highest quality education, our roads and bridges get folks where they need to go, and our health care system works for everyone.
Last year I was honored and privileged to serve as your State Representative and now this year as your first female State Senator! Since I was appointed to the Senate this past January, I must stand for special election this November. That means I am off and running to retain my seat.
If preparing for a campaign wasn’t enough, the Legislature is still in session down in Olympia. The big challenge this year as many of you know is satisfying the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision to fully fund basic education. This was my top priority when I first went to the Capitol and remains my top priority today. As the end of the 2017 school year draws to a close, the students, parents, and teachers of Washington are depending on us to get the job done. In order to do that, a compromise has to happen.
As it stands, the Senate Republicans are on one side, and Governor Inslee and the House Democrats are on the other. I’ve been very disappointed with the tactics that the Senate Majority has used so far, refusing to negotiate in favor of political gamesmanship. That is not how you solve tough problems. Whatever compromise ends up coming forward, I’ll evaluate it based on my core principles and do my best to uphold the values of the 48th Legislative District.
Amply funding education is not the only issue that needs fixing. We face many tough issues here in the 48th Legislative District – from improving our transportation system to making sure everyone has health care, to providing affordable housing, protecting our privacy, and making sure needed services are not unnecessarily cut – there’s always more work to be done. Good thing I love the work and am motivated by my parents’ long ago encouragement to “bring some good into this world.”
While my work as a legislator continues throughout the year, I am also busy working closely with my campaign team to gather endorsements, prepare campaign materials, and get ready to hit the ground running. I am proud to have earned the endorsements of Governor Jay Inslee, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib (and our own former State Senator!), Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and many, many more. And I would love your support too! This is going to take a team effort to win, so please go to my website at www.pattykuderer.com or visit my Facebook page, Elect Patty Kuderer, and sign up!
Finally, as much fun as all this is - and it really is fun for me - the best gift so far was when Michael (California) and Emily (Colorado) came home for the campaign photoshoot. Spending time with my children is rare, so I cherished and made the most of every minute of their 36 hour whirlwind. You’ll see their cherub faces smiling back at you on my walk piece and on my website. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done as a State Legislator and as a trial attorney, but my kids are my greatest accomplishment.
More to come…
I am excited to announce that on January 3rd the Democratic Precinct Committee Officers of the 48th Legislative District chose me as one of three selections to go on to the King County Council as the next State Senator (replacing Cyrus Habib who will now be our next Lieutenant Governor).
On January 5th, the King County Council unanimously voted for my appointment. Thank you to everyone who has helped on previous campaigns and on all our policy work in the 48th Legislative District. We have tremendous challenges in this session and I promise to work as hard as ever for the voters in the 48th and the people of the State of Washington.
I am happy and grateful to announce that with 73% of the vote I will be returning to Olympia to represent the folks of the 48th Legislative District. I am honored to serve this wonderful community and Washington State. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me through my first election - volunteers, friends and family. Now the work begins!
Attorney Patty Kuderer Appointed To 48th Legislative District House Seat Vacated By Ross Hunter
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Monday, September 28th
Attorney Patty Kuderer was appointed by the King County Council today to the 48th District State Representative seat being vacated by Rep. Ross Hunter. Hunter is leaving the legislature to head the Department of Early Learning.
"I am so grateful for the support from the 48th District Democratic organization and honored to be appointed to this seat. I will continue Rep. Hunter's work championing our public schools while relying on my legal background to work on judiciary issues," said Patty Kuderer.
A mom, attorney and community advocate, Patty Kuderer has been a long-time volunteer in the schools, serving as Co-President for several years of the Chinook Middle School PTSA where she received the "Golden Acorn" for her volunteer service in 2006.
She moved to the Northwest over 16 years ago with her family. Her two grown children attended Bellevue Public Schools. She has nearly 30 years’ experience as an attorney in municipal and private practice. She is an advocate for open government, becoming well-versed in public records laws when working as a city attorney, an area she continues to practice in today. She also represents individuals harmed by discriminatory employment practices and those injured by texting, drunk or other negligent drivers. She has argued before the Minnesota Appellate and State Supreme Courts.
Throughout her career Ms. Kuderer has served on many boards and commissions including NARAL Pro-Choice WA and Minnesota International Health Volunteers. She has also volunteered for other non-profits including The Peace Alliance, Virtues Children Nepal, and Chrysalis. She currently serves as a Precinct Committee Officer for the 48th District Democrats and is on the organization’s executive board.
Patty Kuderer grew up in Minnesota, got a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and has practiced law in both the public and private sectors. She currently lives in Clyde Hill.