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…