Primary election choices: Washington Legislative Dist. 32, Senator

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We continue with our summaries of candidates who appear on the Aug. 17 primary election ballot, with details collected from  the Snohomish County voters pamphlet, which is here. This report focuses on State Legislative District 32, Senator. The 32nd District includes Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Woodway, part of Edmonds and unincorporated areas in both King and Snohomish counties.
Patty Butler
(Prefers Democratic Party)
Elected Experience:
Elected Democratic State Representative from the 32nd District from 1997 – 1999.
Other Professional Experience:
A mother of three, I have owned a small business, was a manager at Bon Marche and an international trading company, worked for Planned Parenthood five years before my current job as a manager for Fran’s Chocolates.
Education:
Graduated from Shoreline High School, 1970. Attended Shoreline Community College. Finishing my degree in Business Management at Edmonds Community College and pursuing a BA.
Community Service:
Northwest Women’s Law Center; WA Council for Prevention of Child Abuse, Board President Banchero Friends Service for the Disabled; WA Lake Health and Clean Water Committee.
Statement:
Over ten years ago I had the privilege of being elected to represent the citizens of the 32nd Legislative District. During that time I accomplished something few freshman lawmakers do, I passed a consumer related bill into law.
Since then, I have used the same tenacity you came to know surviving two recessions, raising my children, working day in and day out, and figuring out how to get by on less. I went back to school, completing several business courses while managing one of the area’s best chocolates stores and small businesses.
It’s this commitment that is lacking in our legislature. I can no longer sit by and watch the stalemates, indecision, and partisanship in Olympia. Lawmakers today cannot even work together in their own party. We need to regain the respect and confidence of voters by accomplishing things that matter to real people, not just play politics. I know how to work together with people, keeping my roots based in the 32nd, and to prioritize education, the environment and consumer protection. I did this ten years ago as a lawmaker; I’m certain if given the opportunity, I’ll get the results my constituents deserve.
For more information:
(206) 356-4933
Maralyn Chase
(Prefers Democratic Party)
Elected Experience:
Washington State Representative 2002 – 2010
Other Professional Experience:
25 years General Contractor; 5 years directing a facility for disabled and disadvantaged; worked with the Seattle Urban League; member OPEIU 8.
Education:
BA, MA Political Science, University of Washington; Distinguished Alumni 2008
Community Service:
Maralyn participates fully in the civic life of the 32nd Legislative District. She is a Board Member of Workforce Development Board of Seattle King County, Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and Shoreline Solar Project. She supports Friends of St. Edward Park, Friends of Fircrest and 32nd District Democrats. She has served on numerous boards including Washington State Peace Action and the Seattle Indian Center.
Statement:
It has been an honor to represent your views and values during the past nine years as your State Representative. I am now running for the Senate to continue moving our State forward with sustainable economic, education and environmental policies.
We must develop strategies so that locally-owned and operated businesses can thrive; so that there is adequate training for living-wage jobs to bring prosperity to our communities and we are ensured of a sustainable and healthy environment. I serve on a Presidential Task Force working for federal clean-energy legislation, economic recovery and emerging technologies.
I most emphatically call for campaign finance reform and the overturning of I-134. Political power must flow from voting citizens rather than from corporate wealth. It’s the State’s responsibility to protect our vulnerable disabled and senior citizens with transparent and accountable safety nets. We must provide our children the education needed for the innovation- driven world economy and prepare them for multiple pathways for success.
I am the Democratic Party Nominee for Senate. I am proud to be endorsed by the WA State Labor Council, WA Conservation Voters, American Federation of Teachers and many more. I ask for your vote and continued support.
For more information:
(425) 775-8449
David Baker
(Prefers Republican Party)
Elected Experience:
City of Kenmore Council member, 2004 – present Deputy Mayor, 2004-2007, Mayor, 2008 – present Seashore Transportation Forum Suburban Cities Board of Directors King County Joint Resolutions Committee Co-chair King County Solid Waste Advisory Committee King County Hazardous Waste Committee King County Regional Transportation Committee Association of Washington Cities Federal Legislative Committee National League of Cities Board of Directors
Other Professional Experience:
Small Business Owner
Education:
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1988 M.S., University of Nebraska, 1978
Community Service:
National Handicapped Sports Christmas in July, Home repair for the economically disadvantaged in Seattle, Kaboom National organization supporting children
Statement:
Taxes are already too high. As your Senator, I’ll work to meet the needs of families and communities without raising your taxes! As Mayor of Kenmore, I have a proven record of putting families, jobs, and communities first. In seven years on the City Council, I voted against every proposed tax increase. I voted to cut utility taxes 2%. Under my leadership, construction of the new City Hall was under budget and on time. And we paid cash!
Unlike my opponent, I don’t support a state income tax. She consistently votes to raise taxes. She voted to overturn voter-approved spending limits and for the largest spending increase in state history! She’s been #1 on the Big Spenders list two years running. Her proposed legislation would cost taxpayers more than $45 billion over the next 10 years! It’s time for change!
I will protect your money and control runaway spending; support transportation improvements to help local businesses and reduce traffic congestion; work to fund quality schools and make our communities safer for all, especially children and seniors; and promote job creation and economic growth.
In these challenging times, I pledge to work for you. Vote Baker for State Senator.

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