Joan McBride for State Representative

Who am I?

Former Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride recently retired after serving 16 years on the Kirkland City council. She served four years as mayor and 10 years as deputy mayor. Joan served on the Council Finance Committee, which achieved a Triple A bond rating for the City of Kirkland. She also oversaw the annexation of 35,000 residents, the purchase of the Cross Kirkland Corridor, and development of the Kirkland Transit Center and South Kirkland Park and Ride TOD, which will provide affordable and market housing. She initiated the Council Ethics Policy and Code of Conduct.

Joan was also a champion for the recent parks and roads permanent levy, Youth and Senior councils, and the Teen Center. Her awards include: “Elected Official of the Year” from the Alliance of Eastside Agencies for Outstanding Contributions to Human Services on the Eastside. She also received the 2007 Special Service Award from the King Conservation District. In 2004, Mayor McBride received the "Community Partnership Award" presented by King County and Public Health-Seattle and King County for outstanding contribution to Public Health for her work on creating Kirkland neighborhood walking maps.

Joan’s Regional representation on the council included: Vice-chair of WRIA 8 Salmon Recover Council, Vice-chair Eastside Human Services Forum, I-405 Executive Committee, Member and co-chair Eastside Transportation Partnership, King Conservation District Advisory Committee, King County Flood Control Advisory Committee, Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Executive Board, MSWAC, Domestic Violence Initiative Committee and Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Committee. In addition, she is the co-founder of the new organization WE-Eastside Progressive Women.

As a community leader, Joan currently serves on the boards of the Kirkland Performance Center and Friends of Youth. She serves on the advisory boards of Washington Bikes, Kirkland Arts Center, Feet First. In the past she has served on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Together Center, Kirkland Interfaith Network, Washington Bicycle Alliance and on the PTA boards from elementary through High School level. Prior to her service to the City of Kirkland, Joan worked in non-profit development and community relations. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College.Joan recently married her partner of 14 years and together they enjoy a large extended family including their first grandchild.

Why am I running?

I am running for the Washington State Senate, 48th District. My opponent, Senator Rodney Tom (a former Republican turned nominal Democrat) handed control of the Senate to GOP conservatives in 2013. He turned his back on his party and his constituents. Rodney Tom polarized the State Senate and forced the longest legislative session in decades, nearly shutting down the state government and leaving critical issues to languish. Our state deserves better and certainly the 48th District deserves better.

My Goals

1. Ample and stable funding for education -- currently our state is under a court order to provide adequate funding for our public school system. I will look at efficiencies in government and eliminating a number of tax loopholes, as well as considering targeted additional taxes or fees.

2. Comprehensive transportation funding -- I would work to ensure that our state's investment in infrastructure is adequately maintained. I support a state plan that gives local jurisdictions options and that has a reasonable raise in gas taxes.

3. Reproductive Parity -- I would work with my colleagues to make sure that our state health plans respect a woman's right to be in charge of her reproductive health.

My DFA Values

The 48th District is a progressive district. We are a district that is respectful of diversity and strives to be always welcoming. We care about our environment and work to be good stewards. We want and encourage balanced economic development that provides living wages and adds stature to our region. We want laws that are well-crafted to protect and foster public-private partnerships and provide predictability.

These are values that protect and enhance our community. My campaign will embody community values through our communications and messaging, through our conduct, and through transparency.

My Campaign is People Powered!

We will be building a strong volunteer base, through support from allied groups. We will build grassroots support through extensive doorbelling and engaging in community events and discussions.

We have already started seeking the endorsements of labor organizations. I have received endorsements from AFSCME Council 2 and from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council #5. Additionally, I am strengthening my ties with local Democrats by attending local meetings and events. I look forward to earning more endorsements from labor and Democratic organizations and to involving their members in my campaign.

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• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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