Committee to Elect Essie Hicks
Position 1, District 5 in WA http://essiehicks.com/
1420 NW Gilman Blvd #2786
Primary Election Date: 2014-08-05 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
I am the daughter of two small business owners, and a former small business owner and educator in the field of massage therapy. I got myself there by working minimum wage jobs. I understand the challenges that workers and small business owners face. I know what it is like to have to pay 50% of your income to housing while being a single parent, and I know what it is like to operate a small business on the margins. I also understand the complexities of public policy. I am a former Maple Valley City Planning Commissioner, Community Volunteer and PTA legislative liaison. I also hold a BA in Social Science from WSU and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Seattle University's Institute of Public Service.
Why am I running?
I am running because I feel a sense of urgency in our State to solve critical problems in education funding, social issues, environmental issues (particularly ocean acidification and climate change) and the serious issues in transportation funding which is holding our state back from having a modern, safe transportation system.
The incumbent sits on the transportation and is instrumental in blocking transportation funding and projects. I believe we need a modern transportation system that fixes our existing roads and projects FIRST. I believe the workers on these projects should be professional and that the State should take the moderate bid, not the lowest and our public workers deserve proper payment for the work they do. The incumbent talks about "trimming the fat out of union contracts" to save money.
The incumbent does not take environmental issues seriously and ranks very low on WCV standards. I take environmental issues very seriously. I have two sons with asthma, and clean water and air are something we should leave behind for our children. As a City Planning Commissioner, I took water quality seriously and worked to protect our wetlands and tree retention in the city. Today I am endorsed by former Tribal Chair, Micah McCarty of the Makah Tribe and Washington Conservation Voters.
I don't believe the incumbent takes educational issues seriously enough and consistently votes against Higher Education and Early Childhood Education. I completed my master's thesis in education funding and I intend to work in the legislature to fully fund the McCleary decision and obtain fully funded PreKindergarten and Kindergarten for all children in our state.
My top three issues are Education, Transportation and Environmental Protections.
My experience in education is passing bonds and levies in my communities since 1999, and volunteering as an education advocate in my community and serving the PTA as a Legislative Liaison for my school. I intend to work with legislators to shift the funding from local jurisdictions (which is unconstitutional according to the Supreme Court) to Statewide funding, I also want to shift the funding in the DNR trusts back to education which is what they were intended for DNR currently only uses 78% for K-12 education and the amount should be 99%.
My experience with environmental issues are listed above. I am a member of the Environmental Defense Fund and I intend to work with legislators to support the Governor's plan for decreasing ocean acidification, increasing Washington's production of clean energy, decreasing carbon emissions through transportation solutions, and capping and taxing carbon emissions from large corporations, factories and oil refineries. I plan on blocking coal exports which will cause air and water quality problems across Washington, and lead taxpayers to have to foot the bill for environmental cleanup. Furthermore the air quality in China is only getting worse with the unregulated use of coal burning power-plants.
Transportation is a huge issue here in the 5th legislative district. I-90 crosses our entire district. I intend to vote on fixing the issues of repair on I-90 for our access of goods to port. I have reached out to port commissioners, transit union officials, and transportation advocacy groups to understand the complexities of transportation funding. I intend to vote to continue to keep our transit routes running to serve our communities, move to implement light rail to serve our suburban neighborhoods, and complete the transportation projects we have already invested in.
My DFA Values
I believe that the role of government is to protect us, provide us with freedom and provide us with services.
I believe in protecting and preserving our families and communities. I intend to support families and make sure that ALL families have equality under the law no matter their makeup, their economic or ethnic background.
I believe in leaving this world better than when we came into it. Our children deserve a legacy of beautiful open space, access to clean healthy food, and clean air and water.
My Campaign is People Powered!
I have been endorsed by Progressive Majority and have been on their Farm Team for the past two years.
I have reached out to as many groups and individuals as I can think of to gain their support and to make sure they know who I am as I move forward in this campaign.