Elected Experience: State Senator (1993-1997)
Other Professional Experience: Known as a professional manager, Kathleen has advised the Governor on sustainability and streamlining government, authored the State’s Ethics in Public Service Law and helped build the University of Washington Bothell campus into the largest branch campus in the state.
Education: BA, Political Science, Ohio University
Community Service: As a volunteer, Kathleen raised funds to build transitional homes for foster youth, led a citizen’s effort to identify schools capacity for a growing Issaquah School District, and as a member of Kiwanis, started an organic vegetable garden for the Thurston County Food Bank.
Statement: ‘Impartial’, ‘Fair’. Washingtonians want those qualities in their Secretary of State. And those are the qualities I have shown throughout my life. I’m not a career politician; I’m an experienced, effective manager, committed to fair elections and increased voter participation. I authored our Ethics in Public Service law and served on the Commission on Government Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform. As Secretary of State, I will increase dropbox locations, push for same-day voter registration, and oppose efforts to suppress voting. I’ll also streamline registration services for corporations, charities and non-profits.
I strongly oppose the Citizens United decision and support repeal. I’ll work to increase transparency in the initiative process.
In 1992 I became the youngest woman ever elected to the State Senate. I never imagined that 20 years later women’s basic rights would still be under attack and the number of elected pro-choice women in office would decline. My management background, statewide experience and commitment to fair, open elections prepare me to be the first Democratic woman Secretary of State in over 50 years.
Endorsed by: Washington State Labor Council, NARAL Pro-choice Washington, and King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Kitsap County Democrats. I ask for your vote.