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My Vision

I envision a State of Washington, which graduates the next generation of leaders for the State, Country and the World and that fosters innovation for our local businesses big and small.

 

I believe we can build an education system that engages children, expanding on their unique creativity and talent, and that crafts an individualized plan for success.

 

I believe in a state that is a leader in the technologies of the future thereby attracting corporations and organizations from around the world and that supports our small businesses and trades to ensure jobs for middle class families.

 

I believe in a Washington that prioritizes inclusion, invests in humans, and embraces our diversity.

My Mission

To develop a thriving, prosperous middle class by investing in education, tackling our growth and traffic challenges and creating safe and secure neighborhoods for our families; by strengthening communities.

 

  • FUNDING SCHOOLS WITHOUT PROPERTY TAX INCREASES

 

Public schools are the foundation of our democracy. I will work to enhance our great schools by decreasing class size, investing in early learning and ensure each child has an individual plan for success. Affordability is a huge issue on the Eastside and I will cut property taxes for Eastside residents by closing special interest tax breaks and work to reduce the cost of college for local families.

 

  • MANAGING GROWTH & TRANSPORTATION

 

With our rapid growth, it is critical that we protect the character of our communities while remaining environmentally conscious. I am committed to reducing congestion on our roads and to expanding transit. I will demand accountability, prioritize funding transit and high congestion corridors, and ensure our car tabs are fairly evaluated without delaying the expansion of light rail to Redmond and Kirkland.

 

  • PROVIDING SAFE COMMUNITIES & SUPPORT FOR VETERANS

 

As a prosecutor, I have worked to protect victims of domestic violence, prevent gun violence, and advocate for effective treatment for those who struggle with mental illness. We can improve public safety and save taxpayer resources if we close the revolving door of jail, homelessness and crime that impacts our communities.

My Values

The values that drive my personal life are action, compassion and justice.  The values that will help accomplish our mission and take us to our vision are:

 

  • Community—Building connections, respecting the difference and value of others
  • Compassion—Having understanding and empathy for others
  • Responsibility—Taking accountability for decisions and actions
  • Honesty—Being fair and truthful
  • Integrity—Maintaining moral and ethical standards

ON THE ISSUES

 

As your State Senator, I will work every day to represent local families by listening to the unique needs of our communities, building diverse coalitions, and developing common sense solutions that are in line with our core values.

 

Education

TRANSPORTATION & GROWTH

Public schools are the greatest equalizers and the foundation of our democracy.  School is where we first nurture the passion that drives our economy, cures diseases, builds bridges, and creates works of art.

 

We need to make early learning and high quality childcare more accessible so our youngest learners enter the classroom ready to learn. I will work to protect and improve our great schools so that children of all abilities can thrive and graduate with the skills for a successful transition to adulthood.

I appreciate that dynamic growth of our economy comes with challenges to our quality of life.  I am a working mom who sits in traffic every day.  I want to work with my colleagues on common sense reforms to our transportation system, continued expansion of transit, and thoughtful management of how and where we grow as a region.

 

I want the Eastside to continue to drive global innovation while still being able to drive to work, school, and community events safely.  That means keeping impaired drivers off our roads and repairing crumbling infrastructure to ensure our roadways are safe.

Health & Safety

Accountability

Working with victims of domestic violence and their families, I recognized language and cultural barriers that prevent reporting and self-protection in violent situations. In the State Senate I will continue to advocate for policies that reduce violence in our homes and communities.

 

We can improve public safety, save taxpayer resources, and help people through difficult times by closing the revolving door of jail, homelessness, and crime that impacts too many Veterans and people struggling with mental illness and substance use disorder.  Through innovation and reform, we can continue making progress at the state level in how we address these interrelated challenges, helping people and strengthening communities.

 

 

Government works best when there is trust.  To develop trust, government needs to be transparent and held accountable.  We need leaders who are willing to stand up to lobbyists and big corporations when it comes to closing tax breaks that do not help our communities and take on the challenge of improving our regressive tax system that unfairly burdens low and middle income families.

 

As your Senator I will work to increase government transparency and to close outdated tax loopholes so we can invest in the programs that are important to local families.  By increasing accountability to you, we can secure the funds to support our seniors and veterans, to expand mental health services, and to invest in renewable energies and better protect our environment for our children and grandchildren

INCLUSION & PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS

We are facing direct attacks on the progress we have made in building a strong economy, a skilled, diverse workforce, great public schools, and the fundamental rights of women and immigrants.  To protect what we cherish here on the Eastside, we need new voices committed to equity and inclusion and that are dedicated to breaking through the partisanship and gridlock that has held us back from reaching our full potential.

 

I am committed to protecting the health care rights of women and standing up to hate to ensure that everyone in our communities has access to opportunity and the American Dream.

OUR ENVIRONMENT

I believe that data and science should drive our policies especially when it comes to how we preserve the world for our kids and grandkids. I am a mom who wants to leave a better world for the next generation and believe we need to be leaders when it comes to curbing carbon emissions and addressing climate change.

 

Further we need to be embracing new green technologies to help grow our economy and ensure the rest of the world is not passing us by.  We are a state of innovators and Eastside families want to be global leaders in this fight instead of watching from the sidelines.

 

Q: Why are you running for office?

 

A: I believe that Eastside families deserve experienced, professional and local leadership that is committed to solving our most pressing problems.  I’ve lived in our community for over 20 years. I’m a mom who has been volunteering in our public schools and served as a senior deputy prosecutor, working to keep our communities safe. Through my role on the Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Eastside, I’ve been working to provide mental health services to those in need. I also helped found an organization called API Chaya that works to address domestic violence issues in the South Asian community. I will use on-the-ground experience to problem-solve and give a voice to hard-working, Eastside families. Together we can ensure our elected officials are representing people, not their political parties.

 

Q: What do you view as the most important issue in Washington today?

 

A: One of my top priorities is graduating our children from school with an individualized plan for success.  Education is the state’s paramount duty and our public schools play an important role in serving as the great equalizers in life. They are one of the foundations of our Democracy and need to be properly funded. The Legislature recently took steps to increase school funding to better address the McCleary Decision but I believe there is still more work to be done to ensure we are meeting our obligations.  A perfect example is the failure of state lawmakers to pass a state capital budget to better address the overcrowded classrooms throughout our state.

 

Q: Do you support the creation of a state income tax?

 

A: No. Special interests have spent millions lying to voters and misrepresenting my position.  I have clearly stated multiple times in newspapers like the Seattle Times, The Stranger and other outlets that I don’t support the implementation of a state income tax and that such a policy has already been deemed unconstitutional. In fact, I plan to introduce legislation that will roll back the recent unfair property tax increase that was targeted at Eastside families by closing corporate tax loopholes.

 

Q: How will you balance the needs of big business and small entrepreneurs?

 

A: The Eastside is home to some incredible businesses, big and small, and it is critical we ensure ALL of our great companies can succeed.  Some of the greatest challenges facing are largest employers are regional mobility and sourcing the skilled workforce they need.  Further our small businesses struggle with regressive B&O taxes and deserve better support from Olympia.  If elected I will prioritize projects to provide immediate traffic relief and plan to prioritize K-12, Higher Ed and technical training to ensure we have the skilled workforce for tomorrow.  I plan to work with local small business owners and entrepreneurs to figure out how we can provide greater support and promote innovation within our communities.  The Eastside is a dynamic growing region and it is critical we have forward thinking leaders willing to tackle our greatest challenges.

 

Q: Do you support safe injection sites in our district?

 

A: No I do not. There have been no proposals to have safe consumption sites located in our district and some of our local governments have even taken the step of passing resolutions to ensure that policy does not change. I understand people’s concerns about these sites and want to make sure that if other communities think this is the best approach to addressing their opioid issues that the sites are located in safe and secure locations away from our children. Opioid addiction is a serious challenge facing many communities throughout King County and it is important that we treat chemical dependency as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice issue. We can choose to either incarcerate people or to use public health experts to address the epidemic and support people struggling with addiction.

 

Q: Are you pro-choice?  Do you support the inclusion of reproductive health care in all basic health care programs?

 

A: I am proud to be the only candidate in this race to be endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and Planned Parenthood Votes NW.  I am 100 percent committed to protecting the reproductive rights of women.

 

Q: In the Primary Election there were ads claiming you were being paid by taxpayers when you took a trip to DC to fundraise for your campaign? Did you really go to DC to fundraise?

 

A: These negative ads were lying and trying to mislead voters. The Seattle Times did a story on the misleading ads that you can read here. I took two personal vacation days in April 2016 to travel to Washington D.C. These were personal, earned vacation days and were not part of any official time on the job as a Senior Deputy Prosecutor.  I have worked as a Prosecutor for 17 years and take my job very seriously. Currently I am taking an unpaid leave of absence from it now to campaign full-time.

 

Q: Do you believe in climate change?

A: I firmly believe in human-caused climate change and it ranks near the top of my priorities should I be elected. We need to leave a livable planet for our kids and our grandkids. That means we must look for ways that we can reduce carbon emissions. This is particularly important in light of what is going on at the national level. Washington can and should be a leader for the rest of the country and the world. Unfortunately, Senate Republican leadership in Olympia has blocked efforts to comprehensively address this growing problem. We can’t simply pretend that this crisis doesn’t exist and it’s time to act by embracing clean energy technologies.

 

Q: What is your response to claims that you authored a Facebook post about women who voted for Trump to be self-hating?

 

A: That comment was part of a Facebook post during the presidential election, referencing a Seattle Times editorial discussing the shameful words Trump used to describe his actions toward women.  The description that President Trump gave of the events was, quite frankly, sexual assault. I was outraged by his comments and felt that every woman should be offended that he would talk about women in such inexcusable ways. The comment was in reference to the editorial that called into question how women could support Trump - I agreed with that column, especially in light of the video that had surfaced. Trump’s comments, and the surrounding media coverage, was triggering for survivors of sexual violence and assault, and no one should be made to feel that way.

 

Q: What is your position on the recent car tab increases enacted by the voters?

 

A: I understand voters’ frustrations. My husband and I were also shocked when we renewed our car tabs this year. I drive a 2011 Camry hybrid, and the cost of my tabs tripled. The legislature must find a new way to calculate vehicle valuation. I was very disappointed to see that nothing passed this session to address this issue. When Sound Transit 3 passed, I don't believe that the voters who approved it were aware of the fine print around how their car tabs would change. We need to increase transparency in how these initiatives are presented to the public. However, we also need to ensure that the projects approved in ST3 continue to be delivered on time and under budget. I intend to work with Sound Transit to find a way to reduce individuals’ car tabs while keeping critical transportation projects on schedule.

 

Q: What is your response to ads claiming you only worked 16 hours per week?

 

A: These were attack ads that represented the worst of politics. The time these ads were referencing is a time period after the birth of my second child when I approached my employer and asked if I could adjust my weekly work schedule to help care for my young children. It was a difficult decision I had to make professionally and I was only compensated for the 16 hours I worked.  To infer I was not showing up for work and being paid full time is offensive and an outright lie.

 

Q: What is your favorite part of running for office?

 

A: Meeting the many great people throughout our Eastside communities and getting to know the incredible volunteers we have helping out on our campaign.  If you would like to get involved please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@electmanka.com.

 

 

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P.O Box 2467

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Q: Why are you running for office?

 

A: I believe that Eastside families deserve experienced, professional and local leadership that is committed to solving our most pressing problems.  I’ve lived in our community for over 20 years. I’m a mom who has been volunteering in our public schools and served as a senior deputy prosecutor, working to keep our communities safe. Through my role on the Board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Eastside, I’ve been working to provide mental health services to those in need. I also helped found an organization called API Chaya that works to address domestic violence issues in the South Asian community. I will use on-the-ground experience to problem-solve and give a voice to hard-working, Eastside families. Together we can ensure our elected officials are representing people, not their political parties.

 

Q: What do you view as the most important issue in Washington today?

 

A: One of my top priorities is graduating our children from school with an individualized plan for success.  Education is the state’s paramount duty and our public schools play an important role in serving as the great equalizers in life. They are one of the foundations of our Democracy and need to be properly funded. The Legislature recently took steps to increase school funding to better address the McCleary Decision but I believe there is still more work to be done to ensure we are meeting our obligations.  A perfect example is the failure of state lawmakers to pass a state capital budget to better address the overcrowded classrooms throughout our state.

 

Q: Do you support the creation of a state income tax?

 

A: No. Special interests have spent millions lying to voters and misrepresenting my position.  I have clearly stated multiple times in newspapers like the Seattle Times, The Stranger and other outlets that I don’t support the implementation of a state income tax and that such a policy has already been deemed unconstitutional. In fact, I plan to introduce legislation that will roll back the recent unfair property tax increase that was targeted at Eastside families by closing corporate tax loopholes.

 

Q: How will you balance the needs of big business and small entrepreneurs?

 

A: The Eastside is home to some incredible businesses, big and small, and it is critical we ensure ALL of our great companies can succeed.  Some of the greatest challenges facing are largest employers are regional mobility and sourcing the skilled workforce they need.  Further our small businesses struggle with regressive B&O taxes and deserve better support from Olympia.  If elected I will prioritize projects to provide immediate traffic relief and plan to prioritize K-12, Higher Ed and technical training to ensure we have the skilled workforce for tomorrow.  I plan to work with local small business owners and entrepreneurs to figure out how we can provide greater support and promote innovation within our communities.  The Eastside is a dynamic growing region and it is critical we have forward thinking leaders willing to tackle our greatest challenges.

 

Q: Do you support safe injection sites in our district?

 

A: No I do not. There have been no proposals to have safe consumption sites located in our district and some of our local governments have even taken the step of passing resolutions to ensure that policy does not change. I understand people’s concerns about these sites and want to make sure that if other communities think this is the best approach to addressing their opioid issues that the sites are located in safe and secure locations away from our children. Opioid addiction is a serious challenge facing many communities throughout King County and it is important that we treat chemical dependency as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice issue. We can choose to either incarcerate people or to use public health experts to address the epidemic and support people struggling with addiction.

 

Q: Are you pro-choice?  Do you support the inclusion of reproductive health care in all basic health care programs?

 

A: I am proud to be the only candidate in this race to be endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and Planned Parenthood Votes NW.  I am 100 percent committed to protecting the reproductive rights of women.

 

Q: In the Primary Election there were ads claiming you were being paid by taxpayers when you took a trip to DC to fundraise for your campaign? Did you really go to DC to fundraise?

 

A: These negative ads were lying and trying to mislead voters. The Seattle Times did a story on the misleading ads that you can read here. I took two personal vacation days in April 2016 to travel to Washington D.C. These were personal, earned vacation days and were not part of any official time on the job as a Senior Deputy Prosecutor.  I have worked as a Prosecutor for 17 years and take my job very seriously. Currently I am taking an unpaid leave of absence from it now to campaign full-time.

 

Q: Do you believe in climate change?

A: I firmly believe in human-caused climate change and it ranks near the top of my priorities should I be elected. We need to leave a livable planet for our kids and our grandkids. That means we must look for ways that we can reduce carbon emissions. This is particularly important in light of what is going on at the national level. Washington can and should be a leader for the rest of the country and the world. Unfortunately, Senate Republican leadership in Olympia has blocked efforts to comprehensively address this growing problem. We can’t simply pretend that this crisis doesn’t exist and it’s time to act by embracing clean energy technologies.

 

Q: What is your response to claims that you authored a Facebook post about women who voted for Trump to be self-hating?

 

A: That comment was part of a Facebook post during the presidential election, referencing a Seattle Times editorial discussing the shameful words Trump used to describe his actions toward women.  The description that President Trump gave of the events was, quite frankly, sexual assault. I was outraged by his comments and felt that every woman should be offended that he would talk about women in such inexcusable ways. The comment was in reference to the editorial that called into question how women could support Trump - I agreed with that column, especially in light of the video that had surfaced. Trump’s comments, and the surrounding media coverage, was triggering for survivors of sexual violence and assault, and no one should be made to feel that way.

 

Q: What is your position on the recent car tab increases enacted by the voters?

A: I understand voters’ frustrations. My husband and I were also shocked when we renewed our car tabs this year. I drive a 2011 Camry hybrid, and the cost of my tabs tripled. The legislature must find a new way to calculate vehicle valuation. I was very disappointed to see that nothing passed this session to address this issue. When Sound Transit 3 passed, I don't believe that the voters who approved it were aware of the fine print around how their car tabs would change. We need to increase transparency in how these initiatives are presented to the public. However, we also need to ensure that the projects approved in ST3 continue to be delivered on time and under budget. I intend to work with Sound Transit to find a way to reduce individuals’ car tabs while keeping critical transportation projects on schedule.

 

Q: What is your response to ads claiming you only worked 16 hours per week?

 

A: These were attack ads that represented the worst of politics. The time these ads were referencing is a time period after the birth of my second child when I approached my employer and asked if I could adjust my weekly work schedule to help care for my young children. It was a difficult decision I had to make professionally and I was only compensated for the 16 hours I worked.  To infer I was not showing up for work and being paid full time is offensive and an outright lie.

 

Q: What is your favorite part of running for office?

 

A: Meeting the many great people throughout our Eastside communities and getting to know the incredible volunteers we have helping out on our campaign.  If you would like to get involved please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@electmanka.com.