32nd Legislative District: Candidates disagree on how much is too much government

  • Mon Oct 25th, 2010 8:54pm
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By Oscar Halpert Herald Writer

State House of Representatives Position 2, 32nd Legislative District.

The job

A two-year term as a state representative.

Gary Gagliardi

Age: 59

Occupation: Author/speaker

Website: garygagliardi.com

Party: Republican

Hometown: Shoreline

Education: Harvard Graduate School of Business

In his own words: “Few people anywhere have the experience I do in creating jobs.”

Priorities:

@bull; Create jobs. “Basically, what I want to do is set up a partnership for prosperity to help businesses succeed.”

@bull; Renew trust in schools. Says he’d push to allow parents greater choices in the schools their children attend. Says K-12 decision making is too top-down. “Principals should control their schools and decide who their teachers are. They should control 80 percent of their budget, not 5 percent of their budget.”

@bull; Improve trust in government. “We need more community, less Olympia,” he said. “The more you centralize power, the more it becomes a target for big organizations — unions and associations.”

Notable: Gagliardi has written more than 20 books about business strategy. Many of those are interpretations of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” a centuries-old Chinese treatise on war strategy. He also founded and later sold Fourgen Software of Seattle.

Ruth Kagi

Age: 65

Occupation: commercial real estate manager/owner

Website: ruthkagi.org

Party: Democratic

Hometown: Lake Forest Park

Education: Masters degree, public education, Syracuse University.

In her own words: “The state doesn’t have a bottom line of making a profit like private industry,” she says. “Our bottom line is providing services. I really think my understanding of services will be critically needed this session, so we don’t just … devastate our programs.”

Priorities: Education and children’s welfare. “The cuts we’re seeing to foster care with these across-the-board cuts are troubling. We just have to be careful in how we do it.”

Notable: Kagi is vice-president of the board of directors for Thrive by Five Washington, a public-private partnership focused on support for early learning.