The three candidates for state senate position in the 1st Legislative District recently sent statements introducing themselves to voters.
Republican Mindie Wirth, Democrat Guy Palumbo and Democratic State Rep. Luis Moscoso are running for the position that Democratic State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe is giving up after six four-year terms.
The three will run on the Aug. 2 primary ballot, with the two leaders advancing to the November general-election ballot.
The 1st Legislative District includes most of Mountlake Terrace, all of Brier and Bothell, north Kirkland, unincorporated areas of King County between Bothell and Kirkland, and unincorporated areas of Snohomish County north and east of Bothell including the Maltby area.
Here are their statements in the order their names will appear on the primary ballot and in the voters’ pamphlet:
Mindie Wirth (Prefers Republican Party) — I grew up in the 1st, graduated from Bothell HS and UW-Bothell, and now my husband and I are raising our family here. I’ve worked at Microsoft for almost a decade in digital marketing. My children attend public school in Northshore and I served as PTA Legislative Chair for our elementary, and Co-President of Northshore PTSA Council. My volunteer activities include: youth basketball coach, Bothell Girl Scouts Day-Camp unit leader, Northshore Youth Basketball Association past board member, and Microsoft Day of Caring Project Leader for the Washington Trails Association. I enjoy hiking and camping with my family.
Guy Palumbo (Prefers Democratic Party) — The legislature is simply not providing solutions to challenges our families and small businesses face every day. We are stuck with gridlock on our local roads and on fully funding the education of our children. Our representatives have punted for four years on a McCleary solution. Out of a $16 billion gas tax increase, our district only received $10 million despite some of the worst traffic in the state.
It’s time for a responsible change in Olympia. We need effective leaders with private sector experience to break through the partisan gridlock and to put the needs of our district first.
Luis Moscoso (Prefers Democratic Party) — Luis Moscoso learned about the people and the problems of our community as a bus driver for Community Transit. As your State Representative since 2010, he is well known for getting things done. The Vice Chair of Transportation, he delivered on bringing us the third lane on 405 as well as the Crossing Project, leading the way for the redevelopment of downtown Bothell. On education, he works to ensure opportunity for all by funding our schools, community colleges and UW-Bothell. As a member of the Public Safety Committee, he leads efforts to protect communities by reducing crime and gang violence.
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