1st Legislative District, Position 1

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You should have all received your ballots in the mail by now but since there will be no voter’s pamphlet mailed this year, you’ll have to find the information you want about the candidates online. The state has a great tool called “My Vote” where you just input your name and birthday and you can view all the races and candidate information pertinent to your ballot. I know some people may not even make it that far so I’ll be posting candidate information over the next several days from the voter’s guide here on MLTnews.com for races in our Congressional/Legislative Districts.

Passionate about who you’re voting for? Let us know in the comments.

First up: Legislative District 1, Position 1

Vince DeMiero

(Prefers Democratic Party)

Elected Experience:
Vince is in his second term as President of the Washington Journalism Education Association.

Other Professional Experience:
Vince served as teacher leader of The Discovery School, one of five Gates Foundation small schoolť within Mountlake Terrace High School, where he has taught for 22 years. Vince was twice named the state journalism adviser of the year and Edmonds School District Educator of the Year.

Education:
Vince received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees with honors from Washington State University.

Community Service:
Vince has volunteered thousands of hours in support of music and youth sports programs, including coaching in the AAU, PONY and MTYAA leagues.

Statement:
A teacher, mentor and coach, Vince has served our community for more than 30 years. With public education funding at risk, we need an experienced leader and veteran educator to represent our children’s interests in Olympia. With our economy and jobs in crisis, we need Vince’s creative problem-solving approach and his deep understanding of our community’s needs.

Endorsements from community leaders include: former State Representative and Snohomish County Councilwoman Barbara (Cothern) Hawksford, former State Representative and Port Townsend Mayor Barney McClure, and Edmonds Education Association President Andi Nofziger. Vince, Debbie, and their four children live in Brier.

For more information:
[email protected]
http://www.vincedemiero.com

Sandy Guinn

(Prefers Republican Party)
Elected Experience:
City Council & Deputy Mayor (Bothell), Snohomish County Tomorrow Committee, Economic Committee, Human Service Committee, Eastside Transportation Partnership, Northshore Park and Recreation Service Area Board Member, and King County Water Quality Committee

Other Professional Experience:
Certified Pharmacy Technician, Community Service Officer – Police Department, and Senior Administrative Assistant

Education:
Everett Community College, Central Washington State College, and Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership Program

Community Service:
Planning Commissioner (Vice Chair), Girl Scout Leader, Soccer Coach, and volunteered weekly at elementary school

Statement:
Growing up in Snohomish County, with my Mom working for Boeing, I know what unemployment feels like. When many people run for office, they give you promises. I ask for your vote based on my record as Bothell councilmember and my understanding of the issues. I cut taxes, paid down loans, improved city’s bond rating, established 20% rainy day fund, and revitalized our downtown – creating new jobs and future revenue.

To repair our economy, we need to lower taxes, invest in education, and promote economic development. Let’s build our economy and get people back to work.

For more information:
(425) 489-0392
[email protected]
http://www.sandyguinn.com

Dennis Richter

(Prefers Republican Party)
Elected Experience:
None

Other Professional Experience:
Electrical Engineer, The Boeing Company, 1983 – the present. Currently lead engineer for electrical systems on passenger seats.

Education:
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, 1982. Associate of Art and Sciences, Chemical Technology, Shoreline Community College, 1973.

Community Service:
Sunday School co-director (eight years). Sunday School teacher (14 years). Church summer youth camp co-director/planner (eight years). Prisoners for Christ assistant (one year) at Monroe Special Offenders Unit. Cascade High School math volunteer tutor (approximately one year). Eastside Traffic Association member.

Statement:
During the past four years, the Legislature has increased spending by over 30% and raised our taxes by $1,000,000,000. This is unacceptable. Our state has a regressive tax called “Business and Occupation” that stifles job creation. It should be phased out to sustain economic growth. A larger portion of the money we spend on education should make it to the classroom and not be wasted on bureaucracy.

We desperately need new leadership in Olympia. I would be honored to represent you and would appreciate your vote.

For more information:
(425) 591-6293
[email protected]
http://www.richter2010.com

Dick Lapinski

(Prefers Republican Party)
Elected Experience:
Elected business representative Painters Dist countil #5, Past Board member of Seattle Sportsman’s Conservation Foundation , Past Board member of Seattle Puget Sound Chapter of Safari Club International. Sitting member of the Executive board on the Hunters Heritage Council.

Other Professional Experience:
Licensed Real Estate agent and 27 years as an Insurance Agency owner.

Education:
High school graduate Raymond Wa., attended Edison technical school in Seattle, attended Everett Junior college, and Edmonds community college.

Community Service:
Monetary contributor to St. Labre Indian School. March of dimes fund raising, Fund raising for the Seattle Sportsman’s Conservation Foundation for local, State and International animal and fish Conservation projects.

Statement:
When elected my main focus and purpose will be to reopen negotiations on tribal gaming revenue for the state. Monies will be dedicated 50 percent to teacher’s salaries Non-administrative and 50 percent to general funds and a two thirds majority requirement to overturn. Non tribal electronic gaming will be on par with tribal gaming.

I am not adverse to controversy. Example, I would have voted No to overturn 960 and will vote No on any income tax bills. I Am what All people of the State of Washington Need!.

For more information:
(425) 280-8836
[email protected]

Derek Stanford

(Prefers Democratic Party)
Elected Experience:
No information submittted

Other Professional Experience:
I am currently the Director of Analytics at a local telecommunications company, and I am a former small business owner, specializing in statistical analysis and consulting.

Education:
1999 PhD, Statistics, University of Washington

Community Service:
I am the Membership Chair for the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, and I have been active with my local food bank, helping those in need.

Statement:
I’m running for State Representative because I believe Olympia can do better. I’m not a politician. Like you, I work hard every day, pay a mortgage, raise a family, and try to make my community a better place.

It’s time for the state to get back to basics – creating jobs, improving public education, and ensuring government is accountable to taxpayers. As a husband, father, and former small business owner, I know we must make responsible investments in education, including early learning; create opportunities for living wage jobs; and demand that government operate a balanced and sustainable budget.

For more information:
(425) 481-6231
[email protected]
http://www.derekstanford.com

4 COMMENTS

  1. Vince is a fantastic guy and will make a great elected official. We need more regular folks in Olympia and Vince DeMiero is a great guy.




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  2. Vince DeMiero is an accomplished educator and will make an exceptional legislator. Vince is a man of integrity and will bring a solution-oriented approach to Olympia. We need to elect policymakers who are risk takers and who are grounded in their communities. Vince DeMiero is hands-down the best choice for the 1st Legislative District.




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  3. I have worked with Vince DeMiero for 14 years, and I’m excited that we have the opportunity to send a leader of his caliber to Olympia as our Representative. He is a problem-solver and a collaborator. He knows our community from the 33 years he has spent living, working, raising his family, and volunteering in the 1st Legislative District. Vote Vince!




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  4. Vince will do such a great job representing us in Olympia. He’s passionate about education and doing what’s right–even if that’s not always easy. And I can say for sure that’s how he’ll be because I’ve known him and his family for almost 20 years. He taught me and many of my friends *by example* when doing the right thing wasn’t easy. I’m a better person for it and I know our community will be better with Vince representing us!




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