One big difference you’ll notice between Vince DeMiero and some of the other candidates running for Leg. District Pos. 1 is their lists of endorsements. While many candidates tout their list of supporting political organizations, DeMiero focuses on community leaders, educators, former students, parents of former students and various community member.
The list of supporters on DeMiero’s web site has many names that are familiar to the Mountlake Terrace community. Among them are Bob White, former Mountlake Terrace City Manager, Rev. Richard Gibson, Concern for Neighbors Food Bank and Vic Sood, first Executive Director of Community Transit and inductee of the American Public Transportation Association Hall of Fame.
While Vince DeMiero did not get the Democrats of the First Legislative District nomination for the position, DeMiero has received a couple of key endorsements such as the former Edmonds mayor and current Snohomish County Deputy Executive Gary Haakenson. Haakenson recently said this about DeMiero, “Vince DeMiero isn’t your typical candidate. He comes from a family of public servants and has three decades of real-world experience with teaching, coaching and raising children in our community. Vince is exactly the kind of representative we need in Olympia, and I’m proud to lend my support.”
If somebody is looking to vote for a career politician, I’m not their guy. If, on the other hand, they want to support somebody who has deep roots in the 1st LD and cares passionately about our communities, understands what it’s like to live paycheck-to-paycheck, has his kids in public school and, well, is a lot like them, then I’m their guy.
DeMiero, a teacher at Mountlake Terrace High School, has garnered the support of many current and former teachers and staff in the Edmonds School District and statewide. Recently, MLTnews recieved the endorsement letter below from former MTHS principal Elain C. Klein. In fact, Vince DeMiero is the only legislative candidate who we (MLTnews) have received personal letters of endorsement for. In addition to co-workers and colleagues, current and former students have also rallied around his campaign, largely organizing on Facebook. Recently many current and former students spent an evening making and putting out nearly over 1,000 yard sign in the 1st District in support of DeMiero.
DeMiero has stated that if he were to be elected, he would still be able to teach at least half-time at MTHS.
The primary is coming up on August 17 and you can find the The Snohomish County Local Voters’ Pamphlet here [pdf].
Below is the letter of endorsement received by MLTnews from former MTHS principal Elaine Klein.
I heartily endorse Vince DeMiero as the best candidate in the District 1 race for State Legislature Representative. As his former supervisor and colleague at Mountlake Terrace High School, I know him well. I consider him the finest teacher I have hired in my long career. He always exhibits the highest integrity; he is dedicated to his family and to the students whom he teaches and inspires. Vince possesses a keenly analytical mind, able to examine issues thoroughly and to understand varying points of view. More importantly, he is able to use his analysis to bring disparate groups to consensus, enabling them to work harmoniously to take action, a skill greatly needed in today’s antagonistic political environment. With Vince in the state legislature, progress will be made on the vital issues facing the state. Vince has lived his entire life in south Snohomish County. He has taught at Mountlake Terrace High School for 22 years, proving himself as a leader of change and an empowering force in the lives of his students. He is an active volunteer in many aspects of community life. He will be the true voice of all of the citizens of District 1. Vote for Vince DeMiero.
Elaine C. Klein
Retired Principal, Mountlake Terrace High School