Thank you for electing
Laurie Dolan for
State Representative District 22
It was 18 months ago that I shared with a select few family and friends that I had decided to run for the open representative seat in the 22nd Legislative District. I was blessed to be healthy and well, and when Artie asked me “Have you done everything you want to do?” I knew my answer was “I still want to do this important work.”
Over the past year and a half, you have reached out to help me apply for, interview for, and be hired for this new position. It is an odd way to get a job; you can’t get there unless people, LOTS of people, want to hire you. The list of each of you who helped make me “employable” is long and varied. From my first hesitant speeches to finding my own political voice, you gave me the best of advice. You were there with suggestions, donations and humor, as well as opening your homes and hearts to this endeavor.
My campaign has been humbling, invigorating, serious and fun all at the same time. Thank you for walking with me into this new adventure! More than anything, you light my own personal fire to do the best job I can with this new responsibility.
With deep appreciation and thanks,
Addendum: “Mourning in America”
(Title courtesy of HuffPost)
I wrote the above message yesterday afternoon, before the election results started coming in. So many of us are feeling bereft this morning. What has been increasingly clear throughout this painful presidential process is that there are huge numbers of Americans who feel like the American Dream has left them behind. We heard their voices from both the right and the left. We, as a nation, have a lot of work to do.
That said, the thought that our American experience can be turned back to a simpler time is just not possible. We are a country of increasing diversity. Our path forward will have to reconcile that truth.
Governing is much more difficult than running for election. Replacing the Affordable Care Act and sending immigrants back to their countries of origin are easy to promise, but much more difficult to implement.
In the meantime, I will turn to trying to learn my new job and serving you well. As I always say, the only behavior I can control is my own.
Finally, my husband, my children and I are heartbroken not to have elected the first woman president.
I was very honored to receive the endorsement of Representative Sam Hunt. Sam and I are both educators, with strong union backgrounds. We are policy people who believe in civility in politics. If elected, we will make a dynamite team for the people in the 22nd
I am honored for your endorsement Washington State Legislative Board of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union-Transportation Division (SMART), Washington State SMART’s members produce and provide the vital services that move products to market, passengers to their destinations and ensure the quality of the air we breathe. They include sheet metal workers, service technicians, bus operators, engineers, conductors, sign workers, welders, production employees and more. With members in scores of different occupations, we advocate for fairness in the workplace, excellence at work and opportunity for all working families.
My thank to the Humane Voters of Washington for their endoresement. Humane Voters was founded to give animals a voice in Olympia. With the help of our supporters, we formed in 2015 after seeing the power of special interests to block anti-cruelty, and animal welfare bills. Humane Voters of Washington supports candidates from both parties based on a single criterion: their support and leadership in furthering animal protection and wildlife conservation efforts in the state legislature.
I am happy to announce the sole endorsement of UAW Local 4121. UAW 4121 represents more than four thousand academic student employees (ASEs) who work as teaching assistants, research assistants, graders, and tutors.
Thank you Thurston Environmental Voters for your endorsement. TEV is committed to champion local and state offices that will address environmental issues in Thurston County.
I appreciate the endorsement of the Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund. WHAAF educates voters, promotes smart public policy, and supports candidates who share our vision that all Washington residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes, in thriving communities.
Thank you Washington Hospital Political Action Committee for your endorsement. The Washington State Hospital Association works to improve the health of all Washington state residents by being active on key issues of policy and quality.
Many thanks for the sole endorsement from NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. It is the mission of NARAL to elect pro-choice candidates who will secure, protect, and strengthen reproductive freedom. NARAL is the political leader on reproductive freedom in Washington State. In 2007, when I was serving as Policy Director for Governor Gregoire, we updated the state regulations to require Washington pharmacies to deliver all FDA-approved drugs to customers, including Plan B. The owners of Stormans challenged this update for religious reasons. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied their claims; and a few weeks ago the US Supreme Court refused to hear the case, effectively keeping the Ninth Circuit’s decision in place. I’m proud to have had the privilege to be a little part of this land mark decision. Thanks NARAL Pro-Choice Washington for your sole endorsement!
My thanks for the endorsement by the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington (RPCE). RPEC was formed in 1971 as an organization to promote the interests of retired state, county, city and local government employees. Their mission is to unite retired public employees for their mutual benefit and welfare. They do this by promoting legislation to improve financial and medical benefits, providing information to and otherwise supporting members, and working closely with other organizations. RPEC currently has 40 Chapters statewide with over 9,500 members.
I am pleased to announce my endorsement by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 367 (UFCW). UFCW Local 367 is 7000 members strong and growing. Their members work in Pierce, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, and Pacific counties in Washington State, representing workers in retail grocery, retail meat, clothing/textile, pharmacy, furniture, jewelry, shoes, health care and hairstylists. UFCW was formed during the Great Depression, and has bargained strong contracts giving members better wages, benefits, and working conditions for over 90 years. Thank you UFCW Local 367!
I am pleased and honored to announce that the Washington State National Organization for Women Political Action Committee has endorsed my campaign. The Washington State NOW/PAC joins other state NOW PACs who are determined to elect a majority of elected officials who are committed to the advancement of women’s rights in all levels of political office.
I am honored to have received the endorsement of the Teamsters Joint Council No. 28, supporting members across Washington, Alaska, and Northern Idaho. For more than 100 years the Teamsters Union has been a leader in setting the standard for higher wages, better benefits and improved working conditions for workers throughout the United States and Canada. The Teamsters Union is strong because of the participation of many of its 1.4 million members. I look forward to working with you!
I was delighted to receive the sole endorsement from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, SEIU Local 925 and SEIU 775. Local 925 unites members across the state who work in education from early learning through higher education as well as members who work in local government and non profits. 1199NW represents more than 28,000 nurses and healthcare workers across Washington State united for quality patient care and good careers in healthcare facilities and agencies. SEIU 775 represents more than 40,000 long-term care workers providing quality in-home care, nursing home care and adult day health services in Washington State and Montana. I am honored! Let's accomplish important work together!
Thrilled to receive the endorsement of the Evergreen Young Democrats! From left to right: Levi Campbell, Harry Halsted, me, Rian Plastow, Waylon Robert, Aiden Ripley, and Christopher Tufts. Let's win this election together!
I am delighted to receive the sole endorsement of the Washington State Nurses Association Political Action Committee (WSNA-PAC). Having gone through stem cell transplants in 2003 and 2008, I can truthfully say that I would not be healthy and well, and running for public office, without the amazing care I received from so many nurses along the way. I would be honored to work with them on their important legislative issues in the years to come!
I am very happy to receive the endorsement of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF I Coalition). LEOFF I works to educate the legislature that contributions by LEOFF I members, their employer, the state, or gains derived from those contributions are for the sole benefit of the members and beneficiaries of the LEOFF I Retirement System.
I am grateful and proud to receive the sole endorsement of the Washington State Labor Council. Labor unions created America's middle class, and I look forward to working side by side with union members and leadership to keep Washington's economy and quality life as strong as it can be. The Stand: 2016 Endorsements
State employees are the heart of the 22nd legislative district and our economy here in Thurston County. This is why I am so honored to have earned the sole endorsement of the Washington Federation of State Employees. I look forward to the privilege of working side by side with WFSE and my fellow public employees supporting the important work they do on behalf of all Washingtonians.
I am proud to have received the sole endorsement of the Washington Conservation Voters. WCV is the statewide political voice for the environment. They work with legislators and allies in the community, advocating for strong environmental policies that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future. My grandson, Jack, is almost three years old. I want him to grow up in a world of possibilities, not a world that is increasingly limited by our own inability to protect our earth. WCV works to protect our future.
As a lifetime educator, I am thrilled to receive the sole endorsementfrom the WEA PAC. This is my union. WEA taught me to negotiate when I was a young teacher. They stood beside us when the Spokane teachers went on strike in 1979; and I was one of the strike leaders. And, always, WEA supported our commitment to make schools strong for our students and staff, promoting staff development with the best practices available. Thank you WEA PAC for continuing this journey with me!
I appreciate the endorsement of the Aerospace Machinists Industrial Lodge 751. The IAM represents over 45,000 active, retired and laid-off workers at The Boeing Company in Puget Sound and California, as well as many other trades workers throughout Eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho. IAM 751 is a tireless advocate for worker wages, benefits, job security and training. And when it comes to manufacturing airplanes, nobody does it better!
I am also delighted to have received the endorsement of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 26. Local 26 operates a state of the art training facility in our own Lacey, Washington. As a life-long educator, I have a deep appreciation for the comprehensive training that is offered there.
I am so pleased to have received the endorsement of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, AFSCME. WSCCCE/AFSCME Council 2 represents county and city employees, helping them win improvements in wages, benefits and overall working conditions, and protecting and enhancing the Public Employees Retirement System, through the collective bargaining and legislative processes. To the members of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, AFSCME, I look forward to working with you!
Laurie Dolan is the best qualified candidate to replace Representative Chris Reykdal* for the House of Representatives, 22nd District. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a Masters and PhD from Gonzaga University in Spokane. Laurie started out as a first grade teacher in a school with some of the poorest children in Washington. As her leadership and experience developed, she ultimately became a school director for the Spokane Public Schools where she supervised 16 schools with 1500 employees and 10,000 students. Laurie is a life-long Democrat who lost two very close state senate races in one of the most Republican districts in the state. In 2005 Governor Gregoire asked her to leave Spokane and move to Olympia to be Director of the Governor’s Policy Office, and she served in that position until 2009. Laurie is a cancer survivor who believes in making a difference. She wants to put her experience and qualifications to work for the people of the 22nd District and the State of Washington. Laurie Dolan is a highly qualified, hard working person who will serve us with distinction. * Chris Reykdal has announced that he is running for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2016.
Laurie brings energy, qualifications, and experience to the problems that face the State of Washington. Her most important issues include:
- Educating Washington's students
- Finding solutions to regressive taxes & sustainable K-12 funding
- Addressing income inequality in concert with economic development
- Working to mitigate climate change and its effects on Puget Sound