Former Buckley city councilman Ron Weigelt said today he’ll run for the 31st District Senate seat now held by Pam Roach.
Weigelt, a Democrat, is a human resources manager for the Seattle and King County health department.
The Seattle native now lives in Bonney Lake with his wife Jane Barsi.
“Having been born and raised here in Washington, I have experienced and observed a great deal. I want to apply that knowledge and those experiences to face the future on our own terms: self-reliant, independent, and with optimism,” Weigelt said.
Weigelt spent 12 years in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of captain before leaving the service in 1992. He also has worked as a labor negotiator for King County and the Office and Professional Employees International Union.
Here’s his announcement statement:
WEIGELT ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR STATE SENATE 31ST DISTRICT
In a statement released today, Ron Weigelt, of Bonney Lake, WA announced that on Monday, February 1st, he will file papers with the Public Disclosure Commission becoming a candidate for the State Senate seat held by 5 terms Republican Pam Roach. In doing so, he said,
“Living in Washington means something very special to me; it is a beautiful State with endless potential. It is something shared by all of us, but something unique to each of us. That is why we live in Washington that is why we are all proud to call Washington our home. Having been born and raised here in Washington, I have experienced and observed a great deal. I want to apply that knowledge and those experiences to face the future on our own terms: self-reliant, independent, and with optimism.
“Right now our future demands jobs. We need to implement an energy plan to harness our resources, we need to increase our exports, and we need to provide small business incentives to keep small business alive and well. At the same time, we need to revitalize our education system and provide the business community with a labor pool which has the skills needed to compete in a global economy.
“Public service has been one of the privileges of my life – In my own community I have been honored to help shape the debate about our future. I want to do the same thing in Olympia, fighting for what I believe Washington can be and should be.
“Today I am announcing that I am a candidate for State Senator in the 31st Legislative District because the Washington I know can be and should be much more! Washington has changed a lot over the twenty years that Pam Roach has been in office – we’re too dependent on the federal government, and too beholden to special interests. We need to stand on our own and put Washington first again.
“It is time for leadership that calls on us to put our differences aside in favor of putting Washington first.
“Part of putting Washington first means that we realize that the government can not and should not be the answer to all of our problems. There are more things we can do as a community to help ourselves. I will give you one very small example. I recently read that Food-stamp program enrollment in Washington State is up 60% in the past two years. That means that 855,000 people in Washington State rely on food stamps to feed their family. The truth is that most of these people would rather have a good paying job and buy their own food without this assistance, but that isn’t an option right now due to our economy. Many others do not qualify or will not take foods stamps. As a result, many people rely on our community food banks to survive. So, one thing we can do is to plant a row of vegetable for our community food banks. I am asking that campaign volunteers and other interested people plant a row for the hungry. Each of us who has the ability and the space should grow an extra row of vegetables in our garden this spring and donate that food to a soup kitchen, food bank, or mission. If people report the pounds they donate we will keep a running total to demonstrate one difference we can make in our community with out the help of the government. For a list of food banks and a map of their locations, or to report pounds of food donated, visit our website ron4rep.com.
“What we need now, more than ever resourcefulness, respect, and responsibility. I am running for State Senate in the 31st District because working together we can make a positive difference in our future!”
You can learn more about Ron Weigelt at Ron4Rep.com and reach him directly at RON4REP@COMCAST.NET
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