Cathy Dahlquist, an Enumclaw School Board member, is kicking off her campaign for State Representative in the 31st district this week. She’s inviting supporters to an event Friday at 7 p.m. in the King County Expo Center field house in Enumclaw.
In her announcement press release, the Republican stresses two themes of her campaign: education and fiscal responsibility.
“Education is an issue that is very close to my heart,” she said. “As a school board member I have seen the effects of our legislature ignoring our state constitution by not fully funding basic education.”
She goes on, “Despite the fact that the state has record deficits, millions of dollars in new taxes and spending are being proposed.”
The district encompasses east Pierce and King counties, including the Enumclaw, Buckley and Bonney Lake areas. The seat is currently held by Republican Dan Roach, who is being mentioned as a likely candidate for Pierce County Council.
Below is Dahlquist’s press release:
Enumclaw School Board Member to Run for State Representative
This week, Enumclaw School Board member Cathy Dahlquist officially announced that she is running for State Representative in the 31st Legislative District.
Cathy Dahlquist’s campaign kickoff for State Representative will be in Enumclaw at the Expo Center Field House on February 5 at 7PM.
Dahlquist said her reasons for running stem from her passion for a stronger education system and a stronger economy. She is serving her second term on the school board, is the board’s Legislative Representative and has served two years as school board president.
“Education is an issue that is very close to my heart,” said Dahlquist. “As a School Board member I have seen the effects of our legislature ignoring our state constitution by not fully funding basic education.”
Dahlquist said she will be an advocate for improved education as the State Representative from the 31st District.
“We must have an education system that prepares all our students for success in life,” said Dahlquist. “We need a plan of action and elected officials that are brave enough to follow through with that plan.”
Dahlquist said she is a fiscal conservative, and that is what our state needs in these tough economic times.
“Despite the fact that the state has record deficits, millions of dollars in new taxes and spending are being proposed,” said Dahlquist.
Dahlquist said she and her husband own a small architectural business in Enumclaw and have felt the impacts of a difficult economy.
“I know the struggles that small businesses go through,” said Dahlquist. “I also know that small businesses are the key to our economic recovery and job growth.”
Dahlquist said that high taxes and too much regulation on the very people we need to get our state working again will only delay economic recovery.
“State government must set priorities and live within our means, just like working families do every day,” said Dahlquist.
Dahlquist and her husband, Jeff, have three children. Daughter Jennifer is 24 and married. Jeffrey is 15 years and a freshman at Enumclaw High. Hannah is 14, in Eighth Grade at Enumclaw Middle School.