With her victory now all but inevitable, an upbeat Laurie Jinkins just told me by phone that she’s looking forward to representing the 27th District in the state house.
“I’m very excited with the results,” Jinkins said from her election night party at Tacoma’s Little Theater. “I think everybody here is too. I guess it just goes to show when you really focus on grassroots campaigning and shoe leather, it pays off in this district.”
Jinkins’ win over fellow Democrat and two-term Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey means she will hold a unique designation in Washington’s Legislature. She will become the state’s first openly lesbian lawmaker.
But Jinkins told me tonight her priorities lie in finances.
“I think the state budget is really the most important area of focus,” she said. “…Just figuring out a way that we can have a really balanced and responsible budget that protects the core services, that’s my priority.”
“I’ll work hard every day,” she added.