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Jinkins’ win in the 27th is a first for Washington

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Nov. 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm with 5 Comments »
November 2, 2010 10:32 pm

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.”

Laurie Jinkins

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.

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  1. bilbo5az says:

    I 1st met Laurie Jinkins when I worked on the T.U.F.F campaign and am as impressed with her now and I was then. Living in Canada I made sure I could still vote in the election becuse I belive the she will do a great job for our great state. Good Job Laurie and I am so proud of you. Cheers

  2. jmnorris123 says:

    Congratulations to Laurie! I agree, grassroots and shoe leather do pay off. Had she not knocked on my door a few days ago, and spent 5or 10 minutes talking with me, I may have voted for the other guy. I’m glad I was able to meet her, and glad to give her my vote!!

  3. headedsouth says:

    Great, we have another first. Locke was the first Chinese Gov, Obama was the first black elected President and now Jenkins is the first lesbian in Olympia. Washington STate does not need a first, it needs competent legislators. I did not read or hear anything during the campaign about her being gay. She did claim that she had skills to be an effective legislator. Enough said that Jenkins is gay. Now lets start solving some problems.

  4. thurber says:

    Hooray. Lauire Jinkins is for real. And ran a clean and honest campaign.

    Fey ran dirty, with rumors, and got $50k in last minute corporate support.

    The voters are smarter than they are given credit for. Again.

  5. Nice post ! Cheers for, writing on my blog man! I shall email you again. I did not realise that!

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