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Paul Wagemann renews bid for Legislature

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm with No Comments »
January 4, 2012 12:35 pm

Republican Paul Wagemann survived a spirited primary in 2010 but couldn’t unseat Democratic state Rep. Tami Green. He’ll try again this year.

Wagemann, a Lakewood real-estate developer with a business and military background, filed his candidacy for the House months ago but made it official today. His announcement comes just two months after he won re-election to the Clover Park School Board.

It also comes days after the Redistricting Commission released reconfigured maps of political districts, including the 28th Legislative District represented by Green. The district stretching from west Tacoma through University Place and Lakewood to DuPont grew southeast to take in more of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and surrounding communities.

Here’s his news release:

Paul Wagemann Announces Campaign to Unseat Rep. Green

LAKEWOOD—Lakewood business owner, community activist and military veteran Paul Wagemann today announced his campaign to challenge Rep. Tami Green in the 28th Legislative District.

“The Legislature has an enormous task ahead, and lawmakers will need to make tough decisions about how to create jobs and get Washington State’s economy back on track,” said Wagemann.  “Representative Green’s failure to support efforts to rein in out of control government spending during an economic downturn speaks volumes,” he said.  “That is why I have made the decision to challenge Tami Green again.”

Wagemann’s challenge to Green in 2010 fell just 1,200 votes short of victory, despite a significant fundraising advantage that allowed Green’s campaign to outspend Wagemann nearly two to one.

“My campaign came within a razor thin margin of defeating the three term incumbent in 2010, and I am working to beat Tami Green in 2012,” said Wagemann. “Voters are fed up with tax and spend nonsense, and they are looking for candidates who will support the fiscally sound policies that will turn our state’s economy around,” he said.  “Voters in the 28th Legislative District need a voice advocating for fiscal responsibility.”

Having owned several small businesses over the past 20 years, Wagemann understands the importance of spending tax dollars wisely and making Washington a better place to live and do business.  His first hand experience and knowledge of the challenges of running a small business in this state provide a unique insight into how burdensome and unnecessary regulations and taxes adversely impact a small business’s bottom line.

“My commitment is to help small business owners so they can create jobs for Washington workers, which is the only way to get our state’s economy back on track.”

Wagemann and his wife, Linda, have lived in Lakewood for over 20 years with their two sons.  A retired U.S. Marine Corps pilot, he currently serves as a member of the Clover Park School Board, as well as the Lakewood Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee, and is an active board member of the Lakewood YMCA.


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