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Retired state patrolman Bill Hilton will run for Hans Zeiger’s seat

Post by Kim Bradford on Feb. 23, 2012 at 9:16 am |
February 23, 2012 9:16 am

Bill Hilton of Puyallup has announced he will run as a Democrat against freshman Republican Rep. Hans Zeiger for the state House.

Hilton, who retired from the State Patrol in 2010 as a captain, sits on Puyallup’s Parks, Recreation, and Senior Advisory Board, the Puyallup Food Bank board and the Salvation Army of Puyallup board. The 57-year-old has a master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University.

In a release, Hilton listed education and transportation as two priorities for the 25th District.

“We can create jobs by partnering with state and national officials to bring desperately needed infrastructure funding to our area. Our transportation corridors are inadequate for both commercial and commuter users. I will work to reduce long travel times and congestion in our community,” he said in the release.

Hilton lives in downtown Puyallup with his wife, Leslie. His daughter, Nicole Martineau, is a former Puyallup City Councilwoman.

Here’s his announcement:

RETIRED WASHINGTON STATE PATROL CAPTAIN DECLARES CANDIDACY
Bill Hilton, Democrat, files to run for 25th Legislative District Representative, Position 2

Bill Hilton, 57, declared his candidacy for the Washington State House of Representatives today as a Democrat. Hilton says that he will bring a “no nonsense” approach to the Legislature. “We’ve made progress in building bi-partisan, common sense deals, but we need to do more. I will work hard to be a strong voice for all of the citizens within the 25th District.”

With the Legislature facing another budget deficit this year, Hilton believes that “we need a balanced approach to handling the budget. That means making cuts in discretionary spending, creating a path to recovery by ensuring job creation and retention, along with maintaining our public safety resources to protect our communities.” In the Washington State Patrol, Hilton successfully managed budgets, worked with numerous agencies and community stakeholders to resolve challenges, which gave him the experience to understand the importance of accountability.

“We can create jobs by partnering with state and national officials to bring desperately needed infrastructure funding to our area. Our transportation corridors are inadequate for both commercial and commuter users. I will work to reduce long travel times and congestion in our community,” Hilton stated.

As a State Trooper, Hilton knows that law enforcement alone can’t keep our communities safe. “Education is the key to a better and safer community. We need to support education from the ground up to reduce the dropout rate of our students and increase the opportunity for affordable higher education in order to better prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow. We should also partner with local governments, businesses, and labor unions in order to increase apprenticeship opportunities and find out what skills employers need taught in our schools.”

Bill Hilton graduated from Saint Martin’s College and received his M.A. in Public Administration from Seattle University. He served in the Washington State Patrol for 30 years, retiring as a captain in 2010. Hilton’s civic experience includes serving as a current Board Member of the City of Puyallup Parks, Recreation, and Senior Advisory Board, current Board Member of the Puyallup Food Bank, current Board Member of the Salvation Army of Puyallup, and a member of Friends of the Puyallup Riverwalk. Hilton has resided Puyallup for 29 years. Hilton currently lives downtown with his wife, Leslie, of 23 years.

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