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Navy veteran Isenhower to challenge Hill for State Senate in 45th Legislative District

Matt Isenhower - Contributed photo
Matt Isenhower
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On the heels of the 2014 legislative session kicking off in Olympia, Matt Isenhower (D- Redmond), a local father, U.S. Navy veteran and businessman, will challenge incumbentAndy Hill (R-Redmond) for State Senate in the 45th Legislative District in the Nov. 4 election.

Isenhower grew up in Sammamish and graduated from Redmond High School before earning a bachelor of science degree from theUnited States Naval Academy. Isenhower went on to serve as a naval officer and eventually earned his master in business administration from Harvard before returning home to raise a family.

“I have always been proud to call the Eastside my home and want to continue to make this a great place to live, work and raise a family,” said Isenhower, who lives in Redmond’s Education Hill neighborhood with his wife April and their two young children. “But I look at the partisan politics in the State Senate and see where it hurts our communities: underfunded schools, 520 over budget with stalled negotiations to complete construction, looming Metro cuts and a refusal to vote on safeguarding women’s health care. Our growing, dynamic region — and the families who live here — simply deserve better.”

As a naval officer, Isenhower served aboard the USS Winston S. Churchill protecting critical international shipping lanes helping prepare the Navy’s first team to rescue hostages and capture Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa. He later served at the Pentagon, tracking worldwide naval operations for the Navy’s top leaders and coordinating crisis response activities with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Fleet Commanders.

In the private sector, Isenhower led a turnaround in an organization of 1,500 employees with direct responsibility for improving operations and managing the bottom line. Currently he works at Amazon.com.

“Our region boasts one of the most dynamic economies in the world, but we need to end the divisiveness and come together to help our economy grow,” Isenhower said. “We can’t continue to kick the can down the road when it comes to critical investments in our schools and our transportation system. People are tired of the broken promises and partisan bickering, they want to see progress.”

Isenhower announced his campaign with numerous local endorsements including Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Congressman Adam Smith as well as 45th District State Representative Roger Goodman and the chief budget writer in the State House, 48th District State Representative Ross Hunter.

Isenhower serves on the King County Veterans Program Advisory Board and as a trustee of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, which helps local schools meet needs in areas where state funding falls short. He is also a member of the Horace Mann Elementary School PTSA and an active member and volunteer at Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church.

“The values of fairness, accountability and teamwork were deeply ingrained in me by my parents, the Navy and my work in the private sector,” said Isenhower. “Unfortunately, it often seems like they are forgotten in Olympia. I will take these values with me to the State Senate to help build stronger communities and get common sense solutions moving for the Eastside.”

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