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McBride earns endorsements from DelBene, Habib and Hunter

Former Kirkland mayor Joan McBride  - Reporter file photo
Former Kirkland mayor Joan McBride
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Citing former Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride’s record of strong leadership, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, State Rep. Cyrus Habib and State Rep. Ross Hunter have endorsed McBride for State Senate in the Eastside’s 48th Legislative District — which includes Redmond. The seat is now held by Rodney Tom, the former Democrat who handed control of the State Senate to GOP conservatives and Tea Party members in 2013.

McBride, who served on the Kirkland City Council for 16 years and recently stepped down as mayor, is making education, transportation and quality of life the cornerstones of her campaign.

“From my years of serving the people of Kirkland and the Eastside, I know the importance of great schools, transportation and transit investments, and protecting our communities’ quality of life,” said McBride. “We need leaders in Olympia committed to strong schools, passing a balanced transportation package and investing in great communities.  Unfortunately, under Rodney Tom, the current leadership is putting political partisanship above common-sense solutions. It’s wrong for our families, and wrong for our region.”

DelBene, Habib and Hunter join other Eastside leaders who have already endorsed McBride, including Redmond Mayor John Marchione, Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci and Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen.

"Joan McBride is a dedicated, tenacious fighter for Eastside communities,” said DelBene. “She has a strong record of helping working families, small businesses, seniors and children. As our next state senator, I know she'll hit the ground running in Olympia, moving our state forward by growing our economy, creating jobs and ensuring that every child has access to a quality education. I strongly endorse her for State Senate."

"Ross Hunter and I need Joan McBride in Olympia fighting for quality schools, improved transportation and more effective government," said Habib. "With Joan in the State Senate, the 48th District will boast a legislative delegation possessing the collaborative style and creative thinking to break through the right-wing Senate logjam.  Bipartisanship takes more than sound bytes; it requires a thoughtful approach that places public service above personal gain."

Hunter said, "As mayor of Kirkland, Joan demonstrated a deep understanding of the challenges our families face every day and the willingness to put politics aside and lead on traffic congestion, supporting effective schools, and maintaining the quality of life that makes the Eastside a great place to live. In Olympia, we can count on Joan to solve problems and get things done. She’ll be a great State Senator.”

McBride has already raised $50,000 in what promises to be a high-profile race. She will begin knocking on doors to meet directly with voters in the coming weeks.

Washington’s 48th Legislative District includes Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Medina and Yarrow Point.

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