OneRedmond’s 2014 Legislative Reception on Nov. 12 featured lawmakers — who are leading in the general election — Cyrus Habib (state Senate, 48th District), Ross Hunter (state House, 48th District), Larry Springer (state House, 45th District) and Andy Hill (state Senate, 45th District).
Joan McBride (state House, 48th District) sent a representative to the event and Roger Goodman (state House, 45th District) was invited but didn’t attend the event at Microsoft’s Cafe 34.
Hill (R) leads Matt Isenhower (D), 53-47 percent; Goodman (D) leads Joel Hussey (R) for Position 1, 55-45 percent; Springer (D) leads Brendan Woodward (R) for Position 2, 57-43 percent; Habib (D) leads Michelle Darnell (R), 65-35 percent; Hunter (D) leads Bill Hirt (R) for Position 1, 70-30 percent; and McBride (D) leads Tim Turner (L) for Position 2, 69-31 percent.
Habib, Hunter and Springer shared their thoughts on the next legislative session.
On the important McCleary decision — which deals with public education funding and reform — and higher-education funding, Springer said they “cannot be ignored as they two are inexorably linked.” He added that passing a transportation funding package is crucial for the upcoming session.
Habib noted that along with the McCleary decision, he’s passionate about three things in the “thriving Pacific Northwest”: economic prosperity, quality of life and leaving no one behind.
In a statement to the Reporter, Hill said he wants lawmakers “to continue moving forward with the bipartisan progress we’ve made on schools and the budget.”
Hunter said to achieve success in the upcoming session, “We need both Democrats and Republicans to vote for the consensus this year.”
McBride’s representative, Madeline Cavazos, said McBride hopes that transportation funding on the Eastside will help the area thrive and attract new businesses.
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