Rep. Joan McBride

McBride focused on affordable housing, tolling rules and public records | Vote 2016

When Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) decided to run for a state legislator position two years ago, it was because she was concerned about what was happening at the state level.

When Joan McBride (D-Kirkland) decided to run for a state legislator position two years ago, it was because she was concerned about what was happening at the state level.

She said at the time, lawmakers had a strong statewide transportation plan in the works but it ended up not happening.

“I like to play for the team…This is not about power,” McBride said. “I ran because I wanted to see a state transportation plan and more investment in affordable housing and support for our cities and counties.”

In 2014, she was elected as 48th Legislative District House of Representatives, Position 2 and sworn into office in January 2015. The 64-year-old who has lived on the Eastside since she was 9, is now running for re-election.

McBride currently serves on four house committees — environment, local government, rules and transportation — and said she has had a great two years in office.

While she prefers the Democratic Party, she said she has no problem working across the aisle. Her background in non-partisan local government — having served on Kirkland City Council for 16 years, including 10 as deputy mayor and four as mayor — made it much easier to include all stakeholders on any given issue.

In the year and a half she has served so far, bills that McBride has introduced to the House of Representatives include a “fix bill” that helped realtors and advocates for low-income housing. She said that bill brought together colleagues from both sides of the aisle in addition to the realtors and low-income housing advocates.

“That was awesome,” she said.

McBride also introduced a bill that would allow homeless and unaccompanied youth to receive routine medical care without a parent or guardian signing off for them.

She said she has also been working hard to change some of the tolling rules on I-405, asking the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to work on a few things, adding that she would like to see excess funds to go toward work on SR-522.

If re-elected, one of the issues McBride would like to work on is affordable housing. She said there needs to be local options and state funding to help build and preserve affordable housing.

McBride said legislators also need to come together to talk about how the McCleary decision to fully fund K-12 education will affect school districts on the Eastside. She said they need to figure out how to best support school districts as they find solutions to adequately fund public schools.

McBride has also been working on a bill regarding public records and plans to continue doing so if re-elected. She said while public records are important for an open and transparent government, there are a few instances in which the state’s current system is not working as well as it could be such as with harassing or excessive requests.

Mental health is another point of concern for McBride, who said it has been defunded for so long that Washington is now behind the curve.

More in News

President’s emergency declaration sparks immediate legal backlash

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his team will sue the White House if federal funds originally intended for Washington state are interrupted.

Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools

Senate Bill 5395 is co-sponsored by 17 Democratic representatives and introduced by Sen. Claire Wilson, D-Federal Way.

According to King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) annual report, Seattle had the highest rate of people using services at 36 percent of the total, followed by 31 percent from South King County, 18 percent from the greater Eastside, and 7 percent from north county including Shoreline.
Study shows King County’s treatment funding is making progress

A document on the county’s .1 percent health sales tax was accepted Wednesday by the county council.

Children’s play area at Seadrunar. Photo by Lauren Davis via Facebook
Seedy side of Seadrunar: Drug rehab center accused of neglect, exploitation

Public records reveal that Seattle facility was accused of neglecting children and clients in its care.

Southbound traffic backs up as northbound drivers cruise on with ease on the Highway 99 viaduct on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
WSDOT hopes ‘Viadoom’ habits continue

The department credits commuters with adapting to the closure and mitigating impacts.

New Friends of Youth CEO, Paul Lwali, will replace Terry Pottmeyer. Courtesy photo.
Friends of Youth hires new CEO

Pottmeyer steps down; Lwali becomes new Friends of Youth CEO.

Russell Wilson and Ciara spoke Friday at the Tukwila Library to Foster students and other attendees as their Why Not You Foundation joined forces with the King County Library System and JPMorgan Chase to launch the DREAM BIG: Anything is Possible campaign. Photo by Kayse Angel
Russell Wilson and Ciara launch DREAM BIG campaign

Partnership with King County libraries dovetails with scholarship program for local students.

Somali community faces SeaTac displacement

Proposed redevelopment threatens the heart of the Somali business community.

One of the ‘snowiest’ months on record

Citizens fled to stores to stock up on needed supplies; City staff worked to keep roads clear.

Most Read