Judy Arbogast for State Senate

Who am I?

I have been a teacher for nearly 40 years and retired last September. I also spent five years as the President of the South Kitsap Education Association. I care deeply about my community and my state. I have lived in my district for over thirty years and have taught here that whole time. I know the citizens and what they need. During the time that I was SKEA president, I was also on the board of the Olympic Uniserv Council, working with members and leaders from districts across the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. I am an active member of Results, an international organization dedicated to alleviating poverty. I am on the Board of Trustees for the Peninsula Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. I have previously been on the board of Tacoma Women’s Sailing Association, taught sailing classes, and was a Lifesling Coach, teaching rescue skills. I belong to the Port Orchard and Gig Harbor Chambers of Commerce. I also belong to WEA-Retired.

Why am I running?

I am tired of sitting by and watching our elected officials not represent their community and their constituents. I have lived in the 26th district for over 30 years and understand what citizens need. Our elected officials need to be accountable to the people who elect them and I am ready to represent their interests.

My Goals

As an educator, my first priority is to fully fund education in compliance with the McCleary Decision issued by the Washington State Supreme Court. My other two goals will be getting a transportation package passed and funding a capital construction budget. Focusing efforts on these issues would provide jobs and allow our economy to grow. I have done extensive lobbying in the past for funding education. To do this, I would work to establish a fair tax system, eliminate some, if not all, tax loopholes and make sure money is being budgeted to important areas such as the public safety net, education, etc.

My DFA Values

My campaign is first and foremost about community because it is about how much I care for the place I live. I am running for office because I believe our community is not being represented adequately in Olympia and that our shared values as a community need to be considered. As an educator, I understand one of the most important aspects of community is funding for schools and for our children. The next value, security, ties into community, because for people to be happy and productive they must feel secure. Government is responsible for recognizing the health and safety needs of citizens and working to make sure they are met. As an elected official I would make sure constituents and Washington state residents have access to health care, education, and jobs. I would also make sure that all the residents of my district, and the state of Washington, are respected and have freedom of religion and other choices. There is no place for bigotry and no one should be a victim of it.

My Campaign is People Powered!

From my previous position as President of the South Kitsap Education Association, I already have a wide following in the education community. I have expanded on this by continuing to reach out to members and local groups with whom I am not familiar. I have also been conducting extensive outreach to labor communities, including attending a rally for health care workers. Through the person-to-person interactions, I hope to continue to build a following.

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• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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