Democrats in SW Washington are staking an early claim to the open seat in the 18th District helping two-time state legislative candidate Kathy Gillespie post an impressive start to her campaign which launched Sept. 8 and has gained momentum every week since, raising $45,000 and gaining the early support of all Democratic party groups across Clark County. In addition, Gillespie has won endorsements from Laborers Local 335, Bricklayers & Allied Trades Local 1 and the Washington Public Employees Association.
Gillespie, 54, and a resident of Clark County for more than 25 years, is running to put people first in Olympia the same way she put constituents first for eight years as a member of the Vancouver Public Schools board of directors where she worked to empower citizens to better understand and navigate administrative bureaucracy to find solutions to issues directly impacting their lives.
A 2018 win in the 18th will add a fourth Democrat from the region to strengthen the work of Democratic representatives in the 49th district and give voice to thousands of citizens desperate for leadership focused on delivering results – not drama and divisive rhetoric that stymies effective policy-making and undermines the people’s trust in their elected representatives.
“Voters should expect more than the now commonplace extra sessions and division that has left citizens scratching their heads in disbelief at the work left undone and guarding their wallets. Citizen’s trust in lawmakers is being tested, and in many cases, has been exhausted” she said. “It’s time to elect someone with experience and a record of fighting for regular people and delivering results by focusing on getting the work done, building relationships and empowering citizens.”
Gillespie, is a former newspaper editor and longtime community volunteer and advocate who has gained a reputation as a solutions-oriented leader focused on helping all people experience success in their lives. She has worked hard to improve her community through long hours of service, leadership and advocacy and is proud to call the 18th District her home. Gillespie has the support of past and current democratic leaders including Sen. Annette Cleveland, Rep. Sharon Wylie and Rep. Monica Stonier just to name a few.
Gillespie’s year-end goal is within reach – 500 donations/$50,000 raised.
“The early response has been remarkable. We’ve held eight events since September and each has brought new people to our campaign,” she said. “ This train is rolling and picking up steam.”
Learn more at www.electgillespie.org
Our campaign address is:
Committee to Elect Kathy Gillespie
800 NE Tenney Rd., Ste. 110-345
Vancouver, WA 98685