During my 16 years on the Gig Harbor City Council, I’ve had the chance to work with an impressive group of legislators who represent our district from both sides of the aisle. In the past year, I’ve been particularly impressed by Sen. Nathan Schlicher.
Schlicher’s appointment came after a lengthy process that didn’t see him seated until the legislative session had already begun, but he immediately hit the ground running. An ER physician by trade, I knew he would bring a wealth of knowledge on health care issues.
Coming from local and regional government, though, my focus tends to be on transportation and economic development, which are vitally important to our district.
Schlicher was appointed to those committees and dove right in, ably carrying on U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer’s legacy of leadership on those issues in the state Legislature.
While I was in Olympia to testify on an unrelated issue, I had the chance to see Schlicher take on the WSDOT bureaucracy with his bill to limit administrative costs that are being added to Narrows Bridge tolls.
Partisan maneuvering killed it in committee, but Schlicher’s hard work resulted in the cuts being adopted in the budget.
This is a great example of what’s wrong with Olympia and why it needs more people like Schlicher.
We need to elect leaders who put common-sense solutions over party politics. We owe it not only to our own district, but the whole state, to send the best person for the job. In these difficult times, I can’t think of anyone else more qualified or better suited to represent our values in the Legislature.