Re-elect Kristine Reeves, House of Representatives, LD 30

Kristine Reeves
Kristine Reeves, candidate for House of Representatives, LD 30

WEA-PAC members endorse Democrat Kristine Reeves for re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, Position 2, in legislative district 30. The 30th Legislative District includes the cities of Federal Way, Des Moines, Washington, Auburn, Washington, Algona, Pacific, Washington & Milton, as well as parts of unincorporated King County.

Kristine currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for the Military and Defense sector for the state of Washington, focusing on the public and private elements of economic development as it relates to infrastructure, suppliers and contractors and community advocacy and public support organizations for the US Military in our state. Before joining the State of Washington, Kristine served as the Kitsap & Olympic Peninsula Director, the South Sound Regional Director and the Statewide Veterans Constituency Coordinator for U.S. Senator Patty Murray.

Kristine received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University and her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.  Kristine lives with her husband, Camron, and their two young children in Federal Way.

Representative Reeves was a strong advocate for WEA members during the 2018 legislative session. She consistently urged her caucus to support the items in the 2018 WEA Unity Agenda.

We asked candidates: "If you had one minute to convince teachers and support staff to vote for you, what would you tell them?"

This is Kristine's answer:

 

Teachers Save Lives.

Kristine Reeves on the steps of the WA Supreme Court speaking to WEA members
Kristine Reeves meets with WEA members during the budget negotiations for the 2018 legislative session.

They saved mine - as the daughter of a single mother who was a drug addict and alcoholic, I grew up in and out of foster care, knew poverty and was at several points homeless. It was teachers who showed me an alternate path, invested in my success by promoting self-confidence and encouraging me to pursue higher education instead of settling for teenage pregnancy and a life on welfare, as my mother wanted.

I see fighting for educators and access to education as an opportunity to make it possible for teachers to save more kids, including kids like me when I was growing up. I see it as a chance to fight for the one key investment that creates opportunity for all kids, for families and for our communities which ultimately results in people's ability to help build an economy that works for all of us as the workforce of the future.

Most importantly, I would just say THANK YOU for doing what you do. You are saving kids lives and may not even know it, may never get to hear them say thank you or see where they end up, so on their behalf, THANK YOU. As long as you are fighting for our kids and their future, I will be in Olympia fighting for you, your family and your future!

The above statement is taken from Kristine Reeve's 2018 2018 WEA-PAC questionnaire.