Hussey running for State House in the 45th District

Joel Hussey - Courtesy photo
Joel Hussey
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Submitted by the campaign for Joel Hussey

Redmond resident Joel Hussey announced today that he is running for the State House of Representatives, Pos. 1, from the 45th Legislative District, which includes Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Woodinville and Duvall.

“I am energized and excited to run. Voters are looking for 'common sense' leaders and ready to make a big statement at the polls this year," he said.

Hussey (R) will run against Roger Goodman (D), who has represented the 45th District since 2006. Goodman won re-election in 2012 against Hussey.

“There is a conflict of visions right now in Olympia. On one hand, we have a bipartisan group in the Senate that has worked to pass a four-year balanced budget, prioritize K-12 and higher education funding and restore job growth and opportunity,” Hussey said. “But those efforts have been opposed by a highly partisan group in the House, including my opponent, who seem beholden to the special interests that fund their campaigns.”

Hussey cited his opponent’s opposition to education, workers’ compensation and budget reforms and, specifically, the recent failure in the House of new, fair and common sense teacher standards — following heavy pressure from the teachers’ union which has contributed thousands of dollars to his opponent’s campaigns — resulting in restrictions on school districts’ use of $40 million in federal education funds.

“My opponent is one of the state’s lowest rated legislators on small business and employer issues and he’s voted against funding K-12 education first and for big tuition hikes at our state colleges and universities,” Hussey said.

(A statement from Goodman is at the end of this story.)

Hussey said he will work with both Democrats and Republicans committed to re-prioritizing the state budget to fund education first, stop tuition increases and pass needed reforms. He also criticized the House for “taking the easy path by increasing taxes on families and employers rather than joining efforts to reform the state’s $34 billion budget.”

Hussey ran a strong campaign for the seat in 2012 — a difficult year for Republican challengers — and cited that experience as a key strength of his campaign this year.

“We’ve built our team significantly over the past year and a half and we are starting this campaign far ahead of where a first-time candidate would be,” Hussey added. “There’s a tremendous desire for change in the State House and that will make a big difference in 2014.”

Hussey (pronounced: HEW-SEE) grew up in Everett where his mother was a nurse and his father worked for the Mukilteo School District as a teacher, librarian and principal. Joel graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a business degree and later with an MBA from the University of Washington.

He has worked in the aviation industry for 25 years in a number of executive roles and now owns and operates Tailwind Capital, LLC, an aircraft management and finance company based in Redmond. Hussey served as board president of Bellevue Christian School and is the former president of the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association (LWYSA) where he led the reorganization of the then-troubled association. Under his leadership, LWYSA began work with King County that ultimately led to a public-private partnership to develop additional soccer fields on 60 Acres South and the return of Mueller Farm to organic farming.

He has also has been heavily involved with Boy Scouts and has coached numerous youth sports and Math Olympiad teams.

Hussey and his wife Christi have been married for 29 years and have four children. They have lived in Redmond for the past 19 years.

• Goodman sent the Reporter a statement on Thursday night regarding his second race with Hussey:

"I'm excited to be running for re-election to the House and I'm extremely proud of my work standing up for Eastside families. This session I led the legislature to pass important measures to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and I successfully continued my nationally acclaimed work to reduce deaths on our roadways. I also passed bills to speed up disaster responses, to crack down on metal theft, to support foster kids and to protect homebuyers, among other measures.

"It's important that local families aren't paying more than their fair share, which is why I volunteered to give up part of my salary during the recession, and why I supported closing tax loopholes for out-of-state oil companies. We found hundreds of millions of dollars in new efficiencies in our mental health and health care systems and just this past year we placed a hard cap on tuition hikes at our colleges and universities.

"I look forward to a spirited debate on the issues. We need solutions and not more political soundbites when it comes to our schools and funding the programs that families need. The phrase 'fund education first' is a simplistic platitude that ignores the complexity of our state budget process and the many needs of our citizens. Hungry, sick and homeless children aren't ready to learn at school, and veterans who have served our country and seniors on fixed incomes cannot be left behind. It's time to make the system work for our kids and hard-working families, not the same old special interests with their high-paid lobbyists in Olympia."




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