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Hussey files for candidacy, challenging incumbent Roger Goodman
Joel Hussey of Redmond has filed his official declaration of candidacy for the State House of Representatives in the 45th Legislative District.
"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, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Roger Goodman, a Democrat who has served since 2006, for the second time. Hussey ran — and lost — against Goodman in 2012.
"My opponent is one of the state's lowest-rated legislators on small business and employer issues and he's voted repeatedly against funding K‐12 education first and for big tuition hikes at our state colleges and universities," Hussey said.
Hussey has been endorsed by King County Council Member Kathy Lambert, who held the same seat in the House prior to being elected to the County Council, along with city council members and community leaders from across the district.
Hussey grew up in Everett. He graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a business degree and later with a master of business administration from the University of Washington. He has worked extensively in the aviation industry 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). Under Hussey's 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 association-owned Mueller Farm to organic farming. Hussey also has been 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. They have four children and have lived in Redmond for 19 years.