On this race: Elected Experience: City of Kenmore Councilmember, 2004 - present Deputy Mayor, 2004-2007, Mayor, 2008 - present Seashore Transportation Forum Suburban Cities Board of Directors King County Joint Resolutions Committee Co-chair King County Solid Waste Advisory Committee King County Hazardous Waste Committee King County Regional Transportation Committee Association of Washington Cities Federal Legislative Committee National League of Cities Board of Directors
Other Professional Experience: Small Business Owner
Education: Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1988 M.S., University of Nebraska, 1978
Community Service: National Handicapped Sports Christmas in July, Home repair for the economically disadvantaged in Seattle, Kaboom National organization supporting children
Statement: Taxes are already too high. As your Senator, I'll work to meet the needs of families and communities without raising your taxes! As Mayor of Kenmore, I have a proven record of putting families, jobs, and communities first. In seven years on the City Council, I voted against every proposed tax increase. I voted to cut utility taxes 2%. Under my leadership, construction of the new City Hall was under budget and on time. And we paid cash!
Unlike my opponent, I don't support a state income tax. She consistently votes to raise taxes. She voted to overturn voter-approved spending limits and for the largest spending increase in state history! She's been #1 on the Big Spenders list two years running. Her proposed legislation would cost taxpayers more than $45 billion over the next 10 years! It's time for change!
I will protect your money and control runaway spending; support transportation improvements to help local businesses and reduce traffic congestion; work to fund quality schools and make our communities safer for all, especially children and seniors; and promote job creation and economic growth.
In these challenging times, I pledge to work for you. Vote Baker for State Senator.