On this race: Elected Experience: State Representative, 2005 - 2007; State Senator, 2007 – present. Washington Economic Development Association’s Leader Award winner. Enterprise Washington’s “Legislative Business Star.” Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs Legislator of the Year. Paralyzed Veterans of America award recipient. Endorsed by Realtors, educators, police, firefighters, and others.
Other Professional Experience: Vice-President, Economic Development Board; Former business consultant.
Education: BA, Public Policy, Princeton University; Doctoral Degree, University of Oxford
Community Service: Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce board; Peninsula Schools Education Foundation board; Former Tacoma Community College trustee; Rotary; Bremerton and Port Orchard Chambers; Key Peninsula Business Association; United Methodist Church. Lives in Gig Harbor with wife, Jennifer and two daughters.
Statement: Four years ago, voters decided they wanted a hard-working, independent-minded state senator to get results. Derek Kilmer has delivered.
Protecting taxpayers: A former business consultant, Derek believes government must balance its budget like families do. He knows the way out of this recession is growing jobs -- not growing taxes. Derek Kilmer: Led the charge to keep bridge tolls down; Opposed suspension of voter-approved Initiative 960; Sponsored legislation to restore the one percent cap on property taxes; Opposed sales and business tax increases.
Creating jobs: As Vice-President of the Economic Development Board, Derek's worked with hundreds of employers, growing and keeping good jobs. He's put that experience to work - receiving the Washington Economic Development Association's Leader Award three times. Derek Kilmer: Passed laws to cut red-tape and reduce taxes for small businesses; Improved infrastructure to revitalize downtown Bremerton and build a new regional hospital; Worked for affordable, reliable ferries; Passed laws to help veteran-owned businesses. As a dad, son of teachers, and former college trustee, Derek champions strong public schools to prepare kids for good jobs.
As we work our way out of this recession, we need Derek Kilmer's continued leadership in Olympia creating jobs and holding government accountable.