On this race: Elected Experience: 1st term State Senator. Committee priorities include: fiscal responsibility, performance audits and accountability, education and children, environment and water and energy issues. Serves on Quality Education Council and Legislative Audit and Review Committee.
Other Professional Experience: Eric founded Omega Labs in 1999 researching and developing foods for people with allergies. Eric spent 8 years at Microsoft as a Development Manager and Software Engineer identifying problems and finding solutions. Eric founded and hosted the public access television program “Moral Politics”.
Education: BS Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Community Service: Executive Advisory Board FIRST Robotics, inSPIRE, Softball Coach, Past Kirkland Library Board, Hopelink Executive Leadership Council
Statement: Eric Oemig promised common sense reforms of state spending and government efficiency--and he delivered. Working with the State Auditor, Eric reduced wasteful spending by supporting new performance audits. When he saw bureaucrats were getting bonuses, despite our budget deficits, Eric put a stop to it and froze all bonuses. He also stood up to the Governor, forcing new transparency in the budget.
Eric cares about keeping our community safe and thriving. After the tragic murder of four police officers in Lakewood, he fought to make our families and communities safer. He helped pass a new law allowing judges to deny bail to dangerous and violent offenders. And when businesses in our community were struggling, Eric passed laws to cut red tape and reduce taxes for small businesses, including lowering their B&O taxes.
As a father, Eric is committed to keeping our local schools strong, preventing massive cuts to education. He also wrote and passed an education reform bill making schools and teachers more accountable and helping boost student achievement. Eric, his wife Mary and their two children live in Kirkland.
Please join parents, teachers, League of Education Voters, NARAL, Sierra Club and many others in supporting reform in Olympia.