On this race: Elected Experience: Sunnyside City Council 1983-1990, Washington State House of Representative 1995-1998, Washington State Senate 1999-present
Other Professional Experience: teacher, librarian, coach, farmer
Education: bachelors in social studies and masters in media from Central Washington University and in 2009 completed the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute
Community Service: Habitat for Humanity, Rotary, and the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church are my most important
Statement: Return Jim Honeyford to the State Senate. His experience of Ways and Means; Environment, Water, and Energy; and Labor and Commerce committees is vital to the people of the 15th District. He serves as Deputy Floor Leader and on many special committees including Legislative Ethics.
Jim works diligently for the people of his district and listens to their concerns. He answers his own emails to better help his constituents with State issues. His personal and community focus has always been to plan ahead for positive growth. He promotes economic development so that jobs are available and local governments have the needed tax base.
The past six years our State budget has increased 26%. Jim has not voted for these budgets as they are unsustainable. A recession is not the time to increase taxes and regulations. The Legislature should concentrate on increasing job opportunities and reducing high unemployment. Jim continues to work on resolving water issues for agricultural, industrial, municipal, and habitat uses with additional storage for a reliable, stable water supply. He pushes for improvements to our educational system to benefit our children. He believes our most vulnerable citizens--the elderly, the handicapped, and children--need special attention.