A candidate for State Representative Pos. 2, Legislative District 7 (Northeastern Washington) in the 2010 Washington General Election
City: Wauconda, WA
Career: Rancher, owner of timber business, former president of Okanogan County Farm Bureau
Education: Graduated from Mercer Island High School.
Political experience: Elected to current House seat every two years since 2004. Has served as deputy minority leader for four years.
Family: Married. Has adult son.
More about Joel Kretz
On this race:
Elected Experience: First elected in 2004, I serve on four standing committees including Agriculture and Natural Resources plus Farmland Preservation Task Force, Open Government Committee and as Republican Deputy Leader. I was honored to to recieve the 2010 Legislator of the Year award from the National Federation of Independant Business.
Other Professional Experience: Thirty year timber and ranching small business owner.
Education: Green River and Olympic Colleges.
Community Service: Active in the Okanogan Farm Bureau and Coalition for Property Rights and longtime member of the NRA.
Statement: My top priorities include restoring a healthy economic climate and jobs, reducing tax and regulatory burdens while protecting essential services. While families and small business prioritize spending, government continues to grow and spend beyond its means and I am fighting hard to reverse that trend. I've worked hard to build strong working relationships on both sides of the aisle and educate urban legislators on rural issues which I believe is essential to getting things done for the people of the 7th District. I would like to continue providing common sense in Olympia, and I ask for your vote.
OLYMPIA — Members of the Eastern Washington legislative delegation were chosen for several Republican leadership spots today.Rep. Joel Kretz of Wauconda, whose 7th District stretches from Okanogan County to northwestern Spokane, was reappointed to the No. 2 spot, deputy leader of the House GOP caucus….
OLYMPIA – One of this session’s David vs. Goliath matches involves Pend Oreille County in the role of the shepherd with the slingshot, and Seattle City Light, starring as the over-sized Philistine. The utility may take issue with the characterization, but few other people would…
OLYMPIA – Last year, the Legislature spent $500,000 for a consultant to tell Washington state which prisons should close and which should stay open. The consultant released his study in November, and the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women in Medical Lake wasn’t on the list. Instead, he recommended it stay open to handle female prisoners on the east side of the state.
OLYMPIA – A state agency has used illegal traps to kill moles around the Capitol and the governor’s mansion for about a decade, ever since voters banned them with an initiative. That surprised another state agency, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, which enforces the law against “body-gripping” traps. On Tuesday, it issued a warning to the General Administration department, the same thing it would do to a homeowner found using the traps.
A state agency has used illegal traps to kill moles around the Capitol and the governor’s mansion for about a decade, ever since voters banned them with an initiative.
The time has come for people who believe in states’ rights to move from protest to political action, a Spokane Valley legislator told a crowd on the steps of the Capitol Building this afternoon.