On this race: Elected Experience: Current 2-term Mercer Island City Councilmember working on committees with Seniors, the Mercer Island School Board, Youth & Family Services, Sustainability, Utility Board, the Eastside Transportation Partnership, and Public Safety.
Other Professional Experience: 26 years of business experience from entrepreneurial start-ups to Procter & Gamble. Currently, small business Partner EMM Group, Inc.
Education: BA, Political Science, Northwestern University
Community Service: Bellevue College Foundation Board Member, Mercer Island Rotary, the Renton, Mercer Island, and Bellevue Chambers of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, Summer Search Board Member, a non profit dedicated to mentoring at risk youth, Mercer Island PTSA, Mercer Island Senior Foundation, the Green Ribbon Commission.
Statement: Working with schools, community organizations and the non-partisan Mercer Island City Council, Steve has proven himself as one of our region's most effective elected officials. Bringing deep community connections and an entrepreneurial energy to Olympia, Steve will reform State Government to rebuild our economy.
Steve's Priorities for Working Families: 1. Reduce State Spending: Our state must stop spending more money than it brings in. Decreasing spending reduces the tax burden on small businesses so that they can employ more people. 2. Fund Education First: Education, the #1 state budget priority, is the foundation of a vibrant economy. By fully funding education and reducing class sizes, we will provide more jobs for quality teachers. 3. Improve Transportation Infrastructure: Continue investing in I-405, I-90, and mass transit to sustainably reduce daily commutes and keep freight moving.
Steve is the only candidate endorsed by local City Councilmembers from Renton, Bellevue, Newcastle, and Mercer Island, Attorney General Rob McKenna, King County Councilmemeber Reagan Dunn, Stand for Children Washington, Renton Police Officers Guild, and Mercer Island Firefighters.
Steve lives on Mercer Island with his wife of 22 years, Jenny, and their 4 children. Steve humbly asks for your vote.