Sharon K. Nelson
On this race: Elected Experience: State Representative, 34th Legislative District, Position 2
Other Professional Experience: Served as Chief of Staff to King County Councilmember Dow Constantine
Education: Whitman College, B.A. in Psychology
Community Service: Founder, Preserve Our Islands (Maury/Vashon Island residents fighting to stop the proposed Glacier strip mine)
Statement: As your Senator, I will work to reduce class sizes and improve our schools. Making sure that every child receives a quality education is the paramount duty of our state. The Legislature has undertaken a review of the state’s antiquated funding formulas. I will continue to support that effort and will work to secure the resources our schools need.
I will continue to fight to protect our quality of life through improving transit and protecting the environment. As your Senator, I will focus on enacting a Clean Water Act to restore and protect our rivers, streams and Puget Sound.
In 2009 I spearheaded reform of the payday lending industry to prevent families from being swept into the debt trap that payday loans can become. In 2010, I secured protections for homeowners seeking mortgage modifications. I will continue to champion improved consumer protection.
Endorsements: Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club Cascade Chapter, Cascade Bicycle Club, Washington State Labor Council, UFCW 21, SEIU Locals 775NW, 1199NW, and 925, Washington Federation of State Employees, Joint Council of Teamsters 28, NARAL, AFT Washington, Aerospace Machinists Local 751, WPEA/UFCW 365, Progressive Majority, NWPC, Young Democrats of Washington, 34th District Democrats plus many others.