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.
Says he works to reverse the trend of government to spend “beyond its means” and has fought to maintain school levy equalization funding. Supports completion of the North Spokane Corridor but questions the need for tax increases to pay for it. Supports constitutional amendment requiring supermajority votes to approve tax increases. Opposes same-sex marriage. Opposes abortion rights, but makes exception for rape victims. Supports charter school initiative. Opposes law that allows local governments to install red light enforcement cameras.
State Rep. Joel Kretz isn’t a Republican you would expect to see challenged for his seat by another Republican. He’s ranked highly by state business groups that generally lean Republican and he’s the party’s deputy minority leader in the House.
It took more than six years, several legislative struggles, a raft of sniggering jokes, and the unlikely alliance of a conservative Eastern Washington Republican and a progressive environmental group, but there’s a beaver on Bodie Creek. State Rep. Joel Kretz’s idea for a more natural way to improve Eastern Washington aquifers is getting a trial run on his ranch outside Wauconda, Wash.
JOEL KRETZ, Republican Did not respond to requests to complete The Spokesman-Review’s legislative candidate’s questionnaire.
1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? Legislative District 7 is mainly a rural district. I grew up on a small farm in the Yakima Valley. I cut asparagus, picked cherries and even baled hops in the summers while I was at WSU. I am a hunter and hiker and have knowledge of the land through my education and life experience. I have real-life experience and have had to work throughout my life without having anything handed to me. My well-rounded background, my education and my willingness to go against the grain will allow me to institute the changes we need in Washington State.
OLYMPIA – Beavers making a nuisance of themselves in Western Washington could be relocated to areas in Eastern Washington that need their help in damming streams, but the furry critters from Eastern Washington couldn’t be shipped west under a bill approved Wednesday by the Washington Senate. Seems there are already too many of the tree-chomping rodents west of the Cascades.
OLYMPIA — Beavers making a nuisance of themselves in Western Washington could be relocated to Eastern Washington areas that need their help in damming streams, but the furry critters from Eastern Washington couldn’t be shipped west under a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate. Seems…