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Janis (Gall-Martin) Gbalah

A candidate for State Representative Pos. 1, Legislative District 27 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election

Party: Democrat

On this race:

Elected Experience: Elected to the Pierce County Charter Review Commission; Gubernatorial Appointment by Governor Locke - Sentencing Guidelines Commission.

Other Professional Experience: President, Black Women’s Caucus; President, Interstate Youth Fellowship of the Church of God; Northwest Section Director, National Association for University Women.

Education: MS in Human Resources, Chapman University; BA in Business Management, Saint Martin’s University; AAS from Pierce College; Commissioned Military Officer (OCS).

Community Service: The American Legion Post 264, Rainier, WA; Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA); Spearheaded local efforts of the WA State Superintendent’s of Public Instruction with Dr. Thelma Jackson, closing the achievement gap of students in TSD # 10.

Statement: I will work for you as your public servant. "The Representative responsibility is to fight for you, the average citizen, in the Legislature; provide the leadership to accomplish needed projects in our community and give you unprecedented service". I will provide that leadership while advocating for accountability and transparency.

With my background in finance and budgeting, I will work hard to solve the budget crisis and at the same time, we need to honor, respect, and support our veterans and senior citizens.  I will fight to fully fund education and support passage of I-1077 and   I-1098.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Laurie Jinkins (D) 6,818 32.90 %
Jake Fey (D) 6,046 29.17 %
Ken Nichols (I) 5,808 28.03 %
Jessica Smeall (D) 1,259 6.08 %
Janis (Gall-Martin) Gbalah (D) 793 3.83 %

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Laurie Jinkins


Jake Fey


Ken Nichols


Jessica Smeall