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Legislative District 40 State Senator

Term: 4 years Salary: $48,731A Senator must be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the legislative district served. The Senate is made up of 49 members, one from each legislative district in the state. One-half of the membership of the Senate is elected at the General Election held in November of each even-numbered year. During legislative sessions, the Legislature is called upon to: enact or reject legislation affecting public policy in the state; provide for the levy and collection of taxes and other revenue to support state government and assist local government; and appropriate funds for these purposes. The Senate also has the exclusive power to confirm certain gubernatorial appointments. Although laws are enacted only when the Legislature is convened in formal session, policy issues and the general operation of state and local government are under continuous review by legislators serving on permanent and interim study committees.

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    Elizabeth (Liz) Lovelett
    (Dem)

  • Daniel Miller
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

Why did you decide to run for this office?

What is your idea of a fair, balanced and equitable tax system for our state?

How can Washington provide adequate funding for educational support services including for early childhood education?

What could/should the Legislature do to assist in finding solutions to the statewide homeless problem?

What policies would you support to improve job growth, strengthen the state economy and reduce income disparities?

What environmental issues in our state do you feel need to be addressed by the Legislature?

What priority could you place on increasing public funding for infrastructure in the next two years?

What actions would you support to increase responsible gun ownership and reduce gun violence?

Phone (360) 588-8707
Email lizlovelett@gmail.com
Party Preference Democrat
Town where you live Anacortes, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Elected: Washington State Senate (appointed 2019); Anacortes City Councilmember, 2015-2019. Other Professional Experience: Owner-Operator of The Business; After-School Art Educator, Anacortes School District. Community Service: Whitney PTA President; Blue Green Alliance; Anacortes Farmers Market
Our friendly communities, natural environment, and my two lovely daughters have inspired me to serve. I am a 5th generation Anacortes resident and have made a name for myself in the 40th LD by working hard and representing the people on the issues we care about. From affordable housing and social services, to environmental priorities and public safety - I have made these concerns the forefront of my work during my time on the Anacortes City Council and as your State Senator. I catalyzed the formation of the Affordable Housing and Community Resources Committee while on the council and was the primary author of our Affordable Housing Strategic Plan. Prior to elected service, I owned an operated The Business for 6 years, served as a PTA President, and supported the Anacortes Farmers Market as a Board Advisor. I am the youngest mom in the Senate, and I draw on my unique life experiences and my desire to make our region a vibrant place for our children and future generations.
Being a sales tax based system means that the people in our communities who can least afford it are paying the highest proportion of their income in taxes - one of the most regressive systems in the nation. I believe strongly that we need to overhaul our code, seek avenues for an income or excessive compensation tax, and give relief to small businesses by reforming our Business and Operating Tax (B & O). This session, I co-sponsored and supported any and all progressive tax reform bills - Progressive REET, Cap and Trade, Progressive B & O, Capital Gains, Model Toxics Control Act, and taxes on big banks and out-of-state investment firms. These revenue reforms provide relief for middle to low income homeowners and target areas that can most afford it - aiming for a more equitable taxation. Additionally, I will continue to fight for Capital Gains in the coming session.
All investments must start with revenue and I will continue to fight to balance our tax code and keep Washington on the path of fully funding our education system after the disastrous effects of the recession and the gaps still left after the McLeary decision. I was proud to receive the endorsement of the WA Education Association for my work this past session. However, many school districts in the 40th were left out of the most recent ‘Levy Fix’ and I am working hard to address that so they have the local options they need to keep their districts whole.

I firmly believe that funding early childhood programs give our communities the foundation they need to thrive in life and work. There is great need to provide high quality childcare for working people. Often, a majority of parents' paycheck goes to paying for childcare with an additional burden on women in single-parent households. I am committed to providing resources so working families have more security and economic mobility.
Affordable housing and services for our vulnerable homeless community members is a foundational need of public health. Investments in permanent supportive housing gives people the basic dignity they need to stabilize and get resources to recover from the trauma of homelessness. I believe housing, like healthcare, is a fundamental human right. Here are some ways the state can help: longer eviction notice period; resources for communities of color and equity in the rental application process; providing adequate public transportation, healthcare, and mental health resources; training housing advocates - especially for seniors and people with disabilities; expediting permitting for low income housing developments; preserving manufactured housing communities when suitably located; and avoiding the sunsetting of tax credits that keep current multi-family housing from becoming market rate.
I support investments in our green energy sector including power generation and alternative fuel production. I support giving COLAs (cost of living adjustments) to retirees’ pensions so they don’t lapse into poverty. I support continued contracting to Washington-based firms. I support creating subsidised live-work spaces so small entrepreneurs have opportunities to grow home based businesses. I support continuing to raise the minimum wage. I support the growth of the College Promise Scholarship and ECEAP programs. I support the expansion of broadband to rural areas to continue to stimulate economic growth. I support the expansion of apprenticeship and technical programs. And I will always support unionized labor’s right to collectively bargain for the wages, benefits, and safe working conditions they deserve.
I am working on and supporting solutions that utilize alternative fuel feedstocks and low-carbon fuel standards to energize our transportation sector. I co-sponsored the Forward Washington budget because it puts a carbon fee on transportation to make big investments in alternative modalities of travel and charts a course for hybridizing our ferry system. I also want to create a small loan program that would assist middle to low-income households with the purchase of a PV array whose payback would be equivalent to their current energy bills and help diversify the grid for larger scale energy producers. There are many fantastic models that show that the development of low income housing with net-zero energy principles are financially feasible and improve health and environmental outcomes. Another passion of mine is waste reclamation. I want to build the industries of the future by harnessing waste streams for other uses, reducing plastics, and finding domestic avenues for our recycling.
I sponsored a bill last session that would have restored the Public Works Trust Fund. As a former council member, I am acutely aware of the funding gaps experienced on the local level as our infrastructure ages and inflation drives up costs. I will continue to work with my colleagues to find solutions to restore that loan program and provide new avenues for water and sewer projects through the Departments of Ecology and Health. Additionally, money from the Model Toxics Control Act can be used to aid in stormwater projects and I will help conduit with our communities to utilize those funds. I will continue to advocate for transportation improvements including disability access, the Safe Routes to School Grant Program, and investments in our aging ferries.
I received the endorsement of Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Alliance for Gun Responsibility because of my advocacy around this issue. I was proud to vote “Yes” on many gun violence prevention bills during my first session as a Senator. These included Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) updates, banning the sale/manufacture of ghost guns, establishing policies and requirements regarding law enforcement reponse to domestic violence incidents, provisions governing firearm possession by persons who have been found incompetent to stand trial and who have a history of one or more violent acts, and first responder agency notifications to schools regarding potential threats. I believe there is much more work to be done and will gladly support legislation in the future to continue our efforts including a path towards licensure, restricting the use of cartoon characters on weapons to avoid marketing to children, and working to make sure every firearm is secured.
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