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LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT NO. 31 State Representative Pos. 2

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    Nate Lowry (Dem) Landscape Architect (no. 1201)

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Mailing Address PO Box 1274
Milton, WA 98354
Phone (253) 228-8571
Party Preference Democrat
Town where you live Edgewood
Experience (300 characters max) City of Edgewood City Council since January 2016, City of Edgewood Planning Commission 2012-2015 (vice(2+years vice chair), 15-year professional Landscape Architect career.
Having been involved in local government for going on six years now and a diverse career and professional license that are well suited toward political issues, I feel I am well equipped to make knowledgeable and impactful decisions in the legislature. I really enjoy my time on Edgewood City council having never missed a meeting and desire to get more involved in politics at the State level. Current appointments in the 31 district has resulted in two special elections this year and I decided to run for the House seat.
- Making a living wage and being able to seek gainful employment close enough to home is something most families deal with. Having affordable housing options within the district to help reduce commuting times.

- Transportation and getting to work and home in a decent amount of time. Many areas of this large semi-rural district have significant traffic problems which I know having lived here all my life. I strongly support the recently awarded 410 corridor study, we also need to continue to seek studies and funding for 167 improvements. ST3 is also on the minds of voters myself included, I support the lower car tab value legislation that was introduced.

- The McCleary decision and how that is going to pan out for each district and for each student as well as compliance review by the State Supreme court. While funding decisions seemingly are in place much more work will need to be done to ensure our kids and future generations are not short changed.
Washington State currently does not have a very equitable tax system particularly for the poor with a heavy reliance on sales tax. Higher income earners pay some of the lowest overall local taxes rates in the country, more can be done to reform our tax code and make taxation more fair and equitable for all Washington residents. I do not support an income tax on any level which is possibly unconstitutional in Washington State anyhow. Our B&O taxes are also some of the highest in the country and could use reform as well to ensure we continue to attract good big and small businesses to our State and the jobs that come with them.
My work on the Edgewood City Hall Task Force included several local involved residents in a coalition that included council members, the mayor, staff, planning commission members and economic development committee members. We were tasked with brainstorming ideas for developing Edgewood's City Hall campus, topics included public-private partnerships, relocating the Edgewood-Milton Library onsite to outdoor market and activity spaces and food trucks.

I am a member on the PCRC (Pierce County Regional Council) which is an advisory body of local elected officials to the PSRC (Puget Sound Regional Council). The PSRC makes large scale transportation and planning decisions that affect millions of Puget Sound Residents, my work on the PCRC puts me right at the forefront of the large scale State transportation and regional strategy decisions being made in our region.
City of Edgewood Councilman, 2016-present, Four Years City of Edgewood Planning Commission Member 2012-16 (two+ years Vice Chair), Fifteen year design-build career including multi-disciplinary Engineering firms and contractors large & small, Lived in Washington all my life, grew up in Edgewood attending all Puyallup Public Schools, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, WSU 2003, Landscape Architect no. 1201 (WA 2010-present), Pierce County Regional Council Member, Small Business Owner during Great Recession, created jobs and economic activity in a down economy

My diverse 15-year career as a licensed Landscape Architect, small business owner, project manager, production supervisor in design-build and multi-disciplinary Civil engineer firms has given me a well rounded background to tackle problems associated with transportation and regional planning. I have worked on transportation planning projects involving the JBLM Cross-Base Hwy, SeaTac Airport, I-405 and completed many design-build installations as well as design only Landscape Architecture projects for WSDOT. Owning and operating small businesses to pay the bills during the great recession acclimated me very quickly to the small business climate in Washington State and where it could improve. The experience of working hard to build a career and like many see it hit a then have to assimilate and even install close to $1m worth of commercial fencing before getting back to where I was, built strength and character I bring to City Council and will bring to the State Legislature.
Local landscape ordinances if they don't already require it should have a strong native plant/drought tolerant plant requirements and have measures encourage xeriscaping. This ensures plants have a better chance of surviving as well as conserves water. In years with lower than expected rainfall or periods of sustained drought, some or even all local Washington jurisdictions might have to be encouraged to remove sod lawns in lieu of other drought tolerant landscaping. Continued conversation by businesses is also key and something that should be encouraged and incentived possibly. logo


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