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Legislative District No. 48 Representative Position No. 1

Term: 2 yearsSalary: $46,839A Representative must be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the legislative district served. The House of Representatives (the 'House') is made up of 98 members, two from each legislative district in the state. The House is the lower house of the Washington State Legislature, and is a part of the process of lawmaking on the state level. All of the membership of the House is elected at the General Election held in November of each even-numbered year, with the exception of when vacancies must be filled. 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 House also has the exclusive power to bring impeachment proceedings. 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.
  • Ciaran Dougherty (L)

  • Vandana Slatter (Dem) State Representative 48th LD

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Phone (425) 777-0579
Party Preference Democrat
Town where you live Belleuve
Experience (300 characters max) State Representative, 48th LD (Appointed 2017) serving on Education, Health Care & Wellness, and Technology & Economic Development Committees; Bellevue City Councilmember; biotech professional; public school parent
I believe effective government provides opportunities and removes obstacles to for residents, families, and businesses to build their futures and thrive. I sought appointment to the State House of Representatives after my time on the Bellevue City Council because I wanted to put my collaborative style and analytical mind to work to solve some of our region’s toughest challenges. In a short time, I believe I have passed critical legislation that will make a meaningful difference in the education, health, and opportunity for residents in the 48th and across Washington State. But there is still a great deal to be done. I am seeking to retain this office to continue working every day for the future of our community.
The three top issues are education, healthcare, and growing our economy so that everyone in our community can fully participate and contribute. With efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act and basic women's health coverage, it is crucial that we ensure all members in our community have access to quality and comprehensive healthcare. It is also vital for our district and state's future that we continue fighting to fully and sustainably fund public education. This will support our schools, teachers, and address the learning needs for all our students so that we can ensure that every child is given the opportunity to succeed. With the growth of our diverse region, I hope to work toward innovative solutions to the region's emerging challenges including preserving affordable housing, meeting basic human needs for our most vulnerable, creating sensible traffic solutions, and supporting our environment. I stand committed to working collaboratively to provide solution-driven policy.
I was proud to support the House Democrats budget proposal that would have closed tax loopholes and introduced a capital gains tax on our state’s highest earners. That would have been a step in the right direction to address our antiquated and upside down tax code in Washington State that unfairly burdens lower and middle-income families. The revenue package for the budget that passed last week includes a temporary lift on the property tax cap. This is an unsustainable solution to fully funding our schools and unfairly burdens Eastside families who are on fixed income, including seniors or renters. We need more diverse and equitable funding solutions and that’s why I voted no on this package. There is still a lot of work to be done to move Washington toward a more equitable tax system, and as your Representative, I will continue to fight to accomplish this.
As a former Bellevue City Councilmember and now as a State Representative, I am committed to listening to all sides and working collaboratively to build a coalition. I am proud that the majority of legislation I have sponsored has had bi-partisan support.
In addition to my service on the Bellevue City Council, I am a health care and biotech professional which requires me to analyze complex data and craft solution. I am also a dedicated community member who has served on:

Children’s Institute for Learning Differences Board; Overlake Hospital Foundation Board; The Washington State Board of Pharmacy Board; NARAL Pro-Choice WA Board; Cascade Water Alliance; Eastside Transportation Partnership; King County; EMS Advisory Task Force; Environmental Services Commision and Youth Link Board Liaison; Lake Hills Urban Farm Project

Finally, I am a proud mom and I work every day to ensure my son, and all our kids, have the same access to health and opportunity.
I have spent the majority of my career as a clinical scientist in the biotechnology industry, bringing people together around complex issues, listening to the needs of different sides, developing data-driven solutions, and implementing those solutions to effectively serve patients. As a Doctor of Pharmacy I have long worked in the biotech industry, ensuring that patients are provided with safe and efficient healthcare. I will bring high tech business experience and a scientific, data-driven approach to the Legislature.

I hold a master’s degree in Public Administration and have learned how policy can be created and implemented effectively in our community. I work hard to lead collaboratively with stakeholders, listen to all sides, and apply common sense thinking to the issues and to my role as a legislator.
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