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    Dan Bronoske

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    Susanna Keilman

Biographical Information

What experience makes you suitable for this position?

How would you respond to someone who does not support the current Washington State system for mail-in voting and would prefer to return to physical polling places?

What are you willing to do to ensure Washington women have continued access to contraception and abortion?

What do you propose to address climate change?

Given the need for expanded transit services for climate change and access for those who don’t drive, what would you do to increase transit service in urban areas of the state?

What should the Legislature do to address homelessness and affordable housing?

What is your position on universal health care for all in Washington State?

Party Preference Democratic
Phone (253) 561-7855
Experience (Max 500 characters) Elected Experience State Representative (2021-present), Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore, 2nd Vice Chair Transportation Committee. Committee member of the Health Care & Wellness, Labor & Workplace Standards, Rules, and Joint Committee on Veterans’ & Military Affairs. Other Professional Experience Captain, West Pierce Fire & Rescue. Former Vice President, West Pierce Firefighters IAFF Local 1488. Former Armor Crewman for the Washington Army National Guard. Master's degree in Public Administration
Campaign Mailing Address PO BOX 39408
Campaign Phone 253-561-7855
Campaign Email
Town where you live Lakewood, WA
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As a 21-year Pierce County Firefighter, members of our community invite my colleagues and I into their homes to help them when they need it most. At the height of the COVID pandemic that need for service increased exponentially. I use my professional and lived experience in my role as State Representative. I'm also an experienced legislator that gets things done for the people of my district and our state. I’ve worked hard with others, regardless of party affiliation, to find solutions to keep our families safe and ensure everyone in our community can thrive. Approximately 95% of the bills that pass in Olympia are completely bipartisan. There are policies that my fellow legislators and I agree to disagree with, and that's ok. We are cordial and respectful to each other. I am proud of the robust yet respectful debates that take place in Olympia on policy. I feel that this allows all of us to get work done on behalf of the people of our state. These experiences make me suitable.
I'm 42 years old now and I've voted in every election since I was eligible at the age of 18. For the past 24 years I have only ever voted by mail. I have never been to a physical polling location to cast a ballot. For 24 years I have never had an issue voting by mail, not once. I am fully supportive to keep our mail in-voting system as it is because it works great. This should be a non-partisan issue since Utah has also implemented mail-in voting and have been doing so since 2012. Mail-in voting is safe, secure, and accessible. And it makes our democracy more equitable: active-duty military voters have the chance to vote in Washington elections regardless of their duty station. Also it ensures people with mobility issues have the opportunity to vote in the privacy of their own home. We have a great system for conducting elections and I want to keep it that way.
Access to all healthcare, including reproductive care such as contraception and abortion, is critical. Our state has already has this in statute. However, we could go further to protect these rights by making an amendment to the Washington State Constitution to ensure the people of our state have continued access to contraception and abortion.
Reduce carbon emissions across every sector we can. We can continue to invest in cleaner transportation, not only by electrifying cars but by having better service and access to quality public transit. We need more infrastructure across the country that can handle transmission of clean energy from where it is produced to where it is needed. Invest in new technology that makes solar and geothermal energy better. We need more affordable housing in urban areas so people aren't forced to commute such long distances in order to get to work or school. It's going to take several policies working together to allow for us to reduce emissions in a way that is equitable for everyone, not just those that can afford to go out and buy an electric car for example.
We need to continue making investments in transit service, no question. The idea is to make service better so that people like me, will have a real incentive to change how we see transportation and also change our habits because it is actually convenient to do so. As a member of the House Transportation committee, I have already made investments to make transit services better in my district as well as across the entire state. The Move Ahead Washington transportation package, which passed during the last legislative session, will absolutely help to expand transit services.
In many ways homelessness and affordable housing go hand in hand. In order to increase the amount of affordable housing, we need more housing of all types across the state. Yes, subsidized affordable housing, but also yes, more market-rate housing as well. This is a supply and demand issue, not enough supply drives up demand and drives up prices in housing to where it is barely affordable, if at all. We can do this by zoning for more dense housing as well as streamlining permitting. If we have more affordable housing fewer people will be homeless. For the visible chronically homeless, we need more supportive housing for people to go to so they can get off the streets. Then when they are housed we can address the mental health and addiction problems that contribute to chronic homelessness.
I am for whatever policy that will deliver the most amount of healthcare to the most amount of people for the least amount of cost. No option is off the table for me when it comes to healthcare access and affordability. During the 2021 legislative session we established a Universal Health Care Commission which will determine the feasibility of such a program in our state.
Party Preference Republican
Phone (253) 353-0390
Experience (Max 500 characters) US Air Force Veteran; twice deployed Medic, Middle East. MBA Healthcare Management, MA Political Science Healthcare professional with 22+ years of academic, business, and operations experience in public and private sectors. Fifteen years in clinical research protecting patients and expanding treatment options. Executive Board Member Women in Bioscience, Advocate for Women Veterans.
Campaign Mailing Address PO BOX 459
DUPONT, WA 98327
Campaign Phone 253-353-0390
Town where you live Dupont
I’m the daughter of a first-generation Korean immigrant who grew up in Lakewood on welfare in low-income housing. My sisters and I were raised by a single mother and watched her overcome racism and sexism to get us out of an unsafe neighborhood and off of the system. After high school, I served in the Air Force as a medic and volunteered for two deployments. As the daughter of a veteran, veteran myself, and former military spouse, I understand the challenges our service members and their families face and will continue to advocate for their needs. My GI Bill allowed me to earn an MBA in Healthcare Management and MA in Political Science leading to 22 years as a healthcare professional. I am also a proud executive board member with the Seattle chapter of Women in Bioscience, and advocate for Women Veterans. My family and I have overcome so much adversity and I will use this experience to ensure better opportunities & outcomes for all through collaboration and relationships.
People should have the right to choose either and trust their vote will count. I support accountability and tracking measures to ensure the integrity of the election process.
Abortion will remain legal in Washington state and women will continue to have access to healthcare and contraception. Abortion should not be a form of contraception, but an option discussed with a healthcare provider, especially in cases of rape, incest, or if there is a risk of life to the mother. We should try to save as many lives as possible if we are pro-choice, as well as respect that this is a complex issue if we are pro-life. We should not approach abortion with a blanket policy and we should have compassion when discussing all related variables.
Climate change is real and we all need to do our part. We also need to ensure that solutions are equitable. Not everyone can afford electric cars, gas, taxes, and associated licensing fees. We can support efficient public transportation along with meaningful policies with measurable outcomes that reduce our carbon footprint. Penalizing industries (businesses) in our state to serve as a revenue source is not effective and hurts our communities which receive the passed-through cost. I will continue to support current policies that address climate change, and work with environmentalists, local and state leadership, constituents, and any other body to preserve our habitat and prevent further damage to our beautiful state.
We first need to address public safety, as many feel it is unsafe to use public transit. Collaboration is needed with our Police Departments, Transit Authority, local/state leadership, and constituents to see which routes are needed/require improvement. We can also ensure pedestrians and cyclists are considered, as well as coordinate with social services/health departments to provide transit for daily living and access to care.
We need to address the root causes of homelessness such as mental health and addiction. Legislature can support policy to ensure funds are available for these efforts that get people off of the streets and into a pathway back into society. We can support good policy that plans for affordable housing under the Growth Management Act, create additional middle housing near transit, and eliminate redundancies to streamline the permitting and regulatory process.
Healthcare must continue to be a right for everyone and continue to be accessible. We must ensure it is fiscally sustainable to be able to afford it in the public and private sectors to ensure balance. We need measurable outcomes to ensure quality care is delivered in a timely manner. I also support access to preventative care and healthy living to decrease the demand for reactive healthcare. We can also support the education and training of allied support staff and healthcare professionals along with the institutions and centers that provide care. Infrastructure also needs to be supported from a logistical standpoint to ensure equitable access to care. We need to fix the loopholes in the current systems and account for them in any plan moving forward, while also provide accountability and transparency for tax payers.