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Washington State Senate District 31

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    Phil Fortunato

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    Chris Vance

Biographical Information

Please speak to ways that you could impact the problem of homelessness as a state legislator.

Please describe any legislation you would introduce or support to eliminate the imposition of religious policies on medical decisions by faith-based hospitals.

How could the education funding system be adjusted to continue to improve equity in public school, even in the event of a local levy failure?

What ideas do you have for working productively with your staff, colleagues and members of the public whose ideas are different from yours?

What changes, if any, to the Washington State redistricting process would you support?

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, what legislation would you support to strengthen or limit access to abortion in Washington State?

What legislation will you support to address the need for local responses to climate change including through the Comprehensive Plans mandated by the Growth Management Act?

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Party Preference Independent
Phone 12532641791
Experience (Max 500 characters) Former member of the WA State House of Representatives. Former King County Councilmember
Campaign Phone 2532641791
Campaign Email
Town where you live Sumner
Campaign Twitter Handle @@chrisvance123
We need to continue to fund programs to serve the homeless, and we need to facilitate the construction of more housing of all types in the urban area
We can't compel faith-based hospitals to abandon their beliefs, but we can act to protect public health. For instance, I would have supported the bill passed in 2021 to prohibit health care entities from restricting health care providers from providing services related to pregnancy complications.
The Washington State Constitution REQUIRES the state to fully fund basic education without the use of local levies. Full funding of K-12 will be my highest priority.
I was a lawmaker for 11 years. I often had to work with people I did not always agree with. Compromise and civility are the building blocks of the legislative process
We need a commission controlled by the public, not the four legislative caucuses.
The Supreme Court has chosen to ignore its own precedents in order to overturn Roe v Wade and give state legislatures authority to make abortion laws. Every candidate running for the legislature now needs to make it crystal clear where they stand on this issue.

My position has never changed: the people of Washington State have twice voted to give women the right to choose. The people made our state’s current abortion laws. In the State Senate I will vote to defend, and, if necessary, strengthen, our state’s current pro-choice laws.

In contrast, my opponent, Sen. Phil Fortunato, has every year sponsored bills to limit abortion rights. The people of the 31st district will have a clear choice this fall on this crucial issue.
I was the Chairman of the King County Council's Growth Management Committee when we adopted our original comprehensive plan. I support growth management, but we need to tweak the law to do more to ensure that we achieve greater density in the urban area.