“Like many growing up in the 1960s, I was inspired to enter public service by John F. Kennedy. I heard his call to serve something greater than myself and knew that I could go into the world and make a difference. As Democrats of the 21st, or any, century, we are obligated to get results that help our most vulnerable citizens prosper.”
In 2004, Gov. Chris Gregoire was elected by only 133 votes in one of the most competitive elections in history. This year’s race will be a rematch with Republican Dino Rossi, a former state senator.
Since Governor Gregoire was elected, Washington has had 19 months of historically low unemployment, including the lowest unemployment rate in the state’s history. Exports have doubled and now total $66 billion per year. Washington was ranked as one of the top three states for managing public resources by the Pew Center on the States. Forbes and Fortune magazines have named Washington as one of the best states in the nation to do business.
Since 2005, Governor Gregoire has helped provide healthcare to 84,000 more low-income children and thousands more adults. She is also working to provide healthcare coverage to all children in Washington state by 2010.
After being elected, Governor Gregoire funded voter-approved initiatives to reduce class size and teacher pay. The number of apprenticeships has doubled with programs like Running Start for the trades. Training programs will triple the number of green collar jobs in the state by 2020. The state’s two- and four-year colleges and universities have thousands of additional spaces for students and three new branch campuses have been built.
Governor Gregoire’s desire to serve others and to stand up for working families springs from her upbringing on a small farm in Auburn, Washington. Her mother, who left an abusive marriage shortly after Chris was born, worked as a short-order cook to pay the bills. After college, she married a Vietnam combat veteran and became a successful lawyer.
She served as an assistant attorney general and was appointed to be the director of the Washington State Department of Ecology. In 1992, she was elected as the state’s Attorney General, a position she served in for three full terms. She was known for fighting for children and leading successful lawsuits against Big Tobacco, Enron and polluters.
She was recognized by Governing Magazine as the 2007 Public Official of the Year.
At 21st Century Democrats, we are proud to stand with this champion of working families as she continues to move Washington forward.
Race Type: Democratic Protect Primary Election Opponent(s): None Primary Election Date: August 19, 2008 Primary Election Results: Won Primary General Election Opponent(s): Dino Rossi General Election Date: November 4, 2008 General Election Results: Won, 53.2% – 46.8%
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