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Supports Hansen for state representative

I am writing this to voice my support for Rep. Drew Hansen, who is currently running for the 23rd District of the state House of Representatives. Rep. Hansen has consistently shown that he is working diligently to help the people of Kitsap County. He has sponsored legislation that is removing taxes so more jobs can be created, fighting to keep tuition affordable for all Washington families and making sure our public schools are properly funded to make them some of the best in our nation.

More close to my family, he was a cosponsor for the bill that passed to legalize same-sex marriages in Washington state. My partner, who was deployed aboard the USS John C. Stennis when Washington state legislators voted in February for same-sex marriage, and I are proud Kitsap County residents. We proudly support Rep. Hansen for the state House of Representatives.

J. Nick Barrera

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There are many reasons Drew Hansen should be elected to be our state representative from the 23rd District, Position 2.  Besides the many things he has supported in the way of job creation and job training, the one that is closest to my heart is his understanding and support of Referendum 74.

Next year, my partner and I hope to be able to marry.  We are planning to celebrate our 30th anniversary at the altar in front of our loving church family.

I am 70 years old and my dream has been to be married to my life partner before I died. I never really thought it would ever happen. But this year, Washington state passed the Marriage Equality Law.

I know some people feel that having domestic partnership gives us all we need. But that is not the case. Drew Hansen knows this and worked to explain this to the Legislature why marriage equality was needed.  Join us in casting your vote for Drew Hansen.

Karen Langston

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I’m supporting Drew Hansen because he has proven to be a legislator whose background as a school levy volunteer, a board member of the Olympic College Foundation and an appointee to a state economic development board uniquely suits him to understand how good schools, pre-school through higher education, and economic revitalization work together in our communities.

Drew sponsored multiple legislative bills that encourage more math, science and technology in schools beginning in the earliest grades and legislation that encourages students to explore internships and apprenticeships as well as other routes to post secondary education.

His “boots on the ground” local school, social service and economic development volunteer work prior to becoming a legislator, his background as an attorney and his legislative experience will assist the thoughtful and complex deliberations that need to be made as the Legislature contends with the recent state Supreme Court decision requiring full funding of public education.

Drew understands that shifting funding from vital health and housing programs for our most at-risk students and their families is not the answer. That is why he earned the endorsement of teachers and other school employees in the 23rd Legislative District.

I urge you to vote for Rep. Drew Hansen.

Ann Randall


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