Campaign platform includes more funding for schools, needed transportation investments and services for struggling families and kids
Roger Goodman, who has served in the State House since 2006, announced that he plans to seek reelection for what would be his 5th term in the Washington State House.
Goodman, who serves as the chair of the House Public Safety Committee, championed numerous bills in his most recent term which included legislation to crack down on the perpetrators of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, nationally-acclaimed work to reduce alcohol-related deaths on the state’s roadways, new laws to protect foster children and a proposal to finally implement the voter approved initiative to reduce class-sizes.
“I am proud of my record of standing up in Olympia for real issues that matter to real people here at home,” said Goodman. “I have worked effectively across the aisle for common sense solutions that matter to Eastside families.”
Goodman, who is the father of two school age children, is running on a platform of making substantial investments in our K-12 and higher education systems. This past year he helped pass a bipartisan budget that made additional investments in our schools but he believes we didn’t go far enough.
“It’s time to step up for our kids and to have the courage to make real reforms to secure new funding for our public schools,” said Goodman. “Every day I hear from people who are sick and tired of the same excuses from Olympia. It's important that local families aren't paying more than their fair share, which is why I volunteered to give up part of my salary during the recession, and why I supported closing tax loopholes for out-of-state oil companies to fund our schools.”
As part of the state’s $4 billion dollar budget, Goodman and his colleagues were able to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for the state’s mental health and health care systems through new efficiencies and the new Medicaid expansion. Additionally they placed a hard cap on tuition hikes at the state’s colleges and universities and prevented further cuts to important social services.
"I look forward to a spirited debate on the issues and to talking to thousands of neighbors at their doorsteps,” said Goodman. “Local families know we need solutions and not more political soundbites when it comes to our schools and funding the programs that families need. It's time to make the system work for our kids and hard-working families, not the same old special interests with their high-paid lobbyists in Olympia."
Additional information on Goodman’s campaign and his record can be found at www.RogerGoodman.org.