Joel Hussey announced that he is running for the State House of Representatives in the 45th Legislative District. “I am running because Olympia is broken,” Hussey said. “The current legislature has failed to act on behalf of the students, small businesses and families of this state and it’s time to make a change.”
Joel Hussey is running for Position #1, the seat currently held by incumbent Roger Goodman, who is running for Congress in the newly redrawn First Congressional District.
“Right now, Olympia is in the middle of yet another special session and little, if anything, has been done to fund schools, provide relief to small business or get folks back to work,” Hussey added.
Hussey said that, when elected, he will re-prioritize the state budget to fund education first, work for meaning- ful tax and regulatory relief for employers and put state government on a sustainable budget, rather than one that relies on accounting gimmicks.
“It’s time for fresh thinking and a fresh start in Olympia,” Hussey stated.
King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who held the same seat in the State House from 1995-2001, announced her support for Hussey. “Joel is exactly the type of individual we need in Olympia right now. His vast business experience will help get our economy moving again as the state grapples with the budget shortfall. And his extensive community involvement shows how much he cares about the people he is running to serve.”
Joel has also been endorsed by State Senator Andy Hill and former State Representative and current Kirkland City Councilmember Toby Nixon.
Joel Hussey (pronounced: HEW-SEE) grew up in Everett where his mother was a nurse and his father worked for the Mukilteo School District as a librarian, teacher and principal. Joel is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University where he received a degree in accounting and followed that with an MBA from the University of Washington. He has worked primarily in the aviation industry and now owns and operates Tailwind Capital, an aircraft leasing and finance company in Redmond. Hussey currently serves as Board President of Bellevue Christian School and is the former President of the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association where he led the reorganization of the Association. During his term, LWYSA began work with King County that ultimately led to a public-private partnership to develop additional soccer fields on 60 Acres South and the return of Mueller Farm to organic farming. Joel is also actively involved in Boy Scouts and has coached numerous youth athletic and Math Olympiad teams.
Joel and his wife Christi have been married for 26 years and have four children. They have lived in Redmond for the past 17 years.