McBride launches re-election campaign with broad support at the federal, state, county, and local levels
State Representative Joan McBride, who was first elected in 2012, launched her re-election campaign today. McBride kicks off her campaign with the support of Congressmembers Suzan DelBene and Adam Smith, King County Executive Dow Constantine and County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, and over a dozen local elected leaders including the Mayors of Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond.
“It has been a true honor represent the 48th Legislative District in Olympia,” said McBride. “I am proud of the improvements I helped lead on transportation, housing and affordability, and measures to save money and improve efficiencies in our local governments.”
McBride was one of a handful of signers to the letter appealing to WSDOT and the Transportation Commission to change the I-405 tolling rules. Their recommendations, which included opening up lanes on weekends, late night, and holidays, as well as insisting on new access and new lane proposals, has resulted in improved mobility around the region.
The former Kirkland Mayor has also been putting her local government expertise to work in Olympia. McBride has passed legislation that will save cities precious resources, improve emergency services, and better serve the needs of vulnerable residents. Recognized as a 2016 ‘Washington Housing Hero’ award, Representative McBride passed important legislation to address housing and affordability in Olympia.
“In addition to improving policies that effect our local cities, I have stood up to ensure that the 48th LD gets its fair share of resources including $3 million for a Redmond downtown park last year and $1.7 million for sheltering projects in Kirkland and Bellevue,” said McBride.
A longtime arts supporter, McBride was also appointed to the Washington State Arts Commission whose mission to ensure the arts thrive across our communities.
As Mayor and on the Council, Joan served on the Finance Committee, helping Kirkland achieve a Triple A bond rating. She also oversaw the annexation of 35,000 residents, the purchase of the Cross Kirkland Corridor, development of the Kirkland Transit Center, and the South Kirkland Park and Ride TOD. Joan was also a champion for the recent parks and roads permanent levy, Youth and Senior councils, and the Teen Center.
An Eastside leader, Joan has served on the boards of the Kirkland Performance Center, Friends of Youth, Feet First, Together Center, Kirkland Interfaith Network, Washington Bikes, and on the PTA at Lakeview Elementary, Kirkland Middle School, and Lake Washington High School. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Elected Official of the Year and a Golden Acorn.
A mother, and now grandmother, Joan lives in Kirkland with her wife Margaret.