Elected Experience: None.
Other Professional Experience: Power Manager, Grays Harbor PUD; Senior Power Analyst, Seattle City Light; Senior Environmental Analyst, Seattle City Light; Research Scientist/Publications Manager, BioSonics, Inc.; Fisheries Biologist, UW, NOAA Fisheries, Corps of Engineers, WA, OR, AK.
Education: Master’s Degree in Public Administration, University of Washington; Bachelor of Science in Biology, Western Washington University.
Community Service: Board Member, Ghana Together; Board Member, Commencement Bay Rowing Club (youth program); Board Member, Small Faces Child Development Center.
Statement: Sue Kuehl Pederson is running for the Senate to provide an independent choice for voters, and to ensure that Coastal Washington is heard in Olympia.
Sue believes that increased regulations and taxes on small business in Washington have damaged our local economy. As a power manager working on large project approvals, Sue has personally seen how regulations impede important projects and job creation. Sue will work to add new jobs locally by offering incentives to small businesses, rather than stifling them with additional burdens.
Not only have politicians in Olympia suppressed our local economy by being hostile to timber and small business, they have also failed our local schools. The state Supreme Court has ruled that education funding – especially in rural communities like ours – is unfair. Our local schools are being ignored in the state budget and local taxpayers are being forced to cover the cost. Sue will fight to correct this.
Seattle-focused politicians and political parties have failed to fix the problems facing our community. As your Senator, Sue will push for fair funding to our local schools, fight back against job-killing taxes and overregulation, and prevent Olympia from infringing on our individual rights.