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Meet Maureen Judge: Candidate for State Senate, Legislative District 41

The former NARAL Pro-Choice Washington PAC board member and Expedia.com manager is vying against incumbent State Senator Steve Litzow to represent the 41st in the State Legislature.

NAME: Maureen Judge

OFFICE SOUGHT: Senator, 41st Legislative District

PARTY AFFILIATION: Democrat

TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Mercer Island

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Marketing Consultant

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: I was the Executive Director of the Washington Toxics Coalition, where I pushed landmark legislation banning toxic chemicals from baby bottles. I’ve also worked at both Expedia.com and RealNetworks.

WEBSITE: www.maureenjudge.com

WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING VOTERS IN YOUR DISTRICT? 

We need to fully fund education and restore the promise we made to provide our kids with a quality public education. It’s really all about education. We hear that at the door all the time. People are still pretty worried about the economy, but people in the district seem to have escaped the worst of it. When we were out doorbelling, we would talk with many grandmothers and grandfathers, moms and dads — it’s an issue that’s very important to them.

IF ELECTED, WHAT WILL YOU DO IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS IN OFFICE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE?

It’s so much about the funding piece of education. We have to be very creative about funding moving forward. We need to take a look at the tax loopholes and preferences that have been there for decades — some of these are simply outadated and we should get rid of them. A great example of the way I want to move forward is Seattle Rep. Reuven Carlyle's (D-36) bill that could end tax exemptions. They should come up for review at the same time they’re extended by the State Legislature. The food exemption from the state tax is an exemption that I think is working but we need to take a look at the others and measure their benefit.

DO YOU SUPPORT/OPPOSE REFERENDUM 74: SHOULD GAY MARRIAGE BE LEGAL IN WASHINGTON? BRIEFLY, WHY?

I absolutely support it. R-74 is important to our state it will ensure moving forward, that everyone who wants to be married, can ... and I was recently joking with some friends about this, but it's true: it will be great for the local wedding industry!

It’s really a civil right and it’s great to see Washington state lead, and I’m so proud to be a Washingtonian and to have voted in support of that issue. I sat down with my daughter when I voted on this, and it felt really good.

DO YOU SUPPORT/OPPOSE, INITIATIVE 502 TO MAKE SMALL AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA LEGAL TO PEOPLE 21 AND OLDER? BRIEFLY, WHY?

That’s the one I have the most trouble with. As the mother of a teen I’m concerned about access, and I’m also concerned about the current strength of marijuana. With alcohol you know what the proof is, it's right on the bottle, 60 proof, 80 proof — you know what you're getting. With the new strains of marijuana out there today, you’re not sure what you’re going to get.

I appreciate that people are eager to see that legalized and regulated, but as the mother to a teenager I did vote against it.

Sari Schneider October 24, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Steve Litzow is NOT the friend of education that he says he is. He made no effort to work with Marcie Maxwell, who was a sponsor of legislation that would have helped public education in our atate. Sari Schneider
Jim Johnson October 24, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I've known Steve Litzow for many years and I KNOW that he is passionate about education. I also that he gets a lot of grief BECAUSE he is always willing to cross the aisle and support a good bill regardless of the sponsor. All I can say about Marcie Maxwell's bill is that it must not have been good. As the father of four children, Steve has to support education - as their futures depend on getting a great education. Maureen Judge is not the friend of education that some people claim. Good education is not achieved by throwing money at schools. We've tried that and it's not enough.
Kendall Watson October 24, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Thanks all for some great comments here! Is anyone worried at the prospect of the State Legislature's inability to end preferences in the tax code, or that there seems to be little additional money coming into the state budget for education (and they're required to spend more money on that)?
Jon H October 24, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Education should be the priority, but that doesn't mean that everyone should go to college. Cheap debt has fueled tuition inflation and done little to ensure we have people who have skills in areas that actually are in demand in the economy. If I was king for a day (or two) I would end the open access to student loans and provide the best rates on debt based on the degree program and the demand in the market for those skills. I would look to cut K-12 school administrations by 50%. Any position that exists to support filing paper to support other bureaucracy would get the first look. The test is 'how does this improve the work in the classroom TODAY'. I would provide more pathways to getting placements into trade and skills that do not require college. The best thing we can do is ensure that the state is managed responsibly. 30 years of single party rule have proven that there is no limit to the government expansions. We are a few years and initiatives away from looking like CA (high taxes, big government, massive debt)
Ben H October 29, 2012 at 05:48 AM
I was disappointed to see he supports the 2/3 majority tax hike law and against any kind of income tax. I love taxes as much as anyone else but I now view the Eyeman like restrictions as a back door way to reduce all kinds of necessary funding, schools included. I want accountability and efficient spending by government but not the Eyeman way. I wish I knew better why he supports these things unless it's just political expediency.

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