FALL CITY, WA – Representative Paul Graves today filed for re-election to the Washington State House of Representatives for position 2 in the 5th Legislative District.
"I have worked hard and thoughtfully for the people of East King County in my first term as state representative, and I'm excited to continue advocating on their behalf. Through bipartisan efforts, we moved up the fix for the 18/90 interchange by six years, five of my bills were signed into law, and I earned what a third-party statistics group called the most independent voting record in the legislature. I believe that rank partisanship is the wrong path, and will continue fighting for commonsense solutions so we have excellent schools, get traffic moving, hold the line on taxes, and keep government open and accountable."
Graves has already earned the endorsements of local elected officials across the 5th Legislative District, including Sammamish Mayor Christie Malchow, Carnation Mayor Kim Lisk, North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing, Black Diamond Mayor Carol Benson, Maple Valley Mayor Sean Kelly, and many other city councilmen and women and other local officials. A full endorsement list can be found here.
"I'm proud to have so much support from our local leaders. Their endorsements are a testament to what can be achieved when people work together for common goals."
Graves, a "passionate proponent of government transparency" according to the Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter, was the first legislator to propose a bill that would open legislative records in the same way that other elected officials' records are available to the public. During the 2018 Legislative session, he was the only legislator in East King County to oppose the Legislature's attempt to conceal most of its records from public review.
"I believe that your government should be open and transparent. I bucked pressure from both sides of the aisle and was the only eastside legislator to vote against a bill that would have shielded most of our records from public review. I promise always to be open and transparent with my actions, and will continue the fight for the open government you deserve."
Paul grew up in unincorporated King County, just outside of Maple Valley, and now represents the same legislative district where he grew up. He lives in Fall City with his wife Jenny, their son Chad, and their dogs Edith, Buhner, and Auggie.
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