Raised in Moses Lake and descended from farmworkers, North Seattle Democrat Javier Valdez offers valuable cross-state perspective.
Voters in the 46th Legislative District – which includes North Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore – should elect Javier Valdez to his first full term representing them in state House Position 2.
A longtime participant in Democratic Party activities, Valdez was appointed to the seat in 2017 when Jessyn Farrell quit to work on her mayoral campaign. Valdez lives in North Seattle and works as an adviser to the city’s program advocating for contracts with businesses owned by women and minorities.
Valdez promises to be more than a reliable vote for his caucus. He rightly believes the state should stick with caps on local levies as McCleary education-funding reforms are implemented, and he believes Sound Transit “overreached a little bit” by using an unrealistic formula to calculate motor-vehicle tabs.
He also regrets voting to partly exempt the Legislature from the Public Records Act with Senate Bill 6617 in February. As a city employee comfortable with disclosure of records and emails, he should assertively counter legislators who still think they’re above the law in this regard.
Valdez is highly interested in getting more people out of their cars and into buses and mass transit. But he acknowledged that people will also continue to need to rely on cars well into the future. Getting more people to use public transportation is one tool he said will be important in helping combat traffic congestion. Voters should let him know their priorities, as he seems willing to listen.
Born and raised in Moses Lake, Valdez is the son and grandson of farmworkers. His appreciation of Eastern Washington and agricultural issues is an asset in the Legislature, and he’s working across the aisle with Republicans on pesticide-safety issues. Other policy priorities of his include moving the presidential primary up, so the state’s votes are more meaningful, and repealing Initiative 200 that prohibited affirmative action in 1998.
Republican challenger Jerry Zeiger-Buccola, a Kenmore real-estate agent, declined to participate in the endorsement process.
Valdez is the best choice to represent District 46 in House Position 2.