District 16

Position: Rep 1

Rebecca Francik

Party (1): D
Email: votefrancik@gmail.com
Q1: Do you favor establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington, funded through payroll premiums (estimated to total $3.00 per week for a typical worker)?
Yes
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
My top priority is funding education but I would certainly be looking at this issue as it impacts the health of children and the ability of their families to support their educational progress.

William ‘Bill’ Jenkin

Party (1): R
Email: rotaryjenkin@yahoo.com
Q1: Do you favor establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington, funded through payroll premiums (estimated to total $3.00 per week for a typical worker)?
Did not respond
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Did not respond

Position: Rep 2

Gary Downing

Party (1): D
Email: downing4change@gmail.com
Q1: Do you favor establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington, funded through payroll premiums (estimated to total $3.00 per week for a typical worker)?
I believe this is reasonable as just about any positions that are full-time pay and benefits also have the very same kind of idea in place for the worker. I know I paid half and the employer paid the other half monthly. Setting up a program of this nature helps those who need it. We cannot expect workers to leave a position to take care of family members or have a baby for a short period of time and have that feeling they just lost their job
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
I am not sure how the system works in Olympia as of yet, but please allow me to say this. There are many issues that need to be addressed from all I have seen and read, but I do agree this one is very important for any family who is working and not in a Union and wishes to have that time off. I know even those in Union have difficulty at times. I have been there after losing my mom and my dad both over the past years. When I get my feet on the ground in Olympia I would expect to hear from you so we can work together to make this happen.
Q3: Optional additional statement:
This is who I am. My name is Gary Downing and I have formally announced my candidacy for the 16th Legislative District, # 2 House position. Involved in politics for over 40 years and have always spoken out on issues to support the working class, better education, jobs, and benefits. I just retired from Richland School District after 30 years of working for people in maintenance. I do know what it’s like to help others and make sure they are comfortable, healthy and safe. I believe in human rights, be it women, people who come to our Nation for a better life or those in love with the same sex. Everyone is a human being and needs to be respected equally. When it comes to race, let it be known there is only one. IT’S CALLED THE HUMAN RACE. As a father of twin daughters who have been the best part of my life, I understand what it’s like to raise children and pay that mortgage, the bills and make sure my family is healthy and enough money is left over to put food on the table. We need people in office who understand issues that face the average person. There are a number of things that need to be addressed in our State Legislature. These are only a few. Education: We need to return to the original purpose for the Lottery proceeds which we were all sold on. FUND THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM. Once that is done, then we can see how much we need to find to comply with the Mc Cleary decision. Tax break reform: We need to close the tax loopholes that have been given to the corporations in this state. There should be no tax relief for those corporations who lay off their workforce and send jobs out of state. Jobs and the Economy: The funds from closing tax loopholes would be directed towards rebuilding our state infrastructure, new highways, bridges, and overpasses. We need to make sure small businesses grow and can produce the products they invest in. The bullet train that has been discussed for years between eastern Washington and the west side needs to be built. I believe more than one bullet train can help out this entire state. One from all corners of the state to create better access to all areas of the state. All of these things will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in this state. I also understand, if it were not for Unions our Nation today would be in slave labor. Skilled workers will always be the backbone of progress. Homeless and Veterans: We need funding for families in need and our veterans. There are homeless veterans, disabled people, and families, and please remember it’s not just adults but over 35,000 single children who are sleeping under bridges or in cars and at friends homes. Religion: Every person has their own beliefs, and I don’t care what your personal religious belief is as it’s not mine. One of my first bills will be to address religion and elected officials in this state. Minimum wage: I support a living wage statewide, not a starving wage. We cannot expect those who struggle to support a family to live on crumbs. Getting money out of politics: I support Initiative 735. Constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations. Corporations are not people. My name is Gary Downing, I am a Democrat and I live in Kennewick, Washington. I’m running for the 16th LD, #2 position for the Washington State House of Representatives and would appreciate your support and your vote. You can find out more at this site: http://www.elect-downing.com

Rep. Terry R. Nealey

Party (1): R
Email: terrynealey65@gmail.com
Q1: Do you favor establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington, funded through payroll premiums (estimated to total $3.00 per week for a typical worker)?
Did not respond
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Did not respond

Position: Senate

Rep. Maureen Walsh

Party (1): R
Email: Maureen@walshforstatesenate.com
Q1: Do you favor establishing a family and medical leave insurance program for Washington, funded through payroll premiums (estimated to total $3.00 per week for a typical worker)?
Did not respond
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Did not respond
Prev. vote (3): Nay