District 25

Position: Rep 1

Jamie Smith

Party (1): D
Email: smithjlt@hotmail.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. We need to make sure that families have time to take care of themselves, their children, and relatives when they are in need.
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
Yes
Q3: Optional additional statement:
Being an educator in Washington State for the last 11 years I understand what it is not to have a seat at the table, and to have the legislators constantly making laws that impact me without providing the funding to fully enact them. This is why I will always work to listen to the stakeholders and work with them to benefit the residents of Washington. Paid family and disability leave is important for the well being of our workers and families. Yet the US is one of only two countries in the world without guaranteed paid maternity leave, Washington state does not guarantee sick leave, and more and more workers are finding themselves caring for ill family members, or are at risk for illness themselves. We must work to protect the residents of Washington and ensure healthy families. To do this we must make sure no family has to decide between caring for their family or losing their house/job/paycheck and fund the paid family and medical leave legislation that has already been passed.

Rep. Melanie Stambaugh

Party (1): R
Email: melanie@melaniestambaugh.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

Michelle Chatterton

Party (1): D
Email: Michelle@michellechatterton.org
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?
Yes
Q3: Optional additional statement:
Washington workers should not have to choose between taking care of a family member and a paycheck. They should not have to feel obligated to go to work when they are sick. We need to show workers that they are valued by providing family and medical leave.

Joyce McDonald

Party (1): R
Email: Joyce@JoyceMcDonald.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

Karl Mecklenburg

Party (1): D
Email: electmeck@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 support a family and medical leave insurance paid for through payroll.
Q2: Will you prioritize passing family and medical leave insurance in 2017?
I am willing to take the lead on this important issue in the Legislature.
Q3: Optional additional statement:
I have first-hand experience with hundreds of homeless people and the working poor in my community. As the Director of a homeless outreach ministry and a food bank, I am intimate with the decisions that many of the working poor have to face. A big one is the risk of job loss or income loss when a loved one needs them to care for them, even if just for a short period. Also, it’s far too common for these workers to have to come to work sick or injured. If they don’t they risk missing rent or losing their job. It risks spreading illness and slows or haults their recovery from an illness or injury. It’s oppressive and wrong and this practice needs to end.
Position: Senate

Rep. Hans Zeiger

Party (1): R
Email: hans@hanszeiger.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