University Place school board president Christine Kilduff wants vacant House seat

Staff writerMarch 17, 2014 

University Place School Board President Christine Kilduff is running for an open state House seat.

Kilduff is a state assistant attorney general and a Democrat in her second term on the west Pierce County school board.

"I ran for school board because I want every child to have the opportunity to succeed in a competitive, global economy, starting with a high-quality education," she said in a news release. "I’m running for the legislature because Olympia needs to fully and fairly fund our schools so all students can reach their full potential. When elected, I will work every day to change that."

She is one in a crowd of contestants to succeed Lakewood Democrat Tami Green, who is running for Senate. The 28th District includes all or parts of Tacoma, Lakewood, Spanaway, University Place, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Fircrest, DuPont and Steilacoom.

Hoping to flip the seat to Republicans in November are Tacoma restaurant owner Monique Trudnowski and Clover Park School Board member Paul Wagemann.

Two Lakewood Democrats have announced runs for House but have not committed in election filings whether they will seek the open seat or challenge appointed GOP Rep. Dick Muri. They are John Connelly and Lakewood City Councilwoman Mary Moss.

Here's Kilduff's news release:

School Board Leader, Former Prosecutor, and Advocate Christine Kilduff Announces Campaign for State Representative

University Place— Christine Kilduff, President of the University Place School Board, mother of two, and former prosecutor and current state attorney has announced she will seek the seat in the State House of Representatives being vacated by Tami Green. Green is seeking the State Senate position for District 28.

Kilduff, a Democrat, was appointed then elected to the School Board in 2011 and was re-elected without opposition last year. A former prosecutor and current state attorney, she has worked on an array of cases, including drunk driving, workplace safety, and drug forfeiture litigation. In her current role, she works with businesses and workers to resolve workplace injury claims.

“In my roles on the School Board, and professional career I am proud of my ability to tackle complex, often emotional issues and bring resolution to difficult challenges,” said Kilduff. “We need more pragmatic, problem solvers in Olympia to break down partisan divides and address challenges like education funding, job creation, and protecting crime victims and the vulnerable.”

Kilduff, who was raised in a working class family and got her first job at age 13 delivering newspapers, is running to reflect those values, and provide opportunities for middle class families and their children. She credits her grandparents, Irish immigrants who came to the US in the early 1900’s, with inspiring her to run.

“Thinking about the economic opportunities my grandparents had while building their lives in this country compared to the diminishing opportunities families are facing today motivated me to enter this important legislative race. As a legislator, I will keep economic opportunity for families, small businesses, and our State front and center.”

As to her work in education, Kilduff says, “I ran for school board because I want every child to have the opportunity to succeed in a competitive, global economy, starting with a high-quality education. I’m running for the legislature because Olympia needs to fully and fairly fund our schools so all students can reach their full potential. When elected, I will work every day to change that.”

Kilduff plans to run an energetic, grass-roots campaign that will prioritize listening to the voters.

“I enjoy meeting with families at their doorsteps to listen to their concerns, priorities, and ideas,” said Kilduff. “I’m excited for the campaign ahead and the opportunity to build on a career of service to the people of Pierce County and our State.”

Website: www.christinekilduff.com

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