ALLYN – Craig Patti announced his candidacy for the 35th District seat in the state House of Representatives.
Patti is an Allyn Democrat running for the seat now held by state Rep. Drew McKewen, R-Union.
“I’m running for the state House because I feel the 35th District is in need of a representative who truly reflects the diverse values of our area,” Patti said in a prepared statement released Wednesday. “The 35th isn’t a blue district, and it isn’t a red district. I like to think of it as a purple district where the values reflect community and family. No matter what your affiliation is, I believe we agree more than we disagree and that finding our common ground will get results in Olympia.”
As a father, youth baseball coach, and former school board member, Patti said he believes it’s past time to address school funding issues mandated by the Supreme Court.
“We can no longer kick the can down the road,” Patti said. “I’ll make education funding my highest priority while insisting on high academic standards that prepare kids with the skills they need to be successful in our economy.”
Patti said his service as a firefighter brings a unique perspective on the issues surrounding public safety.
“I know firsthand that there’s much to be done to improve safety for our citizens,” Patti said. “We have some of the deadliest transportation hotspots in the state right here in the 35th District and our State Patrol, sheriff and police are woefully underfunded, which stretches resources and reduces response times. We must do better.”
Patti said as a state representative he would focus on a new approach to leadership.
“These days it seems like there’s too much political bickering in Olympia,” he said. “I believe that leadership means working with members of both parties to solve problems and not being afraid to say no to your friends. Innovation, common sense, and a bipartisan approach is what we need to solve problems in the Legislature and serve our citizens.”
Patti is a City of Bremerton Firefighter, a former North Mason School Board member, and a lifelong resident of the 35th district. He was born and raised in Olympia, graduating from Tumwater High School. He has been a career firefighter for 14 years, working out of the Griffin Fire Department in Northwest Thurston County, before transferring to Bremerton in 2005.
He earned a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Oregon University. He has served in volunteer capacities for the North Mason Little League, Belfair Elementary Parent Teacher Associaton, and as a legislative representative for the Washington State School Director’s Association.
He has been married to his wife, Katie, for nearly 12 years. They have two children, Norah, 10, and Kellen, 8. Patti said he and his family enjoy competing in triathlons, attending their children’s athletic events, and family camping excursions.
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Photo courtesy of Craig Patti