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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Around here, nothing is better than the month of September. The Puyallup Fair is a little more than a week away, the lights at Sparks Stadium are beaming, and the school year has begun.
Our school districts have had to cut their budgets, but our schools are prospering when it comes to human resources. Last week, I was honored to attend the Kiwanis New Teachers' Breakfast at Kalles Junior High School. It's inspiring to know that some of the nation's most talented and committed teachers work right here in our own local schools.
Also last week, Rep. Bruce Dammeier and I held a jobs forum with the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce, followed by tours of Brown and Haley Candy in Fife and The Boeing Company in Fredrickson. You can read a Puyallup Herald article about our tour and forum here. Business leaders like those at Boeing have emphasized the need for state investment in K-12 and higher education in order to prepare a world-class workforce.
It has been a real blessing to live and work in Puyallup this summer. I am often reminded of the following values that make our community great;
Local pride, which I saw at the Liberty Theater on Aug. 9 when friends of Miss Washington Brittney Henry threw a gala in her honor.
Stewardship, which I saw when I visited the Clark's Creek and tribal fish hatcheries, the Washington State University Research and Experiment Center, and the Puyallup River Watershed Council.
Compassion, which I saw in the leaders of the Puyallup Homeless Coalition, the Puyallup Food Bank, and the Friends and Servants ministry.
Unity, which I saw at South Hill Heritage Park on Aug. 20 when some 1,500 people ran in 5k and 10k races in memory of Lise Palmer and her baby Faith, killed by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel.
I recently had the honor to participate in the Washington Policy Center's (WPC) Environmental Conference and sit on a panel discussing the role of science in environmental policymaking. You can listen to my comments by clicking here.
It is such an honor to serve as your state legislator. Please contact me if I can be of some help. Thank you.
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