Legislative Questionnaire 2022
Candidate Name: Holly Stanton
Position Sought: 31st legislative District Rep Position 1
Are you an incumbent for this position? Non-incumbent
Home Legislative District: 31st
Are you a Democrat? yes
Campaign Manager or Point of Contact: to be determined
Mailing Address: 8401 S. Park Ave., Tacoma, WA 98444
Part I – Candidate Background
1. Please briefly describe your qualifications, education, employment, community and civic activity, union affiliation, prior political activity, and other relevant experience.
I am an attorney, small business owner, for over 22 years, and I briefly worked for the State prior to passing the bar as a Fiscal Note Analyst. I believe in giving back to the community and I have volunteered as a troop leader and a den leader and at school when my children were younger. This is my first attempt at entering the political arena, but I believe with my education and background that I am fully capable of representing the district residents at the state level.
2. What prompted you to run for this office?
I waited until my children were older, but had this as a long term plan.
3. What are your campaign’s most important themes, issues, or priorities (three to five)?
definitely fiscal accountability, environmental protection and ensuring all individual rights are protected.
4. What steps are you taking to run a successful campaign?
I am still at the beginning and have been looking for a campaign manager, requesting endorsements and working on the statements that are due this week.
Next week I will order signs and go from there.
Part II – Yes or No Questions, please qualify your response if necessary
1. Do you support steps to build a fairer economy through tax reform, including a wealth tax? Yes
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #1
2. Do you support the right of public workers, excluding military, to bargain and strike? Yes
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #2
3. Do you support legalizing multi-unit homes statewide, as proposed in the #Homes4WA bill, to help alleviate the affordable housing crisis? No
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #3 I would need to research this issue but I support affordable housing
4. Do you support legislation to address climate change and protect our environment, including the Keep Washington Evergreen Act? Yes
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #4
5. Do you support women’s unrestricted access to reproductive healthcare? Yes
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #5
6. Do you support achieving a universal, affordable, quality single payer healthcare program? Yes
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #6
7. Do you support overturning “Citizens United” and imposing limits on campaign finance contributions? Yes
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #7
8. Do you support laws regulating the purchase, ownership, and carrying of firearms? Yes
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #8
Part III – Free Response (Please answer at least four questions fully, consider the remaining three optional)
1. Why are you running as a Democrat? What aspects of the Democratic platform most resonate with you?
Because I vote democratic, am registered as a democrat and believe in protecting the environment, all individual rights etc.
2. What important state and local issues have you worked on (or taken an interest in) that you feel aren’t getting enough attention from elected leaders and the media?
Definitely the environment has not received enough attention and also women’s rights are being challenged and both will need to be addressed in the near future
3. What legislative reforms do you support to achieve greater equity and inclusion for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals in our communities?
4. What are some obstacles inherent in proposed legislative solutions to climate change? How would you approach those obstacles in order to best overcome or minimize any negative effects?
5. What safety, law, or justice reforms are you currently in favor of, and how will you work to implement them?
Justice is complicated, defund the police was not a good policy and has hurt communities so has the choice not to prosecute, which leaves criminals running right back out and becoming habitual criminals, this is especially disturbing when they are violent, but even property crimes hurt small business and local communities. We need to always have programs like drug court or mental health court, but put everyone back into the system to receive help and to see that there are penalties for their actions.
6. What steps do you think need to be taken to improve voter turnout and increase voter trust in our election process?
Trust in the election has been made a huge issue. Washington vote by mail with easily countable ballots has our state way ahead of the curve. Most of the main concerns federally have to do with machines. Promoting our voting integrity and accountability would be wise to combat misinformation and provide confidence in the future.
7. Do you think public schools are adequately funded? If not, what minimum requirements should be met in an adequately funded public school system? What specific forms of taxation would you support to attain that funding?
Printed Name Holly Stanton
Date (mm/dd/yy) 01/15/2022