Legislative Questionnaire 2022
Candidate Name: Carrie Wilbur
Position Sought: State Rep, Position 2
Are you an incumbent for this position? Non-incumbent
Home Legislative District: 31st
Are you a Democrat? yes
Campaign Manager or Point of Contact: self
Mailing Address: 11006 181st Ave Ct E Bonney Lake WA 98391
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.
Prior Political Activity:
Sign-waving (1990-present), marching, protesting, and door hanger hanging (2020)
Legislative Advocacy Training, Pierce County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities
Board chair and co-founder, Out of the Gray, Caring for Caregivers, 501(c)3
Treasurer/Board member, Suzuki Education and Research Association/Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute
Board member, Woodbriar Village HOA
About 45 credits shy of Bachelors in Education (Secondary, English and Fine Arts)
Periodically self-employed (care/helper, small commissioned art, art teacher, writing/editing) over the last 27 years, I began homeschooling my kids in order for them to have more time with their dad who was a student at the time. It turned out to be a good logistical fit for our family, and then became a huge blessing when my youngest was born with significant disabilities. The kids and I had the flexibility to manage specialized schedules in the middle of unfolding medical diagnoses and procedures. Now with one kid left at home (and his sisters able to provide care), I’m switching gears.
Resident of Washington for most of my life, the majority of which has been spent in this district. I care about what happens here and the people who live here. I can listen hard, learn quickly, read and understand legislation, have trained for and volunteered to advocate with elected legislators, and I have time to take this on. I began involvement with politics/elected positions/Robert’s Rules of Order and community volunteering starting in high school.
2. What prompted you to run for this office?
The 31st is a politically diverse district, but our representation is all Republican. Let’s change that.
I’ve seen our elected state reps trend red to violet and now red again. The one-party representation we have now allows the district to become even more entrenched in a time when we need the opposite: more ways to acknowledge, embrace, and serve our genuine plurality.
3. What are your campaign’s most important themes, issues, or priorities (three to five)?
4. What steps are you taking to run a successful campaign?
First: Getting the word out that I’m the write-in candidate for State Rep, Position 2, in the August 2nd primary. I’m reaching out to the neighborhood that is the 31st with email, Facebook posts, sign-waving events, scheduled events for the district. Let’s get on that ballot for the general, and step it up 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? Yes
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #3
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 Yes, and I support codifying rights to privacy under the 9th amendment to the Constitution.
6. Do you support achieving a universal, affordable, quality single payer healthcare program? Yes
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #6 I’m open to variable approaches – imaginative thinking will lead us to best address the needs of the people as they are, vs. shaping the people to the structure.
7. Do you support overturning “Citizens United” and imposing limits on campaign finance contributions? Yes
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #7 This is the only way for government to be truly “of, by, and for the people.”
8. Do you support laws regulating the purchase, ownership, and carrying of firearms? Yes
Optional: Qualify Your Response to #8 There’s already a huge consensus on basic, reasonable requirements for gun ownership. Let’s do it.
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?
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?
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?
6. What steps do you think need to be taken to improve voter turnout and increase voter trust in our election process?
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 Carrie Wilbur
Date (mm/dd/yy) 07/14/2022