Rural Democrat Sandy Kaiser Leads House Race In 35th LD Primary

Rural Democrat Sandy Kaiser 

Leads House Race In 35th LD Primary 


Longtime higher education, natural resources and U.S. Foreign Service leader pledges common sense and cooperation rooted in local values to create opportunity for rural communities and families. 


OLYMPIA– Democrat Sandy Kaiser, a former U.S. diplomat, vice president at The Evergreen State College and communications director at the Department of Natural Resources, commands a strong early lead in over three Republican opponents in a race for the State House position #2, an open seat in the 35th Legislative District, a mostly rural region covering Mason as well as parts of Kitsap and Thurston counties. 


Initial results show Kaiser with 47.19 percent of the vote, followed by Republican Travis Couture with 25.49 percent.


“I’m excited to be leading this race, with powerful support from voters who want a locally focused, independent-minded representative who will fight for them in the Legislature,” said Kaiser. “I’m the only candidate who will defend reproductive rights, and that has been an important issue with many voters.”


“As a fourth-generation Washingtonian descended from farmers and loggers, I want our rural communities to have the same opportunities for success and good quality of life as urban and suburban communities throughout Western Washington,” she said. “That means we need to invest in public safety, support more family-wage jobs, improve our schools, and relieve the heavy tax burden on working families and limited-income seniors.”


Prior to state service, Kaiser was a career Foreign Service officer, serving the nation overseas to expand American trade and maintain peace and security around the world. She retired with the equivalent rank of a vice admiral.


“I have spent my career bringing people together to seek common ground and create opportunities for success,” said Kaiser. “I hear the concerns and frustrations of voters that working people and rural communities are being left behind by some who are more interested in scoring points than the real work of protecting and creating jobs and preserving natural resources for future generations. I’ll bring real leadership experience and deep commitment to this position, fighting every day for the people and places that define our region.”


“Sustainable forestry and clean water are important to our way of life,” said Kaiser, who currently serves as vice president of the board of the Capitol Land Trust. “We need to conserve and protect our working forests, farmlands and waterways to ensure our grandchildren can experience our region’s natural heritage.”


In addition to supporting additional investments in public safety and transportation, Kaiser is committed to maintaining the rural character of the district– protecting jobs in forest products, shellfish and agriculture which are affected by population growth, competing uses, and a changing climate. 


Kaiser, who has raised over $65,000 as a first-time candidate, is endorsed by elected leaders including Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and current and former legislators representing the region. She has also secured the support of the Washington State Labor Council, Washington Conservation Voters, Washington Education Association, Retired Public Employees Council, and more. 


“There are still many ballots to be counted, and it’s a long time between now and the election in November,” Kaiser said. “These are not the final results. Regardless, I know voters understand that I will work across party lines to solve problems and make government work better for everyone in our district.”