The Times recommends: Karen Keiser for state Senate, 33rd Legislative District

Originally published July 2, 2018 by Seattle Times editorial board

Throughout her 22 years in the Legislature, Karen Keiser has been a strong advocate for women and families.

Voters should elect her to another term representing the 33rd Legislative District, which includes SeaTac, Des Moines, Normandy Park, and parts of Kent and Burien.

During her most recent four-year term, Keiser sponsored bills to crack down on workplace sexual harassment. The Des Moines Democrat also helped broker a deal to enact a paid-family-leave program.

As the chairwoman of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, Keiser wants to increase apprenticeship opportunities so that people can learn a trade while earning a paycheck. She’s appropriately concerned about equity in public schools and supports expanding opportunities for all students to attend high-quality preschool.

She, like most of her colleagues, took a deeply disappointing vote earlier this year to exempt the state Legislature from the state’s Public Records Act, a move that prompted a public outcry and was vetoed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Her opponents, libertarian candidate Charles Schaefer and Kun Wang, who identifies himself as an independent Republican, lack the experience to serve as effectively should they take Keiser’s place.

Keiser appears knowledgeable about the challenges in the state’s mental-health system, particularly the need to establish community treatment facilities to help move people out of the troubled Western State Hospital. She supports increased gun control measures as well as a repeal of the death penalty.

Her experience with a wide range of state policy issues will be an asset as lawmakers turn their attention to mental-health care and other topics that took a back seat during the recent yearslong campaign to boost K-12 education spending.

Voters should return Keiser to the Senate.

Karen Keiser Announces Her Campaign for Re-Election

I am happy to announce that I am running hard again to win the support of voters in the 33rd Legislative District.  My re-election campaign to the Washington State Senate is now officially underway and I am excited to have the opportunity to talk to voters about their concerns.  

Connecting with voters takes time and resources, and since I am facing two opponents I will have to mount both a primary election and a general election campaign.   Your support would be greatly appreciated!  

It is a tremendous honor to be able to represent our wonderful district, with its great diversity in people and placesfrom thebeautiful shores of Puget Sound to the loud roar of jets from SeaTac Airport to the vibrant manufacturing and distribution center of the Kent valley. I have learned so much about our communities, our industries and businesses and our incredible neighbors. We’re all in this together, and I pledge to work hard to represent all of us in the state Senate.  

I am happy to have this opportunity to communicate with you on my website, where we will post upcoming campaign events and issues.  I will also continue posting on my Twitter account and will maintain my Facebook campaign page.  Social media has become a huge part of any successful communications effort, and I intend to be actively engaged with voters on every platform.  I look forward to hearing from you!