Why I'm really voting for Rob McKenna+Share
I'm a Democrat, I've always voted for Democrats, but this year I'm voting for Rob McKenna for Governor.
Education is my top priority
Why? The short answer is that education is my top priority and -- after talking to both McKenna and Inslee -- I found that Rob McKenna knows more about the challenges facing our schools, he has a stronger and more detailed plan to improve graduation rates and close the achievement gap, and I believe him when he says that he will make education a top priority for the state.
My family and my future
The long answer is a little more complicated. When I'm voting for governor, I'm thinking about my family and our future: my two kids in public schools, the local economy in my neighborhood, and our quality of life in Washington state -- where we are now and where we could be.
Like many of you, I'm not just a single-issue voter. Education is my top priority, but Rob McKenna also had to convince me that he would respect voter-approved initiatives on a woman's right to choose and marriage equality and that he would implement the Affordable Care Act. I can honestly say that I am convinced.
I may disagree with Rob on some issues (just like I did with Gov. Gregoire) but I know that he will uphold the law and respect the voters. I don't just believe Rob McKenna, I believe in him.
Moving past party labels
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that my hesitations had more to do with party labels than with who Rob McKenna really is. That's when I wrote the People Over Party Politics blog post - because it's time for us to move past the old politics of division and start working together.
Like Governor Dan Evans, Rob McKenna is independent, straightforward and effective. That's the kind of leadership we need right now.
What you should know about Rob
- Rob McKenna has executive experience and a record of getting things done. Rob McKenna knows how Olympia works and how to make it work - he's passed bipartisan bills as Attorney General, and he successfully managed a state agency that helps Washingtonians every single day. Because of Rob, we have some of the strongest laws against sex offenders and domestic violence perpetrators, and that means our families and our communities stay safe.
- Rob McKenna is smarter than me. That might seem like a weird thing to say, but I want our governor to be a person who thinks strategically, who is a problem-solver and who is smart about how he approaches the budget, the interest groups, and the long-term planning for the future of our state. Rob McKenna is that smart.
- Rob McKenna will make the tough choices we need to improve our schools and get better results for our kids. The sad fact is that Democrats have controlled the governor's office since 1985, and in that time school funding has been slashed, our graduation rates have been stuck and the achievement gap between low- and high-income students has gotten worse. Right now, Washington is 46th in the nation in per-pupil spending and one of only nine states that ban charter schools. Our State Supreme Court finally had to step in and say that we're not doing a good job. Our kids can't wait any longer - it's time for a new direction.
I hope you'll join me in voting for Rob McKenna for Governor this November.