For Immediate Release: February 22, 2018
Contact: Connie FitzPatrick, 253-432-4213
Connie FitzPatrick challenges Jesse Young
“We deserve better,” says Navy Veteran, Small Business Owner and Mom as she launches run for State Representative in 26th District
GIG HARBOR- Connie FitzPatrick, Gig Harbor mom and small business owner is challenging hard line conservative Jesse Young for the State House of Representatives in District 26. A newcomer to electoral politics, FitzPatrick served eight years in the Navy on active duty and as a reservist. The former Navy Torpedoman Petty Officer is running as a Democrat.
A native of Port Orchard and graduate of South Kitsap High School, FitzPatrick followed her grandfather and father into Navy service. Following active duty aboard a sub tender in Europe and Charleston, SC., she continued her service as a reservist in Pearl Harbor. After returning to Washington State and starting a family, she and her husband Mike moved to Gig Harbor, close to where Connie grew up.
“I served my country as a third generation Navy enlistee. I want my son to have the same quality of life and sense of community I had growing up in this area,” said FitzPatrick. “We are a region with strong schools, incredible natural beauty and wonderful communities. But divisive partisan politics in Olympia are holding us back. We deserve better. We need new leaders who are community minded and focused on local families, not their own political careers.”
FitzPatrick was inspired to run when Young, one of the most conservative members of the State House, consistently voted against school funding, against assistance for veterans and those struggling with mental illness and addiction, and even against transportation improvements. Her decision was reaffirmed when newspapers reported a pattern of verbal abuse against female employees in his office so serious that his state legislative staff assistant was removed and his district office ordered shut – actions that Young still does not acknowledge in his public appearances.
“Jesse Young has proven over and over he is out of touch with our hardworking families and that he lacks the character to serve the people-all the people-of our district,” said FitzPatrick. “Voting against the kids and economy of our region as part of a rigid ideology is bad enough. Creating a hostile work environment for women is unacceptable.”
In addition to focusing on quality schools and services for military families, including job training, health care and other programs, FitzPatrick will work on transportation challenges caused by growth and the high cost of commuting in the South Sound and Kitsap region.
“I drive across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge for my job, and experience the very real impact on my family’s budget. For ferry commuters, it’s the same problem,” said FitzPatrick. “We need more equity in our transportation policies to reduce costs for working people and completing projects with more efficiency.”
FitzPatrick is knocking on doors throughout the district, showing her commitment to reducing the divisive tone of politics and seeking common ground-and common sense-solutions.
“We hear too much anger and too many excuses. There is not enough listening. I want to tackle real issues in ways that help all our neighbors reach their potential and helps our communities thrive. As Americans we deserve better from our leaders. As a candidate and as a legislator I pledge to respect people, listen, and work for positive, lasting change.”