Local small business owner Jim Walsh announced that he is running for the State House of Representatives in the 19th District, which stretches along the Washington coast from Aberdeen to Longview. “Our community needs a strong voice for good jobs and better schools. Olympia must fully fund our local schools, work to restore our local economy and respect Coastal Washington’s way of life,” said Walsh.
“It’s a simple fact that state politics is dominated by Seattle,” said Walsh. “That hasn’t served our area well at all. Seattle’s priorities have hurt our local schools and damaged our local economy. The 19th District needs someone in Olympia who will defend our values. Who will put our interests first. As Representative, that’s what I’ll do. I’ll join with rural legislators from both parties, from all over the state, to make sure Olympia does right by Coastal Washington.”
Walsh and his wife Jamie have five children: MacKinnon (24), James (21), Lillian (19), Margaret (13) and Patrick (9). Jamie serves on the Aberdeen School Board and is a licensed architect. Jim owns a technical publishing company and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the WSRP. The family attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aberdeen.
“This is an open seat in November 2016. A chance for a new start. I believe that voters in the 19th are ready for real change,” Walsh said. “We need new representation in Olympia. More positive. More pro-active. And with a clearer eye on what actually works for the people—and the children—who live in rural Washington. I’m dedicated to providing that.”