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Eide says she knows issues

State Sen. Tracey Eide believes that being a wife, mother and a life-long resident of the 30th Legislative District makes her worthy of re-election this fall.

“I understand the concerns that we all share about traffic, success in our schools, security in our homes and neighborhoods, and fiscal responsibility,” Eide said at her formal campaign kickoff Monday at King County Aquatic Center.

It was her involvement in Federal Way schools that first got her interested in politics and why she has worked for “tougher academic standards for our schools, more accountability and support for our teachers,” she said.

Eide, who’s nearing the end of her first four-year term in the Senate, said she’s proud of her reputation as “an independent thinker and fiscally responsible.”

“Although some of my Democratic colleagues might disagree, neither party has a monopoly on good ideas,” she said. “Citizens want legislators to forget about partisan politics, roll up their sleeves and get to work on real issues and problems facing our state. And that’s what I’ve tried to do.”

Supporters at Monday’s event were asked to make donations to Eide’s campaign. In exchange, they heard remarks by Governor Gary Locke and ate. They also listened to Eide list freeway HOV lanes “and a new park-n-ride” as legislative achievements the last four years.

Eide said she also focused on highway safety by sponsoring tougher DUI laws and helping pass a graduated drivers license law for teenagers. She said “lives have already been saved” by the license law, which requires teens to gain experience before getting full driving privileges.

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