Elections interview: Randy Gordon for State Senate

“Patron saint for the underdog,” is what Incumbent Washington State Senator Randy Gordon would like to be known for. As a professor of law, he taught Tribal Law for the last 10 years; and as a lawyer, he provides free legal advice in the Eastside Legal Assistance Program.

Senator Gordon was formally appointed into his current position as a State Senator by the unanimous King County Council just this year, filling the position left by Fred Jarret who became Deputy King County Executive.

“Patron saint for the underdog,” is what Incumbent Washington State Senator Randy Gordon would like to be known for. As a professor of law, he taught Tribal Law for the last 10 years; and as a lawyer, he provides free legal advice in the Eastside Legal Assistance Program.

Senator Gordon was formally appointed into his current position as a State Senator by the unanimous King County Council just this year, filling the position left by Fred Jarret who became Deputy King County Executive.

But his political career started in 2006, when he campaigned against Dave Reichert. Senator Gordon dropped out of the race to avoid competition in the primary, giving his support to Darcy Burner instead.

This year, Senator Gordon had been working hard to improve the State laws since he had been appointed. Most notably is his draft to amend the State constitution that will allow judges to deny bail for a crime punishable by life imprisonment, whereas the current case is for capital crimes only. This draft, made in the wake of the Lakewood police shooting, will also be in the ballots for the people’s approval in this coming election.

Another item on the Senator’s to-do list is the Business and Occupation Tax exemptions. According to Senator Gordon, many of the exemptions are made to companies who don’t need them, as an example he mentioned the beverage industry, and the state will benefit greatly from the revenue.

   

Fighting for all those under-privileged, Senator Gordon has experiences that he relates to as he recalled being swore at for no particular reason – later found out to be discrimination against his Jewish lineage. As such, he is a great supporter of anti-discrimination laws, this year, he lead Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos’ bill to ensure an equal learning environment for children of color.

Senator Gordon hopes to continue working for the people of Washington by running for the State Senate. Aside appearances at community events, he also responds to messages and calls, re-telling a story in which a person later apologized for writing an angry email. Senator Gordon represents the 41st Legislative District, which covers Mercer Island, Bellevue, Newcastle, Renton, and part of Issaquah. More information about Senator Gordon as a senator http://www.sdc.wa.gov/senators/gordon/ and his campaign website http://friendsofrandygordon.org/

 

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