A Democrat from Allyn has announced he will run for 35th District State Representative, Position 2. Craig Patti announced his candidacy for the seat currently held by Republican Drew MacEwen in the following news release:
Craig Patti, of Allyn, has announced his campaign for State Representative in the 35th Legislative District, Position 2.
“I’m running for the State House because I feel the 35th District is in need of a representative who truly reflects the diverse values of our area. The 35th isn’t a ‘blue’ district, and it isn’t a ‘red’ district. I like to think of it as a ‘purple’ district where the values reflect community and family. No matter what your affiliation is, I believe we agree more than we disagree and that finding our common ground will get results in Olympia.”
As a father, youth baseball coach, and former School Board member, Patti believes it’s past time to address school funding issues mandated by the Supreme Court. “We can no longer kick the can down the road. I’ll make education funding my highest priority while insisting on high academic standards that prepare kids with the skills they need to be successful in our economy,” said Patti.
Patti said that his service as a firefighter brings a unique perspective on the issues surrounding public safety. “I know first-hand that there’s much to be done to improve safety for our citizens. We have some of the deadliest transportation hotspots in the state right here in the 35th District and our State Patrol, Sheriffs, and police are woefully underfunded which stretches resources and reduces response times. We must do better.”
A new approach to leadership will be a major focus for Patti as State Representative. “These days it seems like there’s too much political bickering in Olympia. I believe that leadership means working with members of both parties to solve problems and not being afraid to say no to your friends. Innovation, common sense, and a bipartisan approach is what we need to solve problems in the Legislature and serve our citizens,” said Patti.
Craig Patti is a City of Bremerton Firefighter, a former North Mason School Board member, and a lifelong resident of the 35th district. He was born and raised in Olympia, graduating from Tumwater High School. He has been a career firefighter for 14 years, working out of the Griffin Fire Department in Northwest Thurston County, before transferring to Bremerton in 2005.
Patti holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Oregon University and has served in volunteer capacities for the North Mason Little League, Belfair Elementary PTA, and as a legislative representative for the Washington State School Director’s Association.
Craig has been married to his wife, Katie, for nearly 12 years. They have two children, Norah (10) and Kellen (8). The Patti’s enjoy competing in triathlons, attending their children’s athletic events, and family camping excursions.