Gina Blanchard-Reed Announces Candidacy for Washington State Senate
Graham Fire Commissioner Gina Blanchard-Reed announced today that she is a Republican candidate for Washington State Senate.
GRAHAM, WA – Graham Fire Commissioner Gina Blanchard-Reed announced today that she is a Republican candidate for Washington State Senate.
State Senator Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, announced that she would not seek reelection following 3 terms and 12 years in office having represented Washington’s 2nd Legislative District.
"Earlier this year, Senator Becker was the prime sponsor of a senate resolution honoring a century of women gaining the right to vote. It is noteworthy, that one of her final legislative efforts acknowledged the significant contribution women have made to the political process. Women belong 'in the room where it happens' - making laws and electing lawmakers.” said Blanchard-Reed.
Gina earned a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University and currently serves as Executive Director of a large nonprofit organization serving victims and families of domestic violence and sexual assault.
She is an elected Fire Commissioner from Graham and manages a $28 million operating budget providing life and property protection, as well as fire suppression and prevention services to more than 70,000 residents.
As Commissioner, she was central in proposing passage of a critical maintenance and operation levy that kept fire stations open, shortened response times in emergencies, and hired 18 additional firefighters to accommodate rapid population growth in Pierce County. The measure passed with 66% of the vote - a super-majority.
Blanchard-Reed has been an organizer in conservative politics for decades. She was previously elected as a Republican National Delegate serving on the prestigious National Convention Rules Committee.
As a Delegate, she was responsible for selecting candidates for the office of President and Vice President, for drafting the national Republican Party platform, and for selecting rules governing presidential primaries and the process whereby Republican presidential nominees are selected.
Washington’s 2nd Legislative District includes the iconic Mount Rainier and the rural and suburban communities of Eatonville, Graham, Lacey, Olympia, Orting, Rainier, Roy, Yelm, and unincorporated portions of Thurston and Pierce County.