Kathy Gillespie, Democrat

Candidate for:  State Representative – 18th Legislative District, Position 2New candidate for this position.
Campaign website:  www.electkathygillespie.comAge: 56

Summary Analysis:  Candidate Gillespie is endorsed by a number of labor unions and the Columbian newspaper.  Her list of priorities reflect increasing the role for government.  She makes no material mention of ideas and importance to improve the business climate and in turn job growth, controlling taxes, or controlling government’s further growth.  The candidate states she will represent citizens before special interest but has no track record.  Labor union endorsements are an area of concern as is a single-minded focus on spending more in the education system.   Kathy Gillespie has a 42% composite score.  See details about score in the composite score matrix.

Campaign manager and team:  Apparently self-run with volunteers.

Kathy Gillespie
Kathy Gillespie

Education – higher:  Graduate of Colorado State University, political science.

Relevant work experience:  Newspaper editor and reporter.
Two-term school board director for Vancouver Public Schools

Organizations and community involvement:
• Longtime school volunteer, lunch buddy, mentor, tutor
• Past-PTA and PTSA president
• Ex-officio member of the Board for the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools
• Board member, Washington’s Paramount Duty
• Member of state school directors assoc., WSSDA
• Volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence
• Food bank volunteer
• Member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – Clark County

Donation analysis:  For a first time campaign the candidate’s fund raising is good, 10% is from labor unions which gives an indication of the policies she would likely support if elected.  However, the fundraising is not competitive with the incumbent in this race.    How to review donations.

Time in area:  20 years

Background for candidate: The following links have been chosen as they contain background information readers may find useful.

Candidate campaign website Candidate www.electkathygillespie.com
Candidate campaign Facebook site Facebook http://tinyurl.com/zwqptrm
Facebook press release Press release 5/13 http://tinyurl.com/zwqptrm
Not in favor of corporate tax breaks (posted on her candidate Facebook page) Facebook http://tinyurl.com/pnc7ngg
Endorsement of Gillespie, editorial interview The Columbian http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/jul/07/in-our-view-18th-bowman-gillespie/
CVTV – Election 2016: Primary Video Voters’ Guide (07-07-16) (in interface scroll down and click the candidate’s name) CVTV http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/18222


Original analysis:  July 2016  Updated: October 2016.

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