Matt Isenhower announces Senate run

January 26, 2014

By Ari Cetron

New: Jan. 26, 11:17 a.m.

Redmond resident Matt Isenhower announced he is running for the 45th District state Senate seat held by Republican Andy Hill.

Isenhower, 33, who is running as a Democrat, said he was upset at the partisan gridlock in the last legislative cycle, which led to two special sessions and nearly caused a state-government shutdown.

“I’m convinced that we can do better,” he said. “It’s time to put the people’s priorities ahead of partisan games.”

Isenhower grew up in Sammamish and went to Margaret Mead Elementary School and Redmond High. After graduation, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy. He then earned an MBA from Harvard before returning to the area.

Isenhower serves on the King County Veterans Program Advisory Board, and as a trustee of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. He works for, and he and his wife have two children under age 3.

Isenhower said one of his priorities is going to be education. Having attended Washington public schools, he said he wants to ensure they will still be high quality when his children reach them.

The state Supreme Court has mandated that the Legislature come up with a way to more fully fund education, and Isenhower wants to see the Legislature follow through. He faults lawmakers for systemically underfunding public schools and would like to see about $3.5 billion more put into public education, beyond the $1 billion already added.

He could not say just where all of that money will come from. He suggested closing corporate tax loopholes as a good place to start. Beyond that, he wants to see what sort of plan the Legislature comes up with for more funding.

Isenhower would also like to see the Senate move forward with the transportation package approved by the state House of Representatives last year.

Beyond education and transportation, he said he’d also like to stand up to what he called “extremism” from the conservative side of the aisle on issues like women’s health care and gun control.

He’s supportive of a bill which would require individuals under no-contact orders, protection orders and restraining orders to surrender their weapons.

“These are issues that are important to the Sammamish voter,” he said.

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