Joel Hussey running for 45th District house seat
May 9, 2014
By Ari Cetron
New: May 9, 1:14 p.m.
Joel Hussey is taking another shot at the state House of Representatives. The Redmond resident is once again running as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Roger Goodman for a 45th District seat.
Hussey lost to Goodman in 2012 by a 56-44 margin.
“There is such a compelling need for change,” Hussey said. “I would like to do my part to make Washington a great place.”
The 45th District covers most of the northern half of Sammamish, and stretches into Redmond and Kirkland.
Hussey said he hopes to work in the House to pass the sorts of reforms that were approved by the state Senate but languished in the House. He specifically cited education reforms such as including test scores as one of “a number of factors” in evaluating teachers.
He said he would strive to “fund education first,” a rallying cry of the state Republican party since 2006. He also criticized the house Democratic majority for voting to increase taxes instead of reforming the budget.
Hussey said he would like to increase education funding by using money from the increased revenue the state has been seeing as the economy rebounds.
“It’s just a question of where we spend those additional dollars,” he said.
He also called for increased funds for higher education so employers won’t have to continue to bring in high-tech graduates from outside the state.
“We need to continue to allocate resources for jobs that are in demand,” he said.
Beyond that, Hussey said he would like to find ways to improve the business climate. He said he finds the state’s regulatory burden to be too complex, particularly some of the regulations imposed by the state Department of Ecology.
Hussey said he was opposed to efforts, such as those in Seattle, to raise the minimum wage. He fears it could cause inflation and slow job creation, ultimately hurting the lower-income people it’s designed to help.
“Simply raising the minimum wage is not going to solve the problem in the long term,” Hussey said.
Hussey has a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Washington. He owns and operates Tailwind Capital, an aircraft management and investment company.
He previously served as board president of Bellevue Christian School and was president of the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association.
Hussey has been married to his wife, Christi, for 29 years. They have four children.
Goodman, the incumbent, has also indicated he will run for the seat. If a third candidate enters the race, a primary election will be held Aug. 5. If no other candidates run, Goodman and Hussey will face off in the general election Nov. 4.