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Shabro, Roach hopint voters will give them return ticket to Olympia

State Reps. Jan Shabro and Dan Roach, who represent the 31st Legislative District, have announced plans to seek another term.

By Dennis Box

The Courier-Herald

Rep. Jan Shabro (R-Bonney Lake) has announced she will seek a second term in the state House of Representatives.

Representing the 31st Legislative District, Shabro said she is excited to be seeking another two years in Olympia.

"I've just begun," Shabro said. "There is so much to finish. I've just begun to fight."

The top issue of her campaign will be the same as it was two years ago.

"The state economy is primary," Shabro said. "Without a strong economy the other issues are not attainable. Second on the list is a good transportation system. We need to invest in a good transportation system. I'm an advocate for regional transportation investment. It's a matter of sacrificing now for benefits later."

The third issue of her campaign is a strong education system, and support of charter schools.

"I voted for charter schools because I believe in choice," Shabro said. "This was a bipartisan vote. Only 10 states in the union did not have charter schools, now there are nine. It can be a real complement to public schools. It can be an alternative for those students not getting it in the classroom."

Shabro, a former schoolteacher, noted public schools created their own charter schools with high achievement programs and other specialized schools within schools.

During Shabro's first term she was a member of the House Transportation and State Government and Children and Family Services committees.

Highlights Shabro pointed at from the last legislative session included support of pay increases for teachers in their first seven years on the job and providing money for reducing class sizes. Also, new dollars were allocated for the state's transportation infrastructure to ease worsening traffic congestion.

Shabro, who served two four-year terms on the Pierce County Council, has a bachelor of science degree in education and a master's degree in education administration from Pacific Lutheran University.

She has been a public school teacher and instructor for The Boeing Co.

Both the Washington Federation of State Employees and Washington State Farm Bureau have endorsed Shabro's campaign.

The 31st Legislative District encompasses Bonney Lake, Lake Tapps, Enumclaw, Buckley and south Auburn.

The kick-off event for her re-election campaign will be a fund-raising breakfast today (Wednesday) in Auburn.

The full buffet breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and is being held in the Truitt Building, second floor, downtown Auburn at 102 W. Main St.

Anyone interested may attend. There is no cost at the door.

In the weeks following Shabro's campaign kick-off breakfast, she will attend a series of coffee hours in local supporters' homes in the Enumclaw, Bonney Lake, Buckley and Edgewood areas.

Those interested in attending her campaign breakfast or finding more information about the coffee hours may call 253-740-6781 or 253-686-8200.

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Rep. Dan Roach (R-Bonney Lake) is jumping back into the ring, seeking a third term in the state House of Representatives.

While no opponent has lined up on the Democratic side, Roach intends to push his message as if it were a closely fought campaign.

"We kicked off the campaign with a packed house on Thursday," Roach said. "I'm approaching this election like any other."

Roach's campaign platform remains the same as previous campaigns.

"Number one is balancing the budget," Roach said. "We're expecting a $1 billion shortfall. My plan is to again balance the budget without raising taxes. There is incredible pressure from the other side of the aisle to raise taxes."

His other target issue is creating more jobs in the state.

"We have to keep creating jobs in this state," Roach said. "We need to be sure we keep the jobs we have and bring more into the state by creating a business climate that brings in jobs. We're doing better, but we are lagging behind most of the rest of the nation in terms of economic recovery."

Roach stated making government smaller and more accountable is an important element in his campaign.

"People are cynical about government for good reason," Roach said. "We have to work to gain the trust of the people."

The representative has yet to serve in the House when the Republicans are in the majority, but he likes the party's chances this year.

"I'm really happy with the outlook this year," Roach said. "We're only down four seats in the house. Those four seats were decided last time by 2,000 votes. We were right there. I think this year people sense there is a lot at stake."

A highlight of Roach's political career came last year when he was elected assistant floor leader.

"I felt great about my colleagues having confidence in me," Roach said. "And I like being able to help set the direction of where we want to take the state."

Roach and his wife Melanie have two children. Besides his work as a representative, he and his wife own and operate Roach Gymnastics in Sumner.

Dennis Box can be reached at dbox@courierherald.com

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