Where is the 7th Legislative district in Washington State?

If you have heard Randy talk, he often says that the 7th starts at Hawthorne,near Whitworth, and goes to Canada….

This link will give you your exact voting location: https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/

North Spokane, Addy, Chewelah, Colbert, Colville, Deer Park, Inchelium, Ione, Kettle Falls, Mead, Nine Mile Falls, Northport, Okanogan, Omak, Oroville, Fairwood, Elk, Republic, Wellpinit, Tonasket, Deer Valley, Loon Lake, Valley, Springdale, Fruitland, Hunters, Keller, Curlew, Laurier,  Metaline, Cusick, Usk, Wauconda, Riverside, Loomis, Conconully, Evans,  and Clayton.

Why I’m running

My reasons for running are rooted in my personal, political, and professional experiences. I have deep concerns regarding the polarization we are experiencing in our state and nation. Our political discourse is often mean-spirited, full of personal attacks, and leaves little room for compromise. I believe that we can do that better than this. I don’t expect us to agree all the time, but I do believe we have serious issues facing us in the 7th District that require thoughtful people working together to address common problems.

Mental Health

In June of 2016, my daughter received Gonzaga Prep’s Teacher of the Year Award. In the fall of 2017, she took her own life to silence the voices and the delusional thinking that had taken over her mind. In spite of our round-the-clock efforts to assist Caitlin we were not equipped to find a solution that could save her from her crippling mental illness. From this terrible time in our lives, we learned that many other families in Eastern Washington are facing similar challenges for which there simply is not enough support and resources. I believe that we can do better than this for our families in the 7th District.

Health Care

My father started his optometric practice in Colville and later moved to Spokane. After his retirement, he started one of the few free vision clinics in the country at the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane. It is still up and running and bears his name. My dad was a staunch conservative, but it bothered him greatly that a person’s income would determine access to adequate health care. He believed that we could do better as a society in providing access to health care. I believe we can, too.

P-12 Education

I have dedicated my entire adult life working with young people and education. As an elementary teacher in Mead and Deer Park, I witnessed firsthand the positive impact of good teachers and good schools. I also saw the difficulties children brought to our schools due to circumstances that were beyond their control. I believe that with adequate support for families and communities, our teachers and schools will be more effective in meeting the needs of the families in our state.

Higher Education

For the last 33 years, I have worked in teacher education at Whitworth University. My work as a faculty member, department chair, faculty president, associate provost, and dean have given me the experience and skills to listen well, problem solve, and find common ground. I have witnessed the power that having access to college has made in thousands of people of all ages. I believe that increasing access to higher education in the 7th District will improve the lives of our citizens and strengthen our economy.

Faith

In the book of Matthew, Jesus states, “Love your neighbors as yourself.” I believe this is an important guiding principle for elected officials; we should see all of our citizens as our neighbors. I ask that you join me in supporting my efforts to be your elected official.

Whitworth Dean Randy Michaelis Announces Campaign For 7th Legislative District State Representative

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Spokane – Whitworth Dean Randy Michaelis announced his campaign today for State Representative from the 7th Legislative District. The seat is currently held by Rep. Jacquelyn Macumber.

“Our political discourse is often mean-spirited, full of personal attacks, and leaves little room for compromise. I believe that we can do that better than this. I don’t expect us to agree all the time, but I do believe we have serious issues facing us in the 7th District that require thoughtful people working together to address common problems,” said Randy Michaelis.

Randy Michaelis has spent his career in education starting as an elementary school  teacher in the Mead School District and the Deer Park School District before teaching at Whitworth University. He was nominated and selected for OSPI state exam development team for Elementary Education, and for OSPI state Elementary Education Endorsement Competencies Committee and for the Whitworth Teaching Excellence Award.

“For the last 33 years, I have worked in teacher education at Whitworth University. My work as a faculty member, department chair, faculty president, associate provost, and dean have given me the experience and skills to listen well, problem-solve, and find common ground,” added Michaelis.

Randy is married to Maureen (a licensed mental health counselor) and has raised two children and two stepchildren. They live in Spokane, Washington.

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