Jinyoung Lee Englund Announces Campaign for State Senate in the 45th Legislative District Special Election
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April 11, 2017
WOODINVILLE -- Today, Jinyoung Lee Englund announced she is a candidate for state senate in this year’s special election in the 45th legislative district. Englund is running to increase school funding, improve policies for the developmentally disabled, reduce traffic congestion, and balance the state budget without a new state income tax.
“The role of a state senator is to listen and design innovative solutions that solve real, local problems for the people we represent,” said Englund. “I am running to serve and advocate on behalf of the communities of Duvall, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Woodinville, and across this district for schools, commuters, small business, families and all those affected by the decisions made in Olympia.”
Local leaders expressed their support. “Jinyoung’s commitment to public service, willingness to work across the aisle and problem-solving nature are the qualities of a state senator,” said King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert. “She will be a tremendous advocate for the citizens of this district.”
"I have known Jinyoung for many years. She is an independent thinker as well as an exceptional and pragmatic leader. She is also the only candidate who has pledged to protect Washingtonians from the new state income tax that is repeatedly proposed by the opposite party,” said Senator Dino Rossi.
The 45th legislative district senate seat was left vacant when Senator Andy Hill passed away from cancer last fall. Senator Dino Rossi was appointed to serve in the current session but will not run for the remainder of Hill’s term.
Englund continued, “Senator Andy Hill leaves behind a legacy of service to others, commitment to community, and bipartisan solutions to local problems. His leadership on increasing funding for schools and helping the developmentally disabled has had a lasting impact. I am committed to honoring his legacy by continuing and building upon that work in the final year of his term.”
A graduate of the University of Washington, Jinyoung is the daughter of immigrants, a second generation military spouse, and entrepreneur who resides in Woodinville, Washington.
“Our family’s story is the embodiment of the American Dream,” said Englund. “Our grandparents and parents survived the Korean War and in 1975, were fortunate to be able to immigrate to Washington state. While we can never repay the gift of opportunity and life we have received as Americans, we believe it is our duty to pay it forward through public service.”
Jinyoung’s father retired after 21 years of honorable service and her brother is active duty, both with the U.S. Army. Jinyoung’s husband is an active duty Marine who has served 17 years of combined enlisted and commissioned service to date. Jinyoung’s passion for creating educational and economic opportunities has led her to serve with a nonprofit in southeast Africa and as a speaker, contributor, and advisor on technology and innovation for startups and for commanding officers in the United States Marine Corps.