Sen. Maralyn Chase

Senator Maralyn Chase is honored to represent the views and values of the citizens of the 32nd Legislative District.  She is guided by a firm commitment to principles of sustainability, justice and fairness and the Golden Rule.

Senator Chase is the new Democratic Chair of the Senate Economic Development and International Trade Committee having served on this committee in both the House and the Senate.   She is experienced in the business world having operated a successful general and specialty contracting business for 25 years with her daughter. Developing public policy that is grounded in experience is inclusive of investors, entrepreneurs and workers.  Everybody must be at the table to work in collaboration.

Washington state is experiencing profound changes in our economy due to automation, artificial intelligence, digitalization and robotics.  Maralyn is especially sensitive to the dislocation experienced by people who lose their jobs to automation.  Workforce transitions will require switching occupations, developing new skills and changing education requirements.   The globalized internet economy offers opportunities for those with access and skills, much like the impact of the steam engine on the weavers of long ago.

Small businesses with fewer than 5 employees, self-employed sole-proprietors, small firms with fewer than 50 employees, will become far more numerous.   Public policy must change with these technical changes.  But, we can expand our investments in infrastructure and buildings and make sure our stewardship responsibilities are fulfilled.

Widespread newly emerging trends will require a commitment to sustainable public policy, and a growth policy that supports businesses to become competitive in both the domestic and international markets.  Unless businesses are competitive they are not sustainable and on a pathway to collapse.  At the same time we must ensure that citizens experience an increase in their standard of living.   The trend that has included ever-increasing inequality in wealth and income is one that can be changed by appropriate public policy.

As a successful contractor, Maralyn knows the dedication and discipline required of firms to operate in an ever-changing environment.  She brings her deep understanding of the impact of economic dislocation in our communities is crafting public policies for our state.  Whether driven by technology or taxes, Maralyn knows how to confront the injustices that can occur.   How we earn our living to provide for basic necessities for our families, and for our seniors, the vulnerable among us, if fundamental to responsible governing.

Senator Chase understands the concepts of “Education for Vocation” and “Education for Advocation” as written many years ago by John Dewey.  The system of public education developed over the past 250 years must be sustained for future students rather than dismantled for the profit aspirations of a few.

Maralyn has taught political science and social theory at the University of Washington.  The University of Washington’s Political Science Department awarded Maralyn the Distinguished Alumni of 2008 for her outstanding contributions to the understanding political economy.

She worked with the Seattle Urban League to bring open housing to all areas of Puget Sound and to increase the housing stock available to middle and low income citizens.  She uses the experience of Singapore in developing a model for housing their people as an example of how the State of Washington could do away with homelessness – just as Singapore has done.

Maralyn serves as Washington State Delegate to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER), is a member of OPEIU, Local 8, numerous community groups, and the 32nd District Democrats.