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Randall sponsors military benefit zones legislation

February 1st, 2019|

OLYMPIA – As one of her first official acts since being sworn in as Senator for the 26th Legislative District, Sen. Emily Randall (D-Bremerton) testified Thursday on behalf of her legislation to establish military benefit zones.

Randall’s bipartisan bill, SB 5571, would stimulate economic activity around military bases by authorizing cities and counties near bases to establish military benefit zones. This designation would allow for tax incentives to fund investment in public infrastructure, including amenities such as streets, parks, and broadband access.

Under this plan, local revenues could be supplemented with competitive awards from the state Department of Commerce. In past cases, the state has often supplied the lion’s share of the funds.

“My grandparents on both sides moved to Kitsap to work at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Keyport, and my dad worked at PSNS for more than 25 years,” said Randall. “The Navy presence is a big and important part of why Bremerton’s such a rich, diverse community.”

Similar programs have proven to provide a substantial return on investment for the state. The Local Revitalization Financing Program (LRF), established by the Legislature in 2009, received $6.6 million from the state and returned a state benefit of $199.7 million by 2014.

“I have met and talked to a lot of veterans in our community who would like to see investment that’s good for them, for their families, for their grandkids, and for our economy,” Randall added.

Legislature more diverse than ever before

January 15th, 2019|

The 2018 election has brought a new complexion to the Washington State Legislature, the most diverse in its history. In a story reporting the historic changes, Sen. Emily Randall told KOMO News:

“My grandparents moved to Washington from the Southwest. My family is Chicano. They moved in the ’60s to escape racism and they found this welcoming community, and now their granddaughter is a state senator. So it’s really exciting.”

You can read the full story and see the video here.

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    Randall sworn in, ready to get to work on health care and education

Randall sworn in, ready to get to work on health care and education

January 14th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – With a packed Senate gallery looking on, Emily Randall (D-Bremerton) was sworn in today as the state senator representing the 26th Legislative District. Randall is one of five new Democratic members joining the Senate today.

“I’m eager to get to work on behalf of the families and communities in the 26th District,” Randall said. “We are going to build a future that’s full of opportunity for all Washingtonians, one where all of us can afford to live full and healthy lives.”

A community organizer and advocate for health care and education, Randall will be the vice chair of the Health & Long Term Care and the Higher Education & Workforce Development committees. She will also serve on the Transportation Committee.

“Growing up in Port Orchard, I saw every day that education and health care are issues that touch all our lives. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to expand access to health care, make college more affordable, and build pathways to living wage jobs in our communities.”

The 26th District covers southeastern Kitsap Peninsula, stretching from Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula in the south to Bremerton and Port Orchard in the north, and includes parts of both Pierce and Kitsap Counties.


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For information: Kenneth Fockele, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7013

Sen. Randall assigned to committees

January 14th, 2019|

Sen. Emily Randall has been assigned to three committees in the Washington State Senate for the 2019 Legislative Session.

Randall will be the vice chair of the Senate Health & Long Term Care and the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development committees. She will also serve on the Senate Transportation Committee.