The 5th Legislative District Democrats focus on the following issues in particular:
We believe that healthcare should be accessible and affordable for all. We support the defense and adequate funding of Medicare and Medicaid.
Oppose the Republican school funding proposal to eliminate local levies and replace them with a new statewide property tax, lowering funding for more than 605,000 students and implementing the largest property tax increase in history. It removes local control and local levies that are one of the reasons schools in the 5th Legislative District have the best teachers, outstanding graduation rates, and state-of-the-art resources in each classroom. It is built on the myth of Puget Sound region wealth and a desire to tax here and spend elsewhere.
Increase teacher pay so that Washington is not one of the lowest in the nation.
We believe that a sustainable economy with strong communities requires living-wage jobs, tax fairness, opportunity, and shared prosperity for all. All immigrants should be afforded full human rights and a fair, safe, and timely determination of their status.
Oppose religious tests in immigration and travel by foreigners to the U.S. and policies that exclude immigrants based on country of origin. Protect Immigration as not a matter of homeland security.
We believe that an efficient, well-planned, multimodal transportation system promotes a healthy economy, environment and community.
We believe in protecting our environment by addressing climate change, adopting sustainable agriculture, aquaculture, fishery and forestry methods, enforcing antitrust laws that apply to agribusiness, and deciding about water resources based on sound, credible scientific and economic information, including local concerns.