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Lois Schipper: ‘Why I am Voting for Joe Nguyen’

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Why I am Voting for Joe Nguyen
By Lois Schipper

Earlier this year, I decided to run for the State Senate because I wanted to make sure Burien and White Center have a voice in the Legislature. As we all know, Burien and White Center are all too often left out of the decision-making process. This is why it is so incredibly important that whomever we elect as out next State Senator is going to fight for our communities in the

Legislature. After getting to know both Joe and Shannon over the course of the campaign I can say without a shred of doubt that the candidate best suited to represent us in Olympia is Joe Nguyen.

Joe is the living embodiment of Burien and White Center. Joe was born in Park Lake Homes (now Seola Gardens) in White Center. He went to elementary school at Hazel Valley Elementary, middle school at Cascade, and High School at Kennedy Catholic High School. He grew up playing basketball at the Boys and Girls Club in White Center, and most of his family still live in Burien and White Center. Joe cares deeply for our community. In his own words “This community gave my family and me the opportunity to succeed, and it is my duty to give back to the community that gave me so much in our time of need.” I can’t think of a better person to represent us in Olympia.

I am also supporting Joe because as a Public Health Nurse, I have dedicated my 30-year nursing career to helping families and children live better lives. One of the issues we deal with on a regular basis is childhood obesity. Countless studies have shown us that sugary drinks are one of the leading contributors to childhood obesity, and that soda companies are intentionally advertising to children. I was disturbed to discover Shannon Braddock has accepted thousands of dollars from the soda industry and their affiliated groups. These companies and groups are directly contributing to the epidemic of childhood obesity, and I am appalled at Braddock’s decision to accept their money. In her own words, “I don’t support their initiative, but I am happy to take their money.” I understand that running a campaign is expensive, but true leadership means making hard decisions, and values should not be up for sale. If you don’t support their position, take a stand and don’t take their contributions.

This election is especially critical given the fact that this is the first time the Senate seat has been open in almost a decade, and whoever wins in November is likely to have this seat for a very long time. If you want someone who actually cares about the people of Burien and White Center, I ask you to join me in voting for Joe Nguyen by November 6th.

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