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Paid for by Citizens for Christopher Hurst | Independent Democrat | 62504 Indian Summer Way E | Enumclaw, WA 98022
Welcome to the 2012 election! Itís been my honor and privilege to serve as your State Representative. I was born and raised here, and raised my family here. When I was a kid, I worked in the woods as a logger, so not only do my roots run deep in this community, I also learned how to work hard and make ends meet when times were tough. Later, I became a police officer and spent 25 years in law enforcement, most of it as a Detective and finally as Commander of a 15-City Homicide/Violent Crimes Task Force.
I feel that public service has been the main calling of my life, and that becoming your State Representative was a continuation of the work I did to serve our communities for 25 years as a law enforcement officer.
The 31st Legislative District is a great place to live and raise a family, and as your State Representative Iím working keep it that way.
In Olympia, I always do my best to show my independence by working across party lines to get things done, because as Americans, we are all in this together. I will continue my commitment to working on issues that matter to our district, rather than being hopelessly tied to any political ideology, as so many politicians are today. Itís not just idle talk; in 2010 I ran as an Independent Democrat, and you elected me by an overwhelming margin. As a strong fiscal conservative, folks know that this title fits me well.
I will not forget that my most important job is not in Olympia at all, but back here in the district, listening to citizens about issues that are important to them, and helping with problems folks face in their everyday lives, back here at home, where we work and live.
In the last two years jobs, the economy, and creating a fiscally sustainable budget have been the most important issues that I have dealt with. My wife of 33 years, April, is a small business owner. She owns Aprilís Pet Salon in Enumclaw on Cole Street, where she grooms dogs and cats. As a family that owns a small business, we understand how important it is to have a business climate that allows small businesses to thrive. This means reigning in unnecessary regulations and keeping government mandated program costs, like unemployment insurance and workers comp as low as possible. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, a fact that our family knows well. We also think it is important to shop locally and support businesses in our community. Buying products made in America, or here locally, is also very important to us.
My daughter Kimberly and son Andrew both attended public schools in Enumclaw. Kim still lives in Enumclaw with her family, where she runs her own small business, Kimís Sweet Dream Cakes. Andy is still in the U.S. Army and lives in Virginia with his family. Heís now assigned to the Pentagon where he works directly for the Chairman to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This new position is much better for our familyís peace of mind than when he was a Sergeant in the 173rd Airborne Infantry during which he served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Eastern Afghanistan. Unfortunately, 69 soldiers in his unit were killed in action, and many more were wounded. During those times it was tough to answer a knock at the door. In 2005 my nephew was killed in Iraq, so our family is well acquainted with the stresses and difficulties of the many family members who have had loved ones serving during a time of war. Needless to say veteranís issues are very important to me in the legislature.
During my career in police work, I saw first-hand a disheartening amount of crime resulting from not solving problems with education, health care and illegal immigration. I have seen that wisely investing in education is the best insurance against kids becoming involved in drugs, gangs, and crime.
As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I believe we should protect the rights of law abiding citizens, and punish criminals. Government needs to stay out of the private lives of citizens, unless there is a constitutional reason to be there. Our freedom is the most precious commodity we as Americans have.
Finally, The Great Recession that began in 2007 seems to be ending, and although the recovery is just getting underway, there is reason for optimism. This fiscal disaster was caused by years of neglect and lack of oversight of the financial markets, and this led to the worldwide economic meltdown. During those same years, we became far too dependent on other countries who have taken over much of our manufacturing base. It now exists in countries like China. This was a mistake and must be reversed if we are to return living wage jobs and economic security to America and Washington State. An important part of job creation will be bringing these jobs back to American soil.
For more information about the 2012 campaign, the Hurst Family, or to learn more about April and I, continue on this website to the other pages. As the campaign unfolds weíll be adding new endorsements all the time, but so you can have an idea of the types of individuals and organizations who have supported me, you can see endorsements from the 2008 and 2010 campaigns on the endorsement page. But most importantly, you are free to call me at my home any time you want. My home phone number is (360) 663-2608. Iím one of a very few elected officials in Washington State, who lists their home phone number. Hearing from you is my top priority and the most important part of my job.