Di Irons

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5th District, House of Representatives, Position 1

1. Name: Di Irons

2. Age: 46

3. Political party affiliation: Democrat

4. Occupation: Self-employed, All Points, Associates

5. Family members: Husband; Bob Iness, King County

sheriff's deputy, son; Cris, 24 years old, daughter; Di, 21 years old

6. Why are you running for office? I have the experience (both

in private business and in government) and energy to make a positive

difference in promoting democratic principles. My concerns for family

and community are paramount and the ultimate welfare of those interests

is dependent upon a responsive, efficient and reliable government. I am

seeking elective office because of my passion for public involvement and

participating in community/government to protect our quality of life. I

have the ability to listen to the public and the competency to be

representative of the people.

7. What are the issues that the constituents in your area would

like you to address? The most common issues that I hear constituents

want addressed in our area are long-term solutions to our traffic

congestion, support for schools, property-tax reform and preserving our

environment (quality of life).

8. How would you address those issues?

Traffic: I support committing ourselves to building

projects on time, on budget, which contribute to solving congestion. We can

accomplish this by streamlining policy making, increasing the accountability

of the state and local agencies involved and identifying a long-term

financing mechanism, that voters will approve, to finance these projects. Local

and state transportation funds need to be better-coordinated with greater

emphasis on regional priorities that will move people and freight.

Education: I support paying school employees

a fair wage, rewarding nationally certified teachers, reimbursing teachers

for required college courses and smaller class sizes. We need more local

control of schools so communities can better address their individual

needs. A stable and consistent school-funding source needs to be identified

that does not pit education against the environment.

Property-tax reform: I favor targeted tax relief to people

who need it the most — like low-income seniors and first-time buyers. One

proposal for first-time buyers could be to exempt the state portion of

property tax of qualifying individuals up to a specific dollar amount for a set

number of years. Another proposal is an upward adjustment for the

$30,000 maximum annual income cap to be eligible for the disabled property

tax exemption and the $34,000 maximum annual income cap on senior

citizens to be eligible for deferred property tax.

Environment: Our environment's health is a meter in which to

measure the future health of our own quality of life. We need to safeguard our

air and water quality, preserve ancient forests and restore salmon runs.

A quality environment means quality jobs and businesses.

9. In the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as throughout the

Puget Sound region, growth is a major concern of many residents. Is

the state Growth Management Act effective in helping local

governments make smart decisions about development? Should it be

changed? How should it be changed? The GMA is a good document that

does give some basic direction to local governments on development

decisions, but the document needs to be improved upon. Local governments

have misused and abused the intent of the GMA and the results have been

the loss of quality of life for existing neighborhoods/communities

and overstressed infrastructures (congested roads, overcrowded

schools, shortages of water…) I support changes that better define and

explain the intent of the GMA. An example is: When the GMA states that new

development must take into consideration the characteristics of

existing neighborhoods, that does not mean funneling new development

traffic through the existing residential neighborhood. The loopholes in the

GMA need immediate legislative attention.

10. What can state legislators do to address concerns about

protecting salmon and salmon habitat? The state legislators can step up to

the plate with funding assistance to local municipalities that meet state

requirements to help in the protection and restoring of salmon runs. This is a

regional issue that needs cooperation and communication from

government and private partnerships at all levels.

11. Water is becoming scarcer as more people move into the

area. One example of that is the North Fork of the Issaquah Creek

drying up this summer. What can be done to protect our water resources?

To help protect our water resources we can re-evaluate the development of

our watershed and implement sound management practices. Increased

imperious surface reduces aquifer recharge, diverts water from its natural

course and increases surface water runoff directly into our storm drains, creeks

and rivers — this diminishes our future water supply's quality and

quantity. We need quality monitoring of our drinking water source,

improved maintenance of stormwater facilities, reduced pollutant discharges and

a common-sense approach to development and conservation.

12. Lastly, why should a voter cast his or her ballot for you?

A vote for me is a vote for responsible planning for our quality of life and

the environment, significant tax reform, support for schools, affordable

health care and responsive government. I will work with diverse groups, treat

people fairly and with respect. I have experience as a business owner, as a

community volunteer and as a legislative aide. I listen, and will continue to

be responsive to the community. I believe in community service, in

representing all citizens and would be honored to serve in the Legislature.

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