Announcing our first endorsements of 2018 – Lauren Davis (D-32) and Skyler Rude (R-16)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Ruderman
Phone number: 425-445-0970
Oldest and Most Established Statewide Children’s PAC Endorses Lauren Davis (D-32nd LD) and Skyler Rude (R-16th LD) for State Representative
Both would be courageous champions for children and effective in Olympia
Seattle, WA – Today, the Children’s Campaign Fund (CCF) announced its endorsement of Lauren Davis in her bid to replace the retiring Rep. Ruth Kagi in the 32nd Legislative District and Skyler Rude to be the next State Representative in the 16th Legislative District.
“Lauren and Skyler each have an unwavering dedication to ensuring that the health, well-being, safety and education of Washington’s kids is a top priority in our state legislature,” said Laura Ruderman, interim director of the Children’s Campaign Fund. “Both would be courageous champions for children and effective lawmakers in Olympia.”
The election will be Tuesday, November 6th.
CCF is the state’s longest-standing, non-partisan political action committee (PAC) dedicated to helping elect legislators who will fight for the health, safety, education and welfare of the children of Washington state. It is one of a handful of children’s PACs in the country and the nation’s oldest statewide PAC for children. In addition to helping elect legislative champions, CCF also supports select statewide races and ballot measures that directly impact the well-being of children and families.
Lauren Davis grew up in King County, currently lives in Shoreline and is a former teacher at a Head Start program, where she first developed her passion for early childhood education. She championed HB 1713, named “Ricky’s Law.” The law created an involuntary crisis commitment system for youth and adults with life-threatening addiction and is one of the largest single investments in addiction treatment in Washington state history. She helped launch a start-up suicide prevention nonprofit called Forefront, where she directed school and campus-based mental health and suicide prevention programs with high schools across King County and colleges across the state and provided suicide prevention training to groups ranging from veterans to Grandmothers Against Gun Violence.
Lauren also helped start the Washington Recovery Alliance, where she serves as the organization’s Executive Director. She also serves on the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington State and served for many years on King County’s Behavioral Health Advisory Board.
“We must fix a system that has allowed—and regrettably, continues to allow—too many of our children to fall through the cracks and not get the supports they need, when they need them,” Lauren said. “If elected, I look forward to taking my life experiences and passion for mental health and addiction recovery, strengthening our schools, reforming the criminal justice system and affordable housing to Olympia.”
Skyler Rude was born, raised and educated in Walla Walla. His legislative priorities include ensuring high quality educational opportunity for all of Washington state’s children, a healthy business climate that allows all business to thrive, and improved service delivery for our most vulnerable populations.
As Sen. Maureen Walsh’s Legislative Assistant since 2015, Skyler worked on issues involving early learning, developmental disabilities, child care, foster care, and child hunger. During his time at the Legislature, he gained invaluable experience to effectively navigate the legislative process and be an effective legislator. Skyler’s professional background includes five years in the insurance industry as a personal property and casualty insurance agent and several years in telecommunications.
“Prioritizing kids in our state budget is not only an investment in our state’s future, it’s the right thing to do,” said Skyler. “Every child deserves an opportunity to reach adulthood equipped with the social and educational skills to succeed in life.”
The Children’s Campaign Fund is a political action committee dedicated to electing state leaders who will champion the health, well-being, safety and education of the children of Washington State, especially those most at-risk and underserved.
We provide a non-partisan, collective voice and means for the people of Washington State to elect leaders who will put kids first, and to hold them accountable for supporting the whole child.
Children’s Campaign Fund makes a difference in lives of children by improving children’s access to healthcare, reducing child hunger, supporting foster care and early childhood education and improving child safety.