As of Monday, August 6, 2018
As 9-year incumbent state senator David Taylor prepares for his fifth race for the Washington House of Representative, he declares he remains committed to smaller government, fewer taxes and more freedom.
The contest for Taylor’s seat has attracted three challengers. The top 2 vote-getters in the August 7 primary election will advance to the general election in November.
Taylor started his House career in 2009, when he was appointed to finish a term left open by Dan Newhouse when Newhouse took over the state Department of Agriculture. He won a special election that year to retain the seat and continue serving.
“When Dan Newhouse resigned from Washington State House of Representatives to become the director of agriculture, I began to receive phone calls from people in the 15th District asking me to seek the appointment. After speaking to a number of people and a lot of prayer I decided to seek the appointment,” Taylor said.
Taylor is recognized as one of the best negotiators in the Legislature and has earned a number of awards, including Legislator of the Year for the Washington State Farm Bureau in 2017, Legislator of the Year for the Association of Wash-ington Business in 2018, and Legislator of the Year for the Washington State Farm Bureau in 2018.
Taylor originates from Ellensburg. He was born there, graduated from Ellensburg High School and Central Washington University. He has a degree in geography with specialization in land studies.
Taylor was hired as an intern in 1994 by the Kittitas County Planning Department. He was offered a permanent position with Kittitas County and became the county planning director in 1997.
In 2003, the County merged the planning and building departments and he became the community development services director. In 2004, he left county employment and opened a private consulting business, specializing in economic development projects, property rights, water rights, and government relations.
During his time in the Legislature, Taylor has served on a number of joint select committees and task forces on behalf of the House Republican Caucus. He has also been the lead negotiator for the House Republican Caucus on several issues, most recently to overturn the State Supreme Court’s decision known as the Hirst Decision.
“I’ve remained in politics because I feel that I’ve been called to serve the people of the 15th District and Washington State,” Taylor said. “My goal as a state representative has always been to make Washington more business friendly, to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and property owners, to eliminate wasteful spending, and reduce the tax burden on the people of Washington State.”
“My priorities remain the same; less government, lower taxes and more freedom,” he added. “By reducing the size and scope of government, we can reduce taxes and expand people’s ability to live and work throughout Washington State. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have taken an expanded role in identifying opportunities to eliminate wasteful spending and sponsored House Bill 1025 to require the Legislature to fully implement prioritized budgeting.
“Washington State is receiving record tax revenue, yet we’re seeing more and more tax proposals, including an income tax. There’s a better way and my experience, dedication and knowledge will bring common sense solutions to all of Washington.”