It Is Official!

State Representative Luanne Van Werven filed to run for re-election today, saying she wants to continue as Whatcom County’s advocate in Olympia.

Van Werven said one of the most important pieces of legislation passed during this past session was a solution to the state Supreme Court Hirst decision.

“I was proud to support relief for rural property owners by protecting their right to drill household wells and build on their land,” she said.

Van Werven serves on several legislative committees that are vital to Whatcom County. Her assistant ranking position on the House Higher Education committee allows her to be a voice for local college students.

Van Werven said her landmark legislation, House Bill 1375, provides transparency to textbook costs in Community and Technical Colleges. It passed the legislature unanimously and was signed into law.

“This bill also promotes student access to free online textbooks,” said Van Werven.

“I was pleased to support the new Whatcom Community College Learning Commons project in the recent Capital Budget,” said Van Werven. “This building will house the new library, tutoring center, veterans center and computer labs. This important construction project helps WCC students and will provide a boost to the local economy.”

Van Werven also serves on the House Transportation committee which secured funds for the Blaine community to set the stage for construction of a southbound off-ramp at Exit 274. This important project will improve access to Blaine and enhance local economic development.

Additionally, she successfully added funds to pave the way for a bike and pedestrian trail in the Kendall community. This trail will provide a safe route, connecting students from their local neighborhoods to the Kendall Elementary School, library, churches and the regional resource center.

“For the past four years, I have worked hard to represent the best interests of Whatcom County,” said Van Werven. “I will continue to focus on economic vitality with more job opportunities, because the health of our community is dependent on a strong and functional economy. There is more to do. I want to continue to fight for a state government that works for you and not the other way around.”