I’m Michael Baumgartner, and it is because of you great people that I am running for Spokane County Treasurer. Eight years ago when I returned from Iraq and Afghanistan you gave me the great privilege of serving as your State Senator. And although I will not be returning to the Senate, If elected as Treasurer, I’ll look forward to fighting for the same principles of jobs growth, fiscal responsibility and quality education that I’ve worked to advance in Olympia.
I have called Eastern Washington home my whole life and that is why I will continue to fight for students, small businesses, and community members like you.
Having been lucky enough to study economics at WSU and teach it at the WSU of the East (aka Harvard) - I’ll look forward to using some of those skills as Treasurer.
I’m pleased to have the support of Chief Deputy Treasurer Mike Volz and outgoing Treasurer Rob Chase. Rob has done a great job with his team and I’m confident he will remain involved in the policy arena. I admire Rob's dedication to public service.
Serving as your Senator has been a great honor and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. Some highlights for me were working to reduce college tuition for the first time in American history and finally achieving full funding for Spokane’s long awaited North South Freeway after waiting for decades. I’m also excited by the big developments we’ve helped support at EWU – including its new Science building and many great projects that make Eastern Washington such a great place to live, such as improvements to Mt. Spokane State Park.
Perhaps my favorite accomplishment was working with former WSU President Elson Floyd to overturn an absurd 100 year old law and bring a new WSU medical school to Spokane, while expanding the UW/Gonzaga medical partnership. That was a very tough fight, but a very fun one that will help transform our area’s economy and expand medical care and educational opportunities throughout the region.
Success in anything - including politics - is a team sport, and I really enjoyed working (and occasionally fighting) with a great group of Republican and Democratic colleagues in the Legislature. I’m especially grateful for the kindness they have shown my family. While we fight very hard over policy, I will always be grateful for the friendship and collegiality of my Senate colleagues and the legislative staff.
Most of all I would like to thank all of you for the fantastic support and kindness you've extended to me and my family these past eight years. One of the greatest parts of this experience has been the amazing people we've met and the friendships we've made. When I first ran for office, I had just moved back to Spokane with this wonderful English woman I had met on a counternarcotics team in godforsaken Helmand province, Afghanistan. Today, when I look at our four young children aged 6, 5, 4 and almost 3 (and think about our angel baby in heaven) I know for sure how blessed we’ve been.
I also think regularly about what type of future our children will inherit. One of great jobs, security, education and opportunity? Or one of slow economic growth, failing schools and a loss of liberty?
I continue to think that it is of the greatest importance to fight to create the chance for the American dream not just for my children, but for all the kids of Washington state. With your ongoing support, we’ll do just that.
We’ve still got work to do,