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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As you may be aware, the 2024 legislative session finished on March 7 after a whirlwind 60 days of bill introductions, debates, and voting on legislation. In the past two weeks, my seatmate, Rep. Spencer Hutchins, R-Gig Harbor, and I have sent out a series of mailed reports on the major issues impacting the 26th Legislative District. We believe it is important that you know what the Legislature did during the session, how we responded, and what we did to proactively bring your voices to the table.

If you have not received the mailers or have not yet looked them over, I am providing links below. I welcome your input on these or any issues concerning state government and the 26th District.

  • 26th District Session Report: An overview of the 60-day, 2024 session, including crime, drugs, and policing; health care; education; and the supplemental budgets – operating, transportation, and capital.
  • 2024 Ferry Report: The state’s ferry system is a mess. We don’t have enough ferries to service the demand. And the governor’s tunnel vision for hybrid electric ferries has slowed delivery and resulted in skyrocketing costs. Read our solution to create clear pathways for a better ferry system.
  • Tacoma Narrows Bridge Report: Read what we are actively doing to provide true and meaningful toll relief to Tacoma Narrows Bridge commuters. 
  • Citizens’ Initiatives: The power of the people took center stage during the 2024 legislative session as hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians signed six initiatives that were delivered to the Legislature for consideration. Three of those initiatives passed the Legislature. Three went on to the November ballot. Read more about them in this report.

It has been an honor to serve with Rep. Spencer Hutchins

I don’t think enough can be said to have a seatmate who is supportive and works collaboratively with each elected member as a 26th District team to bring the collective interests of our constituents to the table. Rep. Spencer Hutchins is that seatmate. It was an honor to serve with him and to work next to him to accomplish great things for our district.

As we noted in our 26th District Report and from a news release Spencer sent out earlier this year, he has decided not to return to the Legislature for another term. He’s finishing out the existing term, which expires in January but will not be back. Spencer is doing it for the right reason: family. As a legislator, the long hours and polarizing politics take an immense toll on your personal life. He has a young family and wants to provide for them responsibly.

I wish Spencer well and hope someday to work with him again. He’s a bright, talented individual with much to contribute to his community.

Election-year restrictions

This is the last email update I will be able to send you until later this year. Due to election-year restrictions beginning May 6, my legislative communications will be limited. I will not be able to send email updates until after the November general election results are certified. There is an exception if the Legislature is called into a special session.

However, I can respond to constituents who contact me throughout the year. With that, I encourage you to email, call, or schedule a meeting if I can address any of your questions or concerns, or assist you in navigating state government issues. Thank you for allowing me to serve you and your neighbors across the 26th District.

Sincerely,


Michelle Caldier

State Representative Michelle Caldier, 26th Legislative District
RepresentativeMichelleCaldier.com
122H Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
michelle.caldier@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7802 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000