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‘No on Prop. 1’ leader running for 24th District seat

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One of the leaders of Jefferson County’s “No on Prop. 1” initiative is scheduled to announce the details of her campaign in her hometown of Port Hadlock April 4.

Jodi Wilke, who is running for the state House of Representatives in the 24th District, coordinated roughly 20 members of the Jefferson County Republican Party in conducting the campaign against last fall’s Proposition 1 ballot measure, a proposal to raise property taxes for seven years to support affordable housing.

“Through our efforts, we came face-to-face with members of our community who opposed the proposition,” Wilke said. “I was touched by the passion and the frustration of our community members, and found myself agreeing that a different approach for housing was needed, that a few homes available for program recipients was not going to solve the big problem of inhibitive no-growth policies.”

This experience is partly why Wilke decided to run for the District 24 seat, because she believes the current elected officials representing those residents are out of touch with what their own constituents want. “Our people should be attended to, and not steamrolled,” Wilke said.

On April 4, in between announcement events in Port Angeles and Hoquiam, Wilke plans to conduct an event at the Village Tavern, 21 Chimacum Road in Port Hadlock, from noon to 1 p.m., to provide more details on her public-policy stances.

Wilke pledged to replace what she sees as “inhibitive no-growth policies” with solutions to foster a renewed economy and ensure responsible stewardship of natural resources.

Wilke favors the reduction of taxes and government regulations, as well as an increased focus on personal property rights and school security.

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