Sherry Appleton has earned our Quality Bainbridge endorsement for re-election.
She was first elected to the Washington State House as our representative in 2004 and is currently Chair of Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs (Veterans and Tourism), as well as a member of the House Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, and Capitol Budget Committees.
Outside the Legislature, Sherry sits on the state’s Public Defense Advisory Committee. She is on the Commission on Judicial Conduct, State Council on Aging, and the Joint Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs.
She was appointed by two US Presidents — Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush — to serve as an advisor to the US Commission on Civil Rights.
Sherry’s scores of endorsers are listed on her website, and they include, for example:
In her reply to our questions to her this month, Sherry emphasized the strong commitments to the environment that she shares with many Bainbridge residents. Her opponent did not reply to our questions.
She responded to our question about the role of State Government by saying: “The state has to be stewards of our environment and enforce the rules and regulations.”
In response to our question about her governmental priorities for the next two years of her term, she added: “Bainbridge being surrounded by water, it is important that we take care of our environment.”
Among her recent legislative accomplishments, she mentions that she passed the Silver Alert this past year which will help us rescue older citizens who have dementia or Alzheimers when they have wandered — similar to the existing success of the Amber Alert program.
When you receive your mail-in ballot this month, please vote to re-elect Sherry Appleton for one of our two Representative positions for the State House — the other being our endorsed candidate Drew Hansen.
Question 1. Do you favor the Legislature increasing the state budget for public schools to meet the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the state’s constitutional mandate to adequately fund local public school districts like Bainbridge Island’s?
Sherry Appleton: Yes.
Question 2. Do you support the state maintaining medical and mental health care for eligible seniors and other needy citizens?
Sherry Appleton: Absolutely.
Question 3. Describe the ways you have, to date, researched issues important to Bainbridge Island and talked with voters from Bainbridge.
Sherry Appleton: We have met at coffee shops and I try to go to all the events on Bainbridge. I also try to be available to Bainbridge Island as different issues surface.
Question 4. What distinctions and accomplishments do you consider to be most significant during your recent professional career.
Sherry Appleton: I passed the Silver Alert this past year which will help us rescue older citizens who have dementia or Alzheimers when they have wandered. This is an emergency notification system that will work just like the Amber Alert.
Question 5. Please give examples of the appropriate role of the state in preserving and protecting the environment?
Sherry Appleton: The Shoreline Hearings Board, The Puget Sound Partnership, The Growth Management Act, SEPA, the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. The state has to be stewards of our environment and enforce the rules and regulations.
Question 6. In the next two years, what are your priorities for our State as it applies to issues of significance to local communities like Bainbridge Island?
Sherry Appleton: As Chair of Local Government, I am working very hard on The Growth Management Act. I believe it should be tweaked after 26 years, but not destroyed, as our friends across the mountains would like. Bainbridge being surrounded by water, it is important that we take care of our environment.
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For further information, see Sherry Appleton’s website.