Vicki Kraft for State Representative
17th Legislative District Position 1 (R)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3, 2016
Contact: Vicki Kraft
Vicki Kraft filed as a candidate with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission on Tuesday for Washington State Representative in the 17th Legislative District, Position 1 (R) in the 2016 election.
“I am running for State Representative because I believe we need to continue working toward a more fiscally responsible and accountable government in Washington state.” Kraft said. “As taxpayers we all have a vested interest in how our tax dollars are being spent and ensuring policies are not a burden to Washington citizens and business.”
Vicki Kraft is the Advancement Director, SW Washington for the Freedom Foundation. Prior to joining the Freedom Foundation, Kraft worked as a Senior/Account Executive for Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Pillsbury and Frigidaire as well as small businesses. “I learned early in my career how important it is to really listen to customers and ask the right questions to understand their problems or opportunities. Only then could I be successful leading collaborative efforts with team members and the customer to implement the best solution,” Kraft said. “I look forward to bringing this same approach to the citizens of the 17th Legislative District as their State Representative.”
“There are significant issues to be addressed for Clark County and our state in the near term including how best to fully fund education in light of the McCleary Decision last year, how local levy funds are used to supplement state funds, and the future of Charter Schools. We also need a local bridge solution to relieve congestion on the I-5 corridor, one that reflects the will of the voters and accomplishes the desired outcome.” Kraft said.
Previously, she took time out of her career in the private sector and served as a non-profit consultant helping organizations secure funding to further their mission. In this capacity, she lived in Washington D.C. and worked with Federal government agencies including George W. Bush’s Faith-Based Initiative Office which awarded grants to qualifying non-profits. “This was a wonderful opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of people who many times were at risk or in need. I’m thankful for the time I was able to spend in this role and will work to find solutions for the needs of the vulnerable and our Veterans as a State Representative.” Kraft said.
In 2012, Kraft was elected to the Clark County Republican Party Executive Board and currently serves as Chairman of the 17th Legislative District. Her community involvement includes being Vice Chairman of the Cobblestone HOA, a Member of the Greater Vancouver Chamber, Steering Committee Member for the Vancouver Library’s – Forum@The Library 2.0, Boys and Girls Club, Veterans Community Garden, and Vancouver Church of God.
Kraft grew up in Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Advertising. She moved to Vancouver, Washington in 2007 and lives with her husband Paul.