Friends: Forty-six years ago, upon the fall of Saigon, thousands of Southeast Asian refugees fled violence and persecution in their home countries. Like the governors of other states at the time, Dan Evans could have ignored their plight. The Vietnam War had divided the country and left wounds that would take decades to heal. Many Americans wanted to simply look the other way. Evans, Washington’s Republican governor at the time, saw things differently — especially after he learned that the governor of California did not want refugees to enter his state and had tried to block the arrival of the first planeload. Evans directed state agencies to assist refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and challenged churches and other organizations to provide ...Read More
As a public defender, a former Shoreline city councilmember and a former child welfare prosecutor, Jesse Salomon brings a deep and varied resume to his role as senator for the 32nd Legislative District. His priorities are to address critical needs in education, promote the creation of livable wage jobs, protect the environment, and practice fiscal accountability.
A practicing attorney for more than 15 years, Jesse holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University.