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Why am I running?

I am running because I have dedicated most of my working life to serving the people as a state employee and now as a county employee. Now I am running because I believe I can bring much needed help to our communities and improve life for all constituents in the district.

I will work every day to improve the education system in our state by fully funding our schools ensuring that our students are given every opportunity to realize their full potential with the tools they need to succeed.

I will work every day to protect our beautiful environment for generations to enjoy. It is past time for action, and we need to elect leaders who will take climate change seriously.

I will work to bring good paying jobs that stay in the district by securing federal funding to upgrade our infrastructure.

I will work for those who are the most vulnerable in our state, who look to leadership to help them when they need us the most.

I will work to ensure that our state takes care of all of its constituents.

For far too long, the 35th has had leadership that, for the most part, have neglected to bring meaningful systemic change to the district due to a political machine that tends to pride itself on underfunding public programs, even if those programs help those less fortunate.

It’s time for new, fresh leadership that will move the district into a more modern, sustainable, and caring community.

My name is James DeHart and I am excited to be your next representative to the great 35th legislative district.

Let’s get this done!

Womens Healthcare and Choice

With the leaked supreme court draft opinion on abortion out there, there is a lot of fear going around right now. And it is justified. Not only will this ruling overrule Roe. It will lead to the overruling of Obergefell (same-sex marriage), Loving (interracial marriage), Lawrence (privacy) and more.

All these cases were decided under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of the US Constitution. The 14th amendment says:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Republicans have often said in their culture wars, especially around same-sex marriage, that there is often a “slippery slope” when it comes to the unintended consequences of a particular issue. With this leaked ruling, they have created the most dangerous slippery slope yet.

Obergefell v. Hodges, which was decided and ordered on June 25th, 2015. This ruling invalidated the anti-gay marriage amendments of over 30 states and legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country. And, as said earlier, was also decided on the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

Some conservative readers will likely state at this moment that Associate Justice Alito is stating that this ruling only goes for abortion, not those other cases, but why should we trust them? Didn’t the Trump campaign try to overturn the 2020 election by trying to hang their hat on Bush v. Gore? They sure did.

It is not hard to see that Alito and the Republicans are clearly going to go after the right of same-sex marriage given by Obergefell, the right to intimate relations under Lawrence and yes, even the right to interatrial marriage in Loving.

The republican party has been attacking these issues for decades and are now poised to overturn all these decisions. Don’t be fooled by their feigned outrage toward the leaker rather than the substance of the leak. There is a reason this was leaked. We may not know exactly what that reason is at this time, but it should be clear that had this not leaked, the outrage at the time of its official release would be the same.

I fear for the women in this country over this decision. It will bring back high mortality rates for women during pregnancy and birth. It will likely go after contraception use as well. Make no mistake, this will take away women’s right to make their own medical decisions in more ways than just abortion.

Keep watching because the LGBTQ+IA community is next on Alito’s chopping block.

We cannot allow this to happen to our state.

Luckily, in 1970, Washington State legalized abortion and that has been the law of the land since. That doesn’t mean that if the Republican party were to gain power over the legislature and governor’s office, they wouldn’t immediately repeal the abortion laws in this state. They are actively doing it in states like Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas.

My opponent has consistently voted against abortion protections in 2015 and in 2018 and will most definitely vote against it again if given the chance.

Education Funding and Expansion

I am running to fully fund education so that we will have better facilities, books, and supplies, and so our teachers can be paid fairly. The supreme court said that we need to fully fund education. Let’s fully fund our educational system to make it the best that it can be!

We have the opportunity to invest in our children by giving them the best education possible. Our teachers have the most important role in our society, they educate. And they deserve to live without worrying about spending their own money on school supplies. Fully funding education means fully funding every part of educating our communities.  

Infrastructure and Jobs

Here in the 35th LD, we desperately need to update our infrastructure, especially roads, bridges, and broadband. All three can bring good paying jobs to the people of the 35th. What is exciting about right now is that President Biden has signed the bi-partisan infrastructure bill into law. That money is distributed for each state to fund much needed projects that will improve our way of life. The caveat is, we need to have legislators that will use that money to help our constituents, rather than give subsidies and tax breaks to large corporations.

My opponent and his party will cry that the democrats are the party of tax and spend, and that they are the party of fiscal responsibility, but how do we help people, when we refuse to use these funds to make the lives of our constituents better? Let’s invest in our district, and the rewards will benefit the district for many years to come.

We also need to bring in new green energy jobs and sustainable forestry jobs so that future generations have a working and thriving job market right here in the 35th.

Our wonderful friends and neighbors deserve every opportunity to not only have good paying jobs but to also improve the community around them by having peace of mind with updated and sustainable infrastructure.


Western Washington is truly one of the most diverse areas of the country, and I find that the 35th LD is certainly no exception! Our diversity makes us strong, and I know the importance of having a legislature that will support the rights of minorities to live free from persecution, violence, and hate. As a member of the LGBTQ+IA Community, I will work every day to protect my LGBTQ+IA family from legislation aimed to harm, humiliate, and marginalize their lives and who they are for no other purpose of hatred and political gain. I will celebrate our BIPOC population and protect them from bills that would aim to displace, suppress, and disenfranchise them from not only voting, but getting a job, a mortgage, a business loan, or housing aid. This discriminatory treatment of the most vulnerable in our district must end.

DeHart For Legislature
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