Democratic Candidate for State Legislature Sasha Bentley Challenges Opponent To Series Of Debates
Sasha Bentley: “As candidates -- and eventually as a State Representative -- we must be accountable to the people of our district. I will not shirk that responsibility."
White Salmon, WA, September 12, 2018 – With no debate currently scheduled for the remainder of the campaign cycle, Sasha Bentley, candidate for the Washington State House, released the following statement challenging her Republican opponent to a series of three debates that give voters an opportunity to ask questions and hear how their next representative plans to improve their lives and the lives of working people in the 14th District. Bentley’s proposal includes debates in Yakima, Klickitat and Skamania Counties. Read Bentley’s full statement below: Today, I reached out to my opponent proposing a series of three debates throughout the 14th District. These are opportunities for us to present our ideas to voters and hear directly from them about the issues that impact their lives. I intend to host these forums whether or not my opponent agrees to attend. As candidates -- and eventually as a State Representative -- we must be accountable to the people of our district. I held my first listening tour in April and have continued to show up, to listen, to work for the people. I’ve been there and I will continue to be there. I have proposed real solutions to the problems that the people of the 14th district are facing that is far from my opponent’s tired, recycled messaging from the Republican platform that hasn’t served the interests of our families and neighbors here for decades. We deserve better. The voters deserve the opportunity to hear from both of us and be able to ask us questions about where we stand.
I hope to hear back from my opponent’s campaign. But either way, I look forward to continuing to hear from voters and community members.
Bentley is right choice to replace Johnson. To the editor — Thanks to Norm Johnson for his service as House Representative for District 14. He took the job of representing his constituents seriously, responding promptly and personally when I contacted him. Soon we’ll choose Norm’s replacement, Chris Corry or Sasha Bentley. Chris seems to have fallen asleep since the primary. What are his positions? When will he be in my area? He gives no hint on his amazingly-vague website. Chris thinks taxes are fine the way they are, per his interview with the Yakima Herald. Or maybe he wants them lower, per his website. His most recent (May 2018) blog post worries about Seattle’s dead-on-arrival head tax that was proposed for companies with more than $20 million in gross revenues, like Amazon. Amazon paid zero federal tax in 2017 and is expected to claim a $790 million windfall from the recent federal tax cut. That’s who Chris Corry worries about. Washington’s tax revenue is low compared to other states, making it hard to pay for things like after-school programs and vocational training, and it’s coming from those who can least afford it. Sales taxes hit lower income households the hardest, with the poorest 20 percent of the population having 16.8 percent of their income sucked out by state and local taxes, versus the top 1 percent paying a mere 2 percent. Wealthy investors pay no state taxes on investment income. The B&O gross receipts tax hits start-ups and struggling companies even when they’re losing money, but is lower for industries like aerospace that have well-funded lobbyists. On Sasha Bentley’s website I can see her policies to reduce taxes for workers and retirees, specific changes to shift the burden of B&O taxes away from start-ups and small mom-and-pop businesses, to make the real estate excise tax progressive, easing the burden on seniors selling a long-time personal home. There’s the difference. Sasha is already thinking about her constituents, all of them, and is out there listening to them and thinking through policy issues. Where is Chris? “Vote Chris Corry does not have any upcoming events,” says his Facebook page. Sasha’s shows she will be in Wapato, Selah, and Bingen, and spent much of last week in Yakima. If like me you’re sick of party politics and want solutions and real representation, check out Sasha Bentley. BARBARA BAILEY, White Salmon
Bentley for State Representative: Pat Arnold, Trout Lake. Published 8/2/18 To the editor — I am writing to express my wholehearted support for Sasha Bentley in the race for Washington State Representative in our district (Legislative District 14, Position 1). Her slogan, “engaged and energetic leadership,” describes her well. Sasha is deeply and sincerely engaged in the democratic process. As our representative in Olympia she will seek to serve all her constituents, working for the common good, not for the good of one set of interests. Sasha will bring her enormous energy and intelligence to the task of serving our district and all of us. Sasha cares, not about abstractions, but about the well-being of the people she will represent. A vote for Sasha is a vote for the best legislator we could hope for. Please join me in voting for Sasha Bentley.
Bentley for Representative: Barbara Bailey, White Salmon. Published 8/3/18 To the editor — In a time where strong opinions are dividing us within our communities, and even within families, my vote goes beyond issues and political parties. We all need our voices heard, our needs understood, our values respected. I don’t expect to agree with my representatives on every issue and will not vote for a politician strictly adhering to a party line. I vote for those who will represent the needs and values that we share, despite our differences. When segments of our community feel disregarded, the resulting hurt and hostility make it impossible to pull together for our mutual benefit. Two candidates who stand out as reaching across party lines are Sasha Bentley, candidate for the 14th District, and Carolyn Long, candidate for Congress. They have been traveling throughout their districts, listening, not just where the most or likeliest voters are found, but to the far and sparsely-populated corners. Sasha and Carolyn understand what representation means in districts where widely divergent views are held. They are looking to focus on the values and needs we do share. Give them a close look. I hope you will vote for them, but more than that, I hope you will vote!
In praise of Bentley: Jessica Hernandez, Yakima. Published 8/03/18 To the editor — I would like to take this time to show my support for Sasha Bentley who is running to be the representative for the 14th legislative district. She is a strong candidate that works with her community hand-in-hand. She has shown up to support local actions organized by community members and local organizations. I know that if she is elected, she will represent Eastern Washington very well! She understands that we need to improve our education. She knows that the constituents of our district care about safety in our communities. Most importantly she knows that in order to have an effective government, we must have a transparent one. She will work all year, not just the few months that the legislature is in session, to ensure that we are represented.
Bentley will find common ground: Candi Didier, Bingen, Wash. Published 08/02/18 To the editor — I am writing to encourage you to join me in voting for Sasha Bentley to represent us in the 14th legislative district. I have known Sasha since early 2017 when she became chair of the Klickitat County Democratic Party. That was a challenging time for Democrats with many voices to be heard and challenges coming together following the loss of the election. I have found Sasha uniquely qualified to serve our party and she demonstrates traits and skills that qualify her to represent us in Olympia. Sasha listens to people and hears what their concerns are. She is consistently respectful and takes the time to understand. She has quietly led our county party to come together and find common ground and I am confident she can do that in Olympia. I find she is dedicated to the values of caring for those vulnerable to lose healthcare, those concerned for personal safety and those with housing and economic challenges which are consistent with my own Christian values. Please join me in supporting Sasha Bentley who is committed to listen, care for all of the people she serves and to work hard to improve our communities.
Bentley a breath of fresh air: Susan Walsh-Enloe, Washougal, Wash. Published 8/2/18 To the editor — I encourage all to support Sasha Bentley to be our Representative of District 14. Sasha is a breath of fresh air focused on improving economy and living conditions for all throughout our diverse district. She has a track record of listening to ideas, respecting the needs of all, and working together to solve problems. Leveraging these skills will provide a new tone of collaboration in Olympia to drive prosperity and benefit our district as well as our state. I can’t imagine a better candidate to represent us. Please vote for Sasha Bentley, Representative District 14.
McLeary Funds Need Fixing: Alan Reitz, White Salmon. Published July 24, 2018 To the editor — “There will be winners and losers.” That is the story of the massive “McCleary education fix” bill passed during the last legislative session, as told to me and others by the Ranking Member of the House Education Committee. The 14th Legislative District is full of K-12 funding losers, like White Salmon, Goldendale, Stevenson-Carson, Naches Valley, Klickitat, Yakima West Valley, Trout Lake, Glenwood, Lyle, and Centerville. Washingtonians read headlines touting McCleary money pumping into our schools, but there’s not an equitable funding formula. The losing schools will see more money, but have even greater, sometimes budget busting costs. It’s not the schools’ bad planning, but the way McCleary was written. It desperately needs revision next year. Every school district has unique circumstances that make it a winner or loser, and it’s confusing to sort through the complexities. Your school’s superintendent is your local expert. Ask him or her about McCleary’s financial impact. Then, call your legislators. Tell your school’s story and how it affects your children. Don’t rely on vague assurances everything will be fine, because they aren’t expert in the details. Finally, vote. I’ve found candidate Sasha Bentley for District 14’s vacated House seat willing to listen and eager to act.
Bentley has grassroots experience: Joyce Hernandez, Yakima. Published July 28, 2018 To the editor — I am writing in support of Sasha Bentley, a candidate for state representative for the 14th Legislative District. I believe Ms. Bentley is a highly qualified candidate for this office by virtue of her extensive experience as a grassroots organizer and her ability to listen to people and respond to the needs of the community. She has demonstrated effective leadership and communication skills in her service to the Democratic Party and the Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network. I believe she would serve the interests and needs of District 14 with energy and dedication. She deserves your vote.
Bentley has experience: Maia Mittelstaedt, Selah, Published July 15, 2018To the editor — Finally, there is a viable Democratic candidate for state representative, Position 1, Legislative District 14. Her name is Sasha Bentley. She is young, well-educated, and experienced in working with a diversity of people and opinions. She is a consultant and a small-business owner and is able to be a pro-business and a pro-labor candidate. Sasha’s priorities are encouraging civic engagement, working to ensure we have strong schools with trade schools and apprenticeships as well as college after high school, investing in strengthening our local economies with universal Internet access, supporting agriculture, increasing incentives for small businesses, working to solve the housing crisis (homelessness, safe, quality housing, and affordable senior living), and ensuring that every Washingtonian has life-long healthcare coverage. Please vote for Sasha Bentley to represent us to guarantee that everyone in our state has the opportunity to succeed and live out the American Dream.
Sasha Bentley for Legislature's 14th District Angie Girard, Yakima , Published July 12, 2018 To the editor — Having the best representatives in office is more important to me now than ever before. And I feel so incredibly optimistic about the possibility of having Sasha Bentley represent those of us in the 14th Legislative District. I have been fortunate to spend quite a bit of time with Sasha over the last six months. I’ve seen her interact with all walks of life and have spent time with her one-on-one. She is the real deal, never wavering in her authenticity, never a snide remark, always thinking about others. And dang, this girl is smart! Go to her campaign website (www.sashaforstate.com) and take a look at her solutions page. It’s obvious she listens and has done her research. She didn’t just wake up one day and decide to run; she’s been planning for this her whole life. In Sasha, we have someone who is deeply passionate about building community and already has a track record of civic accomplishments. She is by far the most qualified candidate. Your vote for Sasha Bentley, Legislative District representative, Position 1, is a vote you will not regret.
Bentley a fresh alternative to Coffey for 14th District Tom Bothwell. Yakima. Published Jul 9, 2018 To the editor — Vote for Sasha Bentley for 14th District state house. After the primary, she may be running against Kathy Coffey, the current mayor of Yakima and a longtime member of the City Council. During these past years, she and the city have overspent the budget — for example, by wasting millions of dollars in the legally indefensible fight against the gerrymandering of Yakima voting districts, which a federal court judge properly found to be unconstitutional. Also, she’s hardly provided good leadership with respect to the on-again, off-again saga of the downtown plaza project. Coffey doesn’t need to be “promoted” to statewide office. Sasha Bentley offers a fresh, intelligent voice to help drain this bit of a swamp thing we’ve got going in our neck of the woods.
Bentley for 14th District: Giovanni Severino, Yakima Herald, Published: June 24, 2018. To the editor — Sasha Bentley is strong candidate to represent your voice. Sasha Bentley is running for the 14th Legislative District Position One to be your representative. She has worked hard to increase civic engagement in her community by organizing community events that educate people about our political system. She has been on a listening tour where she goes from town to town in the legislative district to listen to what the people want our state government to focus on. She is strong on improving our education, on job security, civic engagement and more. In fact, to educate the community about civic engagement, she created a board game about our political system. She believes that the Washington Legislature should work for the people all year and not just for a session that lasts a couple of months. She is energetic and is ready to work for you. If you have any questions about the campaign, visit her website www.sashaforstate.com or feel free to contact her field director at email@example.com. Don’t forget to vote Aug. 7.
Bentley for 14th District: Becky Miles, White Salmon, Yakima Herald, Published: June 21, 2018. To the editor — Sasha Bentley is running for the state House of Representatives in Legislative District 14. I have worked with Sasha as a co-lead on a local action committee as well as on her campaign and have seen her in action first-hand. After working for decades as a sales manager for a Fortune 500 company, I have a good radar on productivity. Sasha is top-notch at getting things accomplished with solution-oriented tenacity. More importantly, Sasha leads with compassion and truly seeks to understand the needs of her constituents and, if elected, will do everything in her power to make positive change where needed. If you want a candidate who will listen, consider all sides of every issue and how those issues will affect the entire district, Sasha Bentley is your best choice for District 14, Position No 1. For more information on Sasha’s platform, check her out at www.sashaforstate.com.
Letter: Support Bentley in 14th District By Rebecca Keith, Camas Published: June 3, 2018, The Columbia, 6:00 AM Sasha Bentley brings a positive pragmatism and a unifying vision for progress in the 14th Legislative District. Recently she founded Klickitat Advocacy and helped organize the 2017 Connect to Your Cause fair. She is committed to making a positive difference in her community. Because of her varied experiences, Bentley is uniquely qualified to represent the diverse views in our district and focus on achieving goals that will promote our shared desires to improve our community, including strong schools, universal internet access, support for agriculture, and incentives for small businesses, lifelong health care and a government that is accountable to us.