Rolfes aiming for third term

Rep. Christine Rolfes announced today she’ll seek a third term representing the 23rd Legislative District.

Rolfes, a Bainbridge Democrat, is a former Bainbridge city councilwoman. She’s been focused on state ferry, environmental and education issues since being elected to the House in 2006.

She kicks off her re-election campaign in Poulsbo on May 23.

Her campaign press release is below.

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2010

State Representative Christine Rolfes Receives Early Endorsements for Re-Election

Representative Christine Rolfes received several early endorsements this week in her re-election bid for the 23rd Legislative District from:

• IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) Bremerton Local 437
• Teachers and school employees of the Washington Education Association
• Homebuilders Association of Kitsap County – Affordable Housing Council
• Washington Conservation Voters, the statewide political voice for the environment

According to Washington Conservation Voters Executive Director, Kurt Fritts, the candidates that they endorsed “are some of the most committed and effective environmental leaders in Olympia. Every one of these legislators has made protecting the environment a top priority. From cleaning up Puget Sound to growing our green economy, these are the folks who walk the walk in our state Capitol.”

“Representative Rolfes was honored as the HBA’s 2009 State Official of the Year for her assistance and support of our Low Impact Development efforts,” said Art Castle, Executive Vice President, Home Builders Association of Kitsap County. “Rep. Rolfes has shown she is open and responsive to the HBA and our members.”

Since her election in 2006, Rolfes has been a leader in efforts to reform the Washington state ferry system and has strongly backed education finance reform. Her leadership and sponsorship of bills has helped victims of crime, protected military families and children by easing the school-transfer process, and increased veterans’ relief opportunities by expanding the definition of veteran to include our returning National Guard and armed forces reservists.

As Vice Chair of the House Ecology and Parks Committee, Rolfes places a high priority on the cleanup and protection of clean water and Puget Sound. She initiated a program to remove derelict fishing gear from the Sound, and she has worked to keep our state parks open. Rolfes also serves on the Transportation, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Education Appropriation, and Environmental Health Committees.

The campaign to re-elect Christine Rolfes will kick-off with an event at the Farm Kitchen in Poulsbo on Sunday, May 23, from 5 to 7 PM. For more information, visit the website at