John R. Connelly

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John R. Connelly
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Candidate for
Washington House of Representatives, District 28b
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
John R. Connelly is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 28b of the Washington House of Representatives.

Connelly was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 27 of the Washington State Senate.


Campaign themes


Connelly's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

The Budget

  • Excerpt: "The middle class has always carried the greatest burden as it pertains to the budget and as it dwindles, a greater share of this responsibility falls on us. Compounding this issue is the regressive nature of the system in our state. The B&O and Sales tax are linked to consumption so when times are good and people are spending we have surplusses [sic] but when demand drops, so do our revenues."


  • Excerpt: "Cradle to career, investment in education is our greatest responsibility to the next generation. We must properly fund our education. It is a matter of economics as well as national security."

Social Services

  • Excerpt: "Almost everyone can agree that our social safety net is a necessary right of citizenship. Although there is an element of fraud and abuse in our current system which must be addressed, but we cannot leave those who fall through the cracks to their fate. There is however a bigger issue. Due to depressed wages, an increasing number of full time workers are qualifying for these services, and that is wrong. Furthermore, many of the working poor are employed by fortune 500 companies, those companies with the greatest ability to properly compensate their employees."


  • Excerpt: "Only one thing creates jobs and that one thing is demand. All the taxbreaks [sic] and deregulation in the world will not create a single job if noone [sic] has enough money to buy the product or service. Living wages address our job issue."

Small Business

  • Excerpt: "I contend, small business is suffering from a crisis of demand. In order to purchase goods and services from a local independent a person must be willing and able to pay a bit more. I, like many of you, try to buy local as often as I can, but as wages fall and the middle class dwindles, families in the 28th find it difficult to spend more than we have to. Even the supervisor of a minimum wage employee struggles to provide the basics. Fewer of us have the financial freedom to frequent small local business and more are forced to purchase from the low cost options."
  • Excerpt: "Living wages create demand for the higher quality goods and services provided by our local stores."



See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Washington House of Representatives will consist of a blanket primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Christine Kilduff (D) will face John R. Connelly (D), Paul Wagemann (R), Monique Valenzuela Trudnowski (R) and Kevin Heiderich (I) in the primary.[2]


See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Connelly ran in the 2012 election for Washington State Senate, District 27. Connelly was unopposed in the August 7 blanket primary election and was defeated by Jeannie Darneille (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Washington State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeannie Darneille 57.3% 30,939
     Democratic John Connelly 42.7% 23,068
Total Votes 54,007



In 2014, Connelly's endorsements include the following:[5]

  • Washington State Labor Council
  • Pierce County Central Labor Council
  • 28th District Democrats
  • Washington Federation of State Employees 793
  • UFCW 367
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters 26
  • IBEW 112
  • Senator Maralyn Chase
  • Representative Timm Ormsby
  • Representative Tami Green

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