Jenn Goulet, a Democrat from Pasco, Washington, filed on May 15th for a seat currently held by the state Senate’s Republican leader Mark Schoesler. Goulet, a co-founder and president of Tri-City Freethinkers and Planned Parenthood board member, previously challenged Rep. Mary Dye in 2016 and 2018.
The filing week wrapped up Friday, with 53 candidates filing for the 22 seats up for election this year in Mid-Columbia. The top two vote-getters in the August 4th primary will move on to the general election on November 3rd.
“I wasn’t planning to ever run for office again, but all three legislators in the 9th Legislative District were about to run unopposed and, well, my arm got twisted by a few people and I can’t in good conscience sit back,” Goulet wrote on her Facebook page.
She also listed Schoesler’s decision that had done a great disservice for domestic violence victims:
“Here’s the latest thing Schoesler did that made me decide to step back into the political arena to take him on. This couldn’t be left alone. Not on my watch,” wrote Goulet. “Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler — blocked the extension of an emergency proclamation regarding protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.”
The now expired proclamation allowed “victims to file no-contact orders online. It also allow[ed] law enforcement to serve those orders electronically or telephonically, and to remove any guns ‘when courts have ordered firearms to be surrendered’ in a given domestic violence situation.”
“This batshit decision from a batshit political party is particularly batshit given the surge in domestic violence reports happening locally and, more than likely, across the country.”
“The state’s prosecutors and sheriffs associations both requested that the legislature extend the order, citing the need to protect victims and officers forced to serve papers in-person during the middle of a global respiratory virus outbreak.”