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Jeanne Kohl-Welles: State Senator, District 36

Senator Kohl-Welles has been a consistent supporter of environmental initiatives for 15 years in the Legislature, topping scorecards for both the Sierra Club and Washington Conservation Voters every session.

She’s passed legislation to reduce mold in residential units and toxic soil contamination in child use areas; other bills have established policy and funding for environmental education programs. A top priority is mandating notification of aerial pesticide spraying; Kohl-Welles helped obtain agreements from the governor and Department of Agriculture requiring notification at schools, child care centers, and senior residences before pesticides are applied to kill Asian gypsy moths in Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia. Sen. Kohl-Welles has helped pass most of the major environmental bills of recent sessions, including clean-car, green building, and e-waste recycling legislation.

A member of the Seattle Monorail Project Board and the Transportation Choices Coalition Board, she’s a leader for rapid transit and other multimodal transportation choices. She’s been a strong advocate for replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct, if adequate funding is obtained, with the cut-and-cover tunnel alternative.

Sen. Kohl-Welles strongly opposes I-933 and supports I-937.