Gubernatorial Candidate Jay Inslee Walks & Talks Through Burien Tuesday
Story, Photos & Audio by Scott Schaefer
Even though the Washington State gubernatorial election is more than a year away, Democratic candidate Jay Inslee dropped in to Burien on Tuesday (Sept. 27), and somehow his handlers decided to invite me to participate in a ‘walk and talk’ around town with him and several others.
If you saw a group of nine people walking along SW 152nd Street, starting at City Hall then moving west, all gathered around a tall man who looked like a candidate, that was us – this Reporter, Mayor Joan McGilton, Deputy Mayor Brian Bennett, Mauricio Ayon from Para Los Niños, Gina Bourdage of Discover Burien (who put the entire tour together), two of Jay’s handlers and another reporter.
Inslee, who grew up nearby on 116th SW in what used to be White Center but is now part of Burien’s most-recently annexed area, is a fifth-generation native Washingtonian. He even painted houses in the Burien area with his Father, Frank Inslee, a teacher and coach at Seattle’s Franklin High School. Jay raised his family in Yakima, and currently lives on Bainbridge Island.
He is currently a congressman for the 1st District (which does not include the Burien area, currently in the 7th District), and is running for Washington State Governor in 2012.
I recorded audio of our walk & talk, and have broken it down into several edited segments below.
Questions asked include:
- As we passed a mostly-empty Burien Town Square development, I asked Jay “How can we bring back the housing market?”
- At the new Electric Train Shop, Jay talked to owner Scott Law. He also bought a train toy for a grandson, as well as a Union Pacific logo hat. He asked Scott what he could do as governor to help small businesses.
- At Carniceria Zacatecas, Jay spoke with Owner Maria Vidrio.
- 909 Coffee and Wine was our final stop, where we all sat down and had some great coffee and pastries. Jay spoke with Owner Kelly Ricci about “how to bring more private enterprise efficiency to government.”
- And finally, I asked Jay who his role models were…
And finally, as we sat at 909, Mayor McGilton spontaneously offered her endorsement of Inslee.
Here are photos of the campaign stop as shot by Scott Schaefer: