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April 15, 2014

Dear Friends,

I am happy to announce that I will be seeking a second term as State Representative from the 29th Legislative District. My first term was extraordinarily productive and I enjoyed working hard on your behalf. With nearly 40% of our district on federal food assistance, it is hard to wake up and head to Olympia without a feeling of fierce urgency. I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve and I ask that you send me back for my second term.

If I am reelected I will continue to fight to make sure we invest in our community by making meaningful investments in our underserved communities. In our country, every child deserves the opportunity to work hard and achieve the American Dream. I will continue to fight against special interests that have rigged the system against the poor and middle class, because every person who is willing to work hard should be able to provide the dignity of a home for their child. In addition to working on issues that affect the vulnerable, I also tackled the issue of frivolous law suits by prisoners:

In 1995, a woman in our community named Paula Henry was given terrible news – her husband was brutally murdered. It took five years for the police to find enough evidence to convict the murderer, but that wouldn’t be the last time Paula would be victimized. Recently, her husband’s murderer decided to frivolously sue Paula from prison in an effort to harass her and drive up her legal bills. He succeeded.

That is why I sponsored and passed a bill (HB 2102) this year that makes sure that certain criminals who are in prison cannot frivolously file law suits against their victims. They will need to prove to a judge that the law suit is not frivolous before being allowed to sue a victim of their crime or their family.

Let me know how I can earn your vote.



Wednesday at 10:46 AM

Editorial: Don’t let offenders revictimize their victims

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

For Paula Henry, closure didn’t come when the man who murdered her husband in 1995 was finally convicted in 2001 – after years of harassing her.

Although Larry Shandola is serving a 31-year sentence for shooting Robert Henry to death in a Tacoma parking lot, he continues to cause grief for the victim’s widow. He filed suit against her, two of her friends and a victim’s advocate for $100,000 each, alleging that they violated his privacy rights and inflicted emotional distress. The four h


Wednesday at 10:43 AM

Lawmakers to cities: Don't freeze out pot shops

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — Some Washington lawmakers concerned about a possible pot-business freeze-out want to keep cities and towns from adopting marijuana-business bans.

On Tuesday, 10 representatives in the House — nine Democrats and one Republican — introduced a bill in Olympia that would require cities and counties to cooperate with state regulators in allowing licensed recreational marijuana gardens, processing facilities and stores within their jurisdictions.

Local governments woul


Wednesday at 10:37 AM

Compromise offered on real-estate fee to support homeless programs

Monday, March 10, 2014

Senate Republicans have introduced a compromise over a fee that funds housing services for the state’s homeless, but some say the proposal isn’t enough.

State Senate and House lawmakers announced last week that House Bill 2368 would get a pass on the normal deadline for bills, giving themselves an extra week to work on the issue.

HB 2368 would extend indefinitely a $40 surcharge on recording real-estate documents. The bill stalled in the Senate Fina­ncial Institutions, Hou


Wednesday at 10:35 AM

Work, job experience may translate to college credits

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

OLYMPIA - Central Washington University may begin making it easier for veterans, early education professionals and others to translate their experiences into diplomas, if a proposed bill is passed.
Rep. David Sawyer, D-Tacoma, sponsored a bill to begin an online alternative degree program at the university.
"As one of the younger members in the House of Representatives, I've been deeply concerned over tuition," said Sawyer, a CWU political science and geography graduate, at


Wednesday at 10:32 AM

Seattle Times Editorial On Tribal Fishing Bill

Monday, January 20, 2014

An overdue apology for Native American activists

On the 40th anniversary of the Boldt decision, the state should issue a de facto apology to Native American activists convicted of exercising treaty fishing rights.


Tuesday at 10:43 AM

New Endorsement

Marilyn Strickland has endorsed David Sawyer! Thank you for the support!

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Tuesday at 9:45 AM

Kick-Off for 29th Legislative District Candidates

Please Join Representatives Sawyer and Kirby as well as Senator Conway as we kick off our campaign for 2014.

Please note that this event is not at the usual IBEW Hall where Democrats typically meet in the 29th.

  Tuesday, May 6, 2014
  5:30 AM - 7:30 AM

  IBEW 483
  3525 South Alder Tacoma, WA

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