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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

A big thank you to all of you who were able to join us for our 7th District telephone town hall meeting last week.  It was a huge success!  In fact, Rep. Kretz and I now have bragging rights with our colleagues as it had the highest attendance of any previous telephone town hall!  I’m always telling folks in Olympia how involved my constituents are in civic affairs and their communities – and once again you came through.  We had a wonderful hour of conversations and questions, as well as a few poll questions.  You continue to impress me with how much you care and how involved you are.  In case you’re curious, here are some interesting facts about our telephone town hall and the results of our survey questions:


Total Attendees = 7,376

Peak Attendees (most folks online at once) = 954

Participants who pressed *3 to ask a question = 154

Participants who joined me live with questions = 22


Survey Results

The governor has proposed raising the state sales tax by .5 percent to generate nearly a half-billion dollars in new tax collections for certain state services. Do you support this tax increase?

1. Yes (11%)

2. No (82%)

3. Not sure (8%)


Do you support the legislation to legalize gay marriage in Washington state?

1. Yes (12%)

2. No (83%)

3. Not sure (5%)


As education is mandated by the Washington State Constitution, do you support funding education first?

1. Yes (63%)

2. No (16%)

3. Not sure (21%)


Again, thanks to all who were able to participate.  It is such a pleasure to represent and serve you in Olympia.


Shelly Short

State Representative Shelly Short, 7th Legislative District
427A Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7908 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000