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Issue Position: A Champion for Housing and Social Services

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Shelter, food, and water - the three most basic elements of survival. It's a sad fact that many Washingtonians go day-to-day without knowing where they'll be sleeping, what they'll be eating, and whether they'll find clean drinking water or not. One can only pull oneself up by their bootstraps if he first has boots to buckle.

Like so many of his generation, Ed Murray was drawn to public service by President Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy. His commitment to social justice was made whole by the writings of Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement, and growing up in a large, Irish Catholic family.

As a representative of the most urban, dense, and diverse district in the state, Ed Murray sees the hardship and trials faced by those on the streets of his district everyday. That's why as the Chair of the Capital Budget Committee, Ed doubled Housing Trust Fund and created the State's first relief program for low-income farm workers. That's why, year after year, Ed continues to advocate for homeless youth programs, soup kitchens, and social services for those who truly need them.

Ed doesn't just vote for progressive housing and social service legislation - He writes it.

Prime Sponsor Capital Budget - 2002 Session - Making Capital Budget appropriations

Wrote the Capital Budget which included largest expansion of affordable housing in recent state history - doubling the Housing Trust Fund and creating the State's first relief program for low income farm workers.


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