DECISION 2018: Legislative District 12 • State Representative Position 1

Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties



Ann Diamond

(No Party Preference)

Age: 56

City/town: Mazama

Why are you the best choice?

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Ann Diamond

I am a family doctor who built The Country Clinic with family and friends. When I sit down with my patients, they expect me to listen, to advocate, and to work hard in their best interest. I believe we want the same professionalism from our legislature—to listen, to advocate, and to work in our best interest. Currently in the legislature there are no medical doctors working on decisions that affect everyone’s health. I am running independent because I believe party politics have become too divisive, and an elected representative should stand for the people, not a party.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

I am a physician who understands health care, knows how to listen to patient concerns, makes a plan based on evidence, and follows up to be sure nothing was missed. I am the only candidate running independent of political party, and I will keep my door open to all. My campaign is funded by people—no party, corporate or PAC money accepted. I am a successful small business owner, with a clinic that grew from eight to ten thousand patients in 15 years. I employed a staff of 20 and never missed a payroll. I am not a career politician.

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing?

Throughout the district, our communities face similar challenges - housing and healthcare costs are rising faster than wages, small farmers and small business owners are struggling to keep up with regulations and to ?nd employees. Young people leave home to pursue education and careers, but can’t find a living wage or housing when they return. Local leaders need to work together with lawmakers to address affordable housing and health care, while ensuring efficient use of our tax dollars.



Keith Goehner

(Prefers Republican Party)

Age: Not provided

City/town: Leavenworth

Why are you the best choice?

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Keith Goehner

My life experiences have given me a broad perspective of different livelihoods in our District. My training and business dealings have given opportunities to deal with a variety of challenges and be a problem solver. As a farmer, the outcomes rely on my efforts and decision-making abilities to work through market fluctuations and crop issues. This has helped me to keep a long-term outlook and not be impulsive in my leadership. Working with others to reach consensus for the good of the whole is something that I enjoy doing and, in my opinion, is a prerequisite for public service.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

What sets me apart is sixteen years of experience as a Chelan County Commissioner. I’ve had the responsibility of balancing and managing government budgets, the opportunity to build relationships with department heads and elected officials across the State, and advocate for local government in the Legislature. I have worked on many issues that affect the 12th District, including wildlife issues, transportation concerns, water supply, and forest health problems. My interaction with commissioners throughout our four county area has given me insights into the uniqueness of the District and the need to work together to protect our common goals and interests.

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing?

Diversity in our economy is a challenge for business in our district. We need to keep our current business climate strong while attracting new business. With a shrinking tax base, local governments are challenged to provide services for their citizens. The legislature must recognize the uniqueness of rural Washington and supply funding for any new expected services or regulations instead of stifling creativity.



JD Greening

(Prefers Republican Party)

Age: Not provided

City/town: Waterville

Why are you the best choice?

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JD Greening

This is an opportunity for a fresh voice in Olympia. Being no stranger to public service, after high school I enlisted in the United States Navy serving multiple deployments overseas. After, I earned my B.A. in Political Science then started working for the Washington State Legislature and later worked in D.C. for Congress. This gave me direct exposure to what is entailed in the legislative process. I know I’m tuned in not only to the needs of the community but how to implement solutions for them in Olympia, so this makes me the best candidate for this position.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

What sets me apart is my ongoing passion for public service and having a sense of urgency to produce change within the District, I think it’s time to clear the air within Olympia and let candidates with different life experiences other than running businesses or career politicians jumping from position to position be elected. Being a veteran as well as a 1st generation college graduate from a rural farm town that worked all the way up Congress learning from our nation’s highest elected officials makes me a different kind of candidate and one I think we need in Olympia.

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing?

For our District currently, one of the most pressing matters is building and supporting fire wise communities; for safety, quality of life and economic viability. This District draw tourists that support the economy and also provides the backdrop for our way of life. We want to manage these resources with best practices and protect our communities from preventable damage as best we can. Community fire wise programs deserve acknowledgement and support, local responders should have proper training and equipment. This is a front end investment to mitigate the devastating costs of wildfires as we have seen them in recent years.



C. Keiki Stacy Weigle

(Prefers Democratic Party)

Age: Not provided

City/town: Okanogan

Why are you the best choice?

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C. Keiki Stacy Weigle

Party politics aside, I am a professional problem solver and process creator. Having had a successful career in the fast-past technology industry for over 35 years, I have a successful track record in being able to listen, identify and troubleshoot issues or create new options for opportunities, as well as set clear objectives and meet them. That skillset coupled with my work ethics, makes me a viable candidate to legislate for the actions necessary to successfully address key interrelated issues that our district faces, especially when needing to find or create solutions to very interrelated issues that help our district.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

The 14th Dalai Lama said, “Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” My son graduated from Omak High and heads to WSU this fall. He loves living here and wants to return, but he worries prospects aren’t favorable. I’ve listened closely for over 3 years to residents who feel the same. I’ve heard what folks feel are key interrelated issues and see clear paths to addressing those issues, including those involving healthcare, technology, education, jobs and more. It’s time to get our wings, roots, reasons and improvements. Put me to work.

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing?

I believe effective representation of our district has been sorely lacking in state legislature. I can’t find a time over the past 20+ years when we have been represented effectively and consistently. Our needs have been overshadowed by more populated and developed districts. That challenge is one a Rep must get beyond, chewing it down like a bulldog and negotiating a way into inclusion. I’m a bulldog and will make our district recognized, relevant and hone in on negotiating our way into effective legislation that includes and addresses our needs and key interrelated issues.



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