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About Marty McClendon for Lt. Governor

Marty started life in a Naval Hospital in San Diego, and made the move with his family to Washington State in 1972. In the years following, he had the opportunity to see different parts of the state as his family moved around for his father’s work.

Marty’s father was a great influence on him. He had the work ethic typical of his generation, meaning he went where the work was, and worked hard each and every day. His patriotism and love of country, along with his faith were central to who his father was, and Marty admired that very much. One of Marty’s proudest moments was earning his way to Eagle Scout, which just reinforced the values of trustworthiness, honesty, faith and love of country instilled in him by his father.

Marty was accepted into the University of Washington where he studied to pursue a career in medicine, and went on to become an Anesthesia Technician for 13 years. After marrying his wife Lyn, they made the choice to move their family to Gig Harbor where Marty switched his career focus to Real Estate so that he could spend more time with the family. In addition to Real Estate, Marty is co-host of the nightly AM 1590 talk show “Eyes on Washington.” This program has given him the opportunity to speak with a wide variety of people throughout the area about the issues and challenges, both locally and statewide, that face us each day. More importantly, it has provided a sounding board to develop many possible solutions to those challenges.

Over the years, Marty became involved with volunteering in the community working with the Gig Harbor Boys and Girls Club, Make A Wish, Habitat for Humanity, Gig Harbor Rotary, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and many more. He has also been the Pastor of Family Church in Gig Harbor for the last three years.

Faith has played a large part in Marty’s life. It was his foundation when his son was diagnosed with Leukemia, and when his wife Lyn was diagnosed with breast cancer and later suffered a traumatic brain injury. It has also allowed him to build relationships with people he might otherwise have never met. According to Marty, “My faith unites me with people who are different from me – different in age, race, gender, sexual orientation, political philosophy and in a thousand other ways. We are stronger because of our diversity, and better when we work together to solve the issues that we face.”

Why Run for Office?

Marty has long been involved on the “civilian level” of Republican politics, and watching what has happened in this State under largely Democrat rule, he decided it was time to put his regular life on hold to try and make a positive difference for the people of Washington State. Given his background in working with businesses, as well as the “average” people over the years, Marty felt his skillset would best fit the job of Lt. Governor.

In the vein of the Founding Fathers, Marty does not plan to be a “professional politician,” but rather a “Gentleman Statesman” – one who sees it as their duty to fill a need in government for a time, and then return to their private life.

Marty is enthusiastic about the future of Washington State, but understands there are always opportunities for improvement. He will use his abilities to unite people to: Work on reducing government waste, make traffic congestion relief a priority, create a business friendly culture that will make Washington the model for attracting private businesses by reducing the over burdensome regulations and introducing incentives for entrepreneurs to start their businesses here, and more. He looks forward to hosting round table discussions with business leaders around the state to discuss what is needed to improve the business climate, and get more people to work.

In Marty’s own words, “When I am elected, I will work for the people of Washington State to change the culture of government, starting with modeling civility through The Golden Rule. As the President of the Senate, I will encourage all Washington State Senators and Legislators to show behavior that is respectful, fair and accountable.”

Marty has plans to encourage the people of Washington to become active participants in the governing process through the “3M Project” – a program that brings Marty together with local business owners, citizens, non-profit agencies and local governments to identify problems specific to their area, and collaborate around local solutions for those local problems. Anything that cannot be handled on the local level, Marty will bring before the State government to try to find a solution.

In the end, Marty brings a fresh perspective to the position of Lt. Governor. He is not a politician, so he will look for solutions outside of the “typical political solutions” to the needs in this state. “We must remember that the people are the government, and it is for their benefit that we have been given the opportunity to work and speak on their behalf.” ~Marty McClendon

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