Rep. Kirk Pearson announced his plans to run for the State Senate in the 39th Legislative District following the retirement of Sen. Val Stevens.
“Senator Stevens has been a strong voice for our community in the legislature for nearly two decades. Val stood proudly for responsible budgets, lower taxes and safe communities. We will miss her greatly and I wish her only the best in retirement,” Pearson said.
Pearson is excited about the opportunity to represent the 39th District in the State Senate.
“The chance to represent my friends and neighbors in the State Senate would be a great honor. I’ve been privileged to serve in the State House for the past 12 years but moving over to the Senate is a very special opportunity,” Pearson said.
Pearson says his top priority will be helping to jumpstart the economy.
“As we go through these tough times, the legislature needs to focus. How can we create living wage jobs and give the next generation the opportunity to succeed? I believe this starts by creating an environment friendly to job creation and extends to building great schools and investing in our communities,” explained Pearson. “Instead of being reactive, the legislature needs to take a proactive stance toward job creation. That’s the only way out of this downturn.”
Pearson also listed the importance of controlling state spending and responsible budgets.
“Overspending by the majority party has resulted in a crushing burden of deficits, higher taxes and cuts to critical services. We must get the state’s fiscal house in order,” Pearson said. “Right now, our communities can’t afford higher taxes and wasteful spending. We must do more with less as families all across our district are doing.”
Serving as the ranking member of the House Public Safety committee, Pearson will also bring a focus to community safety.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve done to put sexual predators and violent offenders behind bars to make our communities safer,” Pearson said. “In the State Senate, I will not waver from protecting our communities and helping the vulnerable.”
Pearson was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2000. He previously served as special assistant to former Congressman Jack Metcalf.
Pearson and his wife Rachel live in Monroe. They are the proud parents of five grown children and four grandchildren.