Tribal community leader, nonprofit and economic development expert Sharlaine LaClair announced today that she is running for State House Legislative District 42, Position 1.
“My experience in my tribal community has shown me the incredible power of education and economic opportunity to build strong communities. I want this opportunity for all Whatcom residents. Our area is blessed with an incredible variety of natural beauty and resources. It is our duty to protect and use responsibly.” said Sharlaine LaClair.
Sharlaine is currently the Lummi Nation Service Organization Ventures Executive Director, where she promotes prosperity through philanthropy, job creation, entrepreneurship, community partnerships, and a small business incubator. She previously worked in the office of the Vice-Chairman of the Lummi Nation. She currently serves as the Lummi Planning Commissioner Treasurer Secretary, Lummi Budget Committee and has experience on the Lummi CEDAR Project Board, NWIC Student Leadership, member Autumn Rose Canoe Club, Annual Lummi Stommish Water Festival Committee, Salmon Ceremony Committee, Ventures Financial Management Team.
“My family has prospered along the land and waters of Whatcom County since time immemorial. As stewards of our homeland, my inherent values reflect a deep sense of responsibility to honor all people and to give back. I will work to ensure all children receive a quality education and residents have opportunities to thrive,” added LaClair.
Sharlaine grew up in Everson and attended Nooksack Valley schools. She currently lives in Bellingham. Sharlaine attended Northwest Indian College and received her Master’s in Public Administration at The Evergreen State College.
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Strengthening Our Schools:
Four years ago, the Washington State Supreme Court demanded our legislature make public education a top priority in the budget. Our elected officials have failed to take action. As a mom, Sharlaine finds this unacceptable. As a legislator, Sharlaine wants to make sure that all of our kids have access to the best education and opportunity.
Protecting Our Environment:
Washington is home to diverse landscapes and waterways that we depend upon for our livelihood. Sharlaine will work to protect our environment while bringing new jobs to Whatcom County.
Ensuring Job Creation:
No one in this race has more experience in job creation than Sharlaine LaClair. Through her work with the Lummi Nation she has worked with small businesses, streamlined permitting, and recruited new businesses to Whatcom County. Sharlaine knows that family wage jobs create opportunity for everyone.