Over 150,000 people call the 44th District home, with more moving in each year; the district is one of the fastest growing statewide. While many residents in the north of the district build aircraft at Boeing and many in the south work for tech companies in Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland, the district is home to over 3,500 small businesses which give the cities of the district their unique identities. From hot air balloon rides out of the Snohomish farmlands to the many shops of Mill Creek Town Center to the manufactories and warehouses of Maltby, the district boasts a diverse and dynamic economy.
Equally as diverse are the people of the 44th, many of whom brought their talents long distances to pursue opportunity in the Pacific Northwest. The district boasts an especially large Indian-American community in the south of the district, of which many speak Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil. There are also thriving communities of Americans of Latino, Chinese, Vietnamese (many of whom came as refugees following the Vietnam War), Filipino, Ukrainian, Russian, Korean, Ethiopian, and Arab descent– just to name a few.
Even greater is our diversity of perspective and our willingness to consider individuals on their own merits. While many Democrats and Republicans live in the 44th, the district boasts numerous swing voters who might vote for a competent Republican like Kim Wyman alongside Democratic candidates.
Between working class areas in Snohomish and along 527 to wealthy neighborhoods in Bothell and Mill Creek, residents never have to stray far to find someone different from themselves. Yet despite our many differences in ancestry, politics, and socioeconomics, the people of the 44th District strive as one for a greater participation in the limitless potential of the American Dream for all who seek it.