Kathy is a leader who finds allies to build solutions and deliver results. Her long career of service to the community demonstrates a unique ability to complete complex projects on time, on budget, and with buy-in from local business and community leaders.

 Kathy is careful with taxpayer dollars – a fact demonstrated in 7 years as a school board director. Her award-winning career in journalism taught her to analyze information and ask the right questions to get to the bottom of issues. Her experience raising money to help fund our schools has made her an advocate for responsible spending and investment. She is a strong advocate for accountability – a fact demonstrated on the school board when she advocated for zero-based budgeting and a reduction in administrative costs.

 She believes in justice, equality and responsibility. As a policy maker she has focused on ensuring equity, expanding access for all, and preparing youth for their future. After four long years of Liz Pike's division and rancor, it's time for a change.  Kathy Gillespie is a proven leader - the choice we need, the voice we deserve.  

 The choice is clear. For effective government, taking action, getting results, and working for you, Vote Kathy in the 18th!


About Kathy

  • Two-term school board director
  • Award-winning reporter, editor and manager in Arizona, California and Oregon
  • Supports strong public oversight of government, transparency, accountability
  • Longtime school volunteer, lunch buddy, mentor, tutor
  • Past-PTA and PTSA president
  • Ex-officio member of the Board for the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools
  • Member of state school directors assoc., WSSDA
  • Member of National School Boards Association, NSBA
  • Member of Association of American University Women, AAUW
  • Leadership Lake Oswego graduate
  • Graduate of Colorado State University, political science
  • Married with 2 children
  • Clark County resident for more than two decades
  • Volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence
  • Food bank volunteer
  • Member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - Clark County

Kathy's Priorities

  • Build partnerships and restore trust with business, civic leaders and citizens
  • Build alliances, make progress on big issues, deliver results
  • Fully fund basic education and end use of local school taxes to pay Olympia's bills
  • Boost job growth and support workforce development, expanded career and technical education opportunities for all students
  • Expand affordable housing options for all
  • End traffic gridlock by improving transportation options, including replacing the I-5 bridge
  • Improve livability for all by supporting smart growth, caring for our environment

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