Thank you for honoring me with your vote!

It will be a privilege to serve you as your State Representative in Olympia alongside State Rep. Reuven Carlyle and State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles. We are all indebted to retiring State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson for her 18 years of truly distinguished service to our district and state. Her support of our campaign has meant so much to me as a candidate and as a citizen of this district. I am grateful for the opportunity to carry her legacy forward.

I would like to congratulate my general election opponent, Noel Frame, for running a passionate campaign. Noel is a proven champion for advancing progressive issues. I look forward to enlisting her leadership to help shape the future of the communities and working families we all serve.

During these last eight months, thousands of voters have shared their stories with me. They are fighting to hold onto their jobs and want their kids to live and work in Seattle. They want affordable access to healthcare and believe that high school graduates should have a shot at admission to Washington’s public higher educational institutions. They want to protect the Puget Sound region to make it safe for people, fish and wildlife. I believe voters heard our message and gave us a decisive victory so together we can achieve these results for ALL of us.

As an elected official who has stood with the LGBT community, I am thrilled that our state took the historic step of advancing the rights of LGBT citizens and families by Approving Referendum 74 – marriage equality. It is one of the most important civil-rights issues of our decade and long overdue.

Elections are won by people not candidates. Our volunteers and campaign team did the hard work to help us win this race. My husband Bob and I want to thank our team, our next-door neighbors, and all of the people who have been so generous with their encouragement, time, and financial support. You helped us win big!

Thank you again to the people of the 36th District who opened their doors and hearts to this campaign. Your commitment to democracy makes all the difference. Democracy begins and ends with ALL of us.

Warmest wishes,

Gael Tarleton
State Representative-elect, D-36th District