Washington state representative joins a crowded field for Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s seat
VANCOUVER — Vicki Kraft announced her candidacy for the Washington state 3rd Congressional District seat last evening while speaking to the Clark County Republican Party.
Kraft has served as the Washington state representative for the 17th Legislative District, Position 1 since being elected in 2016. “The people of the 3rd Congressional District deserve a candidate who is a proven, experienced, conservative leader with the voting record to back it up.” Kraft said.
Kraft joins a field of Republican challengers to Jaime Herrera Beutler that includes Heidi St. John and Joe Kent. Democrat Brent Hennrich is also actively seeking the seat.
Kraft recently received an award from the American Conservative Union Foundation, host of the national Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in recognition of her conservative legislative voting record. In 2020, according to their scores, she had the most conservative voting record in the Washington state House of Representatives.
Kraft’s first bill passed in the state legislature was to help Disabled Veterans with a sales tax credit for adaptive housing needs. She also started a bi-partisan Sex Trafficking Prevention Caucus in the House of Representatives her first year in office in 2017, which is still going strong to work to protect children and youth, and help survivors.
Other legislation Kraft has more recently introduced includes HB 2933 in 2020 and HB 1215 in 2021 to provide K-12 school choice education scholarships for private school and homeschool students. Also, HB 1738 in 2019 and 2020 to reduce administrative burdens for small businesses. In 2021, HB 1305 protecting the right to refuse a Covid-19 vaccine or any health-related mandate, and HB 1381 to limit the governor’s emergency powers, ensure legislative balance of power, and regulate government agency emergency authority.
Kraft has continually worked for limited, accountable government, a strong economy and one that promotes free market, small business growth.
Most notably, Kraft has been a consistent champion for the people and their Constitutional rights and freedoms. “Whether it’s fighting for parents’ rights, and against controversial mandates in schools such as Comprehensive Sex Education or Covid-19 masks; or fighting for individuals’ rights, and against the Covid-19 vaccine mandates, I will continue fighting for the people and will make sure their voice is heard in Washington D.C.,” said Kraft.
Prior to joining the legislature, Kraft worked for the Freedom Foundation as the SW WA development director. Previously, she worked as an account executive for Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Pillsbury, and Frigidaire as well as small businesses.
Formerly, Kraft lived in Washington D.C. and worked for We Care America, a nonprofit working with Federal government agencies including George W. Bush’s Community and Faith-Based Initiatives Office which awarded grants to nonprofits.
“It is indeed a true honor to serve the 17th Legislative District,” said Kraft. “I look forward to the opportunity to use my legislative experience, proven conservative record, and background to serve the citizens of Southwest Washington as their U.S. Representative for the 3rd Congressional District.