Being a mom of six and running a small business, I have faced bumps in the road bigger than losing an election. While I am disappointed, this experience has made me even more determined to continue my role as a servant leader in our community. I want to thank all of the wonderful volunteers and supporters who gave their time, energy and money to this campaign. I want to thank my husband, my kids and our employees at the restaurant for their support, as well as my campaign staff who have dedicated the last six months of their lives to this endeavor. Last, but not least, I want to wish the best of luck to the Republican ticket here in District 28 and all over the state this November. I look forward to working for them this fall.
I'm Monique Valenzuela Trudnowski and I'm running to shake up the political establishment in Olympia, get government out of our pockets, and help create sustainable local jobs.
(Courts is a DuPont City Council member.)
The Aug. 5 primary is less than a month away. Many candidates are the same ones we see every election, but one is new.
Monique Valenzuela Trudnowski, candidate for House Position 2 in the 28th District, is not a career politician or candidate. She and her husband Bill own Adriatic Grill near the Tacoma Mall and know the challenges of being small business owners during tough economic times.
Rather than sell the business, they stepped up and voluntarily foreclosed on their home to meet payroll for their 30 employees during the peak of the recession. Their business now employs more than 60 people, and that’s not by accident. Small business owners – our job creators – succeed in Washington by making wise choices.
Raised an Army brat on Fort Lewis and married to an Army veteran, she understands the challenges military families face. She understands how to find solutions to problems; she worked to privatize scheduling at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center and helped lead the successful effort to privately fund the state’s tourism industry (HB 2229).
A mother of six, including her oldest son, a wounded warrior stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Trudnowski balances career, family and community involvement. She is a candidate who knows first-hand the meaning of sacrifice and the challenges working people face. I endorse Monique Valenzuela Trudnowski, a strong woman for tough times.
Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/2014/07/09/winds-of-political-change-blowing-in-28th-district/#storylink=cpy
Check out my interview with John Carlson of KVI 570! Fast forward to 12:02 to hear my thoughts about the $15/hour minimum wage debate. Small business owners are in the business of creating sustainable jobs and we cannot do that with more government mandates!
Small business is all about jobs and keeping a paycheck coming to our employees. I know what it's like to make the tough decisions to keep our doors open, even at my own personal expense. Please take a moment to listen to a short message from fellow small business owner Coby Strausbaugh on why as a fellow small business owner he supports me in my campaign!
I am so humbled to have the endorsement of Governor Luis Fortuño, who represented Puerto Rico in Congress from 2005-2009 and later served as the 10th Governor of Puerto Rico from 2009 to 2013. His personal dedication to his constituents and to Puerto Rico is remarkable and truly an inspiration to me.
Throwback Thursday! This was 15 yrs ago when I coached my daughter & the Lakewood Lumberjacks cheer team. Her award winning, ESPN featured cheer career started right behind Lakes High School!
In 2013 Monique received the Faces of Diversity Award from the National Restaurant Association. Her hard work and determination are truly an embodiment of the American Dream. Watch this short video to learn more about Monique and her journey.