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11/2/16 – Letter: The weighty elements of democracy
By Devin Backholm
The choices we are making in the current election have come into focus for me. There are two fundamental possibilities in play, both having everything to do with a very heavy topic — how one sees the origin of the universe and man’s role in it. Our founders were totally committed to the idea that the universe is the handiwork of God, and mankind was placed here by the Creator to live under “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.”
I say totally committed because that’s what they said. They were willing to pledge “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” to defend the rights bestowed upon man by our Creator. (These are direct quotes from our Declaration of Independence.) This was the view proffered by George Washington in his letter to the states as he stepped down as Commanding General of the military after the War for Independence was won. He closed his letter with a prayer, part of which I quote here: “I now make it my earnest prayer, that God … would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love Mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, Humility, and Pacific temper of mind which were the Characteristicks (sic) of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a Happy Nation.” In this view governments are instituted to protect individual rights given to each person by God. The God of the Bible, for them, was the absolute Sovereign.
The second possibility in play is rooted in the French Revolution, which began the year our Constitution was ratified, 1789. They, like we, also spoke of liberty and law. But they defined those words differently. The ultimate source of law was not God, but “the nation.” That meant people would vote to determine what their rights would be. The Declaration of the Rights of Man was approved by the National Assembly of France, Aug. 26, 1789. This is article three of that declaration: “The principle of all sovereignty resides essentially in the nation. No body nor individual may exercise any authority which does not proceed directly from the nation.” In practical terms that meant that the legislature, not God, would be the bestower of rights and determine morality. In this view the civil government is the absolute sovereign. Robespierre and company used this rationale to murder 50,000 people in public places via the guillotine.
Our current viable choices for the legislatures, state and federal, come from either the Democrat or Republican parties. I have attended the local candidate forums, listened to interviews on the radio, checked the incumbents’ voting record and, in some cases, had personal extended conversations from both sides. It is my conclusion that all the Democrats have more in common philosophically with the French Revolution and the Republicans are more amenable to the philosophy of the American Revolution. My litmus test was their thinking on the recent redefining of marriage to include two people of the same sex. Those of the French Revolution mind-set would agree that the legislature has all sovereignty and can do such a thing. Those who are committed to the American view acquiesce to “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” and refuse to assume such power belongs to a legislature.
Obviously, we face many other issues of importance. But the long-term approach to how we look at law and government is more crucial than the current issues. The French Revolution view is the grandparent of all the socialist, progressive, statist, communist movements since that time. In this tradition are many mass graves full of their citizens who were relabeled as enemies of “the nation.” In the last century, the dead number well over 100,000,000 souls. In stating this fact, I am not insinuating that our current legislators would ever endorse such atrocities. But that is the consequence of their philosophy when allowed to grow to full term. It is possible to be sincere and wrong.
So, as for me, I am voting for those candidates who are more closely aligned with the vision of George Washington. That legacy has been of great benefit and inspiration to the whole world, unparalleled by any other in any other time. Local legislative candidates I support at the state level are Sue Kuehl Peterson, Jim Walsh, Jimi O’Hagan, Danille Turissini, John Alger and George Vrable. For federal House, Todd Bloom and Senate, Chris Vance.
Devin Backholm is an Aberdeen resident.
10/29/16 – Letter: Turissini is a vote for the people
I am excited and delighted that Danille Turissini is running for state Senate.
She says she is running for the people, not against her opponent, Kevin Van De Wege.
That tells me she thinks differently than other candidates and is focused on the task at hand, representing you.
She is running as an independent GOP candidate.
This will relieve her from the pressure of party bosses and special interests.
She wants to represent the people of the 24th Legislative District, meaning everyone in the district.
She is running for you and me, not herself.
I met Danille several years ago when I took a class in Port Angeles and one in Olympia on how to work with legislators of both parties.
One of the things I learned from those courses is that she is intimately acquainted with the legislative process.
Instead of imposing her own will, she brings people together to hammer out agreements.
She understand compromise is preferable to stalemate and that bridges work better than barriers.
Danille has worked as chief strategist for 4th Branch Strategies, an organization she founded and owns that helps communities improve relationships and that builds consensus-achieving goals through authentic, common-sense, time-honored yet mostly forgotten golden rules of personal and public engagement.
What I admire most about Danille is her integrity.
She speaks the truth.
She does not flip-flop on issues to please an audience.
Check her out on www.danilleforsenate.com and LinkedIn, where there is another profile.
Charney Trudel, Port Angeles
10/28/16 – A glance at candidates running in the 24th District Preview of candidates running for races in the 24th Legislative District
Hargrove’s decision to retire at the end of his term this year has left the state Senate seat open this election, and the two state House seats for the district also are up for grabs, with three newcomers to state politics along with one incumbent in the races.
All of the candidates are from areas other than Grays Harbor County. Here is a breakdown of the races and the candidates, with some of their key statements on local and state issues:
The state Senate race features Sequim Democrat Kevin Van De Wege facing Port Ludlow Republican Danille Turissini.
Van De Wege is completing his fifth term representing the 24th District in the House. For the last six years, he served as Majority Whip. He’s also a firefighter and paramedic in Sequim.
“Creating jobs and funding our schools are the two biggest issues that I am working on and also have a dramatic effect on the district,” Van De Wege says. “I am proud to work with Rep. Brian Blake to ensure designated timber is cut as it is intended on our state lands and to make sure Department of Natural Resources has the resources they need to make that happen and also to permit private timber harvests. This helps create jobs and keeps our mills running. I have worked with my seatmate Rep. Steve Tharinger to help invigorate a cross laminated timber market in this state. This has solid potential of creating real manufacturing jobs in Grays Harbor.
“School funding is critical. Our children deserve a solid education that will give them the tools for success. But many legislators in Olympia feel that public schools cost too much. Fighting that is a challenge but I am up to the task of ensuring Grays Harbor schools continue to see success.”
Turissini has been active in public policy and grassroots networking for more than 32 years, 10 of which has been focused in Olympia. She is credited with developing a statewide grassroots citizen action network as a founding member of EDC Team Jefferson, the Jefferson County State designated Associate Development Organization (ADO).
“Our district needs a State Senator whose first priority is what’s in the best interest of the district, and not a political party or special interests; someone who understands the need for a comprehensive approach to problems because one-size-ﬁts-all solutions rarely work the same in an urban versus rural area,” Turissini says.
Turissini says she also knows Olympia, having worked there for 10 years, most recently “training citizens to navigate the process, the campus and the relationships there. I know the process well. I know how things work there. I know how things don’t.”
Democrat Van De Wege has nearly twice the contributions claimed by Republican Turissini, $116,622 to $65,844, yet the difference in spending, $68,188 and $59,514, is much smaller, according to financial disclosure records. The bulk of the funds raised by Turissini come from the Republican party and individual donors; Van De Wege’s come from area tribes, corporations like Rayonier and Pfizer, and organizations like the Northwest Sportfishing Industry PAC and Potato PAC to go with his own private party contributions.
Rep. Position 1
With Van De Wege running for the Senate seat, this House position features political newcomer George Vrable against four-term Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman.
Chapman, Democrat, Port Angeles, is a former U.S. Customs Inspector who earned the Exceptional Service Award for capturing the Millennial Bomber with US Customs in 1999. He’s also been active in youth programs as president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula among other youth sports organizations and has been the chair of the Peninsula Regional Transportation Planning Organization; chair, Clallam Transit; director, Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce, director and chair, Clallam County Board of Health; founding director, two term president and board director of the William Shore Memorial Pool District.
“The top issues facing the 24th Legislative District are fully funding basic education with increased employment and income growth,” Chapman says. “We have a roughly $350-billion economy in our state and, as your Legislator, I will work hard to maintain a climate where good paying jobs with strong benefits and retirement security can flourish. I will work to promote the retention and creation of union jobs in our communities. When we fully fund our educational system we can begin to build an economy where everyone can achieve their full potential and find or create living wage jobs.”
Vrable, Republican, Port Ludlow, is a retired 35-year career firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, a former commercial fisherman and retired Air Force enlisted officer during the Vietnam War era. He also worked for a municipal fire department in San Diego and retired from the Puget Sound Federal Fire Department as a Battalion Chief.
“I have spent most of my life serving people in need. My instinct is to help and respond to emergencies,” Vrable says. “Today our state needs help. Our schools are failing, our traffic is snarled, our prisons release violent inmates before their sentences end, our veterans are homeless and our workers cannot find a job that will support a family.”
Vrable also says he will take on lobbyists if elected: “Right now, somewhere in Seattle a lobbyist, in an Armani suit, is looking out the window from a 40-story glass tower across the sound at the Olympic Peninsula. Sadly, that lobbyist has more influence on your future than you do. Together we can change that. I want to bring back our traditional resource based industries to provide living wage jobs.
While Chapman has suggested changes in what he calls the state’s regressive tax system, Vrable said he would be opposed to a state income tax.
Chapman also said he was a “strong supporter” of Initiative-1491, which would “temporarily prevent individuals who are at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms by allowing family, household members, and police to obtain a court order.” The initiative is intended to prevent a person with violent tendencies from buying a gun or keeping a gun.
“This is an opportunity to remove weapons from people who may not be in a position mentally or emotionally where they should have access to weapons,” Chapman said, noting he had served as a former street law enforcement officer.
Vrable, on the other hand, questioned if the initiative could go too far: “I see a lot of possibility of abuse with that. I am very skeptical of something where somebody can accuse me of being dangerous and I lose my right to bear arms for a certain period of time.”
Democrat Chapman has raised more than $103,000, compared to Republican Vrable’s $4,120.
Rep. Position 2
In the other House race, incumbent Democrat Steve Tharinger of Dungeness faces Sequim resident John D. Alger, who refers to himself as a Republican/Independent.
Alger is an Aberdeen native who graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1972, served as a career Air Force officer in England (twice), Germany (Berlin), Japan, Hawaii, and Honduras. Retiring to Sequim, he lists community service with My Choices Pregnancy Medical Resource Centers and as a council member at Sequim Valley Foursquare Church.
“The unemployment situation in our communities is tragic,” Alger says. “Job creation will affect everyone in our communities. I recently heard of a survey of 35 homeless in Port Angeles (I use this as an example, assuming those in Grays Harbor will be similar). When asked what the one thing each needed — 27 of 35 said they needed a job. They didn’t say, shelter or clothing but, he/she needed a job. Significantly lowering our unemployment — getting jobs for our neighbors — has to be our primary focus.”
Alger also listed education funding as his second top priority, in dealing with the state Supreme Count mandate to fully fund public schools: “The McCleary decision has set the course for education reform and funding. Now, the Legislature has to come up with reforms to make our system more successful. The number of students we currently lose to dropout saddens me personally.”
Tharinger is seeking his third term. The 39-year resident of the Olympic Peninsula is the past owner of a small wood manufacturing business and served three terms as a Clallam County commissioner. In the House, he has served as vice-chair of the environment and finance committees and currently is chair of the Capital Budget committee, while also sitting on the appropriations, health and wellness Committees.
“There is more to do in the areas of education funding from early learning to college,” Tharinger says. “The 24th Legislative District is one of the oldest districts in the state. I co-chair a joint executive legislative committee on aging which deals with long-term care services and helping people age in place.
“Our district suffers from chronic unemployment, so creating and maintaining jobs is a high priority. We were able to get $5.2 million in the Capital Budget to start using cross-laminate timber (CLT) for classroom construction. This pilot will show that CLT is a great building material for schools and affordable housing, which should lead to more jobs in the woods and manufacturing facilities on the Peninsula. Plus CLT sequesters carbon helping with global warming, something we should all be thinking about. We must work together at the local and state level ensuring we have strong communities helping our families thrive.”
Tharinger and Alger differ most distinctly on the issue of raising the minimum wage, with Initiative 1433 on the November ballot — a measure that would incrementally raise the state’s minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50 by 2020 and mandate employers to offer paid sick leave.
Tharinger said he generally supports minimum wage increases, which he called a “challenge for our district for the rural areas.” The increased wages come with increased economic activity, he noted. While he said a $15 minimum wage would be too high, Tharinger said the amounts set by the initiative “make some sense.”
Alger, however, said Washington state already has the eighth highest minimum wage in the nation at $9.47 an hour. “I don’t like the initiative, because I don’t think we should have one size fits all for the entire state,” Alger said.
As an incumbent, Tharinger has raised $100,000 more in contributions than Republican Alger.
10/16/16 – State Senate candidates differ on taxes, guns, wages at general election forum in Port Angeles
State Senate candidates differ on taxes, guns, wages at general election forum in Port Angeles
Kevin Van De Wege and Danille Turissini are vying for the 24th District state Senate seat being vacated by Jim Hargrove, who is retiring.
PORT ANGELES — State Senate candidates Kevin Van De Wege and Danille Turissini sat farther apart on political issues than the few feet separating them at a general election forum at the Clallam County Courthouse.
Sitting Wednesday at dais chairs reserved for county commissioners, they differed on imposing a capital gains tax to fund education, increasing the statewide minimum wage and preventing at-risk individuals from having access to firearms for up to two years under Initiative 1491.
The two candidates are vying for the 24th District state Senate seat being vacated by longtime lawmaker Jim Hargrove, who is retiring from the legislative body.
Van De Wege, a Democrat, and Turissini, who filed as a “GOP/independent party” candidate, took questions from an audience of about 55 participants at the forum sponsored by the Clallam County League of Women Voters.
Ballots for the Nov. 8 general election will be mailed Wednesday to voters in the district, which covers Clallam and Jefferson counties and the northern half of Grays Harbor County.
Van De Wege is a five-term 24th District state representative and Clallam County Fire District No. 3 firefighter-paramedic.
He said he supports firearms-limiting I-1491.
Turissini is a Port Ludlow resident and former grass-roots director for the Family Policy Institute of Washington.
She said she opposes it.
If approved, judges could issue what are called extreme-risk protection orders that would prevent individuals who are deemed a danger to themselves or others from possessing firearms for up to two years.
Turissini said she is cautious about imposing restrictions on firearms little by little.
“It seems like there is incrementalism that happens, and I want to be very cautious about that in all cases related to firearms.”
There is no research that shows innocent people are safeguarded by having firearms taken away, she added.
Van De Wege said the requirement of a court order safeguards gun owners’ rights under the initiative.
He added that he opposes a ban on assault weapons because “it goes after law-abiding citizens.”
Van De Wege also said he supports statewide Initiative 1433, which would increase the minimum wage from $9.47 an hour to $13.50 by 2020.
In response to a question on I-1433’s impact on seniors on fixed incomes, Van De Wege said seniors’ expenses can be covered.
“The costs can be divvied up,” he said.
“If seniors can’t pay for their care, government funding steps in so quickly.”
But Turissini said the higher wage imposed under I-1433 is not enough to solve the low-wages problem.
“I don’t like one-size-fits-all solutions,” she said.
Turissini said she favors a “tiered” solution that applies differently to different geographic areas “so it does not crush the businesses such as in our community.”
Turissini and Van De Wege also responded to a query on bringing equity to what the questioner said was the state’s regressive tax system.
Van De Wege said the state needs to find the revenue to fully fund K-12 basic education as mandated under the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision.
He said if tax loopholes can’t be closed to fill the gap, he favors imposing a capital gains tax.
“That would tax the folks that are most able to pay,” he said.
“That would help make our taxes more equitable and less regressive.”
Van De Wege added that he favors taxing the sale of nonretirement stocks and bonds, not the sale of property.
Turissini said the business-tax system needs reforming rather than imposing a capital gains tax.
The Legislature seems to impose taxes “on a whim,” she said.
“There are quite a few services and quite a few things the government is funding that we should take a look at.”
Van De Wege defended the Legislature, saying lawmakers have streamlined costs.
“I would love to hear examples that you might have,” he said.
Turissini suggested sunset clauses and re-assessing spending on a regular basis.
“It seems like not a lot of thought goes into the process other than repeating, repeating, repeating,” she said.
She asked the audience, for example, if the state lottery pays for education.
“No,” she and members of the audience said loudly.
Van De Wege said that is incorrect.
He said about $100 million goes toward K-12 school construction.
Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8/10/16 – Candidates for 24th District state Senate seat clash on minimum wage
Candidates for 24th District state Senate seat clash on minimum wage
Kevin Van De Wege said he supports statewide Initiative 1433, while Danille Turissini is against it.
PORT ANGELES — The two North Olympic Peninsula candidates for the 24th District state Senate seat took opposing positions Tuesday on increasing the state minimum wage to $13.50 an hour.
Democrat Kevin Van De Wege of Sequim said he supports statewide Initiative 1433, while Danille Turissini of Port Ludlow, who calls herself an “independent GOP” candidate, is against it, they told the Port Angeles Business Association breakfast gathering at Joshua’s restaurant.
The initiative, which would increase the wage from $9.47 to $13.50 an hour by 2020 and guarantee workers receive paid sick leave, is a shoo-in for passage Nov. 8, according to the Association of Washington Businesses.
Van De Wege is a Clallam County Fire District 3 firefighter in his fifth two-year state House term.
Turissini is a former newspaper reporter and editor for The Daily and Sunday Review in Towanda, Pa. and co-founded EDC Team Jefferson in Jefferson County.
Turissini, whose husband, Dave, is a bus operations manager for Sound Transit, said in an email later Tuesday that she quit her job as the grassroots director for the Family Policy Institute of Washington to run for the state Senate.
Turissini and Van De Wege spoke for an hour before 45 breakfast meeting participants under a format that did not include time limits for candidates’ responses to the audience’s questions.
Van De Wege, the House Democratic Caucus’ majority whip, did not specify how much the minimum wage should increase from the present $9.47 an hour.
“I don’t know what it should be, but I support the initiative,” he said.
Van De Wege said I-1433 campaign organizers approached business groups telling them that if they were “willing to cut a deal” with initiative organizers on a wage increase that the Republican-controlled Senate could pass, the organizers would abandon their initiative efforts.
“The [business] groups did not want to negotiate,” Van De Wege said.
“My feeling on a lot of interest groups that represent small businesses is that they do not always have the best interest of small businesses.”
Turissini said she supports a not-one-size-fits-all minimum wage.
Contending that even a $15-an-hour is not a livable wage, Turissini said the owner of a coffee shop in Chimacum told her that if the initiative passes, employees would be fired.
“I support sick leave, but not a mandate,” Turissini added.
“We need to start going at this more outside the box and include business people in … the solution.”
Asked about the overall level of taxation and raising or lowering taxes, the candidates laid out their differences there, too.
Turissini said she “can’t pledge to never raise taxes” but that the government is taxing citizens for things they are not “constitutionally required” to pay for, citing the impact of special-interest groups.
“The people should be talking to legislators about what is in the best interest of the district, not a party boss,” she said.
Turissini also criticized state funding for Planned Parenthood that totalled $58 million for the 2015-2016 biennium.
“It’s not even about abortion,” Turissini said.
“They offer very few services,” she said, adding Planned Parenthood pays its national CEO $590,000.
In Washington state, the CEO makes at least $272,000, according to an American Life League report.
“I get that those are competitive wages, but there should be a cap on those kind of expenditures,” Turissini said.
Van De Wege said he is opposed to a state income tax but supports a capital gains tax.
He said legislators streamlined government and dramatically cut state services during the recession and more than once urged audience members to contact him to identify wasteful spending.
“Whether or not tax money is wasted by government is somewhat objective,” he said.
“In Washington state, roughly we have as many tax exemptions as taxes we collect,” Van De Wege added, saying he was willing to consider eliminating some exemptions to raise revenue.
“We need to do a better job of making sure the tax exemptions we have out there are creating jobs and doing what they are supposed to do.”
The Legislature, he added, still must find $3 billion to fund the State Supreme Court’s McCleary-decision mandate to fully fund K-12 basic education-programs.
Turissini said she supported changing the business and occupation tax from applying to gross income to applying to net profit.
“I’m open to thoughts on that,” Van De Wege said, adding he does not have a personal opinion on the proposal.
Turissini said in an email Tuesday that she was asked to run for the position by Spokane Valley Republican Sen. Mike Padden on behalf of the Republican leadership.
In her closing statement she said she is not running to represent the Republican Party.
“I’m running to represent you,” she said.
In Van De Wege’s closing statement, he encouraged the audience to contact him and thanked them for their vote.
The Senate seat is open after the retirement of longtime legislator Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam, a Democrat.
Legislative District 24 covers Clallam and Jefferson counties and the northern part of Grays Harbor County.
Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at email@example.com.
7/5/16 – Letter to Editor: Vote for Danille for State Senate
Letter to the editor July 5, 2016
To the editor,
Approximately 150 years ago slavery divided and threatened to destroy the union of Northern and Southern states. President Lincoln was opposed to slavery but he put aside his personal dislike of the practice to do everything possible to preserve the union.
Now, in the 21st century a different kind divisive force is threatening the union. It is a force characterized by disrespect and refusal to compromise by our two major political parties, a slavery to partisan politics. It is manifested by a lack of common sense, slavery to political correctness, and a disconnect from the people of Mainstreet USA. It has spawned a back lash of distrust in both parties.
There will be an election in November that gives us, the voters, another opportunity to put representatives in office who will actually speak for you and me and are willing to break this political deadlock.
Danille Turissini, who is running for state senator, is such a candidate. Danille has worked for several years with both republicans and democrats in Olympia in reaching consensus on various bills. She has worked at building bridges between the two parties rather than deepening preexisting canyons. She has chosen to run as an independent GOP candidate to free herself from being a “slave” to special interests and “party bosses”.
Danille is running for you, she is not running for herself. She is a woman of integrity. Meet her on her website at Danille for Senate.com.
Submitted by Terry Trudel, M.D
5/17/16 - Danille Turissini Announces for State Senate
Danille Turissini Announces for State Senate
May 17, 2016
Port Ludlow – Community leader and former journalist Danille Turissini announced her candidacy for the State Senate in the 24th Legislative District seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Hargrove.
“I’m running for the State Senate to improve our schools, create good-paying jobs, and to provide good stewardship of our lands and tax dollars,” said Turissini. “We need a State Senator who will listen, work tirelessly on our behalf, and represent all of our communities. That’s the type of legislator I will be in the State Senate.”
Danille is excited about the opportunity to represent the 24th District.
“We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world with tremendous natural resources and great people. Unfortunately, too many of our communities have been left behind. While Seattle and Bellevue prosper, rural communities like ours are suffering from lack of investment, unnecessary regulations, and poor leadership. We need to shake up the status quo to get results. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.”
“Unfortunately, my opponent Kevin Van De Wege represents more of the same. After 10 years in Olympia, Kevin Van De Wege has changed. He’s voting against our district in favor of Seattle special interests and his political party bosses.”
Danille pointed to a number of policy differences with her opponent.
“Kevin Van De Wege is not listening to the voters. He voted to overturn the voter-approved 2/3rds requirement to raise taxes. Then he voted to raise taxes by more than $2.5 billion. Van De Wege even voted to slash more than $4 billion in funding from our schools,” explained Turissini. “I’ll take a much different approach.”
Turissini lists improving education as her top priority.
“Local schools are the lifeline for our future. We need to expand the work of the bipartisan Majority Coalition Caucus in the State Senate to increase education funding and to make college tuition more affordable. But it’s not just about funding. We need to improve standards and increase accountability to get results for our kids.”
Former State Representative Jim Buck is supporting Danille for the State Senate.
“Danille Turissini will provide an independent voice for our community. She’s organized, smart, and hard-working,” said Buck. “Danille will provide the leadership our community needs to make a positive difference in the State Senate.”
Turissini is running for the State Senate as an Independent GOP candidate.
“I’m running as ‘Independent GOP’ because I’m going to represent the interests of our district, not the party bosses and special interests. I’ll be an independent voice for improving our communities – our schools, creating jobs, and controlling government spending.”
Danille has made it her life’s ambition to empower regular people for doing extraordinary things.
“As your State Senator, I will continue to do what I have always done. I will listen and learn from those who are the most knowledgeable about the many issues that impact our communities, my fellow citizens in the 24th District.”
Danille is a co-founder and served as the executive director of PEAK Leadership, a 10-month adult community leadership development program that was offered in Clallam and Jefferson Counties for three years, from 2008-2011.
She is a also founding member of the EDC Team Jefferson, the Jefferson County State designated Associate Development Organization (ADO), and former member of the Peninsula Development District regional council on economic development.
In 2012, she was the legislative liaison for the Music Matters special license plate, sponsored by Music Aid Northwest to fund music programs in schools.
Danille resides in Port Ludlow with Dave, her husband of 33 years, who is the program manager for the Sound Transit Express Bus Service. Together, the Turissinis have five children, including a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren; an umbrella cockatoo named Daisy, and their dog, Jasper.