A couple years back in a hot gym at North Mason High School, I got to meet and watch one Jesse Young. Imagine my surprise when Jesse was appointed as replacement for Jan Angel in the state house for the 26th Legislative District. Oh imagine my surprise because I thought Jesse was eating sleeping and breathing web design. Apparently not.
I’m gonna give Jesse a fair chance or so I wanted to believe. I wanted to believe until I caught his performance on the house floor on TVW the other day in reference to HB 2536. This year I’m thinking Jan Angel is comparatively tame next to the “fire and brimstone” of Jesse Young.
Please take this opportunity to watch for yourself. The bill discussion starts at approximately 11 minutes in and wait for Jesse at about 20 minutes. His speech includes fun stuff like “spitting on his food” and his religious beliefs and hey, he’s voting NO FOR KIDS
HB 2536 otherwise known as the “Breakfast after the Bell” bill authorizes schools to feed breakfast to kids in class. Schools serve breakfast because of the kids who arrive hungry. The buses often don’t get kids to school early enough for time to sit down and eat breakfast. After watching Jesse’s stunning display of “NO FOODS FOR YOU LITTLE CHILD” maybe I need him to refer him back to this story.
Long ago, Bremerton School district decided it was great to ship my kindergardener from near Evergreen park (where we lived) to Crownhill Elementary (clear across town). This is called “redistricting” and it is done to ensure “balance” in school attendance within a school district. I didn’t care what it was called.
I knew that my baby was being shipped across Bremerton and should anything happen to him, I was stuck taking buses (multiple) to get to him. This was not flying well for me and so I fought Bremerton School District to get him moved to Naval Avenue elementary where he would be closer.
Either way, my child didn’t have time to eat (or eat properly without inhaling it) before class. My child and I *did* live in poverty and I *did* qualify/use assistance from the state at the time. I made darn good and sure that my baby never went hungry. I made him nutritious meals. Even so, there are many working parents who don’t have the luxury of that and with an example like mine where do those kids get time to eat?
I’ve never spit on food Jesse. The entire idea is gross and hey, if I had lived in Hilltop and someone wanted some of my food, I might have shared a fry or two. Why? Because even with the bad situations I’ve been in (oh Hilltop? Try four years of foster care.) I know that there are other kids out there much worse off than me. In foster care, my foster mom cared. The “worse off” kids? Who cares about them Jesse? Please tell me who.
I know you use your youth story to passionately argue the way you do. I use my story in explaining why I feel the way I do. I’m glad you made it through Hilltop hell. I’m glad you’re successful. I am. But I beg you, no rather, I implore you to get a better feel for who you represent in the 26th district. Right past your cozy house with your happy well-fed family, there are some families crying and begging for help. They need you to represent them as well Jesse.
**Live in the 26th district? Have something you wanna say to Jesse? go here!**