Monica ran unsuccessfully for the 17th Legislative District won by Paul Harris in 2010. Harris defeated her by a 54% to 46% margin, almost 3,500 votes. In endorsing her for the general election, the Columbian explained why they did not endorse her in the primary as they, “were — and remain — worried about her close ties to the teachers union.”
When news came of 49th Legislative District Rep. Jim Jacks abandoning constituents last year, Monica quickly moved herself to the 49th in a brief bid to be appointed to replace him.
Since to run for State House for Representatives a candidate must physically reside within that particular district, Monica explained to the Columbian, “she is currently living in a rented house in the 49th but still owns a house in the 17th District, which is not yet on the market, and she has not yet registered to vote in the 49th.”
A week later, in explaining her withdrawing her name for consideration she claimed, “she is in the process of moving her family into the 49th and decided this was not the time to launch another political campaign.”
So here we are, a year later and once again, she seems to be back in the 17th. Or is she actually in the 49th and keeping a foot in the 17th in hopes of making it to the legislature one day? I don’t know, she’s difficult to keep up with what with moving where the wind blows her to seek public office.
Monica made a point of claiming she needs to be elected last time because “there are no teachers in the legislature.” With her close ties to the teachers union and knowing how Democrats love to tax and spend, that alone should worry voters in the 17th who keep paying more and more tax dollars to education, but receive less results.
Julie Olson, one of two Republicans who previously announced, has served as the Ridgefield School Board of Directors Chair for the past 4 years, first being elected to the Board in 2005.
Republican Mike Appel, also who announced earlier for the seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Probst, who hopes to defeat 4 time State Senator Don Benton, doesn’t have the education background, but has some strong stands too.
If you may recall, Monica was staunch Obama supporter in 2008 and who stated her dedication to Obama in the campaign.
After making it through the top two primary, she turned negative against Paul Harris, accusing him of being a “tax-cheat, a criminal and as one currently in violation of ethics laws.”
Harris easily defeated her.
Here she is now for her third try for public office in just two years.
It will be interesting to see just how desperate she tries this time.