Denny Heck for Lt. Governor

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  Denny Heck · [email protected]
May 17, 2024 at 4:58 PM

Separate was never equal

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John, At the kitchen table, my father always told us: "They can take everything away from you. But not your education. So get one!" This was coming from a man who at the age of 14 had to end his education to help save the family farm, so e…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
May 11, 2024 at 8:02 PM

Filing Week Surprise!

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Dear John: Filing for public office ended yesterday. The field is set. Every election brings surprises. This year is no exception. And the surprise? There are a remarkable number of candidates for Lieutenant Governor. I mean remarkable! Yo…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
May 7, 2024 at 6:30 PM

Who is your Most Memorable Teacher?

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John – Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, and you can count me as someone infinitely appreciative. (And that's not just because I am married to a teacher.) I had teachers throughout my life who made a difference, who helped me understand…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
May 2, 2024 at 8:33 PM

May is…

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Why do we observe Mental Health Awareness Month? Because nearly 60 million Americans live with mental illness — that is one in five Americans — yet countless people still do not understand what that means. Folks attach stigmas, act in fear…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
April 20, 2024 at 5:41 PM

Pillow. Blanket. Roof.

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Dear John: If a person doesn't have a pillow to lay their head on at night, a blanket to keep themselves warm, and a roof over their head to keep the rain off, then every other issue in their life will be more challenging. Because whether …
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
April 12, 2024 at 4:46 PM

I remember it like yesterday...

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Dear John: I remember it like yesterday. When I walked onto the campus of the brand new Evergreen State College, it was still under construction, but I arrived early to get a summer job from one of the building contractors. My glamorous re…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
April 4, 2024 at 5:45 PM

Darkness cannot drive out darkness

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John, I was almost 16 – a sophomore at Columbia River High School in Vancouver—when Martin Luther King was assassinated in April 1968, but I still remember the grief of our nation. Dr. King was a great man. He preached peace, civil disobe…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
April 1, 2024 at 10:01 PM

Thousands of Washingtonians

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     The results are in, John: the Affordable Care Act worked. When I was growing up, our family had insurance because my parents were union members, and the unions had fought hard for health insurance. Back then, union membership was high, an…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
March 22, 2024 at 4:59 PM

My relationship with my mom was, well, complicated

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     We need Women's History month for so many reasons, John: to celebrate the women who invented, innovated, and inspired throughout history; to commemorate the women who led revolutionary change time and again in the United States and around …
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
March 12, 2024 at 4:49 PM

Worst Arnold Schwarzenegger Role?

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Dear John: The legal freeze on fundraising during the legislative session is over! (For the lucky ones who have blocked the painful memory, that picture is Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in Batman and Robin, 1997). No doubt you haven…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
March 8, 2024 at 6:17 PM

"Smooth, orderly and productive"

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Dear John: Just like that, the Washington Legislature adjourned last night, Sine Die. On time. And before the sun had set, for a change! "Smooth, orderly and productive" is how one long-time observer described it. It was the "short session…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
March 5, 2024 at 5:52 PM

Freedoms that we long held as sacred are weakening

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John, I was born in 1952, as America and the world were emerging from a devastating war. Times weren't always easy. But, thanks to the perseverance and hard work of my mother and father – and the strength of the labor movement– we had enou…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
February 16, 2024 at 7:25 PM

I’m not optimistic, but I am very hopeful

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     These days, two things keep me up at night, John: Climate change and the global rise of authoritarianism. When I head into work each day, I think about what the state Senate can do to mitigate these problems. On my way home each evening, I…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
February 6, 2024 at 6:04 PM

We shouldn't wait another four and a half minutes

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John, Oftentimes, our public institutions lag in their responses to urgent social problems. The poster case for that is the opioid crisis. By now, the magnitude of this emergency is well known. Every 4 and one-half minutes, that's how oft…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
January 20, 2024 at 7:20 PM

“A republic . . . if you can keep it.” — Ben Franklin

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Dear John: 24%. Nearly 1 in 4! That's the number, according to a recent Elway poll, of Washingtonians who have stopped talking with either a friend or relative "because of politics." I think that's tragic. Here's what I know: Democracy …
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
January 16, 2024 at 10:26 PM

And just like that: Bam!

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Dear John: Perhaps you remember the signature catchphrase of the famous American chef Emeril? It was a loud and sudden "Bam!" That's how it felt to start this year's 60-day legislative session. Bam! Opening day ceremonies. Bills passing ou…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
January 6, 2024 at 5:02 PM

Yours in hope,

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John, Three years ago today, I had already packed my bags and returned home from my eight years in Congress. That day, I was in the State Senate chambers doing a dry run of my new duties as President of the Senate. The session started the …
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
December 29, 2023 at 5:27 PM

Let’s give to our local community today:

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Happy holidays, John. Like a lot of folks, I take some time during this season not only to enjoy time with family and friends, but to think on holidays past, count my blessings, and to serve others. My Christmas photo album is longer than …
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
December 8, 2023 at 9:11 PM

Astounding grassroots involvement

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor       John, We only have a few hours left until our deadline, and I have some good news: In just the last week we've seen more than 100 people donate to our campaign. Grassroots involvement like this is astounding, inspiring, and humbling. Lasting cha…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
December 7, 2023 at 5:09 PM

This race is going to be crowded, John

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     I have a quick message for you, John, but I need you to read this first. We are on a fundraising deadline. After Friday at 11:59 p.m., we can no longer raise money because of the legislative session. But we have an uphill battle in 2024, a…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
December 2, 2023 at 5:07 PM

This is when I knew I was running for reelection

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John – When folks ask me if they should run for office, I always ask them: "Why would you want to?" The question catches a lot of people off guard – after all, it seems like a question I should know the answer to. But here's why I ask: be…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
November 20, 2023 at 5:41 PM

This is what climate leadership looks like:

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     The hottest year, John. The average temperature for 2023 has been hotter than any year on record. That is bad news for our climate. But what's worse is that the extreme heat points to the acceleration of climate change. We're facing an unp…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
November 11, 2023 at 6:06 PM

Today is Veterans’ Day. And this is Bob:

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John, Today is Veterans' Day. And this is Bob: Bob was an outstanding high school athlete. He received multiple scholarship offers when he graduated in 1965. But he grew restless after high school and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
November 5, 2023 at 6:14 PM

What can we do in 365 days?

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     What can we do in 365 days, John? That's a big question! In the course of a year, you can do just about anything if you put your mind to it. You can learn to speak elementary Portuguese, or how to play guitar. You could start a new company…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
October 26, 2023 at 8:15 PM

Two years, a bipartisan coalition, and a lot of gusto

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Here's something I am proud of, John: In 1993, Stan Marshburn and I started TVW — the first cable network in Washington state to offer unedited coverage of Washington state's government, politics, and public policy. At the time, local news…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
October 20, 2023 at 4:06 PM

What do you believe about leadership?

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John — Congress is at a crossroads. It can move towards division and extremism or towards civility and leadership — put another way: Congress must choose either to get nothing done or to lead for the hard working families they represent. …
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
October 5, 2023 at 4:16 PM

More than four walls and roof

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John – I not only want to tell you more about why I work so hard on housing, but I also want to fill you in on the progress we've made. So often, housing policy is detached from what a home really is – a safe place, a place for family – a…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
September 26, 2023 at 5:30 PM

It’s about the values that motivate us.

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Dear John, I now have an opponent. Well, actually, I have two. I would call this a pointed reminder that we are facing an upcoming reelection campaign. So, like in every campaign before this, we will not take anything for granted. We will …
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
September 16, 2023 at 5:40 PM

What exactly does a Lieutenant Governor do?

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John – So, often people ask me: What exactly does a Lieutenant Governor actually do? Well, there are my constitutionally mandated duties – serving as President of the Senate and as Acting Governor whenever the Governor is out of state. Bu…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
September 7, 2023 at 4:29 PM

“So get one.”

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     The oldest of seven children, my dad was raised on a hardscrabble farm just outside Mitchell, South Dakota. Home to the 8th Wonder of the World, the Corn Palace. (In case you're wondering, it doesn't pop on sunny days. Maybe I know this b…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
August 29, 2023 at 5:06 PM

We all know the cause:

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John – When my boys were young, I took them on occasional "Guys' Weekends." Sometimes that meant enjoying activities close to home, like camping on the Olympic Peninsula. Other times, it meant broader travel plans, like flying across the …
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
August 8, 2023 at 5:00 PM

We hit the ground running

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John – I often say that I was lucky to grow up in a union household. My parents' union contracts meant that while we weren't wealthy, our family was comfortable and we never had to worry about where our next meal was coming from. (Dad was…
  Bob Heck · [email protected]
July 29, 2023 at 4:09 PM

My dad’s birthday

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Hi John, Bob Heck here to let you know that today's my dad's birthday! I'm the tall one. Dad's given us very strict birthday instructions: No presents. Lots of family time. Maybe some cake. You can see my dad absolutely light up when he'…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
July 25, 2023 at 7:04 PM

The most important thing that ever happened to me in my life (with photos)

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     I want to tell you about the most important thing that ever happened to me, John. By the time I started high school, I was pretty good in school (well, eventually). I was the starting fullback on our high school football team. I was genera…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
July 12, 2023 at 9:32 PM

Here’s why I am dedicated to public service

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John – My mother was an intrepid woman – one of the strongest people I've ever known, as well as one of the most resourceful and most resilient. So when my abusive biological father ran off, leaving her with no job and two kids, she knew …
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
May 24, 2023 at 3:56 PM

I'm running!

Dear Friends:Governor Inslee has announced he is not running again. Several people immediately jumped into the race. Others are thinking about. There is lots of discussion about who the next Governor will be. And I am excited to reach out and let you know I would like to be LIEUTENANT Governor (aga…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
November 6, 2020 at 12:28 AM

Thank you, John.

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Thank you, John, for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your next Lt. Governor. I am grateful for the opportunity to return to the state Capitol to address issues such as the COVID pandemic and building a Washington economy that works for everyone. T…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
October 31, 2020 at 4:13 PM

These numbers are great! Let's do better.

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John – So far, more than half of registered voters in Washington have cast their ballots, and by all accounts, the total is climbing steadily. That's great! But we've got to do better. The more people who participate in our elections, the stronger our…
  Kelty Pierce, Team Heck · [email protected]
October 29, 2020 at 12:32 AM

The Denny I Know

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Look, John: I get it. A campaign manager saying "you should really vote for my boss" doesn't necessarily pack a huge punch, endorsement-wise. But let me tell you why I'd be supporting Denny no matter what, and see if I can give you a sense of the Denny I …
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
October 26, 2020 at 11:06 PM

The Super PACs can say whatever they want. No one's listening.

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Well, we've got our own October surprise, John. Outside dark money groups have shown up in Washington, and they're spending thousands to support my opponent and attack me. We built this true grassroots movement – that means people, not Super PACs – to ma…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
October 13, 2020 at 11:02 PM

I know these struggles. I know them all too well.

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Every family deserves someone on their side, John. Hard times are hard times. Families endure them, work through them, and are lifted up by their communities. I know these struggles. I know them all too well. I grew up with them, right here in Southwest …
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
October 7, 2020 at 6:17 PM

Climate change is on the ballot. So am I. Let's go:

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John, Here's our three-step plan for stepping up the fight against climate change in Washington:   Run a proudly pro-science campaign for Lieutenant Governor. Be a candidate with a long record of environmental leadership. Win the sole endorsement of the…
  Rep. Maxine Waters · [email protected]
October 6, 2020 at 6:23 PM

My friend, Denny Heck

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Dear John, For almost thirty years, I have been fighting in the US Congress for justice, equality and inclusion in this country. In that time, we have won real improvements on reversing discrimination, protecting consumers and expanding opportunities for …
  Kelty Pierce, Team Heck · [email protected]
October 2, 2020 at 4:33 PM

Just why are SO many people with Denny? Glad you asked.

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John, More than 100 progressive organizations across Washington State have joined the movement to make Denny our next Lt. Governor! Those groups range from trade unions to local Democratic groups to teachers' groups. There's overwhelming consensus that D…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
September 29, 2020 at 9:15 PM

A new era in the Supreme Court

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John – This weekend, I visited the Capitol to pay my last respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was a personal hero, and an inspiration to anyone who believes in the fair application of the law and the fundamental dign…
  Kelty Pierce, Team Heck · [email protected]
September 25, 2020 at 3:13 PM

What Denny said to Okanogan County Dems:

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     Hi, John – This week, Denny sat down for a virtual chat with Okanogan County Commissioner candidate Katie Haven and Okanogan County Democrats to answer some listener questions and share a bit about his goals as lieutenant governor. Their conversation ran…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
September 23, 2020 at 4:04 PM

If you want a candidate who will fight for reproductive rights...

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John, When it comes to protecting Washingtonians reproductive rights, I'm always going to fight for access to inclusive, affordable, high-quality reproductive medical care In 2019? I was 100% with Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice Ameri…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
September 21, 2020 at 11:31 PM

Ahead: Three opportunities

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John – I recently sent you an email about the three crises Washington State is facing. But I've never been a doom-and-gloom public servant – and I sure don't plan to start now – so I want to also let you know about three big opportunities we've got as w…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
September 4, 2020 at 5:06 PM

Why I'm in this race, John

Denny Heck for Lt. Governor     John – When Washington legislative session starts back up in January, our state will be facing three crises: Crisis #1: COVID-19. Thanks to the Trump administration's continued (and inexplicably proud) mismanagement of the novel coronavirus, nearly 80,0…
  Denny Heck · [email protected]
August 20, 2020 at 5:05 PM

Standing with Joe tonight

    This week, I have had an incredible honor and privilege: voting for Joe Biden to be our party’s nominee for President at the Democratic National Convention. When America elects Joe Biden as our next President, he will be stepping into an unprecedented economic and public health crisis. H…