Gillespie Announces For State House


Contact: Kathy Gillespie

Phone: 360-901-6538


Democrat Kathy Gillespie, a two-term school board director with Vancouver Public Schools, announced today that she will run for the state legislature in the 18th District, Position 2 in the November 2018 election.

Cathy_Header_2.jpg“Today we all are on the losing end of Olympia’s divisive, hyper-partisan squabbles. We see dysfunctional government and accept the disappointing result – our tax dollars wasted,” she said. “The damage done by those who obstruct and divide has dimmed our faith in government, hurt our communities and eroded our trust.”

Kathy Gillespie is an award-winning retired newspaper editor and reporter whose career included posts in Colorado, Arizona, California and Oregon. She has lived in SW Washington since 1991 and spent the last eight years helping to lead Vancouver Public Schools. Vancouver Public Schools are nationally recognized for innovative programs that have led to improved student success and placed the district among the nation’s top districts. Gillespie’s two children are graduates of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics and now enrolled in state universities.

“It has been a privilege to spend the last eight years working to improve our schools and ensure tax dollars are invested wisely. Now I’m running for State House to restore limited, efficient, and effective government that respects our priorities and doesn’t waste money," Gillespie said. “I’m running to shake-up the status quo and help re-imagine our future. I have always answered to taxpayers.  I show up.  I don’t dodge and I don’t avoid. I return emails and phone calls. I listen to all sides, work well with others, and deliver results.”

In addition to her service on the school board, Gillespie has served as a Lunch Buddy, reading tutor and as a high school mentor to young women at Fort Vancouver High School. She has served in leadership roles through Parent Teacher Associations at multiple schools and been recognized for outstanding service to her community. Kathy and her family have raised three dogs for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs free of charge to recipients.

Gillespie was born in Ohio and raised in Arizona. She attended Colorado State University on a swimming scholarship and graduated in 1985 with a degree in political science.