Kay Murano, candidate for 6th LD Representative

Bio

Kay Murano lives in the house where she grew up.  The daughter of a kindergarten teacher and a Spokane City employee, she learned the value of serving her community at an early age.  Kay received a BA in Business Administration from Trinity Western University in British Columbia where a great exchange rate allowed her to complete college without massive student loan debt.

Upon graduation, Kay started her career working in accounting on the west side of the state.  But Spokane was truly home and she returned when she got a job working for Bloomsday.  That job only paid for 6 months of the year, so Kay found temporary work at multiple businesses for the other half of the year and learned from many industries in the Greater Spokane area.  Kay has consistently succeeded in not only learning new skills, but at mastering them.

Eleven years ago, Kay and her husband moved back into her childhood home because Kay was aware of the positive impact that home had on her future and they wanted to provide the same stability and opportunity if they had a child. Two years later their daughter was born and she loves that she lives in the same house where her mama grew up.

Kay’s work with the Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium, volunteering for the Homeless Coalition, and serving on the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Quality showed her the instability facing many of our neighbors. “Too many of our neighbors are fighting so hard for the security of an ordinary life. We deserve a job that pays enough to provide for a family. We deserve affordable healthcare that covers our health needs so that an emergency doesn’t bankrupt us.  We deserve a home that we won’t be kicked out of for no good reason. Our kids deserve the kind of education that changes lives for the better.”

Roles as a student, wife, mother, employee, volunteer, and advocate have given Kay a broad perspective into the needs and issues affecting the quality of life for constituents in the district.  Kay believes there is more that unites us than divides us, and she is committed to the idea of government working to serve the people. Kay is running for state representative in Washington’s 6th legislative district.  As an elected official, she will advocate for good job opportunities for all skill levels, affordable healthcare and housing solutions for everyone, and quality education for our children.

For the past 12 years, Kay has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and improve the lives of homeless and low income people.

Kay is the Executive Director for the Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium where she brings people together to create more affordable housing solutions for young families entering the housing market, for our seniors, and for our homeless citizens.  Kay serves as Administrator for the Spokane Homeless Coalition, facilitating collaboration between the agencies who serve the homeless to provide holistic solutions that include physical and mental healthcare, substance abuse treatment, and housing options. Kay has served on a variety of boards and commissions including the Spokane Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Quality.

“I’m running for office to focus on what is important and to make the 6th legislative district a better place to live and raise a family and I want to be your voice.”

As a wife and mother, Kay is involved in her community.  Her daughter attends public school blocks away from their home.

I am running for State Representative for WA’s 6th LD because I want to make Washington an even better place to live for today’s residents and future generations.

I come to politics out of my love for creative problem solving and a love for my neighbors.

I love this city and, with your support, we can continue working together to ensure that our neighborhoods remain strong and vital and that the decision- making process welcomes citizen participation

Solutions Based, People Oriented

As your State Representative, you can count on me to stand up and be a voice for the Washingtonians who go unheard.

Additionally, she has invested herself in efforts to increase opportunities and access for other marginalized groups.

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Administrator for the Spokane Homeless Coalition
  • Invited speaker about housing issues and solutions
  • Facilitator of  partnerships among competing non-profit agencies
  • Public school parent participating in school events and fund-raising
  • Convener of Spokane’s HUD approved Continuum of Care organization

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2016-present Executive Director Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium

  • Advocate to elected officials on policy affecting housing and homelessness
  • Educate the public about the need for low income housing
  • Train industry leaders in best practices regarding housing and compliance
  • Maintain all aspects of the business

2012-2016 Development Director Volunteers of America of Eastern WA

  • Attracted and retained donors
  • Collaborated with competing agencies to increase resources and enhance outcomes
  • Ensured compliance with funding sources and agency policy
  • Recruited volunteers

2004-2012 Grant Manager/Support Services Catholic Charities of Spokane

  • Maintained agency accreditation and ensure program compliance
  • Sought funding sources and wrote successful grant applications

2002-2004 Office Assistant Lilac Bloomsday Association, Spokane

  • Coordinated volunteers
  • Organized trade show

1997-2000 Assistant to the Controller GM Nameplate, Seattle

  • Discharged payroll, profit sharing, and 401k programs
  • Performed G/L and monthly closings for 5 divisions

EDUCATION
Trinity Western University – Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Northwest Christian High School – General Diploma