“We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Portrait of Claus Joens
Claus Joens


When the federal government no longer reflects your values, state government becomes your best line of defense. The 39th LD is a diverse group of suburban and rural communities in portions of King, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties. I am running for election to the State House of Representatives, Position 1 because I understand the values of people and working families. I accept the responsibility to create equal opportunity and economic prosperity for people who enjoy living here. I support what matters most to you and will run an honest campaign. Positive politics increases the total number of people involved in democratic elections and reinforces the power of the people to voice their opinions.

For nearly two decades, I have worked outside of government to manage budgets, provide financing to businesses and consumers, and develop new technologies to support economic growth. I have worked in public education for much of the past decade where the effects of income inequality are magnified in small rural communities and are increasing in suburban neighborhoods as well. Each person and each community has their own needs and values. My job is to listen and make your voice and your vote count in Olympia.

COVID-19 has prompted public health agencies to recommend social distancing and other actions that compromise traditional political campaigning in addition to impacting our regular employment and social interactions. As society adjusts our concepts of time and space, our campaign will also adjust to ensure your safety is our first priority as we work towards the state election. Your patience and consideration is greatly appreciated.