Nate’s Bio

Nate Lowry was born and raised in North Hill/Edgewood area and attended Puyallup public schools. After working his way through college and earning his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Washington State University, he began working for several design-build companies out of college. He eventually moved up to work for a Top 150 nationally-recognized multi-disciplinary engineering firm earning his Landscape Architect license in 2010. He started two small businesses during the recession specializing in commercial fencing and landscape architecture design. Nate weathered the worst of the great recession while creating jobs with his small business.  His construction company completed numerous prevailing wage projects providing good living wages for local families.  He went back to work for a Seattle based landscape architecture design-build firm in late 2014.

Nate was elected to the Edgewood City Council in 2015 and previously served on the City of Edgewood Planning Commission from 2012 becoming vice chair in 2013 until his election to the City Council. On the City Council, he has worked to protect small businesses along Edgewood’s development corridor and saved taxpayers $230,000 on the refinancing of City Hall in addition to improving public safety in the area by adding police officer coverage in the community.

 

Nate on the Issues

Creating Jobs & Boosting Rural Economic Development

An active workforce is essential to our community’s ability to thrive. I believe three areas will contribute the most to job creation and bolster rural economic development in this district—supporting small business, expanding tourism, and investing in public infrastructure grants targeted for rural and agricultural-dependent communities.

The residents of this district deserve someone who will stand up for the community’s small businesses. As a former small business owner, I know firsthand the financial strain of Business and Occupation taxes in an uncertain economy. While large corporations receive countless tax breaks, small businesses struggle under our current unfair tax structure. I will review the more than 650 tax breaks on the books that benefit profitable, large corporations. Additionally, I believe the state could invest more in capital funds to expand access for new small businesses and provide more tax relief for qualifying small businesses.

I believe tourism will strengthen the vitality of our local economy. Investments in tourism would bring more visitors to areas outside of urban centers—like to small businesses throughout our district. Improving infrastructure would make travel into 31st more efficient and attractive. Increased tourism would benefit hotels, restaurants, shops, parks, and more—bringing money and jobs to our local community.

Our agricultural and local business economy relies on efficient transportation systems. I support investments in public infrastructure that promote access to and between rural communities. This means improving and maintaining rural roads and highways for the safe, efficient movement of people and goods.

Protecting Health Care

Our health care system is being attacked at the federal level. Our district will be one the hardest hit areas if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The proposed cuts to Medicaid would have serious impacts to our region’s health care and economy.

In the midst of all these changes, I will work to keep and improve access to quality health care. I support expanding tele-medicine options in rural and under-served communities as ways to increase access. Everyone deserves access to quality healthcare, regardless of economic status. I will preserve existing funding and services and target investments in public, family, and women’s health.

And a healthy community must include support for mental health services as well. Our mental health system has failed too many families across Washington state. I support investing in more wrap-around services, more training for providers, and more inpatient beds as a way to deal with our ongoing mental health crisis.

Transportation

Safe and well-maintained roads are vital to unite our communities and sustain our local economy. Small businesses and large corporations in our state depend on efficient transportation. The ability to transport goods and products within our state and internationally is essential to our trade-based economy.

My diverse 15-year career as a licensed Landscape Architect, small business owner, project manager, production supervisor in design-build and multi-disciplinary Civil engineer firms has given me a well- rounded background to address problems associated with transportation and regional planning.  I have worked on transportation planning projects involving the JBLM Cross-Base highway, SeaTac Airport and completed many design-build installations as well as design only Landscape Architecture projects for WSDOT.

We must make smart investments in our transportation system to provide reliable, efficient options for commuters and to ease the traffic congestion in our community.  I will be proactive in fighting for traffic study funding for the 31st District, a requirement before securing funding to fix our roads. That funding is critical to providing living wage construction jobs in our area. Record growth has not been met with enough infrastructure improvements. I will be a strong voice in ensuring we continue to follow through on addressing our traffic challenges and fixing our roads and infrastructure.

Fighting for our Local Schools

Our education system is critical to our community. With the passage of the 2017-2019 Operating Budget, the Washington State Legislature provided $1.8 billion in additional spending for public schools. While this is a monumental investment in the futures of our children, it relies heavily on property tax hikes across King County. This increase disproportionately impacts low and middle-class families and limits funding for local public safety and health services. I stand in favor of investments in early learning and child care, special-needs, and STEM programs to ensure high-quality education is accessible to all children.

And while I am pleased to see the increased investments in education, I would oppose efforts to continue meeting our constitutional mandate for education funding solely on the backs of low- and middle-class homeowners.