Englund’s Powerful Transportation Ally Could Mean Relief For Eastside Traffic

GOP candidate for the Washington state senate has a “close relationship” with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

In a Northwest Asian Weekly profile of Jinyoung Englund, the Republican candidate for state senate in the 45th Legislative District hinted at a powerful ally she has in the Transportation Department. According to the profile, “Englund has a close relationship with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao” and goes on to say she is “inspired by Chao” as the Transportation Secretary has broken down barriers for women and Asian Americans.

This from the Northwest Asian Weekly story:

“Englund has a close relationship with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. She has been inspired by Chao as someone who has broken glass ceilings as the first Asian American woman appointed to the George Bush administration and lasted all eight years. Englund explained that most people burn out and physically cannot handle the work after a few years, but Chao persevered.”

As the greater Seattle area deals with traffic issues, and hikes in car tab fees, an ally like Chao could be valuable as a large infrastructure proposal is in the works in the nation’s capitol. Some reports indicate that any infrastructure plan out of Washington DC could mean more than $1 trillion dollars for projects across the country. A sliver of this new spending could help bring congestion relief and fixes to the mass transit issues the east side deals with on a daily basis.

Allies like Chao adds to the importance of the race in the 45th legislative district. Governor Jay Inslee told a national audience last weekend that this race is the third most important election in the county this year, right behind the governor’s races in New Jersey and Virginia.