8th Legislative District, Pos. 2 (D)

About Me

Educator. Negotiator.

Problem Solver.

Meet Chris

Longtime Washington residents, Christopher Tracy and his wife, Jayne, have owned a rental house in Richland for about a decade, but fairly recently moved from Kenmore to Richland, after building a new home in Richland.  Dedicated to public service, Christopher Tracy was an educator for 40 years and is a past Teacher-Librarian of the Year award recipient from the Washington Library Media Association.  His school experience, skilled negotiator background, health insurance expertise and problem solving abilities are key to serving District 8 residents. 

Biography

Christopher and Jayne Tracy met in junior high school and were high school sweethearts at Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash.  They were married in 1974.  Jayne Tracy is also a retired teacher-librarian.

ChristopherTracy earned a Master’s Degree (MLS) in Library and Information Management from Emporia (Kansas) State University and a Bachelor’s Degree (BA), with a K-12 Teaching Credential, from the University of Washington.

He retired after being an educator for 40 years, including 10 years teaching Air Force dependents and local students on Guam, a U.S. Territory.  He taught in Washington state for 30 years, almost the entire time in the Northshore School District.

Tracy was a table team negotiator for the Northshore Education Association and has 20 years of experience negotiating complicated and comprehensive Board-Union contracts.

For 25 years he was a member of the Northshore School District’s Health Benefits Committee and duties included oversight and management of the school district’s self-insured and purchased medical, dental, vision, life and long term disability insurance programs.  For 3 years after he retired, he continued to serve on the Health Benefits Committee, without compensation, as the Northshore Education Association’s consultant. 

As President of his church council, Tracy negotiated a plan with the Compass Housing Alliance and the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran of America (NW-ELCA) to deed the church property to Compass, and Compass was charged with the goal of redeveloping the property into housing for low income Veterans and low income senior citizens, plus build a right sized church sanctuary. Tracy also helped secure a commitment from the NW-ELCA for a new start congregation at the site.

Tracy is President of Unlimiteds Unanimous, a boat racing club and publishers of the Unlimited NewsJournal, and is a avid hydroplane racing fan and race volunteer.  Tracy and his wife are animal rescue volunteers.

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Experience

  • Northshore Education Association

  • Northshore School District’s Health Benefits Committee

Chris does not see the world in black and white. He has always been able to see others points of view and find a way to work with diverse groups to arrive at creative solutions.
— Tim Gordon, Retired Principal Kenmore Junior High, Northshore School District