Fittingly, on this past Veteran’s Day, Semi Bird announced his bid to run for the state executive office. Announcing his run for Governor at a Veteran’s Day event and with a succeeding press release, the Richland School Board Member said, “In service of my nation and to the people of this great state, I am officially announcing that I will answer the call. As of today I am campaigning for Governor of Washington.”
Mr. Bird started off his professional career with the United States Marine Corps, enlisting after his junior year of high school. After his time with the Marine Corps, Semi Bird was recruited into the Army’s elite Special Forces unit – the Green Berets. Through Mr. Bird’s service to the country, he earned a Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart. Further, Mr. Bird also earned (4) Army Commendation Medals and (4) Army Achievement Medals.
Mr. Bird’s past experience includes Associate Director of Professional Development and Community Education at Washington State University’s campus in Tri-Cities. He also served as the Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh.
In a press release, Mr. Bird explained he will focus on four areas as he campaigns across the state: economy, public safety, education, energy and food security.
Currently, Mr. Bird is the President of the Richland School Board. In his time on the Richland School Board, and most recently, Mr. Bird was the driving force behind the passing of Policy 2360. Policy 2360 prohibits curriculum that causes students to be “indoctrinated in the belief that the U.S. is fundamentally or systemically racist.”
Mr. Bird is vying to become the first African American Governor of Washington State.