A candidate for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 4 in the 2010 Washington General Election
On this race:
Elected Experience: I have never run for or held elected office.
Other Professional Experience: I served in the United States Marine Corps as a Squad Leader and Vehicle Commander. I currently work at the Hanford Area as a Health Physics Technician.
Education: I used the GI Bill to attend Central Washington University, where I earned two degrees in Asian Pacific Studies and Chinese Language with minors in Philosophy and Political Science. I studied abroad in China and South Korea.
Community Service: I served my country as a Marine, and after returning home, I taught a Junior Achievement class and assisted with a United Way/Second Harvest food drive.
Statement: I am a different kind of candidate. I have never held elected office, and I’m not a politician. I’m not running to represent corporate interests, party insiders, or ideological purists. I am a citizen of Central Washington who wants to serve his community.
I am running because we in Central Washington do not have a plan for the future. What happens when operations at Hanford close? What happens when our water begins to run out? What happens when our children and our grandchildren start looking for jobs? We need a representative in Congress who is looking further than the next election.
I want to help turn Central Washington into the hub of the green energy industry. With our ample supplies of land, energy, and workers, there is no reason we should not be. I would much rather sell windmills to the world than buy them from China.
I also want to expand broadband internet access into our rural areas. I understand how hard it is, because I live in a rural area myself. Expanding our broadband infrastructure will allow better access to educational services and the global market for residents and small businesses in our district. It will create thousands of jobs as well.
Agriculture is the cornerstone of Central Washington’s economy, and our representative should be fighting to get our crops into markets worldwide. I will work hard to open overseas markets to our locally grown crops. A single apple in Japan can sell for as high as $5, but our Washington apples are not making it to Japanese shelves.
Every citizen in Central Washington deserves a hard-working representative who is more concerned with the needs of his district than with winning reelection. Send me to Congress, and that is what you’ll have. I humbly ask for your vote.