On this race: Elected Experience: This would be my first major elected position. I've held elected positions on the SORO Neighborhood Council and on Stop the Draft (President). I therefore offer a positive, unfettered approach to the Washington political scene.
Other Professional Experience: Writer (film/TV and technical)/producer (film) - self employed - International independent film production has given me extensive experience in negotiating and working with people who have different ethnic, cultural, religious and political backgrounds.
Education: Masters of Professional Writing - USC; B.A. in Sociology - UW (also extensively studied economics at the UW); West Seattle High School graduate
Community Service: Currently: Schmitz Park Elementary School PTA - Vice President
Statement: I don't answer to Washington DC, lobbyists or party insiders.
I'm a 5th generation Seattleite, motivated environmentalist and advocate for income tax reform (progressive, three tiered federal tax). I believe that we need to spur green and traditional job growth. I'm for legislation that will help businesses and am myself a small business owner, yet I'm pro-union and for worker's rights. I'm for accountability; strict regulatory control of big financial institutions; fixing our foreclosure mess; clearing our horrendous traffic; supporting the arts; eliminating earmarks for pet projects; reducing poverty. I have a long history of supporting equal rights (including reproductive freedom) and full, equal marriage rights for all. My support for civil rights is unwavering. I believe public education must be fully funded. I'm for campaign finance reform and term limits. I pledge to help local community groups.
Unlike Representative McDermott (22 years in Congress), I'm opposed to: reinstating the draft; supporting free trade (that hurts the poor overseas and destroys jobs in the US); earmarks for windowsills for a ritzy, private club; legalizing online gambling by taxing it; violating the law over a taped telephone conversation. Congressmen are not above the law. I'm also opposed to obstructionism: McDermott was alone in voting against a mine safety bill and alone in his delegation in opposing a bill that would have given the FDA new authority to protect the public. According to an article in Crosscut.com (‘The Progressive Case Against Jim McDermott' - 7/8/2008), "Despite McDermott's seniority, his power within Congress is abysmal ... he has virtually no influence and little impact on legislation." Rep. McDermott has grown staid in over two decades in office.
I'm a new voice. I offer a fresh approach to "politics as usual." Please join with me in an effort to help our wonderful, but troubled nation.