A candidate for U.S. Senator in the 2010 Washington Primary Election
On this race:
Elected Experience: Vice Chair, 40th LD Democrats; 2008 and 2010 State Democratic Platform Committees; President, CCSI. Many industry committee chairmanships.
Other Professional Experience: Vice President, Research and Development for major national corporation. Small business owner. Many leadership roles in professional organizations.
Education: Undergraduate, University of California; Graduate, Claremont Graduate School. Psychology emphasis. CLU. FLMI.
Community Service: Activist for many causes including renewable energy, Medicare For All, fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, an end to wars that create more terrorists than they kill, and election, campaign, political and government reform. I define an activist as a lobbyist for the people.
Statement: America's future depends on our ability to channel our frustration and anger at the ballot box. We must restore power to ourselves. We no longer live in a democracy. We live in a plutocracy. We are ruled by the very wealthy. Our government is not working. The political system is corrupt to its core. Corporations exert undue influence over elected officials, legislation and regulation. Politicians put special interests ahead of the public interest. It shows up in earmarks, tax breaks and legislative concessions. Approval ratings of the U.S Senate are at an all-time low . We are tired of the charade of Senators who may spend their days criticizing the special interests, but take checks from the same industries at night.
The only way to change this is to get private money out of politics. I accept none. Polls show that people of all parties and backgrounds strongly want public financing of elections. The politicians don't. Incumbents like their built-in advantage. I will lead the charge for publicly financed elections.
The gap between the haves and the have-nots in America is widening. The top 1% of the population now has more wealth than the bottom 90%. Curbs on corporate power are essential to making true progress on the other, greater crises facing America. The near financial collapse, the bank bailouts, the destruction of the Gulf, and the massive exportation of jobs abroad are the natural consequences of Congress and corporations bedding down together.
The deficits are soaring, yet we are expanding our utterly unwinnable war in Afghanistan. Financial reform will be a pittance of what is needed. The energy bill will deal effectively with neither peak oil nor climate change.
Send a message now. Say no to the status quo. Vote for Bob Burr.
|Patty Murray (D)||670,284||46.22%|
|Dino Rossi (R)||483,305||33.33%|
|Clint Didier (R)||185,034||12.76%|
|Paul Akers (R)||37,231||2.57%|
|James (Skip) Mercer||12,122||0.84%|
|Charles Allen (D)||11,525||0.79%|
|Bob Burr (D)||11,344||0.78%|
|Norma D. Gruber (R)||9,162||0.63%|
|Mike Latimer (R)||6,545||0.45%|
|Mike The Mover (D)||6,019||0.42%|
|Will Baker (R)||4,593||0.32%|
|Mohammad H. Said (C)||3,387||0.23%|
|William Edward Chovil (R)||2,039||0.14%|