A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 44 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election
On this race:
Elected Experience: I represented our area in the state House from 1994 until 2002 and then served in the State Senate until 2006.
Other Professional Experience: I worked in the National Guard for 25 years, including active duty during the Persian Gulf War, after September 11th and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Education: B.A. George Fox University; M.A. Multnomah Seminary
Community Service: I have worked hard to help businesses create jobs, and I have repeatedly won the National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award and the Association of Washington Business Cornerstone Award for these efforts.
Statement: When I left the Legislature in 2006, there was full employment and the economy was booming. The state budget had a healthy surplus and secure Rainy Day Fund. It seems like the distant past as we face 10% unemployment and a state budget running billion dollar deficits.
Yet, this year incumbent legislators responded by raising taxes and trying for a state income tax! That is as wrongheaded as you can get. We need to cut wasteful spending and bring the budget back under control. I know we can do it; we've done it before -- but we must set priorities and fund only essential services.
When our son was young, at school, and attending the University of Washington, I knew that our public schools were helping to prepare young people for a career and for a full life. I was ranking member of Senate Education Committee and worked with both Democrats and Republicans to ensure we had quality schools. Since then, education has declined and must be restored.
It has been one of the great honors of my life to represent this area of Snohomish County, my home for these past 30 years. I would appreciate your vote.