A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 21 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election
On this race:
Elected Experience: I have never held an elected office – other than Senior Class President. I believe this gives me an advantage over long-time, career politicians.
Other Professional Experience: 21 years in the Computer Industry; owned and managed a Systems Integration and Software Development Company; 9 years owner of Lumina Digital Studios.
Education: LeTourneau College – Chemisty Major; Moody Bible College – Bible / Theology Major; University of Illinois – Business and Photography Majors.
Community Service: Advisory Board for Everett and Mukilteo SD; Mentor approximately 12 High School Senior Projects per year; Photographer for Your Place After School; Church Group Leader.
Statement: As the owner of a small business, Lumina Digital Studios, I know that when income goes down, expenses must also go down or you go bankrupt. When our legislature voted this year to over-ride the Peoples Initiative (requiring 2/3 majority vote to raise taxes) I was furious and dedicated myself to change that behavior and the incumbents who voted for it.
I believe in smaller government, reduced taxes; both of which will encourage business growth and more jobs. I believe in individual freedom and the responsibility that comes with that freedom.
I believe that education is the primary job of the state government; an education system that is judged on results not on the amount of money spent! Washington currently spends the largest percent of its budget on education, but our results are embarrassing. Our graduation rate is number Six in the nation - number six from the bottom!
I have been married to my wife, Helen, for 37 years. We have raised our three (now adult) children here in Mukilteo. We are active members of Northshore Christian Church. I am a member of the Communications Advisory Boards for both the Mukilteo and Everett School Districts.