u 2010 Washington Primary Election

James (Skip) Mercer

A candidate for U.S. Senator in the 2010 Washington Primary Election

On this race: Elected Experience: No information submitted

Other Professional Experience: Dr. James (Skip) Mercer is a Professor at the University of Washington where he has worked for over 40 years. He holds positions in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Applied Physics Laboratory. He conducts applied research for the US Navy and basic research in underwater acoustics, climate trends, and ocean physics.

Education: B.S. Physics (1968) and Ph.D. Geophysics (1983), both from the University of Washington

Community Service: Dr. Mercer and his wife provide and prepare breakfast for “street kids” at the New Horizons facility in Seattle. They also raise support for orphans and slum children in Kenya.  Statement: I am not a politician or a lawyer. I am a Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and a Principal Physicist at the Applied Physics Laboratory. For over 40 years I have conducted applied research for the US Navy, and basic research in underwater acoustics, climate trends, and ocean physics. This experience and my studies in history have prepared me for the challenges that face this nation, including energy independence, the truth about global warming, education, identifying key innovations, and national defense.

You don't have to be an economist to realize that the major problem facing this country is the economy.  We must reduce the cost and reach of the Federal government.  Our $13 trillion debt weakens our position in the global market and if not corrected will seriously harm our children's future. The proven way to jump start the economy is to reduce taxes and allow the free market to operate without excessive government regulation.  The government's artificial stimulus method has been a failure. 

We must secure our borders.  I support legal immigration for people who want to be Americans and contributors to our society, but the cost and risk of sustaining illegal immigration is insanity.  In addition, we must face the reality that the war against terrorism will not be won in Afghanistan.  Let us not allow this to become another Viet Nam.

I promise to not support any action or legislation which violates our Constitution.  The Federal government has been overstepping its legal rights, infringing upon citizens' rights, and creating costly agencies that must be sized down or eliminated.  Finally, I am not looking for a new career.  I will not be answerable to any corporation, union, or political action committee; and I will only serve for six years.

Competitors

Patty Murray Democrat
Dino Rossi Republican
Clint Didier Republican
Paul Akers Republican
Charles Allen Democrat
Bob Burr Democrat
Norma D. Gruber Republican

Last updated: Sept. 3, 8:30 a.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
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%
Goodspaceguy (D) 4,718 0.33%
Will Baker (R) 4,593 0.32%
Mohammad H. Said (C) 3,387 0.23%
Schalk Leonard 2,818 0.19%
William Edward Chovil (R) 2,039 0.14%
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