u 2010 Washington Primary Election

John Koster

A candidate for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 2 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election

Party: Republican

On this race: Elected Experience: Served three terms in the Washington State House of Representatives. Elected to Snohomish County Council in 2001 where he currently serves.

Other Professional Experience: Former business consultant, third generation dairy farmer who owned and operated his own business for 25 years.

Education: Graduate of Arlington High School and Everett Community College.

Community Service: Served on the Snohomish County Agricultural Advisory Committee; past Board President Arlington Christian School; attends Arlington First Baptist.

Statement: I grew up on a dairy farm where my parents taught me how to work and the value of a dollar.  They taught me about the American Dream, that America is great, and that the American free enterprise system is the greatest economic system ever devised. I operated the family farm for 25 years and raised my family there. My wife, Vicki, and I have been married for 39 years and we are blessed with four children and nine grandchildren. 

I'm running for Congress, to do what needs to be done to get Americans back to work. Under current policies our children and grandchildren will not have the same opportunities that I was afforded thanks to a runaway big-government agenda that has been rubber-stamped by our current elected representative.

Over the last ten years, Rick Larsen and Nancy Pelosi have put a government bureaucrat between you and your doctor, raised taxes, increased wasteful spending, raised the debt ceiling, limited personal freedoms, and saddled our families with an unconscionable $13 trillion national debt.  Each and every American's share of this debt is over $42,000!

I support balancing the nation's budget by law.  We simply cannot continue to pile debt upon future generations.  My top priority will be to put a stop to the massive spending spree Congress has been on for too long.

There is a fundamental difference between myself and the incumbent.  Larsen believes failed government bailouts are the answer.  I believe that the American people, using their ingenuity and creativity within the free enterprise system, are the answer to our economic woes.

Our nation's economy can be great again.  Double-digit unemployment is not acceptable and must be overcome. This will happen when we elect a common sense congressional representative who listens to the people and understands free market principles.

Competitors

Rick Larsen Democrat
Diana McGinness Democrat
John Carmack Republican
Larry Kalb Democrat

Last updated: Sept. 1, 4:30 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
John Koster (R) 74,032 42.18%
Rick Larsen (D) 73,734 42.01%
Diana McGinness (D) 10,548 6.01%
John Carmack (R) 9,566 5.45%
Larry Kalb (D) 7,627 4.35%
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