A candidate for State Representative Pos. 2, Legislative District 37 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election
Elected Experience: None. Two-time candidate for Washington State Legislature. Once as independent (2002) and once as Democratic Party candidate (2004).
Other Professional Experience: (1) Vice President and Partner, Strategic Planning Associates, Inc. 1984-1991. The firm is an international management consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Developed business strategy recommendations for the senior management of large, U.S. corporations. (2) Substitute Teacher (full-time), Seattle Public Schools, 2000-present.
Education: (1) B.A., history (cum laude), Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 1984. (2) M.A., teaching, St. Martin's College, Lacey, WA, 2000.
Community Service: Numerous small volunteering engagements in Hanover, Washington, D.C. and Seattle.
Statement: John Stafford is an educator for Seattle Public Schools and former management consultant in both the private sector (to U.S. corporations) and the public sector (for Unicef and the W.H.O.). Outside interests include duplicate bridge, golf and the drums. Mr. Stafford favors a state income tax for higher wage earners. He supports a reduction in tax exemptions for special interests. And he supports measures to improve the state's business environment. This combination will enable the state to achieve a sustainable budget position, and allow for increased investment in Washington's K-12 education system, which trails most states in per-pupil funding.