A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 29 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election
On this race:
Elected Experience: I don’t have elected experience. I am a commonsense person who wants to make a difference. I owe no favors.
Other Professional Experience: I started in business at age 19 and developed expertise in purchasing efficiency. I have 20 years of small business experience.
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, 1978 – Pacific Lutheran University; Computer Forensics Certificate, 2006 – University of Washington Tacoma
Community Service: I am an advocate of fiscal responsibility and a familiar face at Pierce County Council meetings proposing sound ideas to achieve this. I successfully advocated at the Tacoma School Board for appropriate learning level math books distribution to students with special needs.
Statement: Since 1997 more than 430 people were killed by domestic violence abusers in Washington State. We need to institute GPS "real-time" monitoring for violators of protective/anti-harassment orders. Alarms go off upon entering exclusionary zones. Fifteen states currently have this in place. All costs should be paid by the offender.
The ballooning Federal deficit will have consequences. Our state needs to understand this and begin planning now. Public safety, education, and roads should have priority funding, with the rest of the budget supported by the balance. Let's not raise taxes! Businesses and people are taxed enough. Let's not push businesses to states that have lower taxes, leaving us with more unemployment.
The current state retirement plan is not sustainable. The defined benefit retirement plan should be replaced with a defined contribution plan. Sometimes elected officials are appointed to higher paying positions which enable them to receive retirements based on the highest pay rate.
I want to maintain the requirement of Seattle to foot the bill of any cost overruns for the Alaska Way replacement tunnel. I am against the rest of the state having to bail out Seattle's tunnel. If they want a tunnel, they own the cost overruns.