u 2010 Washington Primary Election

Mary Ruth Edwards

A candidate for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 4 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election

Party: Constitution

On this race: Elected Experience: PCO

Other Professional Experience: Elementary Teacher/High School Drama Director, Customer Service Representative, Marketing Events Coordinator, United States Marine Corps

Education: M Ed in Elementary Education, Whitworth University (2009); Elementary Education teaching certificate (2005); BS in Business, Central Washington University (1992); AAS, Everett Community College (1982)

Community Service: Facilitator, Institute on the Constitution course; Benton County Coordinator, Constitution Party  Statement: Both Democrats and Republicans have extended the federal government beyond its constitutional limits. I am committed to restoring those limits by first re-asserting the 10th Amendment rights of the people of my district; second, caucusing with the Constitution and other committed constitutionalists when deciding how to vote on a piece of legislation or when drafting a bill; third, working to abolish government agencies which exceed the scope of the Constitution. Making decisions based on the Constitution decreases federal spending (thereby reducing national debt), increases our ability to defend our borders, and restores the right of the people to govern themselves within their home states.  I have shown this commitment by first learning about constitutional principles, then teaching them through the Institute on the Constitution.  None of my opponents have shown this same commitment to the principles which founded this nation.  I have signed and support the Contract from America.

My vision is to Honor God, Defend the Family, and Restore the Republic. To Honor God in government acknowledges that our Founding Fathers believed that human rights come from God, that those rights pre-exist any form of government, and that governments exist to protect rights, not give rights. To Defend the Family is to recognize that the natural family is the basic foundation of all stable and prosperous civilizations, and government should protect the family, not implement policies which undermine its strength. To Restore the Republic is to first understand that a Republic is a representative government based upon law, that it is not a true democracy but rather a government in which individuals choose representatives accountable to them and not to any other entity, which representatives are to protect the people's rights, not control people's rights."

Endorsements: Constitution Party of Washington, VoteFamilyValues.com, RuleofLawRestoration.com.

Competitors

Doc Hastings Republican
Jay Clough Democrat

Last updated: Sept. 2, 1:49 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Doc Hastings (R) 82,909 58.74%
Jay Clough (D) 31,782 22.52%
Rex A. Brocki (T) 9,826 6.96%
Shane Fast (R) 9,214 6.53%
Mary Ruth Edwards (C) 4,270 3.03%
Leland Yialelis 3,136 2.22%
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