A candidate for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 9 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election
On this race:
Elected Experience: After serving the public most of my career, I found my answer to "Ask what you can do for your country." I will serve my country by seeking elective office for the first time, giving voters a real choice.
Other Professional Experience: 1988-Current, Government Actuary. 1977-1988, Life Insurance Company Actuary. 1967-1977, Mathematics Teacher.
Education: Ph.D., University of Washington, 1972; M.S., University of Idaho, 1970; B.A., Sonoma State College, 1967
Community Service: The voters of the Ninth District can now vote against the Democrats, the Republicans, and their corporate sponsors. That's Community Service!
Statement: Five generations of my family have lived in Western Washington over the past 100 years. My father was a machinist at Boeing, my mother an Avon Lady. They struggled economically, and they believed in me. I watched and learned. I have held my current position for 22 years and have shown character based on integrity, hard work, personal responsibility, and independence.
I pledge to work for your interests, rather than those of corporate "persons." For the benefit of individuals, I support changing our health care system, improving access to quality public education, treating environmental issues seriously, penalizing job exportation, eliminating excess warmaking activity.
Our nation cannot compete and win in the global marketplace through an unregulated free market. To be "competitive" means to export jobs or adopt third-world standards for our workplace and environment. To level the playing field, protectionist laws are needed to force our competitors to meet our standards.
We need to invest in alternative and renewable sources of energy to reduce our use of oil, gas, and coal. This could be accomplished through stabilizing the price of energy at its real cost, to make home-grown investments in alternatives viable. We can do better than replacing Saudi oil with wind power from China and Denmark.
The War on Terror is a loser. Neither the President nor the Congress is going to say that the enemy is dead and the war is over. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." We must divert our resources away from perpetual war, and use the money for the health care and educational opportunities that all Americans deserve. Cutbacks would be to the privatized part of defense spending. I support funding for services and benefits that our military personnel, veterans, and their families need and deserve.