Elected Experience: My representational experience has typically been non-governmental to this point. I am typically volunteered to be a spokesman for organizations, whether I like it or not.
Other Professional Experience: In a continually converging world, my skills are best put to use on a freelance basis. I've worked in television, advertising, animation, and software development.
Education: I received my B.A. in three years by doubling course loads. My post collegiate studies have taken me throughout China and North America.
Community Service: I volunteer with the mayor's office whenever possible, lead the Seattle Youth and Beauty Brigade, and founded the Link Foundation.
Statement: There comes a point in every generation when we who have received the benefits of a modern society must set aside our own desires to serve the greater good of our community. Civil service is a tremendous sacrifice. The office of a Congressman comes with a price of two years and the scorn of an entire nation. It is a harsh and dirty job, filled with peril and devoid of grace. To accept this position is to give the constituency a piece of one's life.
Until now I have spent my life exploring the world and engrossing myself in academic research. This was only possible in a world that my predecessors have created. To call upon Aristotle and Cicero a tap of my finger is a marvelous achievement that cannot be overemphasized. I cannot, in good conscience, indulge in the fruits of society's labor without contributing something of my own. If all I have to offer my country is a love of research, a proclivity for debate, and an eternally candid demeanor, then so be it. In any normal job, these traits are a nuisance, but for a Congressman they are essential. Perhaps it is a mark of misfortune that my natural abilities have led me to congress, or perhaps it is a blessing.
We live in dark times. This is undeniable, though also impermanent. There is a great light that shines on the horizon. A light that will use the tragedies of today to stoke the fires of tomorrow. I believe that Seattle can be that light. We have everything it takes bring about the next great age if we are only willing to stand up and take responsibility. Let's not leave the world waiting.
|Jim McDermott (D)||110,914||79.85%|
|Bill Hoffman (D)||6,135||4.42%|
|Don Rivers (D)||4,781||3.44%|
|Scott Sizemore (D)||3,220||2.32%|