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Tom Cramer

A candidate for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 8 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election

Party: Democrat


On this race:

Elected Experience: PTA Vice President and School Board member.

Other Professional Experience: A successful small business owner for more than 15 years, Tom founded an organization to create jobs for the developmentally disabled. In 2000, Tom founded an organization to assist middle class candidates running for Congress. His organization helped elect over 20 candidates to Congress in the past 10 years.

Education: BA, Quincy University; Master of Education, Vanderbilt University

Community Service: Tom coached youth baseball, soccer, and basketball. Tom has been married to his wife Barbara for 38 years. They have three children, all educated at State Universities in Washington. Tom has one grandchild on the way. 

Statement: The number one job of Congress should be to get America back to work! As a successful small business owner and teacher, I will work hard to rebuild our economy by providing good jobs for working families, supporting small businesses, preparing our children for a successful future and protecting the right of our seniors to a safe and secure retirement.

Giving billion dollar bailouts to Wall Street speculators, whose reckless practices caused our economic collapse, only makes the problem worse. Rich powerbrokers, who run Washington DC, were given billions. But the rest of us continue to lose our jobs and homes. We must rebuild the economy from the bottom up, not the top down.

First, we must cut middle class taxes in half to increase consumer spending and jumpstart the economy.  Second, we should create good paying jobs through investments in education, alternative energy and new technologies. Third, we should protect Social Security and Medicare by requiring billionaires to pay their fair share.

My corporate-backed opponents are part of the problem.  They have directly benefited from the Wall Street deregulation and corporate welfare that got us into the economic mess we are in today. They have taken millions of dollars from their rich corporate paymasters to buy their way into office. Even worse, they have supported shipping jobs overseas and importing foreign workers through abuses of the H1B program, which cost thousands of highly skilled American computer programmers their jobs.    

I will end the H1B program, end billion dollar subsidies to multinational corporations and instead invest in America again. The American people are the hardest working, most creative people in the world. We are the best and the brightest. Working together, we can restore our economy and rebuild our community, our State and our nation. I appreciate your vote! 

Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Dave Reichert (R) 76,118 47.23%
Suzan DelBene (D) 43,272 26.85%
Tom Cramer (D) 15,313 9.50%
Ernest Huber (R) 9,376 5.82%
Tim Dillon (R) 8,291 5.14%
Keith Arnold (D) 3,405 2.11%
Robin Adair (I) 2,648 1.64%
Boleslaw (John) Orlinski (D) 1,761 1.09%
Caleb Love Mardini 987 0.61%

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Competitors

Dave Reichert

Republican

Suzan DelBene

Democrat

Ernest Huber

Republican

Tim Dillon

Republican

Keith Arnold

Democrat

Robin Adair

Independent