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James Watkins

A candidate for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 1 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election

Party: Republican

Age: 59

City: Redmond, WA

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On this race:

Elected Experience: Not a professional politician. Four years federal experience cutting unneeded spending for the Chairman and Board of the FDIC. Elected to Vestry at Holy Cross Church, and Board of Redmond Lacrosse Club.

Other Professional Experience: Broad career ranging from mechanic to Microsoft Director, have managed successful businesses in U.S. and internationally for 20+ years. As small business expert, worked with businesses in all 50 states and helped create thousands of jobs.

Education: BBA, MBA (International Business/Finance), George Washington University.

Community Service: Active in youth coaching, Boy Scouts, and charity work. Active cyclist and motorcyclist - STP, MS150, charity rides. Married for 25 years; two children.

Statement: Our nation is in the midst of an economic and fiscal crisis. Congressional leaders are on the wrong track--- and spending us into ruin. Jay Inslee has supported their ill-conceived measures 99% of the time. We need a fresh approach and independent leadership that doesn't always follow the party line.

Mr. Inslee voted for a trillion dollar stimulus that didn't work; a Cap and Trade scheme that will send more jobs overseas; government mandated healthcare that robs $500 billion from Medicare, federal internet regulation, and a dramatic expansion of government with trillion dollar deficits for our kids. 

This staggering debt hurts the value of the dollar in your pocket, and the ability of our nation to defend itself in a dangerous world.  We need affordable, common-sense policies that encourage a sound economy with family jobs that protect our unique Northwest quality of life.  That's why I'm running.  I'm not a politician. I'm a father and small business expert - a practical problem solver with proven business and leadership experience.  I want to make sure our kids inherit a better America.

I've cut federal spending at the agency level - and helped create thousands of jobs in the private sector. More jobs are the solution to our current economic mess.  I'll bring common sense policies to Congress to boost job creation.  And, I'll fight to stop spending money we don't have, streamline government, honor our veterans, and end the influence of special interests. I will work for you, not the lobbyists.

I have the support of Attorney General Rob McKenna and thousands of Republicans, Democrats, and independents who want to create real jobs, respect Constitutional freedoms, and restore fiscal responsibility in Washington DC. With your vote, we can restore the promise of the American dream for our children and grandchildren.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Jay Inslee (D) 90,208 55.85 %
James Watkins (R) 44,269 27.41 %
Matthew Burke (R) 20,185 12.50 %
David D. Schirle (I) 6,864 4.25 %

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