Randy McGlenn II
City: Spokane, WA
On this race:
What is your top priority and the main reason why you are running?
My top priority is the economy. I lost my job to downsizing. It was painful to lay off my employees knowing I was next to leave, while staying positive and helping the company outsource its IT operation. I want to make Washington a great place to do business, by overhauling our tax system that is stacked against us and help find ways for businesses to grow. A better tax structure will allow more jobs to be created with better pay that will give people stability so that what happened to me and countless others does not have to happen again.
The McCleary vs. State ruling calls for legislators to move toward fully funding basic education by 2018. How would you suggest legislators find money to do so?
I would make sure that no existing revenue sources intended for education are being diverted to the general fund or other areas. Secondly, I would make sure that education dollars are being spent effectively and not being wasted on things that do not contribute to the education of our children. I would eliminate waste in the state budget by eliminating duplicate or unused services, and use the money saved towards education. Would you support a gas tax to help pay for the completion of the North Spokane Corridor and other infrastructure repairs?
I would not support any new taxes, period. The state has passed taxes that were supposedly going to fund the north-south freeway repeatedly, but it’s not done yet. We need to stop diverting funds away from this and other infrastructure projects to the general fund. We need to make sure that contracted work is delivered on time and that bidding is competitive. We need to hold people accountable on delivering their projects in a timely fashion.
Gun control is a hot discussion topic across the nation. Are things fine the way they are or would you like to make changes? If so, which changes?
Gun control is a mess. Gun-related crimes are on the increase for two significant reasons: the lack of attention towards mental illness, and the disarmament zones (like gun-free school zones) we have created have become crime havens for people who do not respect the law. You do not hear about shootings happening at a police precinct, why? If people were unrestricted in where they may carry firearms, we would have fewer tragedies like those we have seen in recent times. Statistics have proven that where there are fewer restrictions on firearms there is less crime.
What is your view of the legalization of marijuana and it becoming available in local stores?
Criminalizing people for the use of recreational drugs like marijuana has only done one thing: needlessly removed innocent people from being contributors to society. These people work, pay taxes and were harming no one else. A major portion of that population are from drug-related, victimless crimes. The financial burden on us to keep people behind bars is staggering. Having marijuana available to purchase publicly has the same risks involved that alcohol and tobacco cigarettes pose. It’s very important to ensure that minors don’t have access to these substances publicly, but we have to understand we can never completely prevent it.
|Marcus Riccelli (D)||11,602||57.71 %|
|Tim Benn (I)||6,900||34.32 %|
|Randy McGlenn II (L)||1,603||7.97 %|