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Saturday, December 14, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Opinion

It’s time for a new day in politics

Dave Lucas

Participating in this election has been one of the most engaging and rewarding aspects of my career. I started my campaign as a concerned citizen. Since then, I’ve had the privilege to meet people all across our community who have made me better informed and more empathetic to many of the problems we’re facing here and in the rest of the state. It’s time to change the status quo for the people of the 3rd Legislative District by electing a genuine leader who will fight for them.

As a first-time candidate, not beholden to PACs or party, I value people above politics. Unlike our current representative for the 3rd District (Position 2), I have knocked on thousands of doors across Spokane from Hillyard to Kendall Yards, from Garland to Five Mile, from Sprague to Shadle, and more, talking to people from all walks of life about what policies truly matter to them. Many feel alienated from state government. I care about their concerns and I intend to be the representative our community deserves.

I have repeatedly invited my opponent to stand with me before the voters and debate. He has declined each attempt while offering no alternatives, just excuses. In fact, he has never debated anyone in his 15 years holding office. More politics as usual, and the same types of excuses he has made as to why he failed to deliver probation officers to Spokane to supervise nonviolent felony car thefts (SB 5539). The bill passed through the Senate on a bipartisan effort sponsored by local senators. Under his watch, in the committee that he chairs, it died.

My opponent was also the only Spokane legislator to oppose making a fourth DUI conviction in 10 years a felony. Washington state had one of the weakest drunken-driving laws in the nation and my opponent voted to keep it that way. With this track record, it’s clear to me that there are many issues in our community that require action, not just talk.

Consistently, the top concerns many people voice to me are homelessness, affordable housing, mental health, quality jobs and crime in our area. We need to focus on restructuring government programs to help “break the cycle” of drug abuse, dependency and homelessness. The state budget is the largest in history and I am concerned that tax increases might have unintended consequences to those most vulnerable to the impact.

I’ve talked to many young people, who are excited to start their careers and their families in Spokane. We should be mindful that increasing taxes, like through – such as a mileage tax, carbon tax or income tax – might increase people’s cost of living and decrease economic growth so that they aren’t able to build the lives they want in Spokane, or Washington state.

Business owners and homeowners are excited about the economic growth that’s happening in the area. It means better-paying jobs, and more housing. If we want this excitement to gather momentum, we need to combat the high cost of housing and skyrocketing rental costs, by modernizing the Growth Management Act and working across the Legislature to fix the patchwork of regulations that make it difficult for home builders across Washington state.

If elected, I will bring probation officers to Spokane to provide supervision for nonviolent criminals. I will work to reduce property crime and excess taxes. I will fight tax increases which will adversely impact our community, and I will champion the needs of Spokane, always working for economic development and a safer community for everyone.

At this critical time in our growth, our community needs real leadership, rather than people who put party before those they’re are supposed to represent. As a retired Marine Corps combat leader, I have the experience, passion and work ethic to represent our community well. It is time for a new day in politics. I am ready to represent and work for you citizens of the 3rd District in Olympia. I will be honored to represent you and will always be available and ready to work with you at any time to solve the problems facing our community, ensuring that everyone is heard and well-represented.

Semper Fidelis,

Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Dave Lucas is running as a Republican for a House seat in Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District.

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