With the pandemic, we need to get back to work and recover the economy. The state budget has taken a hard hit and will need to be revised to reflect current conditions in 2020.
As a small businessman I will bring a sense of fiscal responsibility to the legislature. I will work to make all state programs zero-budget based and reviewed for current relevancy and viability. Some may be eliminated. Job access is critical to economic recovery and our quality of life. Road construction will create temporary jobs, provide long term economic growth, and improve the quality of life for LD 48 residents.
I am a moderate Republican. I grew up in rural Vermont on a prosperous dairy farm in a then conservative state (1940’s and 50’s). I am a 10th generation American with ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World War II. My brother received a 100-year certificate for a century of family farm ownership. My roots are in small business entrepreneurship. I owned a consulting engineering firm in Bellevue for 37 years.
I believe in smaller government, prudent regulations, lower taxes, and a safety net for those in need. Some government services are required, like police and fire protection, schools, and roads. I am in alignment with providing those basic services with high quality to provide the foundation for an economy that serves the needs of the public and the tax revenues for good government to function. Services provided above the basics must be rationally reviewed for priorities.
I support public education and charter schools. I am a product of the public education system from my hometown in Vermont, the University of New Hampshire (BSCE) and the University of Washington (MSCE). Both of my adult children were educated in the Bellevue School District, graduating from Newport High School, and both went on to state universities (UW and WWU). My seven grandchildren are all products or are in public education systems here in Washington. I believe the public education system needs competition. Therefore, I support the public charter schools. I believe they have demonstrated an ability to provide a quality education and provide diversity. That is a good thing, and overall education will be enhanced by it.
I have signed and support I-1698, the ‘fetal heartbeat’ initiative. I support R-90, the sex education repeal referendum.
I am a long-term member of my Church, Unity of Bellevue, a metaphysical spiritual community. I have been on the Board of Trustees, President and Treasurer of the board, and was president when the Board hired a gay minister. We have had four LGBTQ ministers and six ‘straight’ ministers in the 40 years I have been associated with the church. I attended the wedding of one of our lesbian ministers.
I believe in a safety net for the homeless who find themselves in financial trouble. It must be temporary and with a way out. I support adequate funding for the mentally ill and disabled community. I find it a disgrace that we have mentally ill people on the streets with drug addiction issues.
Black Lives Matter has brought to the forefront a longstanding law enforcement issue for the minority communities. The law enforcement is symptomatic of a larger racism issue that is endemic in all societies and I support being conscious of hidden systems that promote racism and working to eliminate them.
We should not defund the police forces. We should root out the bad apples in any police department. This likely will require union contract re-negotiation with the policeman’s union. Most cops are great public servants, need to be supported and deserve an honest trade union. Employment protection for bad cops should not be a part of a union contract.