Washingtonians deserve a better transportation system without having to pay high taxes. I believe in a multifaceted approach that balances the needs of our urban and rural areas while protecting our property rights and not raising taxes on hardworking families.
By improving our transportation infrastructure, goods can move more efficiently throughout our state, and families can spend more time together and less time in their cars.
I will work to find commonsense solutions to Washington’s transportation needs.
Public safety is the number one responsibility of government. As a police officer, I understand the need to protect our families and our communities. If you can’t feel safe in your own home, where can you feel safe? Children must feel safe in school and families must feel safe at home.
It is critical that our first responders are given the tools they need to protect our neighborhoods. As Enumclaw City Councilman, I voted to strengthen the police department by adding police officers and I have been a strong supporter of Fire District 28.
The cycle of gun violence starts with property crime. Keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them and enforcing our current gun laws is imperative. We don’t need new gun laws we just need to enforce the laws we already have. And we must continue to address the increasing mental health issues we have in our state so those who need it get help and they don’t harm others.
Jobs and the Economy
Washington state is the most trade dependent state in the nation. 40% of all jobs are directly tied to trade. Furthermore, small businesses – America’s job creators – account for a majority of jobs in Washington.
We rely on these job creators to keep our economy running, to employ hardworking Washingtonians and ship the world’s best goods, those made right here at home, around the globe.
We must find ways to allow these small businesses to compete around the nation and in the global market.
A healthy environment that brings certainty and flexibility allow these businesses to flourish, employing more Washingtonians.
While we have made historic investments into our K-12 system, our state is still under court order to meet its paramount duty to fully fund our schools. I believe our kids deserve our first dollar, not our last dime. I do not support the proposed new capital gains income tax coming from Democrats in Olympia, and believe it will only lead to more uncertainty around our educational system. Time and time again voters have said they do not want an income tax in this state. Politicians must respect the will of the people and make our students their top priority.
I also believe we need to reform our schools to meet the needs of our 21st Century economy. We live in the most innovative state in the country, yet our schools don’t reflect that. We must support and expand schools that meet the needs of children, such as charters, and get more money out of the hands of education bureaucrats in Olympia and into the hands of our kids and teachers in the classroom.