Every Republican in office or running for office will share similar talking points, i.e. “do more with less”, “reduce government spending”, “eliminate burdensome regulations”, “be a voice of the people”, “protect small businesses”, “remember it’s the people’s money we are spending”, etc., etc. My conservative principles are certainly in line with those talking points/objectives, however my over arching goal would be to add a strong element of common sense to the legislative body. Common sense developed via a very successful, 35 year career in business.
With the above said, it is only fair that I offer the following briefs:
I’ve been a responsible gun owner for all my life and have taught safe and responsible firearm practices to many members of my family and friends. I believe that protecting the inalienable rights our forefathers secured for us within the 2nd Amendment is vitally important.
An efficient and viable transportation system is essential for the economic and social well-being of our community. One of our region’s biggest transportation challenges is addressing the congestion associated with crossing the Columbia River. Whether making this crossing for commuting to work, engaging in commerce, or for entertainment/social reasons, our citizens are spending far too much of their precious time in traffic. There is no one easy fix to this problem, but rather a series of immediate and long-term decisions and actions.
Our local State Legislators have initiated the first step to disentangle this knot by coming together and passing legislation that begins the process of replacing the inadequate and outmoded I-5 bridge. They also, in this legislation, provided a pathway to address the very real long-term need to begin the discussion and planning for additional crossings and corridors for the future.
I whole heartedly support these efforts, and look forward, as your next State Representative of the 18th District, to collaborating with the rest of our local delegation (and Oregon, who now seems willing to join us at the table) in the pursuit of solving our transportation challenges.
Prudent regulations are necessary to maintain a variety of safe and sound standards. I believe, however, that its time to examine the unintended consequences of regulations which have a tendency to place road blocks on our small business champions. Throughout my career I have been a small business champion and will certainly continue in that role.
I believe that we already pay enough taxes within a variety of categories. I also believe that many elements of our state government can be examined with the objective of saving taxpayer dollars. My business background will give me the ability to dig into cost cutting objectives while making sure that when we spend money for essential services, it is done in a fiscally responsible manner.
Our children deserve a solid and world class education to rely on which will provide them with the opportunities they need for a prosperous and bright future. As well, our society absolutely depends on an educated and trained workforce to continue to expand the economic growth in our state. Whether the training comes from a standard college environment or one of many valuable trade schools, it is critical that employers have the ability to draw from a population that is ready to meet their requirements.
We need more jobs in Southwest Washington and we need to consider all options to expand our workforce. Examining all opportunities for expanding our regional employment, whether big or small, will be a priority of mine.