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"Clark spoke impressively about the importance of police accountability and the need to reevaluate the state’s taxing and spending priorities. As a caregiver for his granddaughter, he’s keenly attuned to the challenges — and possibilities — for daily education during the ongoing pandemic."
I believe people would rather be provided an opportunity for a hand up, rather than a hand out. I am ready to take on the challenge of finding solutions for those who are struggling to make ends meet. We, as a society, are responsible for the well-being of those within our community and we need to come up with creative ways to find solutions for all of us to be successful. We are about to be facing a critical time where, due to the pandemic, people will be facing evictions and foreclosures. We, as a society, cannot forget about these people.
I believe we all are entitled to basic health care. We should not be afraid to go to the doctor when we are sick simply because we cannot afford the cost of the office visit.
We have systemic problems that require a team willing to work together to find real solutions to the problems we face as a community, a society, a state, and a country.
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I would like people to see me as a person who genuinely cares about others, who wants to see others have opportunities to fulfill their potential, to enjoy the feeling of belonging, of contributing, of being valued and loved. I settled in Washington after joining the Navy, 2 days after my 19th birthday from my childhood home in Framingham, Massachusetts. I grew up in a middle class setting, with a fairly diverse population, race, gender, religious beliefs, and economic strata.
The area is rich in American history, being a few minutes from Lexington and Concord, the cradle of the American Revolution. Patriotic roots run deep in my family, my father and uncles were WWII veterans who served in the European theater. My mother, a war bride from England, still lives independently in my childhood home and is in great health, both body and spirit. She and I share long, thoughtful conversations where her perspective and experiences guide me, as do the conversations with my 11-year-old granddaughter, whom my wife, her daughters, and I raise as our own after the sudden passing of my daughter 10 years ago.
I have lived in Lake Tapps since 2005, and prior to that Auburn and Kent. I am running for elected office for the first time because I want to do whatever I can, so that others can have the same opportunities this country provided me, to have the best lives possible.
We face so many challenges today, but in truth every generation has challenges. The question, as I see it, “What are we going to do about it?”
When I first hired on with Boeing in 1985 as an analyst, the wages were adequate, but not enough where I could simply buy a home. I did not come from means but both my parents were very intelligent and hardworking. My father was a second-generation Dartmouth graduate but chose a career as an artist, and my mother a voracious reader. I developed a strong work ethic at a very young age. As elementary school age children my friends and I would form teams to shovel the snow-filled driveways for whatever fee we could negotiate; in the Summer it was lawn and garden care. I have essentially worked my entire life. After over 33 years in various engineering functions, I earned my way into the Boeing Experimental Flight Test group and have had the privilege of collaborating with people of all types and cultures to accomplish common objectives, overcoming all the inherent unique differences, from race to language to culture. As a Test Engineer, specifically a “System Test Engineer,” by definition, I have learned to understand exactly “how” systems actually work and, when they don’t work the way they were intended, I learned the “why.” After learning “why,” you learn “where” and “when.” Which brings us back to the original question, “What are you going to do about it?” The answer always starts the same way, gather a team. I can do that anywhere I go with anyone who needs to be on the team.