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Issues

Thank you for taking the time to come and see where I stand on the issues. Many of the questions and answers below are taken from questionnaires I have filled out for specific groups. We are always trying to add more info so you can get a better idea where I stand. If you have a question on an issue that is important to you please feel free to send me a message.

Education: How do you plan on ensuring that institutions of higher education remain affordable and accessible to all?

With funding of higher ed, the first priority should be for first generation and underrepresented students. I think we can make higher ed more affordable by creating a state bank and make student loans the lowest interest rate possible. Currently, North Dakota has a state bank with an affordable loan program.


Education: What does academic quality mean to you, and how will you promote it at our institutions of higher education?

We need professors who have experience, with high standards with continuing education required at all levels, plus a mentoring program for new educators and professors.


Education: As a legislator, how will you prioritize and/or protect higher education funding while balancing it with other legislative priorities?

After funding of K-12, higher education would be my next highest priority with everything else to falling below those two areas.


Education: What do you think should be done to address the rising cost of education and the growing burdens of student debt?

As mentioned before, I believe that we can lower cost and lower the burdening student debt with a state bank that does not need a profit for its many stock holders.


Education: What will you do as a legislator to ensure student success and degree completion, especially for first generation students?

For first generation and underrepresented students, there needs to be a mentoring and counselor to keep them on track to ensure their success and completion of their degree.


Education: What will you do as a legislator to ensure that the state has enough degree holders to meet current and future workforce needs?

There has to be an ongoing needs assessment in cooperation with the Business and Labor community to evaluate employment needs for future, plus internships while students are in college for the student to assess their needs in future job opportunities.


Education: How should higher education institutions balance free speech and the need to protect students and campus communities?

Free speech is a fundamental right for all citizens, however, there are also laws protecting for bullying, harassment and discrimination that need to be followed and enforced, especially in the educational systems. The laws are set by the legislature but must be carried out and enforced by all agencies and educational systems. There could be punitive and financial measures for the failure to comply with the laws. If there are new laws that you would want to suggest, I would be open to hear the suggestions.


Unions: If elected, would you co-sponsor and vote for legislation that would restore the right to organize and engage in collective bargaining...

If elected, would you co-sponsor and vote for legislation that would restore the right to organize and engage in collective bargaining by (1) streamlining the process for allowing workers to choose whether to join a union, and protecting workers from intimidation and coercion; (2) strengthening remedies for interference with workers’ rights; and (3) establishing first contract mediation and arbitration?


Unions: Publicly support unions?

If elected, would you publicly affirm the importance of unions to your communities and urge employers not to interfere when workers are deciding whether to form or join a union? Would you be willing to issue statements, attend rallies supporting organizing campaigns, and sponsor public forums to support the rights of workers to form a union?


Jobs: If elected, would you support funding for important infrastructure projects...

If elected, would you support funding for important infrastructure projects that generate good jobs, such as transportation systems, school modernization, energy, airports and water systems?


Fiscal Relief: If elected, would you support additional fiscal relief to state and local governments...

If elected, would you support additional fiscal relief to state and local governments to preserve vital public services and jobs, including health, education, transportation and first responders?


Workplace Safety: If elected, would you support legislation to extend OSHA coverage...

If elected, would you support legislation to extend OSHA coverage to the millions of state and local employees currently excluded from the OSH Act?


Education: If elected, would you support legislation that would help states and local school districts reduce their class sizes...

If elected, would you support legislation that would help states and local school districts reduce their class sizes, provide professional development and support for teachers and other school staff – particularly for staff working in schools serving high numbers of disadvantaged students?


Education: If elected, would you support proposals to increase federal support for school repair...

If elected, would you support proposals to increase federal support for school repair, construction and modernization projects at local prevailing wages?


Nondiscrimination: If elected, would you support legislation to outlaw employment discrimination based on sexual orientation?

Yes.


Nondiscrimination: If elected, would you support passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?

Yes.


DescrimiIf elected, would you support federal legislation to end pay discrimination against women?

If elected, would you support federal legislation to end pay discrimination against women and provide more effective remedies for its victims?? 

John: Yes.


Voting Rights: If elected, would you oppose efforts to erect any obstacle to voting, including those based on economic condition or race?

Yes.


Voting Rights: If elected, would you support efforts to promote greater voter participation, including early voting?

Yes.


Do you support the practice of contracting out public services?

No.


Labor Disputes: In general, what do you see as the appropriate role for elected officials to play in labor- management disputes?

If elected, I do not see any problem in supporting labor in labor
management disputes as I have been and continue to be a Union member, even in retirement.


Unions: Specifically, when is it appropriate to speak publicly in support of workers?

I think it is always appropriate to speak publicly in support of Unions and workers.


What process or system do you have or would you use to guarantee that Local 26 is given an opportunity for input on issues that affect our members?

I would always welcome input from Local 26 on any given issue. I would hope that Local 26 representatives would call, email and visit my office at any time there is an issue involving Union issues.


I would invite the WSLC and all Unions on Labor related issues, though I am fairly versed in most Labor related issues as serving as an elected Union Officer, the head of the Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO and serving as Vice President of the WSLC for 10
years.


Priorities: What are the issues that you will make your top priorities in Olympia (limit to three)? Why?

1. Infrastructure, because we need provide for schools, highways and replace bridges. 2. Jobs, it is important for our economic future and this will help all people including homeless. 3. Reasonable Gun Regulations, though Washington has some good laws regarding guns, but we can do better, with better back ground checks, eliminate bump stocks and limit magazine size.


SWW Washington: What projects benefiting Southwest Washington would you advocate for in Olympia?

In Southwest Washington, access to the surrounding area and Portland, the I-5 and I-205 corridor is a key factor. We need to replace the old I-5 bridge and we do not need tolls on either the I-205 or I-5 highways. Protect the environment around us and continue the many efforts to eliminate global warming.


Community:What will you do to defend protections for vulnerable communities, such as the LGBTQ community and people of color, when you get to Olympia?

I will speak up and continue to support laws that help our most vulnerable communities including homeless, people of color and LGBTQ.


How will you meaningfully include the voices of young people in the political process during your campaign and while in office?

I would encourage young people to help me with my campaign as I cannot win this election without your help. With your help, we can make a difference. If elected, I would want to work with youth and maintain open communications with all young Democrats.



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