1. EDUCATION A strong education system builds a strong state. When people have access to a high-quality education starting with K-12, people have a stronger chance of obtaining economic stability. In Washington, not all schools are meeting the challenge to build a strong foundation for success. Students of color and low-income students are disproportionately affected by the achievement or opportunity gap in Washington state. How will you reduce or eliminate the achievement gap and ensure that all people have access to a high quality education?
By focusing on ensuring that the most highly skilled teachers are placed where they are needed most, in schools where students face the greatest challenges.
2. REVENUE Washingtonians need a strong infrastructure and the resources, critical investments, and community services to support a vibrant and inclusive community and economy. What changes will you propose to our state’s revenue structure to ensure that we can adequately invest in our communities?
By putting emphasis on these programs rather than massive poorly planned civil works projects [the remainder of this candidate’s answers were cut off in the document he provided].
3. SAFETY NET A strong safety net is the foundation of a strong state and workforce. Programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and similar programs such as Housing Essential Needs and Aged Blind Disabled (HEN and ABD), are keeping many of our families, children, and disabled adults alive. What will you do to protect funding for basic need services that provide a safety net for Washington families?
We should look beyond simply funding existing programs, and invest in new programs that actual[the remainder of this candidate’s answers were cut off in the document he provided].
4. RACIAL JUSTICE Institutional racism is a daily burden that our communities face when accessing housing, credit, the ballot box, and interfacing with the criminal justice system. This oppression is often codified in the rules, allowances and governance of these institutions as “business as usual” and creates significant consequences for people of color. What will you do to address the consequences of institutional racism that create barriers for our members’ ability to prosper?
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5. JOBS Wages have stagnated while cost of living has increased, making it difficult for low income families to meet their basic needs. What would you do to help low income families support themselves?
Education and training is the only sustainable fix. The lack of[the remainder of this candidate’s answers were cut off in the document he provided].
6. DEBT AND LENDING Everyone, regardless of their income, should have fair and reasonable consumer protections when they borrow money. Fringe financial industries like debt settlement companies and predatory lenders push our communities into a cycle of debt. How would you protect Washingtonians’ ability to avoid this cycle of debt?
By requiring contracts be simple enough to be actually understood, or be held un[the remainder of this candidate’s answers were cut off in the document he provided].
7. CRIMINAL JUSTICE People leaving the criminal justice system face many roadblocks to reentering their community. This includes housing and employment discrimination and mounting debt from legal financial obligations. What changes would you make to the criminal justice system? Please include any ideas you have to reduce these roadblocks to reentry.
Eliminate victimless crime as a priority. Focus on reh[the remainder of this candidate’s answers were cut off in the document he provided].
8. HEALTH CARE Health and well-being is critical for all Washingtonians to thrive. Everyone should have high quality, essential health care services including reproductive health and preventative medicine. What will you do to ensure that all Washingtonians have access to affordable, high quality, and culturally appropriate health care?
I will work with stakeholders to identify sustainable measures that can work toward reducing he[the remainder of this candidate’s answers were cut off in the document he provided].