Elected Experience: No information submitted
Other Professional Experience: I have worked in the grocery business for 20 years.
Education: I have a Master of Arts in International Studies (Middle East focus), which included studies of security issues in the Middle East and writing a master’s thesis entitled US Foreign Policy Towards Iran: The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. I also have three Bachelor of Arts in History, Comparative Religion and Classical Studies. My Master of Arts and Bachelor degrees are from the University of Washington. Furthermore I have an Advanced Paralegal Certificate from Edmonds Community College, which included classes on areas of law and the legal process.
Community Service: No information submitted
Statement: I am endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Washington. I am running for Congress because I am concerned about the national debt, US foreign policy, trade job loss, national marijuana policy, and tribal issues.
We must collect sufficient revenue to pay for the federal government and not overspend. We do neither, which is why we have huge deficits. We must be willing to cut domestic, foreign policy and military spending. Moreover, we must be careful how much we lower taxes so that there is enough revenue.
The United States should not waste precious blood and treasure abroad. Foolish foreign engagements and wars disrespect the soldier and add more debt. The United States must seek diplomacy with all nations but be cautious of being a patron to countries.
Although international commerce is important to the United States, I believe that the United States should be cautious of trade agreements with countries that do not have a similar standard of living. I oppose Trade Promotion Authority, also known as “fast track,” which does not allow Congress to amend trade agreements and only allows an up or down vote. Furthermore, I am cautious of multi-country trade agreements. However, trade agreements with individual countries could be acceptable, but they should be reviewed. Per my views on trade, I oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
I believe that it is time to repeal the federal prohibition of marijuana. I do not believe the U.S. Constitution gives authority to Congress to regulate marijuana within a state. Furthermore, the sick should not be hindered from using marijuana.
I believe that Congress should move towards giving Tribes more sovereignty over their affairs. Furthermore, I would like to work with Tribes to help facilitate cooperation from the federal government in matters that affect their communities.