2016 Primary Voters' Guide
Congressional District 9 - U.S. Representative

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Daniel Smith
(Prefers Democrat Party)

Elected Experience: None

Other Professional Experience: Telecommunications Infrastructure, Technician and Field Engineer since 1988;  WA Air National Guard (1988-97);  GTE - Verizon (1996-2002);  Installed Automated Weather Station Equipment at Air Force bases worldwide (2002-2008);  Laid off as big contract ended and recession hit (2008); Defense contractor, ITT, Installed base-wide fiber optic networks across Afghanistan (6/2009-3/2011).  Combustion technician servicing process furnaces for safety, efficiency at steel mills across America (2011-Present)

Education: Woodway HS, Edmonds  1985Shoreline CC,  Seattle  1985-87WWU, Bellingham  1988-90 (History,  no degree)

Community Service: Donor to Union Gospel Mission, Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, Goodwill

Statement: The biggest issue in the 9th and across America, is income inequality. Workers' pay has stagnated for decades. The "middle class" is broken. Our buying power is equivalent to 1980.

Big corporations tout the need to improve productivity, streamline, and reduce inefficiencies. We all need to remember what this language often hides: "Inefficiencies" are people. And the savings from making such cuts, are usually ferreted away to a few executives at the top. In line with Bernie Sanders' ideas, we will change this.

Campaign photos of yourself in a hardhat at a factory, and stories of your dad working at the airport, do not make you a champion of labor. The incumbent has defended the failing status quo, trusting business against labor. He supported fast track TPA and multiple trade agreements like TPP. I am with Labor every step of the way.

We live in my favorite place. Nature's beauty, and our local can-do spirit is why I will always call Seattle home. I live in north Beacon Hill. My wonderful neighborhood is culturally and income diverse. The 9th is home to the world's greatest wealth. There is no excuse for our failure to assist the dispossessed in our midst. Where can a solution to poverty be found, if not here? We can and will.

Community safety, infrastructure, Transportation, Arts & Parks are priorities. My first acts when elected: Thank Bernie for waking us up; Then I will introduce a bill to grant amnesty to one of America's greatest heroes: Edward Snowden. We owe him much, and he should be home. He is a brilliant technician, with a patriotic appreciation for the values of the Constitution. That's who I want working for NSA. The revolution is under way!

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