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Washington U.S. House District 8

The Constitution assigns the Senate and House equal responsibility for declaring war, maintaining the armed forces, assessing taxes, borrowing money, minting currency, regulating commerce, and making all laws necessary for the operation of the government.  There are 435 members of the House of Representatives, each representing approximately 700,000 people. Washington state has 10 Congressional districts.

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    Keith Arnold
    (Dem)

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    Ryan Dean Burkett
    (Nopp)

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    Dave Chapman
    (Rep)

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    Patrick Dillon
    (Conc)

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    Reagan Dunn
    (Rep)

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    Justin Greywolf
    (Lib)

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    Jesse Jensen
    (Rep)

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    Matt Larkin
    (Rep)

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    Kim Schrier
    (Dem)

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    Scott Stephenson
    (Rep)

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    Emet Ward
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you consider your areas of expertise and on which committees would you like to serve?

How should the United States participate in the global economy?

What specific ideas do you have to facilitate the ability of the major parties to discuss and compromise for the good of the nation?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, what policies would you support to improve health care coverage for all Americans?

How would you strengthen the national economy, improve job growth and reduce income disparities?

What needs to be done regarding the future of immigrant children in detention or foster homes?

What would you try to do in Congress to bring earthquake readiness up to date in Washington, Oregon and N. California?

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Party Preference none
Phone (425)465-8884
Experience (Max 500 characters) I have no elected experience.
Campaign Mailing Address 3418 226th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075
Campaign Email ryandeanburkett@gmail.com
Town where you live Sammamish
I tell folks I know a little about a lot of things and because of that I see connections where others do not. I will serve on as many committees as my schedule will allow starting with the six subcommittees of the House Agriculture Committee. If my schedule allows for more, the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology followed by the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.
As a just trading partner. It is the responsibility of Congress to regulate commerce in a manner worthy of the first sentence of the Constitution. Establishing a just global economy that insures Tranquility while promoting the general Welfare will secure Liberty for ourselves and our posterity.
My idea is to be a bridge between the two major parties that will allow both sides the opportunity to pass legislation that strong majorities of the citizenry want, but because of their aggressive posturing towards each other are unable to pass.
I have been a supporter of a single payer system since the 20th century. Expanding Medicare to all citizens will create a more just Union that will protect Liberty for our posterity.
One step would be changing how Congress sets the minimum wage. By using county data Congress can set specific minimum wages for each county. It can be based off of a single citizen living in shared housing for each county. Simply changing how the minimum wage is set in our Union would strengthen the national economy, improve job growth and reduce income disparities.
They should be reunited with family locally or abroad and if that is not feasible then a loving home should be found through adoption domestically or abroad.
I would focus on updating all Federal infrastructure readiness while giving grants to counties and municipalities to assist with their readiness.
Phone (253) 245-3797
Experience (Max 500 characters) I have been involved in politics for many years, usually in the role of Media Guy.
Campaign Mailing Address 37833 42ND AVE S
AUBURN, WA 98001
Town where you live Auburn, WA
Immigration Subcommittee (Judiciary Committee), Rules Committee, Defense Appropriations Subcommittee (Appropriations Committee)
We should make the well-being of American Citizens the priority. The permanent Trade Deficit should end immediately.
I am quite pessimistic about this. We have too many crazy extremists in this country.
Reform the FDA process of approving tests for highly contagious diseases. It is idiotic that it took a week to develop the Covid-19 test, but many months to do the FDA paperwork. Similar comments for vaccines.
The US should withdraw from the WTO, and similar multi-lateral Trade Agreements. We should replace this with a system of bi-lateral trade treaties. Each of these treaties should include strong language which guarantees Balanced Trade, meaning the absence of any Trade Deficits. These Trade Agreements should not include unrelated side topics, such as immigration, copyright law, or family law.
First of all, the word "children" should refer to persons under the age of 12. Using the term "children" to describe men who are 17 1/2 years old is propaganda.
The prototypes for a cell-phone/Internet-based Earthquake/ Tsunami warning system have been working for many years. We need funding to build out more detection stations and to put alert devices in schools, public buildings, etc.
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Party Preference Independent/Libertarian
Phone (510) 999-8058
Experience (Max 500 characters) 20+ years in IT/Software Engineering specializing in Health IT, small business owner
Campaign Mailing Address 17701 SE 108TH AVE #135
RENTON, WA 98055
Campaign Phone (510)999-8058
Campaign Email info@votegreywolf.com
Town where you live Renton
Campaign Twitter Handle @votegreywolf
Expertise in identifying patterns and trends, communication and negotiation, conflict resolution

Science, Space, & Technology, Rules Committee, Defense Appropriations Subcommittee
The US plays a major role in the global economy. What happens in our economy has a great potential impact on the rest of the world. We currently export over $2 trillion worth of trades/goods, which directly affect over 40 million American jobs.

Free trade agreements that are developed to be fair and equal for all participants are the only way that we can maintain the security of the economy of the nation, as well as promote economic growth and security for our trading partners.
Throughout the history of this nation, the best progress has continually been made via centrist, non-partisan solutions. We need to return to this type of thinking and cooperation, instead of seeing people in a different party as enemies.

Congress is in control of its own policies and practices, and over time each party has made changes to these policies to make it easier for the majority party to roll over the minority. These processes need to be reviewed and updated to ensure that they provide the ability for the minority party to have a real impact on planning and discussions.

We need to redress the outsize role of special-interest money in elections, reduce partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, eliminate closed state primaries that enable domination of elections, and wring out strongly partisan committee staffers out of the legislative process

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Eliminate wasteful spending by eliminating and/or consolidating redundant programs. More importantly, we need to change our income tax structure to allow the working and middle class to keep more of their paycheck.

The first step in this process would be to eliminate income tax from overtime hours worked, as well as for any bonuses less than $10k.

We also need to reduce restrictions that make it hard for small businesses to be successful. This includes requiring small companies to provide health insurance to employees, excessive licensing feed, etc.
These children should have never been separated in the first place.

They should be immediately reunited with their families before anything else is done. After that, we can focus on defining a real immigration policy that provides a path for legal immigration. There should be controls and checks in place to ensure that all immigrants being accepted into the country are not violent criminals.
The first thing we need to do is to make sure that Emergency Management Operations are properly funded and staffed.

Enact legislation to help fund technological updates to early warning detection and notification systems.
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Party Preference Republican
Phone (206) 734-8460
Experience (Max 500 characters) Double major from Westmont College, law degree at Gonzaga University, a Master’s of Law Degree (LLM), from George Washington University School of Law. Associate Director of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Pierce County. Business owner of family's 3rd generation manufacturing company.
Campaign Phone 253-286-8356
Campaign Email info@larkin4congress.com
Town where you live Woodinville WA
Campaign Twitter Handle @twitter.com/MattLarkin4WA
I am an experienced lawyer and the owner of a 600 employee, 3rd generation family business. I understand the frustrations of small business owners and I would like to sit on the Small Business Committee as well as the Ways and Means Committee since I understand economics.
I believe in free trade but also fair trade. The global economy works best when trade is free between nations but we also need the terms of trade to be even handed and fair.
We all agree there needs to be better and less heated dialogue between parties. Things have never been as heated politically as they are right now. We need to find common ground on things that both parties care about and then work out from there. I also think the level of dialogue needs to be toned down. We need to view each other as people again and it's only then that we can begin to solve our problems.
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As a business owner, I have a good grasp of economics. We need to reckless government spending this will bring inflation back under control. Balancing our federal budget is key to this process. By lowering taxes for everyone, we can stimulate businesses to hire more employees and this will reduce unemployment.
My wife and I are raising 4 small children and my heart breaks for the children who suffer as the result of illegal immigration. We need to take away incentives that exist for people to come here illegally with children so that kids are no longer brought on the dangerous trip to the United States. We also need to show compassion to the children who are already here and help them reunited with their families in their home countries.
Ever since I was a boy growing up in the Seattle area, we've been preparing for the "big one." We need to do everything possible to ensure we are as ready as we can be for a big earthquake and this includes utilizing the latest technology including early warning detection systems.
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