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Legislative District 7 State Representative Pos. 1

Term: 1 year unexpiredSalary: $46,839A Representative must be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the legislative district served. The House of Representatives (the 'House') is made up of 98 members, two from each legislative district in the state. The House is the lower house of the Washington State Legislature, and is a part of the process of lawmaking on the state level. All of the membership of the House is elected at the General Election held in November of each even-numbered year, with the exception of when vacancies must be filled. During legislative sessions, the Legislature is called upon to: enact or reject legislation affecting public policy in the state; provide for the levy and collection of taxes and other revenue to support state government and assist local government; and appropriate funds for these purposes. The House also has the exclusive power to bring impeachment proceedings. Although laws are enacted only when the Legislature is convened in formal session, policy issues and the general operation of state and local government are under continuous review by legislators serving on permanent and interim study committees.
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    Susan Swanson (Dem) Candidate - 7th Legislative District - State Legislature

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Why did you decide to run for this office?

What are the three most important issues facing the state and your district?

What is your idea of a fair, balanced and equitable tax system for our state?

What is your experience with and position on participating in coalitions?

What experiences have you had that prepare you for this position?

What will be the area of expertise you will bring to the Legislature?

What responses to the drought would you propose or support as a representative of your district?

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Phone (509) 322-6054
Party Preference Democratic
Town where you live Omak, WA
Experience (300 characters max) As a 4 year Navy Veteran, retired federal public servant, and community volunteer, I have experience following, leading, and training others. I'm also experienced in developing projects and managing project funding, to include within the County and State Democratic Party. I humbly ask for your vote.
• I am running because promoting quality education in eastern Washington improves people’s lives and futures, because quality and affordable health care for families is essential for strong and healthy communities, and because it is the duty of every citizen to support those who have served our country. I am running because I am committed to making our communities stronger.

• When I joined the military and took the oath of enlistment, I said, “I Susan Swanson, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” At no other time in my life have I felt that the enemy was from within, than now. I want to do my part for all citizens in changing the negative trajectory of hatred and intolerance in our nation.

Education: Children deserve a quality education that opens doors to vocational, technical, community, or 4-year schools. Schools that receive state funding should meet state standards. Public school teachers and programs should be funded as if they hold the key to a district’s future, because they do.

Rural Economic Development: The 7th LD is a rural district but it does not need to be a stagnant district. We can revitalize Main Street by encouraging growth in industries that make our children want to build their lives at home. The modern US is more connected than ever. We need to take advantage of that to connect modern industry to the majesty and freedom of our greatest asset, public lands.

Environment: Our public lands are a symbol of the free and healthy spirit of our district and we want to keep it that way. We can grow our economy and capitalize on the allure of public lands while doing everything we can to make sure our great-grandchildren can enjoy the same quality of life.
The most regressive taxes in the nation are right here in Washington State. Meaning that our state takes a proportionally greater amount from those with lower incomes. Following are some ways I would collaborate with other legislators to create a more equitable tax system for our state

* I would support a more fair tax system that requires the wealthiest among us and large corporations to pay their fair share and I oppose tax shifts that burden to the middle class and poor. * I would oppose budget cuts that weaken the state's social safety net. * I would support a capital gains tax. This is tax levied on the profits investors realize when they sell a capital asset for more than the original purchase price. This tax is only triggered when an profit is realized, not while it is held by an investor. * I would support abolishing the sales tax in favor of a progressive income tax based on individual income brackets.
Though I have no experience working in a coalition, I firmly believe that we can find common ground between parties and work toward resolving problems that transcend politics.
My years of public service plus my participation with the county and state political party provided me broad experience in developing and implementing policy. More importantly, I have seen the results of poor policies as they are implemented by the agencies that apply them.
My primary strength is as a listener looking to truly identify the challenges of people I represent. I am open to partnering with some who might otherwise not be likely partners if working together could result in positive outcomes for those I represent.
When it comes to drought, I would propose water conservation measures that would focus on conservation, secondary waste water treatment and purification. Further I believe we should begin large scale desalinization efforts in coastal communities so that sea water can replace domestic water that is currently being drawn from depleted aquifers. logo


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