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U.S. Representative, Congressional District No. 6

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    Bill Driscoll (Rep) Businessman

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    Derek Kilmer (Dem) Vice President of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, a nonprofit focused on recruiting new jobs into our region and on keeping an growing local small businesses. ,

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Rep. Norm Dicks was known for directing federal money to projects in his district and state. But federal spending has also driven the national debt to more than $15 trillion. How would you balance the objectives of reducing the debt and making sure Washington gets its "fair share?"

Should Congress repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and make same-sex marriage legal under federal law? Why or why not?

Do you favor a "cap-and-trade" system that would regulate the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change? If so, why? If not, do you favor some alternative for addressing the problem?

Are you willing to consider raising taxes to help cut the federal deficit? If so, which ones? Are you willing to make cuts to entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare to help cut the federal deficit? If so, where would you cut?

Personal Statement

Party (if other) Republican
Campaign Phone (360) 266-5571
Age 51
Incumbent? (Y/N) N
Occupation Businessman, leader in the timber products field, and Marine Corps Major
City/Community of Residence Bill and his wife Lisa live in Tacoma, with their two children John Saul and Anna.
Education BA in Economics from Bates College, Lewiston Maine MBA in Management from Northwestern University Graduated from Army Ranger School and Army Airborne School
Civic/Political Experience Bill has never been a politician. He does serve on the board of the Broadway Center and he and his wife Lisa are active in the Asia Pacific Cultural, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Metro Parks Foundation and the Tacoma Children's Museum.
Norm Dicks was a great Congressman for his time, but the age of earmarks is over. We can no longer afford a budget driven by political power over the public interest. The good news is that now is the perfect time for a fresh start in Congress, and my commitment to balance the federal budget. Of course, I will be a passionate advocate for the people of the 6th district in the federal government.
I believe in federalism and the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and I trust states to make this decision for themselves. I believe every citizen should be treated equally.
I oppose cap and trade. The total cost of the carbon credits was vastly greater than needed to change behavior, revealing this policy was less about combating climate change than adopting a destructive and costly new federal tax. No response to climate change will work without involving every industrialized country.
We must balance the federal budget. A fairer and flatter tax code with fewer politically motivated tax exemptions must be adopted. The ability for the politically powerful (e.g. General Electric) to avoid taxation forces the rest of us to pay more and makes balancing the federal budget more difficult. I would work across party lines for bipartisan entitlement reforms.
I volunteered to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan because I had a duty to America. My choice to run for Congress is based on the same sense of duty. Politicians have failed to solve America's problems. We must balance our federal budget, be more cautious about the use of military force, and rebuild our local economy.
Party (if other) Democratic Party
Campaign Phone (253) 759-3301
Age 40
Incumbent? (Y/N) No.
Occupation Vice President of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, a nonprofit focused on recruiting new jobs into our region and on keeping an growing local small businesses. Prior to that, I was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.
City/Community of Residence Gig Harbor
Education Port Angeles High School Graduate, Class of 1992; Bachelors’ Degree in Public Policy and Certificate in American Studies from Princeton University; a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford.
Civic/Political Experience I served one term in the state House of Representatives and am currently serving my second term in the state Senate, representing a district spanning from Bremerton to the Narrows Bridge.
Endorsements Congressman Norm Dicks, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Congressman Adam Smith, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, State Auditor Brian Sonntagg, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Gig Harbor Mayor Chuck Hunter, WA Association of REALTORS, Master Builders Association of Pierce County, League of Conservation Voters, Tacoma Fire Fighter IAFF Local 31, Pierce County Deputy Sheriffs Independent Guild.
Reducing debt and making investments that get people back to work aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s easy to talk about reducing debt. I’ve actually done it here in Washington, bringing together Republicans and Democrats to cut spending and pass a constitutional amendment to reduce state debt. Unlike Washington, D.C., we’ve balanced the budget. My top priority is to help get people to work.
Yes. I support civil marriage equality. I also strongly support keeping religious marriage as it has always been - a matter for each faith tradition to decide for itself. My faith dictates that I love and respect all people and live by the Golden Rule. Allowing more families access to the protections of civil marriage and ensuring they live with certainty and dignity makes sense.
Climate change is real. Too many politicians are catering to special interests and ignoring the scientific consensus. Climate change will negatively impact our state’s agricultural and shellfish industries, forests, and salmon habitat. I’ll work to build a consensus solution that moves to replace fossil fuels with cleaner energy sources, promotes renewables, and spurs international action.
It’s easy for D.C. elites to cut Medicare and Social Security, programs my 102-year-old grandmother depends on to get by. I’ll oppose efforts that are unfair to seniors. I’m the only candidate who has made the tough choices to balance our state budget. In Congress, I’ll work to cut the deficit by 1) prioritizing spending; 2) eliminating unproductive tax breaks; and 3) getting people back to work.
Politicians in D.C. don’t get it. I understand how to get folks back to work from my job at the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. Congress needs to get working and stop the partisan bickering. We deserve better. I’m the only candidate with a track record of bringing both parties together to get results: reducing state debt, helping our veterans, and supporting small businesses.