Who’s who on the ballot: a guide to candidates
The primary ballot is in voters’ hands now. Following are summaries of candidate information from various sources, focusing on best-known names in each race. Races which the primary will not impact, such as for County Commissioners, will be covered near the general election.
• Michael Baumgartner- Republican, was born in Pullman. His mother is a kindergarten teacher and his father was a professor of Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences. After graduating from Pullman High School, he earned a scholarship to attend Washington State University’s Honors College. There, he was awarded a Thomas Foley scholarship, and was named a Stephenson scholar, an award given to the top graduates from the Honors College. He graduated in 1999 with a degree in Economics with minors in French and Mathematics. In 2002, he earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
He taught classes at Harvard and gave social support to underprivileged children and mentally ill adults in Mozambique, Africa. He volunteered as a researcher on environmental science teams with the U.S. Forest Service. During the Iraq War, he served as the Economics Officer in the Office of Joint Strategic Planning and Assessment (JSPA) at the United States Embassy in Baghdad, helping the Iraqi government as part of the Baghdad Security Plan. In 2008, he spent seven months working as a civilian contractor in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
Baumgartner on the issues:
“America’s overdependence on foreign oil hurts our economy and endangers our troops. It distorts our foreign policy and forces us to do business with some of the world’s worst tyrants. An America with abundant and diverse energy supplies will both make the whole world more secure and help good jobs here at home.”
“America’s growing national debt threatens our prosperity and unfairly endangers the future freedoms of our children and grandchildren. In the last twelve years, America’s national debt has doubled to nearly 15 trillion dollars. Irresponsible politicians in Washington, D.C. have staggered from one crisis to the next. We must have a balanced budget, now.”
“A good job and the ability to own your own business are essential parts of the American Dream. In the last twelve years, Washington State’s unemployment rate has doubled. Today, nearly one in five persons is looking for work or underemployed. We must let business create jobs without government red tape slowing growth and distorting markets.”
“Thomas Jefferson said that the God who gave us life gave us liberty. The Constitution does not grant us those freedoms, which we are born with, but it is meant to restrain government from trampling them. There is no more important job for a U.S. Senator than ensuring those promises made in the Constitution are kept in the Congress.”
“President Abraham Lincoln implored us ‘to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,’ and this is a commitment I take seriously after having worked alongside so many of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is time to end the wars and adopt a smarter foreign policy.”
“Social Security and Medicare are vital programs to ensure every American has a measure of comfort in their retirement years. As we reform these systems to secure their future for our children, we must ensure that we do not betray the promises made to our parents and grandparents.”
Maria Cantwell, Democratic, currently serves as a United States Senator for the State of Washington. Cantwell says she has always embraced the values she first learned growing up in a strong working-class family. With the help of Pell Grants, she was the first member of her family to graduate college. Later, as a successful businesswoman in Washington’s high-tech industry, she helped build a company that created hundreds of high-paying jobs from the ground up.
Cantwell was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000 and again in 2006. Cantwell supporters say she cut taxes for the middle-class by ensuring that Washington taxpayers can deduct state and local taxes from their federal returns. She is said to have protected jobs in Washington’s aerospace industry by cracking down on foreign companies’ unfair trade practices and worked to create still more well-paying jobs through effective investments in new technology and valuable job training. She successfully led the fight to stop drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and claims to lead efforts in the Senate to make America more energy independent.
Cantwell serves on the following Senate committees:
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
Chairman, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security
Member, Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation and Export Promotion
Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet
Member, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security
Member, Subcommittee on Science and Space
Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Chairman, Subcommittee on Energy
Member, Subcommittee on Water and Power
Member, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests
Senate Committee on Finance
Member, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
Member, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
Member, Subcommittee on Health Care
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
• Jon T. Haugen, Democrat, is a military veteran who served 24 years. He is a retired Navy pilot who graduated in the top third of his class at the United States Naval Academy.
Haugen and his wife of 26 years have three children who all attended Clark College and graduated from Western Washington (1) and Washington State (2).
Haugen takes these stands on the issues:
Haugen visited a wind turbine manufacturing plant built by Suzlon. Suzlon imports wind turbines from India destined for the Columbia River Gorge. Haugen says he’ll work to bring a wind turbine manufacturing plant to his District.
“Ms. Herrera Beutler readily admits she has no foreign policy experience. Solution: vote for a candidate with foreign policy experience. During his 24 year military career Haugen lived overseas, worked with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Japanese Self-Defense Forces.
“Medicare: we need a Representative in Congress who will protect Medicare. Ms. Herrera Beutler voted to end Medicare.
“Social Security: Republicans have called Social Security a ‘Ponzi Scheme.’ Solution: Haugen would strengthen and protect Social Security by eliminating the current cap for incomes above $110,100.”
• Jaime Herrera Beutler, Republican, was elected to the 112th Congress in 2010 to represent Southwest Washington’s 3rd District.
At 33 years old, Herrera Beutler is the youngest woman currently serving in the U.S. Congress. She is the first Hispanic in history to represent Washington state in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is vice chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. Her first proposed bill would cut the salaries of members of Congress, the president, and the vice president by 10 percent.
Herrera Beutler attended the University of Washington, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. During that time she held temporary positions in both the Washington State Senate and in Washington, D.C. at the White House Office of Political Affairs.
From 2005 to 2007, Herrera Beutler worked as a Senior Legislative Aide for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane). She served as the Congresswoman’s lead advisor on health care policy, education, veterans’ and women’s issues. In 2007, she was appointed to serve as a State Representative to Washington state’s 18th Legislative District by Democrat and Republican County Commissioners from Clark and Cowlitz Counties. She was reelected by 60 percent of the voters in 2008, and served in that position until being elected to Congress in 2010.
She and her husband Daniel Beutler reside in Camas.
• Rob McKenna, Republican, is serving his second term as Washington’s 17th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, he directs more than 500 attorneys and 700 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, the governor and legislature.
McKenna launched Operation: Allied Against Meth and passed a comprehensive new statewide methamphetamine initiative in the Legislature. He presented his anti-meth presentation to nearly 35,000 students in more than 60 schools across Washington. He has been commended for combating mortgage and foreclosure fraud. McKenna has won all three of the cases he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, defending voter-adopted laws on campaign finance reform, the top-two primary election system and the state public records law.
• Jay Inslee, Democrat, is the former member of the United States House of Representatives for Washington’s 1st congressional district, serving from 1999 until his resignation on March 20 this year in order to focus on his campaign for governor of Washington.
Inslee practiced law for 10 years in Selah.
In 1992, Inslee ran for and was elected to the United States Congress representing Washington’s 4th Congressional District. He lost his bid for re-election in the Republican Revolution of 1994 in a rematch against his 1992 opponent, Doc Hastings. Inslee attributed his 1994 defeat in large part to his vote for the Assault Weapons Ban.
He ran again for Congress in 1998, this time in the 1st congressional district against two-term incumbent Rick White. His campaign attracted national attention when he became the first Democratic candidate to air television ads attacking his opponent and the Republican congressional leadership for the Lewinsky scandal. Inslee was returned to the House with more than 60 percent of the vote in the next three elections. In 2010 he won by a 15-point margin.
To be continued.