I came in fourth with only 5.4% of the vote. But winning is not the only reason for running. An election should be an educational experience, not just a popularity contest. Running is my way of speaking out against absurd policies and forcing opponents to address issues.
I run to educate the public regarding issues which our leaders have ignored. I run to force my opponents to address these issues. And I run to win. John and Dave have experience in office, but they have not used their experience to address our needs. I can lead the way and help make Snohomish County a model for the rest of the state.
My platform is what I want to accomplish if I am elected. I am the issues candidate. My opponents state only generalized goals. I am the candidate who is specific about goals. If you like my goals, vote for me. If you elect one of my opponents, the goals I have set will not be accomplished.
SeaTac will soon be inadequate and cannot expand. If one airline is allowed to set up commercial service at Paine Field, all the others can too. Soon Paine Field will be SeaTac North. We need a mega airport, and the best place for it would be McChord. Extend Light Rail nine miles sourth of Tacoma to McChord. Light Rail will extend to Everett. Once you are on Light Rail, you are almost at SeaTac. So commercial air service at Paine Field is unnecessary.
Mass transit will always remain a limited success unless we develop a way to get riders to and from the mass transit. The solution is a flex van service using UberX smart phone technology, which would provide door-to-door service. We could fill the freeway buses and take one-third of the cars off the freeway. It should not be necessary to own a car to get around.
But county government has no jurisdiction over the issues which divide and paralyze Republicans and Democrats on the national and state levels. County politics is about clean, effective government. Just as city elections are non-partisan, county elections should be non-partisan too. That is why I am running as an independent.
Coal is filthy to mine, filthy to burn, and filthy to transport. Coal cars are open to the wind. Up to a ton of coal dust – laden with toxic mercury – can blow off each open car during the 1,100 mile trip from Montana and Wyoming. Mercury dust is poisoning our fisheries. I would sue Burlington Northern for littering.
The World Health Organization has declared Roundup to be a proven carcinogen. France and Sri Lanka have banned Roundup. Our County has the power to declare itself an organic county as counties in Oregon, California, and Hawaii have done. Roundup kills salmon. We should brand Snohomish County as an organic county. Organic crops sell for a higher price. Our farmers would prosper and we and our salmon would not be poisoned.
Golf courses dump hundreds of pounds of toxic pesticides each year on our golf courses, and much of this flows into creeks and into Puget Sound, where they kill fish. There are green golf courses. How can we say we want salmon runs to recover when we dump fish poison into their streams?
Everett Utilities adds so-called fluoride to our drinking water. It is a witches’ brew of industrial grade highly toxic chemicals which the body does not need in any amount. After this vice is ended, we will look back in amazement at ourselves for having allowed ourselves to believe such a lie.
When it comes to fluoridation, the Everett City Council, the Snohomish Health District, the Everett City Attorney, and my opponents in this election have been duped, suckered, defrauded, swindled, and conned. So-called fluoridation is a complete fraud. Everett has chosen to believe those who have no evidence and to disbelieve those who have evidence. Everett is trapped in a maze and thus far seems to be unable to find the exit.
So-called fluoridation can add up to 13 trillion atoms of arsenic per liter of tap water fluoridated at 1.0 ppm fluoride ion. It can add up to 4 trillion atoms of lead to a liter of water. Our unthinking Health Department ignores its own scientific data because a man wearing a white coat says so-called it is safe and effective. They do not think for themselves.
Both so-called fluoride and Roundup repel and kill salmon. Salmon are especially sensitive to fluoride because they must switch from excreting salt while in the ocean to absorbing salt while in fresh water. Salmon absorb the fluoride salts in the river. Roundup is a mineral chelator and interferes with digestion by killing needed bacteria in the digestive system.
The Columbia Generation Station is substantially the same GE model as the Fukushima reactors which melted down and exploded in 2011. It is dirty, dangerous, and expensive. It regularly vents radioactive gasses. It is an accident waiting to happen. It could be the next Oso, but a million times worse. Sell off our 4% interest.
Housing the homeless is the right thing to do. And it is much less expensive than the alternative: frequent and costly visits to detox centers, emergency rooms, homeless shelters, drug counseling, and jails. No one should be sleeping in cars, on heating grates, in doorways, or in cardboard boxes. Once they are housed, the homeless are much more likely to get back on their feet.
Major Issues In This Campaign
It is called “fluoride”, but it is a witches brew of toxic waste chemicals. Diluted toxins are still toxins. They accumulate in the body, and we drink them for life. Harm is greatest to the growing fetus and baby.
Link Light rail is going to Paine Field and on to Everett. As soon as you are on Link, you are almost at SeaTac. So commercial air service at Paine Field is unnecessary.
Roundup kills fish. Why do we spray it on our crops? Roundup does not break down easily. When it rains, it flows into the watershed and into the Sound, repelling and killing salmon. How can we say we want to rebuild salmon runs when we poison their spawning streams?
Mass transit will never develop a big ridership unless we devise a way to get people to and from the mass transit.
What does Mount Vernon have that Snohomish County does not? Internet speeds of 1 gigabite up and down for only $70 per month. Mount Vernon has set up a city utility company which delivers fiber optic speeds to businesses and homes. One Gig fiber optic connection is an enormous stimulus to high-tech business.
Roundup is now a proven carcinogen to animals and a probable carcinogen to humans. It makes no sense to grow crops non-organically when they can be grown organically. Organic crops are healthier. They sell for a higher price. They do not poison us. Relying on its police and zoning powers, Snohomish County could ban the application of Roundup and other toxic pesticides and zone all commercial farm lands as organic only.
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Campaign UpdatesJRD on the Issues
Pope Francis slams both GMOs and pesticides in a draft of his major environmental document.read more
Scotland has banned the growing of GMO crops.read more
Genetically engineered crops have never been fully evaluated for safety. Now, the Department of Agriculture is re-opening their approval process for GMO crops.read more
Attorney James Robert Deal, running for Snohomish County Executive, wants to make Snohomish County an organic county where growing of GMO crops and application of Roundup and similar chemicals are banned.read more
Roundup has been decleared a type 2A carcinogen, meaning that it has been proven that it causes cancer in experimental animals and probably causes cancer in humans – although tests on humans are not yet complete.read more