Who will be going to D.C.?

Races for U.S. Senate, House of Representatives on Nov. 6 ballot
By Brandon Gustafson | Oct 24, 2018
Maria Cantwell

In addition to sending nearby residents to Olympia to serve in the state Legislature, Mukilteo voters will have the opportunity to vote on who will serve in the House of Representatives representing the 2nd Congressional District, as well as in the U.S. Senate.

The Mukilteo Beacon sent out questions to the two candidates for each position, regarding important issues locally and nationally.

They were given 300 words total to answer the Beacon’s questions.

 

U.S. Senate – 6-year term

This year, Sen. Maria Cantwell is up for reelection, and her competitor is Susan Hutchison.

Cantwell, a Democrat, was first elected in 2000, and serves on the Senate committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Finance; Indian Affairs; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Hutchison, Republican, worked as a KIRO news anchor for over 20 years. Additionally, she is the former chair of the Republican Party of Washington.

During the August primary, Cantwell received 54.68 percent of the vote while Hutchison received the next highest percentage at 24.3 percent to move on to the November ballot.

They were asked about divisiveness in the country between political parties and how elected officials can help repair that, what the top concerns facing Washington residents they wish to address are, border security and President Trump’s wish to build a wall between Mexico and the United States, and any other issues they wished to address.

 

Maria Cantwell

 

Alleviating Partisanship

You lead with science. I've worked across the aisle with my colleagues in the Senate to come up with bipartisan solutions based in science and technology. We must continue to bridge this divide by working together on issues and finding solutions that benefit everyone.

 

Top Concerns

I believe in affordable, accessible healthcare for Washington families. Washingtonians who still lack health coverage is one of our biggest problems, and I will continue fighting everyday until no one has to live without knowing they are covered. That's why I fought to stop President Trump from stripping healthcare from 750,000 Washingtonians and eliminating protections for preexisting conditions. Washingtonians also want to see us address climate change in a serious way, fix our broken immigration system, and grow the economy in a way that expands the middle class and reduces income inequality.

 

Border Security

I believe in border security, and I have voted for border security. However, if we try to build a wall across thousands of miles of our country, we are not going to be successful, and it will not be cost effective. These plans affect the northern border when they say they want to close the crossing at Danville or Metaline Falls because there isn’t enough money to keep them open - that affects our commerce and our trade here in Washington. I support a border system that effectively uses technology and stronger border agents.

 

Additional Comments

I'm proud to represent the people of Washington state and the values that we share. In the Senate, I've crafted legislation to help bring prosperity to our state and to our nation. I will continue to fight to ensure that prosperity lifts us all up, not just a few.

 

Susan Hutchison

 

Alleviating Partisanship

We are in desperate need of change in Washington, D.C. and Washington state.  We are in a scary time. We saw during the Kavanaugh hearings that if you disagree with the Democrats, a mob might come after you, with harassment and threats.  This is not the way America should be. None of us should be afraid to be able to voice our opinion for fear of violence against us. Democrat elected officials must reject the tactics of mob action and intimidation.

 

Top Concerns

In the time since my campaign started, the major issues that have been raised range from the economy to immigration to national security. For my views on key campaign issues, see "18 Reasons to Vote For Susan Hutchison" on my website at www.Susan4Senate.com/18-reasons. As senator, I will put the people of our state first. I will be an advocate for the interests of our state's farmers, workers, small businesses, and industries. Economic prosperity - more jobs, reduced unemployment, and increased wages - should not be limited to Seattle, but should be throughout the state.

Border Security

U.S. Immigration is broken.  Our laws are some of the weakest in the world, and to make matters worse, the Democrats aggressively oppose enforcing them. Maria Cantwell supports Open Borders - a system that hurts workers, harms the environment, encourages human trafficking and drug smuggling, and makes us vulnerable to terrorists. I will support a humane immigration system that promotes legal entry and blocks illegal entry.  I will support a border wall in every effective form: physical, electronic and law enforcement. As our country generously welcomes one million new legal immigrants every year, my hope is that all will fulfill their American Dream.

 

Additional Comments

For more information about my campaign, see my website at www.susan4senate.com

 

Congressional District 2 – 2-Year Term

Since 2001, Democrat Rick Larsen has represented the 2nd Congressional District, which includes portions of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties and all of Island and San Juan counties. Larsen currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Armed Services Committee.

His challenger is Brian Luke of the Libertarian Party, who has no prior elected experience. He has worked in the grocery business for 22 years, and said his main concerns are national debt, U.S. foreign policy, and matters of freedom.

During the August primary, Larsen received 64.85 percent of the vote in the 2nd Congressional District, while Luke received 7.87 percent, just beating out Independent Gary Franco who received 7.84 percent, to move on to the Nov. 6 ballot.

The two candidates were asked about how they would help ensure noise from the new Paine Field terminal wouldn’t overtake Mukilteo, their top concerns facing the 2nd District, and what other issues they wished to address.

 

 

Rick Larsen

 

Paine Field

Paine Field has always played an important role for the Pacific Northwest economy. The addition of a new commercial terminal will bolster that role and bring people, economic diversity and opportunity to Snohomish County.

I was pleased that the Federal Aviation Administration fully examined the impact of future commercial flights proposed by the three proposed airlines at Paine Field; finding the increased flights would not have a significant impact on noise or traffic.

That said, Mukilteo deserves answers to how these operations will impact the community. As a leader on the Aviation Subcommittee, I will use my leverage to bring the airlines to our community to discuss their commitment to a “fly friendly” program and concerns about noise and flight times.

 

Top Concerns

I am committed to building a better future for the 2nd District. That means strengthening the middle class, providing families with better jobs and higher wages, and giving people the tools they will need to succeed in the 21st century.

That also means helping our communities address the pain of opioid addiction, providing families with access to affordable healthcare, protecting our investments in Social Security, and keeping this administration accountable.

 

Additional Comments

It is a privilege to serve the 2nd District, and I am committed to fighting for the issues that are important to the everyday lives of the people I represent. I believe every vote must be earned, and that’s why I am taking nothing for granted – doorbelling, talking to voters and working hard every day to earn each vote.

 

Brian Luke

 

Paine Field

In all honesty, if the FAA approves commercial air service at Paine Field, I cannot guarantee that I would be able to do much to prevent noise from overtaking the area. Ultimately, I believe that noise abatement will depend on the voluntary guidelines that Paine Field imposes on itself.

 

Top Concerns

There are four concerns. First, I believe that there is an overall concern over matters of fiscal responsibility. At present, the federal government will have a deficit of over $800 billion and will have to pay $300 billion in interest on the debt. The government must bring in enough revenue and seriously look at cutting domestic, foreign policy and military spending. I believe that the United States should begin cutting down on the U.S. military presence abroad in order to pay for domestic obligations. Second, the U.S. Congress should focus on creating an environment that encourages competition amongst health care providers in order to drive down the cost of health care. Third is the problem of opioids. I support the federal government investigating suspicious quantities of shipments from pill companies to pharmacies and providing medication-assisted treatment to federal prisoners who have opioid-related issues.

Additional Comments

If elected, I intend to work with both Republicans and Democrats in order to address these important issues. If people would like to learn more about my candidacy, they can visit Luke4Congress.com.

 

Ballots for the general election are due by Nov. 6. Look for election results in the Nov. 14 issue of the Mukilteo Beacon.

 

 

 

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