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Suzan DelBene
Party: Democratic
Residence: Medina
Contact: (425) 203-1220
E-mail: Suzan@delbeneforcongress.com
Website: www.DelBeneForCongress.com

Experience: Reed College, Board of Trustees Saint Mark's Cathedral, Vestry YWCA, Volunteer Eastside Preparatory School, Board of Trustees

Education: B.A., Reed College, 1983 M.B.A., University of Washington, 1990

Congress has passed landmark health care legislation that neither liberals nor conservatives are particularly happy with. What changes, including such things as repealing it or turning to a single payer system, do you propose?
Recent legislation was focused on insurance reform. Now we must focus on healthcare reform to cut healthcare costs for families. We must emphasize preventative care so fewer people get sick. When they are ill, care should focus on quality, not quantity. Most importantly, Congress let our healthcare system get terribly out of date and took too long to act. Action must be taken every year to keep healthcare laws current and effective.

Given the Gulf oil spill, does the U.S. need to revaluate offshore drilling?
The spill showed the serious shortcomings in offshore drilling safety standards, enforcement and how oil companies respond to spills. This must change. Trade is a foundation of our economy. A similar disaster off our coast would cost thousands of jobs and devastate Tacoma and other port cities. That's why I support an offshore drilling ban on the West Coast. This tragedy is a wakeup call to reduce our dependence on oil and fossil fuels.

Is there any circumstance in which you would support a tax increase to help reduce the federal budget deficit?
I've worked for businesses large and small and know how to balance budgets. Our government must be more efficient, and Congress must cut waste throughout. To create economic opportunity, we must get serious about fiscal accountability -- eliminate unnecessary tax breaks, reform the earmark process, and demand that Congress pays for what it spends. Congress must also do more to help small businesses grow, which will strengthen our local economies and reduce the deficit.

What specific actions should the federal government take to stimulate the economy and create jobs?
I spent more than 20 years in business and know how to create jobs. In today's economy, there's no doubt Congress can do more to lay a strong foundation for small businesses to grow. To help stimulate our economy, I support rebuilding America's infrastructure, making the R&D tax credit permanent and providing small businesses tax incentives.

Personal Statement:
My name is Suzan DelBene. Growing up my family struggled financially, but I worked my way through college and built a successful career. For 20 years I've been a business leader, entrepreneur and volunteer for my church, the YWCA and other charitable organizations to help people get back on their feet. We can't afford more years of business as usual, and I'd like your vote in this election. My top priority is to create jobs.


Dave Reichert
Party: Republican
Residence: Auburn
Contact: 425-455-3283
E-mail: dave@davereichertforcongress.com
Website: www.DaveReichert.com
Occupation: Congressman, WA-8

Experience: 1971-1976, Dave served in the US Air Force Reserve. He joined the King County Sheriff's Office in 1972 and in 1997 became King County's first elected sheriff in 30 years.

Education: AA Concordia Lutheran College

Congress has passed landmark health care legislation that neither liberals nor conservatives are particularly happy with. What changes, including such things as repealing it or turning to a single payer system, do you propose?
American's deserve health care legislation that focuses on reducing overall health care costs. Health care reform should not burden families and small businesses with new taxes; it should increase coverage and reduce costs. That is why I supported an alternate health care bill that would have still covered those with pre-existing conditions, but would have reduced the overall cost of health care by 20 percent more than the recently enacted bill.

Given the Gulf oil spill, does the U.S. need to revaluate offshore drilling?
The BP gulf oil spill is a national tragedy. Changes must be made to ensure a disaster like this never happens again. I have proposed bi-partisan legislation to make certain that the rules and regulations governing companies like BP are strengthened and properly enforced. Although I have opposed the expansion of offshore drilling in the past, we must find new ways to reduce our dependence on oil imported from hostile areas of the world.

Is there any circumstance in which you would support a tax increase to help reduce the federal budget deficit?
Raising taxes on families and businesses in the middle of a recession is the absolute last thing Congress should do. Instead, we need to cut wasteful spending and provide incentives for Americans' innovative spirit. That's why I've authored legislation to reclaim bailout money to pay down the deficit, to audit all authorized federal programs to see if they are effectively using taxpayer dollars, and to enact comprehensive earmark reform.

What specific actions should the federal government take to stimulate the economy and create jobs?
Open new markets for U.S. exports by implementing pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama. Reduce the capital gains rate to encourage investment and give small businesses access to needed, job-creating capital. Prevent a looming $588 billion income tax hike on families and businesses. Targeted investments in education, research and development to prepare the workforce of tomorrow and help turn the best ideas into jobs.

Personal Statement:
I have spent a lifetime standing up for what's right, and speaking up when it wasn't. For 33 years, I did that wearing a badge. My mission as your Congressman is the same: never give up, never give in, especially when times are tough and hope is tough to come by. I will keep fighting for you by demanding that government be better and do better for those it serves: We, the people.