Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Weren’t you previously running as an Independent candidate?

Yes.  Ideally the enforcement of our laws should not be a partisan endeavor. I am running for Washington State Attorney General with the core principles of the rule of law and equal protection under the law, and will work to protect the rights of all Washingtonians.

I wanted to be free to call out hypocrisy and injustice wherever I saw it and when I first began I thought that running as an Independent was the best way to do that.

Our two-party system leaves a lot to be desired. However, the past nearly 11 months have reinforced to me just how difficult it is to be competitive outside of the current system.

I want to assure everyone that NONE of my positions have changed. I remain entirely committed to working for the people of Washington and not the government bureaucracy. One of my main concerns remains government accountability, and I pledge to hold our government accountable to the people regardless of party affiliation.

What is your position on capital punishment?

I support capital punishment; there are some crimes heinous enough that death is an appropriate sentence.

Thought experiment: Why are people who are pro-abortion, without restriction, generally the same people who believe that no criminals (who have been convicted at trial and have appeal rights) should have their lives terminated??

Where do you stand on guns?

I unapologetically support the 2nd Amendment and Article I, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution.

If elected I will do everything in my power to rollback the infringements on your fundamental rights.

Here’s another thought experiment: Why do people who think that 16 year olds are wise and mature enough to vote think that 18-20 year olds are too immature to be afforded their 2nd Amendment rights?

Extra credit: What other rights in the Bill of Rights are categorically restricted by age?

Do you support President Trump?

Short answer: Yes, without question.

Longer answer: I support the vast majority of Trump’s policies. Do I agree with everything he does and says? No. But then again there’s probably not a human on the planet that would be able to hit that bar.

I find it ironic that many of the people who hate Trump and his supporters for something that Trump has (usually allegedly) said or done, have no problem supporting actors/actresses, musicians, artists, sports figures, etc. who have actually done much worse things than Trump is accused of.

What is your position on abortion?

Bear with me, this is a major issue and I want to explain my position.

This is my first time running for office. I’ve gotten lots of “advice,” including the advice to never talk about immigration, Trump, or abortion. It’s too late for the first two, let’s go for the trifecta.

A quick aside, I find it very disappointing that so many politicians heed that advice and believe there are issues that must not be discussed.

There are two parts to my answer, my personal opinion and how I would deal with the issue as attorney general.

Personally, I am pro-life and pro-choice…to a point. Just because two people make different decisions when presented with identical situations does not necessarily mean that one person was wrong. One of our greatest gifts is the ability to make decisions for ourselves and with that gift comes the consequence of being accountable for our decisions and actions.

Some times there are medical reasons for terminating a pregnancy. Some people use abortion as a form of birth control, which is their decision to make and to live with, and the government should not be involved…to a point.

I personally prefer life whenever possible, especially when there are many people who are waiting to adopt a child.   

On one end of the abortion spectrum is the Plan B/morning after pill and on the other is the relatively recent notion of post-birth abortion.

At some point the unborn child becomes a viable human being with its own inalienable rights. At that point the right of the mother to decide should yield to the rights of the child. That isn’t to say that at that point the mother must continue the pregnancy to her own detriment, just that she may no longer unilaterally terminate the pregnancy. At that point every reasonable effort should be made to save both lives.

Where exactly is that point? I don’t know and it’s not for me to dictate the answer; I am only one person equal with all others.

How I would deal with abortion as attorney general:

Contrary to what many people believe, there is no specific “Constitutional right” to an abortion. The “right” was conferred by the US Supreme Court, and as in all other cases, Supreme Court decisions can be overridden by constitutional legislation.

The Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade purposely avoided answering the questions of when life begins and at what point a human being achieves “personhood” and constitutional rights attach.

Many people also believe that if Roe v. Wade were overturned abortion would suddenly become illegal, which is not the case. We have no way of knowing what new case law would be created if Roe were overturned but if nothing else the issue would default to each state’s laws.

I highly doubt the people of Washington would ever vote to completely outlaw abortion.

As attorney general I will honor existing law and the will of the voters on the issue unless and until voters attempted to infringe upon a child’s clear rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Once again I’m not certain precisely where the line should be drawn and I reserve the right to evolve on this issue. RCW 9A.32.060 states that a person is guilty of manslaughter in the first degree when he or she intentionally and unlawfully kills an unborn quick child by inflicting any injury upon the mother of such child. It is illogical that the termination of an unborn human is in one instance a class A felony and in another is excused because of who decides to terminate.

What I am certain of is that a child born alive whether naturally, by c-section, or as a result of a failed abortion has the right to live.

I know that very few people will be completely satisfied with this answer. I believe it is important to acknowledge that I am willing to publicly state my position and have these discussions. People would likewise probably not be completely satisfied with the answer of other candidates, if you could get an answer out of them. All I can ask is that you consider my position relative to other attorney general candidates before you decide who to vote for.

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