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EzDebate is challenging each candidate to answer questions for their constituents. We will be posting the recorded answers so voters can view them.
The following questions were submitted to the candidates:
My daughter is my hero. I am running to ensure the future she faces will be a great one.
Our debt has skyrocketed to over 21 trillion dollars under both Republican and Democrat control. Current Secretary of Defense (General) James Mattis said: "Is the biggest issue for America's National security." A debt will exceed the size of the economy within a decade, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan committee for a responsible federal budget.
I believe if Congress cannot pass a balanced budget on time, then they shouldn't be paid on time either.
We continue to send our young men and women to die in wars we don't belong in. Right now we are helping Saudi Arabia, a regime that views women as second class citizens and undercuts freedom for millions of people. Our government is currently bombing Yemen, Afghanistan, and numerous other countries, yet our current Congress has not even declared war.
We are about to have a farming crisis, with 75% of all current national farmers being over 55 and 50% planning to retire in just 10 years, yet no one is talking about it.
I promise to fight crony-capitalism, by not allowing lobbyists to push their agendas over the common American people, to stop allowing D.C. to be controlled by the few and the elite. I embrace new technologies like block-chain, artificial intelligence, space ventures, and automation. I want to see education, healthcare, and welfare reform. Social Security and Medicare will go bankrupt sometime between 2032-2035 if nothing changes.
Enough is enough, this country is for the people by the people. Government exists to serve the people, you don't exist to serve Government. Join me today.
I have a long-term vision, with short-term goals. I am determined and committed to win.
Todd Mahaffey is a lifelong resident of Washington State, growing up in Shoreline, attending the University of Washington, and moving to Issaquah, where he currently lives with his wife and two step-daughters. He is a teacher in the Bellevue School District, where he is beginning his 22nd year of teaching. Todd has always taken an active role in his community, but this is the first time he has signed up to be elected for political office. He felt that being a candidate was something important he could do to be a more engaged citizen in his community.
We have significant issues in this country that need to be addressed, and I believe our current political climate and elected officials are not meeting the needs of our nation. I have decided to neither accept donations nor join a political party for this election. This allows me to have 100% autonomy in my decision-making and sincerely represent the people I would be working for. I feel that this might be the most important aspect of my candidacy because it provides a genuine option for people to vote for someone who is an independent voice in the U.S. House of Representatives.
We need comprehensive immigration reform, but building a wall is not a solution. We need effective and wide-ranging gun control to protect all people in our society, especially our students in schools, but arming teachers is not an answer. Our environment and climate continue to be impacted by human society, and we need to take additional steps to reduce pollution and increase renewable energy usage. I believe that we need to come up with some creative solutions to these issues that can only happen through actual dialogue and political processes, not posturing and repeating the same arguments that are fueled by special interests and corporate funding.
One of the roles of our government is to protect and defend the rights of EVERY member of our society, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Now, more than ever, we need people in our government that will not just say these words, but truly believe and act on this philosophy.
If you want a real voice of change in Washington, D.C., one who is not beholden to donors or political party, then I am the candidate that fits that description.
Thank you for reading my statement.
A Born Politician
Jack Hughes-Hageman is and has always been, a go-getter. Born May 12th, 1992 at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Jack was brought home to a loving family on the shores of Lake Tapps, and slept under the watchful gaze of Mt. Rainier. Jack was named after his paternal grandfather, Jack Hageman, a father of eight and American Folk Hero.
ALWAYS A DREAMER
From the earliest days of his youth Jack has had a vision. His passion is people, and he has always been a natural leader. Even though material wealth was never in great supply, Jack was never short of hopes and dreams. After watching the blockbuster film "The Patriot" in the year 2000, Jack was determined to make a politician out of himself. Even though his family was poor, he knew that he was destined for greatness.
Jack was named after his father's father, Jack M. Hageman. Jack Hageman was born in Kennewick, Washington in the year 1918 to an impoverished farming family. By age sixteen his father had passed away and the great depression was in full swing, Jack joined the civilian workman's corps to support his mother and two siblings. He earned 6 dollars a week, he kept one and sent the rest home. It was in the civil work service that he lost his pinky toe to a logging accident.
Jack Hageman would go on to be a Master Sergeant in the Army, a father of eight, a husband of over 60 years, and the best grandfather a man could have asked for. He was elected Mayor of his hometown of Kennewick in 1976 and wrote several books from home. He was a lifelong member of the Republican Party.
In the year 2003 Jack's father got married to Lihong Tan, a single mother from Chongqing, China. This move also brought Jack's little sister Susie into his life. Jack's family was getting bigger, and the love he received from his new family members was a welcome change from the melancholy of poverty.
After this change things in Jack's life started to turn for the better. Trips to the food bank slowly became trips to the grocery store. Hand me down jeans eventually gave way to a new pair of Levi's The newfound stability in his father's life lead them to move to Bellevue, Washington where he lives to this day.
The First to Graduate
Jack's parents grew up in very large homes, his mother had five siblings and his father had seven. This meant that when the 1970's came around, they fell through the cracks. Neither of Jack's parents was able to receive a high school diploma.
Jack was a varsity wrestler at all four high schools he attended, an active participant in debate and theater clubs, was a singer and guitarist in several bands, and even won the Fairbanks NAACP essay writing contest his Sophmore year. He learned to speak German and took several college credit philosophy and physics courses. Jack credits his philosophy professor Emeritus Walter Benesch for opening his mind to being a true renaissance man.
In the spring of 2011, Jack would go on to be the first person in his family to receive a high school diploma from Sammamish Highschool.
University of Alaska
Jack went to University on his own dime, there was never an expectation that he attend college and thus it was never planned for. He did wonderfully to support himself, working jobs all over the city to make ends meet. He was a Cashier at Gambredella's Pasta Bella in downtown, a Media assistant at the UAF Office of Communications, a freelance wood milled, a beer specialist at Brown Jug Liquor, A dishwasher at the UAF Cafeteria, a front desk agent and the Princess Riverside Lodge, a janitor at the Alaska Coffee Roasting Company, and a personal loan specialist at Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union.
Jack worked an average of sixty hours a week during his entire tenure at UAF. One of the reasons he chose UAF was its ridiculous affordability, without its low-cost tuition he would have never made ends meet. Jacks "Work Now" approach kept his college debt to less than three thousand dollars per year. Being a Nanook was some of the wildest years of Jack's life; Full of friends, hockey games, and memories to last forever.
As the vice president of the Associated students of business, Jack helped pioneer the Lemonade Day Entrepreneurship Program to get youth involved in understanding the principles of investment, savings, and return.
As a scholar in the Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking program. Jack met weekly with a group his peers and professors to discuss a wide variety of economic issues and philosophies. This program was accompanied by weekly readings and dissemination of academic economic literature.
Jack participated in the Big Brother Big Sisters School House Big program, providing friendship and mentoring to underprivileged youth at their schools.
Jack earned the Balanced Man Scholarship from the Alaska Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon for being an exemplary freshman who demonstrated an equal affinity for athletics, academics, and philosophy. He would go on to join the Alaska Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon and act as Community Service Coordinator, Vice President, and eventually President.
as a SigEp President
Under his leadership the chapter earned the Manpower Excellence Award for Community Service and academic achievement as well as the Excelsior Cup in recruitment at the 2012 Carlson Leadership Academy.
The chapter grew threefold and nearly doubled its average GPA.
In 2013 Jack was selected out of over three thousand applicants to participate in the RUCK Leadership Institute at the University of Richmond, Virginia. This is SigEp's most exclusive and prestigious educational conference.
After college Jack packed his bags and headed home for Washington. He settled in Mercer Island and began business consulting in several very lucrative markets in the Seattle area. Everyone knows that Washington's political climate is very conducive to new, innovative businesses and that is where jack made his bread and butter. He helped several local startups navigate the strange waters of opening their first business, utilizing a combination of his own unique experiences growing up in Alaska with his vibrant youthful determination.
Jack and his girlfriend Maggie have been together for several years and just celebrated their anniversary in May. They live just a mile from Lake Sammamish with Jack's younger brother Daniel and a Beta Fish named Jean Luc Pickard.