Time to overhaul our election system

The time has come for the electorate of the state of Washington to make a change in the way we are represented in public offices.

To those who vote: It is time for action to cause a change in the way we are represented in local, county and the statewide arena. An initiative campaign should be mounted to cause all persons that aspire to elected office to be financed by the constituents to be served and not a dime to the office seeker from an outside source. That is, if you seek to be elected or re-elected to a city office, no funds from outside of the city would be permitted. The same rules would apply for the county, legislative and/or federal offices.

If this were the law, never again would you see legislation presented to override the will of the people. No legislation to serve the special few, nor bills presented to restrict the people’s right to the initiative process. Unwarranted taxation, tax breaks for the “special interest” and the few, the massive expenditure of funds for illegal aliens, a failed highway and ferry system. Failure to provide a “sinking fund” for the state ferries, failure to provide infrastructure to keep up with population growth. The list of past failures and failed representation goes on ad nauseam.

Term limits would suffice for office holders within the state, but there would be no control over federal office holders. Term limits for federal office holders was passed in 1991 but ruled unconstitutional by federal courts in 1992. This action would stop our federal incumbents from accepting PAC and lobbyist funding for “services rendered.” It is high time for the professional lifetime lawmaker to go, and it is time to level the financial playing field for the new office seeker.



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