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Another challenger in northeast Pierce district

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm with No Comments »
June 7, 2010 1:34 pm

The first day of filing brought a new candidate trying to unseat Rep. Christopher Hurst.

Republican Daniel Geske of Bonney Lake filed today to challenge the Enumclaw Democrat, who represents parts of southeast King and northeast Pierce counties in the House.

Geske says he’s “very conservative” on his Facebook page, but doesn’t include much other information about himself.

The other Republican in the race, Patrick Reed, seems to be ahead of Geske in collecting his party’s support. He recently announced departing GOP state Rep. Dan Roach has endorsed him.

Reed hasn’t yet filed. Nor has Hurst, who plans to file as an “independent Democrat” to distance himself from his party’s liberals.

Wagemann Makes Candidacy for State House Official

Says he has personally doorbelled 4,500 homes

LAKEWOOD, WA – June 7, 2010 – Today, Paul Wagemann made his candidacy for the state house of representatives, position 2, in the 28th Legislative District, official, by filing the necessary paperwork.Wagemann, a former U.S. Marine aviator, is an active member of the Lakewood community, who desires to bring his brand of leadership to Olympia.

Wagemann, a Lakewood School Board Director, is running on fiscal responsibility and reduced government spending, job creation, and excellence in education.“Olympia is addicted to spending the taxpayers’ money as if it were their own,” Wagemann stated.“The status quo has failed us, and there are better ways to deal with our ongoing budget problems than continually raising taxes.”

Across the state incumbents have complained about how difficult the legislative session was after their record-breaking month-long special session.Wagemann just does not agree with the notion that our state representatives are suffering more than their constituents who now face a heavier tax burden.

“The Governor is the one who creates the budget, and her party controls all the majorities. How can we be so off year after year after year?” Wagemann asked. “Government spending and fiscal policies should be in place to give people opportunity, yet we have no relief in site for homeowners or business owners.”

Wagemann cites the incumbent, Tami Green, a Democrat, as part of the problem in Olympia. According to Green, in a statement about trying to balance this year’s budget, to reconcile our state’s $2.8-billion deficit, “It was a complicated session for complicated times…we’ve done things like close tax loopholes and go after people who are not paying their fair share.”

The passage of increased business and occupation taxes by 20% for all service industry business, large or small, along with the lawsuit brought by school districts against the state regarding the constitutional funding of education, are just two of the real issues effecting voters that Wagemann believes need to be changed.

“The state is practically forcing some business out of business while establishing disincentives toward retention and attraction policies that affect the creation of real jobs,” Wagemann said. “Consequently, our kids are seeing the real effects of less money as a percentage of the state’s budget to provide them the very best education that will keep them competitive nationally and internationally. And the future of our healthcare system is just as uncertain, with the federal government passing on higher Medicaid expenses to the states.”

Driven by duty and love of country, Paul Wagemann answered the call of his country in 1968 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Selected to attend University of Washington, and upon graduation, he served as a flight officer for several fighter squadrons, including a tour as a test pilot. Wagemann excelled in the military, attaining the rank of Lt. Col (select) before retiring in 1991.Upon his retirement, he entered civilian life as a small business owner and investor in the Lakewood area, where he has owned and operated several small businesses over the last 19-years.

Wagemann currently serves on the Clover Park School Board, and continues to serve as a member of the Lakewood Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee.He is also active as a board member of the Lakewood YMCA.His website is www.paulwagemann.org

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Paul Wagemann’s platform includes:

Public Safety & Security

  • It’s the job of our legislature to properly fund public safety needs, including police resources and prisons. Yet bad budget decisions have led to these items being the first one’s cut.
  • I will fight for proper public safety funding, and provision for non-violent offender rehabilitation, outside the system, to decrease overcrowding of prisons that allows violent criminals early release, and to save capital expense.

Fiscal Responsibility & Job Creation

  • I will work to create a friendlier business climate in our state to spur economic recovery and steadier employment opportunities.
  • I will fight higher taxes and focus on providing real tax relief by ensuring true state government accountability with taxpayer money.
  • I will prioritize local and state government projects by public need rather than by the priority of outside special interests and maximize the use of private sector vendors.

Excellence in Education

  • I will use my experience as a Clover Park School Board Director to lead the fight for keeping education the number one priority of our state, as defined by our State Constitution.
  • I will use my experience with teachers and principals to find the best learning solutions for our children and improve student achievement.

Solving Transportation

  • The economic development of our communities and businesses depend on funding comprehensive and active traffic plans which will mitigate transportation woes and keeps commerce flowing.
  • I will protect our long-term economic interests by keeping traffic moving and using transportation dollars wisely.
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