Tuesday, January 17, 2006

I'm Jesse Salomon and I'm running for State Senate against Dale Brandland

I am Jesse Salomon and I am running for the State Senate in the 42nd District (Whatcom County) against Sen. Dale Brandland.

My priorities include increasing clean and renewable energy while stimulating the economy, controlling growth to prevent sprawl, to make sure that as we move into the era of the WASL that we maintain high standards in education but make sure there are alternatives to a single standardized test- alternatives which are culturally sensitive and not biased, and to find long-term solutions to the health care crisis.

I am very excited about stimulating private development of clean energy, so let me outline my ideas:
-Utilities should be required to buy any clean energy not being used by a consumer. In other words, if you put a solar panel on your house, a windmill on your farm, an anerobic digester or any other clean energy mechanism you can invent (and please do!) you can sell any extra energy to the utilites at at a higher than market rate. In addition I will support any tax breaks or credits necessary to get you to invest in your own solar panel etc.
Why do this? Why shoud the government get involved? Pick any of the following reasons (or add your own): It preserves clean air and water and quality of life, it helps decrease our dependence on mid east oil and thus helps national security and energy independence, it keeps money in the community, it feels good to do good...

Sen. Brandland has not served us well. He has sponsored bills to repeal consumer protection laws in order to deny an individual's right to sue. He cast THE DECIDING VOTE against adding sexual orientation to anti-discrimination laws-get off it already!

Anyways, I fear I am going into too much detail, although there are so many other bad things he's done-suffice it to say this the Senate needs another dedicated Democrat, as this is where the progressive bills are bottling up due to the almost even partisan split in that body.
As you know, Dale will have all the money he wants from the big corporations he's gone to bat for. I need money from people like yourselves to gain name recognition and support for my positive platform of clean energy, managing growth and development, and investing in public education and health care for all.

Please make your contribution to
Jesse Salomon for State Senate
P.O. Box 5273
Bellingham, WA 98227-5273

Please include your name, address, occupation, and if over $100.00, your employer's name, city and state.

Jesse Salomon Democratic Candidate for 42nd LD State Senate

"You don't like the way we do this job, then come down and do it yourself. I'm outta here."-State Senator Dale Brandland.


Blogger Velouria said...

Can you post an email address so we can contact you regarding supporting your candidacy? I like your posting of Dale’s quote. Do you have the one he said about the civil rights bill while in Lynden? It’s a keeper!

10:31 PM  
Blogger John said...

Congratulations on your candidacy. Sorry we keep playing phone tag. You can reach me easier by email, cpajohn@gmail.com.

John F Howes

1:34 PM  
Blogger ronnie_4rm_india said...

Hi Jesse,

Best of luck for the elections and I am sure that you will make a mark. It is important to win but even if we cannot it is important to make the competetion feel the heat. Lets bring about a change !!


12:49 AM  
Blogger ronnie_4rm_india said...

Hey Jesse,

Do not give up and do not give in
For Hope is there to make you win

Whether through trouble or through pain
The lesson should never be in vain

Staring through the night
It might make you feel.. you have lost sight

But behold just a few moments more
And light will break through...

Do not give up and do not give in
For Hope is there to make you win

best of luck.


12:56 AM  
Blogger The Other One Jim said...

I need to describe an experience that I had with Senator Brandland's office when we went down to Olympia for the lobby day for the Civil Rights Bill last January. It was our first visit to Olympia, and we made it a point to visit Senator Brandland's office. When I called ahead, I was told by one of Senator Brandland's assistants that he wasn't going to be available and that he was booked for weeks and had no time for visits. I told her that we would stop over regardless, and we'd be happy to discuss our concerns with legislative assistant, Bunny. When we arrived at the office, Senator Brandland was sitting in his office with the door open. He was talking to another individual. The same assistant who answered the phone said, "He's not supposed to be here right now." I responded, "Well, apparently he is and perhaps he could take a moment to say hello to two of his constituents who have driven a few hours to visit him." Moments later, Senator Brandland, who was within earshot of the conversation, kicked his office door shut. Undaunted, we asked to speak with his assistant, Bunny. She was gracious and started to attempt to explain Senator Brandland's position on sexual orientation. She told me that he thought there were already laws on the books to protect discrimination, and I told her that that was simply not true; that sexual orientation was not a protected class under the existing law. She suggested that we write Senator Brandland a note, and that she would make sure that he contacted us. We never heard from him despite the fact that he had our e-mail, telephone contacts, and home address. I can't recall a time when I've been more poorly treated by my legislative representative. My partner and I relocated to Seattle in June. I'd like to wish Mr. Salomon the best of luck in his campaign against Senator Brandland. We need legislator who view responsibility to respond to their constituents, even when differing opinions exist.

Jim Fotter
734 24th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

2:22 PM  
Blogger llyn said...

Is is possible to post your email address on your blog, so that we can contact you regarding your campaign and the activities that you're organizing for it? Thanks-

1:22 PM  

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