As we are down to the last day before the primary, it is time to restate our intentions, summarize the positions that we have covered, and provide some personal background before the last important votes are cast.
I appreciate any time that you have spent reviewing my positions and the consideration of your vote. I believe if you have spent time on my website, or read through some of my posts, that I have provided strong evidence that I am the best candidate for this district.
I would like to thank my family for helping me through this process. I have a wonderful wife, Yvonne, who has always supported me. She began her career at Washington Natural Gas where she worked for 7 years before moving into social work where she has spent the last 20 years working to protect children throughout Washington. She has always been a terrific mother and wife and kept our household running.
I also have two great sons, Tommy and Scott, who started working for the Federal Government after graduating from college and law school. They both played college baseball and grew up pouring many hours onto ball fields in this district. Traveling to hundreds of games was a great way to explore the communities, cities, and people our beautiful state offers. Scott is also an avid salmon and steelhead fisherman who has spent countless hours on the Skagit and Snohomish County rivers, and exploring the treasures they offer. My family has formed a strong connection to our area and it is very important to us to work hard to protect and foster its growth.
I would also like to provide you with some of my personal family background. For most of you, I could be perceived as an immigrant from a faraway land, as truthfully I am. I immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan was running for his second term, and I have been a Washingtonian for the past 32 years. I feel as much a part of our community after 32 years of residing here as most of you are. I deeply care about this land, its people, and our future.
I come from a rather modest upbringing. I grew up on a small farm ran by my grandmother. My mother was a teacher and my father was an auditor for an agricultural company. Unfortunately, in 1940 during WWII, my mother and her family were sent to the Russian Gulags in Kazakhstan when she was six years old. She spent the next six years of her life there before the whole family was forcefully migrated to the newly-acquired former German territories of Pomerania. While still in the Gulag, my mother’s brother died as a toddler. My grandmother worked in a gold mine and my grandfather and his two brothers fought alongside the British Army in Northern Africa and Italy, before being resettled in England. After my grandfather returned to Poland in 1948, he and his whole family were observed and persecuted for their views by the government.
My father died in an accident when I was only four years old and my mother became a young widow with three little brats to take care of. (Thank you for everything, Mother.) By the grace of God I was always a gifted student and I competed in knowledge competitions in elementary and high school. I also played soccer, ran cross-country, rode bicycles, and swam. While I studied economics and business management, I competed and won the nationwide university knowledge competition in Poland. A few of my economics professors told me I should be working on Wall Street, which of course was impossible under the Russian-dominated socialist government in Poland at that time. I was also active in organizing the first independent political party in Poland. After graduating from the university, I started working as an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Unfortunately, due to increased persecution and oppression of the opposition movement, my wife and I decided to leave our motherland and look for more liberties and freedoms in the United States. You already know the rest of the story.
Here are a few excerpts from my recent writings:
“I am a Catholic and I believe in conducting a productive, modest, and peaceful life. I also believe in helping the less fortunate in their journey through life. I believe in integrity, honor, and justice. God has given us a wonderful gift in this country, and our obligation is to preserve it for our future generations. We also need to do everything in our power to use this country’s resources adequately, protect the integrity of this country, and do it accordingly to our Judeo-Christian values. We need to restore principles of limited government, free enterprise, liberties, freedoms, and justice for all.”
Why are you running for office?
"I am running for office as a fiscally conservative populist Republican who is moderate on social issues. My goal is to work towards restoring America’s trust in our government. Our government needs to serve its people, be accountable to them, preserve the states’ rights, and obey our laws and regulations. Our constitutional republic was not established as a monarchy and we cannot continue to operate as one. The government should be working on behalf of the people and not just for special interests. Promises which have been made need to be kept; and lies, abuses, and crimes need to be investigated and exposed.
We should work on providing a better future, including world-class education, for our next generations. Our borders need to be secured and our immigration policies need to be reworked to benefit United States citizens. We need to work on restoring the manufacturing base in our country, balancing the budgets and foreign trade deficits, supporting free enterprise and farming, and securing our energy independence from the outside world. We need to work on ending crony capitalism and corporate welfare. We should negotiate better and smarter foreign trade agreements in line with our economic needs. I also support stronger regulation, auditing, and review of the Federal Reserve, Wall Street, and the banking system.”
What is the single biggest issue facing the winning candidate?
“The biggest issue facing our country today is our economy and the sluggish recovery from recession. Though our unemployment levels have officially become lower, real unemployment is still high and work participation rates have been the lowest in decades. An alarming percentage of our younger generations cannot secure jobs after graduation, or are underemployed. They also struggle with paying off their student loans and credit cards. Our government and President have expanded in size and power with new regulations, mandates, executive orders, overreaching and intrusion. We have been running huge budget deficits and misappropriating money through corporate welfare, bailouts, stimulus packages, and crony initiatives. Also, the continuation of wars over the past 14 years has added at least $6.5 trillion to our expenditures. The too-big-to-fail banks and Wall Street have increased their influence and dominance over our country’s affairs. While they have raked in huge profits and received multimillion-dollar bonuses, the incomes of the working people have been stagnant and home ownership rates have fallen. We have empowered China and others foreign governments through the NAFTA and other trade agreements, and encouraged them to export their products to our country while our manufacturing base has slowly disappeared. Some profitable companies have inserted their influence over elected officials and received unnecessary and costly tax breaks. Unnecessary EPA regulations and Obamacare implementation, combined with refusal to approve the Keystone Pipeline, have also prolonged our recovery.”
We are in the home stretch of our auditions and primaries. As you know, it is very important to vote this Tuesday and prove that American democracy is still alive, working well, and that anything is possible with hard work, dedication, and the right values in place. Please make your choice to the best of your desires and vote; if you don’t vote you cannot complain in the future.
I have had a strong interest in politics and government my entire life. I have dedicated my life to helping others and living every day with the virtues of honesty, integrity, and hard work. Public service is my passion and I would love to serve this district and our country.
Thank you very much for your time and support, I appreciate it very much. Thank you for allowing me to express my opinions and values. Put America First and Make it Great, again. So Help us God.
Some of my thoughts:
I am running for office as an independent populist Republican who is fiscally conservative and moderate on social issues. I am seeking office because I deeply care about our country's future. In this race I want to represent the silent majority of people who feel their voices are not being heard by the establishment on both sides; people whose personal liberties, constitutional rights, and individual freedoms are under attack.
I am not running to promise anything free of charge like most politicians would do because I do not consider myself to be one of them but one of you. I am one of the millions of hard working patriots who sincerely care about our country and its people - people who tend to their children, homes, farms, and environment. I am a citizen who realizes that money does not grow on trees but is earned through hard work and sweat equity.
I will go in the opposite direction and work on reducing unnecessary free goods and services that are currently provided by the Federal Government. Instead, we are going to foster a better, healthier, and more prosperous country for ourselves and our children by working on the local and community levels.
I would like to work towards restoring America's trust in our government. The government needs to serve its citizens, be accountable to them and obey our laws, rules, and regulations. Promises which have been made to our people need to be kept, and the lies and abuses need to be investigated and exposed.
We need to restore fiscal sanity to our budgets, balance them, and work on lowering our national debt. We should also work on providing a better and more secure future for our next generations, including first-class education. Our borders need to be secured, and our immigration policies need to be re-worked to benefit the citizens of United States. We need to work on restoring the manufacturing base of our country, supporting free enterprise and farming, and securing our energy independence from the outside world. We also need to work to end crony capitalism, corporate welfare, and renegotiate foreign trade agreements.
The real unemployment level has remained consistently high and we can remedy it by fostering and encouraging free market enterprise, including small business and agriculture where most of the new jobs are created. Wages have remained stagnant and household incomes are still lower than they were eight years ago. There is an oversupply of labor on the market which keeps wages suppressed. One simple solution could be cutting our immigration levels by half and deporting more undocumented workers. There are many well educated and willing Americans who deserve the opportunity to make a living in their own country.
Other solutions include approving the Keystone Pipeline and investing in our infrastructure. Newly proposed EPA regulations and full ObamaCare implementation should be either postponed until our economy recovers or scrapped altogether. We should also regulate and restrict the influence of the Wall Street, the Federal Reserve, and big banks on our economic system, and reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act.