Interweaving policies is Simply a common-sense Idea. The idea that no system exists in a vacuum. The idea that, making policy without considering how it affects everything else or just putting it in effect and moving on. Would be Negligent. Everything I plan to do and every decision I will make will be towards one goal. What is best for the people of Washington?
Fighting Sex Trafficking
Rapists and slave traders currently plague Washington State. People who abduct our children, our sisters, our friends, and high school sweethearts. They spend the next four years abusing them. Until they are so broken, that they are of no more use to these monsters, they are then disposed of tossed away and replaced! I say No More! This subject may be taboo or uncomfortable, but I will not be silent while the innocents suffer. If I do nothing else in my life, I will end slavery in Washington and the United States once and for all. I will finish what was started a hundred and fifty-five years ago with the signing of the thirteenth amendment.
Mental Health services are a hot topic and rightfully so. They are one thing my contemporaries
and I have in common. But unlike my competitors, I have experience and connections in the
mental health industry. I also have a real plan, and one that works to both help our vulnerable people
Accelerate where the industry is already going. It comes down to two things. Peer partners and WISe
programs. Peer partners are people with actual lived experience. Who work to inspire hope in people
by sharing there own personal stories and experiences. Using Experience to cut through the darkness.
They are proven to be extremely effective and are used in several states. I want to see them become
The norm. I want to work in conjuncture with our homeless communities bringing in peers and helping get these people back on their feet. Then having some of them turn right around and help the next person.
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Because who knows better than the person who's already pulled themselves out. I want this movement to grow until Washington has all but erased homelessness. Then we start exporting our veteran peers around the country to create a national campaign to destroy homelessness. The second part of the plan is Wrap Around Intensive care teams or WISe teams. These intensive care programs focused on building skills and natural supports for people struggling with mental illness. These programs are evidence-based, highly effective, and cost-effective. They not only make a massive difference in the lives of there clients but also save the government money. This is mainly due to the fact that A WISe graduate is far less likely to need either repeat or lifetime services. Thus saving money and doing so by doing what they set out to do—teaching people to cope with their trauma and disability. I Work on one of these teams and can personly vouch for there success.
The homeless problem is huge in Seattle. I believe the solution is partially joint with fighting
drug addiction and instituting my planned mental health policies. But another arm of the approach
is necessary. The big problem is housing for them. I propose that the state purchases land outside
Cities and sets up a tent city. People can come to live there for free and get a tent. They'd have to
maintain a certain amount of cleanliness on their allotted land, and the state would provide only
running water and basic waste removal. But it would get people off streets and into organized, clean
and safe spaces. There would also be free buses to cities so people could work and routine attempts to
hire people and get them jobs is made easier by the clean and organized nature of the setup. Significant resources would be needed to keep it from becoming a slum. Though with an emphasis on getting people back in the workplace. A strict code of conduct and cleanliness In tan-dome with certified peer supports. I think it will be very successful. To ensure it's success as governor, I would commit to making bi-weekly visits, eventually turning into monthly ones, allowing me to Address any complaints or problems with maximum efficiency. This would also have the added effect of thwarting sex traffickers trying to pray on our homeless because the area would be well organised and have an appropriate police presence, especially with a Governor who might drop by at any minute.
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This is one of my babies, as I have three adopted siblings, and my parents have guardianship over
a young native girl. In short, the system is flawed and has nowhere near enough foster parents.
Children find themselves in dozens of homes by the time they're three or four. Older children are
doomed never to find a family. Life after 18 for foster kids is bleak. Sixty-six percent of children
who age out of the foster care system at eighteen are in prison, homeless, or dead by nineteen.
That's within a year. More than ninety of our prison population is made up of former foster kids,
and we have the largest prison population on earth. Imagine if we took 90% of the people destined for prison and turned there life's around. I suggest several reforms, some of which are merely enforcing old laws. Such as the law where if a parent can't get there act together after a year, they lose parental rights. I am a firm believer in "family is thicker than blood." I am also well aware that foster parents and social workers that last more than eight months are increasingly hard to find. I won't color coat, it foster parenting is very hard. Social workers have amongst the highest burn out rates of any profession. Imagine basing your entire education and career around helping people only to see the system fail over and over while you are powerless to do anything. That's life as a social worker, and it has to change.
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If we want better outcomes in foster care, we need to not only train and equip our foster parents like they are professionals. But we also need to ensure that all our youth in the foster care system are working with mental health teams. That giant undertaking is just the beginning as a chronic lack of foster families means we have to create new group homes and rework how they operate as they are not designed for the numbers or the long term placements they now have. COVID has exacerbated this to the breaking point, and we cannot afford to wait any longer to fix this broken system.
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It should come as no surprise that the justice system is flawed. My reforms are quite simple. I’ll pardon non-violent offenders and instead focus on mandatory community service, fines, and treatment instead of pure punishment. This way, criminals are helping society and the state, while simultaneously being helped to better themselves. So instead of repeat offenders and lifelong prisoners, we get one-timers and transformed paragons of the community. Rapist and unjust murderers will, of course, be exceptions to this rule.
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Less of this
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Washington state is the largest highway for sex trafficking in the country. This, combined with our rather large police force, means two unfortunate things—lots of corruption and lots of lazy cops. I don’t plan to put up with either. I will implement a quality over quantity campaign. Removing lazy or corrupt officers, Increasing Internal affairs funding, and accuses. I will Push the division to cull the ranks of our officers. I also want to make body cameras mandatory and reform how crimes are reported. Every arrest will be documented and sent to a state library as a public record. This would also include traffic stops and any use or threat of lethal force by or towards police. Also, “gypsy cops would not be tolerated, the police will be held to the highest standard and won’t just jump from station to station if reprimanded. When people think of cops, I don’t want them to think of a bunch of men at a donut shop or the man that took a turn with the underage girl after a teacher statutorily raped her. I don’t want law-abiding citizens to be scared every time they see a cop car or to think they’re just there to give out tickets. When people think of Washington cops, I want them to feel safe. I want them to think of proud public defenders, upright men, and women. Officers who help the elderly cross the street, stop to direct traffic, and are constantly putting the community they serve before themselves. I want them equipped with the best training and equipment. I want each and every officer to be proud of what they do, the badge on their chest, and the rule of law they enforce. We already have many exceptional officers like this. It’s time for them to take the lead, get the recognition they deserve, and not be dragged down by those who shame the uniform.
And more of this!
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This is a huge one and one of my personal baby's. The fact that Washington state only gained compliance with the state supreme courts McCleary verdict to fund our K-12 in 2018 speaks volumes. Not only that but since then, the introduction of Common Core has lowered the quality of learning even more. We dumb down our school for uniformity, but we base school funding on zip codes meaning schools a block away from each other can be of drastically different quality. I don't believe a child's education should be affected by the housing market, so I would work to move to a more equal system. I know many skilled and prominent teachers, as well as some experts in this area, and I, plan to work with them and others to overhaul the entire system. The most critical thing will be a focus on learning in a way that teaches kids to see all the options and decide for themselves. Teaching kids to think for themselves, not just repeating what they are told. We should be inspiring life long learning, not stamping it out with bland, repetitive classes. Another big one is making sure children with learning disabilities aren't just pushed to the side and ignored. My personal experience with the schools makes me put additional wait on this. I am both dyslexic and dysgraphic, as are the majority of my family. I, better than anyone, know the struggles that come with this the frustration of not getting the help I need and the impact that assistance can have when given. Other reforms include working with the teachers union to make it easier to fire bad teachers and promote good ones. I make it so pay is based on skill, not time in a Union. A focus on making mature and productive citizens instead of having no clear goal in schooling. More choices for kids in middle and high school for what they want to study. More elective classes help's to motivate kids and allows them to explore their talents and interests. Not railroading kids for high math and science scores but instead focusing on getting them to learn and to be interested. This allows them to retain more, to learn more, and, in the end, to be better prepared for life after high school. Not everyone has to have the exact same education, nor is it beneficial for them too. Everyone learns differently; don't make our kids into cookie cutters when each one can become a work of art!
College Reforms are also in order. I am not an advocate for free college. I do, however, believe in making state and community colleges cheaper and more viable options for students. Controlling costs on state institutions and expanding them could have significant benefits for Washington state. Restricting how much they can charge and what they spend money on if they're a state institution. While I don't think Private colleges should have additional rules and regulations. I do believe that making state and community collages cheaper more competitive will bring down their prices as well.
A civilization lives or dies by its bureaucracy. It's a daunting yet straightforward thought, primarily because ours has grown so fat, sluggish, and wasteful. Thankfully it has an equally simple solution, Incentives. We encourage efficiency and smaller budgets. By giving employees at all levels of any given agency incentives for saving the state money. While simultaneously ensuring they have the safety systems in place in case they cut too much. Ensuring they maintain the necessary funding. Holding high ranking government staff Accountable for frivolous spending will also save the state money, putting public funds to better use.
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Natural Salmon Runs
An overhaul of the current fisheries system in Washington is in order. I propose a push towards restoring the natural salmon runs through rivers and streams. Spawning channels like BC's weaver creek will be my weapon of choice to accomplish this. Marine ecology can't be regrown overnight. It will take several years to finish and reach full productivity, but in the end, we can create a plethora of new profitable industries. I also wish to change the restrictions on the sale of fish in a way to promote small businesses. Fishermen, restaurants, and distribution outlets will all benefit, not to mention the massive benefits to our environment. The objective is to grow the middle class and not executives. I also wish to partner with the native tribes that hold significant fishing rights. Involving the tribes is wise because fishing is of great cultural and economic importance to the pacific coastal tribes.
Renegotiate Tribal Treaties.
I plan to renegotiate many of our tribal treaties for the mutual gain Of the Tribes and the State. The state has started to enforce the treaties they made a long time ago with no intention of keeping. Predictably some conflicts have come up. I am fully committed to maintaining the treaties we’ve made. I do believe; however, it’s past time, they were renegotiated. Doing so, of course, requires trust. Trust that our tribes don’t feel comfortable throwing around, and that is not without good reasons. I believe, however, if anyone can Gain that trust it is I. Not because I am so great but because the tribes trust my family. At least enough to adopt native children which is very rare. Not just any children to as My brother’s biological Uncle is a Tribal Elder. There are three major things I want from the negotiations. One is the tribe’s assistance in reviving our natural salmon runs. Two is joint enforcement of the fishing industry. As the inability of state fish and game to prosecute native fishermen causes much unnecessary tension and avoidable offenses. The third is the contention of native tribes attempting to reclaiming land in addition to the tribes Purchasing land that is culturally significant. As of now, not having this land count as “Tribal Land” Stops them from having certain rights on and over it. I wish to sort out all the confusion at once, with an ending that leaves all parties satisfied and puts an end to unnecessary disputes. These are my primary goals and what I see as most pressing. It will be a negotiation, so I must assume that many other things will be discussed and sorted. I am committed to shorting these things out.
Helping Our African American Communities
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Our African American communities have been underserved for a long time and have presently been crying out for change in force. The question is, how will I assist this hurting community. Well, that's an ongoing question, but after going to a protest in Seattle and talking to community members, I came up with this plan. First is getting people from African American communities on my staff. Second is the education reforms I have already suggested and plan to implement. Third, is making an effort to build small businesses and to help people in these communities own these communities. I will personally be spending a fair amount of time in these communities. Otherwise, I cannot gain the knowledge and personnel to implement effective change. I am not from these communities, and it's impossible for me to truly walk in the shoes of the people who live there, but I will do my best and surround myself with those more knowledgable than myself.
With the upcoming and ongoing recession, the Washington state budget will be in disarray. This is a preliminary synopsis of my plans. Healthcare, mental health, foster care, and education will remain fully funded. My plan for addressing homelessness will be implemented with additional precautions for COVID. The program will make efforts to assist the homeless more streamlined and efficient as well as improving outcomes. I will implement cuts to prisons primarily by pardoning minor offenders and come small cuts to police with an aim towards eliminating bad actors and "gypsy cops." I will also cut my pay as Governor by 50% for the duration of the recession. I will not support any efforts for an income tax in Washington.
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