Mike McGavick, Republican
“Northwestern voice of civility”
He has never held an elected office. He is the former Chairman, President, and CEO of Safeco Insurance.
McGavick wants to invest in early childhood education, excel educational standards with acts such as No Child Left Behind, increase grant, and make the US more competitive with other nations.
War on terror
McGavick wants to work to root out radical terrorism and support our troops. He is committed to deterring nuclear programs and to addressing North Korea’s nuclear testing. He believes we cannot retreat from our moral obligation in Iraq and we must fully implement the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations.
McGavick believes we need an overhaul of our nation’s immigration system, beginning with securing our borders and creating a rigorous path to citizenship.
McGavick wants to control healthcare costs by putting patients in control of their health care decisions and helping the uninsured gain care.
McGavick believes environmental conservation and productive development are not mutually exclusive. He says we can protect and improve our environment while allowing responsible human development. McGavick is against the removal of dams in Eastern Washington, and he wishes to curb human contribution to climate change.
McGavick believes Congress must make tough choices to get the deficit under control. He also advocates a non-partisan approach to Social Security.
In the news:
The Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging that his $17 million severance in cash and accelerated stock options given by Safeco (his previous employer) amounted to an illegal campaign contribution to his Senate campaign. The ruling is still pending.
Maria Cantwell, Democrat
“Putting us forward”
Incumbent, originally sworn into office in 2001.
Cantwell says she is committed to helping middle class families in our changing economy. She has worked to boost small businesses and create jobs in both traditional and new areas.
Security at home
Cantwell believes that the government’s highest priority should be to keep all Americans safe. She has fought to increase border security, to develop new technologies for civilian protection from unseen threats, and to better equip our ground troops.
Security in the world
Cantwell believes that we must keep our country safe and secure by using our power and influence to promote freedom and democracy.
Cantwell is the Senate Democrats’ leader on Energy Independence and is working to end our addiction to foreign oil by 2020.
Cantwell considers hersef one of the nation’s strongest environmental leaders. She has supported policies to hold corporate polluters accountable and to protect our pristine roadless areas from logging and road construction.
Affordable health care
Cantwell supports programs to provide affordable coverage, to guarantee children access to health care, and to provide medication and care to the elderly, disabled and chronically ill.
Cantwell considers it a priority to keep the government clean and accountable to the people it serves.
Cantwell wants to invest necessary resources and use the best technology in implementing a comprehensive strategy for K-12 education and higher education.
Protecting our rights
As we enter the information age and more personal information becomes publicly available, Cantwell is committed to protecting our privacy. She believes privacy rights are more important than ever.
Cantwell believes we have a responsibility to protect Social Security and Medicare and to stand up to special interests to get health care costs under control.
In the news:
As Cantwell pulls ahead in the polls, she has come under fire for her unwillingness to grant McGavick additional time for televised debate. Editorials in the Daily Olympian and the Yakima Herald-Republic have rebuked Cantwell, claiming that she is afraid to confront McGavick.
Robin Adair, Independent
“Unexpected Candidate, Uniquely Qualified”
Adair has not held an elected office.
Adair warns of a Congress-constructed “sub-economy” that has replaced the classic economy. She believes that removing money from circulation decreases economic growth, and foresees this resulting in the collapse of our economy. She says the poor and middle class will take the brunt of this collapse. She believes congress should adopt a natural economic method to avoid destabilizing, abrupt changes.
Adair claims that American rights are under attack by the government. According to her campaign literature, she is anxious to “take action” on issues of torture, and the alleged “removal of Habeas Corpus.”
Adair says that the United States should withdraw to Kurd territory and keep only a “career” presence in Iraq. She believes that if we pull out entirely, Iran will invade and more will die.
Adair accuses Congress of allowing bribery to influence legislation and voices concern for how these irresponsible decisions will effect our future generations.
Adair offers an economic model to make Social Security profitable in 17-20 years, to make insurance affordable, and to clean up Medicare.
Adair says we need to clean up pollution with innovative technology.
Adair believes that illegal immigrants are hurting our sense of community and increasing crime rates. She advocates border patrol and better knowledge of who is entering.
In the news:
On occasion, respectful acknowledgement of Adair’s candidacy is made in the news. Many have denounced her status as a “serious candidate.”
Bruce Guthrie, Libertarian
“It’s time for real change”
Guthrie does not hold an elected office. He is a lecturer in the Department of Management at Western Washington University.
A Policy of Peace
Guthrie says he wants to get America back on the path to Peace by ending the occupation of Iraq, reducing troops permanently stationed abroad, and keeping an all-volunteer military.
A culture of freedom
Guthrie’s campaign literature emphasizes maintaining individual freedoms. He claims that the current administration has ignored this important value through domestic spying programs, passing the Patriot Act, and ignoring individual rights to medical care.
Restoring faith in democracy
Guthrie is committed to counteracting recent cynicism about democracy. To do so, he will work to ensure fair elections, pursue and prosecute allegations of corruption, and restore checks and balances.
Guthrie voices concern about the financial state our country is leaving our children in. He denounces deficit spending and the irresponsible politicians who are allowing it to happen with an increasing frequency.
Guthrie is prepared to re-allocate resources from other spending areas in order to keep our promises to Veterans.
Guthrie believes that by ending war in Iraq, cutting corporate welfare and making responsible financial decisions, we will be able to keep promises of Social Security benefits to our senior citizens.
In the news:
On Oct. 1, The Seattle Times reported that Guthrie will loan his campaign a substantial part of his life savings—nearly $1.2 million. The loan was an attempt to meet the fundraising requirement for inclusion in KING-TV’s debate among the candidates. Guthrie participated in the Oct. 17, 2006, debate alongside Cantwell and McGavick. Dixon was barred access.
Aaron Dixon, Green Party
“We have a choice: a grassroots run for the senate”
Dixon does not currently hold an elected office. He is an American activist and former captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party.
Out of war, into communities
Dixon says he is committed to ending the nation’s many unjust wars. He believes that peace and justice cannot be obtained through war. Furthermore, he wants to redirect resources currently used for war to aid in the rehabilitation of communities at home.
The war on drugs
Dixon challenges the war on drugs as a successful policy. He wants to reform criminal justice, including repealing the laws that ban drug offenders from housing, food stamps, access to their children, college assistance and the right to vote. He believes that following rehabilitation, a person should be effectively returned to society.
Attacks on civil liberties
Dixon opposes all legislation that will give the government more intrusive powers with regard to the civil liberties of free persons.
Dixon wants to dramatically reduce global carbon emissions in the next few decades through aggressively regulating and reducing emissions, as well as increasing investment in environmentally sound systems.
Economic foreign policy
Dixon does not support policies that advance globalization. He pushes for fair trade rather than “free trade.” He supports economic relationships of equality, not domination by capitalist countries.
Relations with developing world
Dixon believes that the paternal and punitive relationship with our Latin American neighbors must end. He also believes that Africa needs development based on fair trade relationships and the ownership and use of its rich natural resources for its people. He wants to introduce legislation that will push for enforceable norms of behavior by both international organizations and private corporations, to reduce Western control in the developing world.
Dixon says he supports nuclear disarmament and the end of funding for Star Wars and the militarization of space.
Dixon believes we need a single-payer health care system and he supports legislation to provide every person in the nation with complete preventative, acute and chronic health care coverage.
The spoiler issue
Dixon wants to break the myth that a vote for him is either pointless or amounts to a vote for another candidate. He says his opponents do not represent Washington’s interests and that voting for them sends the message that you support their constant betrayals.
In the news:
On Oct. 17, Dixon was arrested for trespassing at KING-5 television studio in Seattle, in protest of his exclusion from the televised U.S. Senate debate being filmed there. A KING video of the arrest showed Aaron Dixon being led out of the lobby by officers and then placed in the back of a police car in handcuffs, as dozens of his supporters chanted “Let him go!” Dixon did not meet the sponsors’ criteria of public support or fundraising to participate in the debate.