Adam Smith vs. Doug Basler: US Congressional District 9 race

In Congressional District 9’s race for United States Representative, incumbent Adam Smith will face Doug Basler in the Nov. 8 general election.

Smith (D) finished with 55.21% of the vote (78,272 votes) in the August 2 primary and Basler (R) finished with 20.56% of the vote (29,144 votes).

King County Elections sent ballots to registered voters Oct. 19 and will release the first round of results at 8:15 p.m. on election night.

The Journalist contacted both candidates and asked them four relevant questions about the election. Each was allocated 2,000 words for their responses.

Congressional District 9 includes Renton, Mercer Island, and Federal Way as well as other towns from Tacoma to Bellevue.


What do you see as the three most critical issues in the district and how do you hope to address them?

Economic inequality is one of the most critical issues affecting the 9th arrondissement. Millions of Americans find it difficult, if not impossible, to afford basic necessities like housing, child care and health care. The cost of renting or buying a home in Puget Sound has skyrocketed, far outpacing pay raises for people. This is why I support the expansion of affordable housing supply, the universal availability of housing vouchers and investment in holistic permanent supportive housing. I am a co-sponsor of the Housing Infrastructure Act, which would invest $70 billion to repair social housing and $45 billion to build new units to address the shortage of affordable options. I strongly support expanding and strengthening the low-income housing tax credit to better serve communities in need.

Behavioral health is another critical issue facing the district. There is a significant shortage of options for people in mental health crisis to receive the immediate and long-term care they need. That’s why I introduced the Behavioral Health Crisis Centers Act, which would provide access to funding for states, cities and counties, and tribal governments to build, operate and expand one-stop behavioral health crisis care centers. One-stop behavioral health crisis care centers provide critical crisis stabilization services and holistic services to connect individuals to the services they need, such as housing, job training, or legal services.

For too many people, the barriers to education or acquiring the skills needed to succeed are insurmountable. Unfortunately, our current education system focuses too much on supporting only four-year colleges and universities.

I have long advocated for increased funding for community and technical colleges and have supported increased investments in paid workforce training opportunities such as registered apprenticeship programs and workplace apprenticeship programs. work. These programs create pathways to high-quality, in-demand jobs for individuals. I’ve also been a leader in Congress, advocating for investments in comprehensive support services and stipends for individuals in workforce training programs and two-year education programs to support themselves. ensure they have the help they need to cover day-to-day living costs such as housing, food, and transportation.

Most recently, I introduced the Community and Technical Colleges Investment Act, which would allow states to offer tuition-free community and technical colleges and expand comprehensive support services, including housing, food and transportation, which are essential to help students complete their studies. programs. Across the country, everyone should have the opportunity to pursue education and professional training programs without being burdened with debt.

What is your life philosophy and how can you apply it to district affairs?

I believe everyone should have economic opportunities. I saw this first hand early in my life with my father. As a ramp agent and union member at SeaTac Airport, he earned a decent salary that could afford him housing and an education.

Unfortunately, the exponential increase in income inequality has led to wages that do not keep up with the basic cost of living. Many workers with good jobs in the 9th arrondissement can barely afford to live here. That’s why I’m focused on creating large-scale economic opportunity and reducing the concentration of wealth in this country that has left far too many working people unaffordable.

What will you do in your representative role to support and strengthen the district?

I believe that one of the most fundamental aspects of my work as a representative is to provide services to constituents and to engage directly with constituents. I constantly meet with community stakeholders, organizations and constituents to identify problems, find solutions, and then achieve results in any way possible. Whether it’s advocating for specific legislation, securing federal funding for the district, helping constituents solve an issue, or bringing stakeholders together to solve an issue, working collaboratively with constituents and community organizations allows me to to be an effective representative.

What is special about the neighborhood and what improvements could you make?

As a longtime resident of the 9th arrondissement, it remains my greatest honor to represent an area where I grew up and where Sara and I raised our family. This neighborhood is special because it is home to an extremely diverse group of communities; this diversity makes the neighborhood better.

In addition to battling economic inequality, the district and the entire state of Washington are seeing firsthand the growing impacts of climate change. We need to accelerate our efforts to move away from fossil fuels and decarbonize all sectors of our economy.

This will require coordinated action from local, state, and federal governments, communities, and the private sector, to make the investments and actions needed to make this transition just.

Although a challenge, this green transition offers an opportunity to create jobs in the region, improve public health, reduce energy prices and promote resilience.


What do you see as the three most critical issues in the district and how do you hope to address them?

Our biggest problems:

Inflation and cost of living — This is directly linked to runaway government spending without sufficient revenue to cover deficits. This means the Federal Reserve has to print money to make up the difference and simple economics tells us that this devalues ​​money that is already in circulation. This must stop now, I will fight for a balanced federal budget and sound fiscal policies that strengthen the dollar and slow inflation. In addition, the overrestriction of our energy sector is the cause of the huge increase in gasoline and diesel prices, and Washington State is about to add up to 46 cents per gallon of additional taxes in January. Virtually everything we buy comes by truck, train and boat. All are mostly diesel powered and when energy prices rise everything becomes more expensive. I will use my office to work on reversing the situation. Affordable prices for energy, food and housing are my top priority.

Crime and homelessness — It’s time to restore our justice system by enforcing our laws and prosecuting criminals so that our families, our children, our neighborhoods and our businesses are safe. Anyone can see that the Democratic policy of overfunding and overrestricting the police is a disaster.

My business office has been broken into five times by the same person! Our neighborhood is full of businesses with plywood where the glass used to be. We have all seen brazen thefts in our local businesses. I will fight to change that from day one.

Parents’ rights — It should be obvious to everyone that parents are THE main actor in the education of their children. It is absolutely UN-AMERICAN to call parents “terrorists” for attending school board meetings, voicing their concerns, and working for change. In our Republic, we have all guaranteed our rights to speak freely and seek government redress for grievances (1st Amendment). I will fight to protect all our rights and for families to raise their children according to their own values.

What is your life philosophy and how can you apply it to district affairs?

I believe that every human being has intrinsic worth and purpose. I love America because here, like no other nation on earth, we all have the right to express that worth and that gift and to be what we are willing to work hard for. I am committed to protecting these rights, privileges and opportunities for all of us here in the 9th arrondissement.

What will you do in your representative role to support and strengthen the district?

I will work to protect our families, our schools and our businesses. Protect individual rights and ensure that America remains a land of freedom and justice for all.

What is special about the neighborhood and what improvements could you make?

The 9th district is the best borough in the United States. We are incredibly diverse. We have an incredible technology sector, robust manufacturing and excellent service industries. We are characterized by vibrant neighborhoods, amazing small businesses and great schools.

All of this is now threatened by record inflation, rapidly rising gas and energy prices, and a huge spike in violence and property crime. I am committed to protecting our unique culture, prosperity and way of life. We must hold our current elected officials to account and select new leaders who will put our community first rather than special interests.

I will work for you and your interests as my main mission.

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