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Nathaniel Sean Downes State Representative Washington, 2

Nathaniel Sean Downes

Nathaniel Sean Downes for State Representative, Washington, 2

Location
Orting, Washington
District / Locality
Washington, 2
County
Pierce, Thurston
Political Affiliation
Democrat
Office
State Representative
Incumbency
Challenger
Election Date
08/02/2016

FULL PROFILE

Position Spectrum Key
  • NOT APPLICABLE
    N/A
  • STRONGLY OPPOSE
    O+
  • OPPOSE
    O
  • NEUTRAL
    N
  • SUPPORT
    S
  • STRONGLY SUPPORT
    S+

My Positions

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Income Inequality and Living wage

“A large income inequality occurs when workers do not receive the full value for their labor. All wealth comes from labor, and as such it needs to be labor who gains the lions share of that wealth. It was President Benjamin Harrison (a Republican I might add) who said it best: “I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.””

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Education Choice & Vouchers

“The concept of school choice ultimately only reinforces disparity in our school system. It not only acknowledges that some schools are better than others, but tactfully encourages such to continue. Whenever someone is moving into a neighborhood, if they ask "what are the best schools" the answer needs to be "the local school" no matter where they are. They all need to be equally the best.”

OPPOSE
O

Offshore Drilling

“Oil is ultimately a finite fuel supply. As such, we cannot drill forever. As well, it is a polluting fuel source. As we use it, we dirty our environment. Adding offshore oil drilling is only postponing the inevitable in that we must move away from oil regardless. And by postponing, we make the cost of cleaning up the pollution damage ever higher.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Agribusiness in Urban America

“Urban space is often times filled with unused areas, from rooftops to vacant lots. Adding community gardening spaces to these not only helps beautify the area, but adds a unique character to the palette. While these spaces cannot replace the vast, open areas of agriculture we rely upon for our main food supply, they can and do compliment it, and compliments should always be encouraged.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

“A nation without civil liberties for all is a nation destined to fail. A nation without civil rights for all is a nation doomed to tyranny. Our nation was founded on this principle, and it is one I hold dear. But these liberties and rights also come with responsibilities, and that is what we, as a people, have forgotten.”

OPPOSE
O

RFRA

“The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was a misapplied attempt to restore the Sherbert Test for religious expression. I say misapplied because, as the Supreme Court found in City of Boerne v. Flores, the RFRA was not a proper exercise of Congress' enforcement power. As a result, companies now have been given the ability to dictate individual religious exercise, a dangerous precedent.”

STRONGLY OPPOSE
O+

Crime & Punishment

“The concept of "tough on criminals" is rooted in a flawed and obsolete concept of criminality. The idea was that if you make the fear of the punishment severe enough, you will dissuade criminal behavior. History has demonstrated time and again that this does not work, yet our criminal justice system still clings to it. Time to abandon 18th century criminal thinking, and move into the 21st.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Public Pre-Kindergarten

“Let us be honest, pre-K programs serve two roles. One, they help build the basic skills needed for learning. Two, they serve as child care programs for low-income households. A child who starts off without the basic skills is at a serious disadvantage right from the get-go. A parent who lacks care and desires to, or needs to, work is unable to provide what is needed to either.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Education

“Everyone deserves a chance in life. We no longer subsist on what animals we kill or what food is harvested from plants in the forest. What we do today requires skills and knowledge, and we have advanced such that only through organized educational programs can these skills and knowledges be transferred to the next generation. ”

SUPPORT
S

Minimum Wage

“The minimum wage is the economic floor for our nation. It has failed to keep up with the growth in productivity, making it so that nobody today can afford to live on the minimum wage alone. As well, local governments need the power for, and be encouraged to, set a higher floor which reflects their domestic costs as well. If we fail to do this, it will hurt all of us in the end.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Agriculture & Farms

“We all eat, simple as that. From the poorest to the richest, we all depend upon our farms to live. Through the use of subsidies and insurance guarantees, we can encourage and enforce a healthy, sustainable agriculture ecology. Through education and programs, we can further improve our farming as well. After all, 100 years ago, a farm used a plow and oxen. Who knows what farms will use in another?”

SUPPORT
S

Social Justice

“Social Justice is, ultimately, when a person receives fair and equitable access to all of society. The problem of systemic bigotry, be it against race, sexual orientation, identity or religious affiliation, is that it eliminates opportunities for those who are the targets of said bigotry. We must always hold social justice as an ideal to strive for.”

SUPPORT
S

Public Safety

“Historically, public safety was handled by a group known as the Watch. We have in general reduced the role of the Watch or eliminated it entirely. I am in favor of restoring the traditional concept of the Watch, and expanding it. Community members supporting each other is always the best front line for public safety. Who else knows the neighborhood as well as those who live in it?”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

LGBT Rights

“LGBT people have been among us ever since time immortal. The oppression of them is a fairly recent event, taken from the long term view of history. Even the United States was supportive of their rights until the late 1800's, when a movement to strip away the rights of minorities of all types took hold. It is long past time to undo this injustice.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Holding Wall Street Accountable

“So long as people are not penalized for bad behavior, there is no incentive to stop it. We have to hold those with power to be personally responsible for the results of their behavior with power. And if such power cannot be held responsibly by anyone, for if the temptation is too great, it needs to be eliminated, period.”

SUPPORT
S

Higher Education

“In the modern world, the skills found in higher education are increasingly needed in order to secure a living. However, this is not limited to just academic education, as vocational and technical higher education programs and apprenticeships are just as important. After all, no matter how many accountants we need, we also will always need someone able to fix our plumbing.”

SUPPORT
S

Tax & Spend

“If you don't tax, you cannot support what you have, or grow to what you need. Our economy does not exist in a vacuum. There is no person or business in this nation which is not dependent on government spending for infrastructure and social benefit programs. No man is an island, we depend on each other for society to exist.”

OPPOSE
O

Township Government

“Local governments are the most directly accessible to the people. They are the men and women on the ground who know the local needs and demands best. Elimination of local control is a disaster in the making.”

SUPPORT
S

Ammunition Regulation

“In the past, for people who were fans of military style weapons, there was a restriction on the ammunition available to the casual gun owner. Mass-produced rounds available to purchase by civilians would have had less powder, and used solid bullets rather than the metal jacketed rounds of the military. As hunters and sport shooters are more apt to self-load rounds, this did not affect them at all.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Infrastructure Repair & Investment

“We are a nation of roads. Without them, our economy simply does not exist. Our infrastructure is suffering from decades of neglect, the result of short sighted policies.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Organized Labor Unions

“Labor Unions are one of the foundations of a strong society. Their direct democracy within the workplace is the best tool for employers to use to ensure maximum productivity and workplace safety. The ability for worker concerns, be it from wages to benefits, to be addressed directly to management is crucial for long term success for any enterprise.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

A Women's Right To Choose

“Any position which does not include a woman's right to choose is the introduction of bureaucracy in between a patient and their doctor. This is the worst kind of government intrusion into personal affairs, for what affair is more personal than a woman's decision to reproduce or not. If we want to avoid abortions, we need to expand sexual education and access to contraceptive options.”

SUPPORT
S

Public Transportation & Roads

“Public transit is the benefit of a modern society. A strong public transit system is critical to development, and growth, of our economy. Without it, we rapidly become divided between those with access, and those without. For a nation built on equality, this is not acceptable.”

STRONGLY SUPPORT
S+

Religion & State Separation

“The issue one runs across for those who wish to include religion in government is the insistence that it is only their own religion which will be included. This in turn breeds heresy, and eventual imposition of dogma through the government. The only way to secure all religious faith and freedom is to keep them safely away from the public space and governance.”

NOT APPLICABLE
N/A

First Amendment For All, Including Christians!

“The right to swing ones arm ends at the tip of another's nose. So long as the exercise of the freedom of religion only impacts the exerciser, then that freedom is unlimited. Once it impacts another, by say denying a LGBT couple a cake for their wedding, then it is no longer the original person's freedom. Remember your US Constitution A4C3: no religious test shall ever be required”

Paid for by Nathaniel Downes for State Represenative