Pasma Staunch Supporter of Healthcare for All

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We have a lot to work on. We need strong investments and protections for workers, create debt-free college for all (including apprenticeships for vocational and technical schools), protect our quality of life by standing up for our natural resources, and make healthcare for all no longer a dream but a reality.

Working families in Washington are being squeezed. Many have savings accounts that are nearly empty, and a simple doctor’s checkup can turn into crushing debt for many. We have an obligation to our families to guarantee health care so they aren’t afraid to go to the doctor’s office simply because they don’t have enough money.

I fully support healthcare for all because we need a New Deal in Washington for working families that deserve to live lives to their fullest and healthiest potential. If you agree, I hope to earn your vote.

Tom is endorsed by key elected officials who understand that we need bold leadership in Olympia:

  • Richard Brocksmith, Mount Vernon City Council
  • Iris Carias, Mount Vernon City Council
  • Terry Bornemann, Bellingham City Council
  • Germaine Kornegay, Sedro-Woolley City Council
  • Karl de Jong, Sedro-Woolley City Council
  • Pola Kelley, Sedro-Woolley City Council
  • Ryan Walters, Anacortes City Council
  • Joe Verdoes, Anacortes City Council
  • Teresa Taylor, Ferndale City Council
  • Rich Weyrich, Skagit County Prosecutor
  • Lisa Janicki, Skagit County Commissioner
  • Ken Dahlstedt, Skagit County Commissioner
  • Will Reichardt, Skagit County Sheriff
  • Sharon Dillon, Former Skagit County Commissioner
  • Michael McCauley Former Bellingham Port Commissioner
  • Wendy Ragusa, Mount Vernon School Board

Ballots have been mailed out and are required to be postmarked or dropped off at a ballot box by Tuesday, August 7th

Pasma: “Workers deserve Superfund for Just Transition”

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If we are truly committed to moving from a carbon-based economy to a new green economy, we have to invest and protect workers. Workers in Washington deserve a superfund for a just transition.

I grew up in a Roosevelt household, and during my time over the past 16 years as a committee officer for the Washington State Democrats, I have stayed true to those values that I grew up with. That means protecting and investing in workers and their families. As a candidate to be your next Representative in Olympia, I have been a staunch proponent of creating a superfund for our workers.

And why shouldn’t we have one? We’ve seen superfunds that clean up man-made environmental disasters, a superfund that bailed out Wall Street and bankers that gambled away our life savings, and a superfund that gave tax cuts to the wealthiest 1% in our country. We’ve spent more money on dirt in our country than we have on workers.

We’ve invested in our workers before, we should and need to do it again. If elected, you can expect a bill from me that designates a worker superfund so we can create a New Deal for workers in Washington. If you share my passion to support working families, I ask for your vote today.

Tom is endorsed by key stakeholders in our labor community like:

  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union Puget Sound Council
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 25
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 5
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 191
  • Retired Public Employees Council of WA
  • Washington State Labor Council
  • Dean Shelton, Vice President of Washington State Council of Fire Fighters

 

Ballots have been mailed out and are required to be postmarked or dropped off at a ballot box by Tuesday, August 7th

Tom Pasma will Fight for Debt-Free College in Washington

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We have an unjust education system that is burying students in unsurmountable debt that is killing generational wealth and hurting our economy.  I’m old enough to remember a time when our government invested in our future by fully funding education through college. It’s time Washington returns to promoting education in the trades and our colleges and universities by guaranteeing debt-free college to every single Washington State resident.

It used to be that the government would supply grants to cover most, if not all, costs for post-secondary education. And in many cases if you needed to take out a small loan, you could with reasonable interest rates. Most of us realize that this is not the case for our kids and grandkids anymore and it is forcing them to gamble with their future by taking out high interest loans from Wall Street. Not only is this situation unacceptable, but the lack of response in Olympia is deplorable.

If elected as your Representative in Olympia, I promise to add my name as a co-sponsor of the “Washington Promise Act” (SHB 1840) and whip votes to make debt-free college a reality here in Washington.

We need a New Deal in Washington that supports our kids and grandkids and allows them to make the best decisions for their futures by guaranteeing debt-free education for trades schools and at our colleges and universities. If you agree, I ask for your vote.

Tom is endorsed by key stakeholders in our education community like:

  • Education Champion and Former WA 40th LD Rep. Dave Quall
  • Tim Knue, Executive Director of WA Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Young Democrats of Washington
  • Wendy Ragusa, Mount Vernon School Board

Ballots have been mailed out and are required to be postmarked or dropped off at a ballot box by Tuesday, August 7th

Pasma Poised to Fight for Workers and Environment

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Addressing climate change is critical to protecting our community. Unfortunately, we have a Republican Party that refuses to admit what an overwhelming majority of scientists believe, and a Democratic Party that hasn’t shown enough concern for workers as we push towards a new green economy. It’s time we have a champion in Olympia who fight for our people and our environment.

I grew up in a coal town in Montana and I saw firsthand the devastating effects dirty energy has on members in our community. It’s one of the many reasons why I didn’t support building the Cherry Point coal terminal in our community. We cannot sacrifice our environment for jobs, nor should we ask families to sacrifice their well being and security. We need a New Deal for our environment and our workers.

We need to do more than just fight to stop a proposed coal terminal or for better safety measures on trains transporting crude oil through our communities. We need representation in Olympia to stand up for workers and fight for a superfund that supports a just transition to a green economy so that no one is left behind.

You have the opportunity right now to push Washington forward by voting to protect workers and working families and fighting climate change. I respectfully ask for your support and vote.

Tom is endorsed by key stakeholders in our labor community like:

  • Washington State Labor Council
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union Puget Sound Council
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 25
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 5
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 191
  • Retired Public Employees Council of WA
  • Dean Shelton, Vice President of Washington State Council of Fire Fighters

Ballots have been mailed out and are required to be postmarked or dropped off at a ballot box by Tuesday, August 7th