2012 General Election Voters' Guide

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Suzan DelBene

Elected Experience: Not an elected position, but as Director of Washington’s Department of Revenue I led efforts to reform and simplify the tax system to help small businesses.

Other Professional Experience: Successful career as businesswoman and entrepreneur. Former Microsoft executive, led local high-tech startups, and served as an advisor to an international non-profit helping struggling families.

Education: B.A., Reed College; M.B.A., University of Washington.

Community Service: I've mentored students at UW Business School, been active in my church, serving as a board member. Volunteered with the PTA, Girl Scouts and YWCA, supporting transitional housing, job training and services to help families get back on their feet.

Statement: I’m running for Congress to stand up for the middle class. This is personal for me.

Growing up, my dad lost his job and our family struggled. But thanks to financial aid, student loans and hard work, I was able to attend college, get a good education and build a successful career as a businesswoman and entrepreneur.

Today, I can’t tell the same story for our children. Today, Congress is too busy working for powerful special interests rather than strengthening America’s middle class. I will fight to change that.

Protecting the middle class. My life experience has taught me we need to do more to revitalize our economy and protect working families and seniors. We need policies that encourage innovation and job growth. Economic prosperity for all is only possible with investments in schools, student aid, roads and job-creating research. Instead of tax breaks for the wealthy, I will rebuild the middle class by restoring these investments.

Standing up for our shared values. I support the “Buffett Rule” to make millionaires pay their fair share. I will work to protect Social Security, Medicare and a woman’s right to choose. I know what it takes to make the tax system fairer. I implemented Washington’s successful tax amnesty program, saving small businesses millions and helping close our state’s budget deficit. I will fight to eliminate tax breaks for oil companies and crack down on Wall Street abuses.

A workhorse, not a show horse. I am proud to be endorsed by Rep. Rick Larsen, Aerospace Machinists, Teamsters, the Snohomish County Democrats, thousands of teachers and school employees across the state and many others. They know that in Congress I will be a workhorse, not a show horse. They know I am committed to making sure every family has the opportunity to succeed.

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