Elected Experience: Todd Mahaffey is a lifelong resident of Washington State, growing up in Shoreline, attending the University of Washington, and moving to Issaquah, where he currently lives with his wife and two step-daughters. He is a teacher in the Bellevue School District, where he is beginning his 22nd year of teaching. Todd has always taken an active role in his community, but this is the first time he has signed up to be elected for political office.
Other Professional Experience: Public school teacher for 21 years
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Music - University of Washington
Community Service: No information submitted
Statement: We have significant issues in this country that need to be addressed, and I believe our current political climate and elected officials are not meeting the needs of our nation. I have decided to neither accept donations nor join a political party for this election. This allows me to have 100% autonomy in my decision-making and sincerely represent the people I would be working for. I feel that this might be the most important aspect of my candidacy, because it provides a genuine option for people to vote for someone who is an independent voice in the House of Representatives.
We need comprehensive immigration reform, but building a wall is not a solution. We need effective and wide-ranging gun control to protect all people in our society, especially our students in schools, but arming teachers is not an answer. Our environment and climate continue to be impacted by human society, and we need to take additional steps to reduce pollution and increase renewable energy usage. I believe that we need to come up with some creative solutions to these issues that can only happen through actual dialogue and political processes, not posturing and repeating the same arguments that are fueled by special interests and corporate funding.
One of the roles of our government is to protect and defend the rights of every member of our society, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Now, more than ever, we need people in our government that will not just say these words, but truly believe and act on this philosophy.
If you want a real voice of change in Washington, D.C., one who is not beholden to donors or political party, then I am the candidate that fits that description. Thank you for reading my statement.