2010 Candidate Questionnaire - Municipal League of King County

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					                                                             The Municipal League of King County
                                                                       810 Third Avenue, Suite 224
                                                                           Seattle, WA 98104
                                                                  (206) 622-8333 ∙

2010 Board of Trustees                                      2010 CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE
Kathy Elias, Co-Chair                                        FOR NON-JUDICIAL CANDIDATES
  Prospect Delta
                                   The Municipal League of King County requests every candidate who participates in the
Gabe Meyer, Co-Chair
Mike Repass, Treasurer
                                   candidate evaluation process submit background information prior to his/her interview with
Laraine Volkman, Secretary
                                   a candidate evaluation committee. The questionnaire is the basis of the League’s research
                                   and interview process. The League’s ratings are non-partisan; they are based on standards of
                                   Involvement, Effectiveness, Character, and Knowledge, all of which have been developed and
Alex Bolton                        refined over the past 98 years.
Deryl Brown-Archie,
  Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
                                   A copy of this questionnaire will be provided to Candidate Evaluation Committee members to
Steve DiJulio,
   Foster Pepper
                                   help them prepare for your interview. Candidate responses, except the confidential section, will
Joel Emans                         be available to the public on the League’s website.
  UW Law Student
Mary Gates,                        The Municipal League requests the following materials from candidates. Please check to make
  Federal Way Symphony
                                   certain you have sent in your:
Andrew Greene,
  Perkins Coie
Ryan Harkins                           Candidate Questionnaire
                                         Sent by:      Email           US Mail        Fax                   Not Sending
Judy Jenkins
  Philanthropy Planning Services       Resume (education, employment, and professional activities)
John Jenson,                             Sent by:      Email           US Mail        Fax                   Not Sending
  Jensen Roofing
                                       Campaign Materials
Chris Johnson,
  Office of the Attorney General         Sent by:      Email           US Mail        Fax                   Not Sending
Lauren Kuester,                        Constituent Newsletters and other publications
  Communications Chair
  GGLO                                   Sent by:      Email           US Mail        Fax                   Not Sending
Cynara Lilly                           Photograph
  Events Chair
                                         Sent by:      Email           US Mail        Fax                   Not Sending
Vanessa Lund
  Cocker Fennessy
Matthew Stubbs,
  Candidate Evaluations Chair      Note: Electronically submitted questionnaires are strongly preferred. All materials can be
  Seattle City Light
Nick Verwolf,
                                   emailed to They can be processed and made available on-line far more
   Davis Wright Tremaine           rapidly than handwritten or typed submissions.
Adam Walters,
  Stoel Rives
Rodney Wendt                       For non-electronic submissions, please print clearly and legibly and return the application as
  Operations Chair
                                   soon as possible in order to allow the committee the greatest amount of time to prepare a
Nick Williamson,
   UW Law Student
                                   complete report on your skills and experience.
Greg Wong                          If you have not yet been contacted to schedule an interview, or if you have questions about the
  K&L Gates
                                   candidate evaluation program, please contact the League office at 206-622-8333.

Staff                              If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in the candidate evaluation
Maria Manza
                                   process, please contact the CEC Coordinator at the League office.
  Operations Manager
Brt Sojka
   Candidate Evaluations Coord.
                                        A League volunteer Candidate Investigator is waiting to receive your
                                        questionnaire to begin his or her work. Please complete and return the
                                        questionnaire to the League office at your earliest convenience.

                                        Please have your materials to us no later than June 15th, 2010.

                                        Email the completed questionnaire and other materials to:
                                        2010 Candidate Questionnaire
                                         BASIC CANDIDATE INFORMATION
    1. Name as it will appear on the ballot
             First Name                  Middle Initial or Nickname                        Last Name
     Orion                           Sebastian                                   Webster

2. Office sought (include office, jurisdiction, position/district number):
     Legislative District 41, State Representative Position 2
3. Are you the incumbent?                     Yes              No

4. How long have you resided in this district/city?
     10 Mos.
5. How long have you resided in King County?
     10 Mos.
6. Is the office sought partisan or nonpartisan?               Partisan      Nonpartisan
7. If partisan, please indicate party: Independent
                                                CAMPAIGN CONTACTS

     Campaign Name:                 We The People

     Address:                       1303 N. 20th St. Apt. #C3009

     City/State/Zip:                Renton, WA 98056

     Campaign Phone:                619.467.9709

     Campaign Fax:

     Campaign E-mail:      (subject to change)

     Campaign Website:     (under construction)
                                              POLITICAL BACKGROUND
1. Beginning with the most recent position, please list public offices you have held. Include positions on
   appointive boards or commissions.
                Public Office                  Elective or          Dates Held      Leadership Role (if any)

2. If you ran for public office but were not elected, please list those races below:
                                         Office Title                                        Year of Run

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    In this section, we are seeking responses that reflect the four ratings criteria: involvement, effectiveness,
    character, and knowledge. These are defined as follows:
         Involvement: What has the candidate done previously in family, neighborhood, community, volunteer
          work, employment or public life to suggest readiness to accomplish challenging objectives? How do
          these activities demonstrate readiness for the challenges unique to the office sought?
         Effectiveness: Has the candidate demonstrated promise of being productive in the office sought? Has
          the candidate shown the ability to work with other people?
         Character: Do the candidate's personal traits show the ability to take on the responsibilities of
          campaigning for and holding the public office she or he is seeking? Is the candidate a leader,
          participant or observer? Is the candidate trustworthy, reliable and candid?
         Knowledge: Has the candidate demonstrated the willingness and ability to learn and adapt? Does the
          candidate understand the duties and challenges of the office sought? Does the candidate have a firm
          grasp of the issues important to his or her constituency and their potential effects?

    1. In one page or less, why are you running for this office? (Note: the interview committee will be given a copy
       of this statement before your interview; at the beginning of your interview you will have the opportunity to
       expand on this statement in any way you wish.)
        Thomas Jefferson wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that
        they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty
        and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
        deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government
        becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
        new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as
        to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that
        Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly
        all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to
        right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of
        abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under
        absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new
        Guards for their future security.” These famous words are the opening to the Declaration of
        Independence. This document united a country to fight against tyranny and oppression from the

        We now face a government that far exceeded charges of light and transient causes for a long train of
        abuses and usurpations against the United States Constitution. The Constitution, which was written by
        the blood of patriots for the purpose of limiting government power to the preservation of Freedom and
        Liberty. The first paragraph of the Constitution confirms this: “of the United States, in Order to form a
        more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,
        promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do
        ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

        I seek to run for this office as the first step in my political career to preserve our Constitution before
        our government effectively destroys it. I will work, exhaustively for the people of District 41 and for the
        State of Washington. One valuable lesson I learned in the Army was the Warrior Ethos, which states: I
        will always place the mission first, I will never accept defeat, I will never quit, I will never leave a fallen
        comrade. My Core Values and my Ethos allow me to think idealistically, which is something we need
        from our politicians. I look forward to do something in our government that had never been done

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    2. Describe your most important personal characteristics or traits as they relate to the office you seek.
     My most important characteristic I have that can relate to the office that I seek is my overwhelming
     determination to serve my country and keep it free from tyranny and oppression.

     I took an Oath twice to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all
     enemies foreign and domestic. That I will bare true faith and allegiance to my country. After graduating
     from college and after my own independent studies, I have found that our free society is not so free
     anymore. That politician’s have allowed it to become broken and corrupt. I feel that it is time to restore
     freedom and democracy again. To place the powers of America back in the hands of its people and not
     the selected few. It is the duties of the politicians to preserve freedom and protect the rights of the
     people. Not seize them through fear and legislation. It is the job of a politician to serve the people and
     not the other way around.

     My Core Values, determination, dedication, and commitment to excellence are my most important
     personal characteristics. I will strive to work for the people of the District that I am running for.

    3. Please describe, in sufficient detail, one to three accomplishments or contributions of which you are most
       proud. These examples should illustrate skills and capabilities you think apply to the office you are seeking.
       These accomplishments may have occurred at any time in your personal, professional, or public life.
     US Navy
     After I turned 18, I enlisted into the United States Navy to serve my country. While I served (Sept 2000 –
     May 2004), I came across some of the best and worst the world had to offer. This humbling experience
     has given me the ability to identify a set of Core Values with which I carry with me in all things I do.
     Honor, Courage, Commitment may seem like mere words to many people, but for me, they help define
     my decisions. The horrific events of September 11 , 2001, opened my eyes to the evil that existed in
     the world. It was at that moment that these three words became my own Core Values. From there, I
     began to seek out the words of Liberty, Freedom, and many others. The understanding of these many
     words allows me to contribute my service to this country.

     US Army
     Although my time in the Army was served short, I knew that I was not done serving our country. The
     major accomplishment that I achieved while serving was my ability to work and understand our
     complex system. I was determined to find my way back into a uniform and continue my service.

     My services to this country, twice, were the highlights of my life, but my college experience helped me
     think beyond the confines of normal thinking. One area of my studies that I focused on more than any
     other was my complete understanding of the US Constitution. The most important realization I had
     when studying this document is that it has been trampled and destroyed by our government. I would
     have never understood the US Constitution if I had not studied it in college. We now need to change
     our country to protect liberty and freedom. I have also determined that I will continue my college
     education to attain my Bachelors degree.

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    4. Please list or describe current and past activities in the community in which you have acquired skills that
       relate to the office you seek. Include your role in the activity and the year(s) in which you were involved.
       Involvement consists of many areas such as family, neighborhood, community, employment, or public life.
     My most important contribution I can give to my community is blood. I have O positive blood type. This
     blood type is in high demand, but often in short supply. According to the American Red Cross, O
     positive can give to all positive blood types. This is a vital necessity that we need in our communities
     and I have been donating regularly. Blood can be used for premature babies, cancer patients, accident
     victims, burn patients, trauma patients, etc… We need to continue supplying that need to our local
     hospitals and the American Red Cross. I will be involved with setting up blood drives for our

     I have begun to reach out to the community with the information that our politicians should be giving
     about the government’s current activity. By giving information about the Constitution and the Law,
     people are becoming more aware of their freedoms.

     While attending college (2008 – present), I learned that the average response time for local law
     enforcement to arrive on site was 8 minutes. This has become a rude awakening to the community as I
     preach the truth. Being a member of the NRA, Second Amendment Foundation, Evergreen Freedom
     Foundation, and many other groups, I teach the community that they are responsible for their own
     protection. This includes the exercise of their 2 Amendment Right to keep and bear arms. It has been
     proven by multiple levels of law enforcement, including the FBI and BATFE find that the more firearms
     are incorporated into society, the safer that society will be. It is the government’s responsibility that
     these known facts are given to the community correctly. However, we are finding that the government
     is doing the opposite of giving the truth to the people. The truth about our God given Rights need to be
     explained to the people of our country and exercised freely.

    5. Please describe the duties of the office you seek. Which are the most important duties and why?
     During legislative sessions, the Legislature is called upon to:
         Enact or reject legislation affecting public policy in the state;
         Provide for the levy and collection of taxes and other revenue to support state government and
            assist local government.
         And appropriate funds for these purposes.

     The House also has the exclusive power to bring impeachment proceedings. Although laws are
     enacted only when the legislature is convened in formal session, policy issues and the general
     operation of state and local government are under continuous review by legislators serving on
     permanent and interim study committees.

     I feel that the most important duties for a Representative is to do four things:
          1. Serve the people of their districts that they are elected to represent.
          2. To Support and Defend the US and State Constitution.
          3. To follow the three points above without violating the law or the Constitution.
         4. Limit government intrusion into American’s lives and reduce debt.

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                                  - - - - - CONFIDENTIAL SECTION BEGINS - - - - -
The following information is for League use only. It will not be published on the League’s website.

     Campaign Manager’s Name:

     Candidate’s Daytime Phone:

     Candidate’s Evening Phone:

     Candidate’s VoiceMail/Message:

     Candidate’s Fax:

     Candidate’s Pager:

This information is for League use only. It will not be published in any format.

If you have not previously provided the League with references, please list references you would like us to
contact who can speak to your involvement, effectiveness, character, and/or knowledge. Please name at least
one from each of the following three categories:

               Name of Colleague                            Daytime Phone             Home Phone

        Name of Supervisor/Committee                        Daytime Phone             Home Phone

        Name of Employee/Member of a                        Daytime Phone             Home Phone
           Committee You Chaired

1. Have you ever been arrested?            Yes         No
   If yes, please explain.

                                     - - - - - CONFIDENTIAL SECTION ENDS - - - - -

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If at all possible, send your response to the Municipal League electronically as an email attachment, or insert it
into an e-mail message ( Mail and fax numbers are listed below. If the League has not
contacted you to schedule an interview, please call the League office at your earliest convenience.

Don’t forget to send the following to the Municipal League: a resume, a photo, campaign literature, and, if you
are an incumbent, constituent newsletters and other materials. Please use the check-off list on the cover sheet
of this packet to indicate which items you have sent.

          A League volunteer Candidate Investigator is waiting to receive your questionnaire to
          begin his or her work. Please complete and return the questionnaire to the League
          office at your earliest convenience.

          Please have your materials to us no later than June 8, 2010. May 28th is

          Email the completed questionnaire and other materials to:


                                   THE MUNICIPAL LEAGUE OF KING COUNTY

810 Third Avenue, Suite 224                Phone: (206) 622-8333            Email:
Seattle, WA 98104-1614                     Fax: (425) 671-0506             Website:

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