We have all heard the saying, "Stop doing what doesn't work". Olympia isn't working. For decades, many of the same people have run state government and the state agencies. People switch positions within Olympia, but they are the same people. This creates an obvious lack of new ideas and new perspective. This system has helped create stagnation. As a fire fighter and small business owner, I will bring new perspective and different experience to Olympia ---at a time when it is desperately needed. I will:
* Advocate for Performance Standards in Government: We are all held to a standard in our professional and private lives. I will work to create an environment in Olympia focused on standards-based performance. An environment where goals are set within each agency and department, and state employees are expected to achieve those goals. This will increase efficiency with fewer state employees, thus helping to keep the state budget low.
* Advocate for competition in Government: Competition drives innovation. Innovation drives efficiency. By changing some of the ways business gets done in Olympia, improved efficiency and savings will be realized. We expect fair competition in the private sector, and benefit from it through lower prices and better service. The same is possible in government. I will work to ensure that state agencies are required to seek competitive bids from the private sector for some of the services agencies require. This will create an understanding by government employees that competition is good and improves pricing and service---lowering the cost of government.