My first update for 2020. I want your advice. I’m hearing from a lot of supporters on this. I want to know what you think.
On election night, with our $30 Tabs Initiative overwhelmingly passing, it never occurred to me to run for Governor.
And then Seattle sued us:
And then Bob Ferguson screwed us:
And it was this confluence of awfulness that spurred me to run:
“Seattle decides everything. People outside of Seattle have no voice anymore. For 21 years, I’ve put initiatives on the ballot and voters have voted on ’em but the people we elect refuse to listen. Therefore, I am running for Governor in 2020. I am running against Jay Inslee, Seattle’s current Governor …”
I was born and raised in Yakima, got my business degree from WSU, spent 12 years as a small business owner, and dedicated the last 22 years of my life fighting for the taxpayers as an initiative activist (17 qualified, 11 passed, $43B saved https://tinyurl.com/43BillionInSavings).
For two decades, with all the ballot measures I’ve promoted, I’ve always reached out to voters across the political spectrum and asked for their support. Whether it was a voter signing a petition or voting for our initiative, I didn’t ask for their party affiliation, I asked for their support. I’m running for Governor with that same mindset – I want every voter to know, if I’m elected, I’ll listen to them and fight for them. After all, we’re all taxpayers.
I’m running to represent the people, not rule over them.
Obviously, I have strong beliefs. First and foremost, I have a deep distrust of consolidated power.
I don’t trust Big Government – I think the government has way too much power and uses it to control our lives. Each initiative we’ve sponsored limited government’s power (one of my favorites was the local initiative reducing the number of politicians on the King County Council from 13 to nine. Few initiatives better illustrate my political priorities than that one). There have been many:
I don’t trust Big Business — too often they use their power to get government to do their bidding … at our expense. For example, I’ve always despised automatic ticketing cameras because they’re just taxation-through-citation with government and out-of-state corporations teaming up to take more of our money (same goes for pay-per-mile taxes and tolling).
I don’t trust Big Labor — they’re constantly using their power to coerce politicians to raise taxes.
I don’t trust the Mainstream Media — too often they’re not watchdogs, they’re just cheerleaders for Big Government, Big Business, Big Labor, and of course themselves.
I believe taxes are too high and need to be lower (starting with reducing vehicle tabs to $30). As Governor, I will veto ANY tax increase and there will NEVER be a carbon tax, income tax, or pay-per-mile tax as long as I’m in office. It’s an absolute certainty that Jay Inslee will impose all three in a 3rd term.
I believe in the Bill of Rights and so I’m thoroughly disgusted with Jay Inslee and Bob Ferguson for constantly attacking the rights guaranteed by our state Constitution and U.S. Constitution (free speech, faith, the right to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community).
In the coming weeks and months, my team and I will roll out Governor Eyman’s Contract with Washington which will highlight my policy priorities as Governor. I look forward to rolling those out — and then hearing what you have to say about them.
I make you this promise: support me in this effort and I’ll give you a race for Governor like you’ve never seen before.
I love you all.
P.S. Remember, send me an email and let me know what you think. Hit reply or email me direct: Tim@Tim4Gov.com. Please forward this to your family, friends, and co-workers.
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