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Mary Ruth Edwards (R) - Candidate for WA State House - Dist. 16, Pos. 1

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Mary Ruth Edwards is running for the WA State House of Representatives, Dist. 16, Pos. 1 Mary Ruth Edwards is running for the WA State House of Representatives, Dist. 16, Pos. 1

Political Party: Republican

Education: BS, Business; Masters in Education

Spouse: divorced

Religion: Christian

Date of Birth: 02/03/1961

Background: Facilitator, Institute on the Constitution; 2010 congressional candidate, 4th District; Founder, Prosser 912 Group


Please describe your top 5 priorities if elected to serve as the State Representative, Position One, District Sixteen:

1. Defending Our Families

Homosexuals and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose; they don't have the right to redefine marriage for all of us. In Olympia, I will work to repeal the same-sex marriage law recently passed, if not repealed via referendum at the ballot box. I unabashedly and unwaveringly support traditional marriage. Same-sex couples, since 2009, enjoy the same rights, benefits, and privileges as married couples. I believe marriage should remain between one man and one woman.

"…life-long, heterosexual, monogamous marriages provide unique benefits to children and society that cannot be matched by any other relationship." ~ Family Policy Institute of Washington

2. Restoring Our State

The closer civil government is to the people, the more responsible, responsive, and accountable it is likely to be. I will work with other conservatives in the legislature to restore our state sovereignty, and preserve individual property rights.

3. Cost of Big Government

Our state is facing a budget crisis and the majority party in the state legislature avoided this fiscal emergency until the last minute of the session. Our governor called a special session in the fall to deal with it and, although the session was cut short, no real progress was made. It took another entire session, plus another special session to finally get a budget passed. Instead of working on the budget, our legislature put the important stuff aside just so they could push through their special interests. I pledge to the constituents of the 16th district that I will not procrastinate or avoid working on critical issues such as the budget. We elect representatives to take their jobs seriously, not deal with superficial issues above critical ones.

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." ~Gerald Ford

4. Healthcare

Even with the Supreme Court okaying the go-ahead of the Affordable Care Act, Washington State can still opt out of Obamacare. State representatives Matt Shea, Brad Klippert, Jim McCune and other Republican representatives have co-sponsored HB 1946 - 2011-12: Adopting the Washington state health care freedom act of 2011. When I am representing you in Olympia, I will support and vote for this bill to opt out of Obamacare. "Now back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program. One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can't afford it." Ronald Reagan on health care in 1961.

5. Energy

There is a continuing need for Washington State to develop a sufficient supply of energy. Private property rights should be respected, and the government should not interfere with the development of potential energy sources, including natural gas, hydroelectric power, solar energy, wind generators, and nuclear energy - all of which can be found in our state. Unbelievably, hydroelectric power has been deemed a non-renewable resource! I will work to correct this erroneous classification of our most plentiful source of electric power.