My name is Aaron Simpson and I’m running for State Representative. I’ve lived in this State for 26 years and have benefited every day from what it has to offer. Our system of public education imbued in me the desire to learn and explore, our public institutions have empowered me to fulfill that desire.
My study of music at Western Washington University enabled me to teach my town’s Youth Orchestra and offer my knowledge in community music classes. Our roads and bridges carried me from South Whidbey to Skagit’s airport where I earned my pilot’s license, allowing me to explore even more of this state.
Sadly, in the time since I’ve returned home from college, tuition has gone up 50%, our parks have access fees and another key bridge burdens commuters with tolls.
As a pilot, I’m required to absorb a broad array of information, assess the effect of potential plans and execute them to achieve my goal. A legislator’s duty is the same.
We need representation that can enter the room with a fresh perspective and notice the things that are out of place. Washington’s tax code has changed little since the 1930′s and does not reflect the way we live our lives today. We tax businesses on their gross income, squeezing the margins of community anchors like supermarkets, while offering subsidies in the form of tax credits to the largest businesses in our state. Taxation and regulation need to be sensitive to the scale of a business so that government can empower small business instead of diminishing demand and compressing profit.
Open minded, young and energetic, I am here to offer a bridge between the world of today and the ideas of tomorrow. With your vote, we can build this bridge and work to put these challenges behind us.