Who is Eric Mahaffy?
Hello! My name is Eric Mahaffy, and I am running for a seat as a U.S. Representative for Washington State’s Congressional District 10 in 2024.
I am proud working-class blue jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. If elected, I will vote and represent the people of Washington.
I have strong family values. My wife and I have been married for 33 years and I have always done what it takes to keep providing for my kids and then grandkids. I have helped raise and educate 3 kids, and 7 grandkids and now I even have great grandkids. We have enjoyed the ups and worked through the downs.
I was born in Boston Massachusetts and my mom, my sister, and I almost immediately moved to Maryland to live closer to family. My mom got remarried and I got to mix the drinks at the wedding, 50/50 sounded right. When I was 10, the family moved across the United States, from Maryland to Oregon. I remember laying across our luggage and stuff in the station wagon, looking up through the window at the stars, wondering how big this country really is and who all lives here.
I remember the teachers who left an impact on me, Mrs. Sly in grade school, Mr. Hammer in middle school, and Mr. Nail in high school. And the faculty at school that I left and impact on, well that was actually when I ran into his car over 10 years after I got out of school. My high school vice principal stepped out of his vehicle, looked at me and said Eric is that you?
My first job was as a dishwasher. My first business was working on electric systems of cars (before cars were computers on wheels). I’ve worked odd jobs and weird hours to make sure there were always lights on and food in the fridge. When my love says there’s nothing here to fix is usually when you’re going to get the best meals and the kids always knew that when it was my turn to cook, they were getting pizza.
One of my times getting involved with politics was to change Oregon law to recognize the difference between games of skill and games of chance as one of my businesses was owning and operating coin-based arcade machines. Living off of quarters wasn’t easy, even 30+ years ago.
On collection days I would have thousands of dollars worth of quarters in the car and people would ask me what I would do if I got robbed? I tell them I would hand the thief a big bag of quarters and walk after them until they were tired of carrying it.
Later when we bought our first home, we began working with the city government on water access issues. I’ve stayed interested in local issues and politics and it’s a passion of mine. I have never stopped learning and talking about politics and how it actually affects the people.
Why am I running for Congress?
I have been talkin’ and studying politics since my early twenties. I decided it was about time that I either needed to shut up or get involved, so in 2024 I will be running for Washington State Congressional District 10.
I am an IBEW blue-collar working-class electrician who is passionate about representing the people of Washington in Congress and helping the United States heal from the damage done.
I understand that there are so many different types of people in this world and how many different ways there are to look at the same problem. One of my lines is, “you can give the same job to 10 different electricians, it will get done 11 different ways because one of them will be doing it twice”.
If you want a river, it’s best if the water flows downhill
My basic philosophy in life is if you want something to work you should make it so it almost works by itself.
I enjoy inventing and assembling things to get them to do what people want them to do. You can have the best widget in the world but if people can’t figure out how to use it, it’s useless.
I believe the best way to fix something is to get in and get your hands on the problem, this is also why I’m running for office. Our political system is badly broken and the only way to fix it is from the inside.
In no particular order.
I do not have extreme views on abortion or gun rights.
I Believe In a reasonable and fair immigration policy
More options for a 911 dispatch operator.
Giving teachers smaller classes and more options.
Interest free student loans with payments based on income
Create rules to help us have a cleaner and healthier planet.
Creating interest free home loans for all Americans.
Stabilizing the economy
Reduce and Eliminate prejudism.
Ensuring our government is working for the people.
Looking for ways to unite us by finding our similarities.
I believe in allowing the dreamers to come into and be part of the only country they’ve ever known, loved and cared about.
I believe that we will always need a reasonable jail system, but we also need to allow those who have learned their lesson to move on.
Inflation needs to stop. By allowing a certain amount of money per citizen into our economy, no more no less we can stop inflation.
Solution-Based lawmaking aimed at the problem not the symptom.
Getting politics and religion out of the womb.
Against for-profit jails that make better criminals at taxpayers’ expense.
Creating programs to help keep people from or returning to a life of crime.
Honesty and truthfulness in reporting and information.
Equal pay for equal work.
Reasonably priced Healthcare and medicines.
Equal and fair justice for all.
Finding a non-political way of picking our judges.
Not allowing politicians to select or alter voting districts.
I’m a Believer in ranked Choice voting. This allows more choice in candidates and does a job of reflecting the will of the people.
Legal fines based on income. Everything from parking tickets to bail.
I believe there are times the government should help the people and I believe there are times the government should just get out of the way.
Reasonable Healthcare at a reasonable price.
The FDA should test old-fashioned cures that can be created easily or inexpensively and so that knowledge of the past does not get lost.
Decent education should be available to All and a reasonable way to pay for it.
I also understand that we must have a strong business atmosphere. Good strong profitable businesses make it possible to have good strong reasonable jobs.
People need to be encouraged to start up their own business, especially in times of heavy unemployment. When you live in a community you tend to be aware of what that Community needs, this will also help Spark plenty of innovation.
We need a decent military and all of its different branches. I would like to add one more, we need an Earth Force. A group dedicated to finding and stopping all enemies trying to destroy this planet. Without Mother Earth we have nothing, no history, no future. She needs to be protected.
There is NO plan B. We only have one planet and I think we can all agree that something is going wrong. We have many tools at our disposal to be able to fix this planet and bring it back to normal. The biggest fix is just cleaning the planet up.
We all need to be able to live on the same piece of dirt that we call the United States in peace and harmony with each other. We all want the same thing, but we have different ideas on how to get it. It all comes down to reasonable compromise.
I do tend to align with the opinions of most unions. I believe the unions are working for the working class.
I truly believe in this country, and I believe that pretty much we all do want the same thing, a safe place to live and retire and have a place to be able to raise our kids.
I believe that the people should be in control of their Own Destiny and their government.
I also believe that we can’t make a good decision without good trustworthy information. Garbage in, garbage out.
A rising tide will raise All Ships.
I believe there should be more employee-owned businesses. I think it’s a good idea to give the employees what is called ‘the right of first refusal’ when a business goes up for sale.
I believe right now what’s causing harm in this country is there is a perfect storm of WTMI, Way Too Much Information coming from too many places with way too many people pushing their wants, needs, intentions and agendas.
I believe that the people should have their voice in government and for my entire 60-plus years on this earth, I have understood that the Democrats basically work for the people and the Republicans basically work for big business.
I am not directly affiliated with any party. Believing in the basic idea of democracy, I am running as, the preferred party, Democrat.
The bones of the United States of America are strong, but our information systems keep trying to convince us that it is badly broken and all falling down. We need to stop helping to rip it down because of their lies. We need to fix what we’ve got. If we tear it down, there will be too many people trying to take over. What we have is extremely amazing let’s just repaint and move in.
My biggest hope when in office is to find a way to heal this damage that is being done to our country and figure out how to get us to unite as the United States of America.
Vote for Mahaffy Eric in 2024, V4me2024
U.S. Representative for Congressional District 10
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