In the upcoming primary election, there are five candidates running for the Congressional District 1 representative position.
The candidates are Suzan DelBene, John Orlinski, Scott Stafne, Robert Sutherland and Alex Storms.
DelBene, who prefers the Democratic Party, is the incumbent. She has been in office since 2012 and if re-elected in November, it will be her third term.
According to her campaign website, the issues she plans to address include the economy — strengthening the middle class and making sure everyone pays their fair share of taxes. DelBene also plans to restore fiscal responsibility in government and trust in the financial system.
“Congress must stop lurching from one fiscal crisis to the next,” her site states. “This is the least efficient and most expensive way to budget.”
Other issues she plans to address if re-elected are immigration reform, infrastructure, health care and women’s health.
John Orlinski is one of two candidates running who prefer the Republican Party.
According to his campaign website, he is running for office as a “fiscally conservative independent populist Republican who is moderate on social issues.”
The issues he plans to address if elected include working on reducing unnecessary free goods and services that are currently provided by the federal government, restoring the country’s faith in the government and holding lawmakers accountable.
Orlinski also plans to address the country’s budgets, restoring “fiscal sanity” and lowering the national debt. Immigration reform is another issue he plans to address if elected.
The third candidate for this position is Scott Stafne, who prefers the Libertarian Party. He is a third-generation lawyer and founder and owner of the Stafne Law Firm in Arlington.
According to his blog, one area of concern for him is judicial corruption and bias at the federal level. The site states that Congress should be playing a much greater role in making sure that the checks and balances in the country’s government system — which inludes the judicial branch — work.
Robert Sutherland is the second candidate running who prefers the Republican Party.
Some of the issues he plans to address if elected include securing the country’s borders, strengthening the economy and a health-care system that works for all. According to Sutherland’s campaign website, he plans to “Replace and repeal the so-called ‘Affordable Care Act’ (Obamacare) with a ‘Cross State Lines’ system that works for everyone, not just some.”
According to his website, he also plans to work on forcing Congress to “live within its means and stop stealing from our children’s future. Then use the surplus to start paying down the national debt,” with a balanced budget amendment.
Other issues Sutherland plans to address include fixing the broken Veteran’s Administration, honoring the U.S. Constitution, the Second Amendment and local control of education.
The final candidate running for the Congressional position is Alex Storms, who prefers the Independent Party.
According to his campaign website, one of the issues Storms plans to address if elected is the national budget.
“Continually running government deficits is simply dangerous,” the site states. “It’s selling out our children’s future because our elected officials were unable to do their job.”
Other issues Storms plans to address include health-care reform, education and student debt.
“The cost of higher education is daunting, and student loans are crushing those trying to get started in their career,” his website states.
Gun control and international trade are also issues Storms plans to address if elected.