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Gary L. FRANCO
(Prefers Independent Party)

Elected Experiences
San Juan County delegate to Democratic Convention in 1980. Secretary of Lopez Island Grange 1978-1983.

Other Professional Experiences
Owner/operator of Madrona Farms, our family farm since 1976. Managing successful farm retail outlet at Pike Place Market, Seattle.  Marketing of our organic farm products nationwide.

Education
Self-education, voracious reading and extensive travels.

Community Service
As community volunteer donated thousands of dollars in time and equipment developing baseball fields, a soccer field and an upgraded playground at Lopez school. Successfully worked with the School Board to remove unhealthy soda pop machines from school property. Helped organize many student fundraisers. Coached Lopez youth for many years.

Statement
Greetings, citizens of the 2nd Congressional District.  I am excited about the possibility of representing you in Washington D.C.!  I look forward to meeting you these next 2 1/2 months while campaigning in this primary season.  I want to listen to your concerns and ideas about the good of our country and communities.  Americans have always been hard working, smart and can-do!  Our dynamic country is the great melting pot of many nationalities and religious/spiritual traditions. This diversity is the strength of our nation.

Let me make the following pledges to you the voters of the 2nd Congressional District:  You will be my boss, I your public servant.  I promise to represent you in Washington D.C. with hard work, honesty and overall integrity. I will not accept donations over $1,000.00. I will accept no money with strings attached.  I will limit myself to a maximum of 3 two year terms in Congress.  I will not use my position for personal gain

My personal and political philosophy comes from many sources, especially the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I strive to live by these four pillars of my personal life, which would also be incorporated into my political life, if elected. They are:  Truth, Justice, Compassion and Peace.  

Here are some of the issues which I hope to discuss with you: responsible fiscal management of our national budget,  an affordable  military budget, high quality health care that is available to all citizens, curing the homelessness epidemic, helping college graduates pay back student loans, and creating a vibrant economy with good paying jobs.

Finally, our President promised domestic stimulus spending to repair infrastructure and good jobs.  I will hold his feet to the fire on his promise!