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LD 25, Pos. 2

About Brian Duthie:

Brian Duthie is a firefighter and veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq with the Air Force Reserve. A frontline worker, Duthie was one of the first responders checking people for coronavirus at SeaTac airport early in the pandemic.

Duthie will work to rebuild an economy that works for everyone, not just big corporations.

  • As a firefighter, Duthie knows the value of skills and technical training beyond college. That’s why he proposes creating a career and technical education diploma for Washington State high schools. This program would provide an alternate pathway to traditional high school graduation.
  • We cannot rely on foreign countries for essential medical supplies. Duthie will invest in medical supply manufacturing here in Puget Sound, to grow manufacturing jobs and ensure we have the health supplies we need.
  • Duthie will fight to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and limit out-of-pocket costs on all health insurance programs. He will also work to protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, including those who test positive for the coronavirus
  • Duthie is an Air Force veteran and will fight for military families and veterans, ensuring they have access to housing, health care and the benefits they deserve. Duthie will also work to create new career pathways for returning service members going into the civilian workforce.

Cyndy Jacobsen

Jacobsen’s values are out of step with Washington.

Endangering public health. Jacobsen has taken thousands of dollars from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industry and, even during a pandemic, Jacobsen want to roll back health care programs like Medicaid, replacing them with private insurance that can charge people hundreds of dollars more and may not cover COVID testing. Jacobsen also questions the need for vaccines, even during the pandemic.

Opposes same sex marriage, joining Republicans who voted to protect conversion therapy. Conversion therapy allows parents to force their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children to go to an unlicensed and untrained therapist to try to make their children be straight. Methods include forced prayer, solitary confinement, forced interactions with the opposite sex and even electroshock therapy. Doctors say this therapy doesn’t work and in fact causes long term damage to the victims.

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