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About Zack Zappone:

Zack Zappone is a 6th generation Eastern Washingtonian and teacher. He graduated from North Central High School and went on to earn degrees from Georgetown and Princeton before returning home to teach near Spokane. Zappone will work with Republicans and Democrats to build an economy that works for everyone, not just big corporations. Zappone will work to get everyone a fair shot.

Zappone 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. Zappone will invest in medical supply manufacturing here in Eastern Washington, to grow manufacturing jobs and ensure we have the health supplies we need.

Zappone 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 Zappone will also fight for more local investments in our schools, including expanding access to mental health services and counselors for all students. He will work to balance remote learning with safe in-person learning and continuous education and they will ensure every kid has access to the digital tools and high-speed broad band they need to continue to learn.

About Mike Volz:

Volz’s values are out of step with Washington:

Endangering public health. Volz has taken thousands of dollars from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industry. Now, even during a pandemic, he wants to roll back health care programs like Medicaid and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Instead, Volz wants to allow only private insurance that can charge people hundreds of dollars more for pre-existing conditions like diabetes, cancer and the coronavirus.

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.

Opposes vaccines. Volz ignores the advice of scientists and doctors – he does not believe in vaccines. He voted against expanding the Measles Mumps Rubella vaccine even in the midst of an outbreak.

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