Jeremy Baker

Candidate for WA State Rep 49th
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ISSUES

Public Safety:

Our streets are not safe. Our businesses are struggling. The rise in crime in our community is unsustainable and it is directly related to the anti-police legislation enacted in Olympia in 2020. Those ill-conceived and poorly written laws took our already fragile law enforcement system and broke it. Those laws made it so our law enforcement officers no longer pursue car thieves, they don’t arrest shoplifters, and their hands are tied in their interactions with suspects in fear of using excessive force by grabbing an offender. Our legislators have effectively made our law enforcement officers the bad guys while those that choose to commit crimes are not held accountable. As your representative I will fix this broken system with new investments for our officers with an emphasis on recruitment, wages, and training. I will invest in new mental health facilities, treatment centers, and jails. And above all I will hold those that commit crimes accountable for their actions and so we once again deter crime. Public safety is essential for the families in this community. There is no more important issue.

Affordability:

Inflation is rampant. Prices are rising faster now than any other time in over 40 years. Used car prices are up over 40%. Rent is up over 20%. We can’t afford to fill our cars gas tank and buy groceries. Our legislators in Olympia did nothing to relieve these pressures. With a chance to provide relief this year with a 15-billion-dollar surplus in revenue, their tax and spend policies funded their utopian ideology while we the people struggle to make ends meet. As your representative I will put your needs first, not special interests or someone’s ideology. I will eliminate the policies that unnecessarily drive up the costs of our homes and our goods.

Accountability:

We no longer hold much of our society accountable for their actions. Politicians are not held accountable for their poorly written laws and policies. Bureaucracies’, like our education system, are poorly managed and not accountable for their poor performance. Criminals are not held accountable for the damage they inflict on society. When elected, I will work to restore accountability. We will deter crime with effective, measured, and consistent punishments. I will demand that our failing schools provide quality education, and we will provide parents options for their children when they don’t. We no longer have the luxury of big government, utopian ideology, and wasteful spending. As your representative I will audit our bureaucracies and bring my private sector experience to the table to bring back a smaller, agile, and more pragmatic government.

Taxes:

The state budget under democratic leadership has doubled in size over the last ten years. Our taxes have been consistently raised each year, even while revenues have risen. State taxes raise our cost of living and deprive businesses of money needed to expand and pay employees a competitive wage. In 2022 the state experienced a surplus of $15 billion. Instead of returning the unexpected wealth in the form of tax relief, my opponent’s party spent much of the excess funding on unrealistic policies. I support lowering taxes whenever possible and consistently eliminating waste in government.

Health Care:

Our healthcare system needs a cure. Costs rise each year while health outcomes don’t keep pace. My opponent receives $1,000’s of dollars from the pharmaceutical and health insurance companies that have a financial interest for us not to be healthy but rather in a perpetual state of illness. She sponsored bills mandating vaccines and requiring insurance companies to provide services that raise costs for everyone while benefitting few. Our health is too precious to sacrifice to special interests. As your Representative I will sponsor the fundamental pragmatic changes needed for a healthy healthcare system. We need to open competition for our health care dollars, allow alternative treatments such as naturopathy, focus measures that support healthy lifestyle choices and access to quality food. We will take back control of our health. The health choices we make today affect generations of Washingtonians and I will lead the fight for bringing lifelong health to our children.

Economy:

The anti-business agenda of my opponent has pushed our once vibrant industrial sector out of our state and overseas. The transformation of our economy from a powerhouse of industry and innovation to a consumer driven economy has imperiled the middle-class. The incessant raising of business taxes have throttled growth in our state. Our reliance on global supply chains with its “just in time inventories” and offshore manufacturing has exacerbated the inflation crisis. Washington needs to refocus on attracting industry and manufacturing to the state. My experience in the private sector will bring a business-friendly voice to our capitol and enable us to revitalize industry and manufacturing and bring living wage jobs to the citizens of Washington.

Energy Costs

The traditional and simplistic approach of my opponent’s party to a dynamic system is to limit or even eliminate our fossil fuel use. My opponent consistently votes to restrict use of fossil fuels which drives up the cost of everything in our economy. Their clean energy plan passed in 2019, effectively eliminates natural gas from retail sales by 2045, forcing us to use less effective and more expensive types of energy to heat our homes. The zealous push to fundamentally transform our state’s use of fossil fuels exports our industry to far away countries with far less regulations on pollution, effectively giving those countries the benefits of our good paying jobs while providing negligible benefits for the environment. Eliminating fossil fuel use before proven technologies are viable risks a less reliable and more expensive energy system. This complex system needs a pragmatic and balanced approach that benefits the environment but also provides reliable, affordable, and flexible energy for families and businesses.

About

Born and raised in Washington, Clark County and Vancouver is my home.  Growing up my family did not have a lot of money.  We relied on our community and the state to make ends meet.  I grew up believing in the American Dream and my father showed me the value of hard work.  I quickly learned that if I wanted anything I would have to work for it.  This foundation has served me well and is why I am now in a position to serve my community.

I am a graduate of Washington State University with a bachelor’s in history with the goal of teaching, but twenty years ago teachers were not well compensated for their efforts, and I decided to pursue a career in the trades.  After several years of being a laborer, I joined the brick mason’s union, started a business with my father, and am currently the Operations Manager for the Vancouver office for the company we sold our business to.  Working my way through life starting at the bottom has given me an appreciation for those of us that have decided to work with our hands.  Although most of the time the work is not glorious, it is always rewarding, and is absolutely necessary.

I am married to my high school sweetheart of 28 years. Together we are blessed with four sons and both of us find great joy in parenting them as they grow into their roles in this society.  It is my belief that there is no more important role or greater reward in this life than to be a father.  I truly cherish the life that my wife and I created. I am seeking to be your representative in hopes that my input will help build a world in which the children in this community can flourish and find the success that they desire.

After I graduated from Prairie High School in 1994, I joined the United States Marine Corps to find direction and purpose in life, as well as to serve the country that I loved.  When the terrorists attacked our country on September 11th 2001, I knew I would get a chance to defend our nation from future attacks.  In January of 2003 my unit deployed to Kuwait in anticipation of our eventual operation liberating Iraq from Saddam Hussein.  It was the truth of war that impressed me the most during this time in my life.  War is sometimes necessary but should never be entered into lightly nor the sacrifices made by our armed forces taken for granted. This experience was a pivotal moment in my life.

There are many hobbies that I enjoy.  Wood working, boating, snowboarding are quite rewarding, but there is one activity that I enjoy above the rest.  Riding motorcycles.  My youth consisted of countless hours riding dirt bikes on old logging roads and neighbors’ homemade tracks.  I rediscovered them in my adulthood and have cherished the camping trips with families and friends where we truly reconnect with each other and nature free from the distractions of this modern world.  It has also been an outlet to test my limits, in 2012 my brother invited me to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico for the Baja 500 desert race and I have been hooked ever since.  In 2018 I successfully iron manned the 50th anniversary of this iconic 500-mile race in the Mexican desert, a feat few accomplish, and hopefully by doing it, signaled to my sons that the only limits in life are the ones that we set for ourselves.

As a local resident who has lived over 33 years in this district, I am not only invested in this community but committed to its prosperity.  As I start this next chapter of my life, I am looking forward to giving back to this wonderful community.  I am looking forward to building a future together that includes all.  And above all, I am looking forward to the foundation that we will build together for the next generation and their children.  Thank you for your vote.

Born and raised in Washington, Clark County and Vancouver is my home.  Growing up my family did not have a lot of money.  We relied on our community and the state to make ends meet.  I grew up believing in the American Dream and my father showed me the value of hard work.  I quickly learned that if I wanted anything I would have to work for it.  This foundation has served me well and is why I am now in a position to serve my community.

After I graduated from Prairie High School in 1994, I joined the United States Marine Corps to find direction and purpose in life, as well as to serve the country that I loved.  When the terrorists attacked our country on September 11th 2001, I knew I would get a chance to defend our nation from future attacks.  In January of 2003 my unit deployed to Kuwait in anticipation of our eventual operation liberating Iraq from Saddam Hussein.  It was the truth of war that impressed me the most during this time in my life.  War is sometimes necessary but should never be entered into lightly nor the sacrifices made by our armed forces taken for granted. This experience was a pivotal moment in my life.

I am a graduate of Washington State University with a bachelor’s in history with the goal of teaching, but twenty years ago teachers were not well compensated for their efforts, and I decided to pursue a career in the trades.  After several years of being a laborer, I joined the brick mason’s union, started a business with my father, and am currently the Operations Manager for the Vancouver office for the company we sold our business to.  Working my way through life starting at the bottom has given me an appreciation for those of us that have decided to work with our hands.  Although most of the time the work is not glorious, it is always rewarding, and is absolutely necessary.

I am married to my high school sweetheart of 28 years. Together we are blessed with four sons and both of us find great joy in parenting them as they grow into their roles in this society.  It is my belief that there is no more important role or greater reward in this life than to be a father.  I truly cherish the life that my wife and I created. I am seeking to be your representative in hopes that my input will help build a world in which the children in this community can flourish and find the success that they desire.

There are many hobbies that I enjoy.  Wood working, boating, snowboarding are quite rewarding, but there is one activity that I enjoy above the rest.  Riding motorcycles.  My youth consisted of countless hours riding dirt bikes on old logging roads and neighbors’ homemade tracks.  I rediscovered them in my adulthood and have cherished the camping trips with families and friends where we truly reconnect with each other and nature free from the distractions of this modern world.  It has also been an outlet to test my limits, in 2012 my brother invited me to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico for the Baja 500 desert race and I have been hooked ever since.  In 2018 I successfully iron manned the 50th anniversary of this iconic 500-mile race in the Mexican desert, a feat few accomplish, and hopefully by doing it, signaled to my sons that the only limits in life are the ones that we set for ourselves.

As a local resident who has lived over 33 years in this district, I am not only invested in this community but committed to its prosperity.  As I start this next chapter of my life, I am looking forward to giving back to this wonderful community.  I am looking forward to building a future together that includes all.  And above all, I am looking forward to the foundation that we will build together for the next generation and their children.  Thank you for your vote.