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il!!i !L i:ll It 2014 GENERAL ELECTION GUIDI: - 10TI-I CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT U.S. REP. By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com In his re-election bid, U.S. Congress- man Denny Heck (D-Olympia) faces Republican Joyce McDonald of Puyal- lup in the race to represent Washing- ton's 10th Congressional District. Heck, 62, served for almost 10 years in the state House of Representatives before being elected to Congress in No- vember 2012. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee. He is also a member of the Financial Insti- tutions and Consumer Credit Subcom- mittee, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and the Monetary Poli- cy and Trade Subcommittee. The country's biggest challenge is "jobs, jobs, jobs good jobs, family- wage jobs," he said. While unemployment rates are declining, middle-income wages are down, Heck said. Congress has to be less partisan to improve that situation, he said. "It's no secret that Congress is bro- ken.., we need to work mor6 collabora- tively," he said. Heck said his greatest accomplish- ment as a U.S. representative has been as the prime sponsor of the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act, which helps protect people who choose to use reverse mortgages. Heck stood next to President Barack Obama as the act was signed into law in August 2013. He points out that he reached across the aisle to co-sponsor the bill with a Republican, Mike Fitz- patrick of Pennsylvania. Heck is a Washington native who graduated from The Evergreen State Col- lege in 1973. Before being elected to the state House, Heck started several small businesses. He was among the original investors in Real Heck Networks, a digital entertainment com- pany. "I've had a won- derfully eclectic ca- reer," Heck said. "I've been in the public sector, and the non- profit sector ... and quite a bit of time in the private sector." Heck added, "I've McDonald had a 360-degree view of what is need- ed to solve problems." During his time in the state House, Heck was chosen as the majority leader before retiring in 1986. The Hecks have owned a cabin on Mason Lake for 20 years, which the congressman calls "a second home." "I hope people in Mason County know that I hold their issues close to my heart," he said. Heck said he is working on legisla- tion to make Puget Sound cleaner so the shellfish industry can thrive. He also takes credit for helping secure a $1.5 million federal transportation grant for Mason Transit Authority's Transit-Community Center, which is scheduled to open in February. McDonald, who's challenging Heck, AT A GLANCE: lOth Congressional District U.S. Representative Denny Heck Prefers Democratic Party Incumbent For more information, go to www.dennyheckforcongress.com or email denny@dennyheckforcongress.com Joyce McDonald Prefers Republican Party Challenger For more information, go to www.joycemcdonald.com or email joyce@joycemcdonald.com served in the state House of Represen- tatives from 1996 to 2000 and from 2002 to 2008. She has served on the Pierce County Council for six years and presides as its chairwoman. McDonald grew up in Scotland. She immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen after mar- rying her husband, Gary, an American Vietnam War veteran and retired law enforcement officer. "I'm no longer a subject of the queen and I'm thankful for that," she said. During her five years in the House, McDonald served as the ranking mem- ber of the House Capital Budget Com- mittee from 2006 to 2008, assistant ranking member of the House Com- munity, Economic Development and Trade Committee from 2003 to 2008; as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and House Rules Commit- tee from 2003 to 2008; and as the rank- ing member of the House Juvenile Jus- tice and Family Law Committee from 2003 to 2004. McDonald said her greatest achieve- ment in the House was pushing a bill to prohibit text messaging while driving. She said she was quoted on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and got a call from Oprah Winfrey, "so it became a community theme across the country." McDonald said she was also instru- . mental in passing a state law outlaw- ing voyeurism. During McDonald's six years on the Pierce County Council, the county has created a flood control district to shore up the levees on the Puyallup River, where there's been serious flooding the past 10 years. The county has worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "It was a challenge but we got it done," McDonald said. Adequately funding public educa- tion and making transportation im- provements are the biggest challenges facing the state, she said. On the campaign trail, people are saying they hope the economy im- .proves and more jobs are created, Mc- Donald said. The federal government should bet- ter support small businesses, she said. As for her differences with Heck, "I believe I'm much more fiscally respon- sible and fiscally conservative than he is," she said. areal Port of Shelton Commissione Krlsty Buck, Tom Wallitner, and Dick Taylor Mason County Commissioner Terri Jeffries PUD 3 Commissioner Linda Gott Shelton Mayor Gary Cmnce Port of Bremerton Commissioner Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent Secretary of State Kim Wyman Mason County Prosecutor Mike Dorcy Taylor Shellfish WA Federation of State Employees National Federation of Independent Businesses League of Education Voters Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs Association of WA Business t WA Affordable Housing Council For a complete list of endorsernen~ please visit www.votedrewmac.com In State Representative (R) 35th District, Position 2 Paid for by Committee to Elect Drew MacEwen (R), P.O. Box 651, Union, WA 98502 Tim Sheldon is dedicated to protecting the natural treasures of the 35 District that make this such a wonderful place to live... because this has always been his home.