Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
I am in favor of necessary infrastructure on our border that maximizes the ability to control entering and exiting the United States.
Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.
Governments should define marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Parents should have the right to opt their children out of classes as they see fit.
The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
Government should compel businesses and schools to allow access in all cases based on “gender identity.”
I support sanctuary cities.
I support the death penalty.
Commercial surrogacy should be legal.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
Individual rights come from government.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I believe that biologically each person's life begins at conception when their own unique DNA begins spinning, and I believe all human individuals should be protected throughout their lifetime. I do not believe any child should ever forfeit their life because of the actions of one of their parents. The only circumstance I can think of is ectopic pregnancy, which is a tragic and heartbreaking occurrence.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
As James Madison wrote in Federalist #51: "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I have been a practicing Christian since the age of 16. I believe that the Gospel is simply this, that God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life. My beliefs are in line with those expressed in the Apostle's Creed and the Five Solas. I believe that those who govern should do so diligently, and that no law should be passed respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
Here is the issues page on my campaign website - https://tedcooke.org/issues/
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
I believe the best way to bring down unemployment is a combination of lowering overall taxes and reducing regulation. In the State of Washington we could remove two regulations for every one we pass for several decades and our RCWs would still be bloated. I also believe in eliminating arbitrary government wage floors (the so called "minimum wage") because they price many of our youth and most vulnerable populations out of the job market, keeping them from entering the market and climbing the job ladder. The true minimum wage is $0 per hour, unemployed. Getting a job and climbing the career ladder is the best path to a living wage, and completely achievable when there is a healthy job market free from unnecessary regulation and over-taxation.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Let’s allow cross state competition in care and insurance. Let’s decouple insurance from employment. Let’s add some common sense tort reform which will incentivize avoiding fault among medical professionals while not driving practitioners out of the field. I’d also like to see right to work for all employees in the State of Washington, medical or otherwise, which I think would make the field more competitive in a healthy way. Let’s also not mandate any form of insurance coverage, because such mandates unnecessarily drive up costs. If we do this we can transition more people to private insurance and unburden Medicare and Medicaid to function best as what they were intended to be - insurers primarily for our honored seniors, and insurers of last resort for the needy.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The best thing government can do to boost the economy is to ensure protection of individual rights to life, liberty and property; to establish fair and public standards, measures & coinage; to provide for fair and impartial courts and arbitration; and then to get the heck out of the way.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
As a devoted husband, father of five, senior software tester and 30+ year community volunteer I’ve known the poverty of starting out in life and the prosperity of working hard to see dreams come true. As a tester I've had to constantly, quickly master new ad-hoc systems & processes, analyze them and then streamline them. At the same time I've been responsible for lab space and minimizing costs while maximizing lab output. These skills have already been used in the service of our community. In 2010 I was part of a group of concerned citizens who overturned the entire leadership of our HOA, an almost unheard of occurrence. Throughout the process I was the “go to” team member for information on our HOA by-laws, State corporate & HOA related RCWs, and Robert’s Rules of Order. I familiarized myself with all of these in just a few months. It worked and we brought transparency back to our HOA leadership. Now I want to put these same skills to work for you in the state legislature.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
Personal cell: 206-779-8495 Personal email: Ted.Cooke@outlook.com Please call or message any time.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
My wife Jalene and I live in Covington, Washington with our five children and two dogs. I was born in Renton, Washington. My father was a Seattle Fire Captain and my mother served for almost two decades as the Federal Aviation Administration’s FOIA officer for the Northwest. I was raised in Renton and Maple Valley, and have lived in the greater Maple Valley and Covington areas for most of my adult life. I am both a Bible College graduate and hold an MSCE and several related technology certificates. Today I'm a Senior Software Tester and Lab Manager working on the Microsoft campus.