Archive for June 8th, 2010

June 8, 2010

Bill Cismar Files to Run Against Jim Jacks

by lewwaters

Vancouver resident, Bill Cismar, a Republican and a veteran filed to run against Democrat Jim Jacks for the 49th Legislative District seat position 1 today. In a Press Release issued today, Cismar says,

CISMAR ENTERS LEGISLATIVE RACE

Bill Cismar, a Vancouver resident since 1987, has announced his candidacy for the 49th Legislative District, Position 1, currently held by Democrat Jim Jacks.

Cismar, a Republican and a veteran, spent three decades working in the high tech industry as a Field Service Engineer, Engineering Technician, and Business owner before returning to school to pursue a career as a Data Network Administrator. Cismar says he is running as an advocate for small and medium businesses and to be a voice in Olympia for the people of the 49th Legislative District.

“Jim Jacks says on his own website that his “Significant Career Experience:” is the he was “Governor Gregoire’s local representative:”. I think it is time for the 49th district to have someone be Vancouver’s representative in Olympia. That is exactly what I will be,” Cismar said.

Cismar said “I would far rather be happily employed and working with a local business helping to generate real income for the greater Vancouver community. But as I look at my country, my state and my local community I see a worsening economic storm. I have never been one to stand by the side and let others tackle difficult issues on my behalf. I’m the guy who stops to render aid at traffic accidents in the pouring rain. I volunteered and served in uniform when the military was out of public favor. And I simply do not trust the current establishment to be sensitive to the real concerns of the people of Vancouver unless we make them so.

Today politicians are vilified and properly so. There primarily are two types of people who are interested in public office. There are those who see the public as needing to be regulated or those who see government as the thing that should be regulated. I am of the latter type.

The principle idea of our nation is that the people should elect those from their own midst who are familiar with their needs, their concerns, and their values to represent them. I am as average a Vancouver Citizen as you’ll likely ever meet, and as such, no one is more familiar to the average citizen’s needs and concerns.”

Jim Jacks ran and won the seat vacated by Democrat Bill Fromhold in the 2008 election and is known for his support of all the new tax increases we are facing as well as answering in a debate against his opponent in 2008, addressing the growing budget deficit, “I don’t know how to solve it, I’m not a tax expert, I’m not a revenue expert.”

Video HERE

I think he and his fellow Democrats have proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that they don’t.

Bill Cismar hasn’t been campaigning to date, but in the days and weeks ahead you can expect to see him out and about.

Bill is the type of Representative we have needed for some time. Not a political insider, but a working man with business and Military experience.

Let’s take our state back and we can do it this year by electing Craig Riley and Bill Cismar for the 49th Legislative District seats.

June 8, 2010

“Thank You, Soldiers” Video Earns Author “Teacher Of The Year”

by lewwaters

In March we were all touched by the You Tube video a Virginia teacher made of his third graders singing “Thank You, Soldiers,” that was made for last years Veterans Day.

Third Graders – “Thank You, Soldiers.”

I am very pleased to say that Michael Souder, the teacher left a comment on the blog post this morning,

“Michael Souder Says:
June 8, 2010 at 7:11 am edit

Lew,
Thank you again for posting this. Please believe me, I am not bragging, I want to encourage those who figured I end up in trouble for this tribute – our latest headline in Colonial Heights newspaper is, “Tribute Earns Souders a special place in CH hearts – Teacher of the Year”. Yes – the youtube video is now well over 1 million views, and I was just named our school district’s Teacher of the Year. This is GOOD NEWS for all those who are discouraged about public education! Amazing what a little sincere appreciation can do!”

A most deserving award I think.

Thank you, Michael, for such a touching tribute.