It's Smith vs. Smith

By Matthew Thomson - Staff Reporter

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith says voters should send him back to D.C. for a 12th term based on his experience and his progressive values.

Rep. Smith recently came to campus to answer questions from American government students. Rep. Smith has represented the Ninth District for the past 22 years. The district encompasses much of the south sound, north of Tacoma and east to Auburn, including Federal Way, Kent and Des Moines.

Rep. Smith was born in Washington, D.C. and adopted by a SeaTac family. He graduated from Tyee High School in SeaTac and graduated from Fordham University in 1987.

Smith touted his experience as a reason that people should vote for him.

"When you hire a mechanic do you want to hire a person who has never worked on a car, or someone who's been a mechanic for 20 years?" Smith asked.

First elected to Congress in 1996, Rep. Smith said his most important achievement while in office was the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

"Discrimination is brutally unfair," said Rep. Smith.

Rep. Smith spent a great deal of time talking about his support for inclusion in government and business. He pointed out examples of inclusion in his own campaign, including his hire of Federal Way City Councilman Jesse Johnson and numerous other people of color.

Rep. Smith said that people do not currently trust the government and that needs to change.

"We need to rebuild the trust between the elected officials and the constituents," he said.
Rep. Smith said he intends

to do this by supporting universal health care. Smith is a co-sponsor of a Medicare- for-all bill that would provide universal health care coverage to the American population for the first time in history.

He said he also wants to support community and technical colleges.

Rep. Smith said he is looking to close the wealth disparity, mentioning a wealth cap and the possibility of a ratio between lowest paid workers and CEOs.

His opponent, Sarah Smith was on campus on Tuesday at a similar forum.

Ballots have been mailed to registered voters, and the deadline to submit them is Nov. 6.

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