5th Legislative District Democrats – Our Values
As Democrats we place the well-being of the people as our highest priority. We fight for Freedom, Family, Jobs and Justice. We believe in the values of community, empathy, equality, tolerance, opportunity, and the common good of the interdependent world we share. These values provide the basis for our ideals and are supported by our state and federal Constitutions.
The people have a right to expect their elected representatives to govern in a manner that will protect and promote their civil liberties, human rights, and quality of life. We expect elected Democrats to publicly and actively work to bring the principles of these values to fruition using all available legal and parliamentary procedures.
Our actions define our society, our freedoms, and our responsibilities. To fulfill the potential of our values and ideals, we encourage every citizen to participate in civic activities, including continuously raising awareness of the issues contained within this Platform. And we invite everyone to join with us in advocating for legislation that ensures peace, prosperity, liberty, and justice for all.
The 5th Legislative District Democrats focus on the following issues and legislation in particular:
We believe that healthcare should be accessible and affordable for all. We support the defense and adequate funding of Medicare and Medicaid.
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, HUMAN SERVICES, IMMIGRATION, LEGAL SYSTEM
We believe that a sustainable economy with strong communities requires living-wage jobs, tax fairness, opportunity, and shared prosperity for all. All immigrants should be afforded full human rights and a fair, safe, and timely determination of their status.
We believe that an efficient, well-planned, multimodal transportation system promotes a healthy economy, environment and community.
We believe in protecting our environment by addressing climate change, adopting sustainable agriculture, aquaculture, fishery and forestry methods, enforcing antitrust laws that apply to agribusiness, and deciding about water resources based on sound, credible scientific and economic information, including local concerns.
Protect and expand parks, open spaces and critical environmental areas including wilderness areas, old growth forests, wildlife habitat areas and corridors, wetlands, lakes, streams, riparian areas, the Columbia River, Puget Sound, coastlines, oceans, and other bodies of water through vigilant monitoring and planned growth management.