John Frostad (L) for State Representative

Campaign is ended

Thanks so much to those who voted and supported me during this election. Unfortunately, a win was not in the cards. Thanks for considering your Libertarian option in this election, was happy to give it to you. It was a lot of hours and a lot of work out there campaigning.

If you have interest in the Libertarian party and getting involved, please visit the Pierce County Libertarian facebook page to get info about meetings and happenings. https://www.facebook.com/PierceCOLibertarian/

We would love to see you at a meeting and have your support to our legislative work and future campaigns!

Thanks again to everyone interested in my candidacy!

John Frostad

Followup on LoWV and School Retirees Meet and Greet

I was the only 31st District candidate to meet with constituents at the meet and greet hosted by the League of Women Voters and School Retirees’ Association. It was great to have met with and get input from the school retirees. Had a very nice chat with a recently retired teacher.

Mandates and strings-attached funding from the federal and state government is stifling flexible, responsive, and innovative solutions in our schools. We can play the blame game all day long, but the truth is school boards and administrators, parents, and teachers don’t want to see our kids fail. Much like everything, the closer you are to the problem, the better the solution you can offer. What does the federal government or a room full of politicians know about how to innovate and improve a local school in the Sumner or White River School District? We need to put school districts in charge of education policy.

Improving our schools requires funding surely, but how to best tackle the needs of a particular demographic in a particular school requires a sleeves-rolled-up approach. It is those that are doing the work that should have freedom to provide on-the-ground solutions. We need to liberalize much of the state and federal requirements and give schools more autonomy.  Schools should be held accountable for results, not for ‘sticking to the plan’. A one-size fits all universal solution drafted in Washington DC or Olympia will only give you the same results time and again.

 

Follow Up on Homelessness Forum

Last week, I was the only candidate from the 31st District to attend the Pierce County Homeless Coalition candidate forum.

Effective solutions require that we not view homeless people as a problem, but rather homeless people with problems. Drug addiction, lack of available housing, mental illness, criminal records, domestic violence, and other problems are at the root of the crisis. We have to make gains in these areas if we can effectively transition people into housing. To simply provide housing, and not address the reason why someone became homeless in the first place, is problematic. This requires comprehensive and multi-faceted solutions. We must facilitate sobriety, health, and prosperity. Policies which invest money to simply create space for homelessness are counterproductive also. We need to pave a path of opportunity out of homelessness and let people decide whether they are willing to do the work to take it. Simply throwing cash at a complex problem or self-sabotaging behavior is wasteful.

Exporting our homeless persons to Seattle and highly urban areas puts people of little means in a very expensive city with little opportunity. I can’t see that as a recipe for success. Our individual communities need to be providing resources to prevent people from falling into homelessness in the first place and be ready with an action plan when they do. It is far more affordable and effective to deal with things at a critical point while people are still in their community of origin, rather than when they have fallen into homelessness in a city where they have little familiarity or social/family support.

Affordable housing is an issue. Affordable housing need not be built by government, nor paid for it. Zoning and land use laws are very prohibitive of building high density housing or affordable living options outside of highly urban areas. Allowing non-profits and potential developers the ability to create housing that works for people in a place that is affordable to do it (instead of Seattle) is needed. Increasing the housing supply in general will bring down the costs of a living space also. We need more housing, but more importantly we need more diversity in housing options.

There is much we can do to assist people who have become homeless. We have wonderful non-profits working on this issue. Creating lots of government bureaucracy is not cost-effective, flexible, or often accountable for results. We need to figure out how we can empower non-profits to better accomplish their work. There are a number of no-cost items such as zoning and land use changes, criminal justice reforms, and others which would help with the issue of homelessness.

Government is by and for the people…..

shirley-photo-1GOVERNMENT IS BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE…
To whom does our government belong? The CITIZENS of Washington. The interests of voters should be the FIRST and LAST concerns for our politicians. Our government does NOT belong to corporations, unions, public employees, special interests, political parties, or politicians. We need legislators who will put INDIVIDUAL citizens first, not campaign donors. John Frostad will be a legislator who will respect your liberties and your money and put the needs of our community ahead of special interests.

Followup on National Alliance on Mental Illness Forum

No other candidate from the 31st District attended this forum on mental health in Washington state and our county. I am happy that I could be there to represent our district. Mental illness is a pressing issue that should not be ignored by our candidates and politicians. I was happy to address the timely topics that attendees of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Forum on September 21st inquired about.

Those suffering from severe mental illness in Washington state should not be forced to relinquish their rights to participate in a free society. We need to treat those struggling with compassion and consideration, not simply supervision and control. Serving the needs of those with mental health issues takes a very balanced approach. The media and our politicians are often portraying those with mental illness as ‘problems’ in and of themselves, not people with health issues that need care. Mental health care is certainly not a topic we need to politicize.

Our inpatient facilities are in dire need of better management and a reassessment on funding. More importantly we need to be doing more community-based treatment and coordination of care for persons with significant mental health issues. The best solution to our inpatient care crisis is better care management done on an outpatient basis. This will require a comprehensive review of current systems, and more importantly more resources and decision making on a community level

The criminal justice system is not a place for untreated patients to end up. While manning a booth this summer, a couple approached me with a story about their son. He was taken into police custody during a mental break he’d had. The police clearly recognized that he was unwell mentally, but failed to transfer him to inpatient care. He ended up dying in police custody as a result of a physical condition that went unmanaged there. We desperately need to divert those struggling with severe mental health problems out of the criminal justice system and into proper mental health facilities.

Your input and feedback is most welcome. Please drop me an email and share your thoughts…. johnfrostad@outlook.com

 

31st Democrats has endorsed my campaign

Thank you very much to the local Democratic Party for endorsing my campaign. I look forward to working with ALL the voters in our district regardless of their party affiliation. There is much to be done for our citizens.

 

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: John Frostad
Email: johnfrostad@outlook.com
Phone:(253) 310-3941
Web: www.johnfrostad.com

September 25th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOCAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY ENDORSES LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE

In an unprecedented event, the district Democratic party, the 31st Democrats, have endorsed a Libertarian candidate. John Frostad is the Libertarian challenger to incumbent Republican, Drew Stokesbary for State Representative in the 31st legislative district.

“I am looking to bridge the two major parties in Olympia,” says John Frostad. “The 31st Democrats felt I would give them a voice on many issues Drew Stokesbary would not.” John’s platform includes many left-leaning items such as criminal justice reform, personal freedoms, and social tolerance. He supported marijuana legalization and marriage equality.

“I want a government that respects your liberties and your money,” says John Frostad. “The interests of taxpayers should be the only interests on the minds of our politicians.” John has proposed a revenue-neutral reset on business taxes which would help small businesses and eliminate the tax loopholes and perks provided to well-connected corporations.

John Frostad has made many appearances at community events around the 31st district this summer. “ I have been hearing many voices out there in our district that are tired of two party politics and are looking for a socially liberal, fiscally conservative candidate to represent them,” he says. “They want a legislator with the voters in mind, not campaign donors.”

John Frostad is running in the 31st district which includes south Auburn, Edgewood, Enumclaw, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Buckley, South Prairie, Wilkeson, Carbonado, and the unincorporated areas of northeastern Pierce county. John Frostad is one of 12 Libertarian candidates who will be on November ballots across the state this year.

Details about John Frostad’s campaign can be found at http://www.johnfrostad.com. He can be reached directly at (253) 310-3941 or johnfrostad@outlook.com.

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