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Democratic Mid-term Candidate for Congress – Representing Washington State
Dorothy Gasque is a third generation public servant. She served eight years in the U.S. Army.In 2005 she deployed to Iraq, with an otherwise all male combat unit. Although she was trained as an anti-tank missile systems technician, the insurgent forces did not have tanks. Due to her rank as a non-commissioned officer, she was often asked to lead combat patrols, organize traffic checkpoints, and manage base security. She earned accolades for her ability to lead in the face of fierce opposition and danger. After leaving the military and her brothers in arms, she earned a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Portland State.
Tireless Support of the Progressive Movement
In the spring of 2015, Dorothy joined in the efforts and began working to build the progressive movement in Clark County. She worked tirelessly to register voters and inform them about the caucus process. In her role as a community organizer, she developed and encouraged emergent leaders throughout the county to build a cohesive network of dynamic organizers and volunteers. Once again Dorothy found herself in her true calling, the life of a public servant.
Leadership Through Action
Dorothy Gasque not only recognizes, but reflects the true values of a leader; courage, integrity, compassion, and public service. Dorothy’s unique ability to honor the perspective of others is in part due to her work with civilians in a war torn country.
Continuing the Fight to Secure Our Future
In a time of uncertainty both inside and outside of the party, Dorothy is still fighting for much needed change. Whether it is encouraging others to show up to meetings and be the voice of their neighbors, or in the streets supporting those that need us most, she is a champion for those that have been marginalized. As assistant director of the non-profit startup Concerned Humans Against Poverty (CHAP) Dorothy has organized dozens of volunteers that are making immediate positive changes for our houseless neighbors. Dorothy works to support other veterans and is the First Vice Chair of Washington State Veterans and Military Families Caucus
I am running to be your voice in Washington
I will fight for the needs of the people over the wants of the ruling class.
Why I am running
My final active duty assignment taught me to see this country I love from the viewpoint of an outsider, and what I saw broke my heart. I did not see a nation that reluctantly enters into war to defeat a destructive force. Instead, I saw a nation that jumps into conflict without compelling reason, and wastes precious resources and life in the process.
While we waste trillions of dollars and human life on ill-conceived wars, our quality of life in the United States is drastically declining. Politicians on both sides of the isle play lip service to the issues, but continue to pump out legislation that compound problems not ease them.
While our representatives argue about whether or not to raise the minimum wage, families are struggling to make the rent. We have over 35,000 homeless children in Washington State alone, and the rate continues to grow due to rising housing cost and stagnating wages.
We are failing to properly care for our wounded warriors from multiple generations. The health care system is struggling not because of inefficiencies in the system, but because Congress fails to provide the funding necessary to provide care for our aging Vietnam veterans.
Millennials despite being more educated are making 20% less than Baby Boomers did at the same stage in their lives. They are drowning in debt and facing fewer and fewer opportunities as job growth and population growth remain out of sync.