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On Election Eve

Your support has carried my campaign. I ask for your vote on November 6th.

Dear Friend,

It has been my privilege and a joy to be in this race for the 5th District Senate seat in 2012. Last November, getting to this point may have seemed like a long-shot, but your increasing support has made a victory likely today. And as the flurry of events have unfolded in this race, you've helped me remain focused on the reason why I started in the first place; our families need for jobs, and our responsibility to provide our children the best possible education we can give them.

The politics of diversion run rampant in our day. Claims that have arisen during the campaign have served as distractions from our most pressing challenges. This is why it remains incumbent on political leaders to show the way to a better future. I believe this means fostering a more effective partnership between the public and private sector rather than the central planner's futile attempts at managing us. And it also means renewing our promise to educating our children, which includes trusting voters with the truth about funding and ceasing the attacks on those who call for reform.

Jobs

In order to solve the crisis of getting our families back to work, we must improve the small business climate in Washington State. A stable state budget combined with tax and regulatory reform should be the first priorities in order to make this happen. Organizations like the Association of Washington Business, and the National Federation of Independent Business are committed to bringing prosperity back to our state, and they have endorsed me as the one who understands the needs of the business climate in Washington.

Education Funding

We must follow the directive of our state constitution and utilize the first dollars of the budget to fund our education system. The money is in the budget to fully fund public education right now, but over the past decade the legislature has siphoned off this money for other non-essential services. We must reward districts that keep administrative overhead low and get the most money to the classrooms. There are districts in our state that are pushing seventy cents of every dollar spent to the classroom; this must be among the legislature's adopted metrics for effective funding of education.

Leadership

During this election season, I have taken the initiative to publish my views in this newsletter and in our local blogs so that you, the voter can be informed about your choices. I paired this with a defined commitment to draw distinctions with my opponent on policy views, but refrain from impugning his character. Doing this was intended to bring clarity on issues, and encourage you to hold me accountable for how my campaign is run. I have taken on my own party against a sitting incumbent and withstood vicious attacks on both me and my family. I have been asked why I would do this, in the age of diversion politics. My answer is this: Participating in the process that will shape the future for our children is worth the sacrifice to me. I know it is to you as well.

You are asking leaders to seek the public good over party influence and migrate away from single party-rule in Olympia. I have done my best to heed your call by standing up to both my own party and the Democratic establishment. It has not been easy. This is the last newsletter before Election Day. I hope that I will be able to continue them as more than a candidate. Jill and I are grateful for your support: it will be an honor to serve you as the next Senator from the 5th District, and so it is with sincere enthusiasm that I ask for your vote.

Thanks for reading,

Brad Toft

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Sabath Mullet November 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I wish I was the one who cooked up the clever "Eye Juice Conspiracy". Speaking of cooking things up... "Brad Toft today issued a statement condemning restaurateur (sic) Mark Mullet for promoting childhood obesity"-you, Terry, cooked up this quote and subsequent "protest" at Zeeks. Do let us know when you plan to protest at McDonald's. "The so called 'court' cases are from traffic citations Brad received as a teenager..." -the 22 cases from 1994-2009? When you're actually 22+ years old, "teenager" is a bit of a stretch. Not paying debts and time in jail are 'traffic citations'? This alteration of history is definitely cooked. "...a[n] intern inserted the words 'graduated' instead of 'attended' and added 'degree' instead of the proper 'certificate' in the U of W Executive Program in a very recent update in the biography section of the campaign website…"-you cooked up this revision of events. Let me help you remember the sequence of your fibs: the campaign website said "A graduate of Seattle Pacific University"; *your* press release said "an executive degree in finance from the UofW". And the accusations you cooked up about Mark? PROVE IT. People aren't convicted in court of a crime simply because Terry LaBrue doubts their innocence. I suppose you'll tell me to "give it a rest" and lob an insult. Be rude again if you want. But don't think for a single second that you intimidate me, Terry. Thank goodness the voters didn't buy what you tried to serve.
Terry J. LaBrue November 08, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Sabbath Mullet, you can disagree with people without trying to destroy the person and smearing their family. Such bombastic language after the election serves no useful purpose. Being in the food business (and with a husband who graduated with honors, no less!) you should also know the correct spelling and definition of RESTAURATEUR: the operator or proprietor of a restaurant. Unless you are not doing either by peddling to unsuspecting families and children unhealthy high-fat, high-calorie foods in your fast restaurants that can lead to childhood obesity -- a major problem in America. One slice of your Zeeks pizza is approximately 650 calories. Imagine what else you cook up in those featured sundaes at Ben & Jerrys. I suggest you and Kelly get together for lunch. You would have plenty to chat about. Perhaps you could treat her to a combo pizza with extra cheese?
Kelly Spratt November 08, 2012 at 08:47 PM
BACK UP Terry. I suggest you address her properly: Mrs. Senator-Elect Mullet! "...you can disagree with people without trying to destroy the person and smearing their family." Hypocrisy at its finest! You and toft have smeared ME from day one. I am a victim of your incessant attacks, threats, verbal abuse and "bombastic" language aimed purely at destroying my reputation in this community, my husband's reputation, and the education of my children. How you justify doing this to a PRIVATE CITIZEN with impunity is mind-boggling. I believe you are as sadistic as toft. And honestly? Quibbling about the samantics of Restaurateur? Since you your buddy lost, you'll have plenty of time to quibble about the most minute of details and play the blame game. And I'll happily take Mrs. Senator-Elect Mullet up on any Zeeks offer, and even if she does not, I'll pay because it's the best pizza in the Northwest and well, Ben & Jerry's is the perfect dessert. Thanks for the suggestions!
Sabath Mullet November 08, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Since we're correcting each others' spelling - my name is SABATH - one 'B'. As I recall, Terry, you were a very frequent customer at Zeeks up until this election. Apparently you had no problem with our 650-calorie slices of pizza 6 months ago. You also had no problem with my husband when you were trying to peddle your business to him. Your hypocrisy is both astounding and pathetic. Mark and I have never met or spoken to Kelly Spratt. We appreciated all of her efforts volunteering for our campaign and feel terrible that she's gone through the wringer. Your attempts to bully me will not work. Sounds to me like you're threatened by women who speak up for themselves. There is one thing upon which we can agree - you're absolutely right - this entire conversation serves no useful purpose.
jared November 16, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Wow, TJL, to classify you an utter loser would be a high compliment. Once again, you've avoided addressing the reality of Brad's shortcomings and lies, and the absolute smear of a campaign that you helped to run. By the way, why have Gergoire, Pflug, and Mark not been subpoenaed yet??? Certainly the severity of your cooked up scandal has been investigated by the highest levels of state government and the WA Supreme Court must be dying to issue a verdict against them all...no wait, THERE WAS NO @€#%ING SCANDAL! You are a bad person.

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