Homelessness in Washington is at a crisis level. Many parts of our beautiful state have been turned into chaotic communities that resemble or are worse than conditions found in third world countries. Many of my opponents have agreed with the current governor’s assessment of the crisis and his proposal of spending millions in taxpayer money to build homes. This does not address the underlying causes of most homelessness which is mental health issues and drug addiction. Building new housing for the homeless without addressing the core issues will result in new ghettos, disease, increased crime, and more deaths. Washington needs real solutions in addressing the root cause of most homelessness.
As a law enforcement officer and former Narcotics Detective, I have seen firsthand the consequences of the current failed public policies regarding homelessness and mental health. I have a plan to fix it.
Zero-tolerance. Some on the left like to sell the idea that it’s compassionate to not arrest drug addicts. It’s exactly the opposite of compassion to leave someone in the cycle of addiction. In fact, it is probably the cruelest thing you could do to these people by allowing them to stay in the cycle of addiction and poverty. The truth is, tough love with zero-tolerance policies work when they are coupled with drug rehabilitation facilitated by drug courts and tough enforcement of narcotics laws. Strict enforcement and compassionate treatment works. Dealers who are poisoning our communities with narcotics should be locked up and removed from society. Actions have consequences. If you deal drugs in Washington State, you should go to jail. Period.
Empowerment. Empowering our law enforcement professionals to actively take drug dealers and addicts off the streets will have a positive impact on improving our communities. Currently, our lax drug policies invite drug dealers and addicts to Washington State because they know they won’t go to jail and the state will provide resources for them to stay in their addiction. Those policies end on day one when I’m elected Governor.
Partnership. After touring a community funded rehabilitation program in Southern Washington, it became clear to me that communities are more equipped to manage the drug addiction problem in Washington than the state government. While success rates in government funded programs are historically low, the success rates of community funded programs that enforce rules and programs of accountability are often well over 75% successful. As Governor, I will empower these programs to expand their efforts across the state with little to no impact on taxpayers.