Liberty and Justice for All

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About Kyle:

My name is Kyle Paskewitz. I’ve been a resident of Pierce County, Washington for the past 18 years. I grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland just outside of Washington, DC, in an area that faced many of the same challenges that we face here in Western Washington. My experiences have led me to have a very personal and unique perspective on the issues we face in our communities, including the rising cost of living and taxes, socio-economic disadvantages, poverty, homelessness, crime, civil rights, and our justice system. I believe we all need to work together to build our communities and protect our shared American vision of freedom and independence through homeownership, economic prosperity,  small business ownership, and a safe and healthy environment in which to thrive and raise our families. I believe these are goals that are possible for all of us if we unite on common ground.

I’m a US Army Ranger veteran, with two deployments to Afghanistan, and was stationed at JBLM / Fort Lewis shortly after September 11th. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, a Master of Science in Information Technology, and a professional certification in Project Management. I am currently the Operations Manager for a family owned Security and Consulting business and have over twenty years of experience working in unique and diverse organizations, including small and large businesses, non-profits, local, state and federal government, and military. I’m the Executive Director of Parentalink, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and protecting children and families facing child custody issues and wear several other hats including Executive Committee member of the Pierce County Birth-25 Advisory Committee, Co-Champion of the Washington Interagency Fatherhood Council, and member of the Washington Early Learning Steering Plan Committee.  I am dedicated to working in collaboration with lawmakers, government and community organizations to help improve the lives of children, families, Veterans, protect Constitutional liberties, and help build stronger, safer communities for all of us.

I have a long history of community involvement, leadership, advocacy, and standing up for what’s right, even if it means being the first to speak out, or being a voice of dissent, on difficult topics. I believe what we need in Olympia is less politics, less posturing, and more open, honest, and transparent discussions about the issues that We The People care most about. I believe it is an honor and duty to serve the people of my district and the people of Washington and to uphold and defend the United States and Washington State Constitutions. I look forward to continuing to serve our community when elected as your State Senator for District 27 (Tacoma & Ruston).

My Profile:

Elected Experience: Precinct Committee Officer, Pierce County, WA

Other Professional Experience: Operations Manager for East-West Security & Consulting; Program Manager at Microsoft; IT Consultant and Project Manager at Intel; Security Manager at 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment (US Army); IT Specialist at IBM; Consultant at Housing and Urban Development (HUD), General Services Administration (GSA) & Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)

Military Experience:  Infantryman and Security Manager at 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment (US Army) earning the following awards and accomplishments: Airborne, Combat Lifesaver, Ranger First Responder, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, GWOT Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat
Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Education: Master of Science, Information Technology, University College, University of Maryland, Adelphi, MD Campus; Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD Campus; Project Management Institute (PMI) Certified Project Manager

Community Service: Chairman and Executive Director of Parentalink and Family Court Reform USA; Executive Committee Member, Pierce County Birth-25 Advisory Board; Co-Champion, Washington Interagency Fatherhood Council; Washington State Early Learning Steering Plan Committee; Director of Volunteers and Outreach Coordinator for StandUp for Kids,
Seattle; Chairman of Hunt Elementary’s WatchDOGS Program; President of the University of Maryland’s Terrapin Trail Club

Statement: As a representative of the people, it will be my honor and duty to serve all of the diverse communities within our district, and to uphold and defend our State and US Constitutional and civil rights. I believe that the building blocks of society are strong families and engaged communities and our future generations deserve to inherit a world better than we found it.

Among the biggest problems plaguing our communities is equal access to justice and fair representation. Our three branches of government were intended to serve and protect all of us, not to be exploited by the wealthy and well connected, focused on the special interests of a few, or to serve only the majority. The protection of the rights of each individual citizen is inherent in our system of Government. As your State Senator, I will work to bring the integrity of government and justice back to Washington.

Diverse educational options, affordable housing, job opportunities, protecting small businesses, low taxes, and justice reform are among my top priorities. Tackling social issues are best addressed by empowering non-profit organizations rather than big government and excessive taxation. I look forward to serving as your Senator for District 27.

Solutions 

Smaller, More Efficient Government

During the 2020 legislative session, lawmakers in Olympia passed record breaking tax increases during a year that Washington State was collecting record breaking revenue from tax payers. A continuous policy of “tax and spend” is unsustainable and leads to economic failure and recession. Voters know this because they voted down several hotly debated taxes (such as the carbon tax), and for tax decreases ($30 car tabs). I fight for small government and low taxes because I want to see more money in YOUR pocket, not to fund ever increasing, costly, and inefficient government programs. I believe in a social safety net and programs that help struggling Washingtonians get on their feet and thrive in independence, finding meaningful work, or starting small businesses. We don’t need a bloated government bureacracy to accomplish these goals, and throwing endless amounts of money at these challenges that winds up back in the pockets of government has proven to not work. Instead we need to spend our limited resources wisely, and direct them to those within the community, charities, and non-profit organizations who are doing the work that government can’t. It’s time we made our government work for US!

Support and Protect the Rights of Every Citizen, Families, Veterans, and Small Businesses

In order to build and empower our neighborhoods and communities, we need to start with the people. We need to better protect individual civil liberties, families, those who serve our country, and the American dreams of homeownership, small businesses, and raising a family. We need to better protect the impoverished and middle classes and create reliable pathways to prosperity for hard-working Americans in under-served communities. Big government profiteers are the only ones who benefit when citizens become reliant on subsidies and handouts. We The People benefit when we’re given opportunities to grow and live independent of government. Our government has a duty and responsibility to protect the rights and liberty of every single human being as guaranteed under our Constitution.

Treat Homelessness, Addictions, and Crime as Community Health Issues

Two of my brothers were significantly impacted by homelessness, one lost his life because of it, and I grew up in a county riddled with gangs, crime and drugs. I have a unique and personal understanding of these issues that are plaguing our communities. Half of our prison population is incarcerated for non-violent crimes, and our country houses 25% of the world’s inmates. Crime in Tacoma is through the roof and only getting worse! Addressing these issues from a punitive criminal justice perspective doesn’t work, but neither does ignoring them and hoping they’ll go away. We need to look to non-profit and other community-based groups to take a rehabilitative approach to help those who want to help themselves, enforce the law fairly, and rebuild a justice system that is reasonable and focused on prevention and outcomes that reduce recidivism.

Reform the Family Court and Justice Systems

I was introduced to lobbying in Olympia through my passion for better protecting the children, parents, and families who suffer through child custody cases in family and juvenile dependency courts. It is undeniable that the adversarial processes, policies, and practices are harmful to our children and families and the long term impact of these systems contribute to crime, substance abuse, poor education, mental health issues, suicide, and cycles of broken families.  Since 2015 I have been an active and outspoken advocate for equal shared parenting, including championing HB1554 (2017-2018) for Parental Equality, sponsored by State Representative Larry Haler, and SB6023 (2019-2020) sponsored by Senator Hans Zeiger. By creating transparency, better accountability, and stronger oversight I believe we can vastly improve our broken family courts and make Washington a model for other states across the nation. The problems we see in the family court system are just the tip of the iceberg, as these same issues of accountability and respect for civil rights are inherent in our criminal and civil courts as well. Justice in America is not possible when these issues are left unaddressed.