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Suquamish man to run for U.S. Senate

SUQUAMISH — While candidates duke it out for local positions during this year’s election, Mark Wilson is starting to prep for his race against U.S. Senator Patty Murray in 2004.

The Suquamish resident announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last month. His competitors include incumbent Murray and House of Representatives Congressman George Nethercutt.

If Wilson’s name sounds familiar in local political circles it may be because he ran as a Libertarian against Jay Inslee in 2002 for Washington’s First District U.S. Congressional seat. Wilson is now running as an Independent during his Senate campaign.

He said by dropping Libertarian label, he can access groups and communities easier and present his platform without having a certain political ideology attached to his name.

Wilson said he plans to advocate for more jobs, better alternative energy resources and a military that works from home, rather than overseas. With jobs, Wilson said he believes public resources can be better diversified toward employment rather then going toward Department of Defense contractors.

He asserted the military is also acting as security detail for multi-national corporations, mainly to protect the interests of those corporate resources. Wilson said he supports bringing the military home and employing them in defensive forces rather than offensive forces, thus reducing America’s profile as a terrorist target. The country is spending $500 billion for the U.S. military to fight against “19 guys with 69 cent razors,” he said, noting that he opposes the U.S. Patriot Act and the War Act.

“There are some major problems with those laws and they should be repealed,” he said.

Wilson is a local businessman who has worked in various types of industries, giving him what he feels is a diverse career background. His career highlights include serving in the Marines as an artillery meteorologist in the early 1970s.

As a civilian, he has worked as a surgical technician, a commercial fisherman in the Bering Sea and a teamsters union member.

Wilson said he feels he has a “practical working persons’” view.

“Most people think it’s an asset,” he explained about his background. He also said he has sense of wisdom that is unique for making decisions to help others in the working class.

Wilson is active in military support groups, such as Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out and the Marine Corps League.

Between now and next year’s election season, he will be conducting research and policy and speech writing, as well as speaking at various functions and meeting more people in the community.

“(I realize) a very well-funded popular target is hard to unseat,” Wilson said, but he is willing to take on the challenge to advocate for what he believes. “My win is to advocate for policy. This is about making a stand about what I believe.”

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