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The Nov. 5th ballot: 8th Congressional District

1st Legislative District Republican incumbent Jennifer Dunn, seeking her third term in Congress, is facing Democratic challenger Dr. Dave Little in the 8th Congressional District.

Jennifer Dunn

Jennifer Dunn Age: 55.
Party: Republican.
Occupation: Political party leader.
Family: Two grown sons.

   Bellevue native Jennifer Dunn is seeking her third term as a U.S. Representative, with political experience including 11 years as the full-time Washington State Republican Party Chair from 1981 to 1992 and three years as national chair, from 1988 to 1991.
   Dunn said she is committed to strengthening the Medicare program, and has worked on a bipartisan basis to develop a plan to save Medicare from bankruptcy.
   "I want to find a solution to keep Medicare and Medicaid solvent so they will be there, not only for our parents, but also when my children and your children need them," Dunn said.
   "We need to reform the entire tax system," she continued. "I want to continue to fight for Social Security tax relief, a capital gains tax cut, estate tax relief, and marriage penalty tax relief.
   "And I want to protect the natural beauty that makes Washington such a special place to live, while ensuring that we keep a healthy economic climate that will provide jobs now and for future generations," Dunn said.
   Dunn is one of five women in history to be selected to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee. An advocate of congressional reform, she was the only freshman appointed to the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress, the House Oversight Committee and the Republican Task Force on Committee Review.

Dave Little

Dave Little Age: 43.
Party: Democrat.
Occupation: Physician.
Family: Wife, Lisa; son, 17.

   Dave Little says his priorities in Washington, D.C. will be education, health care, and economic security, plus support for public education.
   Little, a resident for 20 years, has been a physician since 1977. He is also a private pilot, an outdoors enthusiast, and has run a small business since 1977. This year, he became the director of the Mark Reed Health Care Clinic, and he has been a member of the Interfaith Alliance since 1995.
   "As a physician, I've helped many people on a one-to-one basis," Little said. "Physical health is a mirror of economic health. As a congressman, I want to change the economic, social, and environmental conditions that cause people to become ill. Just like we need clean air and water, we need full employment and a liveable wage."
   Little says he will secure pensions and make them transferable, reverse incentives for taking American jobs overseas, vote to allow homeowners to keep the capital gains from the sale of their primary residence, and work to preserve the solvency of Medicare and Social Security.
   He also wants to keep health care affordable and available, extend the portability of insurance, and have federal and state government encourage small business, which he says will create jobs.