My name is Christine Brown and I’m running for Congress in Washington’s 4th Congressional District. 

I hope you’ll help!

American democracy depends on checks and balances among the branches of government. Effective governing requires that our elected officials compromise in order to create legislation that works for all Americans. When one party holds both houses of congress and the White House, the system of checks and balances is not effective, and the majority party has little incentive to negotiate or compromise in the best interests of all Americans.

People think of Washington State as a deep blue state. We have ten representatives; four of them are Republican. Washington’s 4th district is currently represented by Republican Congressman Dan Newhouse. I am running for office to help flip the majority of the House in 2018, to restore the checks and balances in government and to strengthen a spirit of compromise and negotiation in the House of Representatives.     

Why I'm Running 

After the election in November, I was heartsick and worried about our beloved democracy. I’ve always believed American democracy was strong, but it requires that we remain vigilant in protecting the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution. As I watch new developments every day, my concern for the sanctity and protection of our democracy is greater now than ever before. 

If You Want Something Done Right...

So, like millions of Americans, I've called my Congressman and I've written him about my concerns. I've donated to causes that work to protect our democracy, and I've read and watched a lot more news, particularly with differing opinions and ideas, to stay informed. I comment on Facebook. I've marched, and I've rallied. I organized a health care town hall when our Congressman wouldn’t.  

But it’s not enough. That’s when I realized I needed to run for office myself. 



Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Richard Badalamente endorsed

    “Christine Brown is a strong, confident leader who speaks for the people -- all of the people, all of the time.”

  • Fern Blake endorsed

    “I support Christine Brown because she is in touch with her constituents, she is in touch with environmental issues, she is in touch with the needs of the poor, she is in touch with the needs for regulations, she is in touch with the need to keep this country free from violence and wars in a sane manner, she is in touch with the need for free healthcare for all, she is in touch of the need for immigration. She supports the ideals of the majority of the US values.”

November 16, 2017

Republican Tax Plan

Republicans plan to vote this week on their massive overhaul of the tax code. The details of their plan have evolved, and the devil is in the details, but there are 5 basic elements we know.

1. The top 1% of Americans will pay substantially less in taxes, and some corporations may end up paying nothing. The corporate rate would drop from 35 to 20%, but many of the deductions and loopholes will allow corporations to pay much less – some even nothing. Republicans continue to use the oft-debunked idea of trickle down economics as a way to convince us that jobs will be created by the corporate cuts, and that the savings will be shared with workers. There’s no other way to say it — that’s a bald-faced lie. Corporations are enjoying more profits than ever, but the benefits are not trickling down to workers.

2. Some middle class tax payers would see a savings, others will pay more. Economists have repeatedly told us the economy is stimulated when people have more money to spend. But a sizable portion of the middle class will pay more, not less. Americans in states with an income or sales tax will no longer be able to deduct those taxes from their federal taxes. Students will be taxed for tuition assistance. Mortgage deductions would be capped, and the property tax deduction would be eliminated. All this depends on which bill we’re talking about, the House or the Senate; but when we spend our time debating which deductions for the middle class will help or hinder tax payers – we’re missing the most important impact of this legislation — the creation of an unsustainable national debt.

3. By taking in less money to the treasury our national debt will increase enormously. That's because we won't be able to pay the debt down, it can only go up. According to Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation, the projected loss of revenue equates to at least $1.5 trillion in new deficits over a decade. Some economic analysts project more. Think of it like a credit card bill. For example, if you’ve accumulated a $5,000 debt, but can only pay the minimum, your finance charges keep accumulating, and you’ll never pay off your debt. Now consider that you take a pay cut and have even less to help pay down your credit card debt. You continue to use that credit card and the interest continues to rack up, but you can't make a dent in paying it off. This is what Republicans are suggesting we do.

4. With substantially less money to spend, Congress will make major cuts to programs serving middle class families. The House has already passed a budget that cuts nearly $6 trillion in Medicare, Medicaid, education and other public services. And now, in another attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act, the Senate version of the tax bill will end the individual mandate, leading to 13 million more Americans being uninsured.

5. Under the Republican plan, corporate tax cuts are permanent, while middle class cuts will expire in eight years. This scheme allows Senate Republicans the luxury of passing their bill with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes they would otherwise require.

At a time when our nation desperately needs health care for all citizens, a massive infrastructure upgrade, and economic policy that narrows the wealth gap, not widens it, this Republican tax plan takes us in the wrong direction.

All you have to do is ask, WHO BENEFITS?

November 2, 2017

Vote for Democracy

"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men."- Lyndon B. Johnson

I vote because I believe in democracy. How about you?

It is only by way of our vote that we will change how government operates. Casting your vote by November 7th in the 2017 General Election is important. Here in Washington’s 4th Congressional District, we are electing county sheriffs, port commissioners, city council and school board members. Democrats Susan Swanson is running for State Representative and Karen Hardy is running for State Senate from the 7th Legislative District – they deserve our support and our votes. 

Voting strengthens our democracy. Almost half of our neighbors – 45% -- are not voting. The US ranks 27th in the world for voter participation. We can do better. We must do better.  We need to get out every single vote, especially Democratic votes in districts that have voted largely Republican in the past. We must engage people who registered but who are not voting; convince toss-up independent voters to choose Democrats; and offer alternatives for people who typically vote Republican but who are dissatisfied with current leadership in Congress and the White House. Before next year’s election, we must also add new voters to the rolls. Bottom line, we have a big task ahead. 

VOTE RIGHT NOW 

That’s why we are talking to voters right now about the importance of voting. We are running a radio campaign in Yakima and Tri-Cities. Also we have video spots on Facebook and Twitter. And we’re talking to Spanish speaking voters with radio spots in Yakima and Tri-Cities on Spanish language radio. Check out the messages below.

TV: Use the POWER You Have - VOTE - Pass It On

Radio: Pick Leaders (Spanish)

Radio: 27th In the World

VOTER REGISTRATION

In addition to our focus on voting right now, we are also launching a major campaign to register voters in preparation for the 2018 election. We will be coordinating with other organizations doing the same -- organizations like the State Democratic Party, County Democrat organizations, indivisible groups, and the League of Women Voters.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

First, encourage your friends, family and neighbors to vote between now and November 7. Vote!

Second, volunteer for Get Out The Vote and voter registration activities for future elections.

Third, donate here! Your contribution helps us buy campaign paper materials, pay travel expenses, purchase yard signs, website support, and purchase radio and online advertising.

Your support is valued and deeply appreciated. We have a solid base of Democratic supporters, many of whom are committed as they have never been before to strengthening our democracy. Let's build on that and bring new faces to our big table!

September 27, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Richard Badalamente endorsed

    “Christine Brown is a strong, confident leader who speaks for the people -- all of the people, all of the time.”

  • Fern Blake endorsed

    “I support Christine Brown because she is in touch with her constituents, she is in touch with environmental issues, she is in touch with the needs of the poor, she is in touch with the needs for regulations, she is in touch with the need to keep this country free from violence and wars in a sane manner, she is in touch with the need for free healthcare for all, she is in touch of the need for immigration. She supports the ideals of the majority of the US values.”

  • Dee Dra Pat Rice endorsed

  • Rob Caron endorsed

  • Crystal Elvig endorsed