What is #10Questions

#10Questions is a Twitter interview between one of our candidates and our founder, Holly Figueroa O'Reilly. Follow along with us on our BWCS Twitter.

#10Questions begins NOW with #BlueWave2018🌊candidate for #WA05, @lisa4congress. Welcome, Lisa! How are you doing this evening?


"Hi Holly! Great, thank you for this opportunity!"

All right! Let’s begin! Q1: There are a record number of Democratic candidates running this year, especially women! What inspired you to run for office? #WA05


"After serving in the state legislature, I became Chancellor of the health sciences campus of Washington State University. We started the state's second public medical school, focused on training doctors for rural areas like much of eastern Washington."

Q2: There have been 18 gun-related incidents at schools so far in 2018 resulting in 23 deaths. Your opponent has an A rating with the NRA. What is your position on gun control and what will you do to keep kids safe? #WA05


"No remedy will stop every violent incident, but the inaction of Congress is indefensible. Strengthening the background check system and enhanced regulation of assault weapons are two steps I would support."

Q3: Here’s a question from one of your constituents: “Given that the Trump administration is planning on cutting close to $50 billion from farm aid, what do you intend to do to protect #WA05 farmers? https://nfu.org/2018/02/12/budget-proposal-another-blow-to-family-farmers/


"Tom Foley represented this district when I was first in the state legislature. He chaired the House Agriculture Committee and Democrats and Republicans worked together on a farm bill that had a safety net for farmers and food assistance."

Well, that leads us to the next question! Q4: Democrat Tom Foley represented #WA05 for thirty years and became the first Speaker of the House from west of the Rockies. How can you convince your potential constituents that a Democrat can win again in #WA05?


"I've been all over the district from Republic to Walla Walla, and students, veterans, and business owners are showing up to share their concerns and are signing up as supporters and volunteers. The State Democratic Party had organizing academies in Spokane, Walla Walla, Pullman and Chewelah attended hundreds of people. Here's the turnout in Spokane!"


AMAZING turnout!! 😁💪🏾Q5: The opioid crisis is a scourge that has left no corner of America untouched. As you know, WA state legislature has passed a number of bills to combat the epidemic. What more will you do as a U.S. Representative? #WA05 http://komonews.com/news/local/house-passes-bills-seeking-to-increase-fight-against-opioids

"The opioid crisis has come up in every community meeting from Deer Park to the Spokane Valley. Expansion of substance abuse prevention and treatment programs is called for. However, Congress' delay in action seems linked to their unwillingness to take on powerful interests. In the state legislature, though we were opposed by the insurance industry, as Senate Majority Leader, I persisted until we passed a mental health parity law. Prescription drug costs must be brought under control and this will be a focus of mine in Congress."

Q6: This question is from @1Jedi_Rey who is close to #WA05: “Having served as Chancellor of WSU Spokane since 2013, a campus focused primarily on health sciences and has just opened a new medical school, what do you see as the unique challenges to healthcare delivery in Eastern WA?"

"Thank you for your question! We definitely need more healthcare providers – not just doctors, but also nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc. Also, the cost of their education needs to be addressed, so that they can serve our communities without the crushing burden of students debt our healthcare providers are currently facing. Rural hospitals and clinics were threatened by the vote McMorris Rodgers took in the House. Medicaid and Medicare cuts promised by Paul Ryan would be disastrous for our district. We also have two Veterans Administration whose budgets have languished and deserve full funding."

Q7: A question from @indivisibleWA5: “As Senate majority leader, you often had to work across party lines to get things done. Can you tell us about your experiences during that time and how you made progress through cooperation?"

"To achieve construction and transportation budgets that created jobs in eastern Washington, I worked with legislators on both sides of the Cascade Mountains and both sides of the aisle. A bad example was set by the House Republican leadership a few weeks ago, using children's health (CHIP) as a bargaining chip to pass a budget."

Ugh, yes. Agree.

Q8: You list the protection of voter-approved marijuana legalization as one of your top issues on your website. What specifically do you propose to protect legalization when Sessions is obviously anti-cannabis? #WA05

"Attorney General Sessions is threatening to trample on the will of Washington State voters who chose to legalize Marijuana in the state. Unfortunately, Rep. McMorris Rodgers, after initially saying she supported him, says she needs more time to study the issue. 🙄There have been bills introduced in Congress by members of the Washington State Delegation that I would co-sponsor and support such as HR 975, co-sponsored by Rep. Denny Heck, and HR 3534 by Rep. Suzan DelBene. Check them out!"

Q9: Homelessness increased in WA state by 3.5% in 2016. How would you tackle the problem of homelessness in Eastern WA as the #WA05 rep? https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/washington-state-homeless-numbers-grew-last-year/

"Numerous public and non-profit organizations are taking on this challenge in the city of Spokane. Still, too many youth, veterans, and families are homeless. Last week in Northeast WA, I heard from the Healthy Ferry County Coalition that it's an increasing problem in rural counties as well. Housing programs and family support services are on the chopping block, while Congress directed billions to the top in the recent tax bill."

Thank you SO much for chatting with me tonight! Here's the last question: Q10: What is one issue we haven’t covered today that is an important one affecting your district? #WA05

"The #Dreamers deserve protection immediately - we have 60K students in eastern Washington, I've taught at Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga and met students and families whose lives are hanging in the balance. Again, the Dreamers are being used as a bargaining chip for a set of immigration policies, including building a wall, that go against our country's founding principles."

Lisa, it was so great talking with you! Thank you and thanks to everyone who hung out with us here for an hour. ❤️

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