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On Election Eve

Your support has carried my campaign. I ask for your vote on November 6th.

Dear Friend,

It has been my privilege and a joy to be in this race for the 5th District Senate seat in 2012. Last November, getting to this point may have seemed like a long-shot, but your increasing support has made a victory likely today. And as the flurry of events have unfolded in this race, you've helped me remain focused on the reason why I started in the first place; our families need for jobs, and our responsibility to provide our children the best possible education we can give them.

The politics of diversion run rampant in our day. Claims that have arisen during the campaign have served as distractions from our most pressing challenges. This is why it remains incumbent on political leaders to show the way to a better future. I believe this means fostering a more effective partnership between the public and private sector rather than the central planner's futile attempts at managing us. And it also means renewing our promise to educating our children, which includes trusting voters with the truth about funding and ceasing the attacks on those who call for reform.

Jobs

In order to solve the crisis of getting our families back to work, we must improve the small business climate in Washington State. A stable state budget combined with tax and regulatory reform should be the first priorities in order to make this happen. Organizations like the Association of Washington Business, and the National Federation of Independent Business are committed to bringing prosperity back to our state, and they have endorsed me as the one who understands the needs of the business climate in Washington.

Education Funding

We must follow the directive of our state constitution and utilize the first dollars of the budget to fund our education system. The money is in the budget to fully fund public education right now, but over the past decade the legislature has siphoned off this money for other non-essential services. We must reward districts that keep administrative overhead low and get the most money to the classrooms. There are districts in our state that are pushing seventy cents of every dollar spent to the classroom; this must be among the legislature's adopted metrics for effective funding of education.

Leadership

During this election season, I have taken the initiative to publish my views in this newsletter and in our local blogs so that you, the voter can be informed about your choices. I paired this with a defined commitment to draw distinctions with my opponent on policy views, but refrain from impugning his character. Doing this was intended to bring clarity on issues, and encourage you to hold me accountable for how my campaign is run. I have taken on my own party against a sitting incumbent and withstood vicious attacks on both me and my family. I have been asked why I would do this, in the age of diversion politics. My answer is this: Participating in the process that will shape the future for our children is worth the sacrifice to me. I know it is to you as well.

You are asking leaders to seek the public good over party influence and migrate away from single party-rule in Olympia. I have done my best to heed your call by standing up to both my own party and the Democratic establishment. It has not been easy. This is the last newsletter before Election Day. I hope that I will be able to continue them as more than a candidate. Jill and I are grateful for your support: it will be an honor to serve you as the next Senator from the 5th District, and so it is with sincere enthusiasm that I ask for your vote.

Thanks for reading,

Brad Toft

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Adam November 05, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Brad, You are a proven liar who has again and again dragged out more lies and distortions as this campaign has gone on and on. I can't wait until tomorrow evening when your 15 minutes are so that only your friends and neighbors have to listen to your lies.
Brandon November 05, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Adam, I have known Brad Toft for over 20 years. He is a good man. I will be voting for him. He has much more character than his opponent.
Kyle November 05, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Adam, I'm not sure if you've been following it lately but your former boss and candidate are involved in bribery. I would imagine that you would be more concerned with bribery than slinging mud at Brad.
Claudia McCowan November 05, 2012 at 07:03 PM
@Kyle, what about Brad's involvement in the Space People's plan to subjugate the human race and harvest our sweet, sweet eye juices? That claim's every bit as well substantiated as the "bribery" you're referring to. And if Brad's NOT involved, why has he failed to speak out against the eye-juice-harvesting policies of the Space People? INCRIMINATING INDEED.
Terry J. LaBrue November 05, 2012 at 10:48 PM
The Democrats get more creative each day. Let's line 'em up and let 'em spew out more vitriol. Eye-juice harvesting indeed. Kind of sounds like something Kelly Sprat, Sabath Mullet and Dwight Peltz would cook up. The longer I know Brad, the more I believe he'll make a great senator from the 5th District. And so you partisans don't get the wrong idea, I'm speaking from my personal experience of working with Brad for the last four months. These are my personal views, not a political machine that hides behind made-up names and specious accusations.
Jeanne Gustafson November 05, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Well, Terry, most people are partisan, including yourself, though, right? It's not a bad word.
Randall November 05, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Really, Terry. Brad whines about personal attacks on one side, and then you as his campaign coordinator drag Mark's wife's name through the mud. You're a real class act.
Randall November 05, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Kyle, I think you're confused. THERE IS NO BRIBERY INVOLVING MARK MULLET. NONE. Maybe, maybe there was some sort of agreement between Christine Gregoire and Cheryl Pflug (I say maybe, but there is absolutely ZERO EVIDENCE of that). But where is Mark involved? Cheryl dropping out of the race only helps Brad. Get it through your head, please. It would have been nice to talk about real issues (the issues Brad always ducked) instead of these garbage, baseless accusations. Brad and Terry LaBrue threw more mud and spoke more lies than anyone on the Dem side. It's just awful.
Randall November 05, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Brad Toft is not a good candidate and not a good person, of that there is no doubt. He's lied about his past lawsuits, his educational credentials, even his name. He's made up inflammatory attacks against all his opponents. He's even ducked dozens of questions from his own constituents about his stance on everything from social issues to rebuilding our economy. He would clearly been a tool of the corrupt state Republican leadership, and we clearly don't want to go down that road. Read all the truthful information about both the candidates then make the smart choice that's the best for the 5th - Mark Mullet.
Claudia McCowan November 06, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I have to give it to you on this one, Terry--you stand right out in front of your specious accusations.
jared November 06, 2012 at 12:31 AM
@ B-Rad and TJLa-La-La, the people of the 5th deserve some clarity on why Brad did not cite his position on the alleged eye-juice conspiracy. Just because you spent multiple days harvesting worthless emails that really didn’t support your allegation; doesn't make your allegation any more convincing or true. I think the eye-juices of all 5th District residents should be fully protected from Brad and his Space People associates. @ Voters of the 5th, speaking from my experiences with Mark, he is one of the most honest, hard-working, and intelligent people I know. He will serve the PEOPLE and not a partisan agenda. It's unfortunate that "politics" in this country are so mind-numbingly childish. If more politicians were like Mark, our country would be in a much better place. Happy election's eve to all and to all a good night. - Jared "I have nothing to hide" Smith
Kelly Spratt November 07, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Hello Terry LaBrue, Kelly here. Your comments have been an interesting read over the last months, especially as they pertain to me. I'm a mother, volunteer in our community, going back to school (I already have a degree, unlike Toft) to change careers, and very active in the education of my children and those in our community. Because of what BToft did to me and many others, I could not remain silent at his candidacy, and I exercised my right to speak out against him and let the truth be told. Obviously, what I shared was truth, as you and BToft threatened me at every turn. You were even so bold as to file a frivolous anti-harassment order against me, only to have a Judge throw it out! You both mailed a threatening letter to me from an attorney to shut me up. Who does that? A man (a term when referencing Toft, which will be used loosely) who is terrified the truth will be known. This entire election I warned Brad directly (the emails he claims were harassment) that if he continues to slander and libel me, he will find himself in court. Perhaps you, too, Terry, should be served? I have plenty from you as well. The only way to run a BToft campaign was to lie, cheat, slander and libel myself, Cheryl Pflug, and many others. Shame on you. Look where it got you. It's for this reason that while Senator Mullet focuses on doing great things in the Senate his freshman year, Toft will be focusing on defending himself in a half million dollar lawsuit.
Sabath Mullet November 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I wish I was the one who cooked up the clever "Eye Juice Conspiracy". Speaking of cooking things up... "Brad Toft today issued a statement condemning restaurateur (sic) Mark Mullet for promoting childhood obesity"-you, Terry, cooked up this quote and subsequent "protest" at Zeeks. Do let us know when you plan to protest at McDonald's. "The so called 'court' cases are from traffic citations Brad received as a teenager..." -the 22 cases from 1994-2009? When you're actually 22+ years old, "teenager" is a bit of a stretch. Not paying debts and time in jail are 'traffic citations'? This alteration of history is definitely cooked. "...a[n] intern inserted the words 'graduated' instead of 'attended' and added 'degree' instead of the proper 'certificate' in the U of W Executive Program in a very recent update in the biography section of the campaign website…"-you cooked up this revision of events. Let me help you remember the sequence of your fibs: the campaign website said "A graduate of Seattle Pacific University"; *your* press release said "an executive degree in finance from the UofW". And the accusations you cooked up about Mark? PROVE IT. People aren't convicted in court of a crime simply because Terry LaBrue doubts their innocence. I suppose you'll tell me to "give it a rest" and lob an insult. Be rude again if you want. But don't think for a single second that you intimidate me, Terry. Thank goodness the voters didn't buy what you tried to serve.
Terry J. LaBrue November 08, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Sabbath Mullet, you can disagree with people without trying to destroy the person and smearing their family. Such bombastic language after the election serves no useful purpose. Being in the food business (and with a husband who graduated with honors, no less!) you should also know the correct spelling and definition of RESTAURATEUR: the operator or proprietor of a restaurant. Unless you are not doing either by peddling to unsuspecting families and children unhealthy high-fat, high-calorie foods in your fast restaurants that can lead to childhood obesity -- a major problem in America. One slice of your Zeeks pizza is approximately 650 calories. Imagine what else you cook up in those featured sundaes at Ben & Jerrys. I suggest you and Kelly get together for lunch. You would have plenty to chat about. Perhaps you could treat her to a combo pizza with extra cheese?
Kelly Spratt November 08, 2012 at 08:47 PM
BACK UP Terry. I suggest you address her properly: Mrs. Senator-Elect Mullet! "...you can disagree with people without trying to destroy the person and smearing their family." Hypocrisy at its finest! You and toft have smeared ME from day one. I am a victim of your incessant attacks, threats, verbal abuse and "bombastic" language aimed purely at destroying my reputation in this community, my husband's reputation, and the education of my children. How you justify doing this to a PRIVATE CITIZEN with impunity is mind-boggling. I believe you are as sadistic as toft. And honestly? Quibbling about the samantics of Restaurateur? Since you your buddy lost, you'll have plenty of time to quibble about the most minute of details and play the blame game. And I'll happily take Mrs. Senator-Elect Mullet up on any Zeeks offer, and even if she does not, I'll pay because it's the best pizza in the Northwest and well, Ben & Jerry's is the perfect dessert. Thanks for the suggestions!
Sabath Mullet November 08, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Since we're correcting each others' spelling - my name is SABATH - one 'B'. As I recall, Terry, you were a very frequent customer at Zeeks up until this election. Apparently you had no problem with our 650-calorie slices of pizza 6 months ago. You also had no problem with my husband when you were trying to peddle your business to him. Your hypocrisy is both astounding and pathetic. Mark and I have never met or spoken to Kelly Spratt. We appreciated all of her efforts volunteering for our campaign and feel terrible that she's gone through the wringer. Your attempts to bully me will not work. Sounds to me like you're threatened by women who speak up for themselves. There is one thing upon which we can agree - you're absolutely right - this entire conversation serves no useful purpose.
jared November 16, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Wow, TJL, to classify you an utter loser would be a high compliment. Once again, you've avoided addressing the reality of Brad's shortcomings and lies, and the absolute smear of a campaign that you helped to run. By the way, why have Gergoire, Pflug, and Mark not been subpoenaed yet??? Certainly the severity of your cooked up scandal has been investigated by the highest levels of state government and the WA Supreme Court must be dying to issue a verdict against them all...no wait, THERE WAS NO @€#%ING SCANDAL! You are a bad person.

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