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Mukilteo man running for U.S. Senate


Last updated 5/9/2018 at Noon

Tim Owen

Mukilteo’s own Tim Owen is running for the U.S. Senate this year.

Owen, 54, works as an estimator at Boeing and is running for the seat Sen. Maria Cantwell currently holds.

Owen was born in Illinois and went to school in Wisconsin before relocating to Mukilteo in 2008 for work.

Owen has an extensive background in economics, working in finance for various corporations as well as receiving a certificate in International Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics, an MBA in Finance and MIS from the University of Minnesota in 1999.

“Things are a mess,” Owen said. “Our nation is much different from the nation that won the Cold War. There are international issues that aren’t getting addressed. I hope to speak to these issues thoughtfully and calmly.”

Owen sees both the Republicans and Democrats being too far apart on matters.

“There’s too much extremism on both sides,” he said.

Owen said he’s very well read, and loves to read about history and current issues and economics.

“I love to study the issues. It’s my passion in life,” he said. “When I look at problems or a set of problems, it’s from a background of history and economics.”

Owen cited the 17th Amendment, which says, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof” and said he believes some senators have lost track of what their role is.

“A U.S. senator should be for the interests of the citizens,” Owen said. “Not from money. We’re neighbors. Let’s get to work and solve these problems.”

Owen said he once met William Proxmire, a senator from Wisconsin as a child, and noted Proxmire never accepted money, and said he wouldn’t, either.

Owen is choosing to run for Senate because of his experience.

“Why run for the Senate? I have lots of corporate experience at reputable firms,” Owen said. “I won’t make an issue of my opponent’s lack of experience. This is supposed to be a citizen legislature. I’m good at dealing with a portfolio of issues.”

As for why he’s running now? Owen said it goes back to an interview he saw of former President George Bush in 2016.

“He was asked what advice he had for people who want to run for office,” Owen said. “He said, ‘If it means everything to you, don’t do it.’ I’m still young enough to walk away. I want to put together thoughtful responses. I really want to do this well while I’m younger and still down-to-earth.”

Owen said his father’s side of the family goes back to the early days of the Republican Party, and he doesn’t like what he’s seen from them.

“I’m concerned with the condition of the Republican Party, especially in Washington,” Owen said. “We need to pay more attention to the teachings of Abraham Lincoln and concerns about human rights.

“The Washington Republican Party is quiet and seems fractured. People aren’t being thoughtful.”

The primary for this election is Aug. 7, and Owen is looking to organize events at Rosehill Community Center to get his messages and beliefs out to the public.

“I promise this campaign will be fun,” Owen said. “I want to put a lot of deliberate thought into this and see what happens.”

If you’d like to get in touch with Owen, his email is

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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