Who is Paul McDaniel
I am a small business owner, Iraq veteran, and third-generation Federal Way resident. I was born in Tacoma Washington and have called Federal Way my home for over 30 years. My passion is to help the 30th District be a place where we can safely live and raise our families together.
Or in Paul’s own words,
“I am a sentient being; I am capable of processing information and sporadic thoughts and abstract ideas. I am also a son, brother, uncle, and friend. I was once married and, for a moment, a father. I come from a family of five and my parents are happily still together, I have two blood sisters and five non-blood brothers. Two of my brothers have been in my life since I was thirteen and the other three, I met in the Marine Corps. There are twenty children, ranging from 1 month to 21 years of age, which I have chosen to help raise, and I am called UP (uncle Paul) by 7 of them. My family, along with a few other close friends, comprise the essence of my life.”
What Paul McDaniel is not
I am not a career politician, Corporatist, Socialist, or Marxist. Which means I pursue Integrity, Honesty, Individual hard work and Freedom.
I took out my first business loan when I was 12 to buy a bike for my paper route. In the 1990s I started my career with Northwest Business Systems, where I provided technology support for Windows and Linux workstations and servers. Then in June of 2000 I branched out and started 7th Power, inc., a Technology Consulting Firm focusing on the Internet. During my career I have worked with home builders, tradesmen, medical doctors, dentist, and a handful of small local business; while surviving the dot com bubble of the late 1990s, housing crash of 2008, and most recently the COVID lockdown of 2020. I have found the resilience to adapt to the changing market and diversify my company and client base. I understand what is required to increase revenue and cut expenses and survive during a downward trend.
At the age of 23 I started volunteering at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, where I spent 9 years and dedicated over 1,000 hours of my time helping employees and local residents. I provided assistance in the following departments:
- Volunteer Services
- Front Desk
- Physical Therapy.
In 2010 I was provided an opportunity to become an assistant coach for the Totem Middle School Wrestling team. This opportunity turned into a blessing as I was able to receive more joy and happiness from the kids I coached then I could ever give back to them . In my first-year coaching at Totem we produced 3 district champions. I still have the wrestling team shirt that was signed by all the kids, and it is one of my most prized processions.
Hobbies & Interest
Why I am Running
These types of questions and Isaiah 6:8 led me to decide to run for office and to focus my campaign on the core issues of public safety, quality education, strong families, and government responsibility.
While in Olympia, I will work to make the 30th District a place where we can safely live and raise our families together.