Paul Akers

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Paul Akers is a businessman and was a candidate for the United States Senate from the U.S. state of Washington in the 2010 mid-term elections.

Personal life[edit]

Akers grew up in Southern California and graduated from Biola University in 1984. He began his career as a high school teacher.

In 1997 Akers founded FastCap, a woodworking products manufacturer based in Bellingham, WA. The company itself made little to no money until Akers turned their operating method into their only profitable product, "Lean". He wrote a book on "Lean" and saved his failing company by turning it into the example of why lean "works".[1]

2010 candidacy for U.S. Senate[edit]

Akers decided to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Patty Murray after seeking the advice of Fox News Channel commentator Dick Morris in December 2009.[2] His run for Senate was largely self-financed with the candidate providing more than $400,000 of his own money to his campaign.[3] Akers ultimately lost his bid in Washington's 2010 primary election having earned less than three-percent of the vote.[4]

Akers campaigned with a program he called "10-3-Lean." His platform envisioned ten-percent cuts in federal spending and taxes for three consecutive years.[5] Additionally, he stated support for streamlining of the immigration process, including introduction of a guest worker program. The voting public overwhelmingly did not accept these proposals.[6]