About James


Most politicians are very good at assembling a majority in order to get elected. That does not mean that they know what to do after they are elected.

Most politicians seem to believe that the way things are and the way things have always been done are the way things should be done.

Most politicians are conventional, traditional, uncreative, afraid to do things differently. 

I have spent my adult life studying the law, and I will be less dependent on others for information about what can and cannot be done. 

There are many things that can be done to improve our health, improve our economy, improve mobility, and generally improve the quality of life here. For that reason …


I am running an issues campaign. My opponents are running an image campaign. See my Platform Page. Look at John Lovick’s web site. John does not address any of the important issues I raise. 

See Dave Somers' website. See Robert J. Sutherland's 2014 web site. I cannot find a web site for Norm Nunnaly.

My opponents talk about their elective experience, but they say little or nothing about what they want to do to make Snohomish County a better place.

I maintain that my broad experience as an attorney and my knowledge of the law and what can and cannot be done by and on behalf of Snohomish County are far more important that how many times I have been elected to public office.

Instead of an image campaign, I am running an issues campaign. Counties are closer to the people, and through police power and zoning power, the people can pass laws which are often difficult to pass on the federal or state level.

Read more at JamesRobertDeal.org/platform.


It had never occurred to me to run for public office until 2012. It was an issue that drove me to run. I realized that the best way to take my issue to the greatest number of people was to run for office. So I ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2012, and I ran for Lynnwood City Council in 2013.James-Robert-Deal-before-backyard-terrace-small-size-color-photo

The vexing issue I felt so strongly about is that we should have safe water. Our water should be safe for everyone to drink and safe to drink in whatever quantity one desires or needs to consume. The right to safe, clean drinking water is a right higher even that the rights in the Bill of Rights. In fact, the right to clean water is implied in the Constitution. The Fifth Amendment says:

[N]or shall any person . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

One cannot have a healthy life if he or she is deprived of safe drinking water. The poor are forced to drink what comes out of the tap. They cannot afford expensive filtration. They may not have transportation to haul heavy jugs of water home. They may not be able to afford to buy or haul water. The middle class is largely unaware that the tap water they drink in Snohomish County is slow poison.

Water should be safe for pregnant mothers to drink, safe for infants, diabetics, arthritics, and safe for those with kidney, and thyroid disease. Unfortunately it is not safe for any of these groups. It is unsafe for them in the short run. It is unsafe for all of us in the long run.

Note that we consume water in the form of the food and beverages we eat and drink since most foods and beverages contain water. Water containing dilute toxic waste is impossible to avoid without going to great expense and difficulty.

It vexes me that in Snohomish County we add dilute toxic waste to our drinking water. We call it “fluoride”, but it is really toxic waste. Our cities and water districts have been defrauded by big chemical companies into adding so-called “fluoride” to our water.

It is a great disapointment to me that the City Council of Everett and the Snohomish County Board of Health are completely tone deaf to the science I have explained to them as well as the law on the subject. They are completely duped by misinformed fluoridationists in high positions, who themselves are duped.

It is not naturally occurring calcium fluoride we are adding to our water. Calcium fluoride is not even classified as a poison. It is not pharmaceutical grade fluoride we are adding.

It is commercial grade, and it is the unfiltered and unprocessed scrubber liquor from the wet scrubbers in the snokestacks of super phosphate fertilizer plants in Florida, Mexico, and China. It is the worst kind of fluoride. It is not even correct to call it “fluoride” because it contains so many other toxic elements and chemicals.

It is mostly fluorosilicic acid and hydrogen fluoride plus significant amounts of lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and thallium. It is mined out of filthy ore which contains every element on the periodic table. It is filth, and so the water we are forced to drink is dilute filth.

The type of fluoride used leaches lead out of pipes, a lot of lead. Agencies show endless concern about the lead in lead paint but ignore the lead in drinking water. Peer reviewed studies show that when fluoridation stops, blood lead levels drop, as happened in Tacoma when fluoridation was stopped briefly.

Since 1978 it has been illegal to let the pollution go up the smoke stacks and illegal to dump it into the sea, river, or lake. But the Everett City Council injects it into my drinking water at the rate of 250 gallons per day, at a cost of $25,000 per month.

Everett sells its toxic water to other water districts, such as the Alderwood Water District, which in turns sells it to Lynnwood. The same thing happens throughout Snohomish County. Everett has an abundant source of the purest water in the nation. It comes from Spada lake and Lake Chaplain, near Sultan. It is snow melt water and rain water, and it is as pure as water can be – until Everett Water Districts adds toxic waste dental chemicals to it.

These toxins are hard to excrete and they accumulate over the course of our lifetimes. If you drink fluoridated water you may be less healthy in your old age and your life may be shortened. These toxins are especially harmful to diabetics, and to those with arthritis and thyroid, kidney, and heart disease. Around one percent of the general population is severely allergic to this so-called fluoride. Blacks and Hispanics are impacted more than Whites. But these toxins are most harmful to fetuses and infants because their cells are still dividing. Studies show IQ reductions and brain damage.

Convincing studies show that this so-called fluoride, at the concentrations at which we dump it into rivers and Sound, narcotizes salmon and repels and kills them.


Note that most water filters do not remove this so-called fluoride nor lead nor arsenic. A distiller is the only reliable way to remove these contaminants. Reverse osmosis filtration may or may not remove them, and it is hard to known when the reverse osmosis filter has ceased to be effective. The common carbon block filter or the popular Britta filter do not remove fluoride. Fluoride is highly attracted to calcium, and so bone char filters will remove fluoride.


Employing the big lie technique, chemical companies sell this so-called fluoride to us as an elixir that allegedly protects teeth when ingested. This is all a multi-billion dollar lie. It was brought to you by the same people who brought you tetraethyl lead. It is important to understand that captains of industry will lie to buyers for profit.

I have studied the issue in great depth and looked at it from all sides. I have read hundreds of scientific journal articles. I exchange emails with science professors – in the US, Canada, Australia, the Irish Republic, and other countries.

I also read the pro-fluoridationist literature. I am always most interested in reading anything that supports so-called fluoridation and challenges my conclusions. If I am wrong, I want to know it.

I can assure you that if you will go to Fluoride Alert or www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com/safewater and do a few hours reading on the subject, you will agree with me: This so-called fluoridation is not safe, not effective, and not legal. The politicians supporting it have believed a big lie. They are in a trance induced by lies coming from trusted professionals they know. The trusted professionals in turn are in the same trance. They are all in a maze and unable to find the exit. Chemical companies with toxic waste to sell start the lies, lobby to get their people into positions of influence in medical schools, dental schools, and agencies such as the FDA, EPA, and CDC. Most fluoridationists are sincere, however, they are sincerely wrong.

Politicians get duped as easily as the dentists and medical doctors they trust. It is amazing to me just how tone deaf politicians can be on this subject. Fellow safe water advocates and I carefully explain the science and the law to city councils and supply them with stacks of scientific documents, and it is if they were deaf. I feel like I am trying to convince the Flat Earth Society that the earth is round.


I live in Lynnwood, where I work as a lawyer.

I went to law school at the University of  Washington, wanting to be an environmental lawyer, but upon graduation I found that the only paying jobs for environmental lawyers was working for polluters. So for a living I help people modify their mortgages and hold onto their homes.

On the side, however, I do environmental law. It’s my pro bono work and my primary reason for running. Read all about it as www.Fluoride-Class-Action.com. Drinking water should be as pure as possible, with as little additives as possible,and as safe as possible for people of all ages and all health conditions.


I wrote up my first fluoride broadsheet in August of 2005 and started passing it out. My broadsheets are 8.5″ x 14″ and double sided, and they pack in a lot of information. I put links in them to substantiate my arguments, and then I post the broadsheets on my website so readers can follow the links. See latest version of my boradsheet.

Most people who study the issue at all quickly conclude that even if this so-called fluoride is somehow good for teeth applied topically, it is not good when consumed orally for life, by people who drink different quantities of water, and by people which certain preconditions and illnesses.

This chemical is added to our water allegedly to prevent illness, and therefore it meets the definition of a drug. It is wrong to force a drug on people against their will. It violates our right to consent to or decline medical treatment.


Why do I think that as County Executive that I could do something about adding toxic dental chemicals to our water? It is the County Council which makes the laws. The answer is simple: If I am elected, it will be a clear sign that the people of Snohomish County want this foolish practice should come to an end.

James Robert Deal, Attorney
WSBA number 8103