My name is Chelsea Rustad, and I am a member of the Socialist Party USA. I was invited to take the Pro-Truth Pledge by a member of my local Olympia IWW, and felt it was a fantastic opportunity to emphasize the importance of critical thinking, citing sources, science-based expertise, and due diligence by all candidates and elected officials to represent facts and truthfulness to the best of their ability. I am of the opinion that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, because we have already witnessed the biased distortion of the facts in corporate media sources, lobbyist-influenced politicians under the control of big donors, lies of omission, and misleading clickbait floating around in social media. Therefore, all elected officials must demonstrate the integrity, impartiality, and forthrightness necessary to provide wise and informed leadership, and to make the right decisions for the future. The truth always matters!