Over the last few years, the American Dream and the kinds of opportunities that were available to earlier generations have eluded the grasp of too many Washingtonians, including right here in the 28th Legislative District. Economic opportunity for people who have worked hard has greatly diminished.  But our communities deserve better than just getting by and hoping for the best.

Representing you in Olympia, I have focused on:

Creating Opportunity for Kids A PTA mom and former University Place School President, I advocated for fully funding K-12 schools, tuition freezes at two and four-year colleges to keep higher education and job training affordable, and a college loan bill of rights to protect students.
Keeping Communities Safe As a longtime prosecutor, I know safe communities are strong communities. In Olympia, I have worked to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous abusers, prevent violent individuals from being released into local communities, and address our mental health and opioid crises.
Supporting Military Families — I fought for and passed legislation that connects military families with free legal services, provides greater consumer protections for all who serve, and secured millions for JBLM.
Affordability and Accountability — I know that local families are struggling to keep up and sponsored bi-partisan legislation to reduce the cost of car tabs, cut property taxes, and will continue to oppose a state income tax. I was also one of a handful of legislators who voted against changes to the Public Records Act because I believe in transparency and accountability.

With your continued support, I will work tirelessly to make sure our legislature is accountable to you, not just the wealthy or well-connected few.  That means I will fight every day so that:

  • Washington has a strong middle class and an economy that provides opportunities for all, by investing in fair pay for workers, infrastructure, and the environment, and that eliminates giveaways of our tax dollars through outdated tax loopholes;
  • Our children, who deserve to attend fully and fairly funded public schools, get an outstanding education that outfits them to compete in the global economy; and
  • Families, who must be healthy and able to succeed, have greater access to quality and affordable health care, and live in safe and vibrant communities.

That is my promise to you, who I represent.  Each decision I make and every effort I undertake will focus on working families getting and staying ahead, our children and grandchildren obtaining the best possible education, and making government work for all of us, not just those with influence.