Ninety years ago a willingness to work hard and economic opportunity brought my grandfather Michael McGlynn to America. He arrived on our shores from his rural Irish village with little education and twenty-five dollars in his pocket.
My grandfather went on to build a life for himself here. He got a good-paying job laying underground utilities, married and started a family and put down roots in his new home. During the last decade of his life, I was so very fortunate to see him and listen to his stories every day.
I am so thankful to my grandfather and the legacy he has left—a willingness to work hard, take risks and pursue the American Dream.
Over the last few years, however, the American Dream and the kinds of opportunities my grandfather once pursued have eluded the grasp of too many Washingtonians, including right here in the 28th Legislative District. Economic opportunity for people who have worked hard, and planned well has greatly diminished. People should not have to just get by and hope for the best.
As your state representantive my pledge to you is this: I will work tirelessly to make sure our state legislature is accountable to the people they represent, 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in fair pay for workers, infrastructure and the environment and that eliminates giveaways of our tax dollars through outdated tax loopholes;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.