Candidate’s Voters Guide Statement:
Elected Experience: I began trying to make a difference through public service on the Snohomish County Council, and today it is my privilege to serve as the Representative for Washington’s 2nd Congressional District.
Other Professional Experience: I was previously employed by the Port of Everett and the Washington State Dental Association.
Education: I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington state and have a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Community Service: My parents were an important influence on me, encouraging me to be involved in my local community. Their encouragement continues to be a motivation for my service to our communities.
Statement: Each day I am guided by what I hear when I visit with students, families and small businesses around northwest Washington – the challenges they face, and the opportunities they seek. It is an honor to represent the 2nd District, and for me that means being a champion for our middle class.
We are building an economy that creates good-paying jobs by investing in transportation infrastructure, and fighting to establish the 2nd District as a center for renewable energy innovation to grow our economy and protect our environment.
To compete in a global marketplace, we need more access to education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Washington state has more STEM jobs than any other state in the country, but we are failing to train our future workforce to meet the demand. I am focused on investing in our communities through technical training and apprenticeships.
Protecting our middle class also means helping our communities address the pain of opioid addition. Addiction is not a moral failing; it is a disease and its victims deserve treatment and recovery. I am working to provide law enforcement with the training and supplies they need to reverse overdoses and get our loved ones on the road back to recovery.
Providing for the middle class means ensuring our veterans have access to the care they need. I am committed to making healthcare easier to access, and easing the transition from military service to civilian employment or educational opportunities. We don’t leave our veterans behind.
My family has called northwest Washington home for over a century, and it has been my great honor and duty to bring these shared values to Washington, D.C. I am excited about strengthening our middle class at home, and if you feel the same – I ask for your support.