Candidate’s Voters Guide Statement:
Elected Experience: I am not a career politician and will bring a new voice to Congress.
Other Professional Experience: Pediatrician in Issaquah for 16 years; Voted Best Pediatrician by parents in the greater Seattle area (Parent Map Magazine, 2013)
Education: Pediatric residency at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University, 2000; University of California, Davis School of Medicine, 1997; University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in Astrophysics, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991
Community Service: Volunteer at Snoqualmie Springs School; volunteer at Bellevue College Early Learning Center; volunteer instructor at Virginia Mason; advocate to protect critical wetlands and endangered salmon in Sammamish.
Statement: I’ve spent my career listening to and solving problems with thousands of patients and families across the 8th District. I will bring that same dedication and understanding to my work as your representative in Congress.
Healthcare has always been my passion. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teenager, inspiring me to become a pediatrician to treat children and their families. I know firsthand what it means to worry about health insurance and rising costs. I decided to run for Congress after Trump and House Republicans tried to strip away protections for preexisting conditions like my own and deny affordable healthcare to 32,500 8th District residents.
Healthcare is a right. I will make healthcare more affordable by strengthening the Affordable Care Act and reversing damage done by Trump and the GOP Congress; letting everyone buy into Medicare as an affordable option; and allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices.
There are no women doctors in Congress. I will provide a vital missing voice as Congress debates women’s healthcare, reproductive rights, and children’s health.
I’m the daughter of an elementary school teacher and an aerospace engineer, and the product of public education. Our son attends public school. I will improve our schools so every student graduates with the skills they need to succeed. I will work to build a middle-class centered economy so everyone who works hard benefits, and I will strengthen Social Security and Medicare. My first job was at the EPA, so I will keep our air and water clean and transition to a clean energy economy to combat climate change.
Endorsements: EMILY’s List, Washington State Labor Council, IAM, AFSCME, AFT Washington, LiUNA, IUPAT, Young Democrats of Washington, King County Young Democrats, National Women’s Political Caucus, Win With Women, elected officials across the district.