My career in the legislature has been devoted to ensuring that every child in our state has an equal opportunity to succeed. I have championed high quality early learning, and increased services and supports for our state’s most vulnerable youth—such as homeless youth, foster care youth, youth involved in our juvenile justice system, and youth who have dropped out of high school.
This year I am up for re-election. My top priorities include:
- Fully funding early learning and K-12 education
- Fixing our regressive tax system that unfairly burdens low-income and middle class families
- Enacting safe gun storage legislation
- Continuing my work advocating for children and families
I currently co-chair the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission to create a new department of children and families and will be sponsoring legislation next session to implement recommendations made by the Commission. I’m also committed to making improvements in chemical dependency treatment, children’s mental health, services for developmentally disabled children and adults, TANF and other services under the jurisdiction of the Early Learning and Human Services Committee that I chair.
I am so grateful to the citizens of the 32nd for allowing me to represent them and to be their voice in Olympia. I hope to continue my work on behalf of our communities and citizens across the state. Please feel free to contact me—I’m always happy to discuss ideas, questions, or concerns!