I am running for office because I want to serve my neighbors, my community and my state.
As the administrator of a large church in Thurston County for the last nine years, I watched my community struggle with the lack of affordable healthcare, housing, and the stagnation of economic development. I’ve attended countless meetings, planning sessions and fundraisers concerning these issues, but always as representative of my faith community and in the capacity of how they could help. About a year ago, I decided that it was time for me to do more.
I get the sense that rural Washington voters no longer believe that Washington Democrats really understand their districts. We need to change that. I’d like to use this office to show working Washingtonians, retirees, small business owners and the military who live in this district that Democrats can come up with strategies to make their lives better. That we’re about improving the quality of life for every Washingtonian, not just city dwellers and urbanites. The only way to do this is to put rural democrats in office – so they have a voice.
I grew up in rural Snohomish County, the adopted daughter of a union laborer and a stay-at-home mom. When I started high school, we moved to rural southeast Kansas to be close to family. It was there I continued learning about being a rural American. You could literally pick up the town I went to high school in and place it in Mason county and no one could tell the difference, except for the trees.
I want to show people living in the 35th district that I understand their needs and will work to help them help improve their lives and the lives of their families.
Paul Wellstone, the former U.S. Senator from Minnesota said it best, “If we don’t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don’t really stand for them.”
This is my time to stand.