It has been a privilege to serve you these last four years as your state senator representing the 49th Legislative District and our community of Vancouver. Since taking office in January 2013, I have worked to build relationships in Olympia based upon trust and respect. I believe the only sustainable path to success on your behalf in the Legislature is through strong collaboration and genuine discussion.
I was able to ensure critical funding be included in our state Capital Budget for important projects here at home, that help build infrastructure, a more viable community, and create jobs. These projects—nearly $9.5 million—include:
• $3.5M, Vancouver Waterfront Development Project
• $1.5M, Daybreak Youth Services
• $1.5M, Mental Health
• $1.2M, CDM Services
• $1M, The Academy
• $750,000, Bridgeview
• $230,000, YWCA Clark County
Born and raised in the 49th Legislative District, I have been a life-long Democrat. Growing up in a working family, my Dad, a longshoreman and proud member of the ILWU, taught me the importance of loyalty, speaking out against injustices, and standing up for one another, and for what is right. These are the core values I take with me to Olympia.
I am excited to run for re-election to the Washington State Senate. I will continue to work hard to demonstrate that politics and public policy can be accomplished with respect, dignity, honor and civility.