Elected Experience: Washington State House of Representatives 49th District, Re-elected to a fifth term in 2010, Vancouver City Council for two terms.
Other Professional Experience: House Speaker Pro Tempore, House Commerce and Workforce Development Committee, Health Care and Wellness Committee, Transportation Committee, Rules Committee.
Education: Washington State University BS in Psychology, Portland State University Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University Mark Hatfield School of Government.
Community Service: Member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Vancouver, Human Services Council Board Member, Washington End of Life Coalition Board Member, House appointee to 2011 Work Group on Child Support, Clark County Vulnerable Adult Task Force.
Statement: Protect the vulnerable, educate the young and build a strong economy: these are my priorities as your State Representative. Basic Infrastructure projects directly created new jobs, while the improvements are attracting new employers. Fiscal discipline has been delivered responsibly, without cutting K-12 or shredding our safety net. I reinstated enforcement of state vehicle tag laws to crackdown on scofflaws. Let's work together to build a better economy, less vulnerable to boom and bust, and made stronger by our values: equality and opportunity for all. Together we can make Vancouver even better for the next generation.
For more information:
Elected Experience: No prior elected positions held.
Other Professional Experience: Owned three small businesses in my lifetime.
Education: Degrees in Business Administration and Computer Sciences.
Community Service: Spent the 90's fund raising for Easter Seals. Spent the last decade caring for disabled, assisting local families in putting in gardens, baking for the Veterans Court and the Veterans Stand Down events. Donate hundreds of hours to research and attending the local City Council and County Commissioners' as well as C-tran board meetings to promote local area issues.
Statement: Our voices are not respected. I attend city and county meetings regularly and watch state issues. In 6 years our education budget doubled yet our State Supreme Court ruled we haven’t properly funded it. Why? While actual dollars to education increased, its percentage of total revenue fell.
We’re losing: Freedom due to land and water use regulations; Money due to increased taxation for benefit of special interest; Lack of access to healthcare due to low Medicaid payments. The incumbent is suing us over our 2/3 majority vote to raise taxes. As your advocate, I won’t sue you!
For more information: