Who am I?
I am a long-time Spokane Valley resident, a mother, and a CPA. I am a proud graduate of Gonzagas School of Business where I earned my MBA in 2007. As a certified public accountant, I have a strong track record of helping small businesses and nonprofits achieve greater success in our community. Through my own experience as a business owner, and through my years of advising other organizations, I have a true sense of how to reform tax laws and regulations to enhance our communities and to help businesses thrive.
I grew up in a small, close-knit town in Oklahoma, the daughter of a farmer and a public school teacher. I met my husband Andrew in 1993, on our first day of freshman year at Yale University, and we married two months after graduation. We moved to Andrews hometown of Spokane Valley in 2001, deciding that it is the ideal place to raise our family. We have now been married almost 15 years and have two incredible sons: Alex, age 13, and Aidan, age 11. After many hours spent volunteering in our kids schools, we fully appreciate how lucky we are to have great public education here in Spokane. We spend family time on the Centennial Trail, for leisure and training for marathons and triathlons together.
I have served on many boards and commissions, most recently the Citizens Financial Advisory Council, created by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and continued by Mayor David Condon. There, I helped establish a comprehensive plan to streamline the citys expenses and revenues, moving toward greater equity and efficiency in local government. I am an active member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, where I teach Sunday school and serve on the finance committee.
Why am I running?
Im running to restore faith in government. We are so much better than a bitter partisan divide, and we deserve representatives who go beyond our political parties to support policies that benefit us all. We should not be debating big vs. small government, left vs. right politics, or cutting vs. spending approaches. Instead, we should commit to a smarter government that efficiently and effectively strengthens our communities, unleashes the ingenuity in all of us, and gives everyone a fair chance to succeed.
My first two goals in office are tax reform and public school funding. I will work to eliminate special interest B&O tax loopholes and link the tax to net profit rather than our current tax on gross revenue, removing much of the regressivity of the tax and restoring equal treatment for all. When we have more stable funding for our state government, we can ensure that we meet our obligations to our children and fully fund K-12 education as well as restoring state support for higher education and head off the double-digit increases we've seen in Washington state for the past four years.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
This campaign is based on people-powered interactions -- aggressive door belling goals and phone contact. We know that this district trends conservative, but the significant number of swing voters points toward voters who are influenced by their neighbors and one-on-one conversations. We will have boots on the ground every day of the campaign as well as several voter forums where we are inviting citizen input.