Who am I?
I have lived and worked in Snohomish County for 30 years. I have owned, operated and managed two successful businesses, served as a volunteer firefighter and on many community boards. I am proud UW graduate, a passionate outdoors-men and enjoy gardening, kayaking and biking.
I have served the citizens of Snohomish County in the State Legislature for 18 years. Currently I am Chair of the House Capital Budget Committee.
This past legislative session I sponsored the 2012 Jobs Now package that is creating 20,000 construction-related and 9,000 long-term jobs throughout Washington, 1,700 of them right at home in Snohomish County. In addition to improving our roads and transit systems, it provides for increased educational opportunities and supports housing needs for families with children. It bolsters our aerospace industry and funds efforts to modernize local fish hatcheries.
Working for solutions: It is what I do. Todays needs and tomorrows potential thats what drives me.
Why am I running?
I have had the honor of representing Snohomish County and all of Washington for many years. Im running for re-election because I believe in the greatness of Washington State. I know how hard the last few years have been, but as clichd as it may be, I have tremendous hope for tomorrow. I am determined to help build a better Washington through job creation and increased educational and vocational opportunities for students of every age; and to continue efforts to ensure access to affordable, quality health care and a healthy environment.
There is no question that the challenges of the recession have been enormous and in too many cases, devastating. Thats why our continued engagement and leadership is critical. Seniors, workers, parents, small business owners, educators, kids; they didnt cause the recession and they cant fix it. And no, I dont believe government is the silver bullet. But I do believe that it can and it must play a constructive role; I do believe we can build a stronger Washington.
Simply put, I have more work to do.
Government must work to create jobs, promote opportunities through education, support innovative energy policies and cost-saving measures and appropriate tax breaks for small businesses and working families.
I will continue to work on initiatives like the 2012 Jobs NOW package to get people working again. As well as expanding the Washington State University's foot print in Snohomish County to ensure we have engineers and college graduates to support our aerospace industry.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
I have enjoyed the support of many thousands of in-district and out-of-district folks. I have always run a positive, inclusive, idea-driven campaign because that is what democracy requires and the people deserve.
I believe the best way to meet a voter is at their door. I regularly bike to meet with people at their homes, learning first-hand about their concerns and ideas. Throughout the summer I have had volunteers join me in these efforts and this fall we have hundreds of folks signed up to get my positive message to those at the door. Besides getting volunteers to go door to door we have marched in parades as the Dunshee Drill team, made thousands of calls and put up signs throughout the district. I would not be able to reach all those I have and will without the help of my volunteers which include teachers, students, union members, seniors, environmental activists, bicycle riders, animal lovers and people like you.