School’s out and summer’s arrived! The farmers’ markets are overflowing with local produce and it’s time again for Little League games, barbeques and more time at home and outdoors with our families.
Political season is also upon us and I’m campaigning hard for re-election to the Legislature. I’m spending my days going door to door in our neighborhoods to meet you and other 45th District voters. Listening to you is a critical part of this job. Not only do I find out what’s going on in our area, but by gathering your input I can better reflect your values and priorities and be more effective for you in Olympia.
In my years of service in the Legislature I’ve scored some major victories, including important measures to reduce deaths and injuries from drunk driving and domestic violence, saving literally hundreds of lives in the past few years. As Chair of the House Public Safety Committee, I’ve worked hard to improve safety in our homes, schools and public spaces.
The most recent legislative session was frustrated by partisan gridlock, hampering support for our public schools and stalling critical transportation improvements. Every day I hear from people who are sick and tired of the same excuses from Olympia and I’ve lost my patience, too.
Despite the partisanship I’ve been able to work effectively for common-sense solutions that matter to Eastside families. I’ve legislated actively to crack down on domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as human trafficking. I’ve continued nationally-acclaimed work to reduce alcohol-related deaths on the state’s roadways and passed new laws to protect foster children.
Education is our top priority and it’s time to step up for our kids. For years I’ve worked to expand early childhood education, and now I’m focusing on the K-12 grades and the urgent need to reduce class sizes.
I believe I’ve lived up to my promise to rise above the partisan bickering to forge practical solutions with a common-sense approach. I’m not beholden to the party machine or the thundering herd of lobbyists in Olympia. I’m listening to you, the voter, and I speak with an independent voice, using my knowledge and experience to get things done. I remain committed to stay accessible and responsive to you, and to focus on preserving and enhancing our high quality of life.
It is difficult to describe in words the sense of responsibility that comes with serving in the Legislature. I truly appreciate what an honor it is to serve you. Please share your comments and concerns with me and I’ll continue to be in touch.
I hope I can count on your vote. Thank you very much for your support!