Experience: Elected Commissioner for the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and
Training, 2005-2014; served as Vice-Chair 2007-2009, Chair 2009-2012.
Other Professional Experience: President and Founder of Interface
College, Spokane 1982-2012.
Education: MA Education, Gonzaga University; BA, St. Ambrose University,
Community Service: Over 12 years as board member/officer of the
Northwest Career College Federation, and Washington State Private School
Advisory Committee. Interface College was a member of the Chamber of
Commerce 29 years; I was a member of the K-12 Education committee and chair for
two years. I also coached youth sports for thirteen years.
Statement: Dysfunctional political parties, politicians with extreme
agendas, and special interests dominate Congress. This system works for
lawmakers and lobbyists, but not the country. I am running for Congress because
too few politicians have the courage and leadership skills to stand up to this
system and say, "Enough."
There is too much Big Money in elections and lobbying. All that money is legal,
but corrupt. Campaign finance reform is one of my top priorities. I pledge not
to accept contributions from special interests, and limit individual donations
to $500. I also pledge never to become a lobbyist after leaving office.
We also need to address deficits and national debt. Passing on massive debt to
future generations is poor economic policy and wrong. I will work with
Representatives from both parties to revitalize our economy with pro-growth
policies that do not balance our budget on the backs of working families or the
People deserve to be heard, and they deserve a visible, accessible, and
responsive Representative. I pledge to hold monthly town hall meetings, and
will respond to your inquiries within one business day.
Both parties are unwilling to work together to govern. Extreme voices have too
much control, and voters in the broad political center lack representation.
Lawmakers should work in a civil, bi-partisan fashion. I pledge not to take
part in political maneuvering that leads to shutdown of the federal government
or default on its obligations. Government has to work, and I will focus on
solutions, not partisan bickering.
My campaign has bi-partisan support. A Representative independent of a party
will be able unify voters across the political spectrum. I have the experience
and work ethic to be your effective voice in Congress. I hope to earn your
trust, respect, and vote.