Elected Experience: None.
Other Professional Experience: AutoCAD drafter, small business owner, writer & publisher. Former drafting department supervisor, custom model builder, window shade maker, electronics assembler & QC inspector, park patrol officer, grocery bagger, pizza deliverer, and hardware store clerk.
Education: Master of Science in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), University of Washington, 2015; Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, 1990, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California; Associate of Arts, 1984, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California.
Community Service: Long time blood donor (six gallons), long time financial supporter of KNHC Radio - Seattle Public Schools, long time recycler and repurposer, past volunteer reserve deputy sheriff.
Statement: I have a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Washington, and I am a critical thinker. As a member of the District 7 community since 1997 I have observed many changes and much growth in that time. We have a dynamic and diverse district. As U.S. Representative I will work with all members of the district, not just those who vote for me. I recognize the outlying neighborhoods and cities, as well as the core of Seattle. I am not beholden to any political party, and I treat everyone with a sense of equality.
I advocate support and encouragement for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields in education. We are falling behind, and without strength in these fields we stifle innovation. For all students, I advocate teaching critical thinking skills and teaching to understand, not simply to pass tests. We need to keep up in an increasingly complex world.
Humans are explorers. I advocate space exploration. We have several private ventures going into space, and this is wonderful. What has happened, however, to our national spirit of exploration that we saw with the Apollo Missions and the Space Shuttle? Our community has a lot of talent who can take on new missions, and we will benefit from the advances in materials and technology that can be used here on the ground.
Too many of us no longer know our neighbors. People are overwhelmed, trapped in survival mode, or isolated for other reasons. There is increasing division over minor differences. Why divide ourselves when we can join over our similarities? How does all this relate to crime, mental illness, and feelings of alienation? I advocate efforts to get to know each other again to improve the health of the community.