Elected Experience: None
Other Professional Experience: 25 years of public affairs and policy advocacy. Teresa has served as Executive Director, Program Manager, Lobbyist, Legislative Caucus Staff, and Consultant. She has worked on over 200 issue, public education, and candidate campaigns to make positive change for people at all levels of government.
Education: Mark Morris High School, Longview, WA. Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington. Double Degree in Political Science and Speech Communications.
Community Service: Founding Board Member of Lower Columbia School Gardens and Longview Public Schools Foundation; Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid Board member; Cowlitz County Vision 2020 Quality of Place Committee and many others.
Statement: Teresa Purcell was born and raised in Southwest Washington. Her grandparents moved to Aberdeen in 1943, and her parents moved to Longview in 1949 -- drawn by SW Washington's natural beauty, small town way of life, and abundant opportunity.
She is motivated to run to reduce high unemployment, sustain existing industries, diversify our economy, address our housing crisis, and improve poor health and educational outcomes. Teresa will bring uncommon experience, valuable relationships, and sound judgment to build on her successes as a citizen activist by bringing people together -- working across party lines for a shared vision to get results.