Elected Experience: Chairman, Washington State Republican Party 2013-18; Winner, 2009 County Executive Primary, Seattle Times endorsement
Other Professional Experience: 20 years TV News Journalist KIRO(CBS)-Five Emmys; 10 years Executive Director, Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences
Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Florida; Certificate, National Security Forum, USAF Air University
Community Service: Seattle Colleges Advisory Board; Mayor Nickels Good Neighbor Award; Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation; Seattle Symphony Chair; King County Elections Task Force-Ron Sims appointee; Salvation Army NW Board; Governor's A+ Education Commission-Gary Locke appointee; Young Life Chair; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars-Presidential appointee; Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Trustee
Statement: Our people deserve better than an ineffective Senator seeking an undeserved 4th term. We need a Senator who truly cares about the concerns of this Washington, not the other. Unlike her, I’ve been in every county and corner of the state these last 5 years--and I’ve heard you! You are fed up with Seattle’s harmful policies which she accepts and supports--polices that jeopardize our future. You want a Senator who votes your pocketbook, not hers. You want big change now and so do I. In this election, I’m fighting for you. And I need your vote.
My ties here actually began before I was born--when my German and Norwegian immigrant grandparents settled in Tacoma. While I moved a lot as a military daughter and wife, my husband and I returned to the Puget Sound as soon as we finished Marine Corps active duty. We raised our two boys, investing time in things that matter: our kids’ teachers, schools, and teams; our work (my husband at Boeing); our church--serving UW students; and many significant community needs. We also enjoyed hiking mountains, whale watching and helping visitors pronounce Puyallup.
But all the while I was fighting for you. Against a state income tax, against reckless spending of your taxes. For children’s health, for public schools, for fair elections in King County. Unlike my opponent, I would have voted for working-family tax cuts, for our military, for the first woman to head the CIA. I will champion Washington’s farms that feed the world. I can bring home vital infrastructure dollars, which she cannot. And be assured, when President Trump is good for Washington State, I’ll support him. When he’s not, I can talk to him.
I’ll be your voice. I’ll fight for you. Let’s win this together!