Elected Experience: Educator. Not a career politician.
Other Professional Experience: I have taught Constitutional Law, Public Policy, and American Political Institutions at WSU Vancouver for 23 years. I paid my way through college working at Safeway as a proud member of UFCW 555.
Education: B.A., University of Oregon, Ph.D., Rutgers University, Political Science, Fulbright Scholar
Community Service: My community work has focused on economic development and community partnerships. In 2017, I was awarded the Iris H-RoC Award, which honors Southwest Washington women who have promoted civil discourse, teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation.
Statement: I grew up in a rural coastal community. My family ran our small business, John’s Fresh Produce. During graduate school, I returned home each summer to work in the store and on our family farm. I started working at WSU Vancouver in 1995, where I am still teaching after 23 years.
Southwest Washington deserves a representative who puts People Over Politics and who is present, accountable, and committed to working for you. I’ve hosted over 25 town halls in front of more than 2,000 people. It’s clear that we need better leaders in DC who represent you; not party leadership or special interests.
Healthcare for All & Affordable Prescription Drugs: It’s time to stop playing politics with people’s healthcare. I’ll work to stabilize the ACA while we work to increase access and affordable options for all. We must allow Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices. Access to medicines needed to live should be equally affordable for all.
Good paying jobs & improving infrastructure: We need to end wage stagnation, promote family wage jobs, and provide economic opportunities for all. Let’s build an economy that ensures better wages and a better future. Rebuilding our infrastructure will create jobs and give families opportunities to succeed here at home. All our communities deserve reliable high-speed internet, so that they can succeed in today’s evolving economy.
Protect Social Security and Medicare: We must stop any effort to cut earned income and retirement programs. This is non-negotiable.
I’m endorsed by the Washington State Labor Council, American Federation of Teachers, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, former Governor Chris Gregoire, former U.S. Representatives Brian Baird and Don Bonker, State Senators Dean Takko and Annette Cleveland, State Reps. Monica Stonier and Sharon Wylie, Clark County’s 2017 First Citizen, Larry Smith, and many more.