Elected Experience: State Representative (appointed Dec. 2011)
Other Professional Experience: University of Washington, School of Public Health, clinical instructor; Public Interest Attorney, Director, Heart of America Northwest, citizen’s group for Hanford cleanup
Education: University of Washington, School of Law
Community Service: Community Service Award Winner 2010, UW School of Public Health; PTSA, active volunteer in schools 15+ years, a leader of efforts to reduce school overcrowding; Washington Coalition for Open Government, Officer; Chair, Budget and Contracts Oversight Committee, Hanford Advisory Board, (elected 12 times) overseeing budgets for nation’s largest public works project; Seattle City Light Strategic Plan Advisory Committee; Drafted, led efforts passing many environmental, consumer protection laws.
Statement: I ask to continue as your State Representative to make our tax system more fair, champion schools, protect our environment and consumers.
For thirty years, I've stood up to special interests to do what's right. As Director of Heart of America Northwest, I lead efforts to stop Hanford from being a radioactive waste dump. I've spent years working to improve public schools. In my first session, I led efforts to eliminate tax loopholes, pass the "Toxic Free Kids Act," end predatory towing rates, preserve college aid. Democratic Party Nominee, endorsed: Labor Council, NARAL, our teachers, environmental leaders, Councilmember Bob Ferguson.