Elected Experience: State Senate (2010-present), Mercer Island City Council (two terms 2003-2010)
Other Professional Experience: 28 years of business and entrepreneurial experience. Currently, small business - Partner, EMM Group, Inc.
Education: B.A. Northwestern University
Community Service: AWARDS: The Warren G. Magnuson Award for Bipartisan Leadership from the King County Municipal League, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Conservation Leadership Award, and National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award. SERVE: Bellevue College Foundation Board, Summer Search Board (mentoring at-risk youth), Thrive by Five Board, The Nature Conservancy Board, Puget Sound Ecosystem Coordinating Board, Community Economic Revitalization Board, and Washington State Task Force on Education Funding.
Statement: As a husband and father of four children, I am passionate about moving Washington forward by focusing on our economy, transportation and improving our schools. Through bi-partisan and inclusive governing, I achieved reforms towards a better government that focuses on your priorities.
Creating Jobs: We passed tax relief and common sense reforms for small businesses. Balancing the Budget: We passed a sustainable budget that protects education, the most vulnerable, as well as children’s and women’s healthcare without raising taxes.
World Class Education: We passed a comprehensive teacher evaluation system to help put a great teacher in every classroom. As an education leader endorsed by the League of Education Voters and Stand for Children, I am dedicated to ensuring parents have a say in their children’s education and their tax dollars are spent in the classroom. Improving Transportation: We continue to invest in transportation projects to reduce congestion on I-405 and I-90 and keep freight moving.
I am honored to have the support of State Representative Deb Eddy (D-Kirkland), State Senator Margarita Prentice (D-Renton), Bellevue Council Member Jennifer Robertson and others because of my strong advocacy on women’s issues. I respectfully ask for your vote.