Elected Experience: Served 8 years in Washington State House and 8 years in Senate.
Other Professional Experience: Owner, general contracting firm for 25 years; directed job training program for disabled and disadvantaged citizens for five years; taught at the UW and Bellevue Community College; worked at Seattle Urban League in housing, workforce training and employment programs.
Education: BA, MA in Political Science, UW
Community Service: Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER); Task Force Against the Trafficking of Persons; Former Board member of Shoreline Chamber of Commerce; Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council; Shoreline Solar Project; WA State Peace Action; Seattle Indian Center; OPIEU 8.
Statement: As Chair of the Economic Development and International Trade Committee, I lead the effort to reform our state’s economic development programs and advocate for working families and small businesses. I advocate for technological innovation, including statewide broadband, and adopting beneficial policies like the $400 million property tax cut that will go into effect next year.
I pledge to continue my work on tax reform by ending old, unproductive tax exemptions, and restoring full funding for education, social services, and essential public works that benefit all of us. I will continue to prioritize state and local parks, trees, and open spaces that are necessary for our physical and emotional health.
I sponsor crucial legislation that delivers fairness and justice for the people of our state such as the ban on bump stocks, the Voting Rights Act, the Reproductive Parity Act, the Future of Work, and more. I am asking for your vote so I can continue to represent you and create opportunities for all.
Endorsed by 32nd District Democrats, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Planned Parenthood, Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Sierra Club, Washington State Labor Council, and elected leaders across Washington.