Elected Experience: Bellingham City Council, Council President in 2016, Mayor Pro Tem, Chair Finance, Community and Economic Development, and Justice Committee.
Other Professional Experience: I've worked for Puget Sound Energy for 8 years, working throughout Whatcom County with businesses and communities on energy efficiency. I was instrumental in leading the Bellingham Energy Prize. Nominee, Whatcom Professional Women of the Year.
Education: University of Phoenix/Business, Leadership Whatcom, Project Management, Toastmasters.
Community Service: Serves on the Boards for Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, Whatcom Tourism and Parks and Recreation. Past: Downtown Partnership, Opportunity Council, Mount Baker Theater, Lake Whatcom Natural Resources, and Greenways. Volunteer at NSEA.
Statement: I am running to put people first. In Whatcom County we value our people; we believe in being good stewards of our land and we want our communities and families to thrive. I believe we have more in common than what separates us. For too long we have gone without a voice in Olympia that truly represents our unique needs here in the 42nd District. I will be that voice, prioritizing family wage jobs, affordable housing, and quality education.
I grew up in a farmhouse without running water and understand the issues facing our rural communities. Farming, dairy, and fishing are key sectors of our economy. I will protect our agricultural land, ensure water access, and support a healthy environment.
It’s imperative that women have equal opportunities in the workforce and young girls have role models in government. I’m passionate about advancing equal pay, family leave, and affordable healthcare.
Endorsed: Whatcom Women Democrats, Planned Parrenthood, Washington State Labor Council, Washington State Building Trades, U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene, County Councilmembers Rud Browne, Satpal Sidhu and Todd Donovan, Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, Councilmembers Roxanne Murphy, April Barker, and Gene Knutson, Ferndale Councilmembers Teresa Taylor and Cathy Watson.