I am a single working mom living in West Seattle with my three kids. I know first-hand what it means to juggle it all: getting an education, raising kids, working, and making ends meet.
I’ve been on the ground serving non-profit organizations in our community and alongside community advocates for a long time. Currently, I sit on the Board of WestSide Baby, based in White Center, which provides diapers and safety equipment for families in need. I have also served as a Board member for the West Seattle Food Bank. My three kids have all attended Seattle Public Schools, I’ve served on the PTA as the legislative representative and organizing parents for visits to Olympia to demand the Legislature fund education.
After spending some time raising my own kids (and taking seven years to complete a two year masters degree — because, well, kids) I went to work for our King County Councilmember, Joe McDermott. At the County, I got to work with community members, activists, service providers, and businesses across the 34th District including restoring Mukai Gardens on Vashon, implementing Rapid Ride in West Seattle, and improving transit service to White Center and Burien. I was also the lead budget staffer for Councilmember McDermott when he chaired the Budget Committee for three years, managing the County’s $9 billion biennial budget proposal and passing it through our bipartisan council.
I always say it’s easy to name the problem. The hard part is finding a solution. I’m running because I know how hard it can be to find solutions. I don’t pretend to know everything,but I do know how to collaborate and listen — how to bring everyone to the table including those most affected who too often don’t have a voice,, the experts who know what best practices work, and the implementers who will execute the solution. I’m also the only candidate with experience passing progressive policies in a bipartisan environment like the highly divided State Senate.
I did this at King County when I helped lead the passage and implementation of Best Starts for Kids. This flexible funding has provided community spaces for at-risk teens, put more health workers in our schools, and prevented 3,000 individuals from entering homelessness last year.
Now, I’m excited to take my proven record of results to the state level.
If you’d like to learn some more about me and my candidacy, you can check out our video below!