It has been an honor to represent the people of central Pierce County in the state legislature for the past nine years. With your input and collaboration, we have worked to fund the completion of Highway 167, advance mental health and substance use disorder treatment, promote innovative ways to address homelessness, improve flexibility for local governments, encourage affordable housing, recognize our veterans, and help farmers, fire fighters, and low-income families.
Now, I am running for the Pierce County Council. With Councilmember Pam Roach’s retirement, I am seeking the 2nd District council seat, which includes Puyallup, Sumner, Fife, Edgewood, Milton, Browns Point, Northeast Tacoma, part of the Port of Tacoma, Pacific, and part of Auburn. After a decade in the legislature, I am ready to take on a new challenge, and I am eager to make an impact at the local level.
As we emerge from the COVID-19 era, people are eager to regain a sense of control over their lives. They will be looking to their representatives in local government to uphold the promise that individuals and communities can shape their own destinies.
Whoever sits on the County Council starting in January will need to focus a lot of attention on our county’s economy. We need our private sector to make a full recovery, create jobs, and grow Pierce County’s economy. We need to make responsible budget choices to promote public safety and health. We need to empower citizens to make a difference at the neighborhood level. As I have often said during my time in public service, we need to find ways to strengthen our communities, not our bureaucracies.
Please check out my website to learn more, and let’s work together for the future of our community. Please call me if you have ideas or questions.