As we emerge from the COVID-19 era, we need our private sector to fully recover, create jobs, and grow Pierce County’s economy. Pierce County is poised for tremendous employment growth—and political leadership is an important component in our county’s economic development. With more employers locating in Pierce County, residents can shorten their commutes, spend more time with their families, and invest more in their neighborhoods.
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Whether it’s homeless adults who are experiencing substance abuse disorder, or high school students struggling with mental illness, we need to everything we can to provide the behavioral health resources that people need—when they need it. Our behavioral health system is full of gaps, but leaders in Pierce County are already working together to make mental health and substance use disorder treatment the priority that it should be. I am eager to get involved and be part of the solution at the county level.
To grow jobs locally, we need to focus on improving our roads. As a State Representative, I worked to secure funding for completion of Highway 167 to I-5 and the Port of Tacoma, and as a State Senator, I led the push to accelerate the completion project so that it is finished three years sooner. I also worked to ensure that bridge replacement funding was prioritized to the Meridian Street Bridge over the Puyallup River. Now, we have an opportunity to finish Canyon Road across the Puyallup River. As your county council member, I will work hard to secure the funding needed for this critical project and other important road projects.
Government exists to provide security so that you and I can live freely and peacefully. We must ensure that our county sheriff, prosecutor, and courts are equipped with everything they need to do their jobs well.
As the ranking member on the Senate Housing Stability and Affordability Committee, I spend a lot of time working across party lines to advance common sense housing policy at the state level. Our region faces a serious housing shortage, and we need policy reforms to meet the demand while upholding other values like environmental stewardship. I am eager to get to work at the county level to create new incentives and options for affordable housing.