There are a lot of things going on right now that need to be addressed in Olympia. Here are the main reasons I am running this fall.
Vision to the future…In this biennium, the top priority for the senate will be funding education. As a parent to elementary age students in public school, I've had firsthand exposure to this complicated topic but I believe fulfilling the McCleary obligations are possible through a sustained budget without new taxes. I want to see the education conversation shift from funding to fulfillment. Once the legislature satisfactorily meets it’s paramount duty, we can focus education efforts on best preparing our students for career and college readiness. We cannot have the conversation if we are still arguing about funding the basics! Currently Washington State is the no. 2 importer of talent for highly skilled employment. I would like to reverse this number and see more homegrown talent find satisfying and rewarding careers in the PNW, if they choose.
Repair the present…Effective transportation solutions ensure the smooth movement of business and commerce. Currently, the transportation solutions in our neighborhoods are in desperate need of repair. With the launch of tolling on I-405, frustration levels are reaching a new height with unpredictable traffic patterns, changes in driving behaviors which push more commuters to local arterials and what has been most disappointing, the complete disregard of the voice of voters by Olympia. The suburban sprawl type communities in the 1st are not designed to be easily transported by foot, bike or mass transit. WSDOT needs to develop realistic solutions to free movement in our area. The current transportation solutions are neither effective nor adequate. If elected, I will be commuting to Olympia every day while in session, finding a real transportation solution will be a key priority!
Honor the past…While the 1st has been experiencing unprecedented growth since emerging from the Great Recession, the area also boasts a significant number of long-term residents choosing to stay well after their own families have grown. I am committed to representing the fiscally conservative principles of voters in this district without burdening residents with new taxes. Seniors and residents on a fixed income often represent our most vulnerable population when it comes to tax policy, the greatest generation has paved the road to the attractive area the 1st represents today, we should honor those that built the community we are happy to call home by ensuring it possible for them to also continue to call this area home.