I have three kids, and two of them have special needs. I’m running for them. I’m running because I want to make sure our schools are protected and the programs so many kids rely on aren’t cut. I am a volunteer with my kids PTA which exposes me to the gaps in our systems for children in special education. Covid-19 has also exposed gaps in our systems which disadvantage students. One of my priorities at the Legislature will be ensuring that all schools are fully funded and have the resources they need to prepare students for successful futures.
My mother had early on-set Alzheimer's, and I was her primary caregiver. Initially, she did not qualify for Medicare and I was left struggling to find her quality healthcare. Because of the cost of healthcare, we were unable to afford life-saving medications, which deeply impacted her memory. When she finally had been disabled long enough to get medicare, the damage to her memory was done. My kids lost their Granny, one piece at a time. No one should have to make that kind of decision or live with that kind of guilt. This is why I will fight for every Washingtonian to have access to qaulity healthcare.
Internet is a public utility and needs to be treated as such. Over the last couple of months, Covid-19 has exposed the gaps in our utility systems across the state, and especially in rural areas. I know how important fast, reliable internet is for parents who work from home, as well as, for students from elementary school to college. Internet is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for work, school and play. We need a legislator who will prioritize the need for fast connections and who can work across the aisle to find common ground and collaborate towards an internet system that works for everyone.