I am running for Whatcom County Council District 1 because I want to see a government that works for all people, focusing on the solutions needed for today and for generations to come. As an experienced public servant, who has worked at the local, state, and federal levels of government, my multidisciplinary approach and balanced perspective helps bring people together to find common ground and solve complex problems. I understand how the system works and my experiences will make me an effective leader, policy maker, and community advocate.
Growing up in a family built upon generations of dedicated public service, I was taught to think critically and have compassion and empathy for others. My parents are small business owners and health care providers, so I understand first hand the importance of our small businesses to our community and our economy. I have seen them struggle with increasing costs, economic pressures, and addressing what’s next with adapting to the new normal. We must continue to support our businesses as we recover from the pandemic. They are core to our community culture and identity.
I have worked for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and Washington State House of Representatives, in addition to volunteering on the Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee, where I have assisted in revising the Whatcom County Climate Action Plan, and the City of Bellingham Community Development Advisory Board, where I have supported the city in funding critical projects for affordable housing and human services. Serving at every level of government has deepened my knowledge and understanding of government processes and how to be an effective policy maker and leader.