I am running for re-election to continue my work to make life easier for busy families.
This starts with access to early learning. Our schools in the 41st are some of the best in the country and this past legislative session we made a significant investment in college need grants. However, too many families are unable to access or afford childcare and other early learning services. We know the first five years of a child's life are critical to development, learning, emotions and executive functioning. Someone's income, race or geography should not determine their children's opportunity for a strong start in life.
Last year, the legislature passed my bill, the "Equal Pay Opportunity Act," marking the first update to the state's equal pay law in 75 years. I have been honored to speak often on the topic of equal pay and women's rights and look forward to continuing to do so.
Listening to the voices of young people across our community, state and country, we know that addressing climate change and gun violence are critical issues for them. They should be front and center of our work in the legislature as well.
Whether it’s championing early learning, making sure our economy treats everyone fairly, or preventing climate change and gun violence, I am excited to continue to work with all of you to make sure the Eastside is one of the best places to live.