CHAMPIONING OUR SCHOOLS & EARLY LEARNING
I have two kids in public schools. I know firsthand that education is the most important responsibility of state government.
Learning starts at birth. In fact, the first five years of a child's life are fundamental to their lifelong learning. We must ensure that all children, regardless of income, race or geography, have access to quality early learning. This will provide a strong foundation for social and emotional learning, executive function, reading and math and more.
CREATING SAFE COMMUNITIES
In addition to supporting our law enforcement professionals and emergency responders, we can make our communities safer through policy. Whether it is road safety, gun responsibility or increasing access to mental health services, it is imperative that we keep our schools, workplaces and families safe.
As a mother and elected official, I am committed to fulfilling this basic responsibility. I became involved in politics when a road near my home was too dangerous for kids and cars crossing it. My involvement eventually led me to a seat on the Mercer Island City Council and to the State Legislature.
I have seen firsthand the devastation gun violence can have on individuals and an entire community. I will continue to champion responsible gun ownership and efforts to reduce gun violence.
We also know that mental health services, especially for children and youth, is too difficult to access. I have served as the co-chair of the legislature's Children's Mental Health Workgroup and passed numerous bills to improve access and training.
PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT
If you ask anyone why they moved to the Pacific Northwest, you almost always hear it was for the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. We are the stewards of that environment and I take that responsibility seriously. I believe we can have a vibrant economy and protect our environment.
If you ask any child or young adult, they will tell you that fighting climate change is the challenge of our generation.
In my first session in the legislature, I was honored to serve as Vice-Chair of the Environment Committee. As a member of the State Building Code Council, I championed successful proposals to require electric vehicle charging infrastructure in new multi-family and commercial buildings, to ensure compost is collected along with trash and recycling, and to ensure new buildings include water bottle filling stations with their drinking fountains.
While we made incredible policy changes in the 2019 legislative session to help slow climate change, we need to do even more in Washington State to reduce our impact on climate change and ensure clean air and water for the next generation.
When I talk about the struggles and challenges facing families, it is important to recognize the problems our transportation system cause for working parents. Let’s get out of congestion and home to have dinner with our kids.
I will always be a strong proponent for transportation infrastructure, public transportation, improving freight mobility and safe routes to school. These are important investments in the long-term health of our economy.