CHAMPIONING OUR SCHOOLS
I have two kids in public schools. I know firsthand that education is the most important responsibility of state government.
I also know that for too long the state didn’t make education our highest priority. This past year, we finally officially met the requirements of the McCleary decision to fully fund our public schools. However, I know we are still underfunding special education, school counselors and nurses, arts and other critical services for our students. There is still more work to do.
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, transit services and improving freight mobility. These are important investments in the long-term health of our economy.
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 combating domestic violence, 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 as a State Representative, I continue to advocate for Safe Routes to School and DUI prevention efforts.
I have seen firsthand the devastation gun violence can have on individuals and an entire community. Last session, we passed legislation to ban bump-stocks, allow individuals to place themselves on a "do not buy" list and added domestic violence harassment as a crime preventing someone from owning a gun. I will continue to introduce legislation to reduce access to dangerous weapons and to keep our communities safe.
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.
In my first session, I served as Vice-Chair of the Environment Committee. This session, we created a first-in-the-nation statewide drug takeback program and banned the use of toxic chemicals in food packaging and firefighting foam that have polluted our waters and endangered firefighters.
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, where viable, along with trash and recycling, and that new buildings include water bottle filling stations with their drinking fountains.
We need to do our part in Washington State to reduce our impact on climate change and ensure clean air and water for the next generation.