For the past nine years I've worked hard in Olympia on your behalf, and achieved results in the face of tremendous economic and partisan challenges.
While my favorite job-related quote is one credited to former Lt. Governor Joel Pritchard -"It's amazing how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit"--it's critical that the people I work for know that I'm effective and on their side.
So, here's what I've been doing on issues that matter to our district.
Our region's economic prosperity is a top priority. As part of the solution, I passed legislation to help veterans enter the civilian workforce and to help unemployed mid-career entrepreneurs start their first businesses. With other Kitsap legislators, I secured funding for work force training and four year degree programs at Olympic College so that area residents have a better shot at the new jobs being created. This year, I was a key player in securing over $40 million for the construction of the new arts and health sciences building at OC, one of the largest construction projects in Bremerton and the largest community college construction project in the state.
Public Education is key to our economic strength. As a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, and an appointee to the Governor's working group to develop a K-12 funding plan, I've been a leading advocate in the legislature for ample funding for our schools, as well as for policies and reforms that move our state into the 21st century. Innovations I've championed include developing and improving access to the state's first online public university (Western Governors University) as well increased transparency for the public in school district spending and student achievement. My strong advocacy has twice earned me the Legislator of the Year award from the Association of Career and Technical Education, and in 2014 I received the Washington Principals Association Legislator of the Year Award.
Strong communities are key to shared economic health. When it comes to our ferry system, I've led the charge in Olympia to maintain our level of service and to retain the ferries' integral role in our state's highway system. I've fought hard to achieve health insurance protections for local residents, and for oil spill prevention and response laws that protect our Puget Sound and coastal waters and hold oil companies responsible for their mistakes. In 2015 I led the drive to insure that all law enforcement officers in our state receive Crisis Intervention Training, to better serve our officers and improve the outcomes of police interractions with the mentally ill.
In Olympia I have a reputation as both a consensus builder and someone who delivers for those whom I represent. Much of the work I do originates from the people I serve. Kitsap County has a history of electing representatives who place community priorities over party label. I share this ethic and will always place progress over partisanship.
I am always available to you- please feel free to email me at email@example.com, and I will do my best to respond personally and promptly. If you have concerns about legislative matters, you can contact me through my legislative office.
Thank you for visiting this website. I hope that I will have your support during this campaign and your vote in 2016.