Why I'm running.
We’re lucky to live in Senate District 26, which spans the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, and rural Multnomah and Clackamas Counties. Working people know it’s tough to make ends meet here. We need jobs that help our families prosper, affordable housing and healthcare, and safe communities. And, people are craving more respectful working together to solve problems. My background prepares me to deliver on all these issues. My parents raised me to know it’s my responsibility to leave a place better than I found it, and I want to do that for us, our children, and their children.
My top 3 priorities.
– A just economy that allows people to thrive: We need affordable housing and for many wages to go up. More than half of US adults have healthcare debt-unacceptable.
– Climate resilience and transition to a green future: Drought, heat waves, and wildfires are worsening. For the sake of younger generations and natural systems we must become more energy independent, with well-paying, innovative jobs.
– Protecting reproductive freedom and fending off far-right attacks on our civic institutions:
Why voters should choose me.
We face big, complex challenges (partisan divide, economy, pandemic, climate change) that require ongoing learning. My background is ideal: science and math instructor, climate change educator, resilience trainer – now working in public safety. I worked many years in the domestic abuse field, and am a fierce protector of women’s reproductive freedom. I have a big heart – and a math degree. I champion the rights of working people (I’ve been a long-haul trucker), and children, the disabled, seniors, and people of color – anyone marginalized in our current power-over system. I’ve risen above many challenges and helped others do the same.