I am running to represent Legislative District 7 because I believe that we need new, bold leadership in Olympia. It was not my intention to run for office this year, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the historic lack of response to the healthcare crisis in our state and in our country, I felt it was important to give voters in this district a choice. District 7 deserves someone who doesn’t take money from insurance and pharmaceutical companies: I want to represent you, the people, not corporations.
Even before millions of people lost their jobs this year, we had hundreds of thousands of people without healthcare coverage in our state, and many more families, like my own, struggling to pay high premiums and copays. Every year healthcare premiums get higher and higher, not to mention the hidden costs of out-of-network fees and surprise billing. Additionally, many rural areas like ours are having private insurers decide that it is too expensive to keep covering people here, so they are moving out leaving hospitals to close. Which means that we could find ourselves driving hours to the closest medical facility or having to use life flight more often, which is incredibly expensive.
When elected, my first priority will be getting the Whole Washington Healthcare Trust legislation passed to ensure every Washintonian has healthcare. I will hold regular town halls to hear from you on what your priorities are. I have personally tried to get answers from our current representatives and their responses have been delayed or non-existent. I don’t want this to happen to you.
I have been elected to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee three times, and I am currently the elected member for the 7th Legislative District. I have also been a Precinct Committee Officer three times and have volunteered and been a staffer for many campaigns, specifically the Whole Washington Healthcare campaign. So I am very familiar with solutions to the healthcare crisis we currently find ourselves in.
I am so thrilled to be living in this community. My 8-year-old daughter goes to school here, we have a horse, a goat, and 14 chickens. Although we haven’t lived here long, District 7 and Nine Mile Falls has quickly become our forever home. Our family is Nine Mile Proud! My husband is an Air Force war veteran, my dad a Marine, and every generation of my family has served in the US Armed Forces.
As I said above, I am a proponent of state-based universal healthcare and Medicare for All federally.
Everyone should be able to see a doctor when they get sick. There should be no barriers to care, no copays, deductibles, or hidden costs.
We are the only developed country that doesn’t have universal healthcare, we pay the most for our for-profit system, and have the worst results. By implementing legislation like the Whole Washington Health Trust, Washington can become the example to the rest of the country and demonstrate what we know to be true: healthcare is a human right!
Money out of politics
Because of Citizen’s United, we now have a system where our democracy is bought and sold to the highest bidder. I was a staffer for I-735, the initiative to overturn Citizen’s United and create the 48th Amendment: that money isn’t speech and corporations aren’t people.