A candidate for State Representative Pos. 2, Legislative District 49 in the 2010 Washington General Election
Elected Experience: Washington State House of Representatives 49th District Re-elected to a fourth term in 2008 Vancouver Washington City Council for two terms
Other Professional Experience: Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore Commerce and Labor Committee Health Care and Wellness Committee Transportation Committee Rules Committee Joint Committee on Veterans & Military Affairs
Education: Washington State University BS in Psychology Portland State University Graduate School of Social Work Portland State University Mark Hatfield School of Government
Community Service: Member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Vancouver; Clark County Methamphetamine Task Force; Human Services Council Board member; Board member of Washington End of Life Coalition
Statement: I believe in leadership that knows its people, invests in them and acts to protect those in need. Public investment in roads, schools and sustainable power will allow us to attract new industries and family wage jobs. Republican boom and bust economics left us with a crash that strapped our state with record vacancies and unparalleled unemployment.
Result: A third of our state budget evaporated. I helped preserve Washington's excellent credit rating while sparing important programs. To me, this is what real leadership is about: protecting our most vulnerable, investing in the future and holding tight to our values.