On this race: Elected Experience: Democratic Precinct Committee Officer
Other Professional Experience: Current: Owner, Cheryl Crist Yoga. Former: Public high school teacher; Financial consultant for a brokerage firm; Manager of a social services non-profit organization; Radio advertising sales manager; Real estate agent; College liaison to military education offices.
Education: Master of Education, Texas Tech University; Bachelor of Arts, Austin College.
Community Service: Citizen activist on issues of peace, health care, campaign finance reform, and the environment; Founding member, Thurston County Progressive Network; Former steering committee member, Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation; Crisis line volunteer; Volunteer, Thurston County Food Bank; Volunteer, Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB).
Statement: Together, we have an amazing opportunity to change the priorities of our government. Government can be a place where we come together to build a brighter future. To make this happen, we need a courageous representative who values people over corporate profits, life over conquest, and economic and environmental sustainability over quick financial gain.
This election is about who you want representing your views in Congress, so let me tell you where I stand: I'll be a representative who listens to all people, not just those who have the most money. As a military mom, I'll vote to bring our troops home so we have money to spend on the things we need here: public education, health care, and jobs that don't make people or the planet sick. I'll vote to rein in the kind of corporate abuses of power that crashed our economy and polluted the Gulf of Mexico. To save struggling people, small businesses, and local governments, I'll vote for new sources of revenue, such as a securities trading excise tax that would reduce our national debt and save vital social services. I will work tirelessly to find creative, intelligent solutions to the many problems we face.
Since I moved to Southwest Washington in 1984, I have been a stockbroker, a real estate agent, and have managed a non-profit organization. It was a joy to raise my son David here, who now serves in the U.S. Air Force. I am inspired to build a better world for him, my granddaughter, and all future generations.
We can use the power of the people to transition from a war economy to a peaceful, green economy. Send me to Congress and together we'll bring government back on the side of the people.