Elected Experience: None
Other Professional Experience: Small business owner for over 25 years. President of Insurance Resource Group in Edmonds, a firm specializing in Consumer Directed Health Plans. Past President of the NW Washington Association of Health Underwrites. Former Board Member of the Washington Association of Health Underwriters.
Education: Graduate of Edmonds High School. Attended Shoreline Community College before earning a degree in business at the University of Washington.
Community Service: Member of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and the Emergency Services Coordinating Agency. Youth baseball coach in the Pacific Little League
Statement: We can make positive change now and put Washington on a better path. I'm ready to represent you in Olympia by asking the tough questions and working on real long term solutions.
State government is badly in need of reform. Legislators have ignored the need to restructure state government so it is affordable now and into the future. After facing deficits the last two sessions and raising our taxes over $800 million this year, legislators will face a staggering $3 billion deficit in 2011. The problem is obvious: government spent too much of our money. I will work to balance the budget while cutting taxes and restore fiscal common sense in Olympia.
Reforming state government won't be easy. Facing such a large deficit, the reality is that some state government programs will need to be reduced. My priorities will be, cutting taxes, creating private sector jobs and improving the output of our schools. It is vital to identify and cut the waste in Olympia so we can make our government run more efficiently.
We can't tax our way out of a recession and we can't wish our problems away. With your help we will put more Washingtonians back to work.