Elected Experience: Democratic State Committeeman and Precinct Committee Officer
Other Professional Experience: For eight years I've worked in the Finance Department at Whatcom Transportation Authority. I've taught in inner city schools and at universities. I have 25 years of experience in business administration and operations management. I was a professional German to American translator of corporate and legal documents.
Education: Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University, Ohio; Salzburg Universität, Austria.
Community Service: Former President, Health Care for All Washington, a statewide nonprofit advocating single-payer healthcare; Chair, Washington State Progressive Caucus; Member, League of Women Voters and Washington Conservation Voters.
Statement: People are scared, afraid of losing their jobs or homes. They feel deceived by health care reform that keeps the for-profit insurance companies in charge of our care, and betrayed by the trillion dollars spent on open-ended wars and disappointed by a promise of change that has brought very little. We need to take our country back from corporate sellouts, one congressional seat at a time.
As your representative, my top priority will be goods “Made in the USA by Americans.” I will fight to end tax breaks for companies shipping jobs overseas. A strong America needs fair trade agreements that preserve American jobs, and a Green New Deal, creating jobs in renewable energy and efficiency. We need bold leadership in Congress, now.
Americans deserve the same health security as Congress. Quality health care should be a birthright, not a privilege, denied to maximize corporate profits. I would push to eliminate direct-to-consumer drug ads, lowering drug prices.
We remain mired in unwinnable conflicts abroad. I will only approve funding to bring our troops home, quickly and responsibly, and to convert our bases into hospitals and universities. Veterans need and deserve decent jobs and timely health care. I propose redirecting 20% of the defense budget to education, renewable energy, updating infrastructure, and getting Americans back to work.
We must break Wall Street's grip on government. I will take down the “for sale” signs in the halls of Congress. I favor publicly-financed elections so that ordinary people, not lobbyists and big donors, control our country's fate and political character.
I am asking for your vote. Send me to Washington, D.C. to fight hard for stable homes, secure livelihoods and real protection of our health and environment – real democracy.