City: Veradale, Washington
Education: Graduated from Shadle Park High School in 2000. Graduated from Brigham Young University in Idaho in 2005 with a degree in psychology.
Work Experience: Worked out of her home since becoming a parent in 2007. Currently runs a permitted cottage bakery out of her home since January 2023. Became a Notary Public in 2022. Taught violin lessons from 2014-2021. Did interior design and home staging for on-market properties from 2019-2020.
Political Experience: Chair of Voice for Washington Children, advocacy group that petitioned to put Referendum 90 on 2020 ballots.
Family: Married to Tim Barker with four children all currently attending schools in the Central Valley district, but homeschooled in the 2020-2021 school year.
Campaign finance: Has raised just over $10,000 as of Sept. 18. Donations are largely from individual donors, including $200 from Rob Linebarger, petitioner of a failed recall attempt against the three incumbents in 2021; $1,200 each from James and Holly Mulloy; and $1,000 from Michael Dobson. Received $1,000 from Summit Engineering.
Two newly elected Central Valley School Board members assumed office, and the board selected its internal leadership at Monday’s school board meeting.
Two of three challengers in contentious Central Valley school board election overtake long-time incumbents
Two longtime Central Valley School Board members lost their re-election bids in last week’s vote.
Long-time Central Valley School Board member Debra Long lost her lead Friday in her bid to retain her seat, putting more conservative candidates on a path for winning the majority on the board.
It was too close to call the victors late Tuesday in Central Valley School Board’s contentious and expensive races this year between conservative challengers and long-time incumbents.
The six candidates for Central Valley School Board discuss legislative advocacy, parent’s rights in candidate forum
Curriculum, local control and parents’ role in education dominated conversation among candidates in a student-moderated Central Valley School Board election forum Monday evening.
Central Valley School Board incumbent defends district’s spending and transparency from challenger calling for change
This November, Central Valley voters will have their choice between a school board incumbent of 16 years and current board president, and the driving force behind referendum 90, the 2020 ballot measure challenging state sex education requirements.