As the son of a police officer, I will always support our law enforcement. I respect and appreciate our brave and honorable public servants as they defend and protect our families, communities, and country. We must give our law enforcement family the resources and tools to do their job right and to rebuild the bonds of trust with those they serve. I do not support defunding the police – and instead pledge to work together in reducing crime with policies that work better for all of us.
I am a public servant, not a politician. Too many politicians put party before all – and that’s wrong. As a naval officer, I didn’t ask my fellow service members if they were a Democrat or a Republican – I asked how we could all better serve our country. And that’s how I approach government – how can we all serve and make our communities better. No matter if you’re a Republican, a Democrat or somewhere in between, I will stand up for you and our shared values as Americans.
With my family having served in every major conflict since World War II, I answered the call of duty and attended the U.S. Naval Academy. Life-long public service is in my blood. After over a decade of protecting our nation, I serve on the board of the Whidbey Veterans Resource Center (WVRC) to ensure that we give veterans and their families the services they deserve – affordable housing, access to quality healthcare, and good employment.
I do not support raising taxes – and instead, we need to get money back into the hands of working people. We’re seeing prices increase everywhere from groceries and gas to the cost of housing. This means that we need to re-envision how we ensure economic growth and job creation while also paying for vital services that benefit everyone. I will fight to give tax relief to low- and middle-income families and fix our regressive tax structure.
This issue is personal to me – as a board member and volunteer at Skagit Friendship House, I see the struggles of our homeless and working poor every week. Unaffordable housing affects everyone, young and old. The state legislature needs to break down barriers and remove obstacles so that non-profits and other developers are incentivized to build affordable housing. This includes providing tax waivers/exemptions and incentives for qualifying projects. We also need to support our farmers by protecting farmlands from uncontrolled, unaffordable developments like Fully Contained Communities (FCC).
Protecting Our Environment
Our environment drives our economy – from our farming and fishing industry to small businesses and tourism. We need to protect our lands and waterways for sustainable fishing and farming, and ensure a healthier future. Having studied environmental law with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), I know that Washington can lead the way in developing a strong clean energy economy that provides high-wage jobs without leaving our current workforce behind. By encouraging initiatives that make sense and are cost effective, we can improve the quality of life for everyone.
Everyone should have access to quality, affordable healthcare. I will fight to lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, improve mental health and substance recovery services, and help rural healthcare providers and nursing homes. I support a women’s freedom to choose and believe that the state has no business getting involved in private healthcare decisions.