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We need an experienced, progressive leader to represent the people of the 22nd district.

From serving as a legislative aide assisting constituents of the 22nd district, to leading the United Way of Thurston County’s community impact work, and working as a policy analyst for Washington’s community health centers – I have dedicated my career to assisting working families and our vulnerable neighbors in Thurston County.

I was first elected in 2015 and re-elected last fall. I was elected Mayor Pro Tem by my council colleagues in January 2019. During this time I have fought to create affordable housing, address homelessness, and improve public health and safety. In the legislature, I will continue fighting for working families, seniors, and our most vulnerable to ensure we all have an opportunity to thrive

 

 

Critical Investments in Homelessness Services & Supports

  • Led the Home Fund campaign resulting in $7 million/year investment in Permanent Supportive Housing.
  • This is a historical affordable housing measure in the South Puget Sound that will build housing for hundreds of vulnerable individuals in our community.
  • Testified in support of HB 1406, which passed in 2019 providing cities with critical funding to address affordable housing.
  • Partnered with the Providence Community Care Center to provide critical health and dignity services to vulnerable individuals.
  • Created a safe mitigation site for safe temporary shelter with storage & hygiene services.
  •  Expanded 24/7 access to shelter for youth and adults at Rosie’s Place, Community Youth Services.
  • Invested $400,000 to the Family Support Center to create affordable housing connected to support services for families.
  • Created the Plum St. Village operated by the Low-Income Housing Institute, providing housing, hygiene and case management services to vulnerable adults.
  • Hired the City's first Homelessness Coordinator.

 

 

 

A Safer, More Welcoming & Sustainable Community

  • In November of 2016 wrote and sponsored Olympia’s Sanctuary City Resolution - ensuring that all Olympia residents are safe and receive City services regardless of immigration status. 
  • Expanded downtown walking patrol, established police neighborhood liaisons, familiar faces program, and crisis response unit.
  • The Familiar Faces Program utilizes peer navigators with lived substance use disorder experience to proactively engage with chronically homeless individuals who are frequent utilizers of public services.
  • The Crisis Response Unit consists of mental health providers who are diverted to 911 calls for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Expanded the Olympia Community Court to divert individuals out of the criminal justice system and connect them to services.
  • Adopted sea level rise response plan.

 

 

 Legislative Advocacy


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