The state’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic has had a dramatic impact on our state’s economy. As a small business owner, I know first-hand what many in our communities are experiencing and know what we should be doing to ensure a robust economic recovery. That starts with ensuring Olympia listens to our needs. We don’t need a heavy-handed, one-size fits all approach. I have experience as a legislator, doing all I can to fight for our small businesses and employees. We can get people back to work safely and reopen our economy.
School closures have meant lost learning for too many students. We are still spending records amounts on education. We should ensure kids are learning and taxpayers are getting the most for their investment in our future. As a former school board president, I understand the value of empowering local districts to make the best decisions for their communities. I stood for parent’s rights and local control and voted against the kindergarten sex education bill.
Now more than ever our state must support our local farmers. International trade pressures, changes in consumer habits and relentless regulations are pushing our farmers to the brink. We need to help them compete in global markets, provide certainty and secure farmers' water rights now and into the future. We cannot afford to sell out our farmers to big corporate interests. I will be a Senator that puts our local interests first.