— Abraham Lincoln
I ran for State Senate in 2018, seeking the privilege of serving all citizens in Washington State’s 39th District to fix our problems and help build stronger families. Strong families build strong economies. I will represent all the people of the 39th District — not just those who vote for me, but especially those who voted against me, and those too young or infirm to vote.
Running for Senate means I listen to the people of the 39th District. We need to fix the problems, not the blame. Both Democrat and Republican career politicians either voted for the problems we face or were absent and refused to vote to correct them. We deserve better.
When we greet a service man or woman, we often say “Thank you for your service”. Many will respond “Did you vote?”. They fight for our right to live in a free society, where every citizen has a voice and the ability to decide how the country is run. In the last presidential election, less than 2/3rds of Americans eligible to vote did so. People 18-35 make up about 1/3 of the voting population, but less than half of that age group voted. When our service men and women are willing to lay their lives on the line for you to have the privilege to vote, the least we can do to respect their commitment, their sacrifice, and their time away from their family is to vote.