Politics in our state have grown out of touch. Career politicians in Olympia have forgotten that they are there to serve us and would rather play political games than sit down and work together. When our leaders are more inclined to shout their outrage instead of sitting down and having the hard conversations our state needs all while our neighbor’s voices fall silent, we need someone who can restore balance. That is why I am announcing my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor.
Out of every elected official in our state, no position more requires a moderating touch than the Lieutenant Governor. Of all of the positions, only the Lieutenant Governor combines the duties of an executive and a legislator and needs to work directly with the state legislature to breach impasses. We need someone who can bring both sides of the aisle together to tackle our difficult problems and I know I am that person.
In my Seattle City Council run I was able to build a broad coalition of support bringing people from the left, the right, and the middle together in common cause, gaining 40% of the vote. I am driven to help create a better world for my young children. I will guide our legislature to focus on our commonalities not our differences to find the best solutions and work hard to improve our real issues. Issues like homelessness, addiction and mental health, public safety, education and our environment.
You can read more about my reasons for running in my Op-Ed in Shift Washington.