Elected Experience: Appointed in 2011 to House of Representative and elected in November 2011 special election. Committees include Capital Budget, Higher Education Environment and Technology Committees. Served in Oregon House 1994-1998.
Other Professional Experience: Consultant for 25 years in operations improvements and government relations. Municipal and non-profit manager and organizer of farmers market, sexual assault crisis centers and other non-profit organizations. Served as researcher and policy analyst for city and county governments.
Education: B.A. Political Science, University of California, Riverside
Community Service: Past president and current member of Council for the Homeless and board member of Affordable Community Environments(ACE).
Statement: After my appointment, the voters elected me to continue as your State Representative. Creating jobs, preserving education and protecting our elderly, disabled and children are my priorities and were reflected in the balanced budget we passed. Our Jobs Now package creates 20,000 new jobs.
I have proven skills and a passionate commitment to fight for internal government reforms, cost savings and a fair and sustainable tax system to fund our priorities. I am a mom, a wife and a grandmother who believes in public service. We can have a strong economy and compassionate communities. I ask for your vote.
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Other Professional Experience: My first career was in finance, starting out as a bank/credit union loan officer. I also worked for the Vancouver Housing Authority¸ as the Financial Specialist for their grant, no/low interest loan program. Implementing that program was very gratifying, as we worked to help Hough/Rosemere residents remain in their homes and reverse the trend from rentals back to single-family dwellings. My second career is Education. It is the motivation for my campaign.
Education: Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, ID); B.A.Biology 3.1 GPA; Concordia University (Portland, OR) Teaching; Certificate. 4.0 GPA
Community Service: Member of Smarter Bridge Coalition.
Statement: Since 2004, I have advocated for taxpayers! Last December, I asked the County Commissioners to deny a 2012 - 1% property increase. They unanimously supported my request. Currently, I am a member of the Smarter Bridge Coalition. I have met with Oregon/Washington lawmakers, working on retaining the existing I-5 Bridge and establishing another, economical bridge, across the Columbia River.
I am asking for the support and votes of the great citizens of the 49th District. I will continue to work as hard for you, in Olympia, as I have, here in Vancouver. Thank you so much for your vote.
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