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How We’re Working to Improve Public Safety

How We’re Working to Improve Public Safety

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I’ve lived in Washington state my whole life — it’s where I chose to raise my family — and share your concern about crime in our communities. I want to ensure people are safe in their homes and neighborhoods. In past years, we’ve worked diligently to address the increase in crime that spiked as we came out of the pandemic. Thankfully, most cities and states have seen violent crime rates plummet. For some time, Seattle remained a ...

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32nd District Town Hall TOMORROW in Mountlake Terrace!

32nd District Town Hall TOMORROW in Mountlake Terrace!

Dear friends and neighbors, I wanted to send one more reminder about tomorrow’s In-Person Town Hall in Mountlake Terrace at 7:00pm. This is your opportunity to hear our post-session updates, ask us questions, and share your thoughts on what we should focus on during interim. Good legislation comes when you share your voice with your legislators. We need to know what is working, what isn’t and how we can make your life – and the lives of all Washingtonians – better! You’re ...

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The Transformational Investments in This Year's Budget and Our Upcoming Town Hall

The Transformational Investments in This Year's Budget and Our Upcoming Town Hall

Dear Friends and Neighbors, One of the Legislature’s most important jobs is passing a budget for Washington state. Every year, the Senate and House agree on a single version of three different budgets: operating, capital and transportation. Each directs funding to the programs, projects, and construction required to move Washington forward year after year. This all might sound complicated, but really it boils down to talking to members of our communities to hear what they need funded and working with partners to ...

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On Education There’s Lots to be Hopeful About, and Lots Left to Do

On Education There’s Lots to be Hopeful About, and Lots Left to Do

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The children learning in Washington’s public schools are the future of our state; we need to make sure each and every one receives a top-quality education. Education is the foundation of a successful economy, a healthy society, and a thriving democracy. Every session, we need to be thinking about how we can best serve our school system. It takes years of work and focus for students to reach their potential; the same is true of creating policies ...

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Our Town Hall Has Been Rescheduled to Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 PM!

Our Town Hall Has Been Rescheduled to Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 PM!

Friends and neighbors, Unfortunately, we’ve had to reschedule our upcoming Virtual Town Hall. We will now be hosting the event on Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 6:30 PM. The event has been updated on Facebook and YouTube so if you’ve already signed up there’s no need to sign up again. Just make sure you’ve marked your calendar! We’re looking forward to hearing your questions and input on the big issues we’re working on this session! Democracy works best when we all come together ...

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How the CCA Will Keep Washington Safe

How the CCA Will Keep Washington Safe

Climate change threatens us all. In the past decades, we’ve seen increased flooding, catastrophic wildfires, droughts, habitat destruction, salmon depletion, and other existential threats to our way of life in Washington. These are not abstract problems to be dealt with in a far-off future. We are seeing the damage of climate change right now in our communities. The Quinault Indian Nation village of Taholah, a low-lying community near the Pacific Coast, has had to plan for complete relocation due to rising ...

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We’re Making Progress on Behavioral Health, and We Won’t Stop Now!

We’re Making Progress on Behavioral Health, and We Won’t Stop Now!

Dear neighbors, Our behavioral health crisis is one of the most widespread and personal issues now facing Washington state. So many families have had to grapple with the reality of serious mental health conditions. Few communities are unaffected by the housing instability and addiction epidemics that result from untreated behavioral health issues. We’ve learned a lot in the last few years. As Democrats, we’ve come together to build a new, stronger behavioral health system. By using innovative approaches, support for our workforce, ...

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Senior homelessness is on the rise. This bill will help.

Senior homelessness is on the rise. This bill will help.

Dear neighbors, I spend a lot of time working on ensuring we have more affordable housing in our communities. Last week, a public hearing was held on a bill I introduced, SB 5901, and its House companion, HB 1998. This bill will make it possible to build co-living housing – high quality apartments that share a communal kitchen. The testimony I heard during the hearing was truly eye-opening. AARP testified that, according to census data, senior homelessness is rising ...

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