I moved to Washington in 2007 with my daughter, from Orlando, Florida. Having a child at twenty wasn’t easy, but even in my young age I knew that I wanted more for her than we had back home. I needed her to grow up in the shadow of the mountains, upon the shores of the Salish Sea. I live in Northwest Olympia with my partner, Sarah, my daughter, Adelé and our two cats, making art when I can. I have worked in retail, customer service, on housing advocacy, GOTV efforts, and as a volunteer organizer for political campaigns.
I don’t come from a wealthy family or have an expensive pedigree. What I do know is what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck, to rent, to live without healthcare, to worry about eviction, and to worry about my child’s future and education.
Since we have been here, I have met many wonderful people within our community and this will forever be my home. It has never been more clear, however, that there is a deep disconnect between our regal marble statehouse and the surrounding community. That divide is one that only deepens by the day.
We, the people of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater, need to take the government into our own hands.
Coronavirus has revealed our society’s underlying problems. Working people find ourselves on the edge of unemployment, eviction, and joblessness, without healthcare or hope. We, the people, know the two biggest parties are parties of special interests. We all know their money talks, but it doesn’t speak for us.
I’m asking for your vote so I can fight to take the tax burden off the backs of workers, raise wages, put working families first, and empower the working class not just to survive the COVID-19 crisis, but build a future and community in which we can thrive.