Because this was a long session year for the legislature, I haven’t posted on this page for a while. During the session I cannot campaign or raise money for my next election. I am now back in district with my usual “changing of the weather pre summer cold” but expect to be ready for the 49th District Town Hall this Saturday. 4:00 PM at the local Library.
First, I am glad to meet with community groups to discuss this year’s session and ideas for the session in January.
Second, I am running for another term next year. Because I don’t love the part of this job that requires asking for money, my fourth annual New Orleans style feast and music event will be on July 13 this year. It is easier to invite people for good food and conversation. Stay tuned for details. I will again personally prepare my seafood gumbo and crab cakes and other great food and our favorite music group will return for another year.
In the coming months I will be posting information on what we accomplished this year and what I hope to do if granted another term. I have been blessed to represent a caring community that has many active people who take action to make this a great place to call home. But there is lots to be done to address the challenges today’s Schools, mental health services, businesses and justice system face. No one organization can solve all problems. But we made amazing progress to address severe needs in mental health services, schools, infrastructure and more.
An important issue that will be worked on during the interim that did not achieve legislative success this year is the state’s role in consumer protection around data privacy and security and facial recognition.
I expect to continue my role to replace the I-5 Bridge. Because of the hard work of most of the SW Washington delegation, this is now a priority for the entire state.
We also have the funding to increase the capacity and production room of our State Crime lab here in Vancouver and to clear the back log of untested rape kits. This is a major milestone that will make our communities safer and provide justice for some survivors who have waited too long.
I am continuing my work with the National Institute for Civil Discourse. I am strongly committed to do my work and my future campaign in a way that respects differences, tells the truth as I understand it and is open and transparent. I do not expect all to agree with me but I welcome comments from the people I represent. Thank you.