The last few years have been hard on all of us, but especially on our small businesses and our working families. That’s why, in my work with the Puget Sound Regional Operations and Economic Development Committees, I joined my colleagues on the Council to support rental assistance funding, small business innovation, and expand worker protections. I will continue to support legislation that invests in workforce development, worker retraining programs through local colleges and universities, and apprenticeship programs so we can provide the skilled workforce that employers need.
As Chair of Snohomish County’s Community Safety and Justice Committee, which includes the Sheriff’s Office, Corrections, Courts, and Human Services Department., I am proud to report that we have prioritized the voices of local communities and worked to find meaningful solutions to the ongoing opioid epidemic. I also was instrumental in securing a contract with Snohomish County Legal Services to help people who are indigent in our court system. I will continue to lead on fighting substance use disorder, investing in more behavioral and mental health services here in Snohomish County, and ensuring highly trained officers are not stretched too thin so they are there when needed the most.
There is great opportunity and prosperity across our County, but too many of our friends and neighbors are struggling to make ends meet. Serving on the Council’s Housing Affordability Regional Task Force (HART), it’s my job to help people stay in their homes and access critical services to keep food on the table. Since being appointed, I am proud of my work to make housing more accessible for unhoused individuals, ensuring there are no barriers to entry at community shelters. I will continue to fight for solutions to the housing crisis, especially by implementing the funding I secured for our County at the state level.
On the Council, and as a member of the Community Transit Board and Aerospace Task Force, I have worked to create a more sustainable future while investing in our transportation infrastructure. This year I voted in support of the Underpass Agreement and Easement Agreement between the County and BNSF in relation to the Meadowdale Beach Park and Estuary Restoration Project. I also ensured that Sound Transit plans take into account the disproportionate effects they may have on diverse and underserved populations. I look forward to continuing this work, especially regarding the SR 525 Bridge replacement in Mukilteo and Highway 99 revitalization in Edmonds.
As a member of the Conservation Futures Board and WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council, I am dedicated to protecting natural resources and wildlife habitats across Snohomish County, as well as enhancing green spaces and promoting sustainable development in urban areas. Recently, I worked to secure funding for the improvement and protection of our beloved Civic Park and supported the Pollution Prevention Assistance Program. Moving forward, I will continue to advocate for policies and initiatives that mitigate pollution and promote environmentally responsible practices in Snohomish County, especially through reducing our carbon emissions and promoting renewable energy.