Occupation: Teacher, PCC-Cascade, 1981-Present; State Representative, HD 45, 2009-Present
Occupational Background: President, PCC Faculty Federation
Educational Background: M.A., Indiana University; B.A., University of Connecticut
Prior Governmental Experience: State Board of Education
Community Experience: Co-Founder/Director, Cascade Festival of African Films
A Progressive Voice for Northeast Portland,
Maywood Park, and Parkrose
COMMITTED TO COMMUNICATION
When you first elected me to represent you in Salem, I promised to keep strong lines of communication open with district residents. 22 Constituent Coffees, four Town Halls, many meetings with neighborhood associations, and dozens of email newsletters later, I remain committed to keeping you informed and seeking your feedback whenever possible. If you're having any problems with state agencies, my office is always there to help.
FIGHTING FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE
As a member of the House Health Care Committee, I pushed for access to quality, affordable health care for 80,000 low-income children. I will keep fighting to rein in the cost of insurance, shift our focus toward preventive medicine, and train the health care professionals we need.
STRENGTHENING PUBLIC EDUCATION
I know first-hand how public education can transform lives and build communities-but I also see many frustrations. I have fought in the Legislature to maintain a strong, quality public school system, from pre-K through higher education and job training.
WATCHING OUT FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT
Climate change remains the greatest threat to our planet, and I will never stop advocating for legislation that reduces greenhouse gas emissions while creating more clean technology jobs.
ADVOCATING FOR ALL OREGONIANS
I will continue to demand fairness and opportunity for all Oregonians, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race or age. I will continue to advocate for seniors and people with disabilities, allowing them to live independently at home while receiving the services they need.
Portland Association of Teachers/TVIP
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC
Oregon Nurses Association
Basic Rights Oregon PAC
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