I am passionate about finding solutions to problems with a common sense approach, and it is my goal to accomplish results for our district and state. I approach issues with an open mind and seek solutions that are in the best interests of all of us - not what is best for any political party or election campaign.
We face very difficult problems in this state. These problems need thoughtful, bi-partisan solutions:
1. Assuring state government works effectively & efficiently:
During the last four years, we have struggled with the worst economy since the Great Depression. State government has had to cut back, eliminate wasteful progams, and learn to work more efficiently. The Senate led the way to a bipartisan balanced budget -- but there is still more work to be done to get our government on a secure financial footing.
2. Creating jobs:
In the end, private businesses must create sustainable, long-term jobs. It's the role of state government to put in place a tax and regulatory structure that is fair and that encourages job growth. We cannot afford to chase away vital jobs in aerospace, high-tech and other growing industries.
3. Helping to educate and train Washington State’s next generation:
Washington's future lies in the hands of our youth…they are the next generation of technicians, small business owners, doctors and community doers. Yet, if we fail to properly provide them the tools to be competitive in today's global marketplace, we have failed. We need to return to local control where parents, teachers and administrators are united on teaching the students.
I served as ranking member of the Higher Education Committee and helped push through reforms that will allow our colleges and universities to work together more effectively.
4. Affordable health care:
I worked in medical administration for 20 years and this is a subject I am passionate about. People must have health care. We need to address the rising cost of health care so that we may find viable solutions for those who are underinsured or not insured at all. We need to support a system that empowers patients, allowing them to choose the insurance carrier, types of coverage and/or physicians who will best serve them.
These are a few of the issues that have inspired me to run for the State Senate. I hope that you will join me by becoming a part of the Becker team to help change the attitudes in Olympia and make it a more effective and efficient partner for the citizens of our state. Thank you for giving me the courage to run and I hope that you will join me and you will encourage others to join us. We are in this together!