As a life long Puget Sound area resident and small business owner, I know the importance of good jobs to maintain and improve our quality of life. In my Chamber and civic leadership work as well as in my business, I know that our region needs a skilled workforce, a healthy business climate, and a commitment to nurturing innovation and economic development opportunities. I will work to keep aerospace jobs here, to support our high tech business community, and to help small businesses succeed.
The lengthy economic downturn has been very real and serious. I experienced the "turn out the lights in Seattle" era, I worked in Bellevue as it grew from a city to go home to and commute from to a thriving employment center, I managed a bank branch near Microsoft and worked with the skilled employees this important technology sector brought to East King County, and I've been an active Renton civic leader as we've worked successfully to diversify our employment base and attract new businesses. I have a solid interest in business innovation and jobs growth, and I'm prepared to lead our region in bringing and keeping economic opportunities here.