a candidate WHO PUTS people first...
I grew up in a working class family right here in Washington. I watched my family toil through the recession, and struggle to make ends meet. My family was proudly represented by an Aerospace Union, and I gained an appreciation for their efforts to protect our right while my father worked the manufacturing line at Boeing.
At 17, I joined the United States Army Reserve as a “split-op” soldier. My enlistment maintained a proud American family tradition, following in the footsteps of my father who served in the U.S. Army and Washington Air National Guard, and his father who served in the Air Force during Vietnam.
While in the U.S. Army Reserve, I had to work multiple jobs to afford my college tuition, a situation many young Americans continue to find themselves in today. Working in a construction job for some time, I fell victim to wage theft and lived paycheck to paycheck. I did have the unique opportunity to work in a solar research lab testing cutting-edge organic solar cell technology - the future of renewable energy in our state.
Eventually, I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Washington State University and became increasingly involved in the Pullman community. I have had the opportunity to serve on the Pullman Board of Adjustment and Pullman Police Advisory Board, while also serving as a Board Member for the Michael F. Lange Foundation.
During the 2016 Presidential Campaign, I represented Whitman County as an elected Delegate for Bernie Sanders, and I intend to continue his progressive message of change and accountability from our government.
As a sergeant in the Reserves, I served as a bridging engineer coordinating infrastructural improvements. In 2015, I volunteered to join Task Force North Star deploying to El Salvador for a humanitarian aid mission. There, I operated in a task force comprised of volunteers from units across the world to expand a medical clinic for the economically disadvantaged.
In 2016, I chose to focus my military service toward my home-state by joining the Washington National Guard as an officer candidate. I'm running for Congress because I've witnessed the struggles of everyday Washingtonians first hand, and I'm ready to address the priorities of working families in our district.