My story is rooted in faith, family and community. Raised alongside the Columbia River in The Dalles, OR, my father worked for the Oregon State Police and my mom worked for Oregon DHS Children & Youth. I was active in church youth group, played soccer, swam on the summer swim team and played on a softball team coached by my dad. My father was also a Federally Licensed Firearm Dealer for 42 years. Our family fished, hunted and camped along the rivers and lakes across Oregon.
My family stressed the importance of service to community and country. My father served in the U.S. Coast Guard and both my grandfathers served in WWII. I learned what a Purple Heart was after my grandfather passed and it was brought out of a trunk. He never spoke of heroics. His legacy was his gentle demeanor and endearing commitment to his country and comrades.
I have lived in Yakima for over 16 years. A career of nearly 20 years in mortgage banking has allowed me to see hundreds of families live out their dream of home ownership.
As a business owner I learned about finance, budgets, customer service, and the importance of living within my means. As a volunteer, I have assumed leadership roles with many amazing organizations. I am a mother, involved community member and businesswoman. It takes energy and vision to manage the business of Yakima County. I can offer you those strengths – full time. Nobody had to convince me to run for this position. I want to make a difference.
A strong Commissioner can help make Yakima County a better place for all of us to live. I want to blend the values of conservative small-town America with fiscal responsibility and a vision for a more prosperous future. I want a safe Yakima Valley, job opportunities for our children and grandchildren and a strong sense of community.