- If you have a personal connection or professional experience with someone who has a developmental disability, would you describe its impact on you? I have two autistic nephews and am therefore aware of some of the difficulties associated with raising an autistic child. While I was working at Shawnee State University in the Student Success Center, I had to interact with many individuals with developmental disabilities and occasionally have to be an arbitrator for them. These things have made me more sensitive to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members.
- What are your top three legislative priorities and how would you help people with developmental disabilities in them? 1. Stop the spraying of toxic chemicals (e.g. Glyphosate) in Washington State to keep my constituency from becoming ill and perhaps becoming bankrupt from our current “healthcare” system. 2. Be an example for the rest of the US and be a leader in the implementation of Green Energy and reducing our impact on the environment (e.g. phase out fossil fuels and nuclear energy and phase in green energy with emphasis on its overall impact). 3. Be an example for the rest of the US and be a leader in the creation of living wage jobs, with emphasis on Industrial Hemp, Organic Agriculture, and Green Energy.
- With the current economic crisis, how would you protect services that people with I/DD and their families need? I don’t believe that there is a great deal that the Commissioner of Public Lands would be able to do to protect the services of individuals with I/DD and their family members. However, I am willing to use my position in anyway that I can to do so. I know that I could advocate for Universal, Single-Payer Healthcare via Whole Washington Healthcare Trust. I am also open to discussion and suggestions.
- Is there other information you’d like constituents with developmental disabilities and their family and friends to know? I look forward to working with my I/DD constituency and their family and friends to create a more equitable future for everyone.