Continuing to advocate
I hope this message finds you well. I know that I feel hopeful about the future of the 6th District and Pierce County as I watch the positive momentum with the recent COVID-19 vaccine roll out, and new indicators for reopening our schools and local economy.
I have seen such fantastic resilience across the communities I serve. This includes food drives where the food was delivered to those that couldn’t leave their homes, or offered for people to drive up and go; neighbors putting teddy bears in windows and holiday lights up for families to enjoy and encouraging a sense of community; creating Facebook groups or posts to highlight specific struggling needs for families, businesses or in some cases entire communities for people to rally around and support. I could go on, but I want to say thank you because this virus really tested us, and in response we pulled together.
As your new District 6 representative, I am excited to advocate for the communities of Anderson and Ketron islands, DuPont, JBLM, Lakewood, Parkland and Steilacoom. I have been in the office each day since my official swearing in, learning about the county’s different departments, the needs of my district and the role that I play.
I am excited to announce I was selected Vice Chair of the Council’s Human Services Committee and am a member of the Economic & Infrastructure Development and Public Safety committees. Because I bring a passion for youth and families, along with an interest in science, I have been asked to represent the Council on the Alliance for a Healthy South Sound, the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center and the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership. This is not a complete list, but if you would like to see more, visit my website.
If you reach out to my office you will probably speak with my amazing assistant Annette Swillie, and if her name sounds familiar it might be because she used to work for Councilmember Connie Ladenburg. She comes with a lot of knowledge about systems, people and resources at the county and she grew up in the 6th District. Feel free to call my office if there is something we can help you with at 253-798-3308.
In closing I want to share one thing: I want to hear from you. If you have questions, ideas, concerns or want to share something that is going on in our District, please reach out. It might be the teacher in me, but I want to learn as much as I can about the people I serve because that will make me a better advocate for all.
Stay safe, mask up and keep in touch,