Who I am
Washington has been my home for 40 years, my family moved to Oak Harbor in 1997 where our children attended public schools and my husband served as a naval aviator at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
My three siblings and I were raised in a middle class family in the suburbs. My dad was an engineer with an MS in Biology. After his full workday, he taught aquaculture and biology at night. My mother earned an AA in art and owned quilting and picture framing businesses. We camped and hiked in state and national parks as affordable and relaxing activities. Throughout our adventures my parents taught us about the ecology and geology we encountered and how to care for the land.
Working as a gymnastics and Nordic ski coach, carpenter, laborer, and machinist, helped pay for college and the loans it took to achieve my BS degree in Architecture from Washington State University, cum laude. I am currently licensed to practice architecture in Washington and Hawaii. To advance my understanding of policy and law around resource preservation for future generations, I recently obtained a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy, summa cum laude.
I believe a healthy, happy, and sustainable society starts with education provided without discrimination. It has been a pleasure volunteering in our communities teaching enrichment courses in architecture, science, and art to elementary school children; donating fresh vegetables from my garden to local food banks, and chairing a scholarship committee that helps young women obtain higher education. As an architect and former carpenter, laborer, and machinist, I understand the policies needed to ensure smart land use planning. I’ve also helped build affordable housing and founded an environmental non-profit. During the past four legislative sessions I volunteered to move bills through the legislature; that protect Washington’s wild salmon fisheries, reduce climate change, promote affordable housing and smart land use planning, and help indigent veterans.
Why I'm running for Washington State House of Representatives
I became engaged in elected office after discovering an egregious misuse of nearly a half million public tax dollars. After attending public hearings with two-minute comment periods where citizens concerns were ignored, I realized serving in a policy setting position was the best way to effect meaningful change. I ran for Island County Commissioner and took office in 2008 at the onset of the Great Recession. To help the county provide needed services I donated over $30,000 of my salary.
I have a proven track record of getting things done for the common good by fighting for what is right vs. settling for what is easy. That’s how I collaboratively reduced expenses to balance the budget during the Great Recession, significantly improved services to indigent veterans, maintained senior citizen and mental healthcare services, protected the environment, enhanced local job opportunities, improved technology, saved employee benefits, supported public parks and open space; and greatly improved government transparency and efficiency.
When you get things done, the opposition takes note and fights dirty. We must not surrender to immoral and unethical efforts to win campaigns and undermine democracy. We must elect good people who do honorable work. It’s time to restore civil bipartisanship and the rule of law. Together we can forge a brighter future.
I am a critical thinker and will bring experience, compassion, and effectiveness to this office. I would be honored to serve you in Olympia and ask for your help and your vote to get me there.
To learn more about my duties, committees, resume, and achievements, please click on the links under Meet Angie from the top menu.