Who am I?
I grew up in a blue-collar military family, spending most of my childhood in small-town Nebraska. My father was career Air Force, my husband served in the Army and my brother is an Iraq veteran.
After finishing high school, I earned scholarships to attend Harvard, where I studied computer science and economics. I then launched my technology career, working as a programmer and manager, most recently at Microsoft.
In 2006 I ran for Congress in Washingtons 8th District against an established incumbent and lost in one of the closest Congressional races in the country.
My husband, Michael, my 4-year-old son Henry and I live just outside of Carnation, Washington. I am involved in local community and education issues, am a Co-chair of the Committee for a Two-Newspaper Town, and am doing work on behalf of homeless veterans.
Why am I running?
I am running to finish the job we started last year. The 06 race was one of the closest Congressional races in the country. Sometimes it takes two shots! I am confident that we will win in 08 and I can join the new majority in Congress to help extricate us from the awful war, enact a national health care plan, made energy independence a reality and put America on the right course for the future.
Our first priority must be to end this war in Iraq and bring our troops home safely and with honor. America will never be able to be a leader in the new global world until we are out. It is a preamble to everything we need to do to prepare ourselves for the future.
I am also committed to helping families who work hard and play by the rules get ahead through investments in education, healthcare, and training our workers for new jobs with good wages.
Finally, our economic well-being, environmental future, and national security require that we achieve real energy independence and break our addiction to oil.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
Our 2006 race was the most grassroots-oriented Congressional campaign in Washingtons history " truly a people-powered effort. We had over 2,000 volunteers and 16,000 donors. The netroots and local and national grassroots all played a fantastic role in building our campaign. I expect to exceed these totals in 2008.