I have lived a life of Democratic values, I have a record of building positive change in my community, and now I’m heading to Lansing to put my experience to work on your behalf.
I have been a steadfast public education advocate for years because I know that strong, sustainable public schools are the backbone of our community. I have a proven record of publicly supporting investment in education, from early childhood through K-12, and of developing evidence-based solutions to problems that face our students and schools.
A few highlights of my education advocacy include:
My plan to invest in every child’s potential includes:
I am ready to be the strong Democratic leader who can bring a creative spirit to education policy.
One highlight of my education advocacy efforts was delivering a rousing speech on the steps of the capital in Lansing to over 5,000 parents and teachers with the message: Strong Schools build Strong Communities!
As a business owner, I understand how to meet customer demands, balance fiscal needs and grow through innovation. I will bring these strengths to my service as a legislator.
ThinkStretch has grown from one school in Michigan to serving tens of thousands of students in schools and districts across 38 states. While my company currently serves students across the nation, I realize the importance of using local production and shipping facilities. By learning and understanding each others’ businesses, my suppliers and I have grown together. Hiring local businesses and using local talent just makes sense.
Keeping to my social mission working to close the achievement gap, I have donated thousands of ThinkStretch Summer Learning Program kits to students served by community centers across Washtenaw County.
My plan to grow our economy to one that is rich with opportunity for everyone includes:
As your State Representative, I will be committed to focusing our economic development strategy on the things that keep communities strong: a vibrant small business sector, fair wages and policies that support local investments.
Our community deserves a strong local voice in Lansing to protect the natural beauty and environment we call home. I have a history of taking action to protect our environment – I can be that voice.
Before founding ThinkStretch, I worked side by side with major corporations to help them clean up their act and put a stop to pollution.
When I found out a business in our community was burning its trash in our neighborhood where our kids played, I didn’t just raise the alarm – I organized. Utilizing my background in pulling diverse voices together to accomplish common goals, I organized my neighbors to put a stop to the illegal garbage burning.
I am raising my family a stone’s throw away from the deepest portion of the Pall/Gelman plume and am passionate about its cleanup. That’s why I have been endorsed by Roger Rayle, cofounder of Citizens for the Remediation of Dioxane, as well as countless families whose drinking water is at risk.
My plan to protect the natural resources and beauty of Washtenaw includes:
I know how to fight and how to work together, with one end goal: a cleaner, safer community for all of us. When I get to Lansing, I will demand that local voices are heard when policies impact our backyards.
Washtenaw has amazing places to go – theaters, restaurants, parks, museums – and no matter your age, getting to them should be easy. I have actively worked to increase accessibility in our community through the Partners for Transit initiative.
My plan to connect our communities includes:
Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy all that Washtenaw has to offer without being restricted.
As a progressive, Democratic woman, I am proud of my accomplishments championing gender equality and making meaningful differences in the lives of women in our community. I will ensure that we continue to make progress in our quest to ensure that every woman has the opportunity to determine her future – from family planning to economic security.
100% Rating from Planned Parenthood. Honored as a Women’s Health Champion.
I am particularly proud of the education expansions and partnerships I have worked hard to implement in our community.
Women must have economic security to reach their full potential. I have worked personally and directly through my business and as a nonprofit volunteer to bring women tools and opportunities to find economic freedom.
As our next state representative, I will bring my experiences making real, positive change for women in health, education and the workplace to Lansing. I am experienced and qualified to bring together the coalitions we need to make improvement in the lives of not just the women in our county, but across our state.