During my career in public office, I have made it a priority to build equal partnerships between state and local governments and tribal nations to honor all tribes as sovereign nations. I have fought to protect salmon and steelhead habitat by making the practice of suction dredging illegal in WA. I led the 2020 legislation giving tribes protection against dual taxation from the state. As House Finance Chair, I led the effort in law a new tax policy giving tribal nations tax exempt status from WA State – a new partnership that will transform the ability of tribal nations to invest in their local communities in collaboration with other local governments and the state.
Most relevant to my campaign for Secretary of State, I am a strong supporter of Native American voting rights. I voted for the Native American Voting Rights Act and funding for more ballot boxes. This year, I introduced legislation to increase funding to local elections officials to expand voter education and engagement, focusing on communities with historically low voter participation. As Secretary of State, I will be a champion for voter education, voter participation, and high voter turnout in every election.