Monica sees public service as a calling and a responsibility. She decided to run for office because she is passionate about keeping Clark County a great place to raise her family. Monica believes a good Representative is one who listens to the community and makes decisions based on that two way communication, advocates for ALL community members, and works toward an effective government and respectful debate.
Born at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Monica comes from a strong military family and believes we must honor our veterans for their service. She moved to Washington while in high school, earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and her master’s degree from Washington State University Vancouver. She is proud of her Mexican-American roots and has Japanese-American uncles who fought in the 442nd Go For Broke Infantry in WWII.
Professionally, Monica works as an instructional coach at Pacific Middle School in Vancouver. Previously she was a middle school teacher. She believes that today, we are educating workers for jobs we cannot even imagine. Her professional work reflects her belief that the priority of public education should be to teach kids to think critically, not just pass tests. After working in a school and watching families grow in this community, Monica sees firsthand the need for stronger partnerships between jobs in our community and work force training and education.
Monica and her husband Brandon have been married for 15 years and now have two children who attend public school in Vancouver. She enjoys the outdoors, coaching youth sports, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Sen. Annette Cleveland, Rep. Sharon Wylie and I will host a town hall discussion on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
Stay tuned for more details!
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Families first. That is the driving principle behind the House Democrats’ proposed budget. People in Vancouver have asked us how we can improve education, make college affordable, create thriving communities, protect our environment and increase access to quality health care....
What a ‘Families First’ budget looks like
by Washington House Democrats
That is the driving principle behind the House Democrats’ proposed budget. People in Vancouver have asked us how we can improve education, make college affordable, create thriving communities, protect our environment and increase access to quality health care.
For the past year, I have talked about the need for a responsible budget that funds our schools without slashing crucial services, and without further cutting programs that grow our economy.
The House Democrats’ proposed budget fully funds education by investing $7.1 billion in additional dollars for our K-12 schools over the next four years.
We invest in high-quality teachers in every classroom, give students the education they deserve, invest in other crucial school staff and programs, and keep our promise to fully fund education.
Our ‘families first’ budget makes key investments in early learning, higher education, critical human services, housing, mental health, civil legal aid, and quality care for our aging population and people with developmental disabilities.
We’re investing in a future that keeps Washington a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
We have known all along that there wasn’t enough revenue to create an exceptional education system without cutting some or all of the critical state services. In addition to deep cuts to state services, Senate Republicans proposed a $5.5 billion property tax to fund their budget.
Our progressive revenue plan cuts the B&O taxes for 80% or our businesses, while improving the fairness of our tax system to make these needed investments. You can read more about our revenue package here and here.
And based on the survey results you submitted a few weeks ago, it looks like the vast majority of our community supports progressive tax reform that provides small business tax relief, eases the burden on families, and fully funds our K-12 schools.
Now that both chambers have introduced budget and revenue plans, both sides will start negotiating a compromise solution to send to the Governor. I remain committed to supporting your values and the values of Washington throughout the negotiation process.
Thank you so much to Alina from Henrietta Lacks High School in Vancouver for being a part of the Page Program! It is so great to see high school students from home active in the Legislature!
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