FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Dan is an effective legislator working diligently to get things done in Olympia. Dan believes that the best way to help our community thrive is to support people at every level. That is why he has fought for better schools through investments in teachers, mental health and nutrition. He has fought for families by bringing in high paying jobs, lowering healthcare costs, and supporting small businesses through the pandemic. He has supported public safety through housing assistance, mental health care and accountability, and he has supported our most vulnerable and elderly through capping insulin costs, and expanding public transportation options and Medicaid reimbursements.
I was born, raised, and have spent my entire life here in Pierce County, WA. I served 6 years in the Washington Army National Guard, helped members of our community as a 21 year firefighter, and have served the past two years as your State Representative.
I've lived in the 28th Legislative District for my adult life, residing in Fircrest, Steilacoom, and now I'm in Lakewood with my wife Megan and our dog, Pepper the Schnauzer.
My career has been dedicated to public service and I will continue to serve to the best of my ability. I am honored and humbled to be here for you.
DAN ON THE ISSUES
Housing Attainability & Affordability
The price of housing has always been impacted by supply and demand. We need to increase the number of housing units across the state so that people can afford to buy a home. We bring down costs by streamlining the permitting process and allowing for more housing types, so that communities and property owners have the ability to build for what best serves their needs.
Access to healthcare and bringing down costs is key to quality of life. As a member of the House Healthcare & Wellness Committee, I've worked to expand access and reduce costs, such as capping the cost of a 30-day supply of insulin to $35. I've also worked to make sure people have the most appropriate care, so that fewer people need to go to the emergency room for their primary care.
Veterans, Servicemembers & Military Families
Increased resources for our veterans, such as healthcare and access to mental health professionals. Expedited occupational licensure for military spouses so they can be employable quickly after they move to our state. Increasing housing stock off-post in Pierce and Thurston Counties so there are more affordable places for our military families to live and thrive.
As a firefighter, I work in public safety. I understand the complexities of this issue. We have to continue to balance our public safety needs with accountability for both members of our community and for the people we task with keeping us safe. We made investments to train more law enforcement officers to be available to serve our community. We have also invested in other public safety elements like substance use disorder and mental health resources.
I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.