I was born in Vancouver and grew up in the mountains of Skamania county, and lived about half of my twenties in North Bonneville. As the oldest child of a large homeschooling family, deeply connected to our conservative rural community, I grew up with firsthand experience of the ways rural people have been left behind for decades. When I became an adult I started participating in caucuses and voting in every election, and in 2016 I got involved even more as a precinct committee officer, and an elected delegate to my county's convention.
At the same time, as a disabled trans woman with hEDS, I have felt completely unrepresented and unsupported by our "leaders" in federal government. For Congress to have proportional representation of trans people, there should be at least six openly transgender representatives in the house, and one or two senators. In the entire history of this country, there have been zero.
I'm only running as a Democrat because the Republican platform is openly opposed to my survival, and there is no other viable option. Personally I am an anarchist, meaning I do not believe we should have rulers. We can have leaders without giving them authoritarian power over everyone else. All power, both economic and political, should be distributed and controlled democratically.
I'm also here to put a human face to the dehumanized transgender threat that some propagandists would have you fear. I'm not confused or misled, demon-possessed or anti-god. I don't have any leaders or heroes. I'm certainly not part of any organization, ideology, or conspiracy. I'm simply a normal person like you, trying to make this awkward and imperfect body of mine habitable for my soul, and trying to find a place where I belong. My agenda is to stop preventable suffering and promote the well-being of living things...no more and no less.
When I'm not compelled to get involved in politics to protect basic human rights, I prefer to play my piano, compose music, paint, make jewelry, create sudoku puzzles, and write stories. In the past I've worked as a computer programmer, a freelance writer and editor, and various other jobs. I am currently in the process of forming an independent artist collective called Mindwielders.
The biggest strength I've brought to every job is the ability to quickly learn about any situation and find creative solutions that increase efficiency. I unfortunately had to stop working full time due to my deteriorating health, but my condition is now stable and I'm looking for ways I can still contribute to making this world a better place.
I lived in North Bonneville during the Eagle Creek Fire, and my childhood home was a couple miles from the Archer Mountain Fire. I was also in Gifford Pinchot when the big fires started in September 2020, and had to evacuate to my mom's house.
Parallel to the recent catastrophic fires, a social wildfire of sorts is burning through the community that created me. Everything from my medical care to my toilet usage is a subject of intense debate and condemnation. Some of my opponents in this election are running on platforms that directly threaten my ability to survive.
I'm so tired of it all. I dream of turning abandoned property into homes for abandoned people, and taking care of the forest.
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