Marilyn Strickland was born in Seoul, South Korea. If elected to Congress, she would be "the first African-American to represent Washington state at the federal level, and the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress in its 230-year history." She is a proud graduate of Tacoma public schools, University of Washington, and Clark-Atlanta University. "As Mayor of Tacoma, [she] helped transform a city and economy crippled by a deep recession into a destination for families, workers, artists, tourists and entrepreneurs." "In Congress, I will bring the experience of rebuilding an economy after an economic recession, and continue to be a strong voice for change to ensure that we can help the most vulnerable members of our community and ensure an economy that works for us all."
On healthcare . . .
"Marilyn will support adding a public health care option, which will increase coverage, lower prices, and lead to better plans from private insurers. She supports lowering the eligibility age for Medicare and increasing the age for children to stay on their parents’ insurance. Marilyn will fight to strengthen protections for people with preexisting conditions and end surprise billings. She will take on the pharmaceutical industry and advocate for patent reform so generic drugs can come to market more quickly, which will lower the cost of prescriptions, and will fight for universal free access to birth control and a woman’s right to choose."
On the environment . . .
"In Congress, Marilyn will fight to stop Trump’s plan to expand offshore drilling and work to increase funding for Puget Sound restoration. She will work to reinstate regulations on emissions and protections for our public lands and will advocate for rebuilding the EPA, especially offices and programs designed to track the health and environmental impacts of pollution in under-served communities. Marilyn will work to invest in renewable energy in pursuit of a carbon-free future so it is easier for consumers of energy and transportation to make better choices for clean air and clean water."
Plans for Economy
"In Congress, Marilyn will support a national paid family leave policy and will work with labor to protect the right to organize and collectively bargain. As the nature of work changes, we must find ways to ensure that the basic needs of people can be met. Marilyn supports universal basic income pilot programs to help develop a national strategy that will provide financial stability for people. She also supports expanding effective policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and registered apprenticeships. She will fight to secure equal pay for women and historically underrepresented communities."
"In Congress, Marilyn will protect Pell Grants, support refinancing of student loans with possible caps on monthly payments, and expand regulations on predatory for-profit colleges. She supports free college for students in high demand fields such as nursing, behavioral health, teaching and the building trades. She will push for universal pre-K and free lunch for all public school students, regardless of family income. Marilyn knows the value of vocational-technical training and apprenticeship programs and will support their expansion."