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Emily Randall was born and raised on the Kitsap Peninsula. She is a community organizer and a healthcare and education advocate running for State Senate. Emily is running because she believes it’s time to set aside partisan politics and come together to put the people of the 26th district first.

Emily was raised in Port Orchard and is the daughter of two union workers — her father was a Shipyard worker for over 25 years, and her mother has been a paraeducator at South Kitsap High School for nearly 20 years. Emily understands that our community has struggled to bounce back after the recession and that we need to refocus on building our local economy, including bringing back living wage jobs with benefits.

After graduating from South Kitsap High School, Emily became the first in her family to attend 4-year college. She strongly believes that all students deserve access to high quality education, including higher education. As State Senator, Emily will prioritize affordable college, apprenticeship, and job training programs, so that all students are well prepared for the jobs needed most by local businesses.

Since receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, Emily has dedicated her career to helping expand access to affordable healthcare for women, kids, and LGBTQ folks across the country. She knows how important affordable healthcare is for all families in our district. Emily’s sister Olivia was born with severe developmental and physical disabilities, and because of their family’s access to Medicaid, Olivia was able to live a happy life for 19 years in their family home. Emily believes no one should go bankrupt or risk losing their jobs to take care of family members in need — and with healthcare at risk at the national level, it’s time for states like Washington to pick up the slack.

Emily moved back to Kitsap County with her partner to be near family on the shores of the Puget Sound. She is running because she believes strongly in giving back to the community that has given her and her family so much. Emily believes the time is now to rise above partisan labels that divide us to work together for solutions that will put people first.