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About Julie

I was born and raised in the greater Kalamazoo area and I am proud to call Kalamazoo my home.

For the past seven years I have served on the Kalamazoo County Commission and was elected as the Kalamazoo County Board Chair by a near unanimous vote of my fellow commissioners. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished while representing the 5th District (Alamo, parts of Kalamazoo Township and parts of Oshtemo) and I would be honored to be the next Democrat to represent House District 60 in Lansing.

 

 

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Affordable and accessible health care is very important to me.

I am a physical therapist and am also an appointee to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Health Policy Steering Committee, where I am serving my sixth term. Even as a child I knew I wanted to do something in the healthcare field. I was inspired by my mother, an RN who taught nursing at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. As a physical therapist, I advocate for my patients. Once in Lansing, I will use my experience, knowledge, and passion to advocate for the health of all Michigan residents.

My passion for social justice began when I was a child participating in mission trips with my church youth group. Helping others instilled in me the value of fighting for things like equity, clean water, health care, and human rights. As a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, I continue that work in my personal life. These values inform everything I do as an elected representative.

 

 

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When it comes to leisure, my favorite hobby is physical fitness. When I’m not on the campaign trail you’ll likely find me on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail biking or running while listening to Bruce Springsteen on my headphones alongside my husband, Ed, as we train as runners and triathletes. In 2012 we completed the Kalamazoo Marathon and set new personal records. I am dedicated to preserving our green spaces so that we can all continue to enjoy Michigan’s excellent outdoor recreational areas. 

I hope to earn your vote on Aug. 4 to be your next State Representative. I have always prided myself on being open and available to my constituents and that will never change. I encourage you to reach out to me and let me know what your priorities and concerns are. I will always listen to you and I will always work hard for you.