Julie volunteered handing out water to residents during the Parchment PFAS water crisis.

Julie volunteered handing out water to residents during the Parchment PFAS water crisis.

Protecting Our Environment

I am a lifelong conservationist and have a proven track record of environmental protection. When I was 9 years old, I convinced my family to start recycling even though that meant hauling everything to the local recycling center ourselves. Later in life, I took it upon myself to grab some friends and clean up a two mile stretch of I-94. While serving on the Kalamazoo County Commission I championed the county’s first sustainability policy and saw it implemented as a permanent part of our annual budget. For over a decade I’ve helped clean up and rehabilitate contaminated properties in ways that create jobs and foster economic growth as part of the Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

I also know that the right to clean water is non-negotiable. This is something citizens in this district know firsthand due to Parchment being the first community where a high level of PFAS contamination was discovered. When you elect me as your State Representative, I will continue to hold polluters accountable, champion renewable energy, promote policies that keep our drinking water safe, and fight to protect Michigan’s waterways, parks, and public lands.