I am Rural Washington
I love this place and its people and I couldn’t stop if I tried.
I’m Marianna Everson. I’m a psychiatric registered nurse, a mom, a union member, and a proud working class fighter for the people of Southwest WA.
I am running for State Rep in Southwest Washington because the decisions being made in Olympia today have life and death consequences for the working people of our region, for our kids and for their future.
I come from generations of timber workers. My dad was a log-truck driver, my step-dad was a millwright and a saw filer, and my grandfather was also a saw filer.
Back when I was growing up, a union job in the timber industry was enough to buy a house, support a family, and live comfortable and full lives. Once heralded as the Lumber Capital of the World, the people of our district supplied the boards that built the vast majority of homes across America after the Great Depression.
But in my lifetime, we have seen life in Southwest Washington crumble. Our small businesses are suffering, our housing is rotting, our worker protections and wages stagnate because corporate executives and their politicians have done all they can to tear apart the gains working people fought for. Both of my father-figures died with nothing to show for a lifetime of work.
Because of laws and policies that have protected corporate profits instead of peoples’ wellbeing, our economy has suffered and people in our district have fallen into despair. And I know first hand what that does to a person.
As I was becoming an adult, it became clear that I would not be able to earn enough to live a comfortable life without a higher education. I struggled to pay for college. I went into debt. I worked low-wage jobs. I had to put my education on hold to survive. Later, I struggled to find affordable housing as a single mom. I lived at the women’s shelter with two toddlers while I planned my family’s future. It was the social safety net that saved us -- or what’s left of it that corporations and their politicians haven’t managed to cut. And it was state-funded financial aid at Grays Harbor College that gave me the chance to work as a nurse.
Today, even with a career as a nurse, my family struggles to afford healthcare, housing, and pay for our children’s education. I know that’s how things are for most of us these days.
But I also know it doesn’t have to be this way.
The laws they make in Olympia matter for your life and for mine.
Whether or not we can afford to stay in our homes, whether or not are safe on the job, how much we earn, the level of funding our children's schools get, how much we pay in taxes and what those taxes go to pay for: these are decisions that for too long have been made about us, without us.
I am running for State Representative because I am ready to fight for the working people of our district. Together, we can make life better for everyone who calls this place home.