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Hilary is a champion for the middle class. At a time when corporate profits are at a record high, we need leaders like Hilary in Congress who will fight tirelessly to lower the costs of basic necessities like groceries, medicine, and utilities and build an economy that works for all of us.

Right now, too many are working hard, but not getting ahead. Raised by a single father, a public servant and union guy, Hilary understands the challenges families face when wages don’t keep up with rising costs and support systems aren’t in place to help them succeed. When her father was diagnosed with dementia, Hilary became his primary caregiver. It was a struggle to raise her three boys, take care of her dad, and work full-time.

In Congress, Hilary will stand up for working families by making the child tax credit permanent, fighting for a nationwide paid leave law, and championing affordable childcare.

As Commissioner of Public Lands, she created jobs in the communities that need them the most, including the Sixth Congressional District. When the Nippon Paper mill in Port Angeles faced closure, Hilary worked with Congressman Derek Kilmer to facilitate the transfer of the mill to a new company that kept operations going and saved hundreds of jobs. Hilary’s Rural Communities Partnership initiative secured millions of dollars to create and protect critical jobs, helping open a boat maintenance facility, launching new manufacturing industries like biochar and mass timber, and expanding clean energy and agricultural investments. In Congress, she will continue to focus on creating good-paying jobs and increasing workforce development in communities from Tacoma to Forks.

And when we create jobs, they must be jobs that protect and empower workers. Hilary will always defend our fundamental rights to organize and collectively bargain. That’s why she’s supported by labor unions across the district. She made it her mission to be the most pro-labor Commissioner of Public Lands – and she delivered. Large projects on public lands, like clean energy, now require project labor agreements (PLAs) to ensure strong safety standards and lift up communities. Her signature bill included investing in workforce development and apprenticeship programs, and she adopted the first ever policy for the agency that all large projects on public lands must utilize apprenticeship programs to help people learn trades and access good-paying careers. Hilary will always fight for workers and family-wage jobs.

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