WA-03: Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez (D)
Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez is a fifth-generation Washingtonian, a small business owner and a pro-choice mother.
Her great great grandfather Bert Gilmore helped build the Washington State Capitol building as the quarry foreman and her grandmother Carol Gilmore was born in a logging camp in Sappho, Washington. Her own parents met at Western Washington University after her father immigrated from Mexico.
She graduated from Reed College and owns an independent auto-repair shop with her husband Dean. They were able to purchase their building with the support of a loan from the SBA in 2018 and are proud to provide living wage jobs to their employees.
She and her husband face increasing health care costs for their family. Like so many families today, they struggle with finding quality affordable childcare — so their son goes to the auto shop with them everyday.
In short, she describes herself as the kind of working class Washingtonian that has been left behind in this economy and frankly ignored by the political extremes in our nation’s capital.