Updated: Apr 16, 2021
SPOKANE, Wash. — Veterans advocate Tiffany Smiley announced her run for U.S. Senate on Wednesday.
Smiley, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Democrat Patty Murray.
The Pasco native outlined her platform online, saying she hopes to focus on jobs and quality of life for Washingtonians, and also committed to continuing her work defending and supporting veterans.
Smiley is married to her high school sweetheart, Scotty, who was blinded by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2006. When he was not getting the care he needed, she went on to challenge the Veterans Administration to seek better treatment options for all veterans.
“The bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. can overwhelm a Washington State family, and this was something I never truly appreciated until I traveled across the country to care for my husband,” she said on her campaign site. “I took on the Veterans Administration because they were failing my family, and I won because losing was not an option.”
For years, Smiley has spoken publicly about the challenges her family has faced. One of her most recent endeavors is “More than Me,” a community that seeks to inspire women to “live out their purpose and truly understand their infinite worth” through storytelling and nationwide events.
More on Smiley’s campaign can be found here.
This article was originally published on April 14, 2021 on KXLY.com