Meet Tamborine

Hello, I’m Tamborine Borrelli. I decided to run for Congress because I see the problems of our district that are not being addressed. From the out of control costs of healthcare that puts lives at risk, to oppressive taxes that threaten people out of house and home, to the veterans being left behind to barely survive on our streets. We can be a better nation than this, but not as long as our elected representatives are funded by the very same interests profiting from the status quo. I consider myself more of an activist who’s running to represent the interests of the people rather than a politician who is content with perpetuating the status quo.

I am a descendent of Italian immigrants, daughter of a veteran and entrepreneur. I became involved in politics when inspired by the movement generated from Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Working on Bernie’s campaign gave me an avenue to put my passion for justice and service to work.

           

This led to opening a volunteer campaign office, becoming a deputy field organizer, a caucus site leader, a National Delegate and State Senate Candidate that got within 5% of a 20 year political veteran in Thurston County. I currently serve on the board of Election Justice USA which is focusing on developing an open source solution to our broken election system. My commitment to fair elections and government reform has led me to opening a local chapter of Represent US, for the American Anti-Corruption Act, leading the movement in making it illegal for lobbyists to bribe politicians.

I believe so strongly that the life’s blood of reclaiming our democracy is incumbent upon getting big money out of politics. In the name of repealing Citizens United, I joined with the  activist group Democracy Spring in the march and peaceful (sit in) protest on the steps of our nations capital in early April of 2016. As I was getting handcuffed I looked up into the windows of Congress wondering how things might be different if an elected official with the heart of an activist sat in those offices. It was at that moment I was sure that I wouldn’t give up until I found out.

           

I’ve always been driven to make life better for my community which was the motivation behind opening a café/community center where everyone could come together for good food, coffee, live music, theatre musicals, yoga and dance classes. I didn’t have any seed money so I negotiated with the landlords (who were eager to rent the 3,000 sq ft space) and within a few months we hand painted the floors like a canvass, put in a bamboo dance floor and stage. I joined with the community to fund raise with pasta feeds and an auction. It was an amazing accomplishment that we did together and it served our little town for a couple years. It was a labor of love that focused on serving the people of the community.  I discovered that I enjoyed cooking for family and friends much more out of love than as a business.

I’ve always been driven to make life better for my community which was the motivation behind opening a café/community center where everyone could come together for good food, coffee, live music, theatre musicals, yoga and dance classes. I didn’t have any seed money so I negotiated with the landlords (who were eager to rent the 3,000 sq ft space) and within a few months we hand painted the floors like a canvass, put in a bamboo dance floor and stage. I joined with the community to fundraise with pasta feeds and an auction. It was an amazing accomplishment that we did together and it served our little town for a couple years. It was a labor of love that focused on serving the people of the community.  I discovered that I enjoyed cooking for family and friends much more out of love than as a business.

Yours in a NEW direction, Tamborine