Tarra Simmons, Washington House of Representative 23rd District
Raised in Bremerton, she has faced some of the biggest barriers to success and opportunity – from poverty, to opioid use disorder and incarceration. It was with the help of this community – friends, family, colleagues and neighbors – and its resilience – that she was able to overcome these circumstances and become a tireless advocate for change.
Tarra doesn’t simply talk about challenges; she has faced them herself. After her incarceration, she experienced firsthand the challenges of re-entry – economic insecurity, housing affordability, and lack of access to healthcare, education, and job skills training. These are big challenges that many people from all walks of life in our community face on a daily basis.