Headquarters: 2041 9th Ave, Longview WA 98632

MISSION STATEMENT

Through my challenges and achievements, I have learned that we need to support each other and not be divisive. Together we are strong which helps us to achieve more, including building a community that we are proud of. We are a strong, inclusive and positive team that works together.

I am a strong, independent woman who decided years ago to mentor and raise up other people. I rose from a secretary to a marketing representative at IBM where I sold computers and software at the Navistar Headquarters truck plant in Chicago. I moved to Chicago from Northern California all alone, left IBM after 15 years and finished college at Northeastern University in Chicago. Upon graduation, I relocated to Columbus, Ohio with just my cat to go to law school. I then relocated to my home state of Washington to be a prosecutor in Bellingham and Grays Harbor County, where I adopted my son, Josh, who was six days old. Finally, I moved to Longview so that I could be near my mom and Josh’s grandmother. Every step of the way, I was my sole support.

We need more mental health assistance such as mental health court, we need homeless assistance and we need help with substance abuse. We need these programs not because we have bleeding hearts, but because we need a healthy community and because in the big picture, it helps all of us.

We also need to feel safe in our community. We need to know that people who drive drunk and are assaultive will be held accountable. I have worked on both sides of the fence, as a prosecutor and defense attorney. I can maintain balance between fairness and justice. There can be no justice without compassion and consequences.

I have a vested interest in Cowlitz County. My family lives here. We have much work to do and a wonderful community to achieve. We do not need negativity or pettiness. I recognize that we are better than our worst day. I want to offer a hand up, not a handout.

The goal is a community that we are proud to call home. I was born here, I brought my son to be raised here and I intend to help in maintaining the community, not just for today but for tomorrow and for our future generations. I am from Cowlitz County and I am proud to represent my home.

FAMILY VALUES

Debra’s family has resided in Cowlitz County for four generations with Joshua being the Fifth Generation. Her grandmother, Marguerite, was a Cafeteria Cook at Catlin School. Her Grandfather, Ray, was a Grand Exalted Ruler of the local Elks. Her Uncle Larry Juell owned the Monticello Hotel with her Aunt Annabelle, and her parents met at RA Long. The Burchett originally were recruited from Tennessee to work at Long Bell when it first started. Almost all of her relatives have worked for Fibre, Reynolds or Weyerhaeuser. Both sides of her family have a proven commitment to Cowlitz County.

Debra moved here to raise her son Josh near her mother, Margaret, who passed in 2015. Josh attended the public school system, except for two years at the Family House Academy in Middle School. He was a member of the Mark Morris Band for 4 years, and in addition, he was on the 3812 Bits and Bots Robotics Team finishing as co-captain his Senior year and going with the Team to the St. Louis World Championships. Josh is currently working as a board member with the Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group for the preservation of the environment and species as well as taking a full-load at WSU.

They also have a Golden Retriever, Summer, that is insane about tennis balls, and a rescue Chihuahua mix, Brian, that loves to come to the office and stare at people until they pick him up. This is in addition to the three cats that Debra has been able to limit Josh to .

Principles

Personal Involvement

Understanding the severity a case has on one’s life; everything from starting until the end is monitored closely.

Confidentiality

Clients’ personal information and kith and kin are kept secure from the outside world.

Perseverance

Every case is handled with determination, ensuring completion of work necessary to drive a successful finish.

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