Annette was born and raised in a working family in Vancouver, Wash. Her father was a Longshoremen and president of ILWU Local 4 where she was first exposed to politics at early age. Annette lives by ILWU's motto "An injury to one is and injury to all." Annette has 29 years of experience in advertising, communications, government affairs, community relations and strategic planning. Her professional background includes 10 years serving as staff for two Democratic U.S. Senators.