Joy Stanford, known lovingly in the district as “Ms. Joy” is a mother, health care advocate, and substitute teacher. She has lived in the 26th Legislative District for twenty years and is a first-time candidate. Joy was inspired to run for office by the divisive and partisan rhetoric at the national level, and after seeing her opponent put politics before common sense policies that would serve the district. Prior to becoming a substitute teacher, Joy spent 14 years working with seniors and underserved populations in the region to gain access to Medicare, Medicaid and other critical health care services.

Joy and her husband David are the proud parents of Rhiannon, age 38, Brandon, age 31, and Benjamin, age 18. David is a Navy veteran and works for Boeing on the 737 line as a Quality Inspector, and their youngest son Benjamin is a freshman at Boise State University. Stanford lives with her husband and their dog Dexter in Gig Harbor.