Progressive Voters Guide :: About This Guide
The Progressive Voters Guide is a project of the following groups, who have partnered together and combined their endorsements in this guide: Cascade Bicycle Club, Equal Rights Washington, LPAC, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, National Women's Political Caucus of Washington, One America Votes, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, Progressive Majority Washington, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, SEIU Healthcare 775NW, SEIU Local 925, The Stranger, UFCW 21, Unite Here, Washington Conservation Voters, and Fuse.
About Partner Organizations
Cascade Bicycle Club
The Cascade Bicycle Club is the nation’s largest nonmotorized policy, advocacy, and education organization – more than 13,000 members strong and growing. Our vision is to create a better community through bicycling. Cascade is operated by a 13-member Board of Directors, 24 professional staff, interns, and thousands of volunteers. We are dedicated to promoting a more bicycle-friendly environment and more livable communities through advocacy, education, and world class bicycling events (like the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic), thereby “creating a better community through bicycling.” For more information, see http://cascade.org/Advocacy/11_Election.cfm
Equal Rights Washington
Equal Rights Washington is the state's leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. ERW's mission is to ensure and promote dignity, safety and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Washingtonians.
Equal Rights Washington candidate endorsements are based on past voting records, candidate interviews, and other available information, including public statements of candidates. ERW is nonpartisan.
ERW typically endorses in statewide and legislative races. ERW does not typically endorse in local races, but it does on occasion, and the focus is on electing LGBT persons to public office. ERW's endorsement process for the August primaries is not yet complete. For more information, see http://equalrightswashington.org/
Fuse is the state's largest progressive organization — people creating change online, on the ground, and on issues that matter.
Fuse is focused on securing major advances in progressive public policy for Washington State. We will offer a steady diet of hopeful opportunities to help build a better future, and a very efficient and effective way to make a real difference on the full range of progressive causes people care about – the environment, economic and social justice, education, civil liberties, and others. For more information, see http://fusewashington.org
The Latino Political Action Committee of Washington is a progressive organization of Latinos whose mission is to advance the active participation of Washington State Latinos in the political process. Our purpose is to help elect candidates whose efforts support laws and policies beneficial to the Latino community and whose efforts will represent the concerns and goals of all Latinos in the state of Washington. For more information, see http://latinopacwa.org/
NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
NARAL Pro-Choice Washington strives to elect pro-choice officials to secure, protect, and strengthen reproductive freedom and choice. As a non-partisan organization, we endorse candidates based solely on their support for a wide range of reproductive healthcare issues. Our endorsement process includes a candidate questionnaire followed by a personal interview between the candidate and our PAC committee. For more information, see http://www.prochoicewashington.org/politicalupdates/voteprochoice.shtml
National Women's Political Caucus of Washington
The NWPC is a multi-partisan grassroots membership organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office at all levels of government. Our mission is to identify, mentor, educate and support women leaders in our community who demonstrate a commitment to Reproductive Freedom and Women's Economic and Social Equality. The NWPC endorses women candidates statewide. Initiatives are sometimes considered if they are strongly relevant to the mission of the organization. Candidates who wish to be endorsed by the NWPC are asked to submit a questionnaire and attend an interview. The endorsement committee makes endorsement recommendations to the State Board and/or the local organization membership based on the candidates interview and questionnaire responses, position on the issues of importance to the Caucus, viability, and past record where applicable. For more information, see http://wpcnet.org/?page=endorsements
One America Votes
OneAmerica Votes advocates for policies and works to elect candidates that promote democracy and justice in immigrant communities at the local, state and federal levels. For more information, see http://www.oavotes.org
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest
The assault on reproductive rights is taking place everywhere from Washington DC to your local pharmacy. From policy to politics, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest is a forceful advocate for your right to basic health care and reproductive freedom.
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest candidate endorsements are based on incumbent voting records, candidate questionnaires, interviews, and other available information. For more information, see http://ppvw.org/pages/candidates.php
Progressive Majority Washington
Progressive Majority's mission is to elect progressive champions. We accomplish this by identifying and recruiting the best progressive leaders to run for office; coaching and supporting their candidacies by providing strategic message, campaign, and technical support; prioritizing the recruitment and election of candidates of color; and bringing new people into the political process at all levels. For more information, see http://progressivemajority.org
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW represents more than 22,000 nurses, healthcare employees, and mental health workers in hospitals, agencies, and clinics statewide. Recommendations from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW are based on candidate interviews, questionnaires, and voting records. For more information, see http://seiu1199nw.com/
SEIU Healthcare 775NW
SEIU Healthcare 775NW represents more than 40,000 long-term care workers throughout Washington State. Our mission is to unite the strength of long-term care workers, improve the lives of working people, and lead the way to a more just and humane world. We are a bi-partisan organization and endorse candidates based on their records and positions on issues important to long-term care workers, seniors, and people with disabilities. For more information, see http://www.seiu775.org/elections/Endorsements.aspx
SEIU Local 925
SEIU Local 925 unites 23,000 education and public service workers - notably child care, university, and school district staff - across Washington. Our statewide Member Political Organizing Committee reviews the records of legislators and interviews candidates to recommend the election of officials who will best support working families. For more information, see http://www.seiu925.org/
The Stranger is Seattle's only newspaper. The Stranger Election Control Board endorsements are printed in their October 19th issue. For more information, see http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/shit-is-fucked-up-and-bullshit-but-heres-the-stranger-election-control-board-endorsements-for-the-november-8-2011-general-election/Content?oid=10403567
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) 21 is the largest private-sector union in the state of Washington, more than 38,000 members working in grocery store, retail, health care, and other industry jobs. The mission of UFCW 21 is to build a powerful union that fights for economic, political and social justice in our workplaces and in our communities. UFCW 21 – building a movement for the 21st Century. For more information, see http://www.ufcw21.org/
Washington Conservation Voters
Washington Conservation Voters is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with our allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future. Each year, Washington Conservation Voters supports pro-environment candidates during the election season. Working with our chapter network we are able to support more than 100 candidates each cycle at the state and local level. For more information, see http://www.wcvoters.org/endorsements