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: American Federation of Teachers - Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club, Children's Campaign Fund, Equal Rights Washington, Latino PAC, League of Education Voters, M.L. King County Labor Council, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, National Women's Political Caucus of Washington, OneAmerica Votes, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, Progressive Majority, SEIU, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, SEIU Healthcare 775NW, SEIU Local 925, SEIU State Council, Sierra Club, UFCW 21, Washington Bus, Washington CAN!, Washington Conservation Voters, Washington State Council of Firefighters, Washington State National Organization for Women PAC, and Fuse.
About Partner Organizations
American Federation of Teachers - Washington
AFT Washington represents over 6,500 education professionals in early childhood education and Head Start, K-12 school-related personnel, and faculty, professionals, and classified members at two- and four-year colleges and universities. AFT Washington is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers which represents 1.5 million members in education, health care, and public employment. For more information, see http://wa.aft.org/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=df84b930-6710-4ff0-9a0d-def161589bcb
Cascade Bicycle Club
Founded in 1970, Cascade Bicycle Club is a 14,000+ member nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to creating better communities through bicycling. Focusing on four strategic goals (Engagement, Community Partnership, Infrastructure, and Presence), Cascade envisions a community that bicycles--where bicycling is normal, safe and convenient for everyone. Cascade is a local, regional and statewide leader in advocating for bicycle policy and infrastructure, producing world-class cycling events, educating youth and adult cyclists, offering 1,300 free daily rides annually, and promoting bicycle commuting. Cascade is directed by an elected volunteer board and operates with 28 paid staff and thousands of volunteers. For more information, see http://www.cascade.org/Advocacy/endorsements.cfm
Children's Campaign Fund
The Children's Campaign Fund (CCF) is the state's longest-standing, non-partisan political action committee (PAC) dedicated to helping elect legislators who will fight for the health, safety, education, and welfare of the children of Washington State. It is one of only a handful of children's PACs in the country and the nation's oldest statewide PAC for children. In addition to helping elect legislative champions, CCF also supports select statewide races and ballot measures that directly impact the well-being of children and families. For more information, see http://www.childrenscampaignfund.org/endorsedcandidates/
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 some statewide and some legislative races. ERW does not typically endorse in local races.
ERW's will be announcing additional endorsements as we evaluate races.
For more information, see http://equalrightswashington.org/
Fuse is a state-based online advocacy group working to provide a cutting edge online organizing and communications hub for Washington State. Fuse is focused primarily on securing major advances in progressive public policy for Washington State. Fuse is bringing people like you together to make our state more progressive. Fuse offers busy but concerned people fast, easy and fun ways to make your voice and values heard and make a difference. 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 that was formed in 2005. Since its formation, the Latino PAC has screened and endorsed several state and city candidates. The Latino PAC is led by local Latino leaders and offers individuals and contributors an opportunity to work on advancing the political power and well being of all Latinos in Washington State. For more information, see http://www.lpacwa.org
League of Education Voters
The League of Education Voters is working to build a quality public education system from cradle to career. We need ordinary people like YOU to speak up for kids because it?s going to take an education revolution to transform Washington?s schools. For more information, see http://levpac.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 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/endorsements/
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. To that end, the organization involves immigrant communities in public policy issues and advocacy, and engages immigrant voters in the democratic process to support pro-immigrant policies and candidates. For more information, see http://www.oavotes.org/endorsements/
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest
The assault on reproductive rights is taking place everywhere from Washington DC to your local pharmacy. Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest (PPVNW) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and a forceful champion for your right to basic health care and reproductive freedom. Our advocacy and voter education organizations are working hard across the Northwest educating Washingtonians and policy makers about reproductive health issues. PPVNW Lobbies and educates to advance Planned Parenthood's mission and also engages in limited electoral activities. For more information, see http://www.ppvotesnw.org/elections-and-politics/candidate-endorsements/
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://www.progressivemajoritywashington.org/
If a candidate is listed as being endorsed by SEIU, it includes endorsements by two or more of the following SEIU locals.
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW represents more than 24,000 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 35,000 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://seiu775.org/2012/06/22/seiu-endorsement-list/
SEIU Local 925
SEIU Local 925 unites 23,000 education and public service workers across Washington including child care providers, university employees, and school district staff. Our members meet with candidates, review their records, and recommend those who will support working families. For more information, see http://www.seiu925.org
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21 is the largest private-sector union in Washington, with over 43,000 members working in grocery store, retail, health care, meat processing and other industry jobs. UFCW 21 represents more retail and grocery employees and more professional and technical health care employees than any other union in the state. For more information, see http://www.ufcw21.org/
With over 35,000 members, Washington CAN! is the state’s largest grassroots community organization. Together we work to achieve racial, social, and economic justice in our state and nation. Our strength as an organization depends on our members’ involvement. We believe that we can only achieve our goals when people take action for justice. For more information, see http://washingtoncan.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 over 100 candidates each cycle at the state and local level. For more information, see http://wcvoters.org/campaigns-elections/endorsements
Washington State Council of Firefighters
The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) represents nearly 8000 affiliated members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). We advocate both locally and at the federal level for adequate training, safe working conditions, fair pay and benefits, and job security for the women and men serving in our profession. For more information, see http://www.wscff.org
Washington State National Organization for Women PAC
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. The National Organization for Women (NOW) Federal PAC endorses candidates for the federal elections and the WA State NOW PAC endorses candidates for local and state elections. For more information, see http://www.now.org