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    Vote Yes on I-1433: Raise Up Washington

  • No one who works hard and plays by the rules should still struggle to make ends meet. Yet too many working people, particularly women and people of color, work two or three jobs and still have trouble providing basic necessities like food and shelter for their families. Additionally, Washingtonians should be able to take care of themselves or a sick child without losing a paycheck. Initiative 1433 would give all workers the opportunity to earn paid sick and safe leave and raise the state minimum wage to $13.50 over four years. It would also allow counties and cities - like Seattle and Tacoma - to pass stronger measures. When more workers have more money in their pockets, they spend it at local businesses and boost our economy.

    Vote YES on Initiative 1433 to help businesses, workers, and families across Washington thrive.
    No one who works hard and plays by the rules should still struggle to make ends meet. Yet too many working people, particularly women and people of color, work two or three jobs and still have trouble providing basic necessities like food and shelter for their families. Additionally, Washingtonians should be able to take care of themselves or a sick child without losing a paycheck. Initiative 1433 would give all workers the opportunity to earn paid sick and safe leave and raise the state minimum wage to $13.50 over four years. It would also allow counties and cities - like Seattle and Tacoma - to pass stronger measures. When more workers have more money in their pockets, they spend it at local businesses and boost our economy.

    Vote YES on Initiative 1433 to help businesses, workers, and families across Washington thrive.
  • VOTE YES

    Vote YES to Limit Big Money in Politics

  • Initiative 1464, known as Integrity Washington, aims to give ordinary people a stronger voice in our government. I-1464 prohibits lobbyists and government contractors from making big contributions to the candidates they are trying to influence. Notably, I-1464 also features an innovative public financing system that will allow candidates to focus their campaigning and fundraising on ordinary voters rather than the wealthy and well-funded special interests. Modeled in part after “Honest Elections Seattle,” it would give each voter $150 in "Democracy credits" to contribute to candidates of their choice. I-1464 also strengthens enforcement of our existing campaign finance laws. The reforms are mostly funded by repealing a tax loophole for out-of-state shoppers.

    While we strongly support the goals of this initiative, we have some concerns about the details and the potential for unintended consequences that undermine the initiative’s goals. For example, there are concerns that the limits on contributions to candidates will shift more money into attack ads funded by hidden donors, and that it would have been wiser to wait until the similar measure in Seattle had been implemented to work out any problems. If voters approve I-1464, we hope the initiative backers will work closely with state officials to clarify the language and engage more people in the process.

    Despite these issues, we believe that the influence of money in our elections is one of the biggest problems facing our democracy, and that it’s past time to take action. Vote YES on Initiative 1464 to move Washington forward in testing new approaches to limiting the influence of big money on politics.
    Initiative 1464, known as Integrity Washington, aims to give ordinary people a stronger voice in our government. I-1464 prohibits lobbyists and government contractors from making big contributions to the candidates they are trying to influence. Notably, I-1464 also features an innovative public financing system that will allow candidates to focus their campaigning and fundraising on ordinary voters rather than the wealthy and well-funded special interests. Modeled in part after “Honest Elections Seattle,” it would give each voter $150 in "Democracy credits" to contribute to candidates of their choice. I-1464 also strengthens enforcement of our existing campaign finance laws. The reforms are mostly funded by repealing a tax loophole for out-of-state shoppers.

    While we strongly support the goals of this initiative, we have some concerns about the details and the potential for unintended consequences that undermine the initiative’s goals. For example, there are concerns that the limits on contributions to candidates will shift more money into attack ads funded by hidden donors, and that it would have been wiser to wait until the similar measure in Seattle had been implemented to work out any problems. If voters approve I-1464, we hope the initiative backers will work closely with state officials to clarify the language and engage more people in the process.

    Despite these issues, we believe that the influence of money in our elections is one of the biggest problems facing our democracy, and that it’s past time to take action. Vote YES on Initiative 1464 to move Washington forward in testing new approaches to limiting the influence of big money on politics.
  • Endorsed By League of Women Voters, Young Democrats of Washington, Economic Opportunity Institute, Sightline Institute, and many county and district Democratic organizations.
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    Vote Yes To Keep Families Safe

  • I-1491 allows families and law enforcement to ask a judge for an Extreme Risk Protection Order that temporarily removes firearms from individuals showing a demonstrated risk of violent behavior. The vast majority of people who commit a mass shooting or suicide show signs of their intentions. Families are often the first to see those signs, but under our current laws they are often powerless to remove firearms from individuals who display violent intentions. Initiative 1491 will empower families to prevent tragedies by temporarily removing firearms from people who are a danger to themselves or others.

    Vote YES on I-1491 to keep our communities safe and help prevent more tragedies from gun violence.
    I-1491 allows families and law enforcement to ask a judge for an Extreme Risk Protection Order that temporarily removes firearms from individuals showing a demonstrated risk of violent behavior. The vast majority of people who commit a mass shooting or suicide show signs of their intentions. Families are often the first to see those signs, but under our current laws they are often powerless to remove firearms from individuals who display violent intentions. Initiative 1491 will empower families to prevent tragedies by temporarily removing firearms from people who are a danger to themselves or others.

    Vote YES on I-1491 to keep our communities safe and help prevent more tragedies from gun violence.
  • General Progressive: The Washington Bus, Fuse
    Other: Progreso
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    Vote Yes on I-1501 to Prevent Fraud and Protect Seniors

  • When it comes to consumer fraud and identity theft, we are all at risk – but seniors are especially vulnerable. Initiative 1501 will discourage scams and crack down on criminals who prey on the elderly and vulnerable. I-1501 increases penalties for identity theft and fraud and prevents the state from releasing private information about vulnerable people and their in-home caregivers.

    I-1501 also protects the privacy, names, and contact information of home care workers like health care workers and child care providers, which is why the right-wing Freedom Foundation is strongly opposed to this initiative. They have been working to acquire the names and contact information of home health care workers and child care providers as part of a deceptive campaign to destroy unions, and this initiative would prevent them from acquiring that private personal data from the state.

    Vote YES to protect the privacy and safety of seniors and their in-home caregivers.
    When it comes to consumer fraud and identity theft, we are all at risk – but seniors are especially vulnerable. Initiative 1501 will discourage scams and crack down on criminals who prey on the elderly and vulnerable. I-1501 increases penalties for identity theft and fraud and prevents the state from releasing private information about vulnerable people and their in-home caregivers.

    I-1501 also protects the privacy, names, and contact information of home care workers like health care workers and child care providers, which is why the right-wing Freedom Foundation is strongly opposed to this initiative. They have been working to acquire the names and contact information of home health care workers and child care providers as part of a deceptive campaign to destroy unions, and this initiative would prevent them from acquiring that private personal data from the state.

    Vote YES to protect the privacy and safety of seniors and their in-home caregivers.
  • VOTE NO

    Vote NO on I-732

  • Initiative 732 has divided groups committed to fighting climate change. It would reduce carbon pollution by taxing it and cut other taxes by a similar amount. Although it’s well-intended, puts a strong price on carbon emissions, and tackles an incredibly urgent problem, it has some serious flaws that have generated strong opposition from many progressive groups that are committed to reducing carbon pollution. Opponents have several concerns:
    1. Although I-732 is supposed to be revenue neutral, drafters inadvertently created huge additional tax breaks for companies like Boeing so it would cost more than it will bring in. A recent state budget analysis has determined that these tax breaks would cost taxpayers approximately $797 million over six years. As a result, I-732 would blow a giant hole in the state budget at a time when we are already failing to adequately fund schools, health care, and other essential services.
    2. It fails to invest any carbon tax revenue in clean energy sources. Increasing our use of clean energy like solar and wind power is a critical part of fighting climate change, as well as decreasing our use of fossil fuels. In addition, it fails to limit carbon pollution or to enforce the carbon pollution reductions already required by law.
    3. I-732 proponents failed to engage communities of color and workers – the ones disproportionately impacted by climate change -- in developing an approach to provide an economically just transition away from fossil fuels. The result is an initiative that does not adequately address their priorities and faces strong opposition from groups representing communities of color and labor unions.
    I-732 supporters argue the urgency of fighting climate change compels us to act immediately and that we can’t afford to wait for a different proposal. Although we are highly motivated to reduce carbon pollution and appreciate the sentiments of the initiative's supporters, I-732’s flaws are serious enough that we – like most statewide environmental groups - cannot support the proposal.

    We look forward to working with a wide range of advocates to create and pass a stronger plan to fight climate change in the near future.

    Here are some additional sources of information about I-732:


    The Yes on 732 campaign explains their side of the story here: https://yeson732.org/
    Initiative 732 has divided groups committed to fighting climate change. It would reduce carbon pollution by taxing it and cut other taxes by a similar amount. Although it’s well-intended, puts a strong price on carbon emissions, and tackles an incredibly urgent problem, it has some serious flaws that have generated strong opposition from many progressive groups that are committed to reducing carbon pollution. Opponents have several concerns:
    1. Although I-732 is supposed to be revenue neutral, drafters inadvertently created huge additional tax breaks for companies like Boeing so it would cost more than it will bring in. A recent state budget analysis has determined that these tax breaks would cost taxpayers approximately $797 million over six years. As a result, I-732 would blow a giant hole in the state budget at a time when we are already failing to adequately fund schools, health care, and other essential services.
    2. It fails to invest any carbon tax revenue in clean energy sources. Increasing our use of clean energy like solar and wind power is a critical part of fighting climate change, as well as decreasing our use of fossil fuels. In addition, it fails to limit carbon pollution or to enforce the carbon pollution reductions already required by law.
    3. I-732 proponents failed to engage communities of color and workers – the ones disproportionately impacted by climate change -- in developing an approach to provide an economically just transition away from fossil fuels. The result is an initiative that does not adequately address their priorities and faces strong opposition from groups representing communities of color and labor unions.
    I-732 supporters argue the urgency of fighting climate change compels us to act immediately and that we can’t afford to wait for a different proposal. Although we are highly motivated to reduce carbon pollution and appreciate the sentiments of the initiative's supporters, I-732’s flaws are serious enough that we – like most statewide environmental groups - cannot support the proposal.

    We look forward to working with a wide range of advocates to create and pass a stronger plan to fight climate change in the near future.

    Here are some additional sources of information about I-732:


    The Yes on 732 campaign explains their side of the story here: https://yeson732.org/
  • General Progressive: Fuse
    Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
    Other: Front and Centered, Puget Sound Sage, Progreso, Children's Alliance <br/><br/> Other groups that do not support I-732: Washington Conservation Voters, Washington Environmental Council, Sierra Club
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    Vote YES on I-735 to Get Big Money Out of Politics

  • Corporations are not people. Money is not speech. These are two truths that a huge majority of the public agrees upon, and yet the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the opposite when it made Citizens United the law of the land. Initiative 735, known as WAmend, puts our state on the record calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution clarifying that corporations are not people, money is not speech, and political donations should be disclosed.

    Vote YES on I-735 to tell Congress that Washington supports returning power to the people and common sense to our election rules.
    Corporations are not people. Money is not speech. These are two truths that a huge majority of the public agrees upon, and yet the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the opposite when it made Citizens United the law of the land. Initiative 735, known as WAmend, puts our state on the record calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution clarifying that corporations are not people, money is not speech, and political donations should be disclosed.

    Vote YES on I-735 to tell Congress that Washington supports returning power to the people and common sense to our election rules.
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    Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 14

  • A bipartisan majority of legislators came together earlier this year to clarify that some stand-alone family dental plans can be charged a small insurance premium tax. Legislators passed House Bill 2768 by a vote of 135 to 11. Because of a Tim Eyman initiative, the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.
    A bipartisan majority of legislators came together earlier this year to clarify that some stand-alone family dental plans can be charged a small insurance premium tax. Legislators passed House Bill 2768 by a vote of 135 to 11. Because of a Tim Eyman initiative, the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.
  • VOTE MAINTAINED

    Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 15

  • In order to encourage the use of clean alternative fuel vehicles in Washington, a broad majority of legislators voted to extend an existing tax break for customers who buy the clean energy cars. Legislators voted to pass Second Engrossed House Bill 2778 by a vote of 93 to 47. Because of a Tim Eyman initiative, the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.
    In order to encourage the use of clean alternative fuel vehicles in Washington, a broad majority of legislators voted to extend an existing tax break for customers who buy the clean energy cars. Legislators voted to pass Second Engrossed House Bill 2778 by a vote of 93 to 47. Because of a Tim Eyman initiative, the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.
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    Vote YES for a better redistricting plan

  • Every 10 years, the Washington State Constitution requires a bipartisan commission to update the lines that draw state legislative and congressional districts as the population grows and shifts. Senate Joint Resolution 8210 will shorten the time for the commission to complete a redistricting plan by six weeks, saving taxpayers money and allowing voters more time to provide feedback before spring elections. This common sense reform received a unanimous vote from the state Legislature. Vote YES on SJR 8210.
    Every 10 years, the Washington State Constitution requires a bipartisan commission to update the lines that draw state legislative and congressional districts as the population grows and shifts. Senate Joint Resolution 8210 will shorten the time for the commission to complete a redistricting plan by six weeks, saving taxpayers money and allowing voters more time to provide feedback before spring elections. This common sense reform received a unanimous vote from the state Legislature. Vote YES on SJR 8210.
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made history when she became the first woman nominated by the Democratic Party for president. As President, she will continue her legacy of advocacy for women, children, and families, which began with working at the Children's Defense Fund to provide education to students with disabilities. She also promises to fight for equal pay, protect our environment, expand background checks to more gun sales, support comprehensive immigration reform, and stand up to Republican attacks on President Barack Obama's landmark health care law.

    Her main opponent, Republican Donald Trump, has amassed a troubling track record of actions and positions that are divisive, dishonest, disrespectful to women, and far too uninformed and unstable to lead our nation and be our Commander in Chief. Also in this race is Green Party nominee Jill Stein, a former Lexington, Massachusetts Town Council member, and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian former governor of New Mexico.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton deserves your vote.

    Hillary Clinton

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made history when she became the first woman nominated by the Democratic Party for president.

    Hillary Clinton

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made history when she became the first woman nominated by the Democratic Party for president.

  • Since Patty Murray was first elected in 1992, the "Mom in Tennis Shoes" has been an incredible champion for women, working people, veterans, and an economy that works for everyone. The fourth-ranking Democrat in the Senate, she has earned the respect of Democrats and Republicans alike by forging agreements on the budget, education, women's health, and other critical issues, all while continuing to fight for working people across our state.

    Her opponent is former Washington State Republican Party Chair Chris Vance. Vance, a partisan operative who championed George W. Bush for president, has led a lackluster campaign and does not bring new ideas to the table. Murray's leadership, experience, and progressive values make her the clear choice in this race.

    Patty Murray

    Since Patty Murray was first elected in 1992, the "Mom in Tennis Shoes" has been an incredible champion for women, working people, veterans, and an economy that works for everyone.

    Patty Murray

    Since Patty Murray was first elected in 1992, the "Mom in Tennis Shoes" has been an incredible champion for women, working people, veterans, and an economy that works for everyone.

  • Rep. Denny Heck has had a long career in both the private and public sectors, most notably as a state Representative, state House majority leader, chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and TVW co-founder. As a member of Congress, he has fought to make college more affordable and worked to lower health care costs, ensure veterans get the benefits they deserve, and create middle class jobs.

    Heck is being challenged by perennial Republican candidate Jim Postma, a climate change doubter who wants to build more nuclear plants and drill for oil on government lands. Heck’s track record, experience, and values make him the best choice in this race.

    Denny Heck

    Rep. Denny Heck has had a long career in both the private and public sectors, most notably as a state Representative, state House majority leader, chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and TVW co-founder.

    Denny Heck

    Rep. Denny Heck has had a long career in both the private and public sectors, most notably as a state Representative, state House majority leader, chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and TVW co-founder.

  • Elected in 2003, Benton County Treasurer Duane Davidson is the better of two conservative candidates vying to replace outgoing State Treasurer Jim McIntire. Davidson is currently serving his second term as the President of the Washington State Association of County Treasurers and has been endorsed by both Republican and Democratic treasurers as well as most major newspapers from around the state. While we disagree about how to reform our state's upside-down tax code, Davidson brings years of experience with government finance, managing staff, smart investments of taxpayer dollars, and a commitment to transparency and accountability.

    In contrast, banker Michael Waite has no experience overseeing government finances. We have concerns that he would use the office as a platform for anti-tax activism and insert himself into legislative debates outside the scope of the Treasurer’s office. Waite does support safe and legal abortion access and has earned the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii as well as NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.

    We recommend Davidson as the best of two conservative options.

    Duane Davidson

    Elected in 2003, Benton County Treasurer Duane Davidson is the better of two conservative candidates vying to replace outgoing State Treasurer Jim McIntire.

    Duane Davidson

    Elected in 2003, Benton County Treasurer Duane Davidson is the better of two conservative candidates vying to replace outgoing State Treasurer Jim McIntire.

  • Current Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has run the operations of Pierce County government for eight years, managing 3,000 employees and a $900 million budget. Prior to that, she served as the Pierce County Auditor, where she was honored as the 2005 Washington State Auditor of the Year. McCarthy is running to bring back integrity to the Auditor's office after a criminal indictment derailed Troy Kelley's term, and promises to improve efficiency and transparency in our state government.

    Her opponent is socially-conservative Republican Senator Mark Miloscia. Unfortunately, Miloscia is opposed to safe and legal abortion access and to marriage equality. He supports allowing employers to deny coverage for birth control and co-sponsored a bill that could ban many forms of birth control. We're concerned that if elected, Miloscia could use his office to launch politically-fueled investigations of Planned Parenthood and other women's health groups that receive public funds to provide health care to women.

    Miloscia has been good on labor issues and was endorsed by some of our labor partners, including SEIU 925, SEIU 775, and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, as well as a dual endorsement from the Washington Federation of State Employees. However, McCarthy's support is broader and she deserves your vote due to her accomplished record, experience, and trusted values.

    Pat McCarthy

    Current Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has run the operations of Pierce County government for eight years, managing 3,000 employees and a $900 million budget. Prior to that, she served as the Pierce County Auditor, where she was honored as the 2005 Washington State Auditor of the Year.

    Pat McCarthy

    Current Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has run the operations of Pierce County government for eight years, managing 3,000 employees and a $900 million budget. Prior to that, she served as the Pierce County Auditor, where she was honored as the 2005 Washington State Auditor of the Year.

  • Other: Emily's List, Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective
  • Hilary Franz is the Executive Director of Futurewise and former Bainbridge Island Councilmember who brings 20 years of experience working at the state and local level protecting working families and communities that rely on forestry, farmland, and waterways. Franz is a former Washington Environmental Council and Conservation Northwest board member, she sat on the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council, and was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to the Washington State Climate Action Team. She will prioritize restoring forest health, preventing wildfires, and creating clean energy jobs on our public lands. Franz has the leadership skills to develop solutions that respect the needs of our communities that depend upon timber and shellfish sales while also protecting critical natural and recreational resources.

    Franz faces Republican Steve McLaughlin, an ally of right-wing extremist movements who has claimed that the federal government shouldn’t own land outside of Washington D.C. and aligned himself with numerous global warming deniers in his party. For the future of our state, our health, and our public lands, Hilary Franz deserves your vote.

    Hilary Franz

    Hilary Franz is the Executive Director of Futurewise and former Bainbridge Island Councilmember who brings 20 years of experience working at the state and local level protecting working families and communities that rely on forestry, farmland, and waterways.

    Hilary Franz

    Hilary Franz is the Executive Director of Futurewise and former Bainbridge Island Councilmember who brings 20 years of experience working at the state and local level protecting working families and communities that rely on forestry, farmland, and waterways.

  • Erin Jones is a teacher of foreign languages and African American studies who has won multiple awards for her innovative work to make learning more accessible for students of color. Jones most recently worked at Tacoma Public Schools as a literacy coach and previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement for the state of Washington, where she worked on policy and instruction practices to make schools a place where all students can learn. Jones' three kids attended Washington public schools.

    There are some concerns about the support Jones has received from prominent right-wing Republicans and conservative interest groups. In addition, The Stranger and Equal Rights Washington have raised important concerns about some of Jones' statements and positions on LGBTQ issues and associations with conservative groups opposed to LGBTQ equality. We take those concerns very seriously. After a careful review and a long discussion with her, it’s clear she has changed those positions. Although she had some learning to do on LGTBQ equality, we believe her heart is in the right place.

    While Jones has earned dual endorsements from several of our Progressive Voters Guide partners, we lean toward Reykdal in this race.

    Erin Jones

    Erin Jones is a teacher of foreign languages and African American studies who has won multiple awards for her innovative work to make learning more accessible for students of color.

    Erin Jones

    Erin Jones is a teacher of foreign languages and African American studies who has won multiple awards for her innovative work to make learning more accessible for students of color.

  • Other: Progreso, Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective
  • As the state Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler has brought a range of experience to the position and defended the interests of Washington residents against big insurance companies. Kreidler cut insurance rates, required that contraceptives be included in prescription drug coverage for women, and helped increase the transparency of the health insurance market. If re-elected, Kreidler will work on expanding health care access, limiting insurance company exploitation, and eliminating credit scoring as a determinant of insurance rates.

    Kreidler faces Republican Richard Schrock, who is not running a credible campaign. Kreidler deserves your vote.

    Mike Kreidler

    As the state Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler has brought a range of experience to the position and defended the interests of Washington residents against big insurance companies.

    Mike Kreidler

    As the state Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler has brought a range of experience to the position and defended the interests of Washington residents against big insurance companies.

  • Army veteran, United Way CEO, and Olympia City Councilman Jim Cooper is running for the open District 1 seat on the Thurston County Commission. Cooper wants to ensure smart growth policies are implemented as more people move to Thurston and will focus on the health and safety of all residents. On the City Council, Cooper worked to preserve parks and open spaces as well as helped lead a sustainable budgeting process.

    Cooper faces conservative former Tenino police chief John Hutchings, who was ousted from his job for overstepping authority and working hours beyond what taxpayers were able to pay. For his leadership and experience making Thurston County a better place to live, Cooper deserves your vote.

    Jim Cooper

    Army veteran, United Way CEO, and Olympia City Councilman Jim Cooper is running for the open District 1 seat on the Thurston County Commission. Cooper wants to ensure smart growth policies are implemented as more people move to Thurston and will focus on the health and safety of all residents.

    Jim Cooper

    Army veteran, United Way CEO, and Olympia City Councilman Jim Cooper is running for the open District 1 seat on the Thurston County Commission. Cooper wants to ensure smart growth policies are implemented as more people move to Thurston and will focus on the health and safety of all residents.

  • Environment: Sierra Club
    Other: Thurston Environmental Voters, Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council, UFCW Local 367
  • Evergreen State College Development Director Kelsey Hulse is running for the open seat in District 2 to ensure sustainable growth and protection of public spaces as Thurston County grows. Having formerly worked in development for the Thurston County Food Bank, Hulse is committed to protecting safety net services for seniors and those who lack affordable housing options.

    Hulse faces an uphill battle against conservative former Sherriff Gary Edwards, who is running with no party preference. Due to her dedication to moving Thurston County forward, Hulse deserves your vote. 

    Kelsey Hulse

    Evergreen State College Development Director Kelsey Hulse is running for the open seat in District 2 to ensure sustainable growth and protection of public spaces as Thurston County grows.

    Kelsey Hulse

    Evergreen State College Development Director Kelsey Hulse is running for the open seat in District 2 to ensure sustainable growth and protection of public spaces as Thurston County grows.

  • Other: Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council, Thurston Environmental Voters
  • Justice Mary Yu served 14 years as a trial court judge in King County, where she presided over hundreds of criminal, civil, and family law cases before Governor Jay Inslee appointed her to Washington’s Supreme Court. As the first Asian American, the first Latina, and the first open member of the LGBTQ community to serve on the Supreme Court, Yu brings a community-based approach and respect for every person to her service.

    Justice Yu is also highly involved in the Washington state law community. She serves as a Co-Chair for the Leadership Institute of UW, the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, and the Washington State Bar Association.

    Yu faces Gonzaga Law Professor David Dewolf, who is best known for his far-right pro-creationism and anti-evolution views. Because of her remarkable record and extensive experience, Justice Mary Yu is the clear choice for this Supreme Court Justice Position 1.

    Mary Yu

    Justice Mary Yu served 14 years as a trial court judge in King County, where she presided over hundreds of criminal, civil, and family law cases before Governor Jay Inslee appointed her to Washington’s Supreme Court.

    Mary Yu

    Justice Mary Yu served 14 years as a trial court judge in King County, where she presided over hundreds of criminal, civil, and family law cases before Governor Jay Inslee appointed her to Washington’s Supreme Court.

  • Social Justice: Latino PAC, OneAmerica Votes
    Bar Association Ratings: King County Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified; Latina/o Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified; QLaw: The LGBT Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified
  • Chief Justice Barbara Madsen has led our state Supreme Court in a fair and impartial manner through a series of high profile cases. First elected in 1992, Madsen was only the third woman to ever serve on our highest court. She has won numerous awards for her service, especially for her work creating opportunities for young female lawyers and judges. Despite Republican efforts to politicize our court over rulings about education funding and several Tim Eyman initiatives, Madsen has maintained a steadfast commitment to upholding equal justice under the law.

    Madsen is opposed by Greg Zempel, a Republican prosecutor from Kittitas County. Zempel has said he is running because he disagrees with some recent decisions. Madsen deserves your vote.

    Barbara Madsen

    Chief Justice Barbara Madsen has led our state Supreme Court in a fair and impartial manner through a series of high profile cases. First elected in 1992, Madsen was only the third woman to ever serve on our highest court.

    Barbara Madsen

    Chief Justice Barbara Madsen has led our state Supreme Court in a fair and impartial manner through a series of high profile cases. First elected in 1992, Madsen was only the third woman to ever serve on our highest court.

  • Bar Association Ratings: King County Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified; QLaw: The LGBT Bar Association: Well Qualified; Latina/o Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified
  • Elected in 2010, Justice Charlie Wiggins is highly regarded, bringing his sharp eye for judicial ethics and more than 30 years of law and justice experience to the Supreme Court, where he has written more than 100 court opinions. Justice Wiggins is an active volunteer in his community for Habitat for Humanity and other good causes. He worked to support campaign contribution limits in state judicial elections before he was elected to the court. Wiggins is rated “exceptionally well qualified” by several bar associations.

    Justice Wiggins faces Dave Larson, a Federal Way Municipal Court Judge. Larson is not highly rated by bar associations, and as a Federal Way School Board Member he voted to ban the documentary An Inconvenient Truth from classrooms after a parent complained that the film didn't include the perspective of global-warming deniers. Larson is heavily backed by huge expenditures from conservative interests unhappy with Justice Wiggins' decisions. Ignore their misleading attack ads. Justice Charlie Wiggins' experience, qualifications, and commitment to judicial ethics makes him the best choice for Supreme Court Justice Position 6.

    Charles Wiggins

    Elected in 2010, Justice Charlie Wiggins is highly regarded, bringing his sharp eye for judicial ethics and more than 30 years of law and justice experience to the Supreme Court, where he has written more than 100 court opinions.

    Charles Wiggins

    Elected in 2010, Justice Charlie Wiggins is highly regarded, bringing his sharp eye for judicial ethics and more than 30 years of law and justice experience to the Supreme Court, where he has written more than 100 court opinions.

  • Reproductive Freedom: Pro-Choice Washington
    Bar Association Ratings: King County Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified; QLaw: The LGBT Bar Association: Well Qualified; Latina/o Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified
  • Chris Lanese started his career working on behalf of low-income families at a legal aid clinic. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he moved into private practice but continued his commitment to public service, serving on the State Bar’s Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee. Lanese has since then worked in Attorney General Bob Ferguson's Office in Olympia, where he strives to ensure justice and equal access are accessible to all.

    Lanese has received support from all nine state Supreme Court justices, numerous progressive legislators, and from a large number of others in our state’s judicial and legal communities. His opponent, Laura Murphy, spent the past 10 years as a Judge pro tem in the Thurston County District Court and has also received a Human Rights Award from the Thurston County Council. However, due to the community support from our partners, we recommend Lanese in this race.

    Chris Lanese

    Chris Lanese started his career working on behalf of low-income families at a legal aid clinic. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he moved into private practice but continued his commitment to public service, serving on the State Bar’s Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee.

    Chris Lanese

    Chris Lanese started his career working on behalf of low-income families at a legal aid clinic. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he moved into private practice but continued his commitment to public service, serving on the State Bar’s Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee.

  • As a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Thurston County, John Skinder led the Special Victims trial team, advocating for survivors of sex abuse and domestic violence. Skinder is running to ensure everyone is treated equally under the law. In addition to being active in the West Olympia Rotary Club, he serves his community on the board of directors for both the Thurston County Bar Association and the Child Advocacy Centers of Washington. He has received an overwhelming majority of support from Thurston County Bar Association members.

    Skinder faces Jim Foley, who is not running an effective campaign. Due to his experience advocating for victims of violent crime and service to the community, Skinder deserves your vote.

    John Skinder

    As a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Thurston County, John Skinder led the Special Victims trial team, advocating for survivors of sex abuse and domestic violence. Skinder is running to ensure everyone is treated equally under the law.

    John Skinder

    As a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Thurston County, John Skinder led the Special Victims trial team, advocating for survivors of sex abuse and domestic violence. Skinder is running to ensure everyone is treated equally under the law.

Depending on where you live, you may have the below city races on your ballot.

  • VOTE YES

    Vote YES for Opportunity for Olympia

  • Initiative 1, known as Opportunity for Olympia, ensures that every future high school graduate in Olympia has access to at least one year of free community college or job training courses at a technical college. This initiative raises millions of dollars for Olympia’s college grant fund from a small (1.5 percent) tax that only applies to the wealthiest 3 percent of households in Olympia.

    Vote YES for Initiative 1 to create a better educated workforce, attract more businesses, create more good paying jobs, and ensure a legacy of opportunity in Olympia.
    Initiative 1, known as Opportunity for Olympia, ensures that every future high school graduate in Olympia has access to at least one year of free community college or job training courses at a technical college. This initiative raises millions of dollars for Olympia’s college grant fund from a small (1.5 percent) tax that only applies to the wealthiest 3 percent of households in Olympia.

    Vote YES for Initiative 1 to create a better educated workforce, attract more businesses, create more good paying jobs, and ensure a legacy of opportunity in Olympia.
  • Other: Olympia Education Association, Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)