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Federal

U.S. Senator

Congress

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

1st Congressional District

U.S. Representative

2nd Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Democrat
  • Rep. Rick Larsen is a moderate, pragmatic Democrat who has been a strong advocate for jobs, transportation, and infrastructure projects in the 2nd District. Larsen has also led efforts to protect voting rights, fought to reform student loans, and has been a champion of Wall Street reform. Before serving in Congress he served on the Snohomish County Council and worked on economic development for the City of Everett. Unfortunately, Larsen angered many progressives with his support of the new contract that eliminated hard-earned pension benefits for Boeing machinists.

    Larsen faces progressive Mike LaPointe, an advocate for fighting climate change and supporting working people who does not have the breadth of support to win a congressional race. Also in the race is Republican Marc Hennemann, who is a cookie cutter Republican, as well as Libertarian Brian Luke and Independent Kari Ilonummi. Larsen is the best choice in this race.

    Rick Larsen

    Rep. Rick Larsen is a moderate, pragmatic Democrat who has been a strong advocate for jobs, transportation, and infrastructure projects in the 2nd District. Larsen has also led efforts to protect voting rights, fought to reform student loans, and has been a champion of Wall Street reform.

3rd Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Democrat
  • Democrat Jim Moeller has risen to become Speaker Pro Tempore of the state House through his hard work and leadership. Moeller has developed a stellar reputation for bipartisanship through his work on health care and job creation. He has also been a strong advocate for fully funding schools, ensuring families have a safe place to sleep, and solving our state's mental health crisis.

    Moeller faces a tough race against incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler. Herrera Beutler is an extremely conservative Republican who has consistently sided with the Tea Party on issues like health care, environmental protection, immigration reform, and economic fairness. Also in this race is progressive Angie Marx, who wants to close tax loopholes for fossil fuel companies, pass paid family leave, and fight institutional racism; Democrats David McDevitt and Kathleen "Grandma Warrior" Arthur; and Independent L.A. (Worthy) Worthington. Moeller is the best choice in this race

    Jim Moeller

    Democrat Jim Moeller has risen to become Speaker Pro Tempore of the state House through his hard work and leadership. Moeller has developed a stellar reputation for bipartisanship through his work on health care and job creation.

  • Other: Vancouver Firefighters

4th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Democrat Doug McKinley is an intellectual property lawyer who faces an uphill battle against Republican incumbent Dan Newhouse. McKinley is running to ensure people who work full time are not living in poverty, to lower the cost of college, and to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

    Newhouse has frequently aligned with the far-right members of his party in Congress to obstruct progress, including his vote against the bipartisan budget act in 2015 that increased military and domestic spending. Also in this race is Clint Didier, who is an extreme right-wing Tea Party activist and failed candidate for state Commissioner of Public Lands, Republican Glenn Jakeman, and Democrat John Malan, a Marine Corps veteran who is not running a competitive campaign. McKinley's values are more in line with our state and he deserves your vote.

    Doug McKinley

    Democrat Doug McKinley is an intellectual property lawyer who faces an uphill battle against Republican incumbent Dan Newhouse. McKinley is running to ensure people who work full time are not living in poverty, to lower the cost of college, and to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

  • Endorsed By: Yakima County Democrats

5th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

6th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

7th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw has served in the House since December 2013. Walkinshaw was previously a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working on sustainable agriculture and also serves on the board of the Trust for Public Land. In Olympia, he has been a very effective legislator who has prioritized environmental sustainability and equal opportunity for seniors, renters, and those leaving the criminal justice system. He's prioritizing climate change and economic justice in his campaign for Congress.

    Brady Walkinshaw

    State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw has served in the House since December 2013. Walkinshaw was previously a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working on sustainable agriculture and also serves on the board of the Trust for Public Land.

  • Endorsed By: LGBT Equality PAC, Aerospace Machinists District 751, United Farm Workers
  • King County Councilmember and former legislator Joe McDermott is also running for this seat. McDermott, who has no relation to retiring Rep. Jim McDermott, has been a strong advocate for transit, marriage equality, gun violence prevention, and other issues. He has pledged to reject any independent expenditure money in his campaign and says he is running to end the special interest dominance in politics.

    Also in this race are Democrats Arun Jhaveri and Don Rivers, Independents Leslie Regier and Carl Cooper, and Republican Scott Sutherland.

    The voters of the 7th Congressional District are lucky to have a strong slate of progressive candidates to choose from. We recommend Jayapal in this race.

    Joe McDermott

    King County Councilmember and former legislator Joe McDermott is also running for this seat. McDermott, who has no relation to retiring Rep. Jim McDermott, has been a strong advocate for transit, marriage equality, gun violence prevention, and other issues.

8th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

9th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

10th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Democrat
  • 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 conservative Democrat Jennifer Ferguson, who ran and lost against Heck in 2012, Independent Richard Boyce, and perennial Republican challenger Jim Postma. 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.

Statewide

Governor

Lt. Governor

Secretary of State

State Treasurer

  • Financial professional and pension consultant John Paul Comerford has received the endorsement of many local Democratic organizations.

    Liias, Fisken, and Comerford face two conservative opponents, Duane Davidson, a cookie cutter anti-tax Republican, and Michael Waite, an investment professional focused on debt issues.

    John Paul Comerford

    Financial professional and pension consultant John Paul Comerford has received the endorsement of many local Democratic organizations.

  • Endorsed By: King, Pierce, Spokane, Skagit, Cowlitz, Yakima, Kittitas, Klickitas, and Kitsap County Democrats

State Auditor

  • Democrat
  • Jeff Sprung is a lawyer and former Planned Parenthood Votes board member who is running to increase transparency and accountability in state government. He previously worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney investigating and prosecuting corruption in low-income housing programs. He supports increasing whistleblower protections to better identify fraud and potential inefficiencies in government. Sprung is running the strongest campaign and has received the most support from our progressive partners.

    Former Pierce County Auditor and current Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy is another good candidate in this race. She is running to use her experience managing large budgets and agencies to improve efficiency and transparency.

    Their opponent is the socially-conservative Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, who earned dual endorsements along with Sprung from our labor partners at SEIU 925, SEIU 775, and the Washington Federation of State Employees. Miloscia also earned a sole endorsement from the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters. Unfortunately, Miloscia 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.

    Also in this race is Independent Mark Wilson and No Party Preference candidate David Golden. Sprung is the best choice in this race.

    Jeff Sprung

    Jeff Sprung is a lawyer and former Planned Parenthood Votes board member who is running to increase transparency and accountability in state government. He previously worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney investigating and prosecuting corruption in low-income housing programs.

Attorney General

Commissioner of Public Lands

Other Candidates
Also in the race are Democrats Karen Porterfield, who vows to create real change on wildfire, landslide, and deforestation issues, Mary Verner, the former mayor of Spokane who oversaw the wildfire efforts during the last few years, and John Stillings; Libertarian Steven Nielsen; and Republican Steve McLaughlin. Franz or Upthegrove are good choices in this race.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Insurance Commissioner

State Supreme Court

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