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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.

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

Legislative Races

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below legislative races on your ballot.

40th Legislative District

State Senator

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

42nd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

No Good Choices
Vincent Buys is an anti-tax conservative who supports Tim Eyman's unconstitutional ballot measures and opposed marriage equality. We do give him credit for reaching across the aisle this past session to co-sponsor a bill that helped labor unions and environmentalists come together to solve the state building code council's budget crisis.

Buys faces three opponents who are not running competitive campaigns: Libertarian Jerry Burners, Democrat Tracy Atwood, and Independent Dale Dickson. If you are interested in running for this seat, please contact our friends at Progressive Majority.

State Supreme Court

Position #5