Endorsements

APACE

APACE

Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE) works for social and economic justice by transforming our democracy through grassroots political empowerment of the broad API community, sustaining a progressive voice to hold ourselves and our leaders accountable to the people.

Statewide

Governor

  • Democrat
  • Governor Jay Inslee has been a strong, principled leader on the important challenges facing Washington. Before he was elected as governor in 2012, Inslee represented both sides of the Cascades in Congress, opposed the Iraq war, and worked to increase accountability and oversight for Wall Street banks.

    Inslee has established himself as a national leader on fighting climate change. He has invested more than $170 million into clean energy and energy efficiency projects, implemented the Clean Air Rule, and pushed for legislation that reduces pollution in Washington. In his 2020 bid for the presidency, Inslee brought a focus on climate to the race. Outside of his work on climate, Inslee has signed into law Washington's public option for health care, paid family leave, and the Equal Pay Opportunity Act.

    Recently, Inslee has been a national leader in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. His proactive, decisive, science-driven efforts have saved countless Washingtonians from getting sick. Unfortunately, we've seen the flip side recently where states with governors who were slow or failed to act have seen dramatic increases in cases.

    Inslee's opponent is Republican Loren Culp, the sole police officer of the town of Republic and one of the farthest right of Inslee's main primary challengers. Culp came to national fame for refusing to enforce the voter-approved Initiative 1639, which placed restrictions on semi-automatic firearm sales. Much of Culp's primary and early general election campaign has centered on opposing public health measures like wearing masks. 

    Culp's policy track record is disturbing, especially related to the environment. He recently questioned whether the wildfires that have ravaged the region are climate-related. He's compared gun rights to the Holocaust and likened the governor's stay-home policies to the horrors of Japanese internment during WWII. He faces a lawsuit for failing to investigate a child sex abuse case and for intimidating the victim in a case that was swiftly prosecuted after the county stepped in and took over. 

    As the coronavirus crisis continues and the gap in the state budget persists, we need real, experienced leadership at the helm of the state. Inslee is the clear choice for governor.

    Jay Inslee

    Governor Jay Inslee has been a strong, principled leader on the important challenges facing Washington.

Attorney General

State Legislature

11th Legislative District

27th Legislative District

28th Legislative District

41st Legislative District

30th Legislative District

32nd Legislative District

36th Legislative District

37th Legislative District

  • Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos is running for re-election to the 37th Legislative District, House Position 1. Tomiko Santos chairs the House Education Committee and serves on the House Capital Budget Committee as well as the Consumer Protection & Business Committee. She is a former banker and a moderate Democrat who has previously voted against transit-oriented development.

    This year, Tomiko Santos sponsored legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination and supported gun safety as well as establishing the Washington State Office of Equity. Despite being an obstacle in passing similar legislation in past years, she voted in favor of introducing comprehensive, age-appropriate K-12 sex education to Washington schools.

    Tomiko Santos supports police accountability, including the demilitarization of police departments and the reappropriation of existing budget towards racial bias training. She is passionate about accessible housing for all and wants to address the particular housing disparities that communities of color face in her district.

    Democrat John Stafford is challenging incumbent Rep. Tomiko Santos. Stafford serves on the Executive Board of the 37th District Democrats and his platform includes urgently addressing the climate crisis and reforming our upside-down tax system. Stafford's campaign also emphasizes the need to strengthen public health, address racial injustice, and support economic recovery.

    We recommend Rep. Tomiko Santos because she has a strong record in office and the support of all our partner organizations who chose to endorse in this race.

    Sharon Tomiko Santos

    Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos is running for re-election to the 37th Legislative District, House Position 1. Tomiko Santos chairs the House Education Committee and serves on the House Capital Budget Committee as well as the Consumer Protection & Business Committee.

47th Legislative District

  • Evergreen Future
  • Rep. Debra Entenman is running for re-election to the 47th Legislative District, House Position 1. Before running for office, Entenman served as the District Director for U.S. Representative Adam Smith. She has also been appointed to the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees by Gov. Inslee.

    Entenman has had a consistent progressive record throughout her first term, including sponsoring legislation to prohibit race-based hair discrimination. She wants to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus epidemic while addressing the root causes of inequality. Entenman has continually supported legislation that reduces barriers to success for all communities and strengthens the social safety net. In the House, her priorities are health access, economic recovery, equitable education, and data privacy. Entenman spoke out recently on the need for police accountability and reform.

    Also in this race is Republican Kyle Lyebyedyev. Lyebyedyev is a member of the King County Republican Party Region 8 Executive Board. His platform includes bringing people from the private sector into classrooms to be teachers, evaluating every individual homeless person to find out "why" they are homeless, and making false accusations about immigrants. Despite the massive public health and economic crises that Washingtonians now face, Lyebyedyev refuses to support efforts to balance Washington's upside-down tax code.

    Entenman is the obvious choice in this race and deserves your vote.

    Debra Entenman

    Rep. Debra Entenman is running for re-election to the 47th Legislative District, House Position 1. Before running for office, Entenman served as the District Director for U.S. Representative Adam Smith. She has also been appointed to the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees by Gov.

48th Legislative District

  • Evergreen Future
  • Rep. Vandana Slatter is running for re-election to the 48th Legislative District, House Position 1. Prior to running for the Legislature, Slatter was Bellevue's first Indian-American city councilmember. In her role as representative, Slatter has focused on education and equity issues, working on legislation benefiting homeless youth, fully funding schools, and providing health care access.

    Slatter has served on the boards of several organizations and nonprofits, including the Children's Institute for Learning Differences, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Global Social Business Partners, and the Cancer Center at Overlake Hospital Foundation. Her diverse professional background has made her an effective leader in the House. This year, Rep. Slatter sponsored legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination and requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, both of which were signed into law.

    Slatter is running against Republican Victor Bishop, the former chair of the Eastside Transportation Alliance, a group founded to promote cars and oppose the advancement of Sound Transit. He claims traffic congestion is the "top quality-of-life issue" for voters in the district but is not interested in expanding transportation options. Without experience or a focus on issues beyond traffic congestion, Bishop does not seem to have the qualifications to lead at this critical moment.

    As a staunch voice for health care access, Rep. Slatter is needed in the House to shape the state's pandemic response. She deserves your vote in this race.

    Vandana Slatter

    Rep. Vandana Slatter is running for re-election to the 48th Legislative District, House Position 1. Prior to running for the Legislature, Slatter was Bellevue's first Indian-American city councilmember.

33rd Legislative District

49th Legislative District

  • Incumbent Rep. Monica Jurado Stonier is running for re-election to the 49th Legislative District, House Position 2. Stonier serves as the House Majority Floor Leader and on the House Capital Budget Committee, consistently fighting for progressive priorities.

    This year, Stonier worked to ensure the passage of protections for domestic workers and age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education. She was also a sponsor of the Breakfast After the Bell program, which provides meals to low-income students. As the COVID-19 crisis became evident, Stonier sponsored legislation to appropriate funds towards a swift state response. Even before the pandemic, Stonier listed accessible and affordable health care as one of her top priorities alongside addressing the housing and climate crises.

    Stonier is running against Park Llafet, a member of the Clark County Republicans. Llafet is involved with the Evergreen School District Foundation and previously ran for the Evergreen Public Schools school board. He wants to focus on reducing taxes at the expense of essential services. When asked about his approach to the state's pandemic response, Llafet insisted that schools must reopen in the fall, citing the state's economic recovery as his priority. On the topic of climate change, Llafet claimed that rising temperatures and environmental degradation follow "natural law," suggesting that the assessment of climate change as an existential threat is "subjective."

    Stonier will be a vocal leader for progressive values as our state navigates the pandemic and the economic recovery. She deserves your vote.

    Monica Jurado Stonier

    Incumbent Rep. Monica Jurado Stonier is running for re-election to the 49th Legislative District, House Position 2. Stonier serves as the House Majority Floor Leader and on the House Capital Budget Committee, consistently fighting for progressive priorities.