Endorsements

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Congress

10th Congressional District

  • Democrat
  • Progressive champion and current state Rep. Beth Doglio is running for the 10th Congressional District seat vacated by the retirement of Rep. Denny Heck. Prior to running for office, Doglio worked as the Climate Solutions Campaign Director and was the founding executive director of Washington Conservation Voters. While in the Legislature, Doglio advocated for numerous climate and environmental bills, as well as legislation to protect sexual assault survivors and increase funding for affordable housing.

    Doglio is running for Congress on a platform of climate justice, supporting working families, and gun safety. In her Fuse interview, she said she wants to work to pass progressive reforms like a Green New Deal and Medicare for All. Overall, Doglio laid out a very progressive policy agenda and has earned the sole endorsement of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

    Her opponent in this race is former Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, who is running as a moderate Democrat focused on the COVID-19 response and economic rebuilding. Her pandemic response plan focuses on producing medical equipment, helping people get back to work, and massive investments in infrastructure. If elected, Strickland would be the first Black person to represent Washington state in Congress and the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress from any state.

    We are concerned with several parts of Strickland's record that skew in favor of corporations over working families. As mayor of Tacoma, Strickland was an obstacle to progressive efforts to improve workers' sick leave and raise the minimum wage. In addition, she pushed for a controversial methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma opposed by environmental advocates that would have contributed to climate change and dangerously increased air pollution in the community. As the head of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Strickland worked last fall to help their PAC spend millions of dollars backing a slate of more conservative, business-friendly candidates. Thankfully, progressives were able to defeat nearly all of their candidates.

    Doglio's background in organizing and fighting for solutions to climate change would be a valuable addition to our congressional delegation.

    Beth Doglio

    Progressive champion and current state Rep. Beth Doglio is running for the 10th Congressional District seat vacated by the retirement of Rep. Denny Heck.

3rd Congressional District

  • Carolyn Long has taught Southwest Washington’s students for 24 years at WSU Vancouver. She is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. Long ran against Herrera Beutler in 2018 and hopes to build off that strong campaign and win this year.

    Long's platform boasts critically important health care policies, including protecting people with pre-existing conditions, defending the Affordable Care Act, and providing substantive and equitable health care for those in need of addiction and mental health services. She is also prioritizing treating gun violence as a public health crisis, caring for veterans, reforming the tax code to make it more equitable for working families, and protecting Medicare and Social Security.

    Long's opponent, Herrera Beutler, is a conservative Republican who votes with Trump more than 80 percent of the time. Despite taking a few key votes to appear more moderate, Herrera Beutler is actually very conservative. She has stated she wants to overturn the Affordable Care Act, which provides health care to millions of Americans. Herrera Beutler was also the only member of Congress from Washington to support the Trump administration's cruel immigration bill and she refused to vote for the Voting Rights Advancement Act.

    Herrera Beutler has been criticized by her constituents in the past for her refusal to hold town halls or be held accountable for the harmful votes she has taken. More recently, she voted against the COVID-19 relief in the HEROES Act, denying her constituents needed additional cash payments, funding for additional testing and treatment, support for the postal service, hazard pay for medical and frontline workers, and expanded SNAP benefits.

    Long is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote.

    Carolyn Long

    Carolyn Long has taught Southwest Washington’s students for 24 years at WSU Vancouver. She is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. Long ran against Herrera Beutler in 2018 and hopes to build off that strong campaign and win this year.

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

Commissioner of Public Lands

State Legislature

3rd Legislative District

5th Legislative District

17th Legislative District

28th Legislative District

4th Legislative District

  • Democrat
  • Accountant Lance Gurel is running for the 4th Legislative District, House Position 2 to bring progressive leadership back to the district for the first time in decades. In his interview with the local Fuse endorsement committee, Gurel said that he would support undocumented workers, many of whom have been deemed essential workers during this pandemic, with an emergency aid fund. He supports tax reform like the Working Families Tax Credit that would put money back in the pockets of Washingtonians with low and moderate incomes. Gurel also expressed support for affordable child care, mental health programs that divert people from the prison pipeline, and investments in clean fuels.

    Gurel's opponent is Republican Rob Chase. Chase, who calls himself a Trump Republican, is running on the so-called "MAGA Doctrine" of "following the Constitution and shrinking government." Notably, he is supported by Rep. Matt Shea, who was ousted from the Republican caucus after an investigation deemed him a domestic terrorist.

    The 4th LD deserves better than another Shea. Vote Lance Gurel for state House.

    Lance Gurel

    Accountant Lance Gurel is running for the 4th Legislative District, House Position 2 to bring progressive leadership back to the district for the first time in decades.

6th Legislative District

  • Zack Zappone is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Volz for the 6th Legislative District, House Position 1. As a former teacher and creator of after school programs, Zappone's top priorities include ensuring that everyone has the training they need to enter the workforce, a housing-first approach to homelessness, worker protections, and creating a more equitable tax system for lower-income residents. He highlights his experience in logistics through his volunteer work with the Spokane Food Fighters, who are delivering meals during the coronavirus crisis.

    Republican Volz voted against a bill that aimed to create an office of gun violence prevention and opposed adding immigration status to the state's anti-discrimination laws. If re-elected, Volz promises to "get our state government back to living within its means," which considering next year's coronavirus-caused state budget shortfall of $6 billion, could have devastating consequences for the services many in the district and across the state are relying on.

    In his interview, Zappone impressed the Fuse local council with his strong progressive values and equitable platform. Zappone is the best choice in this race.

    Zack Zappone

    Zack Zappone is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Volz for the 6th Legislative District, House Position 1.

  • Democrat
  • Fire commissioner and housing attorney Tom McGarry is challenging incumbent Jenny Graham for House Position 2 in the 6th Legislative District. In addition to his role as fire commissioner, McGarry serves as board chair for the Spokane County Fire Commissioner’s Association. McGarry is determined to avoid any coronavirus-caused state budget cuts for those who are least economically equipped to handle them. If elected, he states he will bring a workers-first agenda to Olympia with a lens for racial justice. Some of his policy priorities include increasing affordable housing, increasing benefits for workers, and developing a careful and data-driven economic reopening.

    McGarry is running against incumbent Republican Jenny Graham. In addition to conservative votes in Olympia against reducing greenhouse gas emissions, establishing a state Office of Equity, and capping insulin costs for diabetics, Graham's coronavirus response has been terrible. Facebook flagged one of her posts as untrue after she questioned vaccine science. Graham has also promoted disturbing conspiracy theories on her Facebook. Her offline coronavirus response has been equally unimpressive. The representative protested the early release of non-violent prisoners who were within 18 months of their scheduled release even with the knowledge that the coronavirus was primed to sweep through jails, threatening thousands of guards, prisoners, and staff.

    The residents of the 6th Legislative District deserve better than far-right conspiracy theories from their representatives. Vote McGarry for proven, progressive leadership.

    Tom McGarry

    Fire commissioner and housing attorney Tom McGarry is challenging incumbent Jenny Graham for House Position 2 in the 6th Legislative District. In addition to his role as fire commissioner, McGarry serves as board chair for the Spokane County Fire Commissioner’s Association.

30th Legislative District

26th Legislative District

36th Legislative District

Countywide Races

Pierce County

  • Navy veteran and former state Rep. Larry Seaquist served eight years in Olympia, where he chaired the House Higher Education Committee and served on the Budget, Health Care, and Education committees. He has continued to work in the community through a homelessness prevention project with the Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters and is currently a member of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce. If elected to the county executive position, Seaquist's top priority is implementing local standards of coronavirus contact tracing and testing to rein in the virus. He will also prioritize creating family-wage jobs, providing more affordable housing, and addressing systemic racism in the community.

    Seaquist is running against incumbent Bruce Dammeier, who is a former member of state Senate Republican leadership. In Olympia, Dammeier opposed efforts to raise the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for women, and close tax loopholes to fund schools. He has continued to advance a conservative agenda as county executive, including pushing back on efforts to reduce vehicle pollution through cleaner fuels.

    In September, Dammeier fell into a controversy of his own making with his handling of the firing of a member of his executive team. Former Senior Justice Council Carol Mitchell, the only Black woman on Dammeier's team, was fired while her whistleblower case was open. Dammeier then took to his campaign and private social media to attack and discredit the staffer in a statement both unethical and unbecoming of a true leader of the county.

    Pierce County deserves better, both in terms of progressive policy and stable leadership. Seaquist is by far the better choice in this race.

    Larry Seaquist

    Navy veteran and former state Rep. Larry Seaquist served eight years in Olympia, where he chaired the House Higher Education Committee and served on the Budget, Health Care, and Education committees.

County Council Races

Pierce County Council

  • Small business owner Sarah Rumbaugh is running for Pierce County Council's open District 2 seat, which was vacated by Pam Roach. Rumbaugh is active in the community; she serves on the Tacoma Human Rights Commission and previously served on the Board of Governors for Evergreen State College. Rumbaugh is running to reset the local economy, which has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. She wants to use this moment to create more family-wage jobs, build more affordable housing, and improve access to health care. In addition, Rumbaugh supports the creation of an Office of Equity and Race within Pierce County and wants the Pierce County Council to be more active on environmental issues, particularly when it comes to oversight of the Port of Tacoma.

    Rumbaugh is running against Republican Sen. Hans Zeiger. First elected in 2010, Zeiger has been a party-line Republican in Olympia in opposing a host of commonsense reforms. He voted against raising the minimum wage, closing tax loopholes to fund education, and ensuring equal pay for women. In addition, he opposed marriage equality, voted to continue the abuse of children through the use of conversion therapy, and famously called the Girl Scouts of America a “pro-abortion, feminist training corps” and a recruitment ground for lesbians. Based on his 10-year voting record, Zeiger would be an obstacle to progress on the Pierce County Council.

    Rumbaugh is the clear choice for the Pierce County Council, District 2 seat.

    Sarah Rumbaugh

    Small business owner Sarah Rumbaugh is running for Pierce County Council's open District 2 seat, which was vacated by Pam Roach.

  • Democrat Jani Hitchen is a high school science teacher running for Pierce County Council in the 6th Council District. Hitchen is running to create a dedicated revenue stream to fund mental health care, as well as reduce sprawl in rural areas. She wants to break partisan gridlock on the council and focus on improving the quality of life of Pierce County residents. In her Fuse interview, Hitchen said she will prioritize preventing homelessness by building a safety net that can help people stay in their homes.

    Hitchen is facing corporate real estate attorney and Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen. He's running on a conservative platform that lacks substantive details about how he would help the county recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Whalen's priorities include maintaining funding to county law enforcement and increasing the number of deputies as well as attracting new businesses to the county.

    This race is particularly important because it could determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the Pierce County Council. Hitchen is the clear progressive choice for District 6.

    Jani Hitchen

    Democrat Jani Hitchen is a high school science teacher running for Pierce County Council in the 6th Council District. Hitchen is running to create a dedicated revenue stream to fund mental health care, as well as reduce sprawl in rural areas.

Clark County Council

  • Independent
  • Independent Matt Little is challenging incumbent Republican Gary Medvigy for the Clark County Council, District 4 seat. Little has worked in D.C. as an advisor on agricultural and land use issues and was a member of the bipartisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition. He has also served locally with sporting and conservation groups, including as executive director of Cascade Forest Conservancy. In our local council interview, Little stated his focus would be on improving growth planning, providing local jobs and services especially in light of COVID-19, and building more city centers. He emphasized his commitment to building walkable communities that maintain the county's rural character, balancing dense urban growth with farmland, and providing services for young people and those facing homelessness.

    Little is running against incumbent Republican and former Army general Gary Medvigy, who was appointed to the council in 2019. Medvigy opposes taxes to the point of criticizing the Washington State Supreme Court's McCleary decision, which mandated that the state fully fund K-12 education. Medvigy has been on the wrong side of racial justice issues, including saying that he "would never take a knee or tolerate those who do" during the national anthem. While not as conservative as former seat-holder Eileen Quiring, Medvigy would not push for most progressive policies.

    Little is the best choice in this race.

    Matt Little

    Independent Matt Little is challenging incumbent Republican Gary Medvigy for the Clark County Council, District 4 seat. Little has worked in D.C. as an advisor on agricultural and land use issues and was a member of the bipartisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition.

  • Endorsed By: Fuse , Sierra Club , Washington Conservation Voters , Washington Education Association, IBEW Local 48

County Commission Races

Spokane County Commission

  • Union leader and Democrat Ted Cummings has worked at Kaiser Aluminum for many years. He serves as a board member of the Spokane Regional Labor Council as well as the district vice president of the Washington State Labor Council. Cummings is running to prioritize transparency and accountability in county government. Unlike some county officials, Cummings does not support building a new jail, and would rather the county put its efforts and budget towards affordable housing, diversion programs with appropriate health services, and natural assets like parks.

    Cummings is running against Josh Kerns, one of the most conservative commissioners, who says his involvement with the Republican party "runs deep." Kerns states that "taxes should be the last resort," while simultaneously promising to keep roads well-maintained. Unfortunately, his math doesn't add up. As the coronavirus continues to deal a huge blow to state and local budgets, elected officials must either cut social services, infrastructure, and other necessities or make corporations and the wealthy finally pay their share. In the last few weeks of August, leaders of local organizations of color such as the NAACP called out the commission on watering down the county's set of guiding principles that would consider race, gender, and other identifiers in making criminal justice decisions.

    Spokane needs a county commissioner who, especially in this massive health crisis, is looking out for people, not just the bottom line. Cummings is by far the better choice in this race.

    Ted Cummings

    Union leader and Democrat Ted Cummings has worked at Kaiser Aluminum for many years. He serves as a board member of the Spokane Regional Labor Council as well as the district vice president of the Washington State Labor Council.

  • Democrat
  • Accounting business owner David Green is a longtime Democratic Party activist who currently serves as chair of the 3rd Legislative District Democrats and vice-chair of the Washington State Democratic Party. Green is committed to working with local allies to understand and address systemic racism in Spokane County's criminal justice system and wants to consider alternative approaches to incarceration. He supports a closer relationship between the county and cities to minimize urban sprawl, and he wants to address the housing crisis at the regional level.

    Green is running against incumbent Mary Kuney, a moderate Republican who was appointed to the commission by Governor Jay Inslee in September of 2017. Kuney is a certified public accountant and the former Chief Deputy Auditor for Spokane County. While Kuney has worked across county departments to streamline budgets and improve efficiencies, she does not have the desire or progressive credentials needed to overturn years of conservative decision-making at the county level.

    This race is particularly notable as Spokane has had an all-Republican board of county commissioners for nearly a decade. It's time for progress and a return to people-focused policy in Spokane. Vote Green for County Commissioner, District 2.

    David Green

    Accounting business owner David Green is a longtime Democratic Party activist who currently serves as chair of the 3rd Legislative District Democrats and vice-chair of the Washington State Democratic Party.