Endorsements

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW represents more than 28,000 nurses, healthcare employees, and mental health workers in hospitals, agencies, and clinics statewide. Recommendations from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW are based on candidate interviews, questionnaires, and voting records.

Statewide Ballot Measures

Referendum #90

  • VOTE APPROVED
    Vote YES on Referendum 90
  • Young people deserve accurate information to help them make good decisions, to protect themselves, and to protect their futures. But today, too many students don’t receive high-quality, inclusive, medically accurate education about sex and healthy relationships, putting them at risk of sexual assault, unintended pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections. In particular, students of color are more likely to receive incomplete or incorrect sex education. 

    Voting to approve Referendum 90 will uphold the new Washington law (ESSB 5395) that requires all public schools to offer age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sex education. Washington’s Legislature passed the law to expand access to sex education to all students. Unfortunately, the state Republican Party alongside anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-choice groups have put sex education up for another vote by placing Referendum 90 on the ballot. 

    Referendum 90 has been endorsed by a diverse group of more than 100 medical, education, and sexual assault prevention groups. Sex education serves as both prevention and intervention for sexual assault and rape. Children who are being sexually abused often don’t understand what is happening until someone provides them the tools and language to communicate about it with trusted adults.  

    This referendum means teaching students in grades K-3 self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills. Parents retain ultimate control under Referendum 90 because the law gives parents at least one-month advance notice to review all materials, and parents may opt their children out of sex education classes. 

    Parents, teachers, and pediatricians know that in states with quality sex education, teens are talking about consent, waiting longer to have sex, avoiding unintended pregnancies, and keeping themselves safe. Vote to "Approve" Referendum 90.

    Referendum 90

    Young people deserve accurate information to help them make good decisions, to protect themselves, and to protect their futures. But today, too many students don’t receive high-quality, inclusive, medically accurate education about sex and healthy relationships, putting them at risk of sexual assault, unintended pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections. In particular, students of color are more likely to receive incomplete or incorrect sex education. 

County Ballot Measures

King County Proposition #1

  • VOTE APPROVED
    Vote to Approve Funding for Harborview Medical Center
  • With increasing regional demand for medical services, behavioral health, and COVID-related visits, King County Proposition 1 provides voters the opportunity to protect and expand critical regional health care services for decades to come. Proposition 1 would implement a capital improvement bond of $1.74 billion to provide needed health and safety improvements at Harborview Medical Center.

    Harborview is vital to the health and safety of our region. The medical center serves hundreds of thousands of patients every year and is our only Level 1 Trauma center for the entire Pacific Northwest, serving the most critical patients throughout Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. In the event of a major earthquake or natural disaster, Harborview will be at the heart of our region’s response, not only taking care of patients but coordinating disaster response for King County. 

    Proposition 1 would levy a tax of about eight cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would cost the owner of a home valued at $600,000 on average an additional $61 per year. The funds generated by this levy would go towards improving patient and caregiver safety, expanding behavioral health programs, and funding critical seismic upgrades to ensure that Harborview is fully operational if and when the big one hits.

    Today, Harborview is operating at nearly 100% capacity. As our population grows, we need Proposition 1 to ensure we and our loved ones all have access to the best trauma, emergency and other urgent care. Vote "Yes" on King County Proposition 1.
     

    King County Proposition 1 - Harborview bond

    With increasing regional demand for medical services, behavioral health, and COVID-related visits, King County Proposition 1 provides voters the opportunity to protect and expand critical regional health care services for decades to come.

Congress

1st Congressional District

2nd Congressional District

  • Democrat
  • Rep. Rick Larsen is a moderate Democrat who has been a strong advocate for jobs, transportation, and infrastructure projects in the 2nd District. Before serving in Congress, he served on the Snohomish County Council and worked on economic development for the City of Everett.

    In Congress, Larsen supported the Lower Drug Costs Now Act to give Medicare the power to negotiate directly with the drug companies and pass the lower drug prices to all Americans. He also voted for the Voting Rights Advancement Act, supported the coronavirus pandemic relief packages, and sought to reform student loans. Unfortunately, Larsen has been less ambitious when it comes to supporting climate change legislation and has accepted political contributions from corporations including Exxon Mobil as recently as last year.

    Larsen's challenger is Republican and Navy veteran Timothy Hazelo, whose is running on a very conservative platform. He has used racist language to describe immigrants and has repeated some of Trump's most dangerous and misleading conspiracy theories. 

    While Larsen is not progressive, he's a reliable Democratic vote and has earned the support of all our progressive partner organizations who chose to endorse in this race.

    Rick Larsen

    Rep. Rick Larsen is a moderate Democrat who has been a strong advocate for jobs, transportation, and infrastructure projects in the 2nd District. Before serving in Congress, he served on the Snohomish County Council and worked on economic development for the City of Everett.

  • Endorsed By: Equal Rights Washington , SEIU 775 , SEIU Healthcare 1199NW , Sierra Club , Teamsters Joint Council 28 , Washington State Labor Council , League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America

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.

6th Congressional District

  • Rep. Derek Kilmer is running for re-election in the 6th Congressional District. He is a moderate Democrat who is a reliable supporter of creating jobs and improving infrastructure. Kilmer has been a leader on small business development and protecting the Puget Sound during his four terms in Congress. A former state senator, he previously worked as a business consultant and economic development official.

    In Congress, Kilmer is a sponsor of the federal Dream Act in support of immigrants who arrived in the country as children with their undocumented parents. He supports commonsense gun safety legislation and co-sponsored the Voter Empowerment Act, an online voter registration system that helps keep voting rights equitable. Kilmer has also worked on several environmental bills, including the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This year, he supported coronavirus relief as well as the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

    Former education researcher Elizabeth Kreiselmaier is challenging Kilmer for the 6th Congressional District seat. Kreiselmaier is running on a dangerously conservative platform that prioritizes dismantling the Affordable Care Act in the middle of a global pandemic, defunding Planned Parenthood, and removing equitable access to education by privatizing our schools. Kreiselmaier says she enthusiastically supports Trump’s agenda and is amplifying some of his worst lies and conspiracy theories in her campaign. 

    Kilmer has been a reliable vote in Congress and has earned strong support from progressive advocacy organizations for his re-election. Kilmer is the best choice for the 6th Congressional District.

    Derek Kilmer

    Rep. Derek Kilmer is running for re-election in the 6th Congressional District. He is a moderate Democrat who is a reliable supporter of creating jobs and improving infrastructure.

State Legislature

16th Legislative District

  • Evergreen Future
  • Democrat Danielle Garbe Reser is running for the state Senate seat in the 16th Legislative District, which is open after Sen. Maureen Walsh's retirement. Garbe Reser has served in several leadership roles in the community, including on Whitman’s Presidential Advisory Board and the Walla Walla YWCA’s Nominating Committee and Community Council’s Governance Committee. She believes in bipartisan solutions and has worked for both Democratic and Republican administrations through her 14-year career as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State.

    Garbe Reser calls her platform, which focuses on community recovery and resiliency, both "fiscally responsible" and "community-driven." She wants to help get people back to work by modernizing the electric grid and supports additional investments in early learning, affordable housing, and quality healthcare. In Olympia, Garbe Reser wants to bring her district's concerns to the forefront and advocate for policy that works for all Washingtonians. To do this, she vows to prioritize people above partisan politics.

    Garbe Reser is running against Republican Perry Dozier, who formerly served as the Walla Walla County Commissioner among other local elected positions. He has taken advantage of the coronavirus crisis as a way to criticize the governor and advance a conservative agenda. Dozier previously faced controversy for his efforts to pump water from agricultural zones to bottle and sell elsewhere.

    Garbe Reser is the best choice for state Senate from the 16th Legislative District.

    Danielle Garbe Reser

    Democrat Danielle Garbe Reser is running for the state Senate seat in the 16th Legislative District, which is open after Sen. Maureen Walsh's retirement.

17th Legislative District

22nd Legislative District

25th Legislative District

  • Democrat
  • Evergreen Future
  • Puyallup mayor and local small business owner Julie Door is running for state Senate in the 25th Legislative District. Prior to being elected as mayor this year, Door served on the council for seven years, where she supported the purchase of the Van Lierop farm to create a new park, implemented a Safe Routes to Schools initiative, and worked on securing adequate shelter for people experiencing homelessness in inclement weather. She was the community services chair of the Puyallup Kiwanis Club and is a board member of the South Sound 911 Board, among other community involvement.

    Door became mayor at the beginning of the year, navigating Puyallup through the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic by swiftly declaring a state of emergency so that the city could access additional resources. If elected, she will build on that public health experience to expand health care access including mental health treatment. Door will also push for living-wage jobs in the district and promote more equity and investment in the classroom.

    Door is running against Republican Rep. Chris Gildon. Gildon is one of several Republican legislators who criticized Gov. Inslee's stay-at-home order and supported leaving re-opening decisions up to local governments despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the state. This year in the House, Gildon voted against creating a statewide Office of Equity, requiring greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced to zero by 2050, and reducing transportation pollution.

    As a lifetime resident of Puyallup with a keen grasp of the issues in the 25th District, Door will represent her constituents well in the Legislature. Door is the best choice in this race.

    Julie Door

    Puyallup mayor and local small business owner Julie Door is running for state Senate in the 25th Legislative District.

27th Legislative District

4th Legislative District

24th Legislative District

  • Rep. Mike Chapman is a moderate Democrat running for re-election to the 24th Legislative District, House Position 1. First elected in 2016, Chapman has fought for economic policies that create jobs in rural communities and protect the environment. This year, he was a co-sponsor of a major environmental bill to reduce state greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

    Chapman is focused on producing solutions for families concerned about the quality of K-12 education and supporting economic opportunity in Washington. When it comes to economic recovery, Chapman wants to make sure that everyone pays their share. Unfortunately, despite giving outspoken support for law enforcement, Chapman has yet to propose any measure to increase police accountability.

    Chapman is running against Republican Sue Forde. Forde previously ran for office and lost in 2003 against Steve Tharinger in the race for a county commissioner position. Her campaign platform focuses on criminal prosecution, Second Amendment rights, and reducing regulations. Forde has publicly minimized the detrimental effects of the pandemic on public health and says she is against Gov. Inslee's mask policy, a key part of the COVID-19 response.

    While COVID-19 continues to threaten the health of Washingtonians and residents suffer through an economic crisis, it is more important than ever to choose a representative that will take our current moment seriously and follow the advice of experts. Chapman is the clear choice in this race.

    Mike Chapman

    Rep. Mike Chapman is a moderate Democrat running for re-election to the 24th Legislative District, House Position 1. First elected in 2016, Chapman has fought for economic policies that create jobs in rural communities and protect the environment.

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.

13th Legislative District

No Good Choices

Incumbent Alex Ybarra is running unopposed for this position. While we appreciate Ybarra's yes votes on making Washington a sanctuary state and prohibiting race-based hair discrimination, he still has a disappointing record on the environment, health care, and the economy. Ybarra voted against progressive bills such as creating a public option for health care, reducing greenhouse gas pollution, and aiming for a carbon-free Washington by 2045. In May, he declared efforts to "flatten the curve" of the coronavirus successful and began calling on the state to unsafely re-open. He has posted daily updates of COVID-19 cases on his campaign social media but has not walked back his calls to re-open the state.

In this race, write in a candidate of your choice for the 13th Legislative District, House Position 2.


County Council Races

Pierce County Council

  • Democrat
  • Former Tacoma City Council President Ryan Mello is an environmental champion who helped produce Tacoma's plan for addressing climate change. Currently, he's the executive director of the Pierce Conservation District where he works to protect our local clean air and water. Mello was the first openly gay man to serve on the Tacoma City Council.

    Mello is running for Pierce County Council to improve housing affordability, address the behavioral health crisis, and fight for environmental justice. In his Fuse interview, Mello committed to working to reduce inequities in the criminal justice system by investing in community courts and other alternatives to jail. He also pledges to increase oversight of the county executive's office to ensure that taxpayer funds are being used to help working families.

    Mello is running against real estate broker Javier H. Figueroa. Figueroa is a member of the University Place City Council who ran an unsuccessful Republican campaign for lieutenant governor in 2016. Although he's running as an Independent in this race, he has been endorsed by Republican leaders like Dino Rossi, Rob McKenna, and Steve O'Ban. 

    Mello's excellent track record on the Tacoma City Council and strong support from our Progressive Voters Guide partners make him the best choice in this race.

    Ryan Mello

    Former Tacoma City Council President Ryan Mello is an environmental champion who helped produce Tacoma's plan for addressing climate change.

  • 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.

Snohomish County Council

  • Democrat
  • Jared Mead was appointed to the Snohomish County Council from District 4 in April to replace Terry Ryan, who stepped down. Prior to his appointment, Mead was elected to the state House in 2018 and also served on the Mill Creek City Council. As a legislator, Mead was an environmental champion who sponsored two bills to improve recycling, particularly for electronics that can contain hazardous chemicals.

    On the Snohomish County Council, Mead is focused on improving transportation and supporting smart growth policies that keep housing affordable and protect the environment. In addition, he wants to use his role as chair of the Law & Justice and Human Services Committee to rethink policing and make sure everyone feels safe.

    Mead is facing a challenge from Republican Brenda Carrington. Carrington, who has a background in construction and interior design businesses, unfortunately does not have a website or detailed campaign platform available as of mid-September. However, her social media pages have downplayed the severity of the pandemic and supported re-opening businesses before public health experts think it is safe to do so. 

    Mead is the clear choice for Snohomish County Council in District 4.

    Jared Mead

    Jared Mead was appointed to the Snohomish County Council from District 4 in April to replace Terry Ryan, who stepped down. Prior to his appointment, Mead was elected to the state House in 2018 and also served on the Mill Creek City Council.

  • Endorsed By: Equal Rights Washington , SEIU Healthcare 1199NW , Sierra Club , Teamsters Joint Council 28 , Washington Conservation Voters , Snohomish & Island County Labor Council, Snohomish County Democrats

County Commission Races

Thurston County Commission

  • Carolina Mejia is a judicial assistant for the Thurston County Superior Court. As an immigrant who moved to the U.S. as a youth, Mejia became interested in law and immigration advocacy from a young age. She has worked with organizations such as One America, El Centro de la Raza, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia. Mejia is also currently the treasurer of the Washington State Democratic Latino Caucus.

    Mejia's top priorities are the county budget, affordable housing, environment, and inclusive government. She wants to support the Housing Trust Fund, which provides homes for low- and moderate-income families as well as seniors, people with disabilities, and others. She would also look to innovative sources of revenue rather than property taxes or levies. Mejia wants to balance the needs of all, including communities of color, Indigenous people, and farmers. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Mejia is pushing for proactive preparedness, stocking medical facilities with the equipment they need, and securing additional funding for medical testing and prevention services. Because she works for the county's judicial system, Mejia cannot put forth her opinion on the courthouse debate, but she emphasizes that she wants to bring transparency and accountability to the budget process.

    Her opponent is C Davis, who ran for Rep. Laurie Dolan's seat on an anti-tax libertarian platform in 2018. He has few concrete campaign details on his website but says in his voter's guide statement that he wants to send the homeless into "labor-based drug treatment or into the legal system" and would roll back protections against sprawl. Davis also states that he does not support a new courthouse because the old courthouse hasn't been maintained, so a new one would not be either.

    In recent weeks, Mejia came under attack from a former county commission candidate in an attempt to discredit her citizenship status, while Davis was accused of registering to run under an address where he does live. As of mid-September, the attack on Mejia was thrown out by the county auditor because she has clear documentation of citizenship, while Davis indeed has been confirmed to have used the wrong address and will need to rectify the issue with the county.

    Mejia is the clear choice in this race.

    Carolina Mejia

    Carolina Mejia is a judicial assistant for the Thurston County Superior Court. As an immigrant who moved to the U.S. as a youth, Mejia became interested in law and immigration advocacy from a young age.

  • Endorsed By: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW , Sierra Club , Thurston Environmental Voters, Alliance for Gun Responsibility Victory Fund

City Ballot Measures

Seattle City Proposition #1

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES to Protect Essential Transit Service
  • Approval of Seattle's Proposition 1 is critical in order to maintain, protect, and expand our vital transit services. The proposition would authorize a sales and use tax of up to 0.15% to replace the current voter-approved 0.1% sales tax and Vehicle License Fee of $60, which expire on December 31st of this year. Funding from the tax would be dedicated to and directly serve the city's myriad transportation needs.

    Proposition 1 would help fund improvements and maintenance to transit service, support emerging mobility needs to support COVID-19 recovery, provide community-led oversight, mitigate the effects of the ongoing closure of the West Seattle High Bridge, and continue transit access programs for students, seniors, and residents with low-incomes. Any remaining funds would go to other transportation improvements and maintenance.

    The coronavirus pandemic and trimmed transportation funding affect many people's ability to live, work, and thrive in our community, and we should act to preserve Seattle residents' ability to get from place to place quickly and safely. Vote "Approved" on City of Seattle Proposition 1.

    Seattle, City Proposition 1

    Approval of Seattle's Proposition 1 is critical in order to maintain, protect, and expand our vital transit services. The proposition would authorize a sales and use tax of up to 0.15% to replace the current voter-approved 0.1% sales tax and Vehicle License Fee of $60, which expire on December 31st of this year. Funding from the tax would be dedicated to and directly serve the city's myriad transportation needs.