Endorsements

SEIU 775

SEIU 775

SEIU 775 represents 43,000 long-term care workers throughout Washington State and Montana. Our mission is to improve the lives of workers and their families, and to lead the way towards creating a more just and humane society. We endorse candidates based on their records and positions on issues important to long-term care workers, seniors, and people with disabilities.

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. 

Constitutional Amendment #8212

  • VOTE APPROVED
    Vote APPROVED for Long-Term Care Investments
  • Nearly 70% of adults over the age of 65 will need some level of long-term care, yet 90% are not insured for it. That’s why the Legislature established the Long-Term Care Trust Act in 2019 to address Washington’s long-term care crisis, reducing the burdensome cost of long-term care for hundreds of thousands of Washington families.

    This year, the state House and Senate approved Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution 8212 with overwhelming bipartisan votes of 96-1 and 45-3, respectively. If approved by voters this November, ESJR 8212 would give the Washington State Investment Board more options to responsibly manage Washington's Long-Term Care Trust Fund in order to ensure every elderly Washingtonian can rely on and afford the long-term care services they need, when they need them. 

    By giving the state Investment Board the ability to invest the trust fund, more families in Washington will be able to receive funding for care, with a benefit of up to $36,500 indexed to inflation. The state already invests pensions for frontline workers like teachers, police, and firefighters in this manner, allowing the funds to responsibly grow in value over time. The Long-Term Care Trust is overseen by a trusted, independent commission and will begin paying out benefits in 2025, offering seniors in Washington the care they need.

    Vote to "Approve" ESJR 8212 to make a smart investment in the health of Washingtonians!

    ESJR 8212 Constitutional Amendment

    Nearly 70% of adults over the age of 65 will need some level of long-term care, yet 90% are not insured for it. That’s why the Legislature established the Long-Term Care Trust Act in 2019 to address Washington’s long-term care crisis, reducing the burdensome cost of long-term care for hundreds of thousands of Washington families.

County Ballot Measures

King County Charter Amendment #7

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES on Prohibiting Discrimination
  • If approved, King County Charter Amendment 7 would prohibit discrimination in county employment and contracting based on someone’s status as a family caregiver, member of the military, or veteran who was honorably discharged or discharged solely as a result of sexual orientation or gender identity. These qualities would supplement the county's existing employment anti-discrimination policies that protect sex, race, color, national origin, religious affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and age except by minimum age and retirement provisions.

    As many in our county are struggling with coronavirus-related unemployment or under-employment, these kinds of anti-discrimination measures are more important than ever. Vote "Yes" on King County Charter Amendment 7.

    King County Charter Amendment 7 - Prohibiting discrimination

    If approved, King County Charter Amendment 7 would prohibit discrimination in county employment and contracting based on someone’s status as a family caregiver, member of the military, or veteran who was honorably discharged or discharged solely as a result of sexual orientation or gender identit

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.

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.

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.

Statewide

State Auditor

  • Washington Auditor Pat McCarthy has been a consistent advocate for government transparency and accountability during her first term in office. Previously, she served as Pierce County executive and Pierce County auditor, where she was honored as the 2006 Washington State Auditor of the Year.

    McCarthy announced that her office has opened two independent audits of the Employment Security Department. The first will investigate the delay in unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second audit will look into how criminals stole hundreds of millions of dollars through a sophisticated fraud scheme.

    McCarthy is facing a challenge from Republican Chris Leyba, a detective with limited audit experience related to this role. Leyba has expressed some very conservative viewpoints during the campaign, including opposition to stronger campaign finance laws, disagreeing with basic law enforcement reforms, and supporting Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic response.   

    McCarthy's experience and commitment to oversight will be valuable as the state works to emerge from the pandemic and the recession. McCarthy is the best choice in this race.

    Pat McCarthy

    Washington Auditor Pat McCarthy has been a consistent advocate for government transparency and accountability during her first term in office. Previously, she served as Pierce County executive and Pierce County auditor, where she was honored as the 2006 Washington State Auditor of the Year.

Commissioner of Public Lands

Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Non-Partisan
  • Chris Reykdal is running for re-election to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to continue his leadership of our state's public schools through this challenging time. Previously, Reykdal spent 14 years serving on local school boards and in leadership positions at community and technical colleges, as well as serving 6 years in the Legislature. In the state House, Reykdal had a strong progressive voting record and was a consistent champion for public schools.

    In his first term as superintendent, Reykdal has pushed the Legislature to fully fund K-12 education, increase teacher pay, and close the opportunity gap for students of color. More recently, Reykdal has worked closely with Gov. Inslee to help Washington schools navigate the pandemic. He made the tough decision early to close schools for the year in order to keep kids and families safe and to slow the spread of COVID-19. If re-elected, Reykdal will continue to advocate for these priorities and work with schools across the state as they make the transition back to in-person education.

    Reykdal is facing former Republican legislative candidate Maia Espinoza. Espinoza is a school music teacher and a former legislative liaison to the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs. She was motivated to run by her opposition to comprehensive sexual health education and gained attention by publishing a false and inflammatory voters' pamphlet statement attacking Reykdal. In addition, an Associated Press investigation found that Espinoza provided false or misleading descriptions of her own education and the organization she leads. As of mid-September, Espinoza is also dangerously pushing for classrooms to re-open fully for in-person learning, despite mass outbreaks at schools and universities across the country.

    Reykdal is the clear choice for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

    Chris Reykdal

    Chris Reykdal is running for re-election to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to continue his leadership of our state's public schools through this challenging time.

Insurance Commissioner

  • Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has spent his entire career serving the people of Washington. Prior to running for statewide office, Kreidler was a doctor of optometry, a state legislator, and a member of Congress.

    As insurance commissioner, Kreidler has been a consistent advocate for consumers and patients in overseeing insurance companies in Washington. Kreidler set up one of the first and most effective Affordable Care Act exchanges in the country, helping expand access to health care for hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians. More recently, Kreidler moved quickly to issue an emergency order requiring insurance companies to waive copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for COVID-19 testing and office visits. In addition, he forced insurance companies to allow consumers to access other health providers if they did not have an in-network option for testing.

    Kreidler is opposed by Republican Chirayu Avinash Patel, an insurance agent and biochemistry student at the University of Washington. He states that he wants to model the office of the insurance commissioner based on a hybrid of the Ronald Reagan and Thomas Jefferson administrations. Patel has no campaign website and does not appear to be running a credible bid for office.

    Kreidler has earned your vote for re-election to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

    Mike Kreidler

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has spent his entire career serving the people of Washington. Prior to running for statewide office, Kreidler was a doctor of optometry, a state legislator, and a member of Congress.

State Legislature

17th Legislative District

No Good Choices

There are no good choices in this race. Incumbent Republican Rep. Paul Harris is running for re-election to the state House to keep regulation and taxes low on business. As the Republican Caucus Chair, Harris will continue pushing for conservative priorities in Olympia. This year, he was helpful on a bipartisan effort to limit exemptions from the measles vaccine in order to support public health across the state. Unfortunately, Harris voted against bills to establish age-appropriate sex education in Washington schools, prohibit discrimination based on immigration status or citizenship, and require background checks for firearm transfers. Also in this race is Republican Bryan White. As of early September, White still does not have a campaign website with any details available. However, the bio on his personal Facebook page reads "no longer running for state office."

Neither candidate will advance progressive priorities in office, so write in a candidate of your choice for the 17th Legislative District, House Position 2.


22nd Legislative District

27th Legislative District

49th Legislative District

  • Senator Annette Cleveland is running for re-election in the 49th Legislative District. Cleveland is an advocate for education, small businesses, health care access, and veterans. Her work experience ranges from small business advocacy with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce to work for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on WSU Vancouver funding as well as services for veterans and military families.

    In the Senate this year, Cleveland sponsored legislation to require public companies to have gender-diverse boards of directors and supported new gun safety laws and legislation to combat the climate crisis. Unfortunately, Cleveland was an obstacle last year to passing legislation that allows hard-working nurses to take uninterrupted meal and rest breaks. But Cleveland has always been a strong voice for health care access, which has never been more important than during this pandemic. Back in early March, she sponsored a Senate resolution which urged Washington to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously.

    Cleveland is running against Independent Republican Rey Reynolds, a former police officer who believes issues like addiction, homelessness, and crime can be solved with "compassionate accountability," without mention of critical services like stable, affordable housing. Reynolds also states that as a biologist he understands environmental issues, but does not mention anything about the climate crisis or specific ideas for conservation. He takes a staunch "law and order" position, emphasizing the need to repair community perceptions of law enforcement and claiming that recent protests for racial justice were full of "lawlessness." Reynolds was recently seen at a Republican campaign event where candidates flagrantly ignored state public health guidelines.

    Cleveland will be a voice of safety and reason on Washington's continuing coronavirus response. She deserves your vote in this race.

    Annette Cleveland

    Senator Annette Cleveland is running for re-election in the 49th Legislative District. Cleveland is an advocate for education, small businesses, health care access, and veterans.

4th Legislative District

10th Legislative District

35th Legislative District

  • Evergreen Future
  • Colton Myers is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Griffey for the 35th Legislative District, House Position 1. Myers is a senior health care analyst who is running on a much more progressive platform than Griffey, including closing the gaps in our health care system and bringing more family-wage jobs to the region. If successful, Myers will be the first openly gay House member to represent the 35th District.

    Myers has taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge and wants to hold corporate polluters accountable and promote environmental justice. He believes that economic recovery will require addressing Washington's upside-down tax code to make sure everyone pays their share and the social safety net is protected. Myers rightly criticized Griffey recently for his votes against LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights, as well as his refusal to affirm that Black Lives Matter.

    This year, incumbent Republican Griffey was an opponent of legislation to combat the climate crisis and voted against establishing the Washington State Office of Equity. He has served in the 35th Legislative District since 2015 and has not supported raising the minimum wage or allowing all workers to earn sick leave. Griffey missed a number of key votes this year and spent the rest of the session primarily voting against progressive legislation.

    Myers has progressive values and will be a strong advocate for his constituents if elected. He is the clear choice in this race.

    Colton Myers

    Colton Myers is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Griffey for the 35th Legislative District, House Position 1.

38th Legislative District

9th Legislative District

No Good Choices

There are no good choices in this race as Republican incumbent Rep. Joe Schmick is running unopposed for this position. Schmick rarely faces challenges to his seat, which is unfortunate because he often votes against progressive bills such as an expansion of solar energy projects available to renters and a bill to increase racial equity in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Write in a candidate of your choice.


18th Legislative District

  • Evergreen Future
  • Donna Sinclair is running to represent the 18th Legislative District, House Position 2. Sinclair is a public historian and history professor at Washington State University Vancouver and Western Oregon University. She was first inspired to run for office after the 2016 election and currently serves on the board of directors for the Washougal School District and as a Democratic precinct committee officer.

    Sinclair's campaign focuses on bringing affordable health care, well-paying jobs, and high-quality education to the region. Sinclair is concerned about affordability in Clark County and wants to guide the county's growth while protecting the environment and local quality of life. In addition, Sinclair wants to bring a new vocational and technical school to North Clark County so that students don't have to drive all the way to Vancouver.

    Her opponent is incumbent Republican Rep. Larry Hoff, whose top three priorities are protecting the Second Amendment, improving transportation, and reducing taxes, despite an estimated budget shortfall of several billion dollars next year due to COVID. Though he believes that he is qualified to manage the state's economic crisis because of his private sector work, Hoff neglects to offer any policies for how to mitigate the public health crisis.

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

    Donna Sinclair

    Donna Sinclair is running to represent the 18th Legislative District, House Position 2. Sinclair is a public historian and history professor at Washington State University Vancouver and Western Oregon University.

48th Legislative District

Supreme Court Races

Position #3

  • Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis is running to retain Position 3 on the Washington State Supreme Court. Montoya-Lewis was originally appointed to the state Supreme Court in December 2019 by Gov. Inslee to replace Justice Mary Fairhurst. As a member of the Pueblo of Isleta tribe and the first Native American justice in Washington - and second in the nation - to serve on a state Supreme Court, Montoya-Lewis believes that representation on the bench matters.

    Previously, Montoya-Lewis served on the Whatcom County Superior Court and as chief judge for a number of Indian tribes. She has spent much of her career on juvenile justice work and as a staunch advocate for communities who have historically been excluded from representation in the judicial system. In her short tenure on the court, Montoya-Lewis has been a thoughtful and engaged member who has earned the support of many respected judicial leaders and other progressive organizations. However, some progressives have expressed concern about a decision she wrote recently where she sided against nurses who had been deprived of guaranteed workplace protections. 

    Also in this race is Judge Dave Larson, a Federal Way Municipal Court judge who also ran for a state Supreme Court seat in 2016. Larson was heavily supported by corporate PACs in his previous campaign and he espouses a conservative judicial philosophy focused on a narrow interpretation of the law.

    Raquel Montoya-Lewis deserves your vote in this race.

    Raquel Montoya-Lewis

    Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis is running to retain Position 3 on the Washington State Supreme Court. Montoya-Lewis was originally appointed to the state Supreme Court in December 2019 by Gov. Inslee to replace Justice Mary Fairhurst.

Position #4

  • Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson is running to retain his seat in Position 4 of the Washington State Supreme Court. As the longest-serving justice on the court, having sat on the bench for nearly three decades, Johnson has proven time and again his judicial integrity, accountability, and impartiality.

    During his time on the state Supreme Court, Johnson has consistently supported civil rights and equitable representation. He co-chaired the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission for 24 years and also served as co-chair for the 2004 Task Force on Civil Equal Justice Funding. On the bench, Johnson has opposed bias in judicial proceedings, joining the rest of the state Supreme Court this June in an open letter vowing to "administer justice and support court rules in a way that brings greater racial justice to our system as a whole."

    Johnson is running unopposed for re-election to Position 4. With a commitment to justice for all Washingtonians, he has earned your vote.

    Charles Johnson

    Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson is running to retain his seat in Position 4 of the Washington State Supreme Court.

Position #6

  • Justice G. Helen Whitener is running to retain her position on Washington's Supreme Court. She was appointed to the Supreme Court this April by Gov. Jay Inslee. Prior to her appointment, she served on the Pierce County Superior Court, the Pierce County District Court a Pro Tem judge, and the City of Tacoma Municipal Court, after working for 14 years as a prosecutor and defense attorney.

    Whitener has been rated as "exceptionally well-qualified" by a wide slate of bar associations and has earned an endorsement from every current Supreme Court Justice as well as several past justices. Notably, she is the first Black woman to sit on the state's Supreme Court, and as an immigrant from Trinidad and an openly gay justice, she brings new perspectives to the state's highest court. While serving on the bench, she has made a point to continue to interact with the community, teaching a civics course at Tacoma's Lincoln High School.

    She is running against Richard S. Serns, a school superintendent who filed for office just weeks after passing the bar exam this spring. While he has no experience as a lawyer or judge, he states that his history of working with public records requests and privacy laws is preparation enough to serve as a justice.

    Whitener is the clear choice for State Supreme Court Justice, Position 6.

    G. Helen Whitener

    Justice G. Helen Whitener is running to retain her position on Washington's Supreme Court. She was appointed to the Supreme Court this April by Gov. Jay Inslee.