Endorsements

SEIU Local 925

SEIU Local 925

SEIU Local 925 unites 14,000 education and public service workers across Washington including child care providers, university employees, and school district staff. Our members meet with candidates, review their records, and recommend those who will support working families.

Congress

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.

7th Congressional District

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal is running for re-election in the 7th Congressional District. She has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic justice, and civil liberties. Rep. Jayapal founded OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in 2001 and built it into the largest immigrant rights organization in the state and a national model. She also played a key role on the Mayoral Advisory Committee that created Seattle’s $15 minimum wage.

    Since her election to Congress in 2016, Jayapal has resisted the Trump administration at every turn and provided a voice for progressives across the country. She has supported the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for young DACA recipients. She has also fought back against the Trump administration's inhumane policy of separating families seeking asylum and introduced legislation that paves a pathway towards a universal health care system. This year, Jayapal introduced legislation to expand collective bargaining and provide relief to workers and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. She has held nearly 100 town halls during her time in Congress and is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

    Jayapal's opponent is Craig Keller, the founder of Respect Washington, which was named as an anti-immigrant hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Keller's "platform" largely consists of racist statements and lies about immigrants. He is neither progressive nor qualified for office.

    Jayapal has been an outstanding progressive leader for the 7th Congressional District and the entire country. She has earned your vote for re-election.

    Pramila Jayapal

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal is running for re-election in the 7th Congressional District. She has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic justice, and civil liberties. Rep.

Statewide

Lt. Governor

  • Democrat
  • Rep. Denny Heck is retiring from Congress and running for Lt. Governor. Heck has had a long, effective career in both the private and public sectors, most notably as a five-term state representative, House majority leader, chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and TVW co-founder.

    In Congress, Heck has fought to make college more affordable, lower health care costs, ensure veterans get the benefits they deserve, and create middle-class jobs. He supports immigration policies that create a path to citizenship and worked to help prevent health care premium increases due to Trump's policies. Heck was elected to represent the 10th Congressional District after it was created in 2012 and decided to retire after the impeachment hearings in December 2019.

    His top priorities as Lt. Governor would be reforming our regressive tax system, investing in infrastructure like safe roads and bridges to bolster our economy, and helping people "skill up." In his Fuse interview, he expressed support for police reform and wants to expand on the Electeds For Justice pledge to eliminate qualified immunity for police officers. In addition, Heck said he wants to use the office and his extensive experience to lobby moderate senators on progressive issues.

    Denny Heck

    Rep. Denny Heck is retiring from Congress and running for Lt. Governor. Heck has had a long, effective career in both the private and public sectors, most notably as a five-term state representative, House majority leader, chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and TVW co-founder.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

38th Legislative District

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 #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.