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Washington Bikes endorses electoral candidates at all levels of government. Endorsement and support are given to candidates who commit to or have a record of making communities better for people on bikes — through growing local economies, improving health outcomes, or creating safer streets and roadways. Additionally, Washington Bikes makes endorsements of ballot measures which will benefit Washington communities through bolstering transportation choices, supporting outdoor recreation, and working to safely connect neighborhoods and cities.

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.

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.

Lt. Governor

Commissioner of Public Lands

State Legislature

3rd Legislative District

19th Legislative District

  • Democrat
  • Sen. Dean Takko is a moderate Democrat who has represented the 19th Legislative District since 2005. He previously served in the state House for 10 years before being appointed to the Senate in 2015. Takko has advocated for investing money in jobs and infrastructure but has disappointed progressives on environmental issues and gun safety.

    This year, Sen. Takko supported bills to prohibit race-based hair discrimination and to establish a state Office of Equity, but unfortunately voted against a bill to repeal the death penalty. Takko is running to ensure funding for transportation projects, expand broadband for rural residents, and make health care more accessible for Washington residents. Though Sen. Takko does not support defunding the police, he believes that police reform is necessary.

    Takko is running against Republican Jeff Wilson who serves as the Vice President for the Port of Longview Commission. Wilson promises that he will not move forward any additional business or capital gains taxation, which would maintain Washington's upside-down tax system. Rather than investing in communities, he would make knee-jerk cuts to services at the moment they're needed most and has yet to offer a strong policy response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    If re-elected, Takko will support Democratic priorities in the Senate. He is the best choice in this race.

    Dean Takko

    Sen. Dean Takko is a moderate Democrat who has represented the 19th Legislative District since 2005. He previously served in the state House for 10 years before being appointed to the Senate in 2015.

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5th Legislative District

  • Democrat
  • Rep. Bill Ramos is running for re-election for the 5th Legislative District, House Position 1. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Ramos was an Issaquah City Council member as well as a member of the Human Services Commission and the Planning Policy Commission. In his time as a local elected official, Ramos earned a reputation as an environmentalist by fighting for sustainable development and growth policies, as well as by supporting expanded transit options. He built on that reputation in his first term in Olympia by sponsoring a slate of environmental bills this legislative session, including House bills on carbon sequestration and expanding equitable community renewable energy projects. Ramos states that his priorities if re-elected would include transportation improvements to replace aging infrastructure and passing more environmental protections. Facing budget shortfalls in next year's legislative session, Ramos says he will take a people-first approach by expanding health care coverage and promoting funds for worker protections and small businesses.

    Running against Ramos is Republican Ken Moninski. Moninski, who runs two aviation-related businesses, is prioritizing reopening the economy, reducing regulations on businesses, opening schools, and otherwise making a "return to normal" in Washington. He states that he will not seek to raise new revenue despite the historic budget shortfall of $6 billion caused by the pandemic.

    The 5th District needs a representative who can both handle the threat of the pandemic seriously as well as build policies for the future beyond it. Ramos is by far the best choice in this race.

    Bill Ramos

    Rep. Bill Ramos is running for re-election for the 5th Legislative District, House Position 1. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Ramos was an Issaquah City Council member as well as a member of the Human Services Commission and the Planning Policy Commission.

10th 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.

44th Legislative District

47th Legislative District

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

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

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

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

    Debra Entenman

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

48th Legislative District

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

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

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

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

    Vandana Slatter

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

49th Legislative District

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

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

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

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

    Monica Jurado Stonier

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

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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.

Bellingham City Proposition #2020-14

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES on Proposition 2020-14
  • A huge part of creating safe and healthy cities is achieving mobility for all. Proposition 2020-14 asks voters to renew their support for the Bellingham Transportation Fund at the same rate of 0.002 percent on taxable retail in the city. This would not be a new tax but would maintain the current rate on purchases to continue to provide needed upgrades in Bellingham.

    First passed by voters in 2010, the fund has helped make many important improvements to the city's infrastructure. Projects have included 46 miles of repaired and maintained streets, bikeway improvements, improved accessibility for people with disabilities, and expanded sidewalks and crossings, with over 70 percent of all pedestrian improvements and more than 75 percent of bike improvements focused in lower-income neighborhoods. Matching funds through state and federal grants have helped stretch the investments. Continuing the levy also allows the city to better implement the Climate Action Plan by funding the needs of the electric bus fleet and other clean energy transportation projects.

    Keep Bellingham moving and continue to invest in current and future transportation benefits for all who live, work, and visit by voting "Yes" on Bellingham Proposition 2020-14.

    Bellingham, City Proposition 2020-14

    A huge part of creating safe and healthy cities is achieving mobility for all. Proposition 2020-14 asks voters to renew their support for the Bellingham Transportation Fund at the same rate of 0.002 percent on taxable retail in the city. This would not be a new tax but would maintain the current rate on purchases to continue to provide needed upgrades in Bellingham.