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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. 

Advisory Vote #32

  • VOTE MAINTAINED
    Vote MAINTAINED on Advisory Vote 32
  • Legislators passed ESSB 5323 this year, which prohibits the use of thin plastic bags at all retail establishments beginning on January 1, 2021. Thirty-eight municipalities throughout the state have already banned the use of thin bags in stores; bags for damp grocery items and produce bags are exempt from the ban. Paper and thick plastic bags would still be allowed but customers would be subject to an $.08 pass-through charge. People using benefits such as the State Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and other programs will not be subject to this charge.

    This legislation will have tremendous and long-lasting benefits for community, economic, and environmental health. Washington residents use an estimated 2 billion single-use plastic bags every year, which are a huge source of pollution in rivers and oceans, and end up ingested by scores of marine wildlife. Plastic bags also cause significant mechanical and contamination issues at recycling and compost facilities.

    Washington will become the eighth state in the nation to take this step to protect our health and ecosystems. Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 32.

    Advisory Vote 32

    Legislators passed ESSB 5323 this year, which prohibits the use of thin plastic bags at all retail establishments beginning on January 1, 2021. Thirty-eight municipalities throughout the state have already banned the use of thin bags in stores; bags for damp grocery items and produce bags are exempt from the ban. Paper and thick plastic bags would still be allowed but customers would be subject to an $.08 pass-through charge.

Advisory Vote #33

  • VOTE MAINTAINED
    Vote MAINTAINED on Advisory Vote 33
  • Advisory Vote 33 references SSB 5628, which passed this year. This legislation provides a property tax exemption to heavy equipment rental property when owned by a heavy equipment rental property dealer. Such property includes, but is not limited to, equipment such as earthmovers, dump trucks, and jackhammers. Additionally, beginning on January 1, 2022, a 1.25% heavy equipment rental tax will be levied on heavy equipment rental, to be distributed evenly between the multimodal transportation account and the motor vehicle fund created by the legislation. The bill passed the Senate unanimously and through the House with a mixed majority, 53 to 44. Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 33.

    Advisory Vote 33

    Advisory Vote 33 references SSB 5628, which passed this year. This legislation provides a property tax exemption to heavy equipment rental property when owned by a heavy equipment rental property dealer. Such property includes, but is not limited to, equipment such as earthmovers, dump trucks, and jackhammers. Additionally, beginning on January 1, 2022, a 1.25% heavy equipment rental tax will be levied on heavy equipment rental, to be distributed evenly between the multimodal transportation account and the motor vehicle fund created by the legislation.

Advisory Vote #34

  • VOTE MAINTAINED
    Vote MAINTAINED on Advisory Vote 34
  • Advisory Vote 34 references ESSB 6492, which establishes the Workforce Education Investment Accountability and Oversight Board, as well as the Workforce Education Investment Account. In 2019, the Legislature made a historic promise to make public colleges more affordable across the state, instituting a business and occupation tax to significantly reduce costs for Washington's students.

    Senate Bill 6492 builds on the 2019 legislation by establishing the seventeen-member board, which will be filled by business leaders, students, labor leaders, and others to provide guidance to the Legislature on which workforce education priorities should be paid for by the fund. The bill also clarifies the complex 2019 legislation to make clear which businesses will be taxed, exempting more than 70,000 small businesses and setting a rate of 1.75% for businesses grossing more than $1 million annually.

    Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 34.

    Advisory Vote 34

    Advisory Vote 34 references ESSB 6492, which establishes the Workforce Education Investment Accountability and Oversight Board, as well as the Workforce Education Investment Account. In 2019, the Legislature made a historic promise to make public colleges more affordable across the state, instituting a business and occupation tax to significantly reduce costs for Washington's students.

Advisory Vote #35

  • VOTE MAINTAINED
    Vote MAINTAINED on Advisory Vote 35
  • ESB 6690, the bill that Advisory Vote 35 references, seeks to bring the state's business and occupation (B&O) tax rate on the aerospace industry in line with the World Trade Organization's ruling. The Legislature originally passed this controversial tax break to incentivize Boeing to keep jobs in the state, though some progressives have since said they regret their vote.

    However, the current B&O tax rate of 0.2904% violates the World Trade Organization's rules. With the support of the aerospace industry, the Legislature repealed the preferential B&O tax for the aerospace industry and brought it back to the regular rate of 0.357%. This change should bring the state and the nation into compliance, and reduces the threat of retaliatory tariffs against Washington industries such as fish, wine, and intellectual property.

    Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 35.

    Advisory Vote 35

    ESB 6690, the bill that Advisory Vote 35 references, seeks to bring the state's business and occupation (B&O) tax rate on the aerospace industry in line with the World Trade Organization's ruling. The Legislature originally passed this controversial tax break to incentivize Boeing to keep jobs in the state, though some progressives have since said they regret their vote.

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.

King County Ballot Measures

King County Charter Amendment #1

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES for Formal Investigations
  • King County Charter Amendment 1 specifies that inquests - which are formal investigations - should be performed for deaths in King County jails and the family of the deceased shall receive legal representation during the inquest process. Providing publicly financed legal counsel will help all families fully and equitably participate in the inquest process regardless of financial means. In addition, the findings of inquests inform the public, policymakers, and families of the causes and circumstances around the death.

    As protests on police brutality and the incarceration system continue around the country, this amendment is a basic step in cementing some level of accountability for law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Vote "Yes" on King County Charter Amendment 1.

    King County Charter Amendment 1 - Inquests

    King County Charter Amendment 1 specifies that inquests - which are formal investigations - should be performed for deaths in King County jails and the family of the deceased shall receive legal representation during the inquest process.

King County Charter Amendment #2

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES for Affordable Housing
  • With an affordable housing crisis on top of a global pandemic, we need all the tools available to secure safe and affordable housing for all. King County Charter Amendment 2 allows the county to lease, sell, or convey property for less than full market value if the property will be used for affordable housing. This would allow the county, for example, to work with nonprofits to build long-term affordable housing.

    A housing-first approach gives people a permanent place to live with rent that they can afford so that they can work on health issues, employment, education, and more. The amendment gives the county room to provide stability and save lives. Vote "Yes" on King County Charter Amendment 2.

King County Charter Amendment #3

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES for More Inclusive Language
  • King County Charter Amendment 3 would provide a small but meaningful change to the county charter for clarity and inclusivity. A yes vote on King County Charter Amendment 3 would update the charter to change references of “citizen” to “resident” or “public” depending on the circumstances. This revision would address several references in the charter to citizenship being necessary to access certain aspects of county government.

    In a review of the document last updated on October 1, 2019, some references to "citizens" include enabling effective citizen participation in the county and investigating complaints against county government. Every member of the public should be empowered to participate in local government. Vote "Yes" on King County Charter Amendment 3.

    King County Charter Amendment 3 - References to citizens

    King County Charter Amendment 3 would provide a small but meaningful change to the county charter for clarity and inclusivity. A yes vote on King County Charter Amendment 3 would update the charter to change references of “citizen” to “resident” or “public” depending on the circumstances.

King County Charter Amendment #4

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES for Subpoena Authority Over The Sheriff's Office
  • In this time of increased demand for police accountability, Charter Amendment 4 gives voters the opportunity to grant the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) subpoena powers over the King County Sheriff's Office. OLEO is an independent civilian oversight organization first created in 2006 by the county council. However, in the years since, despite voters twice approving investigative subpoena powers for OLEO, the police officer's guild filed labor law complaints to overturn them, which stripped the organization of its power and effectiveness.

    If the current amendment passes, voters would show yet again that they expect strong civilian oversight of the sheriff's office for investigations of abuse of power and misconduct. While subpoena powers would still be subject to law enforcement's collective bargaining agreement as in years prior, the amendment would bring the county a step closer to the accountability our communities deserve.

    Many major cities, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, already have similar oversight agencies with subpoena powers. Vote "Yes" on King County Charter Amendment 4.

    King County Charter Amendment 4 - Subpoena authority

    In this time of increased demand for police accountability, Charter Amendment 4 gives voters the opportunity to grant the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) subpoena powers over the King County Sheriff's Office.

King County Charter Amendment #5

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES on Making the King County Sheriff an Appointed Position
  • Charter Amendment 5 would increase accountability for the sheriff’s office by making it accountable to the King County Executive and County Council. Local and national protests have driven the public to demand greater transparency and oversight of law enforcement. Passing King County Charter Amendment 5 would allow the King County Executive to select a sheriff, who would then be approved by the King County Council.  Members of the King County Council, including Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, who created the Electeds for Justice pledge, are leading this effort in response to the calls for broad structural reform and reimagining of the police.  

    Currently, the King County Sheriff is an elected position that oversees an office of more than 1,000 employees. The sheriff's position has been both elected and appointed throughout the decades. Between 1852 and 1969, sheriffs were elected, which voters changed to an appointed position in the 1968 election. The last change to the office occurred after voters reverted it to an elected position again in 1996.

    Advocates for Charter Amendment 5 say that council members could make decisions to redirect functions of the office that aren't serving the public, like having armed officers responding to mental health calls. In addition, since recent sheriff candidates have all come from within the sheriff's office, an appointed sheriff could improve the opportunity for outside candidates by expanding the hiring pool beyond the current department. Furthermore, the office polices less than a quarter of King County since most cities have their own police departments. With council members representing seven of the nine districts, and a requirement for community stakeholder input built into the selection process, residents of unincorporated areas and cities that contract the Sheriff's Office for services will have greater representation over their police force.

    Finally, elected sheriffs can only be removed from office by election or a recall, which is extremely rare and challenging. Under Charter Amendment 5, an appointed sheriff could be replaced by the county executive and council.

    Vote "Yes" on Charter Amendment 5 to make the King County Sheriff's office more accountable.

King County Charter Amendment #6

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES for Oversight of the Department of Public Safety
  • King County Charter Amendment 6 would allow the county council to establish the structure and duties of the department of public safety as well as the sheriff's office. Unlike Amendment 5, this ordinance would not determine whether the sheriff's position would be elected or appointed, and only deals with the scope and control of the department and the sheriff's position.

    Currently, the sheriff's duties are determined by state law, not by county ordinance, and the county charter contains a provision that prohibits the council from decreasing the duties of the sheriff's office. A yes vote would strike the provision from the county council and allow for greater accountability and decision-making at the local level.

    Vote "Yes" on King County Charter Amendment 6.

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.

Federal

President

  • Democrat
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden has a long track record of public service. He represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009 and then served as President Barack Obama's vice president from 2009 to 2017. His personal history, including losing his eldest son to brain cancer, influenced his agenda and led him to become an advocate for the Affordable Care Act, the signature policy of the Obama administration. 

    After facing numerous progressive challenges in the presidential primary, Biden has shifted his platform to the left for the general election. Some of the hallmark policies of Biden's 2020 platform include supporting a public health care option and raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, as well as making huge investments in low-income housing assistance and public transit and making community college free. Biden has worked hard with progressive leaders like Sen. Bernie Sanders to unite the Democratic party under what is likely the most progressive party platform in history, though we need to continue pushing him to support bolder proposals like the Green New Deal.

    California Senator Kamala Harris is Biden's vice-presidential running mate on the Democratic ticket. Harris was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 and served as California's attorney general before that. She ran her own campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination this election cycle before ultimately being selected as Biden's running mate in August. Harris made history as both the first Black woman and the first South Asian woman to be nominated for vice president by a major party. As California's first woman attorney general, Harris earned a reputation as a staunch advocate for victims and worked to pass marriage equality as well as protect the Affordable Care Act. In the Senate, Harris has sponsored progressive bills this year such as the Climate Equity Act of 2020, the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act of 2020, and the RELIEF Act. Harris also gained notice for her willingness to hold former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to account during Senate proceedings.

    Biden's opponent is President Donald Trump, a man whose corrupt, lawless, and destructive track record speaks for itself. The damage that Trump and his administration have done to the public and to our democratic systems will take decades to reverse. Some of the worst moments of his presidency include a catastrophic national coronavirus response, separating thousands of children from parents and locking them in cages, eliminating critical environmental protections on our air and water, stripping healthcare protections for millions, and ramming through a dangerous, conservative Supreme Court nominee to rig the nation's highest court in his favor. 

    While there are legitimate concerns about some aspects of Biden's track record, there is no comparison to Trump's attacks on democratic institutions and the rule of law, his dishonesty, his constant assaults on people of color and religious minorities, and his open embrace of white supremacy. Biden is the clear choice for President of the United States.

    Joe Biden

    Former Vice President Joe Biden has a long track record of public service. He represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009 and then served as President Barack Obama's vice president from 2009 to 2017.

Congress

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

1st Congressional District

U.S. Representative

7th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • 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.

8th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Democrat
  • Rep. Kim Schrier was elected to represent Washington's 8th Congressional District in 2018. Schrier serves on the Education & Labor and Agriculture committees and prioritized gun violence prevention, health care (including reducing the cost of prescription drugs), and reproductive justice in her first term. Prior to running for office, she worked as a pediatrician in Issaquah for two decades. She is the first Democrat to hold this seat.

    Rep. Schrier's strong re-election platform includes encouraging sustainable agriculture, addressing the climate crisis, safeguarding our elections, and protecting endangered species and lands. She is the only woman doctor in Congress and her perspective is incredibly valuable, especially during this unprecedented pandemic. Schrier has worked hard to listen to her constituents in her first term, including holding more than 50 town hall forums. 

    Schrier's opponent is Republican Jesse Jensen, a manager at Amazon and a former Army captain who was recruited by Republicans to run in this district. Jensen has expressed his opposition to a $15 minimum wage while supporting Trump's trillion-dollar tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy. In addition, he refuses to support investments in Black and brown communities, opposes holding big polluters accountable, and doesn't have a meaningful plan to expand health care access. 

    Rep. Schrier is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote.

    Kim Schrier

    Rep. Kim Schrier was elected to represent Washington's 8th Congressional District in 2018.

9th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

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

  • 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.

Secretary of State

  • Former Port Commissioner and progressive state Rep. Gael Tarleton is now running for Secretary of State to serve as the state's chief elections officer, among other roles. First elected to the Legislature in 2012, Tarleton has been a strong advocate for environmental causes such as Governor Jay Inslee's initiative to reduce carbon pollution. She sponsored bills during her first term in the House to strengthen the maritime industry, improve access to health care, and ensure gender pay equity.

    Tarleton is running for Secretary of State to expand access to voting in Washington while safeguarding our elections against "foreign and domestic" attacks. She wants to improve digital security and increase funding for county auditors to protect local elections from hacking attempts in the wake of the 2016 election. She would also expand audits of the state and local systems to identify any weaknesses that could be exploited.

    Tarleton is challenging incumbent Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who has faced a bumpy road during her time in office. Last year, Wyman's office released a new $9.5 million voter registration database that was riddled with errors and led to a backlog of tens of thousands of registrations. King County elections director Julie Wise described the release as "irresponsible" and "not even functioning." In addition, Wyman was slow to support the Washington Voting Rights Act, same-day voter registration, and postage-paid ballots.

    We need a progressive leader in the Secretary of State's office who is fully committed to protecting our elections and removing every barrier to participation in our democracy. Tarleton is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Gael Tarleton

    Former Port Commissioner and progressive state Rep. Gael Tarleton is now running for Secretary of State to serve as the state's chief elections officer, among other roles.

State Treasurer

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.

Attorney General

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.

Legislative Races

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below legislative races on your ballot.

1st Legislative District

State Senator

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

5th Legislative District

State Senator

State Representative, Position #1

  • 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.

State Representative, Position #2

11th Legislative District

State Senator

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

30th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

31st Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

  • Democrat
  • Katie Young is challenging Rep. Drew Stokesbary for the 31st Legislative District, House Position 1. Young has worked as a director and stage manager for a decade and holds leadership roles in the Actors' Equity Association.

    Young is a first-time, progressive candidate with strong community experience. She is running on a platform of quality education and health care for all, and investing in the economy to create living-wage jobs. Young is committed to environmental protections and has said that "every legislative decision we make must consider the climate crisis."

    Incumbent Republican Stokesbary has voted against raising the minimum wage and equal pay for women. This year, he voted against prohibiting discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status and establishing the Washington State Office of Equity. As COVID-19 cases rose in Washington state, Stokesbary joined other Republican extremists in filing a reckless lawsuit against Governor Inslee for extending the Stay-At-Home order.

    With the support of many progressive organizations, Young is the best choice for Legislature in the 31st District.

    Katie Young

    Katie Young is challenging Rep. Drew Stokesbary for the 31st Legislative District, House Position 1. Young has worked as a director and stage manager for a decade and holds leadership roles in the Actors' Equity Association.

State Representative, Position #2

  • Democrat Thomas Clark is running for the 31st Legislative District, House Position 2. Clark served in the Navy for six years and worked at Boeing for three decades supporting engineering development and system testing.

    While Clark is running as a Democrat, he believes there is room for independence within a party. He does not have a detailed campaign platform but does support expanding access to technology for students and campaign finance reforms to reduce the influence of big corporations in politics. Clark told The Seattle Times that he wants to focus on police accountability and reforming Washington's upside-down tax code. He recently earned the support of a number of progressive organizations.

    Clark is running against Republican Eric Robertson. Robertson has served in law enforcement for most of his career, aside from his time as a state representative from 1994 to 1998. As a representative, Robertson was accused of racial bias when he called in state troopers to search a Black teen who had come to testify against a bill in the Legislature. Now, Robertson is campaigning to "defend not defund" law enforcement and has used the #BlueLivesMatter hashtag on his personal Facebook without offering policy recommendations about how to strengthen police accountability.

    Clark is the clear choice in this race.

    Thomas Clark

    Democrat Thomas Clark is running for the 31st Legislative District, House Position 2. Clark served in the Navy for six years and worked at Boeing for three decades supporting engineering development and system testing.

32nd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

  • Rep. Lauren Davis is running for re-election to the 32nd Legislative District, House Position 2. Davis is the founding Executive Director of the Washington Recovery Alliance, which seeks to help families and individuals who are struggling with mental health and addiction issues. She also helped launch the suicide prevention nonprofit Forefront in King County and served on King County's Behavioral Health Advisory Board as well as the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington State before assuming office last year.

    This year in the House, Davis sponsored legislation to prohibit race-based hair discrimination and to require the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. She will consider many strategies to resolve the state's budget crisis including a capital gains tax so that the wealthiest pay their share and program cuts that don't sacrifice state support for the most vulnerable Washingtonians. If re-elected, Davis wants to focus on mental health and addiction recovery, affordable housing, gun violence prevention, and education.

    Davis is running against Tamra Smilanich, a non-partisan candidate and realtor. Smilanich is a perennial candidate who previously challenged Rep. Eric Pettigrew as an Independent in 2018, 2016, 2014, and 2012, as well as Sen. Adam Klein in 2010. She does not have a strong campaign presence in this race.

    In just her first few years, Davis has emerged as a principled and effective progressive leader in Olympia. She has earned your vote in this race.

    Lauren Davis

    Rep. Lauren Davis is running for re-election to the 32nd Legislative District, House Position 2. Davis is the founding Executive Director of the Washington Recovery Alliance, which seeks to help families and individuals who are struggling with mental health and addiction issues.

33rd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

  • Democrat
  • Evergreen Future
  • Rep. Tina Orwall is running for re-election to the 33rd Legislative District, House Position 1. In the House, Orwall serves as the Deputy Speaker Pro Tem. Before running for office, Orwall spent 20 years working on the public mental health system and held a position in the City of Seattle's Office for Housing.

    In Olympia, Orwall leads a suicide prevention task force and has sponsored a bill that would provide suicide prevention training and messaging in firearm literature. This year, she sponsored legislation to prevent race-based hair discrimination and to require the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Orwall is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, serving on the advisory group working to end the backlog of rape kits in Washington and sponsoring legislation earlier this year to end the criminalization of sex-trafficking victims.

    Orwall's opponent is Republican Kerry French, who received enough write-in votes in the primary to make the November ballot. French, a former campaigner for Sen. Ted Cruz and advocate for Rep. Matt Shea, is a Navy veteran who states that she's running to make sure that businesses can't be deemed "non-essential" in the pandemic and to push back against age-appropriate sex education. 

    With her progressive track record, Orwall deserves your vote.

    Tina Orwall

    Rep. Tina Orwall is running for re-election to the 33rd Legislative District, House Position 1. In the House, Orwall serves as the Deputy Speaker Pro Tem.