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10th Congressional District
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 the most progressive policy agenda among the leading candidates and has earned the sole endorsement of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Doglio's background in organizing and fighting for solutions to climate change would be a valuable addition to our congressional delegation.
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 is well-positioned to build off that strong campaign and win this year.
Long's platform includes 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 with addiction and mental health issues. 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% of the time. Despite taking a few key votes to appear more moderate, Herrera Beutler is actually very conservative. While she voted against one bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act, she has stated she still wants to overturn the law, which provides health care to millions of Americans.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 and 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.
Also in this race are Democrats Devin Gray and Davy Ray, as well as Martin Hash, who states he does not have a party preference. Ray wants to prioritize creating jobs after the pandemic, making health care a right not a privilege, and dismissing the Electoral College. Hash does not have a strong campaign presence but does believe liberty means suffering the consequences of your own actions. Gray did not submit any information to the Voters Guide and has no campaign information available.
Long is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote.
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 climate-centered focus 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 is facing 35 opponents this year, the most prominent of which are Republicans Sen. Phil Fortunato, Tim Eyman, and Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed. Fortunato is a social conservative who has abandoned working families while in the office. In past legislative sessions, he voted against protections for LGBTQ school children and against expanding access to reproductive health care for women. Freed believes we should be less cautious about COVID-19 protections and rapidly re-open the state, a faulty strategy in the face of death and difficult recoveries even for previously healthy coronavirus patients.
Eyman is one of the worst candidates for governor the state has ever seen. Eyman's legal problems range from fraudulently diverting funds from his ill-conceived initiatives into his personal bank accounts to wide-ranging campaign finance violations to stealing a chair from Office Depot. He is the face behind many of Washington's most damaging initiatives, including the most recent disaster that has cut tens of billions of dollars from state transportation projects. Eyman has lately been doubling down on his cringeworthy antics by comparing Gov. Inslee's COVID policies to George Floyd's murder.
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.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson's accomplishments during his two terms in office are impressive. From delivering millions of dollars back to consumers who were wronged by fraudulent corporations and his ongoing battle with the federal government to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site to successfully fighting two Tim Eyman initiatives, Ferguson has been a strong and effective advocate for people in Washington. He has sued the Trump administration 50 times as of October 2019 and won every completed case (22 by his own count). Some of Ferguson's biggest accomplishments from the past few years include protecting consumer medical data, protecting statewide water quality from Trump's erosive environmental policies, and fighting back against the Trump administration's child detention laws.
Ferguson is running against Republicans Brett Rogers, Mike Vaska, and Matt Larkin. Rogers states that with over 20 years of law enforcement experience, including time with the Seattle Police Department, he would be well-suited to research and set criminal justice policy. A member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Vaska's priorities include reducing regulations for business and streamlining the permitting process. Larkin states that he's running to prioritize "the homeless situation" that "no one is doing anything about," and promises to empower law enforcement while making Washington more business-friendly.
Ferguson is the clear progressive choice for Attorney General of Washington.
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has been a proactive force for protecting our communities from climate change. As the head of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, she has focused on wildfire management and climate action.
This year, Franz released a climate resilience plan for rural Washington that includes expanding wind and solar farms and massive reforestation. Given the statewide threat and impact of wildfires with recent record-setting fire seasons, she has also worked on a 20-year forest health plan and a 10-year fire protection plan.
Franz is running against six other candidates: Republicans Cameron Whitney, Steve Sharon, Maryam Abasbarzy, and Sue Kuehl Pederson, Democrat Frank Wallbrown, and Libertarian Kelsey Reyes. Wallbrown and Abasbarzy have no campaign details available. Pederson is the former chair of the Grays Harbor Republican Party and says she's running to bring new leadership to the office and to balance the state's economy and ecology. Reyes works in the restaurant industry and has no concrete campaign details or website available. Finally, Sharon is running to investigate the effects of 5G towers and Whitney is running to follow Trump's suggestion of raking forests to stop forest fires.
Franz has the experience we need to guide and protect our state from increasingly dangerous fire seasons to the rising threat of climate inaction. Vote Franz for Commissioner of Public Lands.
3rd Legislative District
Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig is a strong leader and progressive champion who has broad support from the Spokane community.
Billig has worked hard for his district. He helped pass a transportation bill that created 43,000 jobs and worked to reduce pollution in the Spokane River. He's also been a strong leader advocating for high-quality early learning programs and better campaign finance reform to increase transparency in government, including two bills he passed to make elections more fair in our state. If re-elected, Billig will continue to work on progressive revenue that flips Washington's upside-down tax code, support a balanced economic recovery for everyone, make additional investments in education, and continue to foster a healthy economy.
His opponent in this race is Marine veteran Dave Lucas. Lucas irresponsibly wants to cut taxes when the state faces a historic multi-billion dollar budget deficit that is already threatening funding for education, health care, and affordable housing.
Fuse members who interviewed Billig appreciated his proactiveness on policy and responsiveness to constituents, two positives that are reflected in Billig's wide support from progressive partners. Billig has earned your vote for re-election to the state Senate.
Rep. Marcus Riccelli is running for re-election to his seat in the 3rd Legislative District. Prior to joining the Legislature, Riccelli served as U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell's Eastern Washington Director and as former state Senator Lisa Brown's senior policy aide.
During his time in the Legislature, Riccelli has worked on community hunger and food insecurity issues through the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), a federal program that reimburses schools for student meals. This March, he spearheaded the efforts of the Spokane Food Fighters in donating hundreds of meals to those in need. Riccelli also sponsored the Hunger-Free Schools Act, which provides a bridge of federal funding for free breakfast to schools where nearly half of students' families are using public assistance. If re-elected, Riccelli will continue to prioritize working on community hunger, education, environmental protection, and workplace training.
His challenger, Republican Laura Carder, previously ran against Rep. Timm Ormsby in 2016. The Spokesman-Review notes that in the past Carder expressed support for teaching creationism in schools and said she believed that the discrimination case brought against the Richland florist who refused to sell a gay couple flowers was "unfair." Her 2020 website is currently down and she does not have a detailed campaign platform.
Riccelli is the clear choice in this race.
Rep. Timm Ormsby is a progressive champion and an active member of the Spokane community. He is the current president of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and a board member of the United Way of Spokane County. In past sessions, Ormsby helped write and pass bills to help protect the environment and preserve critical health care services. This year, Ormsby supported some of the state's most vulnerable residents by being the prime sponsor on a bill for permanent affordable housing. He also recently sponsored additional bills on equitable educational outcomes for homeless youth and for community solar projects.
Ormsby is running against former Spokane City Council member Bob Apple, who was a Democrat on the council but switched to being a Republican. In a community interview, Apple stated he's running to push back against the idea of a state income tax and additional bureaucracy.
Ormsby is the clear progressive choice in this race.
5th Legislative District
Progressive nurse Ingrid Anderson is challenging Sen. Mark Mullet in the 5th Legislative District. As a nurse, Anderson will bring an important perspective to Olympia as legislators craft a public health and economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If elected, Anderson would also prioritize keeping East King County affordable for working families, strengthening our K-12 education system, and balancing our state's upside-down tax code. As the mother of a son with asthma, Anderson understands the importance of protecting our clean air and will work to pass strong environmental protections for Washington.
Mullet is a small business owner and business-oriented Democrat who has been an obstacle to progress on many issues during his eight years in Olympia. He has taken thousands of dollars from oil and coal companies and hasn't been willing to vote for critical environmental bills. We need to address climate change and salmon and orca recovery, but Mullet has shown he won't support the solutions we need. In addition, Mullet voted against addressing the gender pay gap, opposed childcare assistance for working families, and even voted to cut teacher pay.
It's time for new leadership for the 5th Legislative District. Anderson is the clear progressive choice in this race.
17th Legislative District
Democrat Daniel Smith is challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Lynda Wilson in the 17th Legislative District. Smith has been a social worker for more than two decades and currently manages the southwest Washington office for Community Health Plan of Washington, a local non-profit. If elected, he wants to put his career in health care to work by advocating for more social services and better mental health care, as well as more affordable housing and early childhood education.
Incumbent Sen. Wilson has already established a long track record of bad votes in her first term alone, including voting against regulations for domestic violence crimes, police use of force laws, establishing background checks for firearm transfers, and much more. Wilson has been bad on health care and reproductive rights and even said that the science on whether vaccines are safe is "not settled" while her district faced a measles outbreak. Wilson also generated controversy recently when she told The Columbian that she was storing 100 coronavirus antibody tests in her home.
The 17th Legislative District deserves better representation than Lynda Wilson. Daniel Smith is the clear choice for state Senate.
Democrat Tanisha Harris is challenging far-right incumbent Republican Rep. Vicki Kraft for the Position 1 state representative seat. Harris spent a decade working for the Evergreen School District and now works as a Court Appointed Special Advocate program specialist with the YWCA Clark County. Her priorities include supporting low-income and workplace housing to tackle the state's homelessness and housing affordability crisis, reducing gun violence, and making additional investments in education.
Her opponent, Rep. Kraft, worked for the virulently anti-worker Freedom Foundation and spent the early months of the pandemic trying to re-open the state months before public health experts said it was safe. In the Legislature, Kraft has one of the most far-right voting records in the House. This session, she was a leading opponent of comprehensive sex education and broader vaccination of students. Kraft is zealously opposed to abortion and voted against legislation requiring insurance companies to cover all women's health care. In addition, she opposed several LGBTQ equality bills and the Washington Voting Rights Act.
Kraft's battle against common-sense public health standards is appalling but especially bad during a pandemic. Harris, on the other hand, has the overwhelming support of labor, reproductive rights organizations, environmental groups, and more, and is by far the best choice in this race.
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28th Legislative District
T'wina Nobles is challenging Republican Senator Steve O'Ban. Nobles is the President and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League, an educator, and the University Place School Board Director. She has worked in education for 15 years as an instructor, PTA leader, School Board member and is endorsed by numerous Democratic elected officials. Nobles has three kids in public schools and one who graduated from Curtis High School. She wants to increase pay for teachers, reduce class sizes, and work to make schools more inclusive and equitable. Nobles knows more needs to be done to ensure families in the 28th are healthy and safe. She wants to reform our upside-down tax structure and fight for better wages and affordable housing for working people.
Sen. O'Ban is a notorious conservative who has previously sued the state to prevent Washington women from having access to birth control at some pharmacies. Likewise, he has fought against equality for the LGBTQ community, including leading the opposition to marriage equality. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, O'Ban pushed to re-open the economy long before it was safe. This year, he opposed establishing the Washington State Office of Equity and voted against prohibiting discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status.
Nobles is the clear progressive choice in this race and would make a great state senator.
Dan Bronoske is running for the 28th Legislative District, House Position 2, to succeed the retiring Rep. Christine Kilduff. Bronoske has worked as a firefighter in Pierce County and Lakewood for almost two decades. As an active union member, he has experience working in Olympia advocating for policies that protect all workers. If elected, Bronoske will prioritize supporting working families, addressing the opioid epidemic, reducing health care costs, and improving our transportation system.
Bronoske is running against Republicans Jamie Michaud and Chris Nye. Michaud is a real estate broker who is running on a conservative platform including "quickly" re-opening Washington state. Nye has previously served on the University Place City Council and currently owns a marketing and listing service for real estate owners. His campaign emphasizes the fiscal challenges Washington will be facing in the coming years but does not offer any proactive solutions for solving these challenges.
Bronoske is the best choice in this race.
4th Legislative District
Nurse practitioner Lori Feagan is running to bring progressive values to Olympia from the 4th Legislative District. One of her top priorities is improving health care, including lowering the cost of prescription drugs and holding price-gougers accountable when it comes to vital medications like insulin. In light of I-976 passing and future cuts to infrastructure projects across the state, Feagan promises to prioritize improvements like the Henry Road overpass and road separation projects.
Feagan is running against Republicans David Whitehead and Bob McCaslin. Whitehead, who joined this year's race with an hour left to go on the filing deadline, is a teacher and former volleyball coach at Mt. Spokane High School. He does not have a website or platform details available but says he will work with local businesses to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Incumbent Bob McCaslin has voted against a slew of progressive reforms and is one of most far-right members of the Legislature. Along with Rep. Matt Shea, McCaslin has supported splitting Washington into two states, creating a new conservative state called "Liberty."
The local Fuse interview committee was extremely impressed with Feagan's determination to improve health care access, ensure living wages, and be a progressive force in Olympia. The range of endorsements for Feagan from our partners and from elected officials reflects her potential to bring people together for change. Feagan is the best choice in this race.
Electeds For Justice
Accountant Lance Gurel is running for the 4th Legislative District, House Position 2 to bring progressive leadership back to the district for the first time in decades. In his interview with the local Fuse endorsement committee, Gurel said that he would support undocumented workers, many of whom have been deemed essential workers during this pandemic, with an emergency aid fund. He supports tax reform like the Working Families Tax Credit that would put money back in the pockets of Washingtonians with low and moderate incomes. Gurel also expressed support for affordable child care, mental health programs that diverts people from the prison pipeline, and investments in clean fuels.
Gurel's opponents are Republicans Rob Chase, Leonard Christian, and Nathan Sybrandy. Chase, who calls himself a Trump Republican, is running on the so-called "MAGA Doctrine" of "following the Constitution and shrinking government." Notably, he is supported by Rep. Matt Shea, who was ousted from the Republican caucus after an investigation deemed him a "domestic terrorist."
Christian, a former representative who held office in 2014, calls himself "a solid conservative" and a Trump supporter. He's running against the governor's use of his emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as comprehensive sex education and budgetary increases.
Surgical nurse Nathan Sybrandy says he is running to bring a young, conservative voice to the race. He states that though he didn't plan to run this year, he wanted to bring attention to the economic impacts of isolation during the pandemic, calling economic health "part of public health."
The 4th LD deserves better than another Shea. Vote Lance Gurel for state House.
6th Legislative District
Electeds For Justice
Zack Zappone is running against incumbent Republican Mike Volz for the 6th Legislative District, House Position 1. As a former teacher and creator of after school programs, his top priorities include ensuring that everyone has the training they need to enter the workforce, a housing-first approach to homelessness, worker protections, and creating a more equitable tax system for lower-income residents. He highlights his experience in logistics through his volunteer work with the Spokane Food Fighters, who are delivering meals during the coronavirus crisis.
Zappone is running against Republican incumbent Mike Volz. This year, Volz voted against a bill that aimed to create an office of gun violence prevention and opposed adding immigration status to the state's anti-discrimination laws. If re-elected, Volz promises to "get our state government back to living within its means."
In his interview, Zappone impressed the Fuse local council with his strong progressive values and equitable platform. Zappone is the best choice in this race.
Fire commissioner and housing attorney Tom McGarry is challenging incumbent Jenny Graham for House Position 2 in the 6th Legislative District. In addition to his role as fire commissioner, McGarry serves as board chair for the Spokane County Fire Commissioner’s Association. McGarry is determined to avoid any coronavirus-caused state budget cuts for those who are least economically equipped to handle them. If elected, he states he will bring a workers-first agenda to Olympia with a lens for racial justice. Some of his policy priorities include increasing affordable housing, a careful, data-driven economic reopening, and increasing benefits for workers.
McGarry is running against incumbent Republican Jenny Graham and Democrat Christian McLachlan. In addition to her standard conservative votes as a representative, Graham's coronavirus response has been terrible. Facebook flagged one of her posts as untrue after she questioned vaccine science. In addition, she protested the early release of non-violent prisoners who were within 18 months of their scheduled release even with the knowledge that the coronavirus was primed to sweep through jails, threatening thousands of guards, prisoners, and staff. While McLachlan does not have detailed campaign information available, he claims to support Medicare for All and a pre-emptive pandemic response to prevent future lockdowns. Our local council was disappointed with McLachlan's problematic and conservative views on several issues.
A vote for Graham is a vote for a continued conservative agenda in the district. Vote McGarry for proven, progressive leadership.
30th Legislative District
Electeds For Justice
Jamila Taylor is running for the 30th Legislative District, House Position 1 to succeed Rep. Mike Pellicciotti, who is running for state treasurer. Taylor is an attorney who advocates for crime victims and has an extensive record of volunteer service. She served as the statewide advocacy counsel for the Northwest Justice Project, where she managed a network of legal aid attorneys, and has worked on youth intervention programs and other violence reduction efforts. Taylor's progressive campaign platform includes increasing affordable housing, reducing the cost of prescription drugs, and improving transparency in government.
Taylor is running against Democrat Cheryl Hurst, Republican Janis Clark, and Independent Republican Martin Moore. Hurst runs a community drive called the March of Diapers through her nonprofit Do The Right Thing. Clark is running on a conservative platform of reducing property taxes and funding education without offering any detailed plans for doing so. Moore is a Federal Way City Council member and the Executive Director of Audiobook Ministries. While running as an Independent, Moore has a conservative platform. In particular, he has sometimes aligned himself with socially conservative former Sen. Mark Miloscia, who lost his race after years of inflammatory comments about abortion and LGBTQ members of the community.
Jamila Taylor is the best choice in the race for the 30th Legislative District, House Position 1.
Rep. Jesse Johnson is running for re-election to the 30th Legislative District, House Position 2. Rep. Johnson previously served as a member of the Federal Way City Council before being appointed to the legislature in January. He also works as a staffing analyst in workforce planning and development for Highline Public Schools and has sponsored multiple bills to support at-risk youth. This year, Johnson sponsored legislation to prohibit race-based hair discrimination and supported gun safety legislation, as well as establishing a student loan program for undocumented students.
Johnson is running a strong re-election campaign promoting equitable access to quality education for every student, affordability for working families and seniors, and improving services to help homeless and housing-unstable individuals.
Johnson is running against Republicans Mark Greene, Jack Walsh, and Chris Dowllar. Greene is using his campaign social media to call for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and is not a serious candidate. Walsh owns an ice cream shop in Federal Way and has twice led advisory vote campaigns to prevent retail marijuana shops from expanding to Federal Way. Dowllar does not have a campaign website or platform available as of mid-July.
Rep. Johnson is a strong progressive and deserves your vote.
26th Legislative District
Joy Stanford is challenging Republican Rep. Michelle Caldier for the 26th Legislative District, House Position 2. Stanford is a substitute teacher who has worked in the district with underserved and elderly populations, helping them gain health care access. Her campaign is focusing on keeping infrastructure projects on budget and ensuring health care access for all. She hopes to use her experience as a Community Outreach Specialist for Shared Housing Services to tackle the affordable housing crisis. Stanford also challenged Caldier in 2018 and narrowly lost.
Caldier has stood in opposition of progressive policies time and time again. She voted against automatic voter registration, which has been proven to expand democracy by making it easier for eligible citizens to vote, and opposed legislation to expand access to reproductive health care. This year, she voted against prohibiting race-based hair discrimination and discrimination based on immigration status or citizenship. Caldier also does not support commonsense gun safety legislation.
Also in this race is Republican Alisha Beeler, who is challenging Caldier from the right. She is endorsed by local Republican groups because of her opposition to gun safety legislation as well as age-appropriate sex education.
Joy Stanford is running a strong campaign and deserves your vote.
29th Legislative District
Democrat Sharlett Mena is challenging incumbent Rep. Steve Kirby for the 29th Legislative District, House Position 2. Mena currently serves as Special Assistant to the Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology, and has also worked in the Governor's Office. She previously worked on immigration policy in Congress and as a communications specialist in the Washington state Legislature, where she established Spanish language resources. She also worked in the Governor's Office and currently serves as Special Assistant to the Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Her impressive campaign platform includes bold action to equitably combat the climate crisis, reducing homelessness and increasing affordable housing, and reforming our upside-down tax code by cutting sales taxes and passing a capital gains tax to finally make the wealthy pay their share.
We are recommending Sharlett Mena for new leadership for the 29th Legislative District.
36th Legislative District
Electeds For Justice
Democrat Liz Berry is running for the 36th Legislative District, House Position 2 to replace Rep. Gael Tarleton, who is running for secretary of state. Berry is the director of the Washington State Association of Justice. She previously served as the president of the National Women's Political Caucus and on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.
If elected, her priorities include rebuilding our economy so it works for everyone, affordable childcare, health care reform, and an end to systematic police violence against Black people. Berry has numerous endorsements from progressive partner organizations and elected officials including Rep. Pramila Jayapal.
Berry's experience and strong support from progressive advocates make her the best choice in this race.
Navy veteran and former state representative Larry Seaquist served eight years in Olympia, where he chaired the House Higher Education Committee and served on the Budget, Health Care, and Education committees. He has continued to work in the community through a homelessness prevention project with the Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters, and is currently a member of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce. If elected to the county executive position, Seaquist's top priority is implementing local standards of coronavirus contact tracing and testing to rein in the virus. He is also prioritizing bringing in family-wage jobs, providing more affordable housing, and addressing systemic racism in the community.
Seaquist is running against incumbent Bruce Dammeier, who is a former member of Senate Republican leadership. In Olympia, Dammeier opposed efforts to raise the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for women, and close tax loopholes to fund schools. He has continued to advance a conservative agenda as county executive, including pushing back on efforts to reduce vehicle pollution through cleaner fuels.
Seaquist is by far the better choice in this race.
County Council Races
Pierce County Council
Small business owner Sarah Rumbaugh is running for Pierce County Council's open District 2, which was vacated by Pam Roach. Rumbaugh is active in the community; she serves on the Tacoma Human Rights Commission and previously served on the Board of Governors for the Evergreen State College. Rumbaugh is running to reset the local economy, which has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. She wants to use this moment to create more family-wage jobs, build more affordable housing, and improve access to health care. In addition, Rumbaugh supports the creation of an Office of Equity and Race within Pierce County and wants the Pierce County Council to be more active on environmental issues, particularly when it comes to oversight of the Port of Tacoma.
Rumbaugh is running against Republican Sen. Hans Zeiger. First elected in 2010, Zeiger has been a party-line Republican in Olympia in opposing a host of commonsense reforms. He voted against raising the minimum wage, opposed closing tax loopholes to fund education, and voted against ensuring equal pay for women. Based on his 10-year voting record, Zeiger would be an obstacle to progress on the Pierce County Council.
Rumbaugh is the clear choice for Pierce County Council in District 2
Democrat Jani Hitchen is a high school science teacher running for Pierce County Council in the 6th Council District. Hitchen is running to break partisan gridlock on the council and get back to focusing on improving the quality of life of Pierce County residents. Specifically, she wants to ensure the voices of all people in Pierce County are heard, create a dedicated revenue stream to fund mental health care, and reduce sprawl in rural areas. In her Fuse interview, Hitchen said she wants to focus on preventing homelessness by building a safety net that can help people stay in their homes.
Hitchen is facing corporate real estate attorney and Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen. He's running on a conservative platform that lacks substantive details about how he would help the county recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This race is particularly important because it could determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the Pierce County Council. Hitchen is the clear progressive choice for District 6.
Clark County Council
Independent Matt Little is running against incumbent Republican Gary Medvigy for the Clark County Council, District 4 seat. Little has worked in D.C. as an advisor on agricultural and land use issues and was a member of the bipartisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition. He has also served locally with sporting and conservation groups, including as executive director of Cascade Forest Conservancy. In our local council interview, Little stated his focus would be on improving growth planning, providing local jobs and services especially in light of COVID-19, and building more city centers. He emphasized his commitment to building walkable communities that maintain the county's rural character, balancing dense urban growth with farmland, and providing services for young people and those facing homelessness.
Little is running against incumbent Republican and former Army general Gary Medvigy, who was appointed to the council in 2019. Medvigy opposes taxes to the point of criticizing the Washington State Supreme Court's McCleary decision, which mandated that the state fully fund K-12 education. Medvigy has been on the wrong side of racial justice issues, including saying that he "would never take a knee or tolerate those who do" during the national anthem. While not as conservative as former seat-holder Eileen Quiring, Medvigy would not push for most progressive policies.
Little is the best choice in this race.
County Commission Races
Spokane County Commission
Union leader and Democrat Ted Cummings has worked at Kaiser Aluminum for many years. He serves as a board member of the Spokane Regional Labor Council as well as the district vice president of the Washington State Labor Council. Cummings is running to prioritize transparency and accountability in county government. Unlike some county officials, Cummings does not support building a new jail, and would rather the county put its efforts and budget towards affordable housing, diversion programs with appropriate health services, and natural assets like parks.
Cummings is running against Josh Kerns, one of the most conservative commissioners, who says his involvement with the Republican party "runs deep." Kerns states that "taxes should be the last resort," while simultaneously promising to keep roads well-maintained. Unfortunately, his math doesn't add up. As the coronavirus continues to deal a huge blow to state and local budgets, elected officials must either cut social services, infrastructure, and other necessities or make corporations and the wealthy finally pay their share. Spokane needs a county commissioner who, especially in this massive health crisis, is looking out for people, not just the bottom line.
Cummings is by far the better choice in this race.
Accounting business owner David Green is a longtime Democratic party activist who currently serves as chair of the 3rd Legislative District Democrats and vice chair of the Washington State Democratic Party. Green is committed to working with local allies to understand and address systemic racism in Spokane's county criminal justice system and wants to consider alternative approaches to incarceration. He supports a closer relationship between the county and cities to minimize urban sprawl and addressing the housing crisis at the regional level.
Green is running against incumbent Mary Kuney, a moderate Republican who was appointed to the commission by Governor Jay Inslee in September of 2017. Kuney is a certified public accountant and the former Chief Deputy Auditor for Spokane County. While Kuney has worked across county departments to streamline budgets and improve efficiencies, she does not have the desire or progressive credentials needed to overturn years of conservative decision-making at the county level.
This race is particularly notable as Spokane has had an all-Republican board of county commissioners for nearly a decade. It's time for progress and a return to people-focused policy in Spokane. Vote Green for County Commissioner, District 2.
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