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1st Congressional District
Rep. Suzan DelBene is running for re-election in the 1st Congressional District. DelBene is a former executive at Microsoft who has used her technology background to become a leader in protecting privacy rights against government surveillance. She was first elected in 2012 and has been an advocate for creating family-wage jobs in industries like aerospace, sustainable agriculture, and clean energy as well as advocating for reproductive justice. She also supports raising the federal minimum wage and passing comprehensive tax reform to ensure that corporations and the wealthy pay their share. This year, DelBene urged the Trump administration to send Washingtonians resources and use science to combat the coronavirus crisis and has pushed for relief for workers and small businesses.
DelBene is running against Republicans Derek Chartrand and Jeffrey Beeler, Sr., Libertarian Steven Skelton, Robert Dean Mair, Matthew Heines, and Justin Smoak. Chartrand considers himself a "Compassionate Capitalist" and wants to cut costs but has no other ideas for generating revenue. Beeler is a conservative running on a platform of term limits for elected officials and pushing our state to re-open unsafely in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Skelton is a consultant who believes that Democrats and Republicans "agree on just about everything that matters" and is not qualified for Congress. Heines ran for state Senate in 2018 as a New Republican. Mair has no policy ideas available as of mid-July and Smoak is running to quickly re-open the state in light of the "sensationalism" of COVID.
Rep. DelBene is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote for her re-election.
2nd Congressional District
Rep. Rick Larsen is a moderate Democrat who has been a strong advocate for jobs, transportation, and infrastructure projects in the 2nd District. Before serving in Congress, he served on the Snohomish County Council and worked on economic development for the City of Everett.
In Congress, Larsen supported the Lower Drug Costs Now Act to give Medicare the power to negotiate directly with the drug companies and pass the lower drug prices to all Americans. He also voted for the Voting Rights Advancement Act, supported the coronavirus pandemic relief packages, and sought to reform student loans. Unfortunately, Larsen does not support a Green New Deal in its current form and has accepted political contributions from corporations including Exxon Mobil as recently as last year.
Also in this race are Democrat Jason Call, Republicans Timothy Hazelo, Kari Ilonummi, James Dean Golder, Carrie Kennedy, and Cody Hart, and Trump Republican Tim Uy. Hazelo's platform includes opening health insurance across state lines to help free up the "capitalist marketplace" and he uses racist language in his voter pamphlet statement about immigrants. Ilonummi is a perennial Republican candidate who has previously challenged Rep. Larsen as well as Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Kennedy has promoted far-right views including the movement for Eastern Washington to secede from the state and is not a serious candidate. Hart is running on a conservative platform of reducing taxes and believes America needs leaders who will "confront Chinese Aggression." Golder is running because he believes it is time to a more conservative approach to government. Uy's Trump Republican platform includes praise of Donald Trump, he is not a serious candidate.
The one progressive challenger to Larsen is Jason Call. He's running on a platform that includes Medicare for All, free college, ending student debt, a Green New Deal, and a housing guarantee to help end our housing insecurity crisis. He is endorsed by progressive groups including Sunrise Bellingham and Our Revolution, as well as some legislative districts and county Democratic organizations. While Call faces a very challenging race against a longtime incumbent, he provides an alternative for those looking for bolder progressive leadership than Larsen.
Larsen is a solid Democratic vote and has the support of all our progressive partner organizations who chose to endorse in this race.
10th Congressional District
First elected in 2016, former state Rep. Kristine Reeves is also running for the open 10th Congressional District seat. She is the Director of Economic Development for the Military and Defense sector for Washington state, where she has helped secure millions of dollars for small businesses and local infrastructure. In the Legislature, Reeves has been a champion for paid family and medical leave, gun safety, and making childcare more affordable. She took a more cautious approach than Doglio to several pieces of legislation, including voting against taxing polluters and increasing protections for tenants.
In her Fuse interview, Reeves said her life experience would guide her priorities and decision making in Congress. She is motivated to address affordable housing and homelessness by her experience growing up as a foster child and being homeless herself at times. She supports universal health care and points to her own health care emergency that nearly left her bankrupt as a young adult. Reeves also stated that she is the only leading candidate in the race with foreign policy experience.
If elected, Reeves would be the first Black person elected to Congress from Washington in our state's 131-year history.
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.
6th Congressional District
Rep. Derek Kilmer is running for re-election in the 6th Congressional District. He is a moderate Democrat who is a reliable supporter of creating jobs and improving infrastructure. Kilmer has been a leader on small business development and protecting Puget Sound during his four terms in Congress. A former state Senator, he previously worked as a business consultant and economic development official.
In Congress, Kilmer is a sponsor of a clean Dream Act in support of immigrants who arrived in the country as children with their undocumented parents. He supports common sense gun safety legislation and co-sponsored the Voter Empowerment Act, an online voter registration act that helps keep voting rights equitable. Kilmer has also worked on several environmental bills, including the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This year, he supported coronavirus relief as well as the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.
Kilmer has been a reliable vote in Congress and has earned strong support from progressive advocacy organizations for his re-election. Kilmer is the best choice for the 6th Congressional District.
Endorsed By: SEIU 775, Teamsters Joint Council 28, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Washington State Labor Council , Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, League of Conservation Voters
7th Congressional District
Rep. Pramila Jayapal is running for re-election in the 7th Congressional District. She has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic justice, and civil liberties. Rep. Jayapal founded OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in 2001 and built it into the largest immigrant rights organization in the state and a national model. She also played a key role on the Mayoral Advisory Committee that created Seattle’s $15 minimum wage.
Since her election to Congress in 2016, Rep. 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, Rep. 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.
Also in this race are Democrat Jack Hughes-Hageman, Independent Rick Lewis, and Republicans Scott Sutherland and Craig Keller. Hughes-Hageman wants to repeal federal marijuana prohibition with universal amnesty and seems to be very progressive but does not have any elected experience. Independent Lewis has a background in military intelligence and says he has the resume of a "highly competent James Bond villain." He is not a serious candidate. Sutherland's platform includes promoting renewable energy and proposing a constitutional amendment requiring all members of Congress to handwrite all proposed laws. Keller claims legislators have "lavished" billions of dollars "upon illegal aliens and their profiteer employers." He is neither progressive nor qualified for Congress.
Jayapal has been an outstanding progressive leader for the 7th Congressional District and the entire country. She has earned your vote for re-election.
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, worked to 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 to rebuild the economy as well as the roads and bridges, 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 swing senators on progressive issues.
Mike Pellicciotti has served in the Washington state House representing the 30th Legislative District since 2016 and is now running for Treasurer. Pellicciotti has never accepted corporate campaign donations and has led efforts to make the Legislature's records open for public view. He also wrote the Corporate Crime Act, which increases financial penalties for corporate crimes by 100 times, and has successfully supported laws reducing property taxes.
Pellicciotti is challenging incumbent Republican Duane Davidson. In 2016, incumbent Jim McIntire retired, leaving the seat open. Because of the crowded primary, two Republicans made it through to the general election, giving them control of the Treasurer's office for the first time since 1957. Davidson previously served as the Benton County Treasurer from 2003 to 2016. In his term, he has been a traditional Republican and has referred to the state Legislature "raiding" the Rainy Day Fund. He has also only attended 3 of 18 critical pension meetings since fall 2017.
Pellicciotti has been a solid legislator and is the best choice in the race for Washington State Treasurer.
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.
Recently, 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 Democrat Joshua Casey and Republican Chris Leyba. Casey is a CPA who wants to bring his financial expertise to the auditor's office. Leyba is a former police detective who currently runs an animal rescue on his farm. If elected, he would prioritize buying from Washington businesses and saving taxpayer dollars.
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.
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.
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's schools navigate the pandemic. He made the tough decision early to close schools for the year to keep kids and families safe and 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 a handful of opponents in this non-partisan race: conservative Ron Higgins, former Republican legislative candidate Maia Espinoza, Dennis Wick, Stan Lippman, and David Spring. Espinoza has garnered attention by publishing a false and inflammatory voters pamphlet statement attacking Reykdal. Lippman is a disbarred lawyer and anti-vaccination advocate, Spring doesn't think we should have closed schools during the pandemic, and Higgins wants to inject religious teachings into public education. Wick is a former member of the Snohomish School District Board of Directors who wants to modernize our school system.
Reykdal is the clear choice for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
1st Legislative District
Electeds For Justice
Derek Stanford served nearly 10 years as a state representative before earning an appointment to the state Senate to replace Guy Palumbo. Throughout his tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Stanford has been a strong proponent of LGBTQ rights, consumer protections, environmental sustainability, and strengthening access to higher education in Washington state. Most recently, Rep. Stanford sponsored legislation that prohibits state agencies from creating databases based on an individual's religious affiliation. Stanford was the prime sponsor of the Kuhnhausen Act, named after a transgender teen who was killed in Vancouver this year. The law prevents the use of the "panic" defense if someone commits a crime after learning of a victim’s actual or perceived gender identity.
Stanford is running against Dr. Art Coday, who previously ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 and 2018. In 2018, Cody's top priority was to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act and leave tens of millions of Americans without health insurance and at the whims of a few private insurance companies. His campaign also strenuously opposed any gun safety legislation and was anti-abortion.
Stanford is by far the best choice in this race.
Electeds For Justice
Rep. Shelley Kloba is running for re-election for the 1st Legislative District, House Position 1. Prior to joining the Legislature, Rep. Kloba served her community as a trustee for the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, as a Kirkland City Councilmember, and as the Washington State PTA Legislative Director for two years.
In the Legislature, Kloba has extended her knowledge of education policy to become an advocate for Washington's youth. In 2018, Rep. Kloba was the primary sponsor of a bill that extended the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council, which increases opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds. This year, she expanded workers' rights by sponsoring legislation that would prevent a positive marijuana test for disqualifying people from most jobs, excluding positions like firefighters and federal workers.
Her challengers are Republicans Jeb Brewer and Gary Morgan. Brewer is running on a conservative platform and wants to prioritize issues including traffic and homelessness. He believes the government should better support businesses but doesn't mention supporting people. Morgan's website is inactive. He does not have a detailed platform but opposes a statewide income tax.
Kloba has been a strong advocate for her constituents and deserves another term in the House.
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.
10th Legislative District
Helen Price Johnson is challenging Republican incumbent Ron Muzzall for the state Senate seat in the 10th Legislative District. Price Johnson has held an impressive number of leadership positions in the community, including as a board member of the South Whidbey School District, as the first female board member of the Island County Commissioners, and on the Board of Directors of the Whidbey Community Foundation.
Price Johnson believes housing is a human right and that climate change requires imperative action. She pledges to revise the district's housing regulations and move the state towards increased renewable energy. On healthcare and childhood education, Price Johnson wants to see more investment in mental health and addiction treatment as well as free early childhood education.
Her opponent, Ron Muzzall, replaced Sen. Barbara Bailey in the Senate when she retired last year. Muzzall, a farm owner and manager, has not offered a strong policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has left hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians out of work and struggling to get by. Rather than investing in communities, Muzzall would make knee-jerk cuts to services at the moment they're needed most.
Price Johnson's extensive track record of civic service, strong community support, and vision for rebuilding our economy make her the clear choice in this race.
Incumbent Democrat Dave Paul is running for re-election this year in the moderate 10th Legislative District. Paul is the current vice president of Skagit Valley College and has been a longtime advocate for children and public schools. He has been a strong progressive during his term in the Legislature and worked on bills to lower the cost of prescription drugs, as well as advocating for a 100% clean electricity grid by 2025. If re-elected, Paul states that he will continue to prioritize environmental work and re-opening the economy safely.
Paul is running against Taylor Zimmerman and Bill Bruch. Zimmerman is a clinical trials specialist at UW and a self-identified progressive. His priorities include preserving farmland and wildlife, advocating for free public education from pre-K to college, and minimizing our carbon footprint. Unfortunately, Zimmerman did not provide a website, detailed policy agenda, or elected/community experience in his voter's guide writeup.
Bruch is a chairperson for the Skagit County Republican Party, running on a standard GOP platform of reducing business regulations and revenue. He states that those who are homeless or suffering from addiction must use "personal responsibility" to find a job, and implies that the role of government when it comes to these issues should be secondary to the private sector. On coronavirus, Bruch believes that as of May 8th, Gov. Inslee's stay-home order is "totally unacceptable," ignoring both public health science and that COVID cases have continued to increase in Washington.
Paul has earned strong support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations and is the best choice in this race.
11th Legislative District
Electeds For Justice
Bob Hasegawa is running unopposed for re-election to the state Senate. Since first being elected to the House in 2005, Hasegawa has distinguished himself through his social justice work. He is a labor advocate and founding member of several labor boards, including Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance AFL-CIO and the Washington State Labor Council. Hasegawa has also been a strong advocate for reforming our state's regressive tax system and has pushed to established a state bank.
Hasegawa has earned another term in the state Senate.
Electeds For Justice
Rep. Zack Hudgins has become a strong progressive leader in the Legislature. Throughout his tenure, Hudgins has focused on standing up for vulnerable Washingtonians, strengthening election transparency, and making effective investments into our state economy. In particular, Hudgins played a lead role in passing automatic voter registration legislation and increasing the number of ballot drop boxes in 2018. This year, he organized bipartisan support for legislation to restrict the use of facial recognition software. Hudgins is running for re-election on a platform of preventing budget cuts due to the economic downturn, addressing affordable housing and homelessness, and continuing to support stronger privacy laws.
Electeds For Justice
Rep. Steve Bergquist is running for re-election for his seat in the 11th Legislative District. A former public school teacher, Bergquist has fought hard to fully fund education and is focused on improving the quality of schools in Washington state. Throughout his tenure, Bergquist has also been a reliable advocate on social justice, health care, and environmental issues. In recent years, he has also been a strong advocate for young voters, including sponsoring bills that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote and let 17-year-olds participate in primaries if they will be 18 by the general election.
His opponent is Republican Sean Atchison. Atchison states that his top priorities are homelessness, "keeping government out of the way" of small businesses, and reopening after COVID, but he does not have a detailed platform or relevant experience.
Bergquist has earned the endorsements of many of our partners and is the best choice in this race.
19th Legislative District
Sen. Dean Takko is a moderate Democrat who has represented the 19th District since 2005. He previously served in the state House for 10 years before being appointed in 2015 to the Senate. Takko has supported bills that invest money in jobs and infrastructure but has disappointed progressives on environmental issues and gun safety.
Takko's Republican challengers are Wes Cormier and Jeff Wilson. Cormier is a Grays Harbor County Commissioner who is prioritizing property rights and fiscal responsibility in his campaign. Wilson, who serves as the Vice President for the Port of Longview Commission, promises that he will move forward no additional business or capital gains taxation. Neither Republican has offered a strong policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has left hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians out of work and struggling to get by. Rather than investing in communities, both Cormier and Wilson would make knee-jerk cuts to services at the moment they're needed most.
Takko is the best choice in this race.
Democratic Rep. Clint Bryson is challenging Republican Rep. Jim Walsh for the 19th Legislative District, House Position 1. Bryson is a Montesano City Council member and a third-generation electrical worker whose priorities include COVID-19 recovery, improving the health care system, especially rural hospitals, and protecting the region’s fishing, crabbing, and oyster farming industries. In addition, Bryan wants to incentivize public-private partnerships to build additional affordable housing, support trade apprenticeships alongside 2- and 4-year degrees, and foster a community-centered approach to climate action.
Walsh is a conservative, two-term Republican who has voted against efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Washington, against prohibiting bump stocks and background checks for firearm transfers, against prohibiting sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors, and more. Walsh has emerged as one of the most inflammatory members of the state House, undermining his ability to work together to get things done.
Also in this race is self-identified progressive Democrat Marianna Hopkins Everson. Everson is running on a platform of "universal healthcare, safe and affordable housing, fully-funded education, fair taxes, and a healthy economy with living-wage jobs." Her extensive policy ideas also include comprehensive criminal justice reform, infrastructure upgrades, protecting labor unions, and free point-of-care health care.
While Everson is very progressive, Bryson is running a strong campaign and has earned the overwhelming support of our progressive partners in this race. Bryson is the best choice for state House.
Rep. Brian Blake has represented the 19th Legislative District since 2002. He is currently the Chair of the House Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Blake has a moderate voting record, and like the 19th's Sen. Takko, Blake has been problematic on some environmental and gun safety legislation. On a host of other issues, however, Blake has generally taken good votes on progressive priorities.
However, his opponent Joe McEntire can be expected to promote a far-right agenda for the district. McEntire is a veteran and a chair of the Wahkiakum County Republican Party. Though he does not have a detailed policy platform available for 2020, McEntire also ran in 2018 for the same seat on the values of reducing environmental regulations and shrinking the government.
Blake is the best choice in this race.
22nd Legislative District
Incumbent Sen. Sam Hunt was elected to the Senate in 2016 after representing the district in the House for 16 years. In the House, Hunt was an advocate of open and fair elections and sponsored bills to encourage online voter registration, while also supporting increased education funding and women's health protections. This year the senator supported a broad range of progressive bills and sponsored several, including cost-sharing requirements for insulin and requiring schools to incorporate local tribes' history into their curriculum.
If re-elected, Hunt's priorities in the Senate include fixing our upside-down tax structure, which is the most regressive in the nation, more equitable funding for early education, and supporting universal health care, among other key policies.
Hunt is running against Republican Gary Holland and Democrat Kevin Young. Holland is a former employee of the State Department of Social and Health Services. He supports reducing regulations on businesses, public agency audits, road improvement, and "optimal job creation." Small business owner Kevin Young is running to unite opposing viewpoints in the district and find common ground solutions to issues of environment, economy, and more. He states that despite never holding elected office, his experience graduating college in the late aughts brings a unique view into the hardships many in the district experience. He is supportive of community oversight of the police and universal healthcare.
With his experience and support from the progressive community, Hunt is the best choice in this race.
Incumbent Rep. Laurie Dolan is running for re-election for the 22nd Legislative District, Position 1. As an educator with more than 30 years of classroom and area director experience with Spokane Public Schools, Dolan has served as the vice chair of the Education and State Government Committees where she fought for workers' rights and to fully fund education. Some of her recent legislative highlights include funding for mental health experts in schools and transparent salary history laws that benefit women and people of color. If re-elected, Dolan states that she will continue her work on safe schools, protections for workers, and expanding affordable healthcare.
Dolan is running against Libertarian Allen Acosta and Socialist Johnny Meade. Acosta does not have a strong campaign platform or presence. His voter guide statement includes that he is against continued taxation and regulation, and for conservation education. Socialist Johnny Meade is running to bring working-class issues to the forefront. Meade has worked in a variety of industries and volunteered for political campaigns, a background which he says makes him similar to the community he represents. Meade has an extensive list of priorities that he would take to Olympia if elected, including expanding unemployment benefits, investing in public housing, and fully funding remote K-12 access.
Dolan has received the majority of support from progressive organizations and is the best choice in this race.
Olympia Mayor Pro Tem Jessica Bateman is running for the 22nd Legislative District, House Position 2 to fill the seat vacated by Beth Doglio. Bateman has been a tireless progressive advocate on the council, working toward equitable housing solutions, protecting our green space, and ensuring no one is left behind. Accomplishments from her first term include co-chairing the Home Fund, a campaign to provide safe housing and essential services for vulnerable homeless community members, and sponsoring a resolution to make Olympia a sanctuary city.
23rd Legislative District
Incumbent Sen. Christine Rolfes is the chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and a leader on education and environmental issues in Olympia. In previous sessions, she co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to address the state's over-reliance on property tax levies to fund education, advocated for the improvement of the state's oil spill response system, and protected maritime jobs. This year Rolfes helped secure significant funding for improvements for the district, including adding habitat to the Illahee Preserve, and funding two shelters, one for victims of domestic violence and the other for homeless youths.
Rolfes is being challenged by Republican Pamela Madden, who is a former bus driver and teacher, as well as a business owner. Her priorities include protecting the Second Amendment and fighting against comprehensive sex education in schools. She states that she will advocate for cutting taxes and cutting the budget, a proposition that does not add up in a year with a predicted state budget shortfall of several billion dollars due to the pandemic.
As Rolfes is sitting on the bipartisan Special Committee on Economic Recovery, we hope that she embraces new tax measures that compel corporations and the wealthiest in our state to pay their share. At the same time, implementing measures like the Working Families Tax Credit would lift some of the regressive nature of our state's taxes, which fall on those of us with the lowest incomes.
Rolfes by far is the more experienced and progressive choice in this race.
Tara Simmons is the executive director of Civil Survival, a nonprofit organization that helps formerly incarcerated people reintegrate and become advocates for their community. Simmons made history when she became the first formerly-incarcerated person to graduate law school and be admitted to the Washington State Bar Association.
Simmons is running for the 23rd Legislative District, House Position 1 to reform our state's upside-down tax code, improve police accountability, and expand health care access, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is opposed to knee-jerk budget cuts during a public health emergency and wants to make the wealthy pay their share to invest more in communities. Notably, she is not accepting any campaign donations from corporations.
Simmons was one of the best and most inspiring progressive candidates Fuse interviewed this year. She will bring a unique voice and a passion for police and criminal justice reform to Olympia at a moment when it's needed more than ever. Simmons is the clear progressive choice in this race.
Rep. Drew Hansen is running for re-election to the 23rd Legislative District, House Position 2, where he has represented his district since 2011. As the chair of the House College and Workforce Development Committee, Hansen has prioritized improving education and workforce policies. Hansen helped expand the Olympic College engineering program for shipyard jobs and sponsored legislation to protect marine jobs. He has also supported full funding of the State Need Grant for low-income college students, as well as free and reduced college for families earning less than $50,000 a year.
He is running against Republican Elaina Gonzales-Blanton, who calls herself a constitutional conservative. She is running to protect Second Amendment rights, promote transparency, and advocate for "less government involvement in the lives of parents and children."
Hansen is the best choice in this race.
24th Legislative District
Incumbent Democrat Sen. Kevin Van De Wege served as a representative for five terms before being elected to the Senate in 2016. Van De Wege is a firefighter and paramedic who has developed a moderate Democratic track record in Olympia. He has been a strong ally on environmental issues, including his co-sponsorship of a bill to require oil companies to disclose the amount of oil entering our state, the route of oil trains, and basic information for first responders.
Van De Wege is running against Republican and Port Angeles Port Commissioner Connie Beauvais. She states that she's running against new taxes - though the state is now in a coronavirus-caused budget deficit of several billion dollars. Beauvais has not said whether she would attempt to raise additional revenue or make enormous cuts to transportation funding, social services, and more. The port commissioner also says she wants to bring checks and balances to Olympia because the Legislature is currently controlled by Democrats.
Van De Wege is the best choice in this race.
Rep. Mike Chapman is a moderate Democrat running for re-election for 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 also focused on producing solutions for families concerned about the quality of K-12 education and supporting economic opportunity in Washington.
Chapman is running against Daniel Charles Svoboda and Republican Sue Forde. Svoboda, who has no official affiliation but states that he is a Trump Republican, has one of the more atrocious platforms of any candidate in Washington this year. His priorities include eliminating abortion and ending legal protections for people with disabilities. Forde's campaign is focused on crime prosecution, Second Amendment rights, and reducing regulations.
Chapman is the clear choice in this race.
Since 2010, Democratic Rep. Steve Tharinger has been a strong progressive leader for the 24th Legislative District. Tharinger is passionate about providing affordable health care options to all Washingtonians and has been unwavering in his advocacy for innovative policies that protect the environment. Currently, he co-chairs the Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and Disability and is a member of the Dementia Action Collaborative. If re-elected, Tharinger's priorities would be investing in ports and parks, strengthening health care, and recovering from the impacts of the coronavirus.
Tharinger is running against retired Army officer Brian Pruiett and nurse Jodi Wilke. Pruiett is running as a pro-business candidate. He is against state income or polluter taxes that would improve both the financial futures of constituents with low or moderate incomes and better our environmental health. He states that his main goal is to "stop the human degradation that current legislation has passed which is ruining the lives of families, communities, and harming our precious Olympic Peninsula lifestyle."
Republican Jodi Wilke is the chair of the Save Our Sequim group, which opposes the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe's medication-assisted treatment (MAT) Clinic project. Other community members, including the Editor of the PT Leader, point out that Wilke's group has become a magnet for fear-mongering and misinformation, and that the clinic is a joint-operation between the tribe, police and social services, and medical professionals in the community.
Finally, Democrat Darren Corcoran is running to push back against a ban on high-capacity magazines and in support of Tim Eyman's I-976, which defunded transit projects for people with disabilities, bridge safety maintenance, and road repair across the state by almost $2 billion dollars.
In this time of health and economic uncertainties, the 24th Legislative District needs steady, progressive leadership that protects working people and the vulnerable, not just businesses' bottom lines. Tharinger is by far the best choice in this race.
25th Legislative District
Puyallup mayor and local small business owner Julie Door is running for state Senate in the 25th Legislative District. Prior to being elected as mayor this year, Door served on the council for seven years, where she supported the purchase of the Van Lierop farm to create a new park, implemented a Safe Routes to Schools initiative, and worked on securing adequate shelter for homeless people in inclement weather. She was the community services chair of the Puyallup Kiwanis Club and is a board member of the South Sound 911 Board, among other community involvement. If elected, Door would prioritize improving expanding health care access and mental health treatment, pushing for living-wage jobs in the district, and promoting more equity and investment in the classroom.
Door is running against Republicans Emmett Smith and Rep. Chris Gildon. Though he does not appear to have a website or detailed platform available as of mid-July, Smith is an attorney who has also worked extensively with drilling companies and oil corporations. He states that everything costs too much and he would use his financial and legal experience to navigate the current medical and economic crisis.
Gildon is one of several Republican legislators who called for leaving re-opening decisions up to local governments, despite the fact that, as of late-July, the pandemic is continuing to grow across the state. Gildon voted against creating a statewide office of equity, requiring greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced to zero by 2050, and reducing transportation pollution.
Door is the best choice in this race.
Puyallup School District teacher Jamie Smith is running for the 25th Legislative District, House Position 1 on a platform of improving life for families, working Washingtonians, and others in her district. As an educator, she wants to secure more stable funding for schools. She also wants to see additional rapid transit to accommodate the more than 50 percent of workers who live in Pierce but work outside the county, investments in small business, job training in renewable energy positions, and a shift away from the state's heavily regressive tax system.
Smith is running against Republican Rep. Kelly Chambers, a business owner whose priority would be schools, though she doesn't outline a specific plan for improvement. Chambers voted against establishing the Washington State Office of Equity and the bill for comprehensive sex education for students, and is endorsed by secessionist and right-wing extremist Rep. Matt Shea. Chambers is strongly against balancing our state's upside-down tax code, despite the fact that her constituents with lower incomes pay at up to six times the rate of the wealthiest in the state under the current system. Chambers joined several other Republicans in challenging Gov. Inslee's extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in early May while the virus was still peaking, despite the recommendations of public health officials.
The people of the 25th Legislative District deserve a representative who cares about their health and economic well-being, not one who puts corporate profits first. Smith is by far the best choice in this race.
Firefighter and veteran Brian Duthie is vying for the 25th Legislative District, House Position 2. Rep. Chris Gildon currently holds this seat, but is moving on to run for state Senate this year.
Duthie is a board member of the Washington State Council of Firefighters Burn Foundation. He aims to strengthen K-12 education by reducing class sizes, adding more special education resources, and making sure teachers are fairly compensated. Duthie would also focus on health care affordability and reducing traffic congestion in Pierce County.
Duthie's opponent is Puyallup City Councilmember Cyndy Jacobsen. Jacobsen is running to repeal the comprehensive sex education bill and to keep taxes low, and wants the state to "re-open safely but quickly" - a set of priorities at odds with each other as July brings a new statewide jump in the rate of coronavirus cases.
Duthie is the best choice in this race.
27th Legislative District
Sen. Jeannie Darneille is running for re-election in the 27th Legislative District. Sen. Darneille has been a strong advocate in her 12 years in the House and six years in the Senate, particularly for families who are struggling to make ends meet. She is a champion of women, people with disabilities, health care access, and expanded economic opportunities for all. This year, Sen. Darneille sponsored legislation requiring schools to incorporate curriculum on local tribal history and voted to prohibit discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status.
Also in this race is Republican Kyle Paskewitz. Paskewitz is the Executive Director of Parentalink, a nonprofit organization. He is anti-choice and wants to cut taxes rather than reform our upside-down tax code. Paskewitz's campaign social media includes pictures of the protests to recklessly re-open Washington state before it was safe to do so.
Sen. Darneille is a strong progressive and has earned your vote.
Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins is running for re-election to the 27th Legislative District, House Position 1. Jinkins is the first woman LBGTQ Speaker of the House in Washington and has been a passionate and effective champion for progressive values, particularly in her fight for women, equality, and closing tax loopholes. She was the first lesbian to serve openly in the state Legislature and helped pass marriage equality. Jinkins also sponsored bills to improve education funding and secured funding for a new low-income health clinic in Hilltop. Rep. Jinkins has advocated for a capital gains excise tax on the wealthy that would fund schools. This year, Speaker Jinkins oversaw the passage of progressive legislation as well as emergency funding to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Jinkins is being challenged by Ryan Talen, a Democrat who doesn't have a strong campaign presence.
Speaker Jinkins is the obvious choice in this race and deserves your vote.
Rep. Jake Fey is running for re-election to the 27th Legislative District, House Position 2. He is a reliable progressive who has championed youth, environmental, and education issues in Olympia. As the son of German immigrants who helped raise his younger siblings at age 13 when his father passed away, Rep. Fey is very committed to ensuring future generations of Washingtonians have the support they need to succeed. This year Fey sponsored a Green Transportation bill designed to move Washington towards more sustainable and cleaner ways of traveling.
Also in this race is Independent Barry Knowles, a perennial candidate whose campaign materials have not been updated since 2016.
Rep. Fey is the clear choice in this race.
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.
Rep. Mari Leavitt is running for re-election for the 28th Legislative District, House Position 1. She has been a hard-working leader who represents the district well. This year, Rep. Leavitt supported legislation to combat the climate crisis and passed bipartisan legislation to support military families. She also supported legislation to prohibit race-based hair discrimination. In addition, Leavitt was recently appointed to the State Legislators’ Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs.
Also in this race is Kevin Ballard, a Republican with no elected experience who has repeatedly used his social media presence to call on Governor Inslee to re-open Washington before it is safe. Ballard does not have a strong campaign presence.
Rep. Leavitt is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote.
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.
38th Legislative District
Sen. June Robinson is running to retain the seat she was appointed to in May after serving as a representative for the 38th District since 2013. In the House, Robinson served on the Appropriations, Health Care & Wellness, and Agriculture & Natural Resources Committees and previously worked as a public health nutritionist. She developed expertise in the state budget while serving in the state House and wants to continue her work reforming our regressive tax code, especially as we work to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Robinson's platform includes increasing affordable housing, investing in roads and parks, and providing our students with the best possible schools. She has been an advocate for paid family leave, transparency in prescription drug pricing, and access to health care.
Also in this race are Democrat Kelly Fox and Republican Bernard Moody. Fox is a first-time candidate who has her master's degree in social work and serves as the Executive Director of Snohomish County Emergency Medical Services. Her time with the EMS system has made her concerned about the level and quality of pre-hospital care people receive and her campaign platform includes EMS reform. Fox believes it's important for taxpayers to know their dollars are being used efficiently, effectively, and in ways that benefit everyone. Moody has worked as a Snohomish County Sheriff's Office corrections sergeant since 2007. His platform is conservative and focused on "law and order," but he does not mention anything about police accountability.
Sen. Robinson is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote.
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Emily Wicks is running to retain the Legislative District 38, House Position 1, which she was appointed to recently when June Robinson was appointed to the Senate. Wicks is the president of the National Women's Political Caucus of Washington and worked as a legislative aide for Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib while he served in the Legislature. She has more than a decade of experience in government affairs and communications, and founded a small business in 2019. Her campaign platform includes economic recovery that benefits everyone and strengthening our public health system. Wicks has served as a communications consultant, including for the Tulalip Bay Fire Department, and wants to work with local governments to support front-line workers.
Wicks is facing Democrat Lacey Sauvageau, Libertarian Jorge Garrido, and Republican Bert Johnson. Sauvageau is a 911 operator who states that she will focus on the environment and smaller class sizes, among other priorities. She states that while she supports police accountability she doesn't believe they should be taken out of communities, saying "our communities need to be protected against criminals." Garrido does not have a campaign website or detailed policies available as of mid-July, but says that he is running for limited government solutions. Johnson is a perennial candidate who previously challenged Rep. Mike Sells and June Robinson. He ran as an independent in 2016 and 2018 but is currently running as a Republican. He states that he will provide accountability, push back against sex education, carbon taxes, and tolls.
Rep. Wicks is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote.
Rep. Mike Sells is running for re-election to the 38th Legislative District, House Position 2. Sells is a longtime leader in the Legislature, serving as the chair of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee. He is a former teacher and labor advocate who previously served as the president of the Everett Education Association. In the Legislature, Sells is dedicated to improving higher education and supported establishing the Washington State Office of Equity as well as requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Also in this race is Libertarian David Wiley, a quality assurance professional. Wiley believes all taxes should be consumption taxes or service fees. He believes the housing crisis should be tackled by allowing developers to build more low-income housing.
Rep. Sells is a strong progressive leader in Olympia and deserves your vote.
40th Legislative District
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Sen. Liz Lovelett is running for re-election in the 40th Legislative District. She was appointed to the state Senate last year and successfully ran to retain the seat. Lovelett is a fifth-generation Anacortes resident who previously served on the Anacortes City Council. Lovelett has prioritized environmental conservation and played a key role in passing legislation protecting orcas and the Salish Sea. She sponsored legislation requiring schools to incorporate curriculum on local tribal history and establishing regulations for facial-recognition technology. Lovelett is running for re-election on a strong platform that includes prioritizing increasing affordable housing and expanding services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
Also in the race is Republican Charles Carrell, whose website is not working. He does not have a strong campaign presence.
Lovelett is the best choice in this race and has earned your vote.
Rep. Debra Lekanoff is running for re-election to the 40th Legislative District, House Position 1. Lekanoff has spent more than two decades as a public servant in the 40th Legislative District and Washington state, including her work as the Government Affairs Director for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. She has spent her career working with various levels of government on complex policies and having conversations about what’s important for local families.
Lekanoff is running on a re-election platform of protecting the Salish Sea for future generations, improving educational opportunities, and sustainably rebuilding the economy. This year, she sponsored legislation to strengthen safety requirements for oil tankers, which is particularly important for protecting the Salish Sea. Lekanoff is the only Native woman in the state Legislature and has numerous endorsements from our progressive partner organizations and elected officials.
Lekanoff is running unopposed for re-election and deserves your vote.
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Rep. Alex Ramel is running for re-election to the 40th Legislative District, House Position 2. Ramel is an environmental organizer who played an important role in the campaign to reject the Cherry Point coal export terminal. He also helped found the “Community Energy Challenge” that has created jobs and helped homeowners and local businesses save money through energy efficiency improvements. As the former President of the Kulshan Community Land Trust, Ramel understands the need to prioritize affordable housing funding in Olympia. This year, he sponsored bills to prohibit race-based hair discrimination, increase incentives for building affordable housing, and establish a scenic bikeways program across the state.
Also in this race is Republican Russ Dzialo, the former treasurer of the Whatcom County Republican Party. He is an unorthodox candidate who has expressed concerns about redirecting police funding to social services. He does not have a strong campaign presence.
Ramel is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote.
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.
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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.
5th Legislative District
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 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.
Running against Ramos are Cyrus Krohn and Ken Moninski. Though he brands himself as a "Unity Restoration" candidate, Krohn's political experience includes working with a Republican gubernatorial candidate and co-founding a startup targeting center-right voters in elections such as Mitch McConnell's campaign in 2014. Republican Ken Moninski has yet to build a campaign website as of early June.
Ramos is by far the best choice in this race.
Incumbent Lisa Callan is running unopposed for re-election to the 5th Legislative District, House Position 2. She serves as the vice-chair on the House Budget and Finance Committee and the House Human Services and Early Learning Committee. A former Issaquah School Board, one of Callan's top priorities is equity in education, as well as the completion of State Highway 18 and increasing housing affordability.
After a strong first term in Olympia, Callan has earned your vote for re-election.
16th Legislative District
Frances Chvatal is running for the 16th Legislative District, House Position 1. As a nurse for more than 35 years, Chvatal lists health care as one of her top priorities. In light of the pandemic, she is pledging to ensure high-quality health care for all, as well as policies that improve mental health care access. She is supportive of wraparound services for vulnerable people, a living wage and fair hiring practices, and linking agriculture with a healthy environment.
She is running against Republican and Washington Farm Bureau director Mark Klicker. Klicker is running against the "liberal agenda" in Olympia on a platform of peeling back regulations. He states that he would stand against climate-saving measures like the carbon fuel standard and would resist policies that attempt to right the state's upside-down tax code, which puts the highest tax burden on families and people with the lowest incomes.
Chvatal is the better choice in this race.
17th Legislative District
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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21st Legislative District
Democratic Rep. Strom Peterson is running for re-election for the 21st Legislative District, House Position 1. Prior to running for Legislature, Peterson served on the Edmonds City Council for six years, where he proved to be a capable leader in Snohomish County.
Peterson had a hand in passing several important progressive bills in Olympia. In 2018, Peterson was the primary sponsor of the Secure Drug Medicine Back Act, an innovative program to limit the usage of unused and expired prescriptions present in Washington communities. In 2017, he was also a sponsor of Breakfast Before the Bell, a nutrition program for hungry students. If re-elected, Peterson states that he would continue to prioritize education, the environment, transportation, and more.
Peterson is running against Republican Brian Thompson and Democrat Gant Diede. Thompson runs a fire protection engineering consultancy. He is running to roll back the recently passed comprehensive sex-ed legislation and Gov. Jay Inslee's emergency coronavirus safety measures, stating that "we are all essential." Diede is a self-identified progressive running to strengthen labor, advocate for a Medicare For All type system at the state level, and create a Washington state version of the Green New Deal.
While Diede appears to have strong progressive values, he has not earned any endorsements from our Progressive Voters Guide partners and has not released a detailed policy agenda. Peterson is the best choice for House Position 1.
Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self is running for re-election to the 21st Legislative District, House Position 2. She is a counselor in the Everett School District, and an active member of the community, focusing on childhood education and strengthening health services through numerous community organizations.
Since joining the state House in 2009, Rep. Ortiz-Self has emerged as a progressive champion for improving the health and well-being of youth and families statewide. This year, Ortiz-Self was the prime sponsor on bills to increase student access to counselors and provide resources for homeless college students. Her bill to fund nonprofits in low-income communities passed this year as well. She has been a member of the state’s Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee for more than six years.
Ortiz-Self's opponents are Willie Russell and Amy Schaper. Though he has declared no party preference, Willie Russell is a former Democratic precinct committee officer. He doesn't have a campaign website or platform available, but he ran last year for Snohomish County Council on the desire to prioritize more short-term solutions to pressing problems and being a better listener than the incumbent. Amy Schaper is a far-right Republican who states that she is running to protect our borders, promote free-market solutions, and oppose civil rights like same-sex marriage.
During this time of economic and health crises, the 21st Legislative District needs a representative who has demonstrated care and knowledge in protecting the district's most vulnerable residents. Ortiz-Self is the clear choice in this race.
29th Legislative District
Rep. Melanie Morgan is running for re-election for the 29th Legislative District, House Position 1. She was elected to the Franklin-Pierce School Board in 2015 and has been a strong advocate for representation and equity in Olympia. This year, Morgan sponsored legislation to prohibit race-based hair discrimination and supported gun safety legislation as well as establishing the Washington State Office of Equity. Morgan also worked with Young Life to create a mentorship group for young Black men, focusing on participation in STEM fields.
Morgan is facing a challenge from Republican Koshin Mohamed Fidaar, an Army veteran and executive director of Somali Community Services Coalition. He states that the district has a high amount of crime but fails to offer thoughtful solutions to address it. Fidaar also states that he will advocate for working families, but makes no mention of flipping our state's deeply regressive tax code. He has no detailed policy platform available as of late July.
Morgan is the clear choice in this race and has earned your vote.
Incumbent Rep. Steve Kirby has served in the state House for 20 years and was on Tacoma City Council for four terms. He sponsored legislation to give Gov. Inslee emergency powers because of our urgent need to address the climate crisis and has been a solid vote on many bills supporting working families.
Unfortunately, Kirby has also supported many bills for corporate interests and predatory lenders, and he has accepted campaign contributions from payday lenders, debt collectors, and pawn shops. Kirby endorsed former state Rep. David Sawyer's re-election campaign even after Sawyer faced broad and serious allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment. Rep. Kirby also has yet to have a town hall this year. Finally, we are very disappointed in Kirby’s recent campaign mailer, which had racist and xenophobic undertones.
Also in this race is Republican Terry Harder, whose platform includes complaints about how the Washington state tax system punishes those who have less, but doesn't offer any solutions for relief. He is not progressive and is not running a strong campaign.
30th Legislative District
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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.
32nd Legislative District
Electeds For Justice
Rep. Cindy Ryu is running for re-election in the 32nd Legislative District, House Position 1. Formerly the mayor of Shoreline, Ryu was the first Korean American mayor in the country and the first to serve in the state Legislature. She is the Chair of the Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee. In this role, Ryu has been an advocate for affordable housing, including supporting the development of tiny homes and upzoning in urban areas, as well as proposing a bill to create "housing opportunity zones" near high-quality transit. She has also advocated for reforms to hold law enforcement officers accountable. This year, Rep. Ryu sponsored legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination and supported gun safety legislation.
Ryu is running against Democrats Shirley Sutton and Keith Smith. Sutton is a Lynnwood council member who does not have a strong campaign presence. Smith previously challenged Ryu as a "centrist" but is now running as a Democrat. He is a Lynnwood grocery clerk and community advocate who states that his goal if elected is to protect workers on the frontlines of COVID and streamline the unemployment system.
Rep. Ryu is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote.
Endorsed By: Children's Campaign Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, SEIU Locals 775, 925, and 1199, The Stranger, Teamsters Joint Council 28, The Urbanist, Washington Conservation Voters, WA Federation of State Employees, Housing Action Fund, Washington State Labor Council
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 helped launch the suicide prevention nonprofit Forefront in King County and serves 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. This year, Davis sponsored legislation to prohibit race-based hair discrimination and to require the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Davis is running against Democrat Gray Petersen and Tamra Smilanich, a non-partisan candidate. Petersen says he is running a campaign without taking PAC contributions and supports a full moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the coronavirus pandemic. He wants to work towards a single-payer healthcare system and address the climate crisis. Smilanich is a perennial candidate who previously challenged Rep. Eric Pettigrew as an Independent in 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, and Adam Klein in 2010. She does not have a strong campaign presence.
In just her first few years, Davis has emerged as a principled and effective progressive leader in Olympia. Davis has earned your vote in this race.
33rd Legislative District
Rep. Tina Orwall is running for re-election to the 33rd Legislative District, House Position 1. In Olympia, Orwall is the lead on 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 require the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Rep. Orwall is running unopposed and deserves your vote.
Rep. Mia Gregerson is running for re-election to the 33rd Legislative District, House Position 2. Gregerson is a Democrat with a long record of advocating for transportation in SeaTac, where she has fought for light rail infrastructure, safe and complete streets, and transit-oriented development. She was the prime sponsor of the House version of the Washington Voting Rights Act. This year, Rep. Gregerson sponsored legislation to prohibit race-based hair discrimination and establish the Washington state Office of Equity.
Also in this race is Libertarian Marliza Melzer, who is not running a strong campaign but has used her personal Facebook to call for Washington state to re-open unsafely.
Rep. Gregerson is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote.
36th Legislative District
Rep. Noel Frame is running for re-election for the 36th Legislative District, House Position 1. Frame has served the district since 2016 and has put her organizing skills to use as a strong advocate for funding public schools and reforming our state's regressive tax system. She previously served as the Washington State Director of Progressive Majority, where she worked to recruit and elect progressive candidates from underrepresented communities.
Rep. Frame's re-election platform includes continuing to fight for tax reform, funding our public schools, and moving our society towards a world that values all people through policies that remove discrimination and barriers to people of color. This year, Rep. Frame sponsored legislation to prevent race-based hair discrimination and requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Rep. Frame is running unopposed and has earned your vote.
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.
37th Legislative District
Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos is running for re-election to the 37th Legislative District, House Position 1. Tomiko Santos chairs the House Education Committee and serves on the House Capital Budget Committee as well as the Consumer Protection & Business Committee. This year she sponsored legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination and supported gun safety as well as establishing the Washington State Office of Equity. Tomiko Santos is a former banker and a moderate Democrat who has previously voted against transit-oriented development. In addition, Tomiko Santos was an obstacle in past years to implementing medically accurate, comprehensive sex education.
Also in this race are Democrats John Stafford and William Burroughs, as well as John Dickinson, who states that he has no party preference. Stafford and Burroughs are both running to the left of Tomiko Santos. Stafford serves on the Executive Board of the 37th District Democrats and his platform includes urgently addressing the climate crisis and addressing our regressive tax structure. Burroughs has worked in health care and customer service and is running on promoting a green economy, better access to health care, and expanded affordable housing. Dickinson previously challenged Tomiko Santos in 2016 and did not submit any information to the Voter Guide.
We recommend Rep. Tomiko Santos because she has the support of all our partner organizations who chose to endorse in this race.
Electeds For Justice
Democrat Kirsten Harris-Talley is the interim director at NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. Previously, she worked at the Progress Alliance of Washington helping raise money for progressive and community organizations across the state. In addition, Harris-Talley briefly served on the Seattle City Council in 2017 after Councilmember Tim Burgess stepped down.
Harris-Talley is running for the 37th Legislative District, House Position 2, to bring her experience in political campaigns, policy writing, and fighting for racial justice to Olympia. In her Fuse interview, she said that most progressive policies in the last decade have come from ballot measures because legislators have not been bold enough, and she wants to fix that. If elected, her top three priorities would be to help people stay in their homes by putting money in their pockets, pushing back against conservative attacks, and raising revenue by balancing our state's upside-down tax code. Finally, Harris-Talley believes too much of the district is still zoned for single-family housing and will push for greater density.
6th Legislative District
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.
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.
39th Legislative District
Ryan Johnson is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Carolyn Eslick for the 39th Legislative District, House Position 2 seat. Johnson is running on a platform including expanding rural access to broadband, Medicare for All, and supporting the environment. He has earned the support of some local labor unions.
Also in this race are Carolyn Eslick and Sandy Mesenbrink. Eslick is a Republican who opposed gun safety legislation, prohibiting discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status, requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and establishing a Washington State Office of Equity. Eslick formerly served on Sultan City Council and as mayor of Sultan. Mesenbrink is a Republican who does not have a strong campaign presence.
Johnson is 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
Yanah G. Cook is a small business owner and farm owner in McKenna. She first got involved in local politics by attending Fire District Commission meetings and learning about the shortages of equipment that local first responders face. If elected, her priorities would be protecting water rights from big developers, supporting small farms, and supporting first responders. In addition, she wants to make county council meetings more accessible by holding more of them outside Tacoma and after business hours.
Former Tacoma City Council President Ryan Mello is an environmental champion who helped produce Tacoma's plan for addressing climate change. Currently, he's the Executive Director of the Pierce Conservation District where he works to protect our local clean air and water. Mello was the first openly gay man to serve on the Tacoma City Council.
Mello is running for Pierce County Council to improve housing affordability, address the behavioral health crisis, and fight for environmental justice. In his Fuse interview, Mello committed to working to reduce inequities in the criminal justice system by investing in community courts and other alternatives to jail. He also pledges to increase oversight of the county executive's office to ensure that taxpayer funds are being used to help working families.
Mello is running against Democrats Preston Anderson and Tim Farrell and Independent Javier H. Figueroa. Anderson is a clinical social worker in Tacoma who wants to bring his expertise working in behavioral health and homelessness to the Pierce County Council. In addition, Anderson wants to expedite light rail construction and increase funding for Pierce Transit. Farrell is a former Pierce County Councilmember and County Charter Review commission member who is running again because he believes experienced leadership is particularly important at this moment. His priorities would be to avoid budget cuts, ensure services are targeted in the right places, and improve food security. Figueroa is a member of the University Place City Council and is focused on supporting small businesses, protecting the environment, and reducing child-trafficking.
Mello's excellent track record on the Tacoma City Council and strong support from our Progressive Voters Guide partners make him the best choice in this race.
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.
Snohomish County Council
Jared Mead was appointed to the Snohomish County Council from District 4 in April to replace Terry Ryan, who stepped down. Prior to his appointment, Mead was elected to the state House in 2018 and also served on the Mill Creek City Council. As a legislator, Mead was an environmental champion who sponsored two bills to improve recycling, particularly for electronics that can contain hazardous chemicals.
On the Snohomish County Council, Mead is focused on improving transportation and supporting smart growth policies that keep housing affordable and protect the environment. In addition, he wants to use his role as chair of the Law & Justice and Human Services Committee to rethink policing and make sure everyone feels safe.
Mead is facing challenges from Democrat Amber King, Republican Brenda Carrington, and Independent Delia O'Malley. King is a Democratic Party activist who is running on a platform of making health care a human right, expanding affordable housing, and fully funding education. Carrington has a background in business but does not have a website or detailed campaign platform available. O'Malley works in the foster care system and wants to expand broadband access across the country to help everyone recover from the pandemic.
Mead is the clear choice for Snohomish County Council in District 4.
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