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Governor Jay Inslee has been a strong, principled leader on the important challenges facing Washington. Before he was elected as governor in 2012, Inslee represented both sides of the Cascades in Congress, opposed the Iraq war, and worked to increase accountability and oversight for Wall Street banks.
Inslee has established himself as a national leader on fighting climate change. He has invested more than $170 million into clean energy and energy efficiency projects, implemented the Clean Air Rule, and pushed for legislation that reduces pollution in Washington. In his 2020 bid for the presidency, Inslee brought a climate-centered focus to the race. Outside of his work on climate, Inslee has signed into law Washington's public option for health care, paid family leave, and the Equal Pay Opportunity Act.
Recently, Inslee has been a national leader in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. His proactive, decisive, science-driven efforts have saved countless Washingtonians from getting sick. Unfortunately, we've seen the flip side recently where states with governors who were slow or failed to act have seen dramatic increases in cases.
Inslee is facing 35 opponents this year, the most prominent of which are Republicans Sen. Phil Fortunato, Tim Eyman, and Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed. Fortunato is a social conservative who has abandoned working families while in the office. In past legislative sessions, he voted against protections for LGBTQ school children and against expanding access to reproductive health care for women. Freed believes we should be less cautious about COVID-19 protections and rapidly re-open the state, a faulty strategy in the face of death and difficult recoveries even for previously healthy coronavirus patients.
Eyman is one of the worst candidates for governor the state has ever seen. Eyman's legal problems range from fraudulently diverting funds from his ill-conceived initiatives into his personal bank accounts to wide-ranging campaign finance violations to stealing a chair from Office Depot. He is the face behind many of Washington's most damaging initiatives, including the most recent disaster that has cut tens of billions of dollars from state transportation projects. Eyman has lately been doubling down on his cringeworthy antics by comparing Gov. Inslee's COVID policies to George Floyd's murder.
As the coronavirus crisis continues and the gap in the state budget persists, we need real, experienced leadership at the helm of the state. Inslee is the clear choice for governor.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson's accomplishments during his two terms in office are impressive. From delivering millions of dollars back to consumers who were wronged by fraudulent corporations and his ongoing battle with the federal government to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site to successfully fighting two Tim Eyman initiatives, Ferguson has been a strong and effective advocate for people in Washington. He has sued the Trump administration 50 times as of October 2019 and won every completed case (22 by his own count). Some of Ferguson's biggest accomplishments from the past few years include protecting consumer medical data, protecting statewide water quality from Trump's erosive environmental policies, and fighting back against the Trump administration's child detention laws.
Ferguson is running against Republicans Brett Rogers, Mike Vaska, and Matt Larkin. Rogers states that with over 20 years of law enforcement experience, including time with the Seattle Police Department, he would be well-suited to research and set criminal justice policy. A member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Vaska's priorities include reducing regulations for business and streamlining the permitting process. Larkin states that he's running to prioritize "the homeless situation" that "no one is doing anything about," and promises to empower law enforcement while making Washington more business-friendly.
Ferguson is the clear progressive choice for Attorney General of Washington.
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.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has spent his entire career serving the people of Washington. Prior to running for statewide office, Kreidler was a doctor of optometry, state legislator, and member of Congress.
As Insurance Commissioner, Kreidler has been a consistent advocate for consumers and patients in overseeing insurance companies in Washington. Kreidler set up one of the first and most effective Obamacare exchanges in the country, helping expand access to health care for hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians. More recently, Kreidler moved quickly to issue an emergency order requiring insurance companies to waive copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for COVID-19 testing and office visits. In addition, he forced insurance companies to allow consumers to access other health providers if they did not have an in-network option for testing.
Kreidler is running against Republican Chirayu Avinash Patel and Libertarian Anthony Welti. Patel wants to model the office of the insurance commissioner based on a hybrid of the Ronald Reagan and Thomas Jefferson administrations, though he gives few details on what this would mean. Welti is running on a vaguely anti-corruption platform and wants to allow insurance companies to offer cheaper plans with fewer protections for consumers.
Kreidler has earned your vote for re-election to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
3rd Legislative District
Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig is a strong leader and progressive champion who has broad support from the Spokane community.
Billig has worked hard for his district. He helped pass a transportation bill that created 43,000 jobs and worked to reduce pollution in the Spokane River. He's also been a strong leader advocating for high-quality early learning programs and better campaign finance reform to increase transparency in government, including two bills he passed to make elections more fair in our state. If re-elected, Billig will continue to work on progressive revenue that flips Washington's upside-down tax code, support a balanced economic recovery for everyone, make additional investments in education, and continue to foster a healthy economy.
His opponent in this race is Marine veteran Dave Lucas. Lucas irresponsibly wants to cut taxes when the state faces a historic multi-billion dollar budget deficit that is already threatening funding for education, health care, and affordable housing.
Fuse members who interviewed Billig appreciated his proactiveness on policy and responsiveness to constituents, two positives that are reflected in Billig's wide support from progressive partners. Billig has earned your vote for re-election to the state Senate.
Rep. Marcus Riccelli is running for re-election to his seat in the 3rd Legislative District. Prior to joining the Legislature, Riccelli served as U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell's Eastern Washington Director and as former state Senator Lisa Brown's senior policy aide.
During his time in the Legislature, Riccelli has worked on community hunger and food insecurity issues through the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), a federal program that reimburses schools for student meals. This March, he spearheaded the efforts of the Spokane Food Fighters in donating hundreds of meals to those in need. Riccelli also sponsored the Hunger-Free Schools Act, which provides a bridge of federal funding for free breakfast to schools where nearly half of students' families are using public assistance. If re-elected, Riccelli will continue to prioritize working on community hunger, education, environmental protection, and workplace training.
His challenger, Republican Laura Carder, previously ran against Rep. Timm Ormsby in 2016. The Spokesman-Review notes that in the past Carder expressed support for teaching creationism in schools and said she believed that the discrimination case brought against the Richland florist who refused to sell a gay couple flowers was "unfair." Her 2020 website is currently down and she does not have a detailed campaign platform.
Riccelli is the clear choice in this race.
Rep. Timm Ormsby is a progressive champion and an active member of the Spokane community. He is the current president of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and a board member of the United Way of Spokane County. In past sessions, Ormsby helped write and pass bills to help protect the environment and preserve critical health care services. This year, Ormsby supported some of the state's most vulnerable residents by being the prime sponsor on a bill for permanent affordable housing. He also recently sponsored additional bills on equitable educational outcomes for homeless youth and for community solar projects.
Ormsby is running against former Spokane City Council member Bob Apple, who was a Democrat on the council but switched to being a Republican. In a community interview, Apple stated he's running to push back against the idea of a state income tax and additional bureaucracy.
Ormsby is the clear progressive choice in this race.
5th Legislative District
Progressive nurse Ingrid Anderson is challenging Sen. Mark Mullet in the 5th Legislative District. As a nurse, Anderson will bring an important perspective to Olympia as legislators craft a public health and economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If elected, Anderson would also prioritize keeping East King County affordable for working families, strengthening our K-12 education system, and balancing our state's upside-down tax code. As the mother of a son with asthma, Anderson understands the importance of protecting our clean air and will work to pass strong environmental protections for Washington.
Mullet is a small business owner and business-oriented Democrat who has been an obstacle to progress on many issues during his eight years in Olympia. He has taken thousands of dollars from oil and coal companies and hasn't been willing to vote for critical environmental bills. We need to address climate change and salmon and orca recovery, but Mullet has shown he won't support the solutions we need. In addition, Mullet voted against addressing the gender pay gap, opposed childcare assistance for working families, and even voted to cut teacher pay.
It's time for new leadership for the 5th Legislative District. Anderson is the clear progressive choice in this race.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Electeds For Justice
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
Electeds For Justice
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.
Electeds For Justice
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.
41st Legislative District
Electeds For Justice
Sen. Lisa Wellman is running for re-election to the Senate for the 41st Legislative District. Wellman was first elected in 2016 and has been a champion for reproductive rights, education, and progressive technology policies. This year, she sponsored legislation establishing regulations for facial-recognition technology and requiring schools to incorporate curriculum on local tribal history. Wellman is running for re-election to push for stronger actions on combating the climate crisis and gun violence prevention.
Also in this race is Republican Mike Nykreim, who does not have a strong campaign presence but has rallied with the Tea Party in support of recklessly re-opening Washington state during the pandemic. Nykreim has no concrete policies available aside from stating that he will rely on "conservative business pros" to manage the state's economy.
Wellman is the clear progressive choice in this race.
Rep. Tana Senn is running for re-election to the 41st Legislative District, House Position 1. Senn is a former member of the Mercer Island City Council and a reliable progressive advocate in Olympia. She has worked to pass legislation to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work and sponsored common-sense gun regulation that would allow the state patrol to destroy confiscated firearms. This year, Senn supported legislation to establish the Washington State Office of Equity and require the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Senn is running unopposed and deserves your vote.
Rep. My-Linh Thai is running for re-election to the 41st Legislative District, House Position 2. Thai previously served on the Bellevue School Board and was a unifying leader who showed unwavering commitment to providing a high-quality education for every Bellevue student. This session, Thai sponsored a bill to ensure access to justice for everyone by protecting all people from warrantless civil immigration arrests at courthouses. She is running on a strong re-election platform that includes reforming our regressive tax code, building more long-term affordable housing, and investing in clean energy and a green economy.
Also in this race are Democrat Aaron Leedham, Independent Harlan Gallinger, and Republican Al Rosenthal. Leedham is an educator from Oregon who does not have a strong campaign presence. Gallinger is a member of the Issaquah School District Board of Education who wants to prioritize re-opening the economy and schools. Rosenthal does not have a strong campaign presence but wants to fix traffic congestion by expanding I-405.
Thai is the clear progressive choice in this race.
49th Legislative District
Sen. Annette Cleveland is running for re-election in the 49th Legislative District. She is an advocate for education, small businesses, health care access, and veterans. Her work experience ranges from small business advocacy with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce to work for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on WSU Vancouver funding as well as services for veterans and military families. This year, Cleveland sponsored legislation to require public companies to have gender-diverse boards of directors and supported new gun safety laws and legislation to combat the climate crisis. Unfortunately, Cleveland was an obstacle last year to passing legislation that allows hard-working nurses to take uninterrupted meal and rest breaks.
Cleveland is running against Rey Reynolds, a police officer who also sings the national anthem at community events. Reynolds is running as an Independent Republican and believes issues like addiction, homelessness, and crime can be solved with "compassionate accountability." Reynolds also states that as a biologist he understands environmental issues, but does not mention anything about the climate crisis or specific ideas for conservation.
Sen. Cleveland deserves your vote for her re-election campaign.
Rep. Sharon Wylie is a current board member and past president of the Council for the Homeless of Clark County, and current board member for the Affordable Community Environments (ACE). This year in Olympia, she voted to increase funding for homelessness assistance services and supported automatic voter registration. She also pledged to pass campaign finance restrictions on the no-limit port commissions races that allowed candidates to accept vast sums from the fossil fuel industry,
Also in this race are Kelli Danielle Fiskum and Republican Justin Forsman. Forsman is a perennial candidate who has downplayed the threat of the coronavirus pandemic on his social media. He frequently campaigns on fringe issues like wanting to ban fluoride in water supplies. Fiskum is running as an Independent but one of her main campaign priorities is repealing the age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education that passed last session. Fiskum does not have any meaningful political experience.
Rep. Wylie is the best choice in the race and deserves your vote.
1st Legislative District
Rep. Davina Duerr is running to retain her seat in the 1st Legislative District. Appointed to the Legislature in the summer of 2019 to replace Derek Stanford, Davina Duerr is a former Bothell City Council member and deputy mayor.
Duerr has long been a strong regional advocate for improved transit and protecting parks and forested land. If re-elected, she would continue her work advocating for transit and climate action in the House. Her other priorities include improving public education with greater equity between districts, increasing the number of pre-K programs, bridge and road repair, funding gun violence research, and reducing the impact of the coronavirus.
She is running against Republican Adam Bartholomew, whose platform is very conservative. He does not support commonsense, age-appropriate sex education and is not open to finding new sources of revenue. Duerr is the clear 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.
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.
Endorsed By: Children's Campaign Fund, Fuse, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, OneAmerica Votes, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, SEIU Locals 775, 925, and 1199, Teamsters Joint Council 28, UFCW 21, Washington Conservation Voters, WA Federation of State Employees, Washington State Labor Council
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.
22nd Legislative District
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.
26th Legislative District
Carrie Hesch is challenging Republican Rep. Jesse Young for the 26th Legislative District, House Position 1. Hesch works at the Washington Corrections Center for Women and serves as a Director on the Key Peninsula Community Service Board. Hesch is running on a strong platform of making the tax code more equitable, health care reform, and protecting workers, including making sure front-line employees get the personal protection equipment (PPE) that they need.
Young voted against the creation of the Washington Office of Firearm Violence Prevention and opposed making it easier for young people to vote. He is a vocal opponent of the age-appropriate sex education bill that passed this year and has devoted time and energy to repealing it. Also in this race is Democrat Drew Darsow, who does not have a strong campaign presence or website available.
Hesch is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote.
Joy Stanford is challenging Republican Rep. Michelle Caldier for the 26th Legislative District, House Position 2. Stanford is a substitute teacher who has worked in the district with underserved and elderly populations, helping them gain health care access. Her campaign is focusing on keeping infrastructure projects on budget and ensuring health care access for all. She hopes to use her experience as a Community Outreach Specialist for Shared Housing Services to tackle the affordable housing crisis. Stanford also challenged Caldier in 2018 and narrowly lost.
Caldier has stood in opposition of progressive policies time and time again. She voted against automatic voter registration, which has been proven to expand democracy by making it easier for eligible citizens to vote, and opposed legislation to expand access to reproductive health care. This year, she voted against prohibiting race-based hair discrimination and discrimination based on immigration status or citizenship. Caldier also does not support commonsense gun safety legislation.
Also in this race is Republican Alisha Beeler, who is challenging Caldier from the right. She is endorsed by local Republican groups because of her opposition to gun safety legislation as well as age-appropriate sex education.
Joy Stanford is running a strong campaign and deserves your vote.
29th Legislative District
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.
Democrat Sharlett Mena is challenging incumbent Rep. Steve Kirby for the 29th Legislative District, House Position 2. Mena currently serves as Special Assistant to the Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology, and has also worked in the Governor's Office. She previously worked on immigration policy in Congress and as a communications specialist in the Washington state Legislature, where she established Spanish language resources. She also worked in the Governor's Office and currently serves as Special Assistant to the Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Her impressive campaign platform includes bold action to equitably combat the climate crisis, reducing homelessness and increasing affordable housing, and reforming our upside-down tax code by cutting sales taxes and passing a capital gains tax to finally make the wealthy pay their share.
We are recommending Sharlett Mena for new leadership for the 29th Legislative District.
30th Legislative District
Electeds For Justice
Jamila Taylor is running for the 30th Legislative District, House Position 1 to succeed Rep. Mike Pellicciotti, who is running for state treasurer. Taylor is an attorney who advocates for crime victims and has an extensive record of volunteer service. She served as the statewide advocacy counsel for the Northwest Justice Project, where she managed a network of legal aid attorneys, and has worked on youth intervention programs and other violence reduction efforts. Taylor's progressive campaign platform includes increasing affordable housing, reducing the cost of prescription drugs, and improving transparency in government.
Taylor is running against Democrat Cheryl Hurst, Republican Janis Clark, and Independent Republican Martin Moore. Hurst runs a community drive called the March of Diapers through her nonprofit Do The Right Thing. Clark is running on a conservative platform of reducing property taxes and funding education without offering any detailed plans for doing so. Moore is a Federal Way City Council member and the Executive Director of Audiobook Ministries. While running as an Independent, Moore has a conservative platform. In particular, he has sometimes aligned himself with socially conservative former Sen. Mark Miloscia, who lost his race after years of inflammatory comments about abortion and LGBTQ members of the community.
Jamila Taylor is the best choice in the race for the 30th Legislative District, House Position 1.
Rep. Jesse Johnson is running for re-election to the 30th Legislative District, House Position 2. Rep. Johnson previously served as a member of the Federal Way City Council before being appointed to the legislature in January. He also works as a staffing analyst in workforce planning and development for Highline Public Schools and has sponsored multiple bills to support at-risk youth. This year, Johnson sponsored legislation to prohibit race-based hair discrimination and supported gun safety legislation, as well as establishing a student loan program for undocumented students.
Johnson is running a strong re-election campaign promoting equitable access to quality education for every student, affordability for working families and seniors, and improving services to help homeless and housing-unstable individuals.
Johnson is running against Republicans Mark Greene, Jack Walsh, and Chris Dowllar. Greene is using his campaign social media to call for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and is not a serious candidate. Walsh owns an ice cream shop in Federal Way and has twice led advisory vote campaigns to prevent retail marijuana shops from expanding to Federal Way. Dowllar does not have a campaign website or platform available as of mid-July.
Rep. Johnson is a strong progressive and deserves your vote.
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.
34th Legislative District
Rep. Eileen Cody is running for re-election to the 34th Legislative District, House Position 1. Cody worked at Kaiser Permanente for 40 years and is a registered nurse. She is also a founding member of SEIU 1199 Healthcare NW. Cody serves as the chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee and has led efforts to implement the federal Affordable Care Act in Washington state. This year, she sponsored legislation to increase funding for the coronavirus pandemic response and requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Cody is running unopposed and deserves your vote.
Environmental champion Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon is running for re-election to the 34th Legislative District, House Position 2. This year, Fitzgibbon pushed for clean fuels legislation that would have reduced greenhouse gas emissions and led to cleaner air. In addition, he supported legislation to reduce plastic bag pollution, reduce gender pay disparities, and improve gun safety laws. Fitzgibbon is running on a platform of defending the environment, reforming our tax code so everyone pays their share, and funding education.
Fitzgibbon is running unopposed 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.
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.
42nd Legislative District
Alicia Rule is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Luanne Van Werven for the 42nd Legislative District, House Position 1 seat. Rule serves on Blaine City Council, launched and served as president of the Blaine Downtown Development Association, and owns a therapy practice. She is running on a platform that includes tackling the affordable housing crisis by building more housing, bringing more living-wage jobs to Whatcom County, and providing support and services to veterans. Her top priority in the Legislature would be to keep local families safe, healthy, and secure. Rule will support our mental health system as well as agriculture and has numerous endorsements including from local nurses and teachers.
Van Werven is a conservative who this year voted against gun safety legislation, a much-needed Clean Fuel Standard, and prohibiting LGBTQ conversion therapy. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Van Werven has been spending her time criticizing Gov. Inslee for keeping Washingtonians safe and promoting the initiative designed to repeal comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education.
Rule would be a much stronger and more progressive representative than Van Werven and deserves your vote.
Rep. Sharon Shewmake running for re-election to the 42nd Legislative District, House Position 2. Shewmake is an economics professor specializing in environmental and urban economics at Western Washington University. She is a member of several community organizations, including the Whatcom County Climate Change Impacts Committee and Walk Bike Bus Bellingham. She is running to ensure that Washington can be a leader on climate change by cutting carbon while growing the economy. This year, Rep. Shewmake sponsored legislation to increase funding for the coronavirus response and supported legislation establishing the Washington State Office of Equity.
Also in this race is Republican Jennifer Sefzik. She is a small business owner and high school debate coach who is running on a very conservative platform. If elected, Sefzik would support knee-jerk budget cuts in response to the economic downturn instead of investing in Washington's communities and rebuilding our economy.
Rep. Shewmake is the clear choice in this race and has earned your vote.
43rd Legislative District
Rep. Nicole Macri is running for re-election to the 43rd Legislative District, House Position 1. Rep. Macri is a strong progressive who has worked as an advocate for those with mental illnesses and people struggling with homelessness. She is currently the deputy director at the Downtown Emergency Service Center and president of the board of directors of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. This year, Macri sponsored a bill to allow King County to tax corporations for the highly-compensated individuals they employ, a key first step in rebalancing our upside-down tax system. In addition, she supported requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. She also supported gun safety legislation and establishing the Washington State Office of Equity.
Macri is running against Republican Leslie Klein and Brandon Franklin. Franklin does not list a party preference and does not have any concrete campaign policies available. Klein is running as a Republican to "give you someone to vote for besides Donald Duck or Minnie Mouse."
Macri has earned your vote for state House.
44th Legislative District
Rep. John Lovick is running for re-election to the 44th Legislative District, Representative Position 1. Lovick is a former Snohomish County executive and Mill Creek city councilmember. During his time on the Legislature, Lovick has been a strong supporter of unions and working people. This year, he sponsored legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination and supported gun safety legislation.
Lovick's opponent is Republican John Kartak. Kartak has been serving as mayor of Snohomish since 2017 and will be up for re-election in 2021. He is running to stop bullying of businesses and push back against taxes, though his website platform has no mention of the huge budget gap the state will be facing due to the pandemic, or how he would respond to the pandemic as a member of the Legislature. Kartak was recently criticized for allowing a gathering of 100 armed vigilantes with hate symbols to tailgate and intimidate Snohomish protestors.
Rep. Lovick is the best choice in this race.
45th Legislative District
Rep. Roger Goodman is running for re-election to the 45th Legislative District, House Position 1. Goodman has helped expand early childhood education, fund local high-tech education, and strengthen our economy with investments in family-wage jobs. He brings his professional experience to his work, including his legal practice, serving in federal and state government positions, and working in the nonprofit world. This year, Goodman co-sponsored legislation requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and supported establishing the Washington State Office of Equity.
Goodman is being challenged by Republican John Gibbons, who is not running a competitive campaign. He has no elected or community experience, and one of his only available campaign policies is to limit the governor's powers in emergencies.
Goodman is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote.
Representative Larry Springer is running for re-election to the 45th Legislative District, House Position 2. Springer is a small business owner, former Kirkland City Council member, and moderate Democrat. He is progressive on social issues and more conservative on taxation and workers' rights. This year, Springer supported establishing a student loan program for undocumented students and founding a Washington State Office of Equity. He has also sponsored net neutrality legislation and voted yes on progressive issues like banning conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth, making contraceptive coverage mandatory for state insurers, and banning bump stocks for firearms.
Also in this race is Republican Amber Krabach. Her campaign social media is full of far-right content including support for Donald Trump and unsafely re-opening Washington state during the coronavirus pandemic. She is not running a serious campaign.
Rep. Springer deserves your vote in this race.
46th Legislative District
Rep. Gerry Pollet is running for re-election to the 46th Legislative District, House Position 1. He is the Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest, a group devoted to cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. In the Legislature, Pollet has been a reliable vote for protecting the environment and has become an education champion through his bills to lower class sizes and offer free community college. This year, he also sponsored legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination.
Also in this race is Republican Eric Brown, who does not have a strong campaign presence or detailed policy proposals available. Brown states that he is running to "confront the problem of thousands living unlawfully in Washington" and says that focusing on race or gender will divide Washington.
Rep. Pollet is the clear choice in this race and has earned your vote.
Rep. Javier Valdez is running for re-election to the 46th Legislative District, House Position 2. Valdez was appointed to the state House in 2017 and was retained in 2018. This year, he worked on legislation to prevent discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status, and advocated for requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Valdez is running for re-election on a platform that includes increasing access to education and protecting our social safety net.
Valdez is running against Republican Beth Daranciang. Her priorities include repealing the sex education legislation passed last session and re-opening the economy of Washington state, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic. She has signed onto a pledge refusing to defund police departments and is anti-choice.
Rep. Valdez is the obvious choice in this race and deserves your vote.
48th Legislative District
Rep. Vandana Slatter is running for re-election to the 48th Legislative District, House Position 1. Prior to running for the Legislature, Slatter was Bellevue's first Indian-American city councilmember. In her role as representative, Slatter has focused on education and equity issues, working on legislation benefiting homeless youth, fully funding schools, and providing health care for all. She has served on the boards of several organizations and nonprofits, including the Children's Institute for Learning Differences, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Global Social Business Partners, and the Cancer Center at Overlake Hospital Foundation. This year, Rep. Slatter sponsored legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination and requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Slatter is running against Victor Bishop and Scott Dusenbery. Republican Bishop is strongly anti-transit and the former chair of the Eastside Transportation Alliance, a group funded to promote cars and oppose the advancement of Sound Transit. He claims traffic congestion is the top quality-of-life issue for voters in the district but is not interested in expanding transportation options. Bishop has repeatedly called on expanding freeways as the only solution for traffic congestion and is not qualified to be an elected official. Dusenbery, who does not have a party preference, also has no campaign website and submitted no official voter guide statement.
Rep. Slatter deserves your vote in this race.
Rep. Amy Walen is running for re-election to the 48th District, House Position 2. Walen previously served as the mayor of Kirkland. Her campaign is focused on fixing Washington's upside-down tax code to ensure lower-income families don't pay more than wealthy families. She is also promoting gun safety legislation to raise the age of purchase for semi-automatic weapons, treat homelessness and addiction as public health crises, and prevent discrimination.
Walen is running against Democrat Morgan Puchek and Republican Tim Hickey. While Puchek is running as a Democrat, his platform emphasizes fiscal conservatism and partnerships with corporations. He does not have any meaningful endorsements. Hickey is running to fund police officers and fire departments as a response to homelessness and "senseless attacks on our persons and our property," as well as to reject comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education, lower all taxes for businesses, and fight socialism.
Rep. Walen is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote.
19th Legislative District
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.
47th Legislative District
Rep. Pat Sullivan is running for re-election to the 47th Legislative District, House Position 2. Sullivan was going to retire after this term but when the coronavirus pandemic hit, House Speaker Laurie Jinkins asked him to re-consider to help craft a path forward for the budget.
In his time as a legislator, Sullivan has focused on helping working families by improving access to child care and protecting affordable health care. This year, he supported requiring the state to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, gun safety legislation, and prohibiting race-based hair discrimination as well as discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status. Sullivan was heavily involved in crafting the 2008 budget and we sincerely hope that he uses his influential role as Majority Leader to prevent knee-jerk cuts in the coming months.
Also in this race are Republicans Ted Cooke, Peter Thompson Jr., and Joseph Cimaomo Jr. Thompson Jr. does not have elected or community leadership experience, and is not running a serious campaign. Cimaomo Jr. has been a member of the Covington City Council for six years. He is running on a platform of using public and private organizations to solve our affordable housing crisis and provide tax relief, yet he fails to offer any ideas for bringing progressive revenue to the state. Cooke's campaign platform includes insisting Washington unsafely open up in the face of the coronavirus epidemic and lowering taxes. None of these challengers are progressive.
Rep. Sullivan is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote.
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