Washington Conservation Voters

Washington Conservation Voters

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) is the political voice for the environment. WCV ensures Washington’s decision makers keep our environment protected, healthy, and vibrant. Over the last 35 years, we have elected environmental champions, held our elected leaders to the highest standard, and built statewide momentum for environmental campaigns through innovative voter outreach efforts and community organizing. Through our work, WCV is committed to making sure all people in Washington state have a healthy environment and a strong, sustainable economy.

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Statewide

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Democrat


Governor Jay Inslee has been a strong, principled leader on the important challenges facing Washington. Before he was elected as governor in 2012, Inslee represented both sides of the Cascades in Congress, opposed the Iraq war, and worked to increase accountability and oversight for Wall Street banks.

Inslee has established himself as a national leader on fighting climate change. He has invested more than $170 million into clean energy and energy efficiency projects, implemented the Clean Air Rule, and pushed for legislation that reduces pollution in Washington. In his 2020 bid for the presidency, Inslee brought a 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.



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Democrat


State Senate Floor Leader Marko Liias was first elected to the Mukilteo City Council in 2005 before being appointed to the state House in 2007 and finally the state Senate in 2014.

In the Legislature, Liias has been a strong progressive advocate for all families. As the Democratic Senate Floor Leader, Liias has led the fight on LGBTQ equality and created a student loan bill of rights. His past legislation includes a ban on the inhumane practice of conversion therapy. This year, Liias sponsored legislation requiring informed consent to perform a pelvic exam and creating a new state financial aid program for undocumented students.

In his interview with Fuse, Liias said he would use the bully pulpit of the office to connect with voters across the state about progressive issues, including fixing our upside-down tax code. In addition, he laid out a strong set of proposals for how to increase police accountability. If elected, Liias would be the first openly gay statewide official in Washington history.



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Democrat


Rep. Denny Heck is retiring from Congress and running for Lt. Governor. Heck has had a long, effective career in both the private and public sectors, most notably as a five-term state representative, House majority leader, chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and TVW co-founder.

In Congress, Heck has fought to make college more affordable, 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.



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Democrat


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

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

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

Also in this race are Independent Ed Minger and Progressive Party candidate Gentry Lange. Minger wants to prohibit candidates from running paid ads, which is blatantly unconstitutional, and Lange wants to end voting by mail in Washington, a particularly confounding position during a pandemic.

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



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Democrat


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.



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Democrat


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.



State Legislature

3rd Legislative District

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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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.



5th Legislative District

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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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.



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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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.



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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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

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Evergreen Future


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.



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Democrat

Electeds For Justice
Evergreen Future


Architect Angie Homola has a long track record of public service and civic engagement in Island County, including serving as an Island County Commissioner. One of her accomplishments as a commissioner was to make the meetings available online so that people across the county could watch and participate in their local government. She is running for Legislature on a platform of good government, increasing affordable housing, and environmental conservation.



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Democrat

Electeds For Justice
Evergreen Future


Suzanne Woodard is an active union member and a registered nurse with 38 years of experience who is now running for the 10th Legislative District, House Position 1. She was inspired to run for office after testifying at a hearing in Olympia and seeing that very few members of the Legislature have a background in health care. If elected, her top three priorities would be expanding access to health care, rebuilding the economy, and creating more local educational opportunities for students and workers seeking training. In addition, she's committed to balancing our state's upside-down tax code and maintaining essential services during the pandemic.



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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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

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Democrat

Electeds For Justice
Evergreen Future


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.



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Democrat

Electeds For Justice
Evergreen Future


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.



16th Legislative District

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Evergreen Future


Democrat Garbe Reser is running for the state Senate seat in the 16th Legislative District, which is open after Sen. Maureen Walsh's retirement. Reser has served in several leadership roles in the community, including on Whitman’s Presidential Advisory Board and the Walla Walla YWCA’s Nominating Committee and Community Council’s Governance Committee. She notes that she has worked for both Democratic and Republican administrations through her 14-year career as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. She calls her platform, which focuses on community recovery and resiliency, both fiscally responsible and community-driven. She wants to help get people back to work by modernizing the electric grid and supports additional investments in early learning, affordable housing, and quality healthcare.

Garbe Reser is running against Republicans Perry Dozier and Rep. Bill Jenkin. Former Walla Walla County Commissioner Dozier is running on a pro-business, anti-regulation platform. He has seized on the coronavirus crisis as a way to criticize the governor and advance a conservative agenda. Dozier previously faced controversy for his efforts to pump water from agricultural zones to bottle and sell elsewhere.

Jenkin has served as a state representative for the 16th Legislative District for two terms. Like most Republicans, he is focused on the economic recovery of the state after the initial COVID outbreak but suggests nothing about shoring up the state's health system. He even suggested that parts of the state re-open before the first peak of the virus in April. His other campaign priorities include education and reducing regulations on farming. In the House, Jenkin cast bad votes on a slate of progressive policies, including establishing a state office of equity, reducing pollution and greenhouse gases, and funding affordable housing.

Garbe Reser is the best choice for state Senate from the 16th Legislative District.



17th Legislative District

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Democrat

Evergreen Future


Democrat Daniel Smith is challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Lynda Wilson in the 17th Legislative District. Smith has been a social worker for more than two decades and currently manages the southwest Washington office for Community Health Plan of Washington, a local non-profit. If elected, he wants to put his career in health care to work by advocating for more social services and better mental health care, as well as more affordable housing and early childhood education.

Incumbent Sen. Wilson has already established a long track record of bad votes in her first term alone, including voting against regulations for domestic violence crimes, police use of force laws, establishing background checks for firearm transfers, and much more. Wilson has been bad on health care and reproductive rights and even said that the science on whether vaccines are safe is "not settled" while her district faced a measles outbreak. Wilson also generated controversy recently when she told The Columbian that she was storing 100 coronavirus antibody tests in her home.

The 17th Legislative District deserves better representation than Lynda Wilson. Daniel Smith is the clear choice for state Senate.



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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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.



23rd Legislative District

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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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.



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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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.



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Democrat


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

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Evergreen Future


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.



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Democrat


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.



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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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

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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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.



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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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.



28th Legislative District

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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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.



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Democrat

Evergreen Future


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.



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Democrat

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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.



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.



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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.



41st Legislative District

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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.



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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.



1st Legislative District

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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.



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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.



4th Legislative District

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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.



21st Legislative District

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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.



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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.



27th Legislative District

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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.



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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.



29th Legislative District

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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.



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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.



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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

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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.



36th Legislative District

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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.



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Democrat Sarah Reyneveld is an assistant attorney general and currently serves as the chair of the King County Women’s Advisory Board. In addition, she serves on the board of Washington's Paramount Duty and previously was a board member of Washington Conservation Voters.

Reyneveld is running on a strong platform focusing on environmental protections, creating more affordable housing, and reforming our criminal justice system, which disproportionally affects communities of color. She supports a Green New Deal for Washington state as well as increasing support for working people impact by the COVID-19 pandemic.



42nd Legislative District

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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.



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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.



46th Legislative District

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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.



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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.



47th Legislative District

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Rep. Debra Entenman is running for re-election to the 47th Legislative District, House Position 1. Before her election, Entenman served as the District Director for U.S. Representative Adam Smith. She was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees.

In her first term in office, Entenman had a strong progressive record, including sponsoring legislation to prohibit race-based hair discrimination. Entenman is running for re-election on a strong platform that promotes mitigating the effects of the coronavirus epidemic while addressing the root causes of inequality.

Also in this race is Republican Kyle Lyebyedyev. Lyebyedyev is a member of the King County Republican Party Region 8 Executive Board. His platform includes bringing people from the private sector into classrooms to be teachers, evaluating every individual homeless person to find out "why" they are homeless, and the false belief that sanctuary cities and states have hurt Americans and negatively impact the economy.

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



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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.



48th Legislative District

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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.



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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.



22nd Legislative District

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Glenda Breiler is a social worker and the director of the Longhouse at the Evergreen State College. A member of the Colville Tribes, Breiler is prioritizing climate action and protecting local water and land in her campaign for Legislature. In addition, she wants to reduce inequality in education and support an Evergreen New Deal to create jobs and transform our energy sources.

In her Fuse interview, Breiler emphasized the importance of electing more women of color to the Legislature who are willing to challenge the status quo and support bold solutions to the challenges facing our state. 



34th Legislative District

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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.



37th Legislative District

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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.



Other Candidates

Democrat Andrea Caupain suspended her campaign on June 29 and endorsed Salisbury but will remain on the primary ballot. Caupain is the chief executive officer of Byrd Barr Place, formerly CAMP, that helps low-income Seattleites with essential services like food, housing, and financial assistance. She suspended her campaign to focus on providing direct services to the community, saying: 

“As we’ve seen rising cases of COVID-19 and the disproportionate impacts on Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants and refugees, persons with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty, I feel my service is most urgently needed at Byrd Barr Place.”

We hope to see Caupain run for office again in the near future. 

43rd Legislative District

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Rep. Frank Chopp was first elected to the House in 1994 and served as Speaker of the House for 17 years before stepping down last year. Chopp has dedicated his career to advocating for long-term resources to address homelessness, health care, and affordable housing. This year, Rep. Chopp voted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels and increase business and occupation tax on large financial institutions.

Chopp is running for re-election on a platform of fighting the climate crisis, addressing social and racial inequities (including mandating free college and university for all low-income students), and finally balancing our upside-down tax code. In his Fuse interview, he said he will be able to pursue more progressive reforms now that he's no longer Speaker and responsible for the success of every legislator in the Democratic majority. He has the support of many of our Progressive Voters Guide partners as well as many elected officials from around Washington state.



44th Legislative District

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April Berg is running for the 44th Legislative District, House Position 2. Berg is a former small business owner who now serves as a director at the Everett School District and a planning commissioner for the City of Mill Creek. Her platform is very strong and includes ensuring workers have safe conditions and living wages, affordable child care, increasing support for early learning, and reducing disparities in graduation and discipline rates for students of color. Berg wants to support the Housing Trust Fund to build more affordable housing and reduce barriers for shelters. She has endorsed a Clean Fuel Standard and pledges to advocate for environmental justice in underrepresented communities.

Berg is running against Democrat Anne Anderson and Republican Mark James. Anderson is the Executive Director of Victim Support Services and was previously Executive Director of the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank. Anderson is strongly pro-choice and wants to invest more in communities to help them during the economic downturn. In her Fuse interview, she stated that the police officers she works with would welcome more training if only they had the funding for it. James is a member of the Marysville City Council, veteran, and local business owner who does not have a detailed platform.

Having a strong progressive in this seat is incredibly important, and Berg has the experience and progressive ideas to be a fantastic leader in Olympia. Berg is the best choice in this race.



County Council Races

Pierce County Council

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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.


Endorsed By: Teamsters Joint Council 28, Washington Conservation Voters , Washington Education Association, Firefighters Local 726, Pierce County Democrats (dual)


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Democrat


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.



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Democrat


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

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Democrat


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.



County Commission Races

Jefferson County Commission

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Democrat


Lorna Smith is a longtime conservationist who is running for Jefferson County Commission, Position 2. Smith's family first moved to Jefferson County in 1903 as lighthouse keepers, which has given her a deep appreciation for the local land she calls home. She is currently the Executive Director for Western Wildlife Outreach. Previously, she worked as an environmental and land use manager and helped establish a National Wildlife Refuge on Protection Island. If elected, one of Smith's top priorities would be to support local businesses and non-profits building a sustainable recovery from COVID-19. In addition, she wants to continue her work preserving farmlands, forests, and shorelines for future generations.

Smith is running against Democrats Heidi Eisenhour and Amanda Rae Funaro. Eisenhour is running a strong campaign focused on providing essential services for families struggling during the pandemic. She wants to improve access to food, internet, and education during this challenging time. Funaro works as the operations officer at Good Man Sanitation and is prioritizing economic development and affordable housing.

Smith is the best choice in this race because of her long track record of fighting for progressive causes and her support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.