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10th Congressional District
Progressive champion and current state Rep. Beth Doglio is running for the 10th Congressional District seat vacated by the retirement of Rep. Denny Heck. Prior to running for office, Doglio worked as the Climate Solutions Campaign Director and was the founding executive director of Washington Conservation Voters. While in the Legislature, Doglio advocated for numerous climate and environmental bills, as well as legislation to protect sexual assault survivors and increase funding for affordable housing.
Doglio is running for Congress on a platform of climate justice, supporting working families, and gun safety. In her Fuse interview, she said she wants to work to pass progressive reforms like a Green New Deal and Medicare for All. Overall, Doglio laid out the most progressive policy agenda among the leading candidates and has earned the sole endorsement of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Doglio's background in organizing and fighting for solutions to climate change would be a valuable addition to our congressional delegation.
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.
1st Legislative District
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Derek Stanford served nearly 10 years as a state representative before earning an appointment to the state Senate to replace Guy Palumbo. Throughout his tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Stanford has been a strong proponent of LGBTQ rights, consumer protections, environmental sustainability, and strengthening access to higher education in Washington state. Most recently, Rep. Stanford sponsored legislation that prohibits state agencies from creating databases based on an individual's religious affiliation. Stanford was the prime sponsor of the Kuhnhausen Act, named after a transgender teen who was killed in Vancouver this year. The law prevents the use of the "panic" defense if someone commits a crime after learning of a victim’s actual or perceived gender identity.
Stanford is running against Dr. Art Coday, who previously ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 and 2018. In 2018, Cody's top priority was to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act and leave tens of millions of Americans without health insurance and at the whims of a few private insurance companies. His campaign also strenuously opposed any gun safety legislation and was anti-abortion.
Stanford is by far the best choice in this race.
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. 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.
11th Legislative District
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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 G. David Hackney is a former federal prosecutor, senior attorney at The Nature Conservancy, and employee relations manager at Amazon. Hackney has a strong record of community service, including as a member of the Washington State Human Rights Commission and on the board of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. In his Fuse interview, Hackney laid out a bold progressive platform that prioritizes income inequality, health care, and education. He also wants to see more leadership from the 11th district on issues like gun safety, racial justice, and support for renters.
Tim Eyman supporter Jay Stark is also on the ballot but is not running a competitive campaign.
16th Legislative District
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.
Frances Chvatal is running for the 16th Legislative District, House Position 1. As a nurse for more than 35 years, Chvatal lists health care as one of her top priorities. In light of the pandemic, she is pledging to ensure high-quality health care for all, as well as policies that improve mental health care access. She is supportive of wraparound services for vulnerable people, a living wage and fair hiring practices, and linking agriculture with a healthy environment.
She is running against Republican and Washington Farm Bureau director Mark Klicker. Klicker is running against the "liberal agenda" in Olympia on a platform of peeling back regulations. He states that he would stand against climate-saving measures like the carbon fuel standard and would resist policies that attempt to right the state's upside-down tax code, which puts the highest tax burden on families and people with the lowest incomes.
Chvatal is the better choice in this race.
17th Legislative District
Democrat 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.
22nd Legislative District
Incumbent Sen. Sam Hunt was elected to the Senate in 2016 after representing the district in the House for 16 years. In the House, Hunt was an advocate of open and fair elections and sponsored bills to encourage online voter registration, while also supporting increased education funding and women's health protections. This year the senator supported a broad range of progressive bills and sponsored several, including cost-sharing requirements for insulin and requiring schools to incorporate local tribes' history into their curriculum.
If re-elected, Hunt's priorities in the Senate include fixing our upside-down tax structure, which is the most regressive in the nation, more equitable funding for early education, and supporting universal health care, among other key policies.
Hunt is running against Republican Gary Holland and Democrat Kevin Young. Holland is a former employee of the State Department of Social and Health Services. He supports reducing regulations on businesses, public agency audits, road improvement, and "optimal job creation." Small business owner Kevin Young is running to unite opposing viewpoints in the district and find common ground solutions to issues of environment, economy, and more. He states that despite never holding elected office, his experience graduating college in the late aughts brings a unique view into the hardships many in the district experience. He is supportive of community oversight of the police and universal healthcare.
With his experience and support from the progressive community, Hunt is the best choice in this race.
Incumbent Rep. Laurie Dolan is running for re-election for the 22nd Legislative District, Position 1. As an educator with more than 30 years of classroom and area director experience with Spokane Public Schools, Dolan has served as the vice chair of the Education and State Government Committees where she fought for workers' rights and to fully fund education. Some of her recent legislative highlights include funding for mental health experts in schools and transparent salary history laws that benefit women and people of color. If re-elected, Dolan states that she will continue her work on safe schools, protections for workers, and expanding affordable healthcare.
Dolan is running against Libertarian Allen Acosta and Socialist Johnny Meade. Acosta does not have a strong campaign platform or presence. His voter guide statement includes that he is against continued taxation and regulation, and for conservation education. Socialist Johnny Meade is running to bring working-class issues to the forefront. Meade has worked in a variety of industries and volunteered for political campaigns, a background which he says makes him similar to the community he represents. Meade has an extensive list of priorities that he would take to Olympia if elected, including expanding unemployment benefits, investing in public housing, and fully funding remote K-12 access.
Dolan has received the majority of support from progressive organizations and is the best choice in this race.
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.
25th Legislative District
Puyallup mayor and local small business owner Julie Door is running for state Senate in the 25th Legislative District. Prior to being elected as mayor this year, Door served on the council for seven years, where she supported the purchase of the Van Lierop farm to create a new park, implemented a Safe Routes to Schools initiative, and worked on securing adequate shelter for homeless people in inclement weather. She was the community services chair of the Puyallup Kiwanis Club and is a board member of the South Sound 911 Board, among other community involvement. If elected, Door would prioritize improving expanding health care access and mental health treatment, pushing for living-wage jobs in the district, and promoting more equity and investment in the classroom.
Door is running against Republicans Emmett Smith and Rep. Chris Gildon. Though he does not appear to have a website or detailed platform available as of mid-July, Smith is an attorney who has also worked extensively with drilling companies and oil corporations. He states that everything costs too much and he would use his financial and legal experience to navigate the current medical and economic crisis.
Gildon is one of several Republican legislators who called for leaving re-opening decisions up to local governments, despite the fact that, as of late-July, the pandemic is continuing to grow across the state. Gildon voted against creating a statewide office of equity, requiring greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced to zero by 2050, and reducing transportation pollution.
Door is the best choice in this race.
Puyallup School District teacher Jamie Smith is running for the 25th Legislative District, House Position 1 on a platform of improving life for families, working Washingtonians, and others in her district. As an educator, she wants to secure more stable funding for schools. She also wants to see additional rapid transit to accommodate the more than 50 percent of workers who live in Pierce but work outside the county, investments in small business, job training in renewable energy positions, and a shift away from the state's heavily regressive tax system.
Smith is running against Republican Rep. Kelly Chambers, a business owner whose priority would be schools, though she doesn't outline a specific plan for improvement. Chambers voted against establishing the Washington State Office of Equity and the bill for comprehensive sex education for students, and is endorsed by secessionist and right-wing extremist Rep. Matt Shea. Chambers is strongly against balancing our state's upside-down tax code, despite the fact that her constituents with lower incomes pay at up to six times the rate of the wealthiest in the state under the current system. Chambers joined several other Republicans in challenging Gov. Inslee's extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in early May while the virus was still peaking, despite the recommendations of public health officials.
The people of the 25th Legislative District deserve a representative who cares about their health and economic well-being, not one who puts corporate profits first. Smith is by far the best choice in this race.
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.
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.
Rep. Mike Sells is running for re-election to the 38th Legislative District, House Position 2. Sells is a longtime leader in the Legislature, serving as the chair of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee. He is a former teacher and labor advocate who previously served as the president of the Everett Education Association. In the Legislature, Sells is dedicated to improving higher education and supported establishing the Washington State Office of Equity as well as requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Also in this race is Libertarian David Wiley, a quality assurance professional. Wiley believes all taxes should be consumption taxes or service fees. He believes the housing crisis should be tackled by allowing developers to build more low-income housing.
Rep. Sells is a strong progressive leader in Olympia and deserves your vote.
40th Legislative District
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Sen. Liz Lovelett is running for re-election in the 40th Legislative District. She was appointed to the state Senate last year and successfully ran to retain the seat. Lovelett is a fifth-generation Anacortes resident who previously served on the Anacortes City Council. Lovelett has prioritized environmental conservation and played a key role in passing legislation protecting orcas and the Salish Sea. She sponsored legislation requiring schools to incorporate curriculum on local tribal history and establishing regulations for facial-recognition technology. Lovelett is running for re-election on a strong platform that includes prioritizing increasing affordable housing and expanding services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
Also in the race is Republican Charles Carrell, whose website is not working. He does not have a strong campaign presence.
Lovelett is the best choice in this race and has earned your vote.
Rep. Debra Lekanoff is running for re-election to the 40th Legislative District, House Position 1. Lekanoff has spent more than two decades as a public servant in the 40th Legislative District and Washington state, including her work as the Government Affairs Director for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. She has spent her career working with various levels of government on complex policies and having conversations about what’s important for local families.
Lekanoff is running on a re-election platform of protecting the Salish Sea for future generations, improving educational opportunities, and sustainably rebuilding the economy. This year, she sponsored legislation to strengthen safety requirements for oil tankers, which is particularly important for protecting the Salish Sea. Lekanoff is the only Native woman in the state Legislature and has numerous endorsements from our progressive partner organizations and elected officials.
Lekanoff is running unopposed for re-election and deserves your vote.
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Rep. Alex Ramel is running for re-election to the 40th Legislative District, House Position 2. Ramel is an environmental organizer who played an important role in the campaign to reject the Cherry Point coal export terminal. He also helped found the “Community Energy Challenge” that has created jobs and helped homeowners and local businesses save money through energy efficiency improvements. As the former President of the Kulshan Community Land Trust, Ramel understands the need to prioritize affordable housing funding in Olympia. This year, he sponsored bills to prohibit race-based hair discrimination, increase incentives for building affordable housing, and establish a scenic bikeways program across the state.
Also in this race is Republican Russ Dzialo, the former treasurer of the Whatcom County Republican Party. He is an unorthodox candidate who has expressed concerns about redirecting police funding to social services. He does not have a strong campaign presence.
Ramel is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote.
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. Monica Jurado Stonier is running for re-election to the 49th Legislative District, House Position 2. Stonier serves as the House Majority Floor Leader and on the House Capital Budget Committee. This year, Stonier worked to ensure the passage of protections for domestic workers and age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education. She was also a sponsor of the Breakfast After the Bell program, which provides meals to low-income students.
Stonier is running against Independent Troy Potter and Republican Park Llafet. Potter states that as an Independent, he is best suited to drive forward an agenda that lowers taxes, protects the right to bear arms, and secures livable wages. Llafet is involved with the Evergreen School District Foundation and previously ran for the Evergreen Public Schools school board. He is a member of the Clark County Republicans. Llafet is not progressive and wants to focus on reducing taxes at the expense of essential services.
Stonier is a strong progressive leader and deserves your vote.
4th Legislative District
Nurse practitioner Lori Feagan is running to bring progressive values to Olympia from the 4th Legislative District. One of her top priorities is improving health care, including lowering the cost of prescription drugs and holding price-gougers accountable when it comes to vital medications like insulin. In light of I-976 passing and future cuts to infrastructure projects across the state, Feagan promises to prioritize improvements like the Henry Road overpass and road separation projects.
Feagan is running against Republicans David Whitehead and Bob McCaslin. Whitehead, who joined this year's race with an hour left to go on the filing deadline, is a teacher and former volleyball coach at Mt. Spokane High School. He does not have a website or platform details available but says he will work with local businesses to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Incumbent Bob McCaslin has voted against a slew of progressive reforms and is one of most far-right members of the Legislature. Along with Rep. Matt Shea, McCaslin has supported splitting Washington into two states, creating a new conservative state called "Liberty."
The local Fuse interview committee was extremely impressed with Feagan's determination to improve health care access, ensure living wages, and be a progressive force in Olympia. The range of endorsements for Feagan from our partners and from elected officials reflects her potential to bring people together for change. Feagan is the best choice in this race.
6th Legislative District
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Zack Zappone is running against incumbent Republican Mike Volz for the 6th Legislative District, House Position 1. As a former teacher and creator of after school programs, his top priorities include ensuring that everyone has the training they need to enter the workforce, a housing-first approach to homelessness, worker protections, and creating a more equitable tax system for lower-income residents. He highlights his experience in logistics through his volunteer work with the Spokane Food Fighters, who are delivering meals during the coronavirus crisis.
Zappone is running against Republican incumbent Mike Volz. This year, Volz voted against a bill that aimed to create an office of gun violence prevention and opposed adding immigration status to the state's anti-discrimination laws. If re-elected, Volz promises to "get our state government back to living within its means."
In his interview, Zappone impressed the Fuse local council with his strong progressive values and equitable platform. Zappone is the best choice in this race.
8th Legislative District
Democrat Shir Regev is running to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Brad Klippert for the 8th Legislative District, House Position 1. Regev is a health physics technician at the Hanford site who previously served in the Peace Corps and in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician.
If elected, Regev would prioritize health care as a human right and improved access to public transportation as an important way to mitigate climate change. She plans to increase affordable housing availability by encouraging localities and developers willing to build mixed-income and mixed-use, high-density development in places with existing infrastructure.
Regev is running against Republican incumbent Brad Klippert. This January, Brad Klippert proposed a bigoted rule that would disallow transgender student-athletes from competing, despite the fact that the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association allows students to participate based on their gender identity, and has for over a decade. Klippert is also strongly against the new comprehensive sex education bill that passed this year.
Washington deserves forward-looking representation for our kids and our communities - vote Regev for state House.
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13th Legislative District
Eduardo Castañeda-Díaz is running against incumbent Tom Dent for state House in the 13th Legislative District. As a specialist in the U.S. Army, Castañeda-Díaz states that he has five top priorities if elected: environmental protection and agriculture, civil rights, health care, education, and economic justice. His platform includes a wide range of policies and goals, including the completion of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project, ending cash bail, and supporting guaranteed low-income housing for veterans and at-need citizens. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Castañeda-Díaz advocates for providing a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to all Washington residents at zero cost.
Notably, Castañeda-Díaz says that he "does not support banning semi-automatic firearms" but does support criminal background checks.
His opponent, Tom Dent, has often voted against the needs of his constituents. Dent voted against a goal of net-zero carbon emissions for state agencies by 2050, opposed allowing tenants to pay first- and last-month rental fees in installments to offset the affordable housing crisis, and against reducing plastic bag pollution. Dent is the ranking minority member on the Early Learning and Human Resources Committee, where he has taken some good votes on issues related to child care.
Castañeda-Díaz is the best choice in this race.
14th Legislative District
Tracy Rushing is an ER doctor who is running to strengthen the health care system and advocate for a strong economy that doesn't sacrifice the environment. Rather than our current approach of punishing those with mental health issues with prisons and having emergency rooms be the fallback for those who can't afford care, Rushing wants to see the state fund food security, break cycles of poverty, and invest in community health. She highlights the importance of local agriculture and would seek to ensure that farmworkers have adequate protections for the coronavirus as well as living wages and "humane immigration policy."
Rushing is running against incumbent Rep. Chris Corry. Corry has served in this position since 2019. His early response to the pandemic included trying to add private construction to the essential workers list. Later, Corry became one of the four Republican lawmakers to sue Gov. Inslee over his stay-at-home orders during the pandemic. Corry and his colleagues' assertion that "the threat has faded" is both erroneous and wildly dangerous to his constituents and all Washingtonians, especially as the virus' infection rate is still increasing in Yakima. Corry has also been a no vote on a wide range of progressive policies in the last two sessions, including efforts to make the state carbon-free by 2045, expand residential tenant protections, ban plastic bags, and establish a public option for health care coverage.
Rushing is the best choice in this race.
20th Legislative District
Timothy Zahn is a Democratic precinct committee officer running for the 20th Legislative District, House Position 1. As a lifelong resident of Toutle, Zahn is focused on bringing infrastructure and employment opportunities to the district. He is proposing policies like student loan forgiveness for young people who return to the community to work, expanded high-speed internet into rural areas, new solar power projects, and a universal statewide health care system.
Zahn's opponents are Kurtis Engle and Brian Lange. Engle, who has no party preference, is running to complain about local transit issues and is not a serious candidate. Lange is a Republican running on a platform of limited government. He states that community organizations should be the ones to support constituents in difficult times. He also believes that health restrictions and the shutdown during the pandemic are unnecessary and authoritarian, though infections in Washington state are beginning to rise yet again.
Zahn is the best choice in this race.
Will Rollet is a communications student at Lower Columbia College and a member of the Kelso Public Library Advisory Board. He is running to prioritize the need for affordable housing, internet access, and health care expansion for the district to the forefront.
Rollet is challenging 18-year incumbent Rep. Ed Orcutt, who is running on a typical Republican platform of reducing regulations on businesses and landowners. In addition, he's opposed to balancing our state's upside-down tax code, which would lead to massive cuts to essential services as the state of Washington is facing a several billion-dollar budget shortfall due to COVID-19. Orcutt has also taken no votes on many progressive bills, including establishing a state office of equity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, automatic voter registration, and requiring state insurers to cover contraception.
Though this is a somewhat low information race, Rollet is much more likely to represent progressive values in the 20th Legislative District than Orcutt.
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.
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.
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.
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35th Legislative District
Colton Myers is running against Republican Rep. Dan Griffey for the 35th Legislative District, House Position 1. Myers is a senior health care analyst who is running on a much more progressive platform than Griffey, including closing the gaps in our health care system and bringing more family-wage jobs to the region. He has taken the "No Fossil Fuel Money" Pledge and wants to hold corporate polluters accountable and promote environmental justice and public health. Myers rightly criticized Griffey for his votes against LGBTQ rights and immigrant rights, as well as his refusal to affirm that Black Lives Matter.
This year, Griffey was an opponent of legislation to combat the climate crisis and voted against establishing the Washington State Office of Equity. He has served in the 35th Legislative District since 2015 and previously voted against raising the minimum wage and allowing all workers to earn sick leave.
Myers is the clear choice in this race.
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.
41st Legislative District
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.
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.
Electeds For Justice
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
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.
5th Legislative District
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.
18th Legislative District
Donna Sinclair is a public historian and history professor at Washington State University Vancouver and Western Oregon University. Sinclair, who was first inspired to run for office after the 2016 election, currently serves on the board of directors for the Washougal School District and is a Democratic precinct committee officer.
Sinclair's campaign focuses on bringing affordable health care, well-paying jobs, and high-quality education to the region. Sinclair is concerned about affordability in Clark County and wants to guide the county's growth while protecting the environment and local quality of life. In addition, Sinclair wants to bring a new vocational and technical school to North Clark County so that students don't have to drive all the way to Vancouver.
Her opponent is incumbent Republican Rep. Larry Hoff, whose top three priorities are protecting the Second Amendment, improving transportation, and reducing taxes, despite an estimated budget shortfall of several billion dollars next year due to COVID.
Sinclair is the best choice in this race for the 18th Legislative District, House Position 2.
24th Legislative District
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.
30th Legislative District
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.
33rd Legislative District
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.
37th Legislative District
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
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.
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