Distrito Legislativo 35th

Distrito Legislativo 35th

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Welcome to the Fuse Progressive Voters Guide to the 2021 primary election! The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. You can learn about our partners and decision-making process here. Please share this guide with your friends and family!

Port of Olympia

Port Commissioner, District #3, Port of Olympia

  • Joel Hansen is running a progressive campaign for Port of Olympia commissioner in District 3. He works at a solar energy company, and serves on both the Port of Olympia Citizens Advisory Committee and Tumwater Planning Commission and as a precinct committee officer. He is running to put his expertise in finance and environmental science to use in order to strengthen the port economy without compromising on climate action.

    If elected, Hansen wants to take a holistic approach to the commissioner position in order to generate living wage jobs, attract local eco-friendly business, and engage an equity lens for port policy making. He says he will listen to constituents about port issues and seek to better the communications between commissioners and those who live and work near the port. Further, Hansen wants to advance environmental justice, and social justice broadly. He is supported by a number of local progressives and community leaders in this race, and he is a good choice if you are looking for strong progressive leadership and a new perspective on the port.

    Joel Hansen

    Enviado por alexwhite el Mié, 21/07/2021 - 13:23

    Joel Hansen is running a progressive campaign for Port of Olympia commissioner in District 3. He works at a solar energy company, and serves on both the Port of Olympia Citizens Advisory Committee and Tumwater Planning Commission and as a precinct committee officer.

  • Apoyadas Por: Sierra Club , Thurston Environmental Voters, AFSCME Local 443, Thurston County Young Democrats
  • Family lawyer and small business owner Melissa Denton is another good candidate in this race. Denton serves on a number of boards including for the League of Women Voters and the Neighborhood Association. Additionally, she volunteers with the Tumwater Planning Commission and works as a local precinct committee officer. If elected, Denton wants to bring the values of integrity, diversity, and representational government to the commissioner role.

    Denton’s campaign platform includes prioritizing clean air and water, expanding economic opportunities, supporting diversity at all levels of port operations, and remaining trustworthy and accountable to the public. With her background in law and business, she hopes to bring a practical, community-minded approach to the port. Denton has earned Democratic support from local elected officials and organizations. She is a good choice if you want a candidate with a more established reputation for leadership and climate progress.

    Melissa Denton

    Enviado por alexwhite el Mié, 21/07/2021 - 13:23

    Family lawyer and small business owner Melissa Denton is another good candidate in this race. Denton serves on a number of boards including for the League of Women Voters and the Neighborhood Association.

Olympia School District

Director, Position #3, Junta Escolar Olympia

  • Darcy Huffman, a communications and resource director for her church, is running for Olympia School Board director in District 3. The former finance professional challenged an incumbent Republican in the state’s 35th Legislative District last year. Huffman currently also works on the Affordable Housing Taskforce for a coalition of Washington churches, and as a member of the Quixote Communities board, which works to provide permanent supportive housing for people struggling with homelessness.

    If elected, Huffman wants to make sure that Olympia’s public schools are supportive learning environments for all students. Her platform includes strengthening lines of communications with parents, prioritizing the emotional and social wellbeing of students, funding essential skills learning, and closing the opportunity gap. Huffman’s vision to create a more equitable school system is supported by a large number of local progressive and Democratic organizations and leaders in this race.

    Incumbent School Board Director Jennifer S. Thomas is running to retain her seat serving District 3 to which she was appointed this March when Melissa “Mel” Hartley resigned. Thomas is a faculty member at Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing. Unfortunately, she has yet to submit a voters’ guide statement, launch a campaign website, or publicize any campaign priorities as of mid-July.

    Asuka Conyer would be the youngest person to serve on the school board having just graduated from high school with an impressive background in organizing, leadership, and advocacy. Conyer has a bold, progressive platform that focuses on institutional reform, equitable representation, and building lines of communication to include students at higher-level decision making.

    Wealth advisor Mark Boyer is also in this race. He is running on a vague platform that highlights no priorities or policy and states his campaign’s purpose as bringing a new perspective and leadership to the school board. Boyer has been involved in a number of community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Olympia Rotary Club.

    Gary Landis is an Army veteran running a conservative, conspiracy-based campaign against critical race theory, communism, and mandatory masking in public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. He has stated that he wants to “bring God…back into our schools.”

    In this crowded race, we recommend Darcy Huffman because of her progressive background, strong community support, and clear vision for the District 3 director position.

    Darcy Huffman

    Darcy Huffman, a communications and resource director for her church, is running for Olympia School Board director in District 3. The former finance professional challenged an incumbent Republican in the state’s 35th Legislative District last year.

Director, Position #5, Junta Escolar Olympia

  • Incumbent Director Scott Clifthorne is running to retain his seat serving District 5 on the Olympia School Board, which he was first elected to in 2017, and where he now serves as president. Clifthorne works as a negotiator for Teamster 117 and was formerly the president of the Lincoln Community Council. Previously, he was a member of the City of Olympia Community Workgroup on Homelessness.

    During Clifthorne’s time on the board, Olympia was able to secure PE, art, and music teachers in all elementary schools beginning in Fall 2021. In this race, Clifthorne wants to continue expanding student opportunities, deepen lines of communication for families and schools, and address system inequities particularly relating to race, disability, and socio-economic status. With three kids enrolled in Olympia public schools and ample support from community leaders, Clifthorne will continue to bring progressive values to the board.

    PTA member Rebecca Cornelius is also in this race. Cornelius works for an insurance broker agency and has no campaign website as of mid-July. Her voters’ guide statement emphasizes her focus on dismantling educational inequities and providing life skills learning, though she doesn’t offer detailed policy suggestions to accomplish these goals.

    Don Mitchell is a nurse and assistant professor of nursing, who is running to utilize his expertise in child health to better his local school district, where his children are also enrolled. Mitchell is running to expand parental sway, defend standardized testing to identify and address opportunity gaps, and promote student health that includes attention to both physical and mental health.

    We recommend Scott Clifthorne in this race because of his school board experience and inclusive plan for the school district.

    Scott Clifthorne

    Incumbent Director Scott Clifthorne is running to retain his seat serving District 5 on the Olympia School Board, which he was first elected to in 2017, and where he now serves as president.