WA State Council of Firefighters

WA State Council of Firefighters

The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) represents nearly 8000 affiliated members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). We advocate both locally and at the federal level for adequate training, safe working conditions, fair pay and benefits, and job security for the women and men serving in our profession.

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

  • Natasha Hill is running for Congress to be a progressive advocate for everyone in the 5th District, not just the wealthy few. She grew up in Spokane utilizing community resources like SNAP and later experienced homelessness and food insecurity while pursuing her law degree. Now Hill wants to ensure that no one should have to struggle through poverty to get an education in America. Hill currently owns her own law practice and has also served as an adjunct law professor and a member of the Spokane County Redistricting Committee.

    Hill is running to focus on addressing the disparities between working people, seniors, and families and the extraordinarily wealthy corporations that have dominated politics and the economy for decades. Hill wants to make the child tax credit permanent, expand rural health care options, and raise the minimum wage so that any American can meet their basic needs on forty hours of work a week. She also wants to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and overturn obstacles to the vote for youth and people of color. In our Spokane committee's interview with Hill, she expressed strong support for strengthening unions, codifying the right to abortion, and reimagining education, health care, and the criminal legal system.

    Hill is challenging Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who is running for re-election to the office she has held since 2005. With a 95 percent record of voting with Trump during his presidency, McMorris Rodgers is one of the most damaging lawmakers in Washington. She voted yes on Trump's border wall, supported his trillion-dollar corporate tax cut, and was the only representative from Washington to vote for Trump's bill to cut $800 billion from Medicaid. She voted against raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and has refused on multiple occasions to hold town halls to answer to her constituents for her votes. McMorris Rodgers also voted against extending benefits for military veterans exposed to toxic pit burns, questioned the FBI's search for Trump's unsecured and critically classified documents, and stated that she believes the 2020 election had "significant irregularities," despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.

    McMorris Rodgers has consistently stood in the way of abortion rights, including attempting to defund Planned Parenthood and its many services to the community. In an early September, she accused Democrats of fearmongering about a national abortion ban; two weeks later her colleague Lindsey Graham introduced one in Congress.

    The district needs progressive representation to make meaningful advances in the lives of people here and across the country. For her bold platform in this time of crisis and widening inequity, as well as her broader organizational support, we recommend Natasha Hill for U.S. Representative of the 5th Congressional District.

    Natasha Hill

    Natasha Hill is running for Congress to be a progressive advocate for everyone in the 5th District, not just the wealthy few. She grew up in Spokane utilizing community resources like SNAP and later experienced homelessness and food insecurity while pursuing her law degree.

    Natasha Hill

    Natasha Hill is running for Congress to be a progressive advocate for everyone in the 5th District, not just the wealthy few. She grew up in Spokane utilizing community resources like SNAP and later experienced homelessness and food insecurity while pursuing her law degree.

Legislative Races

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below legislative races on your ballot.

  • There are two Republicans in the race for Position 1 in the 39th Legislative District. Though both are conservative, there are significant differences between them that lead us to recommend Low. 

    Snohomish County Councilmember Sam Low has served on the county council since 2016 and is a former Lake Stevens city council member. Low's views on creating family-wage jobs and preserving farmland and open space have earned him the support of several unions and some Democrats. Unfortunately, if elected, Low would also join his Republican colleagues in cutting funding for community investments that provide schools with essential resources, expand affordable housing, and upgrade public infrastructure. 

    Low is challenging MAGA Republican Rep. Robert Sutherland, who worked as a biochemist for pharmaceutical companies and a distillery before joining the Legislature. Sutherland has been one of the most outspoken proponents of far-right conspiracy theories in the legislature, including seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election. In addition, he opposed bills this session to prevent homelessness for those with mental health concerns and to keep our communities safe from high-capacity firearms. Sutherland was officially reprimanded for misconduct this March when he yelled expletives at a law enforcement officer while at a far-right rally dedicated to Trump’s election conspiracy theories.

    While we disagree with Low on many important issues, he is the more responsible choice in this race. Vote Low for Position 1 representing the 39th Legislative District.

    Sam Low

    There are two Republicans in the race for Position 1 in the 39th Legislative District. Though both are conservative, there are significant differences between them that lead us to recommend Low. 

    Sam Low

    There are two Republicans in the race for Position 1 in the 39th Legislative District. Though both are conservative, there are significant differences between them that lead us to recommend Low.