• VOTE MAINTAINED

    Vote Maintained for a sustainable climate future

  • This spring, Democrats in Olympia passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5974, which included a small increase in aircraft fuel taxes. This change would raise an estimated $14 million in public revenue and help our state achieve its climate goals.

    This bill was sponsored by some of Washington’s most progressive lawmakers and passed with a clear majority in the session. The legislation will help our state create a sustainable future where generations can thrive with clean air and water.

    Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 39.

    This spring, Democrats in Olympia passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5974, which included a small increase in aircraft fuel taxes. This change would raise an estimated $14 million in public revenue and help our state achieve its climate goals.

    This bill was sponsored by some of Washington’s most progressive lawmakers and passed with a clear majority in the session. The legislation will help our state create a sustainable future where generations can thrive with clean air and water.

    Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 39.

  • VOTE MAINTAINED

    Vote Maintained for rideshare worker protections

  • Last session, lawmakers passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2076 which increases worker protections and rights for rideshare drivers.

    The legislation, which had bipartisan support, requires that rideshare companies pay their drivers a minimum amount per trip, offer paid sick leave, and give compensation benefits. It is a positive step in the direction of protecting workers’ rights in the growing gig economy so that we all can afford the basics, be treated fairly in our place of work, and have the chance to succeed.

    Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 40.
    Last session, lawmakers passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2076 which increases worker protections and rights for rideshare drivers.

    The legislation, which had bipartisan support, requires that rideshare companies pay their drivers a minimum amount per trip, offer paid sick leave, and give compensation benefits. It is a positive step in the direction of protecting workers’ rights in the growing gig economy so that we all can afford the basics, be treated fairly in our place of work, and have the chance to succeed.

    Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 40.
  • Sen. Patty Murray has been a consistent and strong progressive voice in the U.S. Senate. She's seeking re-election to continue fighting for our basic rights and a better quality of life in Washington and beyond.

    Murray was first elected in 1992 and has been a champion for veterans, working families, women, and economic opportunities for all. Before her tenure in the Senate, Murray worked as a preschool teacher, on the Shoreline School Board, and in the Washington state Senate.

    During her time in Congress, Sen. Murray has worked hard to keep our communities safe from gun violence, protect abortion access at the federal level so that everyone has reproductive freedom, and expand access to affordable childcare. This year, she voted in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act, the Freedom to Vote Act, and a slate of other progressive bills that invest in working communities so that our country is a place where everyone can thrive. Murray has earned an impressive and diverse coalition of endorsements from local and national organizations, elected leaders, and unions.

    Sen. Murray faces Tiffany Smiley, a triage nurse running on a MAGA Republican platform. Smiley has never held public office but she previously worked on Capitol Hill. Her Trump-inspired agenda aims to divide us while she seeks to cut funding from our most essential services and repurpose it for a needless border wall and more militarized police forces. Working Washingtonians need real solutions so that we can access the basics like gas, groceries, rent, and prescription medicine – not MAGA rhetoric and tax breaks for the wealthy.

    Sen. Patty Murray is a national leader on many of the most important issues facing our country. She has earned your vote for re-election.

    Patty Murray

    Sen. Patty Murray has been a consistent and strong progressive voice in the U.S. Senate. She's seeking re-election to continue fighting for our basic rights and a better quality of life in Washington and beyond.

    Patty Murray

    Sen. Patty Murray has been a consistent and strong progressive voice in the U.S. Senate. She's seeking re-election to continue fighting for our basic rights and a better quality of life in Washington and beyond.

  • 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 justice 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.

  • Endorsed By: Teamsters Joint Council 28, WA State Council of Firefighters, Washington State Labor Council , Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility
  • Democrat Steve Hobbs is running to retain his position as secretary of state for the remainder of the two-year term. He is a first-generation Japanese American and 30-year member of the military, serving tours in Kosovo and Iraq before becoming a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington Army National Guard.

    Hobbs was appointed Secretary of State in November of last year after Kim Wyman resigned to join the Biden Administration. Prior to his appointment, he served four terms in the Washington state Senate representing the 44th Legislative District. His voting record was consistently progressive on social issues and leaned more conservative on taxes and workers' rights.

    During his first 8 months in office, Hobbs has been laser-focused on protecting our electoral systems from attacks. He has used his background in national security to partner closely with the Department of Homeland Security to stop digital threats to our voting systems, both foreign and domestic. Hobbs also understands the challenge misinformation poses to the integrity of our elections. He has been working to set up a division within his office specifically to combat misinformation and wants to work closely with social media companies to ensure they take down dangerous conspiracy theories.

    As the pandemic recedes, Hobbs is committed to restarting his office's voter outreach program. He is very enthusiastic about a trusted messenger program he's launching to utilize community leaders to talk about the importance of voting. He also wants to improve outreach to reduce the racial disparities in rejected ballots because of signature mismatches.

    The only issue of concern with Hobbs is his personal opposition to ranked choice voting. During our interview, he shared that he's concerned about implementing a complicated new voting system at a moment of low trust in our elections. In addition, he is concerned that voters like his mother, who speaks English as a second language, will have a difficult time learning and participating in the new system. Experts have reiterated that ranked choice voting is simple for all voters and has been used successfully on ballots in multiple languages.

    Hobbs made a compelling case that the secretary of state must adapt to the new and complex challenges of running modern elections. Hobbs is a good choice if you're looking for someone with broad Democratic endorsements and with national security experience to safeguard and rebuild trust in our electoral system.

    Steve Hobbs

    Democrat Steve Hobbs is running to retain his position as secretary of state for the remainder of the two-year term.

    Steve Hobbs

    Democrat Steve Hobbs is running to retain his position as secretary of state for the remainder of the two-year term.

  • Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson is running as an independent to bring a non-partisan voice to the secretary of state's office. Anderson served on the Tacoma City Council before running for county auditor in 2009 and winning re-election three times. As Pierce County Auditor, which is a nonpartisan position, she has administered dozens of elections while also overseeing licensing and public record-keeping.

    Anderson is running because she believes political parties shouldn't be involved in running elections they are simultaneously trying to win. Her campaign priorities include supporting more local races becoming non-partisan, increasing access to voting and election information, and improving election security. She wants to translate the voters' pamphlet into 10 languages, going beyond what is mandated by the Voting Rights Act. She also wants to conduct risk-limiting audits in all 39 Washington counties and "pre-bunk" rumors to increase confidence in our state's election systems.

    During our interview, Anderson expressed support for Ranked Choice Voting because she believes it will allow candidates to break through our two-party political system. This is one of the biggest points of difference between Anderson and Hobbs.

    Anderson offers voters an experienced option if they are looking for a non-partisan administrator to manage our state's elections and support ranked choice voting.

    Julie Anderson

    Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson is running as an independent to bring a non-partisan voice to the secretary of state's office. Anderson served on the Tacoma City Council before running for county auditor in 2009 and winning re-election three times.

    Julie Anderson

    Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson is running as an independent to bring a non-partisan voice to the secretary of state's office. Anderson served on the Tacoma City Council before running for county auditor in 2009 and winning re-election three times.

  • Endorsed By: Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Legislative Races

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

No Good Choices

Jeff Holy - 6th LD - No Good Choices

Republican Sen. Jeff Holy is running unopposed for re-election to Legislative District 6. Holy joined the House first in 2013 before becoming a state senator in 2019 when Michael Baumgartner left the seat.

Jeff Holy - 6th LD - No Good Choices

Republican Sen. Jeff Holy is running unopposed for re-election to Legislative District 6. Holy joined the House first in 2013 before becoming a state senator in 2019 when Michael Baumgartner left the seat.

No Good Choices

Mike Volz - 6th LD - No Good Choices

Republican Rep. Mike Volz is running for re-election to Legislative District 6, Position 2 in the House. He also serves as Spokane County’s chief deputy treasurer and has previously taught at Whitworth University.

Mike Volz - 6th LD - No Good Choices

Republican Rep. Mike Volz is running for re-election to Legislative District 6, Position 2 in the House. He also serves as Spokane County’s chief deputy treasurer and has previously taught at Whitworth University.

  • Democrat Michaela Kelso is running for the 6th Legislative District, Position 2. She is an Army veteran of 23 years who wants to usher in progressive reforms that would make life more affordable for working people by focusing on state finances, health care, and education. Kelso believes that the current upside-down tax code, which favors the extremely wealthy over middle- and low-income families, need to be changed.

    If elected she would support a wealth tax on the state's billionaires to finally have them pay their share for the resources we all use. As an immigrant from Germany, she also supports several kinds of improvements for our immigrant neighbors, including establishing dedicated community centers and allowing them to access unemployment insurance, which many immigrants already pay for but can not use. Kelso also supports science-based education without religious interference, encouraging multi-family housing and more affordable housing options, and funding community-wide recovery and addiction services for those who are struggling with drug use.

    Her opponent is incumbent Rep. Jenny Graham, a Trump Republican running for her third term representing the 6th Legislative District. She is a professional cosmetologist and esthetician and has worked as a martial arts and skiing instructor. In 2020, Graham threatened a journalist who reported on her spreading QAnon-related conspiracies, including a video claiming that Democrats are “possessed by demons” and promoting false information about vaccines. She voted against a slate of progressive bills in the Legislature this session including commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence in our communities and a bill to set new carbon reduction goals for the state.

    Residents of the 6th Legislative District deserve a representative who follows the science and puts community needs before personal ideology. Vote Kelso for Position 2 in the 6th Legislative District.

    Michaela Kelso

    Democrat Michaela Kelso is running for the 6th Legislative District, Position 2. She is an Army veteran of 23 years who wants to usher in progressive reforms that would make life more affordable for working people by focusing on state finances, health care, and education.

    Michaela Kelso

    Democrat Michaela Kelso is running for the 6th Legislative District, Position 2. She is an Army veteran of 23 years who wants to usher in progressive reforms that would make life more affordable for working people by focusing on state finances, health care, and education.

No Good Choices

Mary Dye - 9th LD - No Good Choices

Republican Rep. Mary Dye is running for re-election to House Position 1 in the 9th Legislative District. Outside the Legislature, where she has served since 2015, Dye works in the agricultural industry.

Mary Dye - 9th LD - No Good Choices

Republican Rep. Mary Dye is running for re-election to House Position 1 in the 9th Legislative District. Outside the Legislature, where she has served since 2015, Dye works in the agricultural industry.

No Good Choices

Republican Tom Konis is seeking re-election to be the Spokane County assessor this year. He first joined the office in 2019 and before that, he worked as an appraiser in the county office for more than 25 years for both residential and commercial properties. As assessor, he is proud of his efforts to modernize and streamline services for the public. He is running on a status quo platform that lacks progressive vision for the office.

Konis is not a progressive candidate. Write in a candidate of your choice for Spokane County assessor

Tom Konis - Spokane - County Assessor - No Good Choices

Republican Tom Konis is seeking re-election to be the Spokane County assessor this year. He first joined the office in 2019 and before that, he worked as an appraiser in the county office for more than 25 years for both residential and commercial properties.

  • Vicky Dalton is seeking re-election to remain the Spokane County auditor, a role she has served in for more than 20 years. She oversees election integrity and voter protection, recording and vehicle licensing processing, and county financial services.

    Since assuming the position in 1999, Dalton has proven her commitment to transparency, integrity, accountability, and efficiency in office. She has exceptional credentials, leading the state on a number of auditing commissions and committees. She also serves the community as a member of the Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners board.

    Dalton faces a challenge from MAGA Republican Bob McCaslin. He is a conservative state representative for Legislative District 4 who is retiring from the Legislature this year to run for the auditor seat. McCaslin’s campaign platform is full of Republican rhetoric and shares his intention to cut community investments if elected. In 2020, McCaslin joined Trump-aligned extremists casting doubt over the election results. He supported a petition to audit the results in Spokane County, which demonstrated a lack of understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an auditor. While in the legislature, McCaslin frequently partnered with disgraced former Rep. Matt Shea on legislation.

    In a time of rampant right-wing lies about election fraud, we need consistent, proven leaders like Vicky Dalton to protect our elections and uphold voter rights. She has earned your trust and your vote for Spokane County auditor.

    Vicky Dalton

    Vicky Dalton is seeking re-election to remain the Spokane County auditor, a role she has served in for more than 20 years. She oversees election integrity and voter protection, recording and vehicle licensing processing, and county financial services.

    Vicky Dalton

    Vicky Dalton is seeking re-election to remain the Spokane County auditor, a role she has served in for more than 20 years. She oversees election integrity and voter protection, recording and vehicle licensing processing, and county financial services.

No Good Choices

Republican incumbent Timothy “Tim” Fitzgerald is running unopposed for re-election for Spokane County clerk, a position he has served in since 2014. Before that, Fitzgerald spent 30 years as in the Marine Corps. He is supported by local conservative leaders in this race as well as the county Republican party. Fitzgerald is running on a vague, conservative platform that fails to offer detailed policy recommendations or goals for the office.

There are no progressives in this race. Write in a candidate of your choice for Spokane County clerk.
  • Pastor and former deputy prosecuting attorney in Clallam County Deb Conklin is running for Spokane County prosecutor. Conklin also formerly chaired the Spokane office of the Police Ombudsman Commission.

    If elected, one of Conklin’s priorities will be to make sure that the prosecuting attorney's office is not overcharging people in our community. She correctly points out that this leads to further crowding in jails and prisons, costs more, and makes our system less just. She wants to restore integrity and transparency to the office after some controversies in its recent history, including questions about current prosecutor Larry Haskell’s potential racial bias.

    Incumbent Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell is running for a third term. Haskell previously served on the Airway Heights City Council and the Cheney School Board. If re-elected, he wants to use the office to put pressure on the Legislature to increase law enforcement budgets in order to send militarized police forces into our neighborhoods. This year, Haskell’s wife was exposed as having used multiple racial slurs on social media and identified herself as a “proud white nationalist” – beliefs that have no place in our communities and especially not in our justice system.

    In this race with no progressive candidate, we recommend Deb Conklin for Spokane County prosecuting attorney because of her support from our partner organizations and her focus on preventative solutions to community safety.

    Deb Conklin

    Pastor and former deputy prosecuting attorney in Clallam County Deb Conklin is running for Spokane County prosecutor. Conklin also formerly chaired the Spokane office of the Police Ombudsman Commission.

    Deb Conklin

    Pastor and former deputy prosecuting attorney in Clallam County Deb Conklin is running for Spokane County prosecutor. Conklin also formerly chaired the Spokane office of the Police Ombudsman Commission.

  • Endorsed By: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW , Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Spokane Firefighters Union IAFF L29

No Good Choices

Incumbent treasurer and former Republican state senator Michael Baumgartner is running for re-election to keep serving Spokane County. Baumgartner became the county treasurer in 2019 after serving two terms in the Washington state Senate. As a lawmaker, he opposed legislation to promote voting rights, police accountability and public safety, and reproductive health care access. If re-elected to the county treasurer’s office, Baumgartner wants to promote the conservative agenda of cutting funding from community investments that help give everyone in our communities a chance to succeed.

Write in a candidate of your choice for Spokane County treasurer.
  • Chris Jordan is a managing attorney in the Spokane division of the state attorney general’s office and is now running for Spokane County Commission in District 1. Jordan specializes in child safety cases as an attorney and worked with Columbia Legal Services to pass bipartisan legislation to support children and families experiencing housing insecurity. His other community leadership experience includes volunteering with Spokane River Cleanup and West Central Dinner Table.

    Jordan is running on a platform to invest in child care, strengthen the county’s middle class, alleviate traffic congestion in the region, and take action on the climate crisis to safeguard the local environment for generations to come. By expanding access to the basics like rent, groceries, gas, and prescription medications, he will work to make the county a place where everyone can build a healthy life.

    Jordan is running against Republican Kim Plese. She previously owned a small business that offered printing and marketing services. She is running for commissioner on a typical Republican platform that disregards much-needed community investments in health care, housing, and schools in favor of putting more funding towards larger, militarized police forces.

    Chris Jordan is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote for Spokane County Commissioner, District 1.

    Chris Jordan

    Chris Jordan is a managing attorney in the Spokane division of the state attorney general’s office and is now running for Spokane County Commission in District 1.

    Chris Jordan

    Chris Jordan is a managing attorney in the Spokane division of the state attorney general’s office and is now running for Spokane County Commission in District 1.

  • Endorsed By: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
  • Amber Waldref is running for Spokane County Commissioner in District 2 to make the county a place where everyone can thrive. She served on the Spokane City Council for two terms and founded Priority Spokane, a data-driven organization that aims to increase local high school graduation rates and decrease family homelessness. She also currently serves on the Spokane Housing Authority board and the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force.

    While on the city council, Waldref was a leader on several important issues, including boosts for small businesses, working to clean up the Spokane River, and the ballot campaign to create the new all-electric rapid transit City Line. The former councilwoman now wants to bring that energy to the county level to protect the environment, empower youth, collaborate regionally on homelessness, and more.

    She differs from her conservative opponent in her proactive approach to safety, stating that a new jail is both incredibly expensive to the community and doesn't necessarily reduce crime in any way. Waldref would prefer to see innovative community programming to reduce crime and invest in kids and adults. She points to programs like the Carl Maxey Center and the Spokane Regional Stabilization Center as two ways to address racial disparities in the justice system and keep our communities safe.

    Waldref is running against Michael Cathcart, who has served on the Spokane City Council since 2020. Previously, he was an aide for the very conservative Republican Sen. Michael Baumgartner, who voters may remember for his anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion stances. As former executive director of the pro-business Better Spokane, Cathcart's campaign coffers and agenda are flooded with big developer money. He takes a conservative and hypocritical stance on issues like the possibility of a new jail, stating that "jail is going to make you a better criminal" but also advocating for building an expensive new one.

    Waldref is experienced and ready for the challenge of bringing progressive leadership to the commission. Vote Waldref for the Spokane County Commission from District 2.

    Amber Waldref

    Amber Waldref is running for Spokane County Commissioner in District 2 to make the county a place where everyone can thrive.

    Amber Waldref

    Amber Waldref is running for Spokane County Commissioner in District 2 to make the county a place where everyone can thrive.

No Good Choices

Josh Kerns is running for District 3 on the Spokane County Commission where he has served since 2016. He is the de facto incumbent in this race since redistricting efforts changed countywide positions to district-specific representation. Before joining the commission, Kerns served as treasurer of the Spokane County Republican Party and worked as the senior legislative assistant to former Representative Jeff Holy in the Washington House.

Kerns is running on a conservative platform that puts business interests above community needs. He wants to cut funding for critical community services while offering tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. Kerns also wants to strip away policies that hold companies accountable for how they treat workers and the environment. While Spokane residents continue to deal with the growing impact of climate change on the county including devastating wildfire seasons, Kerns neglects to suggest any environmental solutions and lists “business climate” as his priority instead.

“​Wild Bill” Schreiner, who works in the county’s code enforcement department, is challenging Kerns for the District 3 seat. Schreiner defines himself in conservative terms but chose to run without party preference in this race because he did not get support from the local Republican party. He does not have a detailed policy platform nor a campaign website as of mid-September although he has stated support for reducing community investments and is running with conservative values.

In this race with no progressive options, write in a candidate of your choice for District 3 on the Spokane County Commission.

Josh Kerns - Spokane - District #3 - No Good Choices

Josh Kerns is running for District 3 on the Spokane County Commission where he has served since 2016. He is the de facto incumbent in this race since redistricting efforts changed countywide positions to district-specific representation.

  • Republican

    Mary Kuney

  • Republican county commissioner Mary Kuney – who currently serves District 2 – is running to stay on as commissioner representing the newly created District 4. Kuney formerly served as an auditor at the state and county level and served as a Republican precinct committee officer. Now, she is campaigning with a more moderate platform that supports some community services and public investments while still reflecting conservative values.

    The other candidate in this race is Paul Brian Noble, an “executive pastor” for a Christian church and the CEO of a Christian company that focuses on conflict resolution. In this race, Noble claims that his top priority is reducing crime. However, his plans rely on over-policing and over-incarcerating, which would not actually make our community safer. He says he wants to protect civil rights but believes that they are ordained by God, rather than our democratic institutions. He has a very right-wing platform in this race.

    This race for Spokane County District 4 commissioner has no progressive option. Vote for Mary Kuney or write in a candidate of your choice.

    Mary Kuney

    Republican county commissioner Mary Kuney – who currently serves District 2 – is running to stay on as commissioner representing the newly created District 4. Kuney formerly served as an auditor at the state and county level and served as a Republican precinct committee officer.

    Mary Kuney

    Republican county commissioner Mary Kuney – who currently serves District 2 – is running to stay on as commissioner representing the newly created District 4. Kuney formerly served as an auditor at the state and county level and served as a Republican precinct committee officer.

  • Maggie Yates is running for Spokane County Commission, District 5 to improve the health of families, support affordable housing, and expand economic opportunity for all. She has served as Spokane County's regional law and justice administrator where she has been a leader on criminal justice reform. Some of her projects and recommendations for the local justice system have included remote court access, expanded data analytics, and an intake and release center.

    Yates wants to see more investment in housing that everyone can access, including rental assistance, programs for first-time buyers, and more. She also wants to see expanded apprenticeship programs to help the local workforce, as well as expanded mental health care and child care. In our local council's questionnaire, Yates states that she's looking forward to repairing and investing in relationships with tribes, community partners, and jurisdictions. She believes that the best way forward on quality child care, clean water and air, better broadband, and more is to work together.

    Yates' opponent is County Commissioner Al French, who is essentially the incumbent for this newly-created district. French served eight years on the Spokane City Council from 2002 to 2009 and has been on the County Commission since then. He is a conservative developer with a combative style and a history of ethical problems. French alienated local cities by promoting aggressive urban sprawl and caused them to opt-out of a regional garbage system that has cost the county millions in revenue.

    The differences between these two candidates are stark. While Yates is seeking a regional response to homelessness, including more affordable housing and community-based resources, French states that the county has done enough on homelessness already. While Yates is prepared to continue her work on reform and reducing recidivism with focused programs, French wants to avoid the root of the problem and pour millions into building a new jail.

    Spokane County families need a representative like Yates on the council who will work hard and bring people together to move our region forward. Maggie Yates is the clear choice in this race.

    Maggie Yates

    Maggie Yates is running for Spokane County Commission, District 5 to improve the health of families, support affordable housing, and expand economic opportunity for all.

    Maggie Yates

    Maggie Yates is running for Spokane County Commission, District 5 to improve the health of families, support affordable housing, and expand economic opportunity for all.

  • Justice Mary Yu is running unopposed to continue serving on the state Supreme Court. Yu was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2014, elected by voters to the seat later that year, and re-elected in 2016. Before joining Washington’s highest court, she spent 14 years as a trial court judge in King County Superior Court and earlier as the deputy chief of staff to former King County prosecutor Norm Maleng.

    Yu has an unimpeachable reputation and has been rated “exceptionally well qualified” by a number of key bar associations. On the court, she has been a voice for equal justice and upholding the rights of all. Now, she is running with endorsements from all of her fellow justices as well as a number of retired justices from the court.

    Justice Yu deserves your vote to continue serving as one of Washington’s state Supreme Court justices.

    Mary Yu

    Justice Mary Yu is running unopposed to continue serving on the state Supreme Court. Yu was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2014, elected by voters to the seat later that year, and re-elected in 2016.

    Mary Yu

    Justice Mary Yu is running unopposed to continue serving on the state Supreme Court. Yu was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2014, elected by voters to the seat later that year, and re-elected in 2016.

  • Justice Barbara Madsen has served on the state Supreme Court for 30 years and is running unopposed for re-election this year. She was only the third woman to serve on the court when she was first elected 1992. During her time on the court, her fellow justices elected her the 55th chief justice of the court – a position she held for 7 years.

    Having spent her career in both public defense and prosecuting, Madsen has extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system and a passion for serving her community. Her re-election has been endorsed by each of her fellow justices and a wide range of other judicial leaders and community organizations.

    Justice Madsen has served the state with fair and equal justice. She deserves your vote to remain in her seat on Washington’s Supreme Court.

    Barbara Madsen

    Justice Barbara Madsen has served on the state Supreme Court for 30 years and is running unopposed for re-election this year. She was only the third woman to serve on the court when she was first elected 1992.

    Barbara Madsen

    Justice Barbara Madsen has served on the state Supreme Court for 30 years and is running unopposed for re-election this year. She was only the third woman to serve on the court when she was first elected 1992.

  • Justice G. Helen Whitener is running unopposed for re-election to Position 6 on Washington’s Supreme Court. Whitener became the first Black woman to serve on the state’s Supreme Court in April 2020 when she was appointed to fill a vacancy by Gov. Inslee. Later that year, she won her election to fill the remainder of the term. Prior to joining the Washington Supreme Court, Whitener served on the Pierce County Superior Court and worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney before becoming a judge.

    Justice Whitener is a Trinidadian immigrant and openly gay justice, and she has worked to be a representative voice for justice for all in the state’s highest court. In this race, she has earned the endorsement of each one of her fellow justices as well as some retired justices. Whitener has been rated as "exceptionally well-qualified" by a number of bar associations and has done an exceptional job since joining the court.

    Whitener is an important voice on the State Supreme Court and deserves your voice to continue serving as a justice in Position 6.

    G. Helen Whitener

    Justice G. Helen Whitener is running unopposed for re-election to Position 6 on Washington’s Supreme Court. Whitener became the first Black woman to serve on the state’s Supreme Court in April 2020 when she was appointed to fill a vacancy by Gov. Inslee.

    G. Helen Whitener

    Justice G. Helen Whitener is running unopposed for re-election to Position 6 on Washington’s Supreme Court. Whitener became the first Black woman to serve on the state’s Supreme Court in April 2020 when she was appointed to fill a vacancy by Gov. Inslee.

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

  • Jenny Zappone has worked in the county prosecutor's office for more than 10 years. She began as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Spokane County in 2011, was promoted to supervisor of the Involuntary Treatment Act Unit, and later became supervisor of both the General Felony Unit and the Victim Witness Advocate Unit. She is now running for District Court to influence lives and help people get connected with the appropriate rehabilitation and advocacy groups.

    If elected, Zappone wants to build bridges between the court and organizations like the American Indian Community Center or Mujeres in Action. As a victim advocate, she believes in the importance of providing assistance for those who become involved in the legal system. She has been rated as exceptionally well-qualified by the Spokane County Bar Association.

    Zappone has the support of many across the political spectrum, from the county Republicans and Spokane County Young Democrats, progressive leaders, a large number of Spokane Superior Couty judges and other legal professionals, labor unions, and more. We recommend Zappone in this race for her strong support from the progressive community and

    Jenny Zappone

    Jenny Zappone has worked in the county prosecutor's office for more than 10 years.

    Jenny Zappone

    Jenny Zappone has worked in the county prosecutor's office for more than 10 years.

  • Endorsed By: Teamsters Joint Council 28 Bar Association Ratings: Spokane County Bar Association Rating: Exceptionally Well Qualified
  • Spokane County District Court Commissioner Eric Dooyema is running for District Court Judge. Dooyema has served as commissioner since 2018, and has also served as a judge pro tem in numerous courts, including the Spokane Municipal Court.

    Dooyema wants to pivot his experience serving as a member of the bench to have the authority to make policy votes. Some of his priorities include making the courts more accessible with remote access where appropriate, and instituting an intensive, supervised therapeutic court for domestic abusers similar to the ones for DUI court. The Spokane County Bar Association has rating Dooyema as well-qualified.

    Like his opponent, Dooyema has the endorsement of some judges on the Spokane County Superior Court and District Court. However, he lacks the organizational support of Zappone.

    Eric Dooyema

    Spokane County District Court Commissioner Eric Dooyema is running for District Court Judge. Dooyema has served as commissioner since 2018, and has also served as a judge pro tem in numerous courts, including the Spokane Municipal Court.

    Eric Dooyema

    Spokane County District Court Commissioner Eric Dooyema is running for District Court Judge. Dooyema has served as commissioner since 2018, and has also served as a judge pro tem in numerous courts, including the Spokane Municipal Court.

  • Bar Association Ratings: Spokane County Bar Association: Well Qualified
  • Andrew Biviano is running for Spokane County District Court in Position 6. Biviano is already a pro-tem judge for the county’s District Court. He has his own private practice specializing in civil rights law and he formerly worked as both an assistant U.S. attorney and in case management before that.

    Having personally worked with community members experiencing addiction, housing instability, mental illness, and employment challenges, Biviano is running to bring a progressive vision of safety and justice to Spokane. If elected, he wants to uphold the civil rights and dignity of Spokane residents, while building equitable justice and public trust in the court. Biviano has been rated “exceptionally well-qualified” by the county bar association, has a strong track record of defending working people in court, and has earned the endorsements of key judicial leaders across the state.

    Ritzville prosecutor Deanna Crull is the other candidate in this race. She serves as an Airway Heights Court commissioner and a pro tem judge for the county district court. Crull’s campaign priorities are investing in alternatives, reducing recidivism, and building community safety.

    We recommend Andrew Biviano for Judge Position 6 on the Spokane District Court because of his proven track record of community leadership.

    Andrew Biviano

    Andrew Biviano is running for Spokane County District Court in Position 6. Biviano is already a pro-tem judge for the county’s District Court. He has his own private practice specializing in civil rights law and he formerly worked as both an assistant U.S.

    Andrew Biviano

    Andrew Biviano is running for Spokane County District Court in Position 6. Biviano is already a pro-tem judge for the county’s District Court. He has his own private practice specializing in civil rights law and he formerly worked as both an assistant U.S.