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    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.

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    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.
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  • 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.

  • Rep. Derek Kilmer is running for re-election in the 6th Congressional District. He is a moderate Democrat who is a reliable supporter of creating jobs, improving infrastructure, developing small businesses, expanding health care access, reforming campaign financing, and protecting Puget Sound.

    In office this term, he voted for both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and Build Back Better, President Biden's sweeping legislation to fund clean energy, child tax credits, and other progressive priorities. He also wrote the Tiny Homes for Veterans Act of 2021, which would establish a pilot program within the Department of Veterans Affairs to build tiny home villages for veterans experiencing homelessness. Now, Kilmer is running for re-election to continue helping middle-class families, creating living-wage jobs, and supporting small businesses that were hurt in the pandemic. He supported the Women's Health Protection Act and pledges to keep fighting to codify abortion rights in federal law.

    Also in this race is former education researcher Elizabeth Kreiselmaier. She is running on a MAGA Republican platform that prioritizes dismantling the Affordable Care Act in the middle of a global pandemic, defunding Planned Parenthood, and removing equitable access to education by privatizing our schools. Kreiselmaier has promoted many far-right conspiracy theories, including supporting those seeking to overturn the will of the voters in the 2020 election to install Trump back in power.

    Kilmer is the clear choice in this race to continue bringing steady leadership rooted in the district during these tumultuous times.

    Derek Kilmer

    Rep. Derek Kilmer is running for re-election in the 6th Congressional District.

    Derek Kilmer

    Rep. Derek Kilmer is running for re-election in the 6th Congressional District.

  • 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 a 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 as 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 that 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 nonpartisan 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.

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  • Rep. Mike Chapman is a moderate Democrat running for re-election to the 24th Legislative District, House Position 1. First elected in 2016, Chapman has fought for economic policies that create jobs in rural communities and protect the environment. In previous sessions, he was a co-sponsor of a major environmental bill to reduce state greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 and focused on quality K-12 education. This year, he sponsored legislation to expand early childhood development programs and affordable child care.

    Chapman's opponent, Sue Forde, has been involved in the Republican Party for years, serving as the elected chair of the Clallam County Republican Party since 2019. She is adamant about maintaining the state's upside-down tax code, which benefits the wealthiest Washingtonians at the expense of middle- and low-income families. Like many other Republicans running this year, her emphasis on law enforcement as the solution to community needs and her desire to remove medically accurate sexual health education for students reflect a regressive agenda that would bring our state backward. Her endorsement from Jesse Young, one of the state's most extreme anti-abortion Republican lawmakers, points to a candidate who would not protect constituents' freedom to choose when and if to have a family.

    While we have been disappointed in some of Chapman's stances, including his previous inaction on police accountability, he far outmatches his conservative opponent with his forward-looking vision for the district. Vote Mike Chapman for the 24th District.

    Mike Chapman

    Rep. Mike Chapman is a moderate Democrat running for re-election to the 24th Legislative District, House Position 1. First elected in 2016, Chapman has fought for economic policies that create jobs in rural communities and protect the environment.

    Mike Chapman

    Rep. Mike Chapman is a moderate Democrat running for re-election to the 24th Legislative District, House Position 1. First elected in 2016, Chapman has fought for economic policies that create jobs in rural communities and protect the environment.

  • Rep. Steve Tharinger is running for re-election to the 24th Legislative District in House Position 2. Since 2010, Tharinger has been a progressive leader for the district, passionate about providing affordable health care options to all Washingtonians and unwavering in his advocacy for innovative policies that protect the environment.

    This year, Tharinger sponsored bills to keep our communities safe by restricting ghost guns and prohibiting firearms in school board meetings. He also passed legislation to expand the paid family and medical leave program and increase youth access to behavioral health care.

    Tharinger's opponent is Republican Brian Pruiett, who is making a second attempt to unseat Rep. Tharinger. Much of his platform is just rants about the governor and Democrats using an endless stream of Republican talking points. Some of his more absurd policies include producing a "polite society" by arming more people and rolling back police accountability. His plans to address homelessness and people struggling to afford rent include the helpful statement, "don't be underemployed." Notably, he also opposes increasing funding for public schools to ensure our kids have everything they need to succeed.

    Like many Republicans running this year, Pruiett is trying to divide and scare on crime instead of providing our communities the care, security, and support we need. Our communities are safe when everyone, no matter what they look like or what zip code they're in, has opportunities for affordable health care, a great education, and fair wages.

    Steve Tharinger's experience and ability to pass solid health and environmental protections make him the best choice in this race.

    Steve Tharinger

    Rep. Steve Tharinger is running for re-election to the 24th Legislative District in House Position 2.

    Steve Tharinger

    Rep. Steve Tharinger is running for re-election to the 24th Legislative District in House Position 2.

Depending on where you live, you may have the below county races on your ballot.

  • Incumbent Democrat Greg Brotherton is running for re-election to continue serving as the Jefferson County commissioner for District 3. Brotherton was first elected to the seat in 2018. Outside of public office, Brotherton re-opened the Quilcene Village Store and served on the Quilcene School Board.

    Brotherton is running on a platform to address the housing crisis to make sure all Jefferson County residents have a roof over their heads. To build housing security, he wants to expand affordable options while investing in services for those experiencing homelessness. Brotherton took the COVID-19 pandemic seriously when it began and he is committed to continuing to strengthen public health and following the science in policy making. Brotherton also wants to prioritize climate action and public infrastructure investments. His re-election campaign has earned the support of a number of elected leaders and community members.

    Brotherton has a Republican challenger in this race, Marcia Kelbon. She is an attorney who has worked as a startup executive and an engineer with the Navy. She identifies as a moderate but is actually running on a Republican platform. Kelbon would eliminate regulations that protect workers and consumers in order to boost profits for corporations.

    Greg Brotherton is the best choice in this race. He deserves your vote to continue serving Jefferson County as the District 3 commissioner.

    Greg Brotherton

    Incumbent Democrat Greg Brotherton is running for re-election to continue serving as the Jefferson County commissioner for District 3. Brotherton was first elected to the seat in 2018.

    Greg Brotherton

    Incumbent Democrat Greg Brotherton is running for re-election to continue serving as the Jefferson County commissioner for District 3. Brotherton was first elected to the seat in 2018.

  • Incumbent James Kennedy is running unopposed for re-election to serve in the Jefferson County prosecutor’s office. In Jefferson County, like in a handful of other counties in the state, the elected county prosecutor is also responsible for serving as the county’s coroner. Kennedy has served in this dual role since 2018 and worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Yakima, Jefferson, and Clallam counties before that.

    In office, Kennedy has focused on delivering reliable leadership and quality legal services. His priorities continue to be providing support and agency for crime victims, expanding care services for mental health and addiction, and working alongside law enforcement on accountability.

    Kennedy has earned your vote to serve Jefferson County for another term.

    James M. Kennedy

    Incumbent James Kennedy is running unopposed for re-election to serve in the Jefferson County prosecutor’s office. In Jefferson County, like in a handful of other counties in the state, the elected county prosecutor is also responsible for serving as the county’s coroner.

    James M. Kennedy

    Incumbent James Kennedy is running unopposed for re-election to serve in the Jefferson County prosecutor’s office. In Jefferson County, like in a handful of other counties in the state, the elected county prosecutor is also responsible for serving as the county’s coroner.

  • Two Democrats are running for Jefferson County sheriff: incumbent Joe Nole and Art Frank. Joe Nole has been county sheriff for the past four years but has spent the last 32 years in the sheriff’s office, holding positions varying from patrol deputy to appointed sheriff. Before that, he worked as a backcountry ranger for the forest service. Now, he volunteers with the county’s Behavioral Health Court and Homeless Task Force.

    Nole is running on a platform of community policing, which to him means that the sheriff’s office takes responsibility for prevention and treatment as well as formal policing. Nole believes that it is the role of the office to compassionately address mental illness, homelessness, and addiction in Jefferson County in order to make everyone safer, healthier, and more able to lead full lives. He believes he can draw from his experience while helping the office adapt positively to changes brought by the pandemic, law enforcement reform, and the racial justice movement.

    Art Frank is a Jefferson County fire commissioner, member of the administrative board of JeffCom 911, and former county undersheriff. Frank is challenging Nole as a fellow Democrat with a less clear vision for the role. He wants to bring positive change to the office and increase community responsiveness if elected.

    Sheriff Nole is running on a slightly more progressive platform and deserves your vote for Jefferson County sheriff.

    Joe Nole

    Two Democrats are running for Jefferson County sheriff: incumbent Joe Nole and Art Frank. Joe Nole has been county sheriff for the past four years but has spent the last 32 years in the sheriff’s office, holding positions varying from patrol deputy to appointed sheriff.

    Joe Nole

    Two Democrats are running for Jefferson County sheriff: incumbent Joe Nole and Art Frank. Joe Nole has been county sheriff for the past four years but has spent the last 32 years in the sheriff’s office, holding positions varying from patrol deputy to appointed sheriff.

  • 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 in 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 prosecution and public defense, Madsen has extensive knowledge of the criminal legal 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 in 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 in 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 both a Trinidadian immigrant and openly gay, and 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.