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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

    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.

Congress

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

  • 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.

  • Dr. Kim Schrier is seeking re-election to her seat in the U.S. House representing Washington’s 8th Congressional District. Prior to serving two terms in Congress, she worked as a pediatrician and ran a local pediatric practice in Issaquah caring for kids and families across the region.

    Schrier has consistently brought her professional health expertise and community-driven values to Congress. Unlike her Republican opponent, Schrier would support a federal law protecting reproductive freedom for all Americans. This term, Schrier supported the bipartisan infrastructure bill that will provide essential funding to improve local roads and bridges, as well as $19 million dollars for pedestrian safety projects in the 8th District alone. She also voted for Build Back Better, which would have provided funding for early education, extended the child tax credit, reduced the cost of child care, and combated climate change. If re-elected, Schrier wants to prioritize the everyday needs of working families as well as be a compelling changemaker on public health issues like affordable prescriptions, gun violence prevention, clean air, and access to healthy food.

    Schrier faces a challenge from Trump Republican Matt Larkin, one of the most far-right candidates on the ballot in Washington this year. He is also one of the state's most staunchly anti-abortion candidates, calling for federal legislation to ban abortions nationwide, and even opposing certain contraceptives and Plan B options. Larkin is running on a Trump Republican platform that scapegoats our community members struggling the most. Larkin also joins some of the most extreme right-wing candidates in his refusal to acknowledge that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, ignoring the will of the people. 

    Schrier has been a standout member of Congress working across party lines to get things done for her district. She has earned your vote for re-election.

    Kim Schrier

    Dr. Kim Schrier is seeking re-election to her seat in the U.S. House representing Washington’s 8th Congressional District. Prior to serving two terms in Congress, she worked as a pediatrician and ran a local pediatric practice in Issaquah caring for kids and families across the region.

    Kim Schrier

    Dr. Kim Schrier is seeking re-election to her seat in the U.S. House representing Washington’s 8th Congressional District. Prior to serving two terms in Congress, she worked as a pediatrician and ran a local pediatric practice in Issaquah caring for kids and families across the region.

  • Rep. Marilyn Strickland is seeking re-election to Washington’s 10th District in the U.S. House. Strickland previously served as the mayor of Tacoma and on the city’s council before joining Congress in 2021, when she became the first African American and Korean American representative from Washington. She also formerly led both the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Pierce Transit.

    In her years serving the public, Strickland has been a champion for working people in Washington and beyond. She has worked to lower the cost of prescription medicine, recover social security and veterans' benefits, and make corporations pay their share. Strickland also advocated for strong investments in public infrastructure like clean water, broadband, roadways, and parks. If re-elected, she will continue to fight for reproductive freedom, accessible health care, stable housing, and voting rights.

    Keith Swank is a police officer and SWAT member who joined this race on a MAGA Republican platform to undo the progress Rep. Strickland has made. Swank is stoking fears by promising that our communities will be safer if we just put more people in our overcrowded prisons and send more militarized police forces into our neighborhoods. At the same time, he wants to oppose investments in affordable health care, food and gas, rent, and education that actually make our communities safer in order to favor wealthy corporations. In this campaign, he has criticized the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, parroted Trump's conspiracy theories, and defended the fossil fuel industry which continues to prioritize profits above the health of our planet and our families.

    Strickland is the clear choice in this race.

    Marilyn Strickland

    Rep. Marilyn Strickland is seeking re-election to Washington’s 10th District in the U.S. House.

    Marilyn Strickland

    Rep. Marilyn Strickland is seeking re-election to Washington’s 10th District in the U.S. House.

  • 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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Legislative Races

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

No Good Choices

Andrew Barkis - 2nd LD - No Good Choices

Republican incumbent Rep. Andrew Barkis is running for re-election to the 2nd Legislative District, Position 1. Barkis joined the Legislature in 2016 and previously worked full-time in property management rentals. He serves as a ranking Republican member of the House Transportation Committee.

Andrew Barkis - 2nd LD - No Good Choices

Republican incumbent Rep. Andrew Barkis is running for re-election to the 2nd Legislative District, Position 1. Barkis joined the Legislature in 2016 and previously worked full-time in property management rentals. He serves as a ranking Republican member of the House Transportation Committee.

No Good Choices

JT Wilcox - 2nd LD - No Good Choices

There are no good choices in this race. Incumbent Republican Rep. JT Wilcox is running for re-election to Position 2 in the 2nd Legislative District. A ranking conservative leader in the House, Wilcox has been opposing progressive legislation in Olympia since assuming office in 2011.

JT Wilcox - 2nd LD - No Good Choices

There are no good choices in this race. Incumbent Republican Rep. JT Wilcox is running for re-election to Position 2 in the 2nd Legislative District. A ranking conservative leader in the House, Wilcox has been opposing progressive legislation in Olympia since assuming office in 2011.

  • Jamie Smith is challenging conservative Rep. Kelly Chambers for Position 1 in the 25th Legislative District. Smith is an executive board member and former teacher’s union representative for the Puyallup Education Association and has spent almost two decades as a teacher in local high schools. She is also a running coach in the school district and a regional curriculum trainer.

    Smith is running to counter conservative rhetoric that divides our district and to increase the quality of life for everyone. Her campaign priorities include tackling the housing crisis, investing in students and education, helping Washingtonians access the health care they need, upgrading transit and public infrastructure, and protecting our environment. In this race, Smith has earned the endorsements of progressive leaders, local unions, and community organizations.

    Chambers was first elected to the Legislature in 2018 and owns a vineyard outside of her legislative work. She has been endorsed by far-right extremists in past races and was a staunch opponent of commonsense safety measures during the height of the pandemic. This year, she voted against legislation to protect our communities from gun violence, including opposing a bill to prohibit guns at election offices.

    Residents in the 25th Legislative District deserve a representative who will invest in public needs and respect community health. We recommend Jamie Smith to represent the 25th Legislative District in Position 1.

    Jamie Smith

    Jamie Smith is challenging conservative Rep. Kelly Chambers for Position 1 in the 25th Legislative District. Smith is an executive board member and former teacher’s union representative for the Puyallup Education Association and has spent almost two decades as a teacher in local high schools.

    Jamie Smith

    Jamie Smith is challenging conservative Rep. Kelly Chambers for Position 1 in the 25th Legislative District. Smith is an executive board member and former teacher’s union representative for the Puyallup Education Association and has spent almost two decades as a teacher in local high schools.

  • Cameron Severns advanced from the primary election as a Democratic write-in candidate challenging Republican Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen in the 25th Legislative District. Severns works in financial advising and real estate and he serves as a board member at South Hill Church, where he also leads an addiction-recovery ministry.

    Severns is running on a more moderate platform that emphasizes the values of problem solving and bringing the district together. If elected, he wants to fight for reproductive freedom, renters protections and legislation to keep people housed, and a community response to public safety. He promises to engage diverse community stakeholders and foster mutual respect in order to create a higher quality of life in the 25th Legislative District.

    Rep. Jacobsen joined the Legislature in 2021 after serving on the Puyallup City Council and teaching at Pierce College Puyallup Campus. She is running on a conservative platform opposing basic freedoms such as marriage equality and access to reproductive health care. Jacobsen advocates for “biblical citizenship” based on her church’s far-right views. This session, she voted against a slate of progressive bills such as new gun safety measures and environmental protections.

    Cameron Severns is the best choice in this race for 25th Legislative District, Position 2.

    Cameron Severns

    Cameron Severns advanced from the primary election as a Democratic write-in candidate challenging Republican Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen in the 25th Legislative District.

    Cameron Severns

    Cameron Severns advanced from the primary election as a Democratic write-in candidate challenging Republican Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen in the 25th Legislative District.

  • Emily Randall is one of the Legislature's strongest advocates for expanding access to health care and protecting reproductive freedom. Prior to running for public office in 2018, Randall worked at Planned Parenthood, where she advocated for improving health outcomes for local underserved populations.

    Randall has been a productive legislator responsible for writing and passing a host of bills during her four years in office. Her accomplishments include raising the minimum wage for people with disabilities, eliminating disparities in medical training, and extending postpartum health care coverage. She also sponsored legislation that would have protected health care access for families in rural areas.

    Randall is running for re-election to reduce the cost of higher education and expand job training programs for graduating high school seniors. She also wants to expand access to affordable health care for Washington families.

    In stark contrast to Randall's record of building consensus to pass legislation, her opponent, Rep. Jesse Young, is one of the most extreme MAGA Republicans in Olympia. Young sponsored several bills aimed at eliminating abortion access long before the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade. After the 2020 election, Young traveled to Arizona to promote Trump's election conspiracy that sought to overturn the will of the people. During the height of the pandemic, he promoted dangerous, anti-science lies that put lives at risk.

    Beyond his radical policy positions, Young also displayed serious lapses in judgment and character while in office. In 2017, Young was banned from managing legislative staff because of "a pattern of hostile and intimidating behavior" in his office. If elected to the Senate, Young can be expected to continue pushing a radical agenda that's far out of step with the people of the 26th Legislative District.

    As abortion and health care come under attack by conservatives both federally and at the state level, it is imperative that senators continue to expand coverage and make sure that health care is accessible for all. We strongly recommend a vote for Sen. Emily Randall in the 26th Legislative District.

    Emily Randall

    Emily Randall is one of the Legislature's strongest advocates for expanding access to health care and protecting reproductive freedom.

    Emily Randall

    Emily Randall is one of the Legislature's strongest advocates for expanding access to health care and protecting reproductive freedom.

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  • Adison Richards is a lawyer running for the 26th Legislative District, Position 1. Richards previously worked for the Northwest Justice Project, which provides free legal assistance for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, among others. Richards also volunteers extensively in the community, including the Downtown Waterfront Alliance, Harbor History Museum, Tacoma Pro-Bono, and Bremerton NAACP. He wants to bring a vision of opportunity for all to Olympia to ensure that everyone in the district, no matter what they do for work or where they live, has the tools they need to succeed.

    He believes public safety should include designated first responders with mental health training as well as more robust social services to address the underlying causes of crime, including the lack of affordable housing and job opportunities. He wants to support local shellfish farming, technical schools and apprenticeships, as well as expand rural broadband and fix local transportation issues, like the Fox Island bridge.

    His opponent, Spencer Hutchins, served on the Gig Harbor City Council from 2017 to 2019 and is the co-owner of a real estate company. Hutchins wants to repeal the clean fuel standard, which will improve air quality by reducing dirty transportation emissions, as well as the capital gains tax, which will make the extraordinarily wealthy in our state finally pay their share. He also wants to repeal the long-term care law, which would help the majority of residents in Washington who will eventually need caregiving for daily needs, especially seniors and vulnerable populations.

    Hutchins' reactionary agenda is endorsed by a slate of conservatives and Republicans, who are pouring money into this race. Notably, the Republican is also endorsed by representatives like Reps. Jesse Young and Jan Angel, two of the state's most anti-choice legislators who have repeatedly attempted advocated for restricting Washingtonians' freedom to choose if and when to have children.

    Richards is by far the best choice for Position 1 from the 26th Legislative District.

    Adison Richards

    Adison Richards is a lawyer running for the 26th Legislative District, Position 1. Richards previously worked for the Northwest Justice Project, which provides free legal assistance for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, among others.

    Adison Richards

    Adison Richards is a lawyer running for the 26th Legislative District, Position 1. Richards previously worked for the Northwest Justice Project, which provides free legal assistance for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, among others.

  • Nursing home administrator Matt Macklin is running for the 26th Legislative District, Position 2 to build healthier communities and advocate for workers.

    He notes that the fragile and underfunded systems of healthcare and housing buckled under the strain of the pandemic. He believes the Legislature can do more to retain skilled workers, including more fair reimbursement for mid-level providers. He also believes that investment into broadband internet and green energy would help grow the economy in the right direction. Macklin wants to see training centers for trade jobs, including health trades but also electricians, teachers, and more.

    His opponent is Republican incumbent Michelle Caldier, who has stood in opposition of progressive policies more often in recent years. In 2022, she opposed legislation to expand access to reproductive health care and opposed commonsense gun safety legislation, including prohibiting the sale of high capacity gun magazines. In past years, she voted against prohibiting discrimination based on immigration status or citizenship and she opposed automatic voter registration, which makes it easier for eligible citizens to vote.

    Macklin is the best choice in this race.

    Matt Macklin

    Nursing home administrator Matt Macklin is running for the 26th Legislative District, Position 2 to build healthier communities and advocate for workers.

    Matt Macklin

    Nursing home administrator Matt Macklin is running for the 26th Legislative District, Position 2 to build healthier communities and advocate for workers.

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  • Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins is running for re-election to the 27th Legislative District in Position 1. She has been a passionate and effective champion for progressive values, particularly in her fight for women, equity, and closing tax loopholes. She now serves as the first woman and LBGTQ+ speaker of the House in Washington.

    Jinkins consistently advocates for the wealthy to pay their share and provide the resources our communities need to thrive. Recently, she has pledged to protect the right to abortion in Washington state since Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the conservative Supreme Court majority. In previous sessions, Jinkins sponsored bills to improve education funding and secure resources for a new health clinic in Hilltop that serves low-income patients.

    Jinkins' opponent this year is Republican Jalonnie Givens-Jackson. He describes himself as a MAGA enthusiast and liberal gang member turned conservative activist. His policy points are mostly slogans: Authorize Policing, Accountability in Government, and Family Structure is Everything. Givens-Jackson states that he wants to "fully arm law enforcement" and roll back police accountability measures made at the state level. He also wants to see the capital gains tax repealed - one of the few measures that will finally make the state's ultrawealthy pay their share.

    Givens-Jackson's plans to empower the state's richest residents and continue to pour money into militarized police don't speak to the needs of the vast majority in the district. Speaker Jinkins is an integral part of progressive advocacy in the state and has worked hard to improve life for all in the district and the state. She has earned your vote for state House once again this year.

    Laurie Jinkins

    Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins is running for re-election to the 27th Legislative District in Position 1. She has been a passionate and effective champion for progressive values, particularly in her fight for women, equity, and closing tax loopholes.

    Laurie Jinkins

    Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins is running for re-election to the 27th Legislative District in Position 1. She has been a passionate and effective champion for progressive values, particularly in her fight for women, equity, and closing tax loopholes.

  • Rep. Jake Fey is running for re-election to House Position 2 in the 27th Legislative District. He is a reliable progressive who has championed youth, environmental, and education issues in Olympia. As the son of German immigrants who helped raise his younger siblings at age 13 after his father passed away, Fey is very committed to ensuring future generations of Washingtonians have the support they need to succeed.

    Fey is a transportation advocate who has used his position leading the House Transportation Committee to improve mobility for all. This year, he worked with his Senate colleague Marko Liias to pass the greenest transportation package in Washington's history. He also sponsored bills recently to require the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and led the legislative response to address the transportation budget shortfall.

    Beyond transportation and the environment, Fey also sponsored bills this year to increase student access to mental health resources and establish community oversight boards to increase transparency around law enforcement's interactions with the public.

    Fey's challenger this year is Janet Large, a Republican precinct committee officer for the 27th Legislative District. She is running on a MAGA platform that would deny students a comprehensive, 21st-century education and emphasizes militarized police forces instead of proven solutions to keep our communities safe. Large also wants to take away Washington's secure, proven vote-by-mail system and replace it with in-person paper ballots, citing claims of voter fraud that echo the claims of conservatives who attempted to steal the presidential election in 2020. She has no substantial platform on how to address the housing crisis or improve transportation, stating only that she will reduce regulations. This fails to address the network of needs of so many Washingtonians for more behavioral health care, rental protections, and affordable housing options.

    The state can't afford to go backward on voting rights, comprehensive education, and more, nor rely solely on big real estate businesses to address our housing crisis. Our communities need real leadership experience and not political sloganeering. Jake Fey is the best choice in this race.

    Jake Fey

    Rep. Jake Fey is running for re-election to House Position 2 in the 27th Legislative District. He is a reliable progressive who has championed youth, environmental, and education issues in Olympia.

    Jake Fey

    Rep. Jake Fey is running for re-election to House Position 2 in the 27th Legislative District. He is a reliable progressive who has championed youth, environmental, and education issues in Olympia.

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  • Rep. Mari Leavitt is running for re-election for the 28th Legislative District, House Position 1. Leavitt previously worked as the deputy director of Pierce County Human Services and has also served as a PTSA board member in University Place, chair of the Pierce County Ethics Commission, and on the Mel Korum YMCA board of directors.

    As a legislator, Leavitt has focused on improving education and advocating for veterans and military families. During her time in Olympia, Leavitt supported legislation to combat the climate crisis and passed bipartisan legislation to support military families, helping veterans qualify for commercial drivers' licenses and guaranteeing in-state residency status for members and their families pursuing higher education. She has also sponsored legislation this year to address lead in drinking water, help juveniles contacted by law enforcement secure legal representation, and support emergency shelters. If re-elected, Leavitt wants to continue her work supporting affordable housing, education, and more.

    Leavitt's opponent in this race is former sheriff's deputy, Marine, and current Pierce College professor Gabe Sachwitz. As of late October, Sachwitz still has no concrete details available about his platform. His official voters' guide statement says that he will address crime and the cost of living, though not how he plans to address them.

    Leavitt has been a strong advocate for the district and is the best choice in this race.

    Mari Leavitt

    Rep. Mari Leavitt is running for re-election for the 28th Legislative District, House Position 1.

    Mari Leavitt

    Rep. Mari Leavitt is running for re-election for the 28th Legislative District, House Position 1.

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  • Firefighter and incumbent Rep. Dan Bronoske is running for re-election in the 28th Legislative District for House Position 2. Bronoske has worked as a firefighter in Pierce County and Lakewood for almost two decades. As an active union member, he has spent his time in Olympia advocating for policies that protect all workers.

    Bronoske delivered on his 2020 campaign promises to support working families, address the opioid epidemic, reduce health care costs, and improve our transportation system. This year, he was the prime sponsor of a bill to protect workers and allow the state to address work-related musculoskeletal injuries. He also sponsored bills to restrict law enforcement's use and acquisition of military equipment and enhance the unemployment system for those struggling during the pandemic.

    Bronoske's commitment to increased health care access and a progressive pandemic response is informed by his career as a first responder. If re-elected, he will continue to stand for workers and working families in his district and beyond.

    Bronoske faces a challenge from Air Force veteran Susanna Keilman. She joins many Republicans this year in attempting to paint police accountability measures passed by the Legislature as "anti-policing." Keilman also states that she will work on tax relief by doing a performance evaluation on and auditing every state employee - which adds up to over 65,000 everyday working people, from nurses to teachers to maintenance workers - as a means to slash the budget. A faster and more effective solution would be to balance our state's upside-down tax code and have the wealthy finally pay their share, which Republicans have so far almost unanimously refused to do in the Legislature. Much of the rest of Keilman's agenda focuses on affordability, but she has no policy proposals on her site about how she would address the cost of food, medical care, and more, saying only that she will provide accountability and transparency.

    Rep. Bronoske has proven that he is willing to help communities better access everyday needs and keep our neighborhoods safe with proven policy solutions. Bronoske is the best choice in this race.

    Daniel A. Bronoske

    Firefighter and incumbent Rep. Dan Bronoske is running for re-election in the 28th Legislative District for House Position 2. Bronoske has worked as a firefighter in Pierce County and Lakewood for almost two decades.

    Daniel A. Bronoske

    Firefighter and incumbent Rep. Dan Bronoske is running for re-election in the 28th Legislative District for House Position 2. Bronoske has worked as a firefighter in Pierce County and Lakewood for almost two decades.

  • Democrat

    Steve Conway

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  • Sen. Steve Conway is running for re-election to the 29th Legislative District. He served for 18 years in the state House before moving to the Senate in 2011.

    Conway is a longtime advocate for working people, including raising the minimum wage and improving access to union apprenticeships. In recent sessions, he has sponsored legislation to give first responders compensation for PTSD suffered while on the job as well as a wealth tax that would finally require Washington's extremely wealthy individuals to pay their share for the resources we all use.

    His opponent is former Republican district leader Terry Harder, a perennial candidate who has run for office eight times since 2008. Harder's disjointed agenda displays some of the worst of recent conservative talking points, including MAGA rhetoric about increasing militarized police, reducing police accountability measures, and pushing fossil fuels. He also wants to repeal age-appropriate sexual health education for students, opposes changes to the tax code to make the ultrawealthy finally pay their share, and wants to reduce environmental regulations on carbon emissions. Harder's complete lack of policy details as of late October marks him as an unserious candidate for Legislature.

    Sen. Steve Conway is the clear choice in this race.

    Steve Conway

    Sen. Steve Conway is running for re-election to the 29th Legislative District. He served for 18 years in the state House before moving to the Senate in 2011.

    Steve Conway

    Sen. Steve Conway is running for re-election to the 29th Legislative District. He served for 18 years in the state House before moving to the Senate in 2011.

  • Rep. Melanie Morgan is running for re-election for the 29th Legislative District, House Position 1. Morgan is an Army veteran who was elected to the Franklin-Pierce School Board in 2015 and worked with Young Life to create a mentorship group for young Black men, focusing on participation in STEM fields. Since 2018, she has been an advocate for representation and equity in Olympia where she has served as the deputy majority floor leader.

    In previous legislative sessions, Morgan was the lead sponsor of legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination, preventing gun violence, and establishing the Washington State Office of Equity. More recently, Morgan helped ensure that $200 million was invested in the community for violence prevention programs, legal aid, and reentry support, especially for communities hurt by the war on drugs. Morgan has secured funding for a new Parkland/Spanaway homeless shelter, rental assistance, and charity care for those who need medical services but are struggling to afford them. As someone who has personally experienced homelessness, she was an important sponsor of this year's middle housing bill, which would have increased housing options around transit if passed.

    We are concerned about recent reports that Morgan "engaged in abusive and bullying conduct" while in office. Leaders of the House Democrats are waiting for the completion of her appeal before taking any action.

    Also in this race is Republican Brett Johnson, an Air Force veteran and sawmill and furniture business owner who has also served on the Sound Transit Citizen Oversight Panel, among other roles. Johnson also ran unsuccessfully last year against Kiara Daniels for Tacoma City Council,  As of late October, Johnson has still not released a detailed platform or list of priorities if elected. 

    Voters deserve more transparency than Johnson has offered about how he would represent them in Olympia. Morgan has earned strong support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations and is the best choice in this race. 

    Melanie Morgan

    Rep. Melanie Morgan is running for re-election for the 29th Legislative District, House Position 1.

    Melanie Morgan

    Rep. Melanie Morgan is running for re-election for the 29th Legislative District, House Position 1.

  • No Party Preference

    Chris Vance

    Evergreen Future
    Evergreen Future
  • Chris Vance is challenging Trump Republican Sen. Phil Fortunato as an independent. Vance has previously served in elected office both in the state Legislature and as a member of the Metropolitan King County Council. He was the former chair of the state’s Republican party and now works for King County in communications and serves as a senior fellow at the Niskanen Center, a Libertarian think tank.

    Vance is an outspoken voice against the MAGA Republican trend in the local party he used to lead. His campaign priorities include making sure all public schools have the resources they need for students to thrive and improving our transit system. Unfortunately, he also wants to direct resources away from the things that make our communities safe and strong like affordable housing, accessible health care, and clean parks, and instead use those funds to expand and militarize police forces.

    Fortunato typifies the extreme Republicans Vance opposes. On the first day of the legislative session this year, Fortunato was escorted off the legislative campus for refusing to follow basic COVID-19 protections. Later, he falsely told constituents that COVID safety guidelines have caused more deaths than the virus itself, which has claimed 1 million lives. Fortunato has also promoted far-right conspiracies that seek to overturn the will of the people in the 2020 election and he recently said that the state’s equity efforts were racial “segregation.”

    Residents of the 31st Legislative District deserve a representative who will put community needs above extremist ideologies and conspiracy beliefs. Though he is not a progressive, Chris Vance is the best choice in this race for state senator.

    Chris Vance

    Chris Vance is challenging Trump Republican Sen. Phil Fortunato as an independent. Vance has previously served in elected office both in the state Legislature and as a member of the Metropolitan King County Council.

    Chris Vance

    Chris Vance is challenging Trump Republican Sen. Phil Fortunato as an independent. Vance has previously served in elected office both in the state Legislature and as a member of the Metropolitan King County Council.

  • Holly Stanton is an attorney and small business owner running in the 31st Legislative District for Position 1. Stanton is a moderate Democrat and a first-time candidate who wants to strengthen community services so that we can all put food on our tables and access quality health care, housing, and schools. She would also prioritize environmental protections to build a sustainable future for generations to come. Unfortunately, Stanton also supports some more conservative policies around increasing policing instead of expanding public services and infrastructure to keep our communities safe.

    Stanton is challenging Republican Rep. Drew Stokesbary, a practicing attorney at his own law firm. In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Stokesbary and a few of his GOP colleagues sued Gov. Inslee over the Stay-At-Home order. While many Washington families are struggling to afford the basics like health care, medicine, housing, child care, and education, Stokesbary has opposed investments in our communities in favor of tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. Though he claims to be interested in public safety, he recently voted against a bill to keep our communities safe from high-capacity firearms and wrongly believes that sending militarized police forces into our neighborhoods will make us safer. Stokesbary has taken some good votes, however, including supporting the Working Families Tax Credit.

    Though there are no progressive candidates in this race, Holly Stanton is the best candidate to advocate for community needs in Legislative District 31, Position 1.

    Holly Stanton

    Holly Stanton is an attorney and small business owner running in the 31st Legislative District for Position 1.

    Holly Stanton

    Holly Stanton is an attorney and small business owner running in the 31st Legislative District for Position 1.

  • Carrie Wilbur is a Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Eric Robertson for the 31st Legislative District, Position 2 after making it on the ballot from a successful write-in campaign in the primary. Wilbur has been self-employed and previously worked as a caregiver. She was a co-founder and now serves as a board chair for the local nonprofit Out of the Gray, Caring for Caregivers.

    Wilbur is running to make her district a place where all residents can have their needs met and thrive. She wants to fight for self-determination in reproductive health care, balancing our state’s upside-down tax code, building racial equity, addressing homelessness preventatively through affordable housing solutions, and advocating for people with disabilities. Her progressive vision also includes advocating for caregivers of disabled loved ones who lack institutional support and are rarely paid for their work.

    Rep. Eric Robertson first served in the Legislature from 1994 to 1998 before switching to a career in law enforcement and then rejoining the state House in his current position in 2021. He is promoting a Trump Republican agenda that includes critiquing basic COVID safety guidelines, preventing schools from teaching age-appropriate sexual health education, and relying on over-policing to address addiction issues in our community. In the last session, he voted against commonsense gun safety legislation and updates to the state’s climate goals.

    Carrie Wilbur is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote to take science seriously and put the community first.

    Carrie Wilbur

    Carrie Wilbur is a Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Eric Robertson for the 31st Legislative District, Position 2 after making it on the ballot from a successful write-in campaign in the primary. Wilbur has been self-employed and previously worked as a caregiver.

    Carrie Wilbur

    Carrie Wilbur is a Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Eric Robertson for the 31st Legislative District, Position 2 after making it on the ballot from a successful write-in campaign in the primary. Wilbur has been self-employed and previously worked as a caregiver.

  • Lakewood City Council member Linda Farmer is running for Pierce County auditor. Outside city council work, Farmer is the chief communications officer for the state’s Department of Enterprise Services and previously worked for the county library system. She is an active community leader serving on the South Sound Housing Affordability Partners board and Washington’s Sex Offender Policy Board.

    Farmer is running to ensure the auditor’s office operates as efficiently and transparently as possible. She wants to expand voter access through increased drop box availability, multi-language services, and civic engagement education. Farmer also wants to modernize the office so that records and license services can be as quick and efficient as possible for residents.

    Farmer is running against Deryl McCarty, the former deputy county auditor. He is a conservative who has the endorsement of the Pierce County Republican Party in this nonpartisan race. McCarty’s platform is based on MAGA conspiracies of election fraud and he dangerously stokes mistrust in our democratic institutions.

    We recommend Linda Farmer in this race because of her experience in public service and her support from elected leaders.

    Linda Farmer

    Lakewood City Council member Linda Farmer is running for Pierce County auditor. Outside city council work, Farmer is the chief communications officer for the state’s Department of Enterprise Services and previously worked for the county library system.

    Linda Farmer

    Lakewood City Council member Linda Farmer is running for Pierce County auditor. Outside city council work, Farmer is the chief communications officer for the state’s Department of Enterprise Services and previously worked for the county library system.

  • Incumbent Pierce County prosecutor Mary Robnett is running unopposed for re-election. Robnett was first elected to the role in 2018 but has spent a combined total of 28 years in the county office and attorney general’s office. Before that, she worked in emergency dispatch. Now, she serves as board president of the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County.

    Robnett is running to continue putting her experience to use to make Pierce County a safer place for everyone despite the effects of the opioid epidemic and a rise in felony cases. Though she is a nonpartisan candidate with support from both sides of the aisle and a more moderate platform, she has earned endorsements from a number of local Democratic organizations in this race.

    Mary Robnett is a fair and committed public servant who will bring nonpartisan leadership as the Pierce County prosecuting attorney. She deserves your vote for another term.

    Mary Robnett

    Incumbent Pierce County prosecutor Mary Robnett is running unopposed for re-election. Robnett was first elected to the role in 2018 but has spent a combined total of 28 years in the county office and attorney general’s office. Before that, she worked in emergency dispatch.

    Mary Robnett

    Incumbent Pierce County prosecutor Mary Robnett is running unopposed for re-election. Robnett was first elected to the role in 2018 but has spent a combined total of 28 years in the county office and attorney general’s office. Before that, she worked in emergency dispatch.

  • Republican

    Dave Morell

  •  There are no progressive candidates in the race for Pierce County Council in District 1.

    Republican incumbent Dave Morell is running for re-election to the seat where he has served since 2019. Morell chairs the public safety committee and has also run a few local businesses. He also previously served in the Washington state House representing the 25th Legislative District. In this race, Morell’s top priority is pouring more money into law enforcement budgets to expand and militarize police forces and send them into our neighborhoods. Morell’s platform neglects policy that really keeps us safe: community investments that help us afford rent, gas, groceries, health care services, child care, and prescription medication.

    Timothy Tooker is challenging Morell as an “America First (R)” Party candidate. Tooker is a military veteran, general contractor and realtor, and vice chair of the 25th Legislative District Republicans. In August 2020 at a counterprotest for a Black Lives Matter rally, Tooker threw his neighbor to the ground and injured him when the neighbor tried to de-escalate Tooker’s aggressive behavior toward Black Lives Matter activists. Now, Tooker is running for county council in order to oppose the “onslaught of socialism” and “indentured servitude,” and remind Washingtonians that “our freedoms come from God himself!” He is a far-right candidate with no specific policy proposals on his campaign website as of late October.

    While he is not progressive, we recommend Morell as the less extreme of the two candidates in this race. 
     

    Dave Morell

     There are no progressive candidates in the race for Pierce County Council in District 1.

    Dave Morell

     There are no progressive candidates in the race for Pierce County Council in District 1.

  • Democrat Marty Campbell is seeking re-election to continue serving District 5 on the Pierce County Council. Before joining the county council in 2019, Campbell served on the Tacoma City Council, including time as the city’s deputy mayor. He has run two small businesses and previously chaired the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, which provides support for survivors of abuse and sexual violence.

    If re-elected, Campbell wants to continue fighting for affordable housing, community safety, electric public transit, and essential services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. He fought for federal small business support to help with the pandemic recovery and has been a strong advocate for investments in stable housing options in the county. He believes adding mental health professionals to law enforcement responses will make our communities safer. His vision is for everyone in the county to have access to stable housing, reliable public transportation, and living-wage jobs.

    Republican Nancy Dailey Slotnick is challenging Campbell in this race. Slotnick is an Army veteran and owns a consulting business with her husband focused on security and risk assessment. She is running to cut the county budget, which will undermine working people’s access to prescription medications, health care services, food, and rent. However, she also lists giving more funding to law enforcement as her top priority in this race.

    Marty Campbell is the best choice for District 5 on the Pierce County Council.

    Marty Campbell

    Democrat Marty Campbell is seeking re-election to continue serving District 5 on the Pierce County Council. Before joining the county council in 2019, Campbell served on the Tacoma City Council, including time as the city’s deputy mayor.

    Marty Campbell

    Democrat Marty Campbell is seeking re-election to continue serving District 5 on the Pierce County Council. Before joining the county council in 2019, Campbell served on the Tacoma City Council, including time as the city’s deputy mayor.

  • Democrat

    Robyn Denson

    Evergreen Future
    Evergreen Future
  • Gig Harbor City Council member Robyn Denson is running for Pierce County Council in District 7. She is campaigning to fill Derek Young’s seat when he leaves the council this year because of term limits. Denson has been an active and effective council member in Gig Harbor. She is also a small business owner who works in real estate, hosts a local radio show, and has served on a number of community boards focusing on schools, parks, and equity.

    Denson has worked hard to build equitable economic opportunity in the county. One of her top priorities is addressing the housing crisis, where she plans to draw on her experience as a nonpartisan housing analyst in the state House to implement real solutions. Denson is also running to protect our environment, bring municipal broadband to the region, invest in public transit, and increase access to mental health resources.

    Denson is running against Air Force veteran and human resources manager Paula Lonergan. Her campaign platform mirrors that of many Republicans running this year. She blames the county’s issues on our neighbors who are struggling the most and would rather cut social support services than make investments in our communities so we can all thrive.

    Denson is the best choice for Pierce County Council, District 7.

    Robyn Denson

    Gig Harbor City Council member Robyn Denson is running for Pierce County Council in District 7. She is campaigning to fill Derek Young’s seat when he leaves the council this year because of term limits. Denson has been an active and effective council member in Gig Harbor.

    Robyn Denson

    Gig Harbor City Council member Robyn Denson is running for Pierce County Council in District 7. She is campaigning to fill Derek Young’s seat when he leaves the council this year because of term limits. Denson has been an active and effective council member in Gig Harbor.

  • 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.

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

  • Dee Sonntag is running for Tacoma Municipal Court, Position 1. Sonntag currently works as a lawyer with the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel in the felony division. Sonntag previously worked in the Seattle City attorney’s office, and outside of official public service, she is a co-founder and co-director of Lawyers Against Systemic Racism.

    If elected, Sonntag would bring progressive, compassionate leadership to the criminal legal system. She has worked to improve the Felony Drug Court Program and believes that treatment and prevention approaches make our communities safer. In this race, Sonntag is endorsed by the county Democrats, a handful of local unions, and a number of progressive leaders.

    The other candidate in this race is Reed Speir, an administrative law judge for the state Office of Administrative Hearings. Speir is in favor of investing in pretrial diversion and therapeutic courts to reduce costly and unnecessary incarceration as well as working to make the court more accessible to all community members, particularly through expanded hours.

    Dee Sonntag would bring progressive and just leadership to the Tacoma Municipal Court. She deserves your vote to serve as a judge in Position 1.

    Dee Sonntag

    Submitted by alexwhite on Fri, 09/23/2022 - 18:09

    Dee Sonntag is running for Tacoma Municipal Court, Position 1. Sonntag currently works as a lawyer with the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel in the felony division. Sonntag previously worked in the Seattle City attorney’s office, and outside of official public service, she is a co-founder and co-director of Lawyers Against Systemic Racism.

    Dee Sonntag

    Submitted by alexwhite on Fri, 09/23/2022 - 18:09

    Dee Sonntag is running for Tacoma Municipal Court, Position 1. Sonntag currently works as a lawyer with the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel in the felony division. Sonntag previously worked in the Seattle City attorney’s office, and outside of official public service, she is a co-founder and co-director of Lawyers Against Systemic Racism.

  • Auburn city prosecutor Sergio Flores is running for judge in Tacoma Municipal Court, Position 3 to bring his experience in prosecuting and his community values to the bench. Previously, Flores worked as a Tacoma City prosecutor and earlier as the King County director to Senator Patty Murray. His experience as a gay Latino immigrant has guided his belief in the importance of courts and our legal system to ensure that we all have a fair chance to thrive.

    Flores is running with a judicial philosophy built on collaboration, compassion, and accountability. He was a co-founder of the Auburn Community Court and one of his top campaign priorities is to invest in diversion and therapeutic programs and preventative social services that strike at the root causes of crime in our community. In doing so, he hopes to reduce costly and ineffective incarcerations for non-violent offenders while strengthening our community and giving people a second chance. Flores is endorsed by an impressive number of progressive and judicial leaders in this race.

    The other candidate in this race is Steve Krupa, a civil legal aid and veterans project attorney with Northwest Justice Project. In addition to his work as an attorney, Krupa also serves as a pro tem judge for the court. He is running to bring that experience to the bench. Though he agrees with his opponent on the importance of diversion programs and alternative courts, he has not shared as clear of a platform for the community as Flores.

    We recommend Sergio Flores in this race because of his progressive vision of justice and community safety.
     

    Sergio Flores

    Submitted by stephanie on Wed, 10/12/2022 - 10:11

    Auburn city prosecutor Sergio Flores is running for judge in Tacoma Municipal Court, Position 3 to bring his experience in prosecuting and his community values to the bench. Previously, Flores worked as a Tacoma City prosecutor and earlier as the King County director to Senator Patty Murray. His experience as a gay Latino immigrant has guided his belief in the importance of courts and our legal system to ensure that we all have a fair chance to thrive.

    Sergio Flores

    Submitted by stephanie on Wed, 10/12/2022 - 10:11

    Auburn city prosecutor Sergio Flores is running for judge in Tacoma Municipal Court, Position 3 to bring his experience in prosecuting and his community values to the bench. Previously, Flores worked as a Tacoma City prosecutor and earlier as the King County director to Senator Patty Murray. His experience as a gay Latino immigrant has guided his belief in the importance of courts and our legal system to ensure that we all have a fair chance to thrive.

City Races

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

  • VOTE YES

    Vote Yes to maintain local fire and emergency medical services

  • When a loved one is having a heart attack or medical emergency, the last thing anyone wants to be worrying about is whether firefighters and ambulance services have the staffing and resources they need to arrive quickly. In 2021, Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One noted a 37% increase in community emergency requests over the last decade.

    Proposition 1 for Pierce County Fire Protection District 5 would address our community's needs by providing ongoing funding for emergency services. With an increasing demand for urgent medical care, fire suppression, and other emergency response, the Board of Fire Commissioners have reached consensus to reinstate a multi-year EMS levy that increases the rate to match the greater needs of the district.

    Vote “Yes” to approve Proposition 1 for Pierce County Fire Protection District 5 to invest in greater public safety and more efficient emergency services.
    When a loved one is having a heart attack or medical emergency, the last thing anyone wants to be worrying about is whether firefighters and ambulance services have the staffing and resources they need to arrive quickly. In 2021, Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One noted a 37% increase in community emergency requests over the last decade.

    Proposition 1 for Pierce County Fire Protection District 5 would address our community's needs by providing ongoing funding for emergency services. With an increasing demand for urgent medical care, fire suppression, and other emergency response, the Board of Fire Commissioners have reached consensus to reinstate a multi-year EMS levy that increases the rate to match the greater needs of the district.

    Vote “Yes” to approve Proposition 1 for Pierce County Fire Protection District 5 to invest in greater public safety and more efficient emergency services.
  • VOTE YES

    Vote Yes to expand and maintain Tacoma parks

  • Tacoma Proposition 1 would provide funding to improve, expand, and maintain green spaces that everyone in our community enjoys.

    This measure would cover the operations and safety upgrades for public spaces like community centers, zoos, playgrounds, sports fields, and more. In addition, the measure would support before and after school activities through the Beyond the Bell partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, as well as affordable and accessible camps during summer and school breaks. If approved, the owner of a median $500,000 home would pay approximately $31 per month to support Tacoma parks.

    Tacoma residents deserve access to safe and maintained public spaces. Vote “Yes” to approve Proposition 1 in the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma.
    Tacoma Proposition 1 would provide funding to improve, expand, and maintain green spaces that everyone in our community enjoys.

    This measure would cover the operations and safety upgrades for public spaces like community centers, zoos, playgrounds, sports fields, and more. In addition, the measure would support before and after school activities through the Beyond the Bell partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, as well as affordable and accessible camps during summer and school breaks. If approved, the owner of a median $500,000 home would pay approximately $31 per month to support Tacoma parks.

    Tacoma residents deserve access to safe and maintained public spaces. Vote “Yes” to approve Proposition 1 in the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma.