• 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 higher 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, pass abortion rights 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. 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 higher 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 higher quality of life in Washington and beyond.

Other Candidates

Other Candidates - Tiffany Smiley

Sen. Murray faces more than a dozen challengers this year. The most prominent among them is Tiffany Smiley, a triage nurse running on a MAGA Republican platform. Smiley has never held public office but she previously worked on Capitol Hill.

Other Candidates - Tiffany Smiley

Sen. Murray faces more than a dozen challengers this year. The most prominent among them is Tiffany Smiley, a triage nurse running on a MAGA Republican platform. Smiley has never held public office but she previously worked on Capitol Hill.

Congress

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

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal is running for re-election in the 7th Congressional District. She has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic justice, and civil liberties. Rep. Jayapal founded OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in 2001 and built it into the largest immigrant rights organization in the state and a national model. She also played a key role on the Mayoral Advisory Committee that created Seattle’s $15 minimum wage, and this year secured $31 million in federal funding for community projects in the Seattle area, including housing, sciences, education, and the environment. 

     

    Since her election to Congress in 2016, Jayapal has resisted the Trump administration and conservative extremists at every turn and provided a voice for progressives across the country. She has supported the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for young DACA recipients. She also introduced legislation to expand collective bargaining and provide relief to workers and businesses during the pandemic. More recently, she has called for a national women's strike in response to the Supreme Court's ban on abortion and the curtailing of reproductive freedom across the country. Jayapal is also seeking to codify a transgender bill of rights to protect our country from the erosion of trans civil rights. 

     

    Jayapal is responsive to her constituents and has held over 100 town halls during her time in Congress. She is the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and has been one of the strongest progressive advocates in Washington for the needs of all in this country. Pramila Jayapal has earned your vote.

    Pramila Jayapal

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal is running for re-election in the 7th Congressional District. She has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic justice, and civil liberties. Rep.

    Pramila Jayapal

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal is running for re-election in the 7th Congressional District. She has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic justice, and civil liberties. Rep.

  • Endorsed By: Equal Rights Washington, OneAmerica Votes, The Stranger, Washington State Labor Council , Planned Parenthood Action Fund, League of Conservation Voters, NARAL, Black Lives Matter PAC, Everytown for Gun Safety Fund

Other Candidates

CD 7 other candidates

Jayapal faces three challengers this year. Republican Cliff Moon is an oceanographer who states that he's running against "political correctness" and for American freedom. His website is unavailable as of July 13.

CD 7 other candidates

Jayapal faces three challengers this year. Republican Cliff Moon is an oceanographer who states that he's running against "political correctness" and for American freedom. His website is unavailable as of July 13.

  • Democrat Adam Smith is running for a 13th term representing Washington's 9th Congressional District. Prior to running for Congress, Smith worked as a lawyer, a prosecutor in the City of Seattle, and as a state senator. He represents Washington's most diverse district, which is home to 30 percent foreign-born residents and large Asian, Latino, and Black communities.

    Smith has been a reliable Democratic vote in Congress on issues from taxation to immigration reform. Last year, Smith supported both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and Build Back Better, President Biden's more ambitious effort to fund clean energy, child tax credits, and other progressive priorities. Unlike some of his moderate colleagues, Smith sponsored both the Green New Deal and the Medicare for All Act last year. In previous years, he supported the pandemic relief package and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to dramatically increase accountability and transparency.

    Smith is the chair of the powerful House Armed Services Committee, having served on the committee since 1997. Some progressives, including his opponent Stephanie Gallardo, have criticized Smith for his more hawkish foreign policy stances. In this role, Smith wrote and introduced the annual defense spending bill, which reached a record $768 billion in 2022.

    Smith is running for re-election focused on creating jobs and expanding access to health care. He pledges to continue fighting for Medicare for All and wants to protect and expand Social Security.

    Smith's seniority and experience make him an influential voice for us in the other Washington. He's a good choice for steady, thoughtful leadership representing our communities.

    Adam Smith

    Democrat Adam Smith is running for a 13th term representing Washington's 9th Congressional District. Prior to running for Congress, Smith worked as a lawyer, a prosecutor in the City of Seattle, and as a state senator.

    Adam Smith

    Democrat Adam Smith is running for a 13th term representing Washington's 9th Congressional District. Prior to running for Congress, Smith worked as a lawyer, a prosecutor in the City of Seattle, and as a state senator.

  • Stephanie Gallardo is a progressive teacher and first-generation Chilean American challenging Rep. Smith this year. She lived on the University of Washington campus until she was 10 years old while her parents were finishing their education. She has taught history in the Tukwila School District and was elected to serve on the Washington Education Association board.

    Gallardo's lived experience has shaped her platform and campaign for office. She supports Rep. Jamaal Bowman's Green New Deal for Public Schools Act, which would invest billions in green retrofits for school buildings, hire hundreds of thousands of new educators, and improve accessibility on campuses. She would also back Sen. Cory Booker's legislation to provide comprehensive and medically accurate sexual health education for all students.

    Foreign policy is Gallardo's other top priority. During our interview, she stated that her family's escape from Chile as political refugees showed the danger of our country's "expansionist foreign policy." If elected, she would add her name to Rep. Jayapal's bill to prohibit the U.S. from aiding Saudi Arabia in their war with Yemen. She also wants to redirect some of the historically large defense budget that Smith writes to invest in education and fighting climate change. On community safety, Gallardo expressed support for revoking immunity for gun manufacturers, banning assault weapons, and prohibiting the military from transferring powerful equipment to law enforcement.

    Gallardo's platform and experience offer a clear contrast for voters looking for a progressive alternative, particularly on foreign policy, to Rep. Smith.

    Stephanie Gallardo

    Stephanie Gallardo is a progressive teacher and first-generation Chilean American challenging Rep. Smith this year. She lived on the University of Washington campus until she was 10 years old while her parents were finishing their education.

    Stephanie Gallardo

    Stephanie Gallardo is a progressive teacher and first-generation Chilean American challenging Rep. Smith this year. She lived on the University of Washington campus until she was 10 years old while her parents were finishing their education.

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Other Candidates

CD 9 Other Candidates - Doug Basler

This race also attracted a handful of conservative challengers to Smith. Sea Chan is a first-generation Chinese American and Navy veteran running on a relatively moderate platform.

CD 9 Other Candidates - Doug Basler

This race also attracted a handful of conservative challengers to Smith. Sea Chan is a first-generation Chinese American and Navy veteran running on a relatively moderate platform.

  • Democrat Steve Hobbs is running to retain his position as secretary of state for the remainder of the two-year term. He is a first-generation Japanese American and 30-year member of the military, serving tours in Kosovo and Iraq before becoming a lieutenant colonel in the Washington Army National Guard.

    Hobbs was appointed 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 more conservative on taxes, environmental issues, and workers' rights.

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

    As many things re-open from the pandemic, 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. He is particularly 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.

    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 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 a nonpartisan candidate to bring an independent 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 as a nonpartisan candidate 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 nonpartisan, 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.

    While Hobbs spoke more about using cybersecurity to protect our elections, Anderson leaned on her professional expertise to describe ways to expand our democracy. She believes, for example, that the state should redouble its efforts to reach voters with disabilities. By using a secure, expert-vetted electronic ballot similar to those used for overseas military voters, Anderson sees a path forward to reach those who don't always have access to vote.

     

    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. She supports grants for local jurisdictions that are interested in trying ranked choice voting so that it's not unduly expensive for local governments, and so that auditors can learn more about how to manage and implement it.

    Anderson offers voters an experienced option if they are looking for an independent to administer our state's elections.

    Julie Anderson

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

  • Endorsed By: Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Legislative Races

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

  • Sen. Jesse Salomon is running for re-election to continue bringing progressive leadership to the 32nd Legislative District. A part-time public defender and former Shoreline City Council member, Salomon has been serving in the Legislature since 2019 where he has been a crucial voice for environmental protections, living affordability, and public education.

    In Olympia, Salomon recently supported the historic Move Ahead Washington green transportation package that invests in infrastructure upgrades and expanded access to Washington’s public transit. Earlier this year, he introduced a bill to strengthen police accountability by closing a loophole that allows officers guilty of serious misconduct to return to their jobs, such as in the 2020 case of the Kent officer who displayed pro-Nazi insignia outside his office. Salomon is running for re-election to keep fighting climate change, addressing the housing crisis, and improving the quality of life for all local residents.

    Salomon faces two challengers in this race: Democrat Patricia Weber and Independent Evelyn Anthony. Weber is a retired medical doctor and former PCO for her local Democrats. She is running on a platform to get everyone the medical care they need, including mental health services. Weber also wants to make sure all Washingtonians have affordable housing, fair pay, good schools, and freedom from gun violence.

    Reverend Evelyn Anthony describes herself as a hip hop activist, alchemy artist, and actor. Her campaign website includes few specific policies as of mid-July, but Anthony’s guiding campaign principles include accountability, election integrity, and working on behalf of past and future generations. Without demonstrated community leadership experience or clear legislative objectives, it is unclear how serious of a candidate she is or even what policies she would support.

    We recommend Jesse Salomon for re-election to the state Senate in the 32nd Legislative District because of his proven track record of progressive law-making and community advocacy.

    Jesse Salomon

    Sen. Jesse Salomon is running for re-election to continue bringing progressive leadership to the 32nd Legislative District.

    Jesse Salomon

    Sen. Jesse Salomon is running for re-election to continue bringing progressive leadership to the 32nd Legislative District.

  • Democrat Rep. Cindy Ryu is running for re-election to the 32nd Legislative District, Position 1. Ryu won this seat for the first time in 2011 when she became the first Korean American to join the state Legislature. Before that, Ryu also made history as the first Korean American woman mayor in the country when she served the City of Shoreline.

    Ryu has been an advocate for public education, transportation, small business owners, and the environment in the Legislature. Recently, she sponsored a slate of progressive bills including legislation to prohibit guns at school board meetings, city council meetings, and election offices. In the last few weeks, Ryu reaffirmed her support for reproductive freedom for all Washingtonians.

    Ryu faces a challenge this year from Lori Theis, the former director of Alliance for the Advancement of Canine Welfare. Theis is one of several extreme conservatives this year running as a member of the "Election Integrity Party." Her main reason for running is to question election security, echoing the messages of MAGA Republicans who tried to overturn the will of the people last presidential election. As of mid-July, her website is not accessible.

    Ryu is by far the best choice in this race.

    Cindy Ryu

    Democrat Rep. Cindy Ryu is running for re-election to the 32nd Legislative District, Position 1. Ryu won this seat for the first time in 2011 when she became the first Korean American to join the state Legislature.

    Cindy Ryu

    Democrat Rep. Cindy Ryu is running for re-election to the 32nd Legislative District, Position 1. Ryu won this seat for the first time in 2011 when she became the first Korean American to join the state Legislature.

  • Rep. Lauren Davis is seeking re-election to Position 2 representing the 32nd Legislative District. She joined the Legislature in 2019 and additionally leads the Washington Recovery Alliance, a nonprofit that helps those experiencing addiction and mental health issues. In her free time, Davis also serves on the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington State.

    In the Legislature, Davis has voted with other progressives on important bills like prohibiting the sale of high-capacity firearm magazines and setting new carbon neutrality goals for the state. Recently, she sponsored legislation to connect people who are experiencing mental health crises with treatment and resources rather than criminalization. Davis’ top priorities include affordable housing, gun violence prevention, addiction recovery, and quality education from K-12 to public universities. 

    Davis's challenger is Republican Anthony Hubbard. He does not have an available campaign website or priorities listed as of mid-July and has no professional, elected, or community leadership experience in his official voter's guide statement. Though he's running as a Republican, his language is a near copy-paste duplicate of the extreme Election Integrity Party candidates this year. Their priority is to question election security alongside the MAGA Republicans who tried to overturn the will of the people last presidential election.

    Rep. Davis is by far the best choice in this race.

    Lauren Davis

    Rep. Lauren Davis is seeking re-election to Position 2 representing the 32nd Legislative District. She joined the Legislature in 2019 and additionally leads the Washington Recovery Alliance, a nonprofit that helps those experiencing addiction and mental health issues.

    Lauren Davis

    Rep. Lauren Davis is seeking re-election to Position 2 representing the 32nd Legislative District. She joined the Legislature in 2019 and additionally leads the Washington Recovery Alliance, a nonprofit that helps those experiencing addiction and mental health issues.

  • Incumbent Sen. Joe Nguyen is running to continue bringing strong progressive leadership to the state Senate from the 34th Legislative District, where he has served since 2018. Outside of the Legislature, he has spent almost a decade at Microsoft as a senior program manager. He is running to put people over politics and keep helping Washingtonians access the resources they need to thrive.

    This year, Nguyen sponsored a bill to prohibit the sale of high-capacity firearm magazines and keep our communities safe from gun violence. He also supported Move Ahead Washington, a historic policy package that will upgrade the state’s public transportation while making it more accessible for all and reducing our environmental impact. Throughout his first term, Nguyen’s priorities have included working toward environmental justice, balancing our state’s upside-down tax code, reforming our broken criminal justice system, and making sure all Washingtonians have equitable opportunities.

    Nguyen faces a challenge from four candidates in this race. Republican John Potter is a paraeducator with the Highline School District and a member of the Teamsters Local 763. Potter would bring extremely conservative views to office if elected. He has a transphobic opinion of gender affirming health services and wants to revoke our freedom to decide whether and when to grow our families by trying to ban safe, legal abortion. Potter’s approach to the housing crisis is to vilify our neighbors struggling to secure stable housing while cutting funding for the community services so many of us rely on.

    Tony Mitchum, who has worked in the restaurant and insurance industries, is running without stating a party preference. He lacks community leadership experience and does not have a campaign website as of mid-July. However, if elected, he says he wants to bring some health care services to residents, privatize employment agencies, and offer free breakfast and lunches to kids.

    Local cafe owner Amber Bennett is also in this race as an Independent. Though she is running on a platform to put community first, she has opposed raising the minimum wage so that, as living costs rise, working families can afford the basics like rent, health care, groceries, and gas. Bennett would prioritize business owners and said she wants to work with cell phone companies to disallow students from accessing the internet while at school. She is not a progressive candidate.

    Goodspaceguy is a perennial candidate who runs with empty, conservative platforms to oppose progressive incumbents in King County. He is not a serious candidate and his campaign ideas are obstacles to making our communities safer, healthier, more affordable, and equitable.

    Joe Nguyen has fought to make our state a place where all families and communities can thrive. He deserves to be re-elected and is the clear choice in this race.

    Joe Nguyen

    Incumbent Sen. Joe Nguyen is running to continue bringing strong progressive leadership to the state Senate from the 34th Legislative District, where he has served since 2018. Outside of the Legislature, he has spent almost a decade at Microsoft as a senior program manager.

    Joe Nguyen

    Incumbent Sen. Joe Nguyen is running to continue bringing strong progressive leadership to the state Senate from the 34th Legislative District, where he has served since 2018. Outside of the Legislature, he has spent almost a decade at Microsoft as a senior program manager.

  • Democrat

    Emily Alvarado

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  • Attorney Emily Alvarado has spent five years working at Seattle’s Office of Housing, including two as its director. She was previously an organizer at Planned Parenthood and currently serves on the board of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, among several other leadership roles in community organizations.

    Alvarado's key issue is housing, and she states that her work helping long-standing residents in communities of color stay in their homes is indicative of her ability to build coalitions and have deep relationships with both constituents and elected leaders. In our interview with Alvarado, we found her to be one of the most knowledgeable candidates about housing we spoke with this year. She described very in-depth strategies to increase housing affordability through many means - tenant and homeowner protections, providing more housing types, public housing, and investing in organizations led by communities of color to reduce displacement, to name a few.

    In a time of deepening political divides, we appreciated her ethos - that our biggest problems are solvable, but we will need to take on more complex issues with greater transparency and discussion. For example, she believes homeownership can be a massive crosscutting issue across party lines, and that tackling the state's upside-down tax code and other issues needs more communication from Olympia.

    We recommend Alvarado for her comprehensive housing plan and her broad support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

    Emily Alvarado

    Attorney Emily Alvarado has spent five years working at Seattle’s Office of Housing, including two as its director.

    Emily Alvarado

    Attorney Emily Alvarado has spent five years working at Seattle’s Office of Housing, including two as its director.

  • School librarian Leah Griffin is a statewide advocate for survivors of sexual assault. After police refused to test her rape kit, she worked with state officials on legislation that led to testing all 11,000 of the state's backlogged rape kits, passed a survivor's bill of rights, and more. Griffin also worked with Sen. Patty Murray on the federal Survivors’ Access to Supportive Care Act, founded the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Task Force, and organized for the R-90 campaign for age-appropriate sexual health education.

    Griffin is now running for the Legislature to advocate for more access to behavioral health care, public safety reform, and affordable housing. In our interview with Griffin, she elaborated on the immense need for more behavioral and mental health care across the population - for frontline workers with PTSD, youth, teachers, people experiencing homeless, and many others. She wants to see counselors embedded in union halls and wraparound services at shelters, specifically, giving care at the point of need where people can access it. As a victim of violent crime, Griffin states that a lack of behavioral health care, housing, and education are the undercurrents for crime and putting people in prison without resources is morally bankrupt. Griffin also wants to see an increase in green energy like tidal power, community-centered childcare programs, and greater unionization of workers.

    Both Griffin and Alvarado are broadly progressive and support bills like the capital gains tax, which aim to flip Washington's deeply regressive tax code to stop favoring the ultra-wealthy. Griffin is a good choice if you are looking for a candidate with a long record of grassroots advocacy who will focus on expanding health care access. 

    Leah Griffin

    School librarian Leah Griffin is a statewide advocate for survivors of sexual assault. After police refused to test her rape kit, she worked with state officials on legislation that led to testing all 11,000 of the state's backlogged rape kits, passed a survivor's bill of rights, and more.

    Leah Griffin

    School librarian Leah Griffin is a statewide advocate for survivors of sexual assault. After police refused to test her rape kit, she worked with state officials on legislation that led to testing all 11,000 of the state's backlogged rape kits, passed a survivor's bill of rights, and more.

Other Candidates

Other Candidates - Jolie Lansdowne

The third candidate in this race is Republican Jolie Landsowne, a precinct committee officer and vice chair of the 34th Legislative District Republicans. Her campaign talking points fall in line with the broader conservative agenda in Olympia.

Other Candidates - Jolie Lansdowne

The third candidate in this race is Republican Jolie Landsowne, a precinct committee officer and vice chair of the 34th Legislative District Republicans. Her campaign talking points fall in line with the broader conservative agenda in Olympia.

  • Environmental advocate Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon is running for re-election to Legislative District 34, Position 2. Fitzgibbon worked as a legislative staffer and served on the Burien Planning Commission before joining the Legislature in 2010.

    Fitzgibbon’s top focus is the environment, and he is running for re-election to build on his impressive track record of success. Fitzgibbon played a leading role passing clean fuels legislation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lead to cleaner air. In addition, he supported legislation to cut plastic bag pollution, reduce gender pay disparities, and improve gun safety laws.

    This session, he also passed bills to streamline the permitting process for salmon recovery projects, increase the construction of affordable housing, and expand coverage of paid family and medical leave. His other priorities in office include addressing mass incarceration and inequities in our criminal justice system, expanding voting rights, and investing in public transportation.

    Software engineer and Republican Andrew Pilloud is running to roll back progressive victories in Olympia. He does not have elected experience but volunteers with a robotics program. Pilloud's policy details are not comprehensive. He mentions mental health and addiction as the drivers of homelessness without addressing the cause that local housing experts have pointed to for years: the lack of affordable housing options. Pilloud also makes vague statements about criminals and a confusing statement about abortion that implies that he does not fully support the freedom of Washingtonians to decide for ourselves whether and when we have children.

    Rep. Fitzgibbon has been one of the most effective progressive legislators in Olympia and has earned your support for another term.

    Joe Fitzgibbon

    Environmental advocate Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon is running for re-election to Legislative District 34, Position 2. Fitzgibbon worked as a legislative staffer and served on the Burien Planning Commission before joining the Legislature in 2010.

    Joe Fitzgibbon

    Environmental advocate Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon is running for re-election to Legislative District 34, Position 2. Fitzgibbon worked as a legislative staffer and served on the Burien Planning Commission before joining the Legislature in 2010.

  • Rep. Noel Frame is running for the state Senate on a strong and progressive record of action in the state House. First elected as a representative in 2016, she previously served as the Washington state director of Progressive Majority, where she worked to recruit and elect progressive candidates from underrepresented communities. She has spent her time in Olympia advocating for working families, funding our public schools, and creating a more equitable society by removing systemic discrimination and barriers for people of color.

    Frame had a particularly productive legislative session this year, and sponsored many of the progressive bills that passed into law, including limiting ghost guns, restricting guns in certain public areas, and creating a system to locate missing Indigenous people. Though they didn't pass this year, Frame also sponsored a bill to add more middle housing as well as the wealth tax bill, building support for making the extraordinarily wealthy finally pay their share for the resources we all use. She also successfully supported juvenile justice reform, expanding the number of families who qualify for child care assistance, and protecting us from surprise medical billing by continuing to push for a progressive Washington.

    Her opponent in this race is planning and design consultant Kate Martin, who ran and lost races in the City of Seattle three times since 2013. She also launched I-123 in 2016 to preserve the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which 83% of Seattle voters rejected.

    While Martin filed for office as a Democrat, her values and voters' pamphlet statement make it clear that she's not progressive. In December of 2020, Martin stated that "I joined the GOP today" and claims to have re-joined the Democratic Party only recently. However, her Facebook page is an endless stream of Republican conspiracy theories and disinformation about unions, the LGBTQ community, homelessness, and people struggling with addiction. In contrast, as of mid-July Martin's campaign website does not include campaign priorities beyond vague platitudes about moderation and bipartisanship.

    This race offers a clear contrast between a hard-working, proven leader in Olympia and a candidate who would block the kind of bold progressive reforms our communities need. While Martin filed for office as a Democrat, voters should know that her public statements reveal the truth about her far-right beliefs on a wide range of topics.

    Vote for Noel Frame for state Senate from the 36th Legislative District.

    Noel Frame

    Rep. Noel Frame is running for the state Senate on a strong and progressive record of action in the state House.

    Noel Frame

    Rep. Noel Frame is running for the state Senate on a strong and progressive record of action in the state House.

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  • Julia Reed is running for the open 36th Legislative District, Position 1 seat on a platform to strengthen workers' rights, invest in our neighborhoods, and address inequities at every level of the community. Reed has worked in several levels of government, including in Obama's State Department as a Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, as a senior policy advisor for workforce development in the Seattle mayor's office, and most recently as a public policy consultant. Reed is also the former chair of the 36th Legislative District Democrats, a current volunteer board member for the YMCA Social Impact Center, and a board member at Fuse Washington, which produces this guide.

    Among the candidates in this district, Reed has the most comprehensive and detailed policy proposals, covering topics from housing to health. Reed recognizes that appropriate density is a must. Washington has the fewest units of housing per household of any state and market-rate, middle-income, affordable, duplexes, accessory dwelling units, and permanent supportive housing are all needed to alleviate the pressure. When working at the City of Seattle, Reed helped establish an internship program for Seattle Promise community college students and wants to expand apprenticeship, technical college, and work-based learning opportunities to get students ready for jobs of the future.

    If elected, Reed would advocate for making zero-carbon transportation available in every city, including electrifying buses and ferries and expanding electric car infrastructure, among other climate priorities. Reed is one of the few candidates this year to show interest in a pilot program for universal basic income, which could be a game-changer for struggling families and working people.

    In our interview with Reed, she was thoughtful and informed about the ways that the Legislature could partner with and invest in communities of color, youth, and others to build a more resilient Washington. For her deep experience and readiness to bring innovative solutions to Olympia, we recommend Julia Reed for Legislative District 36, Position 1.

    Julia Reed

    Julia Reed is running for the open 36th Legislative District, Position 1 seat on a platform to strengthen workers' rights, invest in our neighborhoods, and address inequities at every level of the community.

    Julia Reed

    Julia Reed is running for the open 36th Legislative District, Position 1 seat on a platform to strengthen workers' rights, invest in our neighborhoods, and address inequities at every level of the community.

  • Jeff Manson is an administrative law judge who is running for office to boost opportunities for workers and working families and to fund the services we all rely on. He has served as a precinct committee officer, the chair of the 36th District Democrats for eight years, and the board chair of the disability rights group Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE), among other leadership experience.

    In our interview with Manson, he described himself as the labor candidate in the race, and mentioned that with the departure of incumbents like Rep. Mike Sells, the House needs more support for working people. However, we were disappointed that Manson stated that he is ready to pour more money into the criminal justice system and militarized police without speaking specifically on how he would ensure we all feel safe, especially for communities of color.

    Manson acknowledges that the state is extremely behind on the number of housing units needed for everyone to have a roof over their head and a door that locks, including people experiencing homelessness. To that end, he supports a housing-first approach to homelessness that includes tiny homes and accessory dwelling units. He also supports flipping the state's upside-down tax code, which is the most regressive in the nation, and a reduction of carbon emissions by half by 2030.

    Jeff Manson

    Jeff Manson is an administrative law judge who is running for office to boost opportunities for workers and working families and to fund the services we all rely on.

    Jeff Manson

    Jeff Manson is an administrative law judge who is running for office to boost opportunities for workers and working families and to fund the services we all rely on.

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  • Nicole Gomez is running on the motto of creating an economy that works for everyone. She works on the Universal Health Care Commission and is the co-founder of healthcare policy nonprofit Alliance for a Healthy Washington. In addition, she's the executive director of the Institute for a Democratic Future which trains future Democratic policy leaders. Gomez has also served as chair of the 36th District Democrats and is a current precinct committee officer.

    In our interview with Gomez, she described how her family became homeless due to the illness of a family member when she was young, which has spurred her to fight for working families. She is supportive of bills like Rep. Bateman's middle housing bill, which if passed would have created opportunities for homes like triplexes and duplexes near transit. For people who need housing and behavioral health, Gomez also supports wraparound services. As a member of the policy committee of the Balance Our Tax Code coalition, she is ready to support policies like a wealth tax on extraordinarily high earners, which would help flip Washington's status as having the most regressive tax code in the nation.

    Nicole Gomez

    Nicole Gomez is running on the motto of creating an economy that works for everyone. She works on the Universal Health Care Commission and is the co-founder of healthcare policy nonprofit Alliance for a Healthy Washington.

    Nicole Gomez

    Nicole Gomez is running on the motto of creating an economy that works for everyone. She works on the Universal Health Care Commission and is the co-founder of healthcare policy nonprofit Alliance for a Healthy Washington.

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  • Tyler Crone is the founding director for the ATHENA Network, which aims to promote gender equality and human rights within and beyond the global HIV response. As a public health expert and the mother of a transgender child, Crone wants to make communities safe and welcoming for all, expand child care, protect reproductive freedom, and improve affordability.

    Crone wants to see urgent action on the housing crisis, including housing with wraparound services for those who need additional support. If elected, she would work to create more partnerships in the Legislature for immigrant and Indigenous issues, with leadership coming from those communities themselves.

    In our interview with Crone, she stated that she was ready to be an ally and follow the lead of experienced legislators on climate, housing, racial justice, and other issues.

    Elizabeth Tyler Crone

    Tyler Crone is the founding director for the ATHENA Network, which aims to promote gender equality and human rights within and beyond the global HIV response.

    Elizabeth Tyler Crone

    Tyler Crone is the founding director for the ATHENA Network, which aims to promote gender equality and human rights within and beyond the global HIV response.

Other Candidates

Other Candidates - 36 LD Waylon Robert

Waylon Robert is a project manager for Forterra, and also serves on the leadership team of several nonprofits, including the boards of HistoryLink and Grays Harbor College Foundation.

Other Candidates - 36 LD Waylon Robert

Waylon Robert is a project manager for Forterra, and also serves on the leadership team of several nonprofits, including the boards of HistoryLink and Grays Harbor College Foundation.

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  • Democrat Liz Berry is running unopposed for re-election to the 36th Legislative District in House Position 2. Berry is the former director of the Washington State Association of Justice, which advocates for the legal rights of patients, consumers, and injured workers. She also previously served as the president of the National Women's Political Caucus and on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.

    Berry had a prolific first session as a legislator on many progressive priorities this year. She sponsored successful community safety initiatives to restrict untraceable ghost guns and to prohibit carrying guns in certain settings like school board meetings, which is especially notable for Berry as the former legislative director to Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Berry also sponsored the creation of an alert system for missing Indigenous people. If that weren't enough, she worked to flip the state's regressive tax code with a wealth tax and supported important legislation to expand housing options near transit.

    Berry has had a successful first term and deserves your vote.

    Liz Berry

    Democrat Liz Berry is running unopposed for re-election to the 36th Legislative District in House Position 2. Berry is the former director of the Washington State Association of Justice, which advocates for the legal rights of patients, consumers, and injured workers.

    Liz Berry

    Democrat Liz Berry is running unopposed for re-election to the 36th Legislative District in House Position 2. Berry is the former director of the Washington State Association of Justice, which advocates for the legal rights of patients, consumers, and injured workers.

  • Sen. Rebecca Saldaña is running unopposed for re-election to continue representing Legislative District 37 in the state Senate. Previously, Saldaña worked as an organizer with several unions and served as the executive director of a progressive nonprofit. As a Chicana legislator, she co-chairs the Senate Members of Color Caucus in addition to serving as the vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

    Saldaña’s legislative priorities include working towards social equity and racial justice, strengthening workers’ rights, and making sure everyone can access their right to vote. She also wants to invest in public infrastructure like improved transit options and sustainable community development. This past session, she voted for a progressive slate of bills including legislation to prohibit the sale of high-capacity firearm magazines and bills to update our state’s climate goals.

    Saldaña has earned your support for state Senate.

    Rebecca Saldaña

    Sen. Rebecca Saldaña is running unopposed for re-election to continue representing Legislative District 37 in the state Senate. Previously, Saldaña worked as an organizer with several unions and served as the executive director of a progressive nonprofit.

    Rebecca Saldaña

    Sen. Rebecca Saldaña is running unopposed for re-election to continue representing Legislative District 37 in the state Senate. Previously, Saldaña worked as an organizer with several unions and served as the executive director of a progressive nonprofit.

  • Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos is running for re-election to Legislative District 37, Position 1. Santos formerly worked in banking, politics, and nonprofit management before joining the Legislature in 1998. She is a moderate Democrat and the longest-serving representative of color in Washington’s history.

    Though she took a disappointing stance against comprehensive sex education in 2020, Santos has been an advocate for economic justice, civil rights, and environmental action. This year, she took important votes to advance gun safety, set new environmental goals, and create a more equitable criminal justice system. If re-elected, Santos wants to invest in education, health care, and housing so that all Washingtonians have an equal opportunity to thrive.

    Her opponent is Republican John Dickinson, who does not appear to have significant elected or community leadership experience. His platform is somewhat confusing, but two of his main goals are to "legalize cannabis" and restore the Comet Lodge graveyard. If elected, Dickinson promises to only serve one term.

    Rep. Tomiko Santos is the best choice in this race.

    Sharon Tomiko Santos

    Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos is running for re-election to Legislative District 37, Position 1. Santos formerly worked in banking, politics, and nonprofit management before joining the Legislature in 1998.

    Sharon Tomiko Santos

    Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos is running for re-election to Legislative District 37, Position 1. Santos formerly worked in banking, politics, and nonprofit management before joining the Legislature in 1998.

  • Emijah Smith's decades-long record of advocacy shows her commitment to the people of the 37th District. As a deeply rooted community organizer, Smith wants to bring the voices and needs of the community to the forefront through investment in small businesses, trauma-informed health care, and racial justice.

    In our interview with Smith, she spoke of how the war on drugs in the Central District inspired her to become an advocate for her community. After years of working with the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, she worked at Solid Ground with those experiencing housing and food insecurity and spent 11 years organizing in Olympia as a community engagement manager at the Children’s Alliance.

    If elected, Smith wants to prioritize flexible after-school programs, access to addiction services, and truly affordable child care. While Smith and Bulale share an emphasis on public education, Smith has served as PTSA president and vice president of the Seattle Public Schools PTSA. Her experience in advocating for her own children in local district meetings - which led to bigger investments for marginalized students - is unique in this race.

    Among the candidates, Smith also had the most to say about combating gentrification by ending predatory real estate development practices. She was also the only candidate to discuss the need to support survivors of domestic violence by unraveling the difficult knot of laws and procedures around getting protection. Smith's notable endorsements include King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, Rep. Tarra Simmons, Rep. Jamila Taylor, and former King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, all of whom are outstanding advocates for racial justice and community building.

    If you are looking for a candidate with the longest record of work in the community and who centers Black liberation, self-determination, and local knowledge, Smith is a great choice.

    Emijah Smith

    Emijah Smith's decades-long record of advocacy shows her commitment to the people of the 37th District.

    Emijah Smith

    Emijah Smith's decades-long record of advocacy shows her commitment to the people of the 37th District.

  • Chipalo Street is running to improve education, expand economic opportunities, and close the digital divide. He works in Microsoft's office of the CTO as a senior leader on emerging technology. He also serves on the board of the Institute for Democratic Future, which trains up-and-coming Democratic civic leaders, and is the co-founder of the Teacher Scientist Partnership at Technology Access Foundation Academy, which teaches a computer science curriculum in south Seattle.

    In our interview with Street, he was unique among the candidates in his focus on technology education. Street believes that Washington can lead the nation in STEM education and that the Legislature can do more for students by funding free two-year college. He is also a landlord who believes that tenants and owners should work in partnership. He emphasized that during the pandemic he was able to keep all his tenants housed despite a third of them losing work. He supports tenant protections, rental assistance, housing vouchers, and ending exclusionary zoning in transit areas, which would bring more housing options like triplexes and duplexes.

    Street's notable endorsements include Port Commissioners Hamdi Mohamed and Sam Cho, King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski, and Tukwila City Councilmember Mohamed Abdi, who all emphasized Street's work in his small business, civic leadership, and values around housing.

    If you are looking for a candidate who is pushing for digital inclusion in the 37th Legislative District, Street would be a good choice.

    Chipalo Street

    Chipalo Street is running to improve education, expand economic opportunities, and close the digital divide. He works in Microsoft's office of the CTO as a senior leader on emerging technology.

    Chipalo Street

    Chipalo Street is running to improve education, expand economic opportunities, and close the digital divide. He works in Microsoft's office of the CTO as a senior leader on emerging technology.

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  • Flight attendant Andrew Ashiofu is running to bring relief to working people who have struggled before, during, and after the pandemic. As a frontline worker, he saw a 60 percent reduction in his income during the pandemic and wants to harness that experience to create more economic opportunities for families in the district and beyond. He serves on the King County HIV Planning Council, the Harborview Madison Clinic Community Advisory Board, and the Washington State Department of Health COVID Vaccine Implementation Council.

    Having experienced homelessness in his youth when he came out as gay and lost his job, Ashiofu agrees with his fellow candidates on many housing policies. Specifically, he opposes zoning laws that limit housing to single-family homes and he supports increasing housing choices near transit. He believes that a New Deal-sized housing plan should be the way forward in Washington and that the state should be looking beyond just shelters at this point and creating more homes with wraparound mental health services.

    In our interview with Ashiofu, he described how his experience as an HIV-positive patient exposed the flaws in our medical system. He saw the dangers of having health care be tied to our jobs and the limits on when free and reduced services can be accessed. Like other candidates in this race, Ashiofu is determined to invest in better mental health care, as well as health care that can be accessed no matter your race, job status, or what zip code you live in. Notable endorsements for Ashiofu include former King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, Nicole Thomas Kennedy, and the King County Young Democrats.

    Ashiofu's focus and experience in healthcare stand out in this race. If you are looking for a candidate with lived experience around healthcare accessibility for intersectional communities and a determination to expand it, Ashiofu would be a good choice.

    Andrew Ashiofu

    Flight attendant Andrew Ashiofu is running to bring relief to working people who have struggled before, during, and after the pandemic.

    Andrew Ashiofu

    Flight attendant Andrew Ashiofu is running to bring relief to working people who have struggled before, during, and after the pandemic.

  • Adjunct professor Nimco Bulale is running to prioritize affordable housing and make education more inclusive for all students. As a refugee from Somalia and the child of a single mother, Bulale has emphasized the need for schools and social services to work for everyone, no matter what community you come from.

    Bulale has previously worked as a program director at the East African Community Services, a consultant for the city of Seattle's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and an education organizer with OneAmerica. She also serves on the executive board of the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission.

    As an expert in education policy, Bulale is an advocate for inclusive education, including bilingual education at the state level. In our interview, Bulale noted the many ways that overlapping identities affect the district's residents. For many, housing is only affordable in intergenerational households, childcare providers are predominantly immigrant women, and many Black families are being pushed out of the majority of zip codes in major cities due to unaffordability. If elected, Bulale wants to address all this and more with a commitment to increasing green jobs, preventing the exploitation of working people and making communities safer with more laws for gun violence prevention. Her notable endorsements include a sole recommendation from the 37th District Democrats and the Alliance for Gun Responsibility.

    If you are looking for a candidate with direct experience advocating for immigrant communities and education policy, Bulale would be a great choice.

    Nimco Bulale

    Adjunct professor Nimco Bulale is running to prioritize affordable housing and make education more inclusive for all students.

    Nimco Bulale

    Adjunct professor Nimco Bulale is running to prioritize affordable housing and make education more inclusive for all students.

  • Democrat

    Nicole Macri

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  • Rep. Nicole Macri is running unopposed for re-election to the 43rd Legislative District, House Position 1. Rep. Macri is a strong progressive who has worked as an advocate for those with mental illnesses and people struggling with homelessness. She is currently the deputy director at the Downtown Emergency Service Center and president of the board of directors of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

    This session, she sponsored a wide slate of progressive legislation, including successful bills to restrict ghost guns and establish a statewide alert system for missing Indigenous women. She also sponsored two bills to help working people - a wealth tax to flip the state's regressive tax code, and a bill to increase "missing middle" housing options near transit, like duplexes and triplexes. In previous sessions, Macri supported legislation to require the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and to establish the Washington State Office of Equity

    Macri has 20 years of experience in human services, championing affordable housing, and expanding health care. Her expertise and passion for expanding affordable housing options continues to be an incredible asset in Olympia. Macri deserves your vote for state House from the 43rd Legislative District.

    Nicole Macri

    Rep. Nicole Macri is running unopposed for re-election to the 43rd Legislative District, House Position 1. Rep. Macri is a strong progressive who has worked as an advocate for those with mental illnesses and people struggling with homelessness.

    Nicole Macri

    Rep. Nicole Macri is running unopposed for re-election to the 43rd Legislative District, House Position 1. Rep. Macri is a strong progressive who has worked as an advocate for those with mental illnesses and people struggling with homelessness.

  • Democrat

    Javier Valdez

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  • Rep. Javier Valdez is running for the 46th Legislative District Senate seat. Valdez was appointed to the state House in 2017 and was re-elected in 2018 and 2020. He also served as the first president of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees (AFSCME Council 2).

    In Olympia, Valdez has worked to find equitable, progressive solutions to problems facing residents in his district. He supported legislation to prevent discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status and advocated for requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    This year, Valdez sponsored several successful bills that protect our communities, including as the prime sponsor of the law to restrict ghost guns. He also sought to provide safe places for civic discourse by banning guns in settings like school board meetings and supported an alert system for missing Indigenous people.

    Valdez deserves credit for sponsoring the middle housing bill, which would have provided more housing options around transit, and the wealth tax, which aimed to finally make the extraordinarily wealthy residents of Washington pay their share into education, transportation, and more. These two bills will be critical progressive priorities in the coming years.

    Valdez is running against King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Gross. His platform includes making housing more affordable and tackling homelessness in the district. There is much to appreciate about Gross' platform - he wants to end exclusionary zoning and gradually increase the housing supply with duplexes or triplexes. He also wants to see more investments into the state Housing Trust Fund and mental health care.

    While Gross is progressive, Valdez has swept nearly every endorsement from a broad spectrum of progressive organizations and elected officials. This reflects both the breadth of his platform and his experience in lawmaking and legislative leadership. Valdez is the best choice in this race.

    Javier Valdez

    Rep. Javier Valdez is running for the 46th Legislative District Senate seat. Valdez was appointed to the state House in 2017 and was re-elected in 2018 and 2020. He also served as the first president of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees (AFSCME Council 2).

    Javier Valdez

    Rep. Javier Valdez is running for the 46th Legislative District Senate seat. Valdez was appointed to the state House in 2017 and was re-elected in 2018 and 2020. He also served as the first president of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees (AFSCME Council 2).

  • Democrat

    Gerry Pollet

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  • Rep. Gerry Pollet is running for re-election to the 46th Legislative District, House Position 1. He is the Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest, a group devoted to cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Pollet's background as an attorney and educator has enhanced his policy work on the issues of climate change, equitable education, and government transparency.

    In the Legislature, Pollet has been a reliable vote for protecting the environment and for education. This session, Pollet sponsored bills to restrict untraceable ghost guns and limit carrying weapons in public places such as school board meetings. In addition, he supported a wealth tax, which would have been a big step toward making the state's extremely wealthy pay their share for the resources we all depend on. In previous years, he sponsored a bill to require the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 and bills to lower class sizes and offer free community college.

    While Pollet has been excellent on environmental issues, we were extremely disappointed that he was an obstacle to important legislation related to housing affordability. The "missing middle" housing bill, sponsored by Rep. Batemen, would have given Washingtonians more housing options by increasing density near transit lines. As the chair of the Local Government Committee, Pollet used his position to water down this bill with amendments in a way that would exempt much of his district. This isn't the first time Pollet has opposed important legislation that would reduce the cost of housing. In previous years, he also weakened or blocked bills that would allow homeowners to build and rent backyard cottages. We hope Pollet reconsiders his position on these bills to alleviate the crushing cost of housing for residents of his district.

    Gerry Pollet

    Rep. Gerry Pollet is running for re-election to the 46th Legislative District, House Position 1. He is the Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest, a group devoted to cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

    Gerry Pollet

    Rep. Gerry Pollet is running for re-election to the 46th Legislative District, House Position 1. He is the Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest, a group devoted to cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

  • Hadeel Jeanne is a longtime resident of the 46th whose campaign is focused on the experiences of everyday working people and parents in the district, many of whom struggle to afford rising rents and home prices.

    Jeanne wants to address a suite of issues around housing, including increasing middle housing and social housing, making shelters safer, and providing rent stabilization. Next to housing, her top priority is transportation. With two new light rail stations in the district, Jeanne wants to see more bus routes to help people get to and from the stations to reduce the need to drive to them. Finally, Jeanne believes the Legislature can do much more to flip the state's upside-down tax code so that the wealthy finally pay their share into the community resources we all rely on.

    Though she does not have significant community leadership or elected experience, she is passionate about solving these issues for the community. In our interview with Jeanne, we were impressed by her energy and willingness to tackle tough issues. 

    Regrettably, Jeanne announced on July 12 that she was suspending her campaign for family reasons, though she will still appear on the primary ballot. If she makes it through the primary she would still appear on the November ballot.

    Hadeel Jeanne

    Hadeel Jeanne is a longtime resident of the 46th whose campaign is focused on the experiences of everyday working people and parents in the district, many of whom struggle to afford rising rents and home prices.

    Hadeel Jeanne

    Hadeel Jeanne is a longtime resident of the 46th whose campaign is focused on the experiences of everyday working people and parents in the district, many of whom struggle to afford rising rents and home prices.

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  • Melissa Taylor is running for Position 2 in the 46th Legislative District to work on affordable childcare, equitable education funding, and public safety. She is the treasurer of the King County Democrats and has worked with Persist PAC on a unique policy of contributing to candidates to offset childcare costs associated with campaigning. Taylor has also served on the board of League of Women Voters and the Olympic View and Jane Addams PTA, as well as Indivisible and several other organizations.

    Taylor discussed a wide range of progressive policies during our interview. She discussed how as a victim of violent crime, she knows that the best path forward for public safety is not performative punishment but addressing the root causes of crime. Rather than see her story be co-opted as a narrative for more militarized police in our communities, she believes that community investment is the best solution. She believes universal basic income, available and affordable housing, and a public health approach to gun violence would make communities safer and more whole. Taylor also sees climate action, flipping the state's upside-down tax code, and affordable child care as big priorities if elected.

    Her years of leadership in Democratic and progressive organizations have earned her many endorsements from elected officials and progressive organizations, notably in labor. Taylor is a good choice if you're looking for a candidate with institutional knowledge and a long track record of progressive activism.

    Melissa Taylor

    Melissa Taylor is running for Position 2 in the 46th Legislative District to work on affordable childcare, equitable education funding, and public safety.

    Melissa Taylor

    Melissa Taylor is running for Position 2 in the 46th Legislative District to work on affordable childcare, equitable education funding, and public safety.

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  • Darya Farivar is running for the 46th Legislative District, Position 2 to bring a keen eye to the intersection of policy and marginalized experiences. She is the public policy director with Disability Rights Washington, an organization that provides free services to people with disabilities and protects and advances the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Farivar has also served as co-chair of the Seattle Women's Commission, policy chair of the State Special Education Advisory Council, and is currently a board member of Peyvand, which supports Iranian students at UW.

    A focus on disability rights runs through Farivar's campaign, from her priorities in housing, criminal justice reform, health care, and more. In our interview, Farivar stated that she wants to build up diversion programs and ensure accessible housing units for people experiencing homelessness, noting that 40 percent of homeless people report having a disability. Farivar also makes the interesting point that disabilities cut across partisan lines and she would be willing to work across the aisle to move forward legislation that works for everyone. She wants to see investments in robust mass transit, including infrastructure to get people to the district's three light rail stops, and would be very supportive of transit-centered housing.

    Farivar is also one of two candidates of color in the race, and if elected states that she would be the first Middle Eastern woman serving in Olympia. As the daughter of refugees, she wants to establish a commission for Middle Eastern affairs to help the Legislature work in unison with Middle Eastern communities.

    If you're looking for a candidate whose experience would center underrepresented voices and ensure truly accessible services and housing for all, Farivar would be a good choice.

    Darya Farivar

    Darya Farivar is running for the 46th Legislative District, Position 2 to bring a keen eye to the intersection of policy and marginalized experiences.

    Darya Farivar

    Darya Farivar is running for the 46th Legislative District, Position 2 to bring a keen eye to the intersection of policy and marginalized experiences.

  • Democrat

    Lelach Rave

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  • Pediatrician Dr. Lelach Rave is running for office to bring mental health, youth and family health, and education to the forefront of the Legislature's agenda. She is the legislative chair for the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has spent years in Olympia advocating for policies like paid family leave, feeding kids through Breakfast After the Bell, and creating the Washington Vaccine Association.

    Rave is one of two physicians running for Legislature this year alongside fellow 46th District candidate Nancy Connolly. Her approach to a physician joining the House is a bit different from Connolly's. Because of her pediatric focus, Rave highlighted the need to support both kids and parents in this burgeoning mental health crisis. She noted that we can accelerate hiring much-needed mental health staff statewide by lowering the administrative burden on health care workers, especially lower-paid staff. She was also the only candidate in our interviews to discuss the importance of special education, noting that the state is behind by millions of dollars in funding special education, and that special needs kids fell even further behind than neurotypical kids in the pandemic.

    Outside of her health-related policies, Rave wants to see additional investments in the Housing Trust Fund, more low- and middle-income housing, reduction of fossil fuels, and more.

    Rave emphasized that with the retirement of Eileen Cody, there are no physicians in the Legislature. Rave is a good choice if you are looking for a candidate with the experience and drive to advocate for community health care for children and families. 

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    Pediatrician Dr. Lelach Rave is running for office to bring mental health, youth and family health, and education to the forefront of the Legislature's agenda.

    Lelach Rave

    Pediatrician Dr. Lelach Rave is running for office to bring mental health, youth and family health, and education to the forefront of the Legislature's agenda.

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  • Dr. Nancy Connolly is running to prioritize the district and state's need for better mental health care access, housing-first solutions to homelessness, and more affordable housing. Connolly has worked as a primary care physician for 20 years and has the unique experience of providing care for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Seattle, Renton, and Shoreline. She also serves on the board of Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness and on the policy committee of Healthcare is a Human Right - Washington.

    Connolly notes that the retirement of Rep. Dave Frockt means the House needs more mental health advocates. Like Farivar, Connolly says that there is a great need for point-of-engagement services; providers need to meet people where they're at or offer more distributed sites rather than only centralized ones. Connolly wants to see more investment in peer navigators and care managers.

    Connolly says that there should be no detention without rehabilitation services. However, we have some concerns about her emphasis on pouring more money into a law enforcement system she herself describes as "egregiously inequitable and extremely ineffective." While most of the other candidates articulated specific ways that law enforcement needs to be accountable, Connolly offered less specific paths forward on this critical issue. Connolly joined her peers in pledging to support any reasonable legislation that would finally balance our state's upside-down tax code and would support bold action to address climate change.

    Connolly is a good choice if you're looking for a candidate new to politics with medical expertise and direct experience with people experiencing homelessness.

    Nancy Connolly

    Dr. Nancy Connolly is running to prioritize the district and state's need for better mental health care access, housing-first solutions to homelessness, and more affordable housing.

    Nancy Connolly

    Dr. Nancy Connolly is running to prioritize the district and state's need for better mental health care access, housing-first solutions to homelessness, and more affordable housing.

  • Nina Martinez is running to leverage her experience in building safe and equitable communities for the benefit of all. She is the board chair of the Latino Civic Alliance, an organization that supports equity for Latinos through opportunities in career paths, livable wages, and education. Martinez has spent over a decade working with legislators and in the community to pass legislation like I-940, which requires law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, first aid, and mental health training. Martinez has also served on several of Gov. Inslee's task forces, including Independent Investigations of Police Use of Force, Hate Crime Advisory Working Group, and Agricultural Labor Rights.

    In our interview with Martinez, she was the most outspoken about community safety from gun violence. Like fellow candidate Rave, Martinez mentioned the need to support parents and noted that when dealing with gun violence, parents need social services and programs to work effectively with their kids. She said the Legislature also needs more creative workforce programs, like apprenticeships, as well as a nuanced approach to housing that reflects the needs of everyone, whether they're evicted, not able to sustain their income, or any other situation. Martinez was surprisingly critical of some incumbent Democrats when it came to workers' rights, despite significant legislation moving forward in recent years.

    As one of two women of color in the race, Martinez wants to ensure that the voices of the Latinx community, especially farmworkers, are heard in Olympia. Martinez would be a good choice if you are looking for an activist voice who has worked to support police accountability and would prioritize apprenticeships in Olympia.

    Nina Martinez

    Nina Martinez is running to leverage her experience in building safe and equitable communities for the benefit of all. She is the board chair of the Latino Civic Alliance, an organization that supports equity for Latinos through opportunities in career paths, livable wages, and education.

    Nina Martinez

    Nina Martinez is running to leverage her experience in building safe and equitable communities for the benefit of all. She is the board chair of the Latino Civic Alliance, an organization that supports equity for Latinos through opportunities in career paths, livable wages, and education.

  • Endorsed By: Sage Leaders