• 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.

  • 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 and improving infrastructure. 

    Kilmer has been an effective leader on many important issues during his five terms in Congress. His priorities have included small business development and protecting Puget Sound. He has been an advocate for campaign finance reform and expanding access to health care. 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.

    Although Kilmer has been a reliable vote and often a leader on some important Democratic legislation in the House, he has faced criticism from some on the left, especially his opponent Rebecca Parson, for not supporting more ambitious policies like the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, or rent control. However, he should be commended for supporting several environmental bills, including the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which have been controversial among some of his constituents.

    Kilmer is running for re-election to continue helping middle-class families, creating jobs, and supporting small businesses that were hurt in the pandemic. He also supported the Women's Health Protection Act and pledges to keep fighting to codify abortion rights in federal law. Kilmer is a good choice for 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. He is a moderate Democrat who is a reliable supporter of creating jobs and improving infrastructure. 

    Derek Kilmer

    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 and improving infrastructure. 

  • Rebecca Parson is a progressive activist, small business owner, and former instructor at Johns Hopkins University running for Washington's 6th Congressional District. Parson also challenged Rep. Kilmer in 2020 and came in third in the primary, earning 13.5 percent of the vote. She got her start in activism as a housing organizer and has been a leader with the Tacoma & Pierce County Democratic Socialists of America and Tacoma Indivisible.

    Parson is running on an extremely progressive platform that includes a Green New Deal with 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, protecting and expanding Social Security, national rent control, and Medicare for All. Possibly the boldest part of her ambitious platform is her plan to repurpose vacant homes to house people experiencing homelessness. During our interview, she said she wants the federal government to purchase many of the 11 million vacant homes. For those who don't wish to sell, she wants to make it "financially onerous to have an empty home."

    When asked about how she plans to make change in our often-gridlocked Congress, Parson pointed to Rep. Cori Bush as an example of someone who is both writing legislation and making change through direct action. If elected, she would organize more direct action and use her platform to draw attention and build support for progressive issues over time.

    While we struggle to see a path forward for some of her more bold ideas, she does offer an alternative to voters who are looking for a much more progressive and outspoken alternative to Kilmer.

    Rebecca Parson

    Rebecca Parson is a progressive activist, small business owner, and former instructor at Johns Hopkins University running for Washington's 6th Congressional District. Parson also challenged Rep. Kilmer in 2020 and came in third in the primary, earning 13.5 percent of the vote.

    Rebecca Parson

    Rebecca Parson is a progressive activist, small business owner, and former instructor at Johns Hopkins University running for Washington's 6th Congressional District. Parson also challenged Rep. Kilmer in 2020 and came in third in the primary, earning 13.5 percent of the vote.

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  • 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.

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Legislative Races

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

  • Rep. Tarra Simmons is running for re-election to the 23rd Legislative District. Simmons is the founding director of Civil Survival, a nonprofit organization that helps formerly incarcerated people reintegrate and become advocates for their community. She also made history when she became the first formerly-incarcerated person to graduate law school and be admitted to the Washington State Bar Association.

    Simmons' 2020 campaign focused on criminal justice and legal reform, as well as fighting for more robust support for working people. In just her first two years in office, she has delivered in a big way. Her first piece of legislation in 2021 was automatic voter registration for formerly incarcerated people. In the 2022 session, Simmons sponsored legislation limiting ghost guns, supported creating a system to find missing Indigenous people, voted to make the wealthy pay their share into our communities, and supported housing near transportation. If re-elected, she wants to continue building off her success in expanding access to free and reduced-cost health care, restoring civil rights, and funding education.

    Simmons has been a strong advocate for restoring civil rights, health care access, and the district's youth. She is the clear choice for the 23rd District.

    Tarra Simmons

    Rep. Tarra Simmons is running for re-election to the 23rd Legislative District. Simmons is the founding director of Civil Survival, a nonprofit organization that helps formerly incarcerated people reintegrate and become advocates for their community.

    Tarra Simmons

    Rep. Tarra Simmons is running for re-election to the 23rd Legislative District. Simmons is the founding director of Civil Survival, a nonprofit organization that helps formerly incarcerated people reintegrate and become advocates for their community.

Other Candidates

Simmons has three Republican challengers this year: April Ferguson, Ace Haynes, and Janell Hulst. Ferguson, who has run for office and lost twice before, is the former operations chair and data administrator for the Kitsap County Republican Party. She is running on a conservative platform that opposes efforts to balance our state's upside-down tax code and make corporations and the wealthy pay what they owe our communities. Ferguson's plan to fight homelessness and the housing affordability crisis is also lacking. She tries to blame drugs and people with mental illnesses without mentioning the most important issue: housing affordability.

Ace Haynes is a self-described "law and order" candidate who formerly worked with the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority. His platform lacks detail as of mid-July. If elected, he states that he will respect service workers and fund schools, but has no policy details available for either priority. Like other Republicans, he is pushing divisive messages about crime rather than tackling the real problems of the district, including housing affordability, health care, and more. Haynes is currently also under investigation for two felony cases that involve knocking over a fence and pointing a rifle at his neighbor, respectively. His trials are scheduled for the day before the August primary, according to the Kitsap Sun.

Republican Janell Hulst is running on a typical conservative platform. This year, Hulst attended a Kitsap County Public Health meeting to argue against doctors and public health officials trying to protect the community from the latest COVID omicron surge.

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Simmons has three Republican challengers this year: April Ferguson, Ace Haynes, and Janell Hulst. Ferguson, who has run for office and lost twice before, is the former operations chair and data administrator for the Kitsap County Republican Party.

  • Rep. Drew Hansen is running for re-election to House Position 2, where he has represented the 23rd Legislative District since 2011. As a trial lawyer and former law professor, Hansen's focus on education and civil rights has greatly improved the lives of residents in his district for the past decade.

    Hansen helped expand the Olympic College engineering program for shipyard workers and sponsored legislation to protect marine jobs. Hansen has also supported fully funding the State Need Grant for low-income college students, as well as providing free and reduced college tuition for families earning less than $50,000 a year. Finally, one of Hansen's hallmark accomplishments in Olympia was passing a major gun safety law to prevent illegal gun purchases.

    Challenging Hansen from the right is Paige Jarquin. She ran for Central Kitsap School Director in 2021, though she submitted no bio to the official voters' guide and lost in the primary. As of mid-July 2022, her campaign platform for state House is very thin. Like many other Republicans this year, Jarquin's priorities don't mesh with the fact that many in the community are struggling to make rent and put food on the table. She takes a vague stance on education, saying that what's taught in the classroom "isn't good" without offering any concrete policies or vision of her own.

    Hansen has been a reliable progressive vote in the House who has led on several important issues for the district and the state. Vote for Drew Hansen in the 23rd Legislative District.

    Drew Hansen

    Rep. Drew Hansen is running for re-election to House Position 2, where he has represented the 23rd Legislative District since 2011.

    Drew Hansen

    Rep. Drew Hansen is running for re-election to House Position 2, where he has represented the 23rd Legislative District since 2011.

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  • Progressive Julianne Y. Gale is running for the Washington state Senate in the 35th Legislative District, the seat currently occupied by the retiring Sen. Tim Sheldon. Gale currently manages the Skokomish Indian Tribe’s youth program and has previously worked as a union construction worker, teacher, and grassroots climate advocate. She identifies as a queer, American-Chinese Jew and believes both her personal and work experiences of bringing people together will allow her to represent all the residents in her district if elected.

    As a co-founder of Mason County Climate Justice, one of Gale’s top political priorities is climate justice. If elected, she would pursue regenerative foresting and clean water to ensure sustainable environments and jobs for generations to come. Having lost stable housing herself for a time, Gale also wants to make sure that Washington is a place where all people can access housing security and affordable health care.

    Gale is running against Republican Rep. Drew MacEwen, who has represented the 35th Legislative District in the House since 2012. Now, he is running for the state Senate to prioritize the private sector while cutting funding to social services. In the last session, MacEwen voted against commonsense gun safety legislation and opposed a bill to put Washington on track with better energy code standards.

    We strongly recommend Gale to represent residents of the 35th Legislative District in the state Senate with her vision for putting the community first.

    Julianne Y. Gale

    Progressive Julianne Y. Gale is running for the Washington state Senate in the 35th Legislative District, the seat currently occupied by the retiring Sen. Tim Sheldon.

    Julianne Y. Gale

    Progressive Julianne Y. Gale is running for the Washington state Senate in the 35th Legislative District, the seat currently occupied by the retiring Sen. Tim Sheldon.

  • James DeHart is running for the 35th Legislative District in Position 1. DeHart has worked for a variety of state agencies in his career in public records management, such as the Department of Social and Health Services, the Department of Transportation, and more. He is also involved with community orchestras and served as the musical director for a 2019 Broadway Olympia production.

    DeHart is running on a progressive platform to invest in public infrastructure including school buildings, roads and bridges, transportation, meal programs, and high-speed broadband. If elected, he will also focus on climate solutions and specifically wants to look at energy alternatives that will benefit both residents and our environment. DeHart identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and wants to make sure that people of all marginalized communities, especially Washingtonians of color, have equal access to jobs, housing, and voting.

    Also in this race is Republican incumbent Rep. Daniel Griffey who is running to remain in the seat he was first elected to in 2014. Outside of the Legislature, Griffey works as a lieutenant firefighter in central Mason County. This session, Griffey voted with the majority of conservatives to block commonsense measures to protect our communities from gun violence and to institute environmental protections. He wants to further militarize our police, even though our communities are actually safer when we have access to good schools, jobs, and housing.

    James DeHart is the clear choice for House Position 1 in the 35th Legislative District.

    James DeHart

    James DeHart is running for the 35th Legislative District in Position 1. DeHart has worked for a variety of state agencies in his career in public records management, such as the Department of Social and Health Services, the Department of Transportation, and more.

    James DeHart

    James DeHart is running for the 35th Legislative District in Position 1. DeHart has worked for a variety of state agencies in his career in public records management, such as the Department of Social and Health Services, the Department of Transportation, and more.

  • Former American diplomat Sandra Kaiser is running for the 35th Legislative District 35, Position 2 seat as a Democrat. Kaiser served the Department of State for almost 30 years with many presidential administrations, leading public affairs and directing U.S. embassy operations. In Washington, she has worked for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Evergreen State College, and she currently works for serves as the vice president of the Capitol Land Trust board.

    Kaiser is running to improve economic security for working families, invest in social services and public infrastructure, and improve our kids' classrooms. She wants to leverage her past government and communications experience with her hometown knowledge to build economic, social, and environmental sustainability in the 35th Legislative District.

    There are three Republicans in this race: Patti Case, Travis Couture, and Tiffany Sevruk. Patti Case has spent the last 25 years doing public affairs work for a logging company that has faced criticism for its environmental practices. Like her fellow MAGA Republicans, she has criticized Inslee’s science-based, mask mandate which has helped us fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safer. Case is running to weaken police accountability measures while continuing to put militarized police forces into our communities. She joins other far-right candidates by opposing curriculums that teach our children both the good and bad of our country’s history so they are prepared for the future and better understand the cultures and experiences of others.

    Navy veteran Travis Couture works for a manufacturing corporation that focuses on aerospace, arms, and defense, and he previously ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Legislature. In this race, he sets himself apart with an endorsement from Rep. Jesse Young, one of the most extreme MAGA Republicans in the Legislature. Though Couture claims to prioritize public safety, he opposes policies to keep our communities safe from gun violence and efforts to hold police accountable for their actions. If elected, he would cut funding for community investments that help all Washingtonians access quality schools, housing security, and affordable health care.

    Tiffany Sevruk, the final candidate in this race, was elected to the board of directors for North Thurston Public Schools last year on a conservative platform. Outside of the school board, she works at a financial services firm and serves as the president of the Thurston County Women's Republican Club. Sevruk is running for the state House on a vague platform to weaken renters’ rights and cut funding for the services and resources that our communities rely on.

    We recommend Sandra Kaiser in this crowded race for Position 2 in the 35th Legislative District. She is the clear choice to bring thoughtful leadership and progressive values to the House.

    Sandra Kaiser

    Former American diplomat Sandra Kaiser is running for the 35th Legislative District 35, Position 2 seat as a Democrat. Kaiser served the Department of State for almost 30 years with many presidential administrations, leading public affairs and directing U.S. embassy operations.

    Sandra Kaiser

    Former American diplomat Sandra Kaiser is running for the 35th Legislative District 35, Position 2 seat as a Democrat. Kaiser served the Department of State for almost 30 years with many presidential administrations, leading public affairs and directing U.S. embassy operations.

  • Paul Andrews is the current Kitsap County auditor running for a second term in office. Andrews worked as a data analyst for more than two decades before joining the auditor’s office. Additionally, he has served on a number of community boards and is a current member of the Washington State Association of County Auditors board.

    Andrews is running to continue bringing transparent and reliable leadership to the auditor’s office. He is proud of how the office managed elections safely through the pandemic and has since both opened a new voting center and also added a handful of secure ballot drop boxes to increase voter turnout. If re-elected, he wants to keep building accessibility, equity, and security in the auditor’s office to strengthen democratic systems in our communities and deliver high-quality financial and licensing services to the county.

    Also in this race is Republican Mike Simpson, an Army veteran and former Bremerton City Council member. Simpson has stoked some conspiracy theories about a ballot error that caused a special election for his council seat last February. Now, he is running without a campaign website on a platform that is full of blame and conservative rhetoric but lacks real suggestions for how the auditor’s office can best serve the county.

    Paul Andrews deserves your vote to be re-elected as Kitsap County auditor.

    Paul Andrews

    Paul Andrews is the current Kitsap County auditor running for a second term in office. Andrews worked as a data analyst for more than two decades before joining the auditor’s office.

    Paul Andrews

    Paul Andrews is the current Kitsap County auditor running for a second term in office. Andrews worked as a data analyst for more than two decades before joining the auditor’s office.

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