• 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. 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.

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

    Elected in 2018 as the first Democrat to hold the seat, Schrier has consistently brought her community values and professional health expertise to Congress. Unlike her Republican opponents, Schrier would support a federal law protecting reproductive freedom for all Americans. This term, Schrier supported the bipartisan infrastructure bill that will provide essential funding to improve local roads and bridges, as well as $19 million dollars for pedestrian safety projects in the 8th District alone. She also voted for Build Back Better, which would provide funding for early education, extend the child tax credit, reduce the cost of child care, and combat climate change. If re-elected, Schrier wants to prioritize the everyday needs of working families as well as be a compelling changemaker on public health issues like affordable prescriptions, gun violence prevention, clean air, and fresh groceries.

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

    Kim Schrier

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

    Kim Schrier

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

Other Candidates

This race has attracted a slate of Republicans who are all running to win the support of the conservative base in the primary.

Republican King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn is challenging Schrier for the seat his mother once held. Over the last 17 years, Dunn has been a consistent obstacle to progress on the council. This May, Dunn cast the sole “no” vote on a resolution expressing the council's opposition to overturning Roe v. Wade and support for abortion rights. During the height of the pandemic, Dunn voted against hazard pay for essential workers and opposed protections for renters who were on the verge of losing their homes.

Republican Jesse Jensen is running to challenge Rep. Schrier for a second time. He is an Army veteran and works at a national real estate software corporation. Jensen’s divisive campaign priorities include tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, dehumanizing border policies, and inaccurate school curriculums that erase some of us from the history books. Jensen wants to cut the community investments that help keep working families afloat and improve the quality of life for us all.

Also in this race is former Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor Matt Larkin. Like Jensen, Larkin is running on a MAGA Republican platform to erase Washington’s diverse communities from our students’ history books, increase the militarization and reach of police forces into our neighborhoods, and scapegoat those struggling the most in our communities instead of supporting policies that help us meet our basic needs and have the chance to succeed.

At this critical moment for reproductive freedom, our economy, and our country, these extreme Republicans would drag our district backward instead of bringing us together to find common solutions.

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

     

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

    Marilyn Strickland

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

    Marilyn Strickland

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

Other Candidates

Other Candidates CD 10 - Keith Swank

Strickland has four challengers this year. Keith Swank is a police officer and SWAT member who joined this race on a reactionary, far-right platform to undo the progress Rep. Strickland has made.

Other Candidates CD 10 - Keith Swank

Strickland has four challengers this year. Keith Swank is a police officer and SWAT member who joined this race on a reactionary, far-right platform to undo the progress Rep. Strickland has made.

  • 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.

No Good Choices

No Good Choices - Andrew Barkis

Republican incumbent Rep. Andrew Barkis is running for re-election to the 2nd Legislative District, Position 1. Barkis joined the Legislature in 2016 and previously worked full-time in property management rentals.

No Good Choices - Andrew Barkis

Republican incumbent Rep. Andrew Barkis is running for re-election to the 2nd Legislative District, Position 1. Barkis joined the Legislature in 2016 and previously worked full-time in property management rentals.

No Good Choices

No Good Choices - JT Wilcox

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

No Good Choices - JT Wilcox

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

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

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

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

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

    Jamie Smith

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

    Jamie Smith

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

No Good Choices

No Good Choices - Cyndy Jacobsen

Republican Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen is running for re-election to Position 2 representing the 25th Legislative District. Jacobsen joined the Legislature in 2021 after serving on the Puyallup City Council and teaching at Pierce College Puyallup Campus.

No Good Choices - Cyndy Jacobsen

Republican Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen is running for re-election to Position 2 representing the 25th Legislative District. Jacobsen joined the Legislature in 2021 after serving on the Puyallup City Council and teaching at Pierce College Puyallup Campus.

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

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

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

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

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

    The other candidate, David Crissman, filed late for the position, and as of mid-July has no website or campaign priorities available. His official voter's guide statement says that he is an Army veteran with no community or political experience, but "anything's got to be better than my current job."

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

    Emily Randall

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

    Emily Randall

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

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

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

    His opponent, Spencer Hutchins, served on the Gig Harbor City Council from 2017 to 2019 and is the co-owner of a real estate company. Hutchins wants to repeal both the long-term care law, which would help the majority of residents in Washington who will eventually need caregiving for daily needs, especially seniors and vulnerable populations. He also wants to repeal the low carbon fuel standard, which aims to clean up our air by reducing dirty transportation emissions, as well as the capital gains tax, which will make the extraordinarily wealthy in our state finally pay their share for the resources we all use. Hutchins also promises to strengthen transportation - specifically, mostly highways - without noting the historic investments that the Legislature just made into public transit, ferries, carbon reduction, free fares for kids, walking, biking, and more.

    Hutchins' reactionary agenda is endorsed by a slate of conservatives and Republicans, who are pouring money into this race. Richards is by far the best choice for Position 1 from the 26th Legislative District.

    Adison Richards

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

    Adison Richards

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

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

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

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

    Macklin is the best choice in this race.

    Matt Macklin

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

    Matt Macklin

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

  • Sen. Yasmin Trudeau was unanimously selected by the Pierce County Council in late 2021 to replace Sen. Jeannie Darnielle when she resigned to take a role in the state Department of Corrections. Trudeau is now running to complete the remainder of the Senate term representing the 27th Legislative District.

    In her brief time in office so far, Trudeau has sponsored a large and ambitious slate of bills aimed at supporting youth, health care, and keeping people in stable housing. Some of her passed legislation include allowing unaccompanied, homeless youth to provide their own consent for health care, requiring landlords to accept both electronic and non-electronic payment for rent, and requiring insurance to cover donor breast milk. If re-elected, Trudeau has pledged to continue working hard to make life more secure for working families. She believes the Senate should continue making investments in behavioral health, housing, climate, and transportation policies, and she hopes to lead the charge.

    Trudeau faces two challengers from the right. Mike Stewart refers to himself as a bohemian capitalist and states that he wants voters to be their best selves. As of mid-July, he has only shared a long list of issues without concrete solutions or policy ideas other than blaming Washington Democrats.

    Republican precinct committee officer and administrative manager Ashley Ray has a bullet point list of priorities on her site that outline her conservative agenda. Some priorities offer little information about her actual policy goals, such as "policing and justice system." She also repeats common talking points from MAGA Republicans this year who want to deny students an honest and accurate education. Overall, she does not appear to support a progressive agenda that would help the district recover from the pandemic and make it a safe and thriving place for all.

    Neither Republican challenge is offering a detailed or thoughtful agenda about how to improve life for all in the community. Trudeau is the clear choice in this race for her experience and strong leadership in the Senate.

    Yasmin Christopher Trudeau

    Sen. Yasmin Trudeau was unanimously selected by the Pierce County Council in late 2021 to replace Sen. Jeannie Darnielle when she resigned to take a role in the state Department of Corrections.

    Yasmin Christopher Trudeau

    Sen. Yasmin Trudeau was unanimously selected by the Pierce County Council in late 2021 to replace Sen. Jeannie Darnielle when she resigned to take a role in the state Department of Corrections.

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

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

    Jinkins has two challengers this year: Todd Briske and Jalonnie Givens-Jackson. Web developer and Republican Briske does not appear to have community or political leadership experience. He states that he supports the ideas of the Forward Party, including ranked-choice voting, "human-centered capitalism," and tolerance. He also states that he wants to create jobs, increase nuclear power, and institute a guaranteed basic income.

    Republican Givens-Jackson describes himself as a MAGA enthusiast and liberal gang member turned conservative activist. His policy points are mostly slogans: Authorize Policing, Accountability in Government, and Family Structure is Everything.

    Speaker Jinkins is an integral part of progressive advocacy in the state and has worked hard to improve life for all in the district and the state. She has earned your vote for state House once again this year.

    Laurie Jinkins

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

    Laurie Jinkins

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

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

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

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

    As many things re-open from the pandemic in a time of transition, our state needs legislators like Fey who have the experience and progressive values needed to lead us forward. Fey is the clear choice in this race.

    Jake Fey

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

    Jake Fey

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

Other Candidates

LD 27 P2 Other Candidates

Fey faces two challengers this year: Dhaval Patel and Janet Large. Patel, who stated no party preference, filed late for this position and, as of mid-July, has no website or campaign platform available.

LD 27 P2 Other Candidates

Fey faces two challengers this year: Dhaval Patel and Janet Large. Patel, who stated no party preference, filed late for this position and, as of mid-July, has no website or campaign platform available.

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

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

    Leavitt has two challengers from the right this year. Republican Victor Hogan is a retired Army major and a current real estate firm manager and director on the Steilacoom Historical School District Board. Hogan wants to address supply chain issues and encourage competitive marketplace capitalism, the same corporate forces that keep wages low and ship jobs overseas.

    Former sheriff's deputy, Marine, and current Pierce College professor Gabe Sachwitz is also running for Position 1. As of mid-July he has few concrete details available about his platform. His official voters' guide statement says that he will address crime and the cost of living, though not how he plans to address them.

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

    Mari Leavitt

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

    Mari Leavitt

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

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

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

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

    Bronoske faces two challengers from the right. Air Force veteran Susanna Keilman joins many Republicans this year in attempting to paint accountability measures as "anti-policing." Keilman also states that she will work on tax relief by doing a performance evaluation on and auditing every state employee - which adds up to over 65,000 everyday working people, from nurses to teachers to maintenance workers - as a means to slash the budget. A faster and more effective solution would be to balance our state's upside-down tax code and have the wealthy finally pay their share, which Republicans have so far almost unanimously refused to do in the Legislature.

    Republican and former Army captain Chris Nye served on the University Place City Council between 2011 and 2019 and is the owner of a real estate marketing service. He has almost no concrete policy details on his site, instead focusing on conservative rhetoric of "law and order" to elevate him into office.

    Legislators have a responsibility to build up our communities to be a safe place for all of us - that includes ensuring affordable housing, great education, and making sure that health care is available for all. Yet under the guise of "safety," many conservatives this year are running on thin agendas that don't nearly cover the many needs of communities in their district.

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

    Daniel A. Bronoske

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

    Daniel A. Bronoske

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

  • Democrat

    Steve Conway

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

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

    His opponent is former Republican district leader Terry Harder, a perennial candidate who has run for office eight times since 2008. His many past candidate statements usually discuss scaling back laws that hold corporations accountable and cutting the social services that help everyone in our communities thrive. This year, his agenda includes repealing our schools' age-appropriate comprehensive sexual health education and opposing making the wealthy pay their share in taxes. His site, which only has a list of questions, lacks solutions or strategies for the many issues that senators are expected to tackle in Olympia.

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

    Steve Conway

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

    Steve Conway

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

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

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

    Morgan has worked hard to support the needs of her constituents. She has earned your vote in the 29th Legislative District.

    Melanie Morgan

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

    Melanie Morgan

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

Other Candidates

LD 29 P1 Other Candidates

Morgan faces two challengers this year: Tim Monaghan and Brett Johnson. Democrat and Army veteran Monaghan has worked as a teacher in Pierce public schools as well as a park ranger.

LD 29 P1 Other Candidates

Morgan faces two challengers this year: Tim Monaghan and Brett Johnson. Democrat and Army veteran Monaghan has worked as a teacher in Pierce public schools as well as a park ranger.

  • Sharlett Mena is running for the open 29th Legislative District, House Position 2 seat. Though she lost after a formidable run in the 2020 election to the current representative, Steve Kirby, his retirement after 21 years in the Legislature brings a new opportunity for her impressive campaign.

    Mena has a deep background in both public service and community organizing. She currently serves as Special Assistant to the Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology and has also worked in the governor's office. She co-created Voter Turnup in 2021, an organization led by people of color to spur voter turnout and civic engagement. Notably, she also serves on the boards of Progreso, Planned Parenthood, and Fuse Washington, which produces this guide.

    Mena wants to take bold action to combat the climate crisis equitably, reduce homelessness, invest in transportation, and increase affordable housing. She sees reforming our upside-down tax code to finally make the wealthy pay their share as a key to our state's future.

    Running against Mena is Democratic precinct committee officer Melissa Knott, who unfortunately does not currently have campaign details available as of mid-July. She has experience in education as a literacy specialist and states that she will fight to put community needs over big business and stand up for working people.

    Also in this race is nurse practitioner David Figuracion. He does not have elected or community leadership experience and is running on a standard conservative agenda - stoking fears of lawlessness, repealing age-appropriate sexual health education, and opposing making the wealthy finally pay their share with legislation like the wealth tax. He does not appear to have earned any significant endorsements as of mid-July.

    Sharlett Mena has strong progressive credentials and is ready to hit the ground running in Olympia. She is the best choice in the 29th Legislative District.

    Sharlett Mena

    Sharlett Mena is running for the open 29th Legislative District, House Position 2 seat.

    Sharlett Mena

    Sharlett Mena is running for the open 29th Legislative District, House Position 2 seat.

  • No Party Preference

    Chris Vance

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

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

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

    Also in this race is fringe candidate Clifford Knopik, a far-right candidate running without a party preference for the Senate seat. Knopik seems to be campaigning on the single conspiracy theory that the pandemic was a governmental lie. 

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

    Chris Vance

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

    Chris Vance

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

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

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

    Also in this race is Brandon Beynon, a commercial construction business owner and Republican precinct committee officer. Beynon is running on a vague, typically conservative platform to block policies that invest in our communities while prioritizing the interests of big businesses and the wealthy few.

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

    Holly Stanton

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

    Holly Stanton

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

No Good Choices

No Good Choices - Eric E. Robertson

Rep. Eric Robertson is the Republican incumbent running for the 31st Legislative District, Position 2. He first served in the Legislature from 1994 to 1998 before switching to a career in law enforcement and then rejoining the state House in his current position in 2021.

No Good Choices - Eric E. Robertson

Rep. Eric Robertson is the Republican incumbent running for the 31st Legislative District, Position 2. He first served in the Legislature from 1994 to 1998 before switching to a career in law enforcement and then rejoining the state House in his current position in 2021.

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

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

    Also in this race is Deryl McCarty, the former deputy county auditor. He is a conservative who the county Republican Party backs in this nonpartisan race. McCarty’s platform is influenced by MAGA conspiracies of election fraud and dangerously stokes mistrust in our democratic institutions.

    The final candidate in this race is Damon Townsend. He is the president of the Rapids Park Association and has worked in elections administration in the county for the last 8 years. On July 29, the Tacoma News Tribune reported that Townsend resigned from the Pierce County auditor's office in 2019 "after being put on notice he was to be suspended for conduct unbecoming a county employee."

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

    Linda Farmer

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

    Linda Farmer

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

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

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

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

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

    Marty Campbell

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

    Marty Campbell

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

  • Democrat

    Robyn Denson

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

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

    Denson is the clear choice for Pierce County Council, District 7 in this crowded race.

    Robyn Denson

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

    Robyn Denson

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

Other Candidates

Denson has four Republican opponents in this race, including several who are very divisive.

Republican Josh Harris, a construction company owner, is in this race to oppose commonsense police accountability measures, accusing those who want police reform of being fixated on “racial problems that don’t exist.” Harris gained notoriety by posting a $300,000 bond for the three Tacoma police officers charged with killing Manuel Ellis. In May, he shot and injured an unarmed citizen at a homeless encampment while searching for what he described as a stolen vehicle. Harris' reckless and irresponsible behavior is not what we need on the Pierce County Council.

Republican Chuck West is a director on the Peninsula School District board and a former fire department battalion chief. West was the subject of controversy after he made several racist Facebook posts that were called out by students and staff in the district. He also echoed MAGA Republican talking points by calling the January 6th insurrection a "handful of people" and promoted debunked conspiracy theories about the pandemic.

First-time candidate Mitch Anderson works in finance and is running to redirect funding from essential community services and use it to send militarized police forces into our neighborhoods. Air Force veteran and human resources manager Paula Lonergan has typically conservative campaign priorities. She would rather blame the county’s issues on our neighbors who are struggling the most and cut social support services than make investments in our communities so we can all thrive.