• 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.

  • Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. Perez identifies as a working-class Washingtonian and she co-owns a family auto repair shop with her husband. She also serves as the executive director of the Stevenson Downtown Association, which is a part of the Main Street America coalition to bring economic vitality to all communities. Additionally, Perez serves as an elected member of the Underwood Soil and Water Conservation District board.

    Perez is running on a progressive platform to champion the needs of working families and improve the quality of life for all her constituents, particularly those in rural areas. As a working mom and small business owner, she is especially passionate about making health care and child care more accessible to all Americans. If elected, she also wants to protect reproductive freedom, represent the needs of rural residents, invest in clean energy, strengthen workers’ rights, and address the rising cost of living so that we can all afford the basics like rent, gas, and groceries.

    Perez is the clear choice in this crowded race. She deserves your vote to represent the 3rd Congressional District and fight for progressive change at the federal level.

    Marie Gluesenkamp Perez

    Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. Perez identifies as a working-class Washingtonian and she co-owns a family auto repair shop with her husband.

    Marie Gluesenkamp Perez

    Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. Perez identifies as a working-class Washingtonian and she co-owns a family auto repair shop with her husband.

Other Candidates

This race has attracted several of the most extreme Republicans on the ballot this year challenging Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who is seeking her seventh term in the seat.

Herrera Beutler is a conservative Republican who voted with Trump more than 80 percent of the time. Despite taking a few key votes to appear more moderate, Herrera Beutler is actually very conservative. She has stated she wants to overturn the Affordable Care Act, which provides health care to millions of Americans. Herrera Beutler was also the only member of Congress from Washington to support the Trump administration's cruel immigration bill and she refused to vote for the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Despite this very conservative record, numerous Republicans have challenged her because of her vote to impeach Donald Trump after the January 6th insurrection.

Joe Kent is Trump’s pick to represent the 3rd Congressional District and he is running on a divisive, MAGA platform. Kent is an Army veteran and a frequent Tucker Carlson Tonight show guest who lists impeaching President Biden and Vice President Harris as one of his top priorities in this race. He joins some of the most far-right candidates across the country who want to steal power and undermine American voters through the lie that the 2020 election results were fraudulent. Now, he is running to challenge an incumbent from his own party who Kent thinks is not extreme enough.

Also running is Republican state Rep. Vicki Kraft. She worked for the virulently anti-worker Freedom Foundation and spent the early months of the pandemic trying to remove state health safety measures months before public health experts said it was safe. Kraft also has one of the most far-right voting records in the state House. She was a leading opponent of comprehensive sex education and broader vaccination of students. Kraft is zealously opposed to abortion and voted against legislation requiring insurance companies to cover all reproductive health care. Kraft has been a loud proponent of conspiracy theories that seek to overturn the will of the people in the 2020 election.

 

Heidi St. John is another Republican challenger in this race who runs a Bible-based homeschooling business. Her right-wing agenda includes divisive rhetoric and typical conservative positions against reproductive freedom and gun violence prevention. Leslie French is a MAGA Republican and gymnastics gym owner who is campaigning to cast doubt on election results that don’t favor Republicans with conspiracy theories and extremist lies. 

 

There are several other candidates running in this crowded race. Davy Ray is a moderate Democrat and planning commissioner for the city of Stevenson who is running to protect democracy and ensure that all Americans have a real chance to succeed, not just the wealthy. Oliver Black, a high school teacher, is running with the American Solidarity Party on a platform to support workers’ rights, take action on climate change, and protect our democracy from corporate influence. Unfortunately, Black wants to take away Washingtonian’s freedom to decide whether and when we grow our families by opposing our right to abortion. Social studies teacher and Independent Chris Byrd is in this race to critique the political climate of Congress. However, Byrd doesn’t have any concrete policy suggestions for making Washington a better place for us all to live and work.

Other Candidates - Jaime Herrera Beutler

This race has attracted several of the most extreme Republicans on the ballot this year challenging Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who is seeking her seventh term in the seat.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Kelli Hughes-Ham is a high school teacher and Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Jim Walsh for 19th Legislative District, Position 1. Hughes-Ham serves both on the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum board of directors and as an elected Democratic precinct committee officer. She has also worked on the union bargaining committee and as a building representative for the Ocean Beach Education Association.

    Hughes-Ham is running on a progressive platform focused on making the district a more sustainable place to live and work for everyone. She would prioritize climate solutions to protect our ecosystems, our local industries, and our communities for future generations. Hughes-Ham also wants to increase affordable housing options to make sure that everyone can access a roof over their head.

    Rep. Walsh has been one of the most extreme MAGA Republicans since joining the Legislature in 2017. In 2021, he generated immense criticism when he wore a Star of David to protest COVID-19 vaccine rules, likening the state’s science-backed pandemic response to the Holocaust. He thinks criminalizing drugs further, rather than investing in prevention and treatment, will directly help those struggling with addiction.

    Last session, Walsh voted against a slate of progressive bills including legislation to keep our communities safe from high-capacity firearms and to reduce the state’s carbon emissions. If re-elected, he will continue opposing efforts to rebalance our upside-down tax code and make corporations and the wealthy pay their share.

    Residents in the 19th Legislative District deserve a representative who will take the most pressing community issues seriously and seek solutions that benefit all of us. We recommend Kelli Hughes-Ham for House Position 1.

    Kelli Hughes-Ham

    Kelli Hughes-Ham is a high school teacher and Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Jim Walsh for 19th Legislative District, Position 1. Hughes-Ham serves both on the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum board of directors and as an elected Democratic precinct committee officer.

    Kelli Hughes-Ham

    Kelli Hughes-Ham is a high school teacher and Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Jim Walsh for 19th Legislative District, Position 1. Hughes-Ham serves both on the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum board of directors and as an elected Democratic precinct committee officer.

No Recommendation

Jon-Erik Hegstad is a self-identified progressive Democrat who believes Washington must rise to the challenge of mitigating climate change, tackling education inequity, and more. Hegstad believes that legislators should work to flip the state's upside-down tax code by finally making the wealthy pay their share. He also wants to see abortion as a human right be codified into the law at all levels. Finally, Hegstad would work to institute commonsense gun laws like background checks and gun safety courses.

Cara Cusack is an IT program manager who wants to protect reproductive freedom, address safety and funding for schools, and bring down the cost of housing. She believes that accessory dwelling units, affordable rentals, and programs to help new buyers qualify for mortgages are all a part of making housing affordable. She also wants to address rural health care access, expand access to foreign markets for local farmers, and provide more behavioral health programs to residents. Like Hegstad, she also believes in commonsense gun safety regulations and wants to protect abortion rights, calling herself 100% pro-choice. Cusack has been endorsed by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility.

Neither Hegstad nor Cusack have policy leadership or elected office experience, but either would likely be a better choice for voting for progressive policies than incumbent McEntire. Vote Hegstad or Cusack for the 19th Legislative District.

No Recommendation - Jon-Erik Hegstad

Jon-Erik Hegstad is a self-identified progressive Democrat who believes Washington must rise to the challenge of mitigating climate change, tackling education inequity, and more.

Other Candidates

Conservative incumbent Rep. Joel McEntire is running for a second term in House Position 2 representing the 19th Legislative District. McEntire is a marine reservist and program mentor for Western Governors University who has made a political platform out of divisive, far-right messaging. Confusingly, he blames the city of Seattle for decisions made by his fellow lawmakers at the state level in Olympia.

This year, McEntire voted against bills to make our communities safer from gun violence and to reduce our state’s carbon emissions to create a cleaner climate for future generations. Recently, he vocally criticized a commonsense bill to prohibit the sale of high-capacity firearm magazines. If re-elected, McEntire will continue to promote a conservative agenda of slashing social services and opposing progressive legislation.

Other Candidates - Joel McEntire

Conservative incumbent Rep. Joel McEntire is running for a second term in House Position 2 representing the 19th Legislative District. McEntire is a marine reservist and program mentor for Western Governors University who has made a political platform out of divisive, far-right messaging.

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

  • Steven Drew is the Democratic incumbent running for re-election to Thurston County assessor. Drew’s work in this role has been recognized by the Washington State Association of County Assessors and the International Association of Assessing Officers. Before being elected to the assessor’s office in 2011, he worked as an insurance adjuster and small business owner. In 2018, Governor Inslee appointed Drew to the South Puget Sound Community College Board of Trustees.

    In the assessor’s office, Drew worked to eliminate a backlog of appeals that had been left by the predecessor and finally have the office begin meeting statutory deadlines. If re-elected, he wants to expand on equity, accessibility, and efficiency while continuing to meet the needs of the county with timely services.

    Intercity Transit employee Dave Kolar is challenging Drew for the assessor position as an Independent on a more Republican platform to cut funding to the office’s services and functions. Kolar has never held public office, lacks a campaign website, and shared little about qualifying experience in his voters’ guide statement. He is supported by local conservatives in this race.

    Steven Drew has delivered quality public services in his time as the county assessor, and he deserves your vote for re-election in this race.

    Steven J. Drew

    Steven Drew is the Democratic incumbent running for re-election to Thurston County assessor. Drew’s work in this role has been recognized by the Washington State Association of County Assessors and the International Association of Assessing Officers.

    Steven J. Drew

    Steven Drew is the Democratic incumbent running for re-election to Thurston County assessor. Drew’s work in this role has been recognized by the Washington State Association of County Assessors and the International Association of Assessing Officers.

  • Democrat Mary Hall is seeking re-election as Thurston County auditor, where she has served since 2013. The Office of the Secretary of the State named her the 2020 Auditor of the Year and she serves on the National Association of Election Officials board. Before joining Thurston County’s auditing office, Hall worked as an elections manager for Pierce County and as the president of an imaging and document management software company.

    Hall oversaw safe and fair elections through the height of the pandemic and right-wing misinformation campaigns about election security. She is a trusted community leader who has focused on safeguarding our democracy both by ensuring election security and by expanding voting access. If re-elected, Hall also wants to continue making the auditor’s office as efficient and accessible for Thurston residents as possible. She has earned a number of progressive endorsements in this race from elected officials at state, county, and city levels.

    Sal Militello is a Republican challenging Hall for the auditor position. He runs his own IT consulting firm and is campaigning on a vague and typical conservative platform in this race. Militello’s website is not functional as of mid-July.

    Mary Hall is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote for another term as Thurston County Auditor.

    Mary Hall

    Democrat Mary Hall is seeking re-election as Thurston County auditor, where she has served since 2013. The Office of the Secretary of the State named her the 2020 Auditor of the Year and she serves on the National Association of Election Officials board.

    Mary Hall

    Democrat Mary Hall is seeking re-election as Thurston County auditor, where she has served since 2013. The Office of the Secretary of the State named her the 2020 Auditor of the Year and she serves on the National Association of Election Officials board.

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

  • Democrat Tye Menser is running for re-election as Thurston County commissioner for District 3. Menser is an attorney, chair of the Thurston County Board of Health, and commissioner with the Thurston County Water Conservancy board. He was elected as county commissioner in 2018 and has been a champion of climate action, criminal justice reform, and small business support since then.

    As a commissioner, Menser has helped pass a Climate Mitigation Plan, invested in affordable housing, and created more criminal justice diversion programs. His re-election priorities include protecting our natural environment for generations to come, ensuring residents can access stable housing, creating solutions outside of policing and prisons to address social issues, and continuing to help small businesses rebound from the pandemic. Menser has earned impressive and widespread support in this race including endorsements from local unions, elected progressives, and community organizations.

    Republican Vivian Easer is challenging Menser. Easer serves on the Washington State Emergency Management board and has worked in emergency preparedness and within the criminal justice system. She is running on a conservative platform to cut funding from essential community investments in housing, education, and health care while pouring more money into militarizing and expanding police forces in our neighborhoods.

    Menser has earned your vote for Thurston County Commission in District 3 to continue bringing sustainable, community-focused leadership to the county.

    Tye Menser

    Democrat Tye Menser is running for re-election as Thurston County commissioner for District 3. Menser is an attorney, chair of the Thurston County Board of Health, and commissioner with the Thurston County Water Conservancy board.

    Tye Menser

    Democrat Tye Menser is running for re-election as Thurston County commissioner for District 3. Menser is an attorney, chair of the Thurston County Board of Health, and commissioner with the Thurston County Water Conservancy board.