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  • Democrat Maria Cantwell is running for another term in the U.S. Senate, where she has served the state of Washington since 2001. Before that, she served in the state Legislature and had a successful career in the private sector, leading marketing efforts for a large tech company.

    In Congress, Cantwell has been a strong advocate for environmental protections and clean energy. She recently sponsored bills to protect waterways while promoting clean energy and strengthening tribal involvement in matters relating to conservation and land management. This spring, Cantwell partnered with Sen. Patty Murray to secure $28 million in funding to replace lead pipes in Washington and ensure safe drinking water across the state. In this race, she is running on a broad and detailed platform to address Washington’s most pressing issues, including protecting and restoring reproductive health access, increasing funding for K-12 and student loans, and expanding the affordable housing tax credit and other housing solutions.

    Cantwell has been a thoughtful and hard-working advocate for the people of Washington. She has earned your vote for another term in the U.S. Senate.
    Last updated: 2024-07-17

    Maria Cantwell

    Democrat Maria Cantwell is running for another term in the U.S. Senate, where she has served the state of Washington since 2001. Before that, she served in the state Legislature and had a successful career in the private sector, leading marketing efforts for a large tech company.

    Democrat Maria Cantwell is running for another term in the U.S. Senate, where she has served the state of Washington since 2001. Before that, she served in the state Legislature and had a successful career in the private sector, leading marketing efforts for a large tech company.

    In Congress, Cantwell has been a strong advocate for environmental protections and clean energy. She recently sponsored bills to protect waterways while promoting clean energy and strengthening tribal involvement in matters relating to conservation and land management. This spring, Cantwell partnered with Sen. Patty Murray to secure $28 million in funding to replace lead pipes in Washington and ensure safe drinking water across the state. In this race, she is running on a broad and detailed platform to address Washington’s most pressing issues, including protecting and restoring reproductive health access, increasing funding for K-12 and student loans, and expanding the affordable housing tax credit and other housing solutions.

    Cantwell has been a thoughtful and hard-working advocate for the people of Washington. She has earned your vote for another term in the U.S. Senate.

    Maria Cantwell

    Democrat Maria Cantwell is running for another term in the U.S. Senate, where she has served the state of Washington since 2001. Before that, she served in the state Legislature and had a successful career in the private sector, leading marketing efforts for a large tech company.

Other Candidates

A host of candidates are running against Sen. Cantwell this year, though none appear to be competitive.

Dr. Raul Garcia is the leading Republican challenger for the U.S. Senate. After initially announcing a campaign for governor, he is now running to install conservative leadership in one of Washington’s senate seats. Despite his vague platform, he has already received support from some of Washington’s most prominent conservatives.

You can read more about Dr. Garcia and the other candidates challenging Sen. Cantwell on our website.
A host of candidates are running against Sen. Cantwell this year, though none appear to be competitive.

Dr. Raul Garcia is the leading Republican challenger for the U.S. Senate. After initially announcing a campaign for governor, he is now running to install conservative leadership in one of Washington’s senate seats. Despite his vague platform, he has already received support from some of Washington’s most prominent conservatives.

You can read more about Dr. Garcia and the other candidates challenging Sen. Cantwell on our website.

Congress

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

  • Democratic incumbent Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is running for a second term serving Washington’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House. Perez defeated Republican incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler and MAGA challenger Joe Kent in 2022. She runs a family auto repair shop with her husband and was the previous executive director of the Stevenson Downtown Association, a part of the Main Street American coalition.

    In office, Perez has been a voice for rural and working-class Washington communities. She has championed the "right to repair" to save money for her constituents and reduce waste. Her voting record has been independent, reflecting her district on border policy, the environment, education, and public safety. Her campaign platform in this race remains focused on the issues affecting regular Washingtonians like affordable childcare, substance abuse treatment, energy independence, abortion and reproductive health care access, keeping large corporations accountable and out of politics, and raising wages to match the rising cost of living.

    Regardless of what else is happening in the other Washington, Perez has remained laser-focused on improving lives in the 3rd Congressional District. For example, she has focused on fixing infrastructure, including securing $600 million for a new I-5 Bridge.

    The district needs leaders who will stand up for them, not MAGA conspiracy theorists. Perez has earned your vote for a second term in Congress.
    Last updated: 2024-07-18

    Marie Gluesenkamp Perez

    Democratic incumbent Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is running for a second term serving Washington’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House. Perez defeated Republican incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler and MAGA challenger Joe Kent in 2022.

    Democratic incumbent Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is running for a second term serving Washington’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House. Perez defeated Republican incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler and MAGA challenger Joe Kent in 2022. She runs a family auto repair shop with her husband and was the previous executive director of the Stevenson Downtown Association, a part of the Main Street American coalition.

    In office, Perez has been a voice for rural and working-class Washington communities. She has championed the "right to repair" to save money for her constituents and reduce waste. Her voting record has been independent, reflecting her district on border policy, the environment, education, and public safety. Her campaign platform in this race remains focused on the issues affecting regular Washingtonians like affordable childcare, substance abuse treatment, energy independence, abortion and reproductive health care access, keeping large corporations accountable and out of politics, and raising wages to match the rising cost of living.

    Regardless of what else is happening in the other Washington, Perez has remained laser-focused on improving lives in the 3rd Congressional District. For example, she has focused on fixing infrastructure, including securing $600 million for a new I-5 Bridge.

    The district needs leaders who will stand up for them, not MAGA conspiracy theorists. Perez has earned your vote for a second term in Congress.

    Marie Gluesenkamp Perez

    Democratic incumbent Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is running for a second term serving Washington’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House. Perez defeated Republican incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler and MAGA challenger Joe Kent in 2022.

Other Candidates

Perez faces three challengers in this race. The leading challenger is MAGA extremist Joe Kent. He is running again after being narrowly defeated in his 2022 bid against Perez. In his previous primary campaign, he distinguished himself from fellow Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler by his extremely far-right platform and an endorsement from Donald Trump. Kent is a Special Forces veteran and former CIA employee.

Kent is running a negative campaign that relies on stoking fears and scapegoating members of our community. Kent has campaigned on adopting a national abortion ban, the promise to impeach President Biden and Vice President Harris, and the dangerous lie that Trump won the 2020 election. Now, he once again hopes that he can empower himself by dividing us. But, Congressional District 3 deserves a representative that fights for everyone, not just the residents who look and think like Kent.

Camas City Council member and former King County prosecutor Leslie Lewallen is the other conservative Republican in this race. She is less extreme than Kent but holds very conservative values that don’t reflect the needs of Southwest Washington. While everyday residents are struggling to afford rent and medicine, Lewallen has focused her current platform on cutting funding from public services and cutting taxes for the wealthiest Washingtonians.

You can read more about this race on our website here.
Perez faces three challengers in this race. The leading challenger is MAGA extremist Joe Kent. He is running again after being narrowly defeated in his 2022 bid against Perez. In his previous primary campaign, he distinguished himself from fellow Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler by his extremely far-right platform and an endorsement from Donald Trump. Kent is a Special Forces veteran and former CIA employee.

Kent is running a negative campaign that relies on stoking fears and scapegoating members of our community. Kent has campaigned on adopting a national abortion ban, the promise to impeach President Biden and Vice President Harris, and the dangerous lie that Trump won the 2020 election. Now, he once again hopes that he can empower himself by dividing us. But, Congressional District 3 deserves a representative that fights for everyone, not just the residents who look and think like Kent.

Camas City Council member and former King County prosecutor Leslie Lewallen is the other conservative Republican in this race. She is less extreme than Kent but holds very conservative values that don’t reflect the needs of Southwest Washington. While everyday residents are struggling to afford rent and medicine, Lewallen has focused her current platform on cutting funding from public services and cutting taxes for the wealthiest Washingtonians.

You can read more about this race on our website here.
  • Sen. Emily Randall is running on a progressive and community-forward platform for Congress. Since joining the Legislature in 2019, Randall has been one of the most outspoken advocates of reproductive freedom and accessible health care for all. Before elected office, she worked for a number of social justice-focused nonprofits, including Planned Parenthood.

    In Olympia, Randall has been instrumental in authoring and passing progressive legislation. In her first term, she worked to expand health care access, reform the tax code, and raise the minimum wage for working people with disabilities. This term, Randall helped achieve major progressive victories through her leadership on bills to expand eligibility for financial aid programs, increase access to HIV treatment, and protect the privacy of patients receiving ultrasounds.

    Now, Randall is running to be a champion for accessible health care, working people, and a healthy environment. She wants to take measures to address climate change including investing in clean energy and green infrastructure. Randall wants to bring down the cost of American health care by expanding Medicaid, strengthening the Affordable Care Act, and making prescription drugs more affordable. She also has plans to strengthen our democracy, improve the quality of public education, and safeguard reproductive freedom.

    We recommend Emily Randall for the Congressional District 6 seat in the U.S. House due to her strong track record of community advocacy and her impressive number of progressive endorsements from our partner organizations.
    Last updated: 2024-07-18

    Emily Randall

    Sen. Emily Randall is running on a progressive and community-forward platform for Congress. Since joining the Legislature in 2019, Randall has been one of the most outspoken advocates of reproductive freedom and accessible health care for all.

    Sen. Emily Randall is running on a progressive and community-forward platform for Congress. Since joining the Legislature in 2019, Randall has been one of the most outspoken advocates of reproductive freedom and accessible health care for all. Before elected office, she worked for a number of social justice-focused nonprofits, including Planned Parenthood.

    In Olympia, Randall has been instrumental in authoring and passing progressive legislation. In her first term, she worked to expand health care access, reform the tax code, and raise the minimum wage for working people with disabilities. This term, Randall helped achieve major progressive victories through her leadership on bills to expand eligibility for financial aid programs, increase access to HIV treatment, and protect the privacy of patients receiving ultrasounds.

    Now, Randall is running to be a champion for accessible health care, working people, and a healthy environment. She wants to take measures to address climate change including investing in clean energy and green infrastructure. Randall wants to bring down the cost of American health care by expanding Medicaid, strengthening the Affordable Care Act, and making prescription drugs more affordable. She also has plans to strengthen our democracy, improve the quality of public education, and safeguard reproductive freedom.

    We recommend Emily Randall for the Congressional District 6 seat in the U.S. House due to her strong track record of community advocacy and her impressive number of progressive endorsements from our partner organizations.

    Emily Randall

    Sen. Emily Randall is running on a progressive and community-forward platform for Congress. Since joining the Legislature in 2019, Randall has been one of the most outspoken advocates of reproductive freedom and accessible health care for all.

  • Washington’s Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is the other prominent Democrat running for the 6th Congressional District seat. Franz is an environmental land use attorney who was elected to lead the Department of Natural Resources in 2017. Before that, she also served on the Bainbridge Island City Council and ran a nonprofit dedicated to promoting livable communities and protecting natural resources. Franz ran for governor last year before shifting to run for Congress after Rep. Kilmer announced his retirement.

    In office, Franz has led wildfire prevention efforts and land management to promote the long-term health of Washington’s public lands. She believes her position leading Washington’s Department of Natural Resources has put her on the frontlines of climate change, and she wants to leverage that experience if elected to Congress to build strong environmental policy at the federal level. Franz also wants to fight for reproductive freedom, invest in strong public education and affordable college, prevent gun violence, champion the middle class, and protect our democracy. Franz has earned the support of many Washington tribes, as well as some local labor unions and the retiring incumbent, Derek Kilmer.
    Last updated: 2024-07-17

    Hilary Franz

    Washington’s Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is the other prominent Democrat running for the 6th Congressional District seat. Franz is an environmental land use attorney who was elected to lead the Department of Natural Resources in 2017.

    Washington’s Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is the other prominent Democrat running for the 6th Congressional District seat. Franz is an environmental land use attorney who was elected to lead the Department of Natural Resources in 2017. Before that, she also served on the Bainbridge Island City Council and ran a nonprofit dedicated to promoting livable communities and protecting natural resources. Franz ran for governor last year before shifting to run for Congress after Rep. Kilmer announced his retirement.

    In office, Franz has led wildfire prevention efforts and land management to promote the long-term health of Washington’s public lands. She believes her position leading Washington’s Department of Natural Resources has put her on the frontlines of climate change, and she wants to leverage that experience if elected to Congress to build strong environmental policy at the federal level. Franz also wants to fight for reproductive freedom, invest in strong public education and affordable college, prevent gun violence, champion the middle class, and protect our democracy. Franz has earned the support of many Washington tribes, as well as some local labor unions and the retiring incumbent, Derek Kilmer.

    Hilary Franz

    Washington’s Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is the other prominent Democrat running for the 6th Congressional District seat. Franz is an environmental land use attorney who was elected to lead the Department of Natural Resources in 2017.

Other Candidates

There are three other candidates in this race. State Senator Drew MacEwen is the first Republican in the race to represent Washington’s 6th congressional district. First elected to the state legislature in 2012, MacEwen has been a staunch conservative voice in Olympia, including opposing clean climate initiatives, resources for Washington students, protections for local wildlife, and commonsense gun safety bills. In addition, MacEwen voted against an abortion shield law that protects Washington state health care workers when they provide abortion care to patients from Washington and from out of state.

You can read more about the other candidates in this race on our website here.
There are three other candidates in this race. State Senator Drew MacEwen is the first Republican in the race to represent Washington’s 6th congressional district. First elected to the state legislature in 2012, MacEwen has been a staunch conservative voice in Olympia, including opposing clean climate initiatives, resources for Washington students, protections for local wildlife, and commonsense gun safety bills. In addition, MacEwen voted against an abortion shield law that protects Washington state health care workers when they provide abortion care to patients from Washington and from out of state.

You can read more about the other candidates in this race on our website here.
  • Rep. Marilyn Strickland is running for a third term representing Washington’s Congressional District 10 in the U.S. House. Strickland has a long track record of public service as a mayor and city council member for Tacoma and as the former lead for both Pierce Transit and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. When she was first elected to Congress in 2020, Strickland became the first African American and Korean American representative from Washington.

    In office, Strickland has fought for a better quality of life for all Washingtonians. She boasts strong priorities and has fought for a community-focused agenda including holding corporations accountable, lowering the cost of prescription medicine, strengthening voting rights, and investing in infrastructure like broadband, roadways, and parks. In her most recent term, Strickland sponsored legislation to fund grants for women and underrepresented communities in STEM, to address the workforce shortage in senior services and childcare, and to support military firefighters who have been exposed to toxic chemicals in the line of duty. Strickland is also a staunch advocate of reproductive freedom for all, and this past March, she sponsored a bill to provide federal financial assistance for those traveling to access reproductive health care. In this race, she has a strong, detailed, progressive platform that addresses pressing issues in western Washington.

    Strickland has earned another term representing the 10th Congressional District.
    Last updated: 2024-07-17

    Marilyn Strickland

    Rep. Marilyn Strickland is running for a third term representing Washington’s Congressional District 10 in the U.S. House.

    Rep. Marilyn Strickland is running for a third term representing Washington’s Congressional District 10 in the U.S. House. Strickland has a long track record of public service as a mayor and city council member for Tacoma and as the former lead for both Pierce Transit and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. When she was first elected to Congress in 2020, Strickland became the first African American and Korean American representative from Washington.

    In office, Strickland has fought for a better quality of life for all Washingtonians. She boasts strong priorities and has fought for a community-focused agenda including holding corporations accountable, lowering the cost of prescription medicine, strengthening voting rights, and investing in infrastructure like broadband, roadways, and parks. In her most recent term, Strickland sponsored legislation to fund grants for women and underrepresented communities in STEM, to address the workforce shortage in senior services and childcare, and to support military firefighters who have been exposed to toxic chemicals in the line of duty. Strickland is also a staunch advocate of reproductive freedom for all, and this past March, she sponsored a bill to provide federal financial assistance for those traveling to access reproductive health care. In this race, she has a strong, detailed, progressive platform that addresses pressing issues in western Washington.

    Strickland has earned another term representing the 10th Congressional District.

    Marilyn Strickland

    Rep. Marilyn Strickland is running for a third term representing Washington’s Congressional District 10 in the U.S. House.

Other Progressive Candidates

Other Progressives - CD 10

Desirée Toliver, who previously worked for the Washington State Department of Ecology, has one of the most left-leaning platforms in this race.

Other Progressives - CD 10

Desirée Toliver, who previously worked for the Washington State Department of Ecology, has one of the most left-leaning platforms in this race.

Other Candidates

Nirav Sheth is one of two Republicans challenging incumbent Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland in Washington’s 10th Congressional District. Sheth owns a Normandy Park restaurant and claims he was motivated to run for office after the business suffered a break-in. He previously served as a police officer and is a Marine veteran.

Despite saying he wants to raise the quality of life in Washington, Sheth joins fellow conservatives in vilifying those who are struggling most. He fails to offer solutions that will help Washingtonians afford rent, place food on the table, or cover health care costs, and wants only to divide us while supporting a pro-business agenda. Sheth has also called for the repeal of the capital gains tax, which when passed marked a huge win for rebalancing Washington’s tax code so that the wealthiest finally pay their share.

You can read more about the other candidates in this race on our website here.
Nirav Sheth is one of two Republicans challenging incumbent Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland in Washington’s 10th Congressional District. Sheth owns a Normandy Park restaurant and claims he was motivated to run for office after the business suffered a break-in. He previously served as a police officer and is a Marine veteran.

Despite saying he wants to raise the quality of life in Washington, Sheth joins fellow conservatives in vilifying those who are struggling most. He fails to offer solutions that will help Washingtonians afford rent, place food on the table, or cover health care costs, and wants only to divide us while supporting a pro-business agenda. Sheth has also called for the repeal of the capital gains tax, which when passed marked a huge win for rebalancing Washington’s tax code so that the wealthiest finally pay their share.

You can read more about the other candidates in this race on our website here.
  • Attorney General Bob Ferguson is running for governor on his impressive record of advocating for all Washingtonians. He has served as attorney general since 2012 and has won some of the biggest and most consequential legal cases in Washington's history during that time.

    Ferguson has a long record of success in litigating against the Trump administration and greedy corporations. When Donald Trump attacked contraception access, Ferguson took him to court and won. Ferguson has sued the federal government to clean up the Hanford nuclear facility more quickly and has defended the Affordable Care Act from the Trump Administration, helping preserve care for 825,000 Washingtonians. Other wins include protecting statewide water quality from Trump's pro-pollution environmental policies, securing over $1 billion from opioid manufacturers to fund treatment, and fighting back against child detention laws.

    All of these wins echo Ferguson's priorities in running for governor: to continue fighting to improve health care access, protect consumers, and strengthen the rights of working families in Washington. If elected, he plans to scale up behavioral health care. Recognizing that currently "our jails are collectively our largest mental health provider," he is committed to a large number of interventions in our communities including prevention, adding more health providers, and more peer service support. He's also committed to breaking up corporate monopolies and reducing the cost of living, establishing Washington as a clean energy hub, and exploring high-speed rail infrastructure.

    Bob Ferguson is an accomplished progressive who leads with integrity and grit. He is the best choice to be the next governor of Washington.
    Last updated: 2024-07-16

    Bob Ferguson

    Attorney General Bob Ferguson is running for governor on his impressive record of advocating for all Washingtonians. He has served as attorney general since 2012 and has won some of the biggest and most consequential legal cases in Washington's history during that time.

    Attorney General Bob Ferguson is running for governor on his impressive record of advocating for all Washingtonians. He has served as attorney general since 2012 and has won some of the biggest and most consequential legal cases in Washington's history during that time.

    Ferguson has a long record of success in litigating against the Trump administration and greedy corporations. When Donald Trump attacked contraception access, Ferguson took him to court and won. Ferguson has sued the federal government to clean up the Hanford nuclear facility more quickly and has defended the Affordable Care Act from the Trump Administration, helping preserve care for 825,000 Washingtonians. Other wins include protecting statewide water quality from Trump's pro-pollution environmental policies, securing over $1 billion from opioid manufacturers to fund treatment, and fighting back against child detention laws.

    All of these wins echo Ferguson's priorities in running for governor: to continue fighting to improve health care access, protect consumers, and strengthen the rights of working families in Washington. If elected, he plans to scale up behavioral health care. Recognizing that currently "our jails are collectively our largest mental health provider," he is committed to a large number of interventions in our communities including prevention, adding more health providers, and more peer service support. He's also committed to breaking up corporate monopolies and reducing the cost of living, establishing Washington as a clean energy hub, and exploring high-speed rail infrastructure.

    Bob Ferguson is an accomplished progressive who leads with integrity and grit. He is the best choice to be the next governor of Washington.

    Bob Ferguson

    Attorney General Bob Ferguson is running for governor on his impressive record of advocating for all Washingtonians. He has served as attorney general since 2012 and has won some of the biggest and most consequential legal cases in Washington's history during that time.

Other Candidates

State Sen. Mark Mullet is a conservative Democrat who would be a step backward for Washington. For example, his votes were part of the reason that rent stabilization failed in the Legislature this year, denying Washingtonians the safety of more stable, affordable housing. Mullet also voted against the progressive capital gains tax, which taxes the ultra-wealthiest Washingtonians to fund education and early learning. Mullet's stances against bills like the wealth tax and the Climate Commitment Act make it clear that he would prioritize the powerful few over working families.

Former U.S. House Representative Dave Reichert is the leading Republican in the crowded gubernatorial race to replace retiring governor Jay Inslee. Reichert served Washington’s 8th Congressional District in the House for 14 years, where he took some bad votes against climate protections and health care affordability. Reichert voted in favor of a national abortion ban, among his other anti-abortion votes. He also previously served as the elected King County Sheriff, and worked on the prominent Green River Killer case.

While Reichert is adept at sounding more moderate than some of his MAGA colleagues, his policy positions tell the truth, particularly when speaking to friendly crowds of Republicans behind closed doors. Earlier this year Reichert said that he opposes marriage equality, which Washington voters passed in 2012 and became the law nationwide in 2015. More recently, Reichert finally admitted that he plans to vote for Trump this November and cited his signed MAGA hat as evidence of his Republican credentials. Finally, Reichert questioned humans' impact on climate change, despite the overwhelming scientific consensus. Reichert is clearly out of step with the values of most Washingtonians.

You can read more about this race on our website here.
State Sen. Mark Mullet is a conservative Democrat who would be a step backward for Washington. For example, his votes were part of the reason that rent stabilization failed in the Legislature this year, denying Washingtonians the safety of more stable, affordable housing. Mullet also voted against the progressive capital gains tax, which taxes the ultra-wealthiest Washingtonians to fund education and early learning. Mullet's stances against bills like the wealth tax and the Climate Commitment Act make it clear that he would prioritize the powerful few over working families.

Former U.S. House Representative Dave Reichert is the leading Republican in the crowded gubernatorial race to replace retiring governor Jay Inslee. Reichert served Washington’s 8th Congressional District in the House for 14 years, where he took some bad votes against climate protections and health care affordability. Reichert voted in favor of a national abortion ban, among his other anti-abortion votes. He also previously served as the elected King County Sheriff, and worked on the prominent Green River Killer case.

While Reichert is adept at sounding more moderate than some of his MAGA colleagues, his policy positions tell the truth, particularly when speaking to friendly crowds of Republicans behind closed doors. Earlier this year Reichert said that he opposes marriage equality, which Washington voters passed in 2012 and became the law nationwide in 2015. More recently, Reichert finally admitted that he plans to vote for Trump this November and cited his signed MAGA hat as evidence of his Republican credentials. Finally, Reichert questioned humans' impact on climate change, despite the overwhelming scientific consensus. Reichert is clearly out of step with the values of most Washingtonians.

You can read more about this race on our website here.
  • Democrat Denny Heck is running for a second term as Washington’s lieutenant governor. Heck is a former representative who served the 10th Congressional District from 2013 until 2021. His professional background also includes serving five terms representing Legislative District 17 in the state House, starting small businesses in his community, serving as the chief of staff to Gov. Booth Gardner, and founding one of the nation’s largest statewide public affairs networks.

    Heck has fought for a number of Democratic priorities, including rebalancing our upside-down tax code, investing in public infrastructure, reducing health care costs, increasing workforce development and employment opportunities, and making college more affordable. He's running to continue fighting for affordability, health and safety, and opportunity for all Washingtonians.

    We recommend Denny Heck for another term as the state’s lieutenant governor.
    Last updated: 2024-07-17

    Denny Heck

    Democrat Denny Heck is running for a second term as Washington’s lieutenant governor. Heck is a former representative who served the 10th Congressional District from 2013 until 2021.

    Democrat Denny Heck is running for a second term as Washington’s lieutenant governor. Heck is a former representative who served the 10th Congressional District from 2013 until 2021. His professional background also includes serving five terms representing Legislative District 17 in the state House, starting small businesses in his community, serving as the chief of staff to Gov. Booth Gardner, and founding one of the nation’s largest statewide public affairs networks.

    Heck has fought for a number of Democratic priorities, including rebalancing our upside-down tax code, investing in public infrastructure, reducing health care costs, increasing workforce development and employment opportunities, and making college more affordable. He's running to continue fighting for affordability, health and safety, and opportunity for all Washingtonians.

    We recommend Denny Heck for another term as the state’s lieutenant governor.

    Denny Heck

    Democrat Denny Heck is running for a second term as Washington’s lieutenant governor. Heck is a former representative who served the 10th Congressional District from 2013 until 2021.

Other Candidates

Heck faces several opponents this year, none of whom appear to be running competitive campaigns.

Republican Bob Hagglund is an IT professional with data science credentials. Previously, Hagglund joined some of the country's biggest MAGA conservatives in lying about the results of the 2020 elections in an effort to illegally install Trump as president. He has spent most of this campaign criticizing elected Democrats rather than offering his own ideas for improving the office. He has an identical platform to Rep. Mike Kelly, who is running for a state Senate seat. Like Kelly, Hagglund has shared transphobic and misogynistic rhetoric about protecting the so-called “very essence of womanhood.” Hagglund is not a leader and his views do not represent our state’s values.

You can read more about all the candidates in this race on our website here.
Heck faces several opponents this year, none of whom appear to be running competitive campaigns.

Republican Bob Hagglund is an IT professional with data science credentials. Previously, Hagglund joined some of the country's biggest MAGA conservatives in lying about the results of the 2020 elections in an effort to illegally install Trump as president. He has spent most of this campaign criticizing elected Democrats rather than offering his own ideas for improving the office. He has an identical platform to Rep. Mike Kelly, who is running for a state Senate seat. Like Kelly, Hagglund has shared transphobic and misogynistic rhetoric about protecting the so-called “very essence of womanhood.” Hagglund is not a leader and his views do not represent our state’s values.

You can read more about all the candidates in this race on our website here.
  • Democrat Steve Hobbs is running for another term as Washington's secretary of state. He first joined the office when he was appointed in 2021 and was retained by voters in 2022. Hobbs, a first-generation Japanese American, previously served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington Army National Guard and a four-term state senator for the 44th Legislative District.

    In office, Hobbs has pursued a progressive set of priorities to ensure Washington’s election integrity, making the state safe from attacks and accessible to all Washington voters. He has worked on strengthening digital security, preventing the spread of misinformation, and voter outreach. Unfortunately, in the last election, he expressed concerns about implementing ranked-choice voting for fear of the fragility of public trust and the accessibility of it to non-English-speaking voters.

    In this race, Hobbs’ top two priorities are to ensure our elections remain both secure and accessible for every eligible voter. While he has and will continue to pursue security measures – such as cybersecurity investments and improvement grants, Hobbs also believes it’s his job to restore community trust in him and his office. He has also taken great strides to reach eligible voters from historically disenfranchised communities, including formerly incarcerated voters.

    Hobbs is the best choice for Washington's secretary of state.
    Last updated: 2024-07-16

    Steve Hobbs

    Democrat Steve Hobbs is running for another term as Washington's secretary of state. He first joined the office when he was appointed in 2021 and was retained by voters in 2022.

    Democrat Steve Hobbs is running for another term as Washington's secretary of state. He first joined the office when he was appointed in 2021 and was retained by voters in 2022. Hobbs, a first-generation Japanese American, previously served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington Army National Guard and a four-term state senator for the 44th Legislative District.

    In office, Hobbs has pursued a progressive set of priorities to ensure Washington’s election integrity, making the state safe from attacks and accessible to all Washington voters. He has worked on strengthening digital security, preventing the spread of misinformation, and voter outreach. Unfortunately, in the last election, he expressed concerns about implementing ranked-choice voting for fear of the fragility of public trust and the accessibility of it to non-English-speaking voters.

    In this race, Hobbs’ top two priorities are to ensure our elections remain both secure and accessible for every eligible voter. While he has and will continue to pursue security measures – such as cybersecurity investments and improvement grants, Hobbs also believes it’s his job to restore community trust in him and his office. He has also taken great strides to reach eligible voters from historically disenfranchised communities, including formerly incarcerated voters.

    Hobbs is the best choice for Washington's secretary of state.

    Steve Hobbs

    Democrat Steve Hobbs is running for another term as Washington's secretary of state. He first joined the office when he was appointed in 2021 and was retained by voters in 2022.

Other Candidates

Hobbs is facing a challenge from fellow Democrat Marquez Tiggs, a finance professional and veteran. In a volunteer capacity, Tiggs has been involved in community organizations such as POCAAN Seattle, which delivers social services for people of color. The pillars of his campaign include community empowerment, voter education, election security, and strengthening public trust in the electoral process. Tiggs’ ultimate goal is to build an inclusive, secure democracy where everyone’s voice can be heard and counted. In comparison to Hobbs, Tiggs appears to lack a track record of community leadership and strong endorsements in this race.

You can read more about the other candidates in this race on our website here.
Hobbs is facing a challenge from fellow Democrat Marquez Tiggs, a finance professional and veteran. In a volunteer capacity, Tiggs has been involved in community organizations such as POCAAN Seattle, which delivers social services for people of color. The pillars of his campaign include community empowerment, voter education, election security, and strengthening public trust in the electoral process. Tiggs’ ultimate goal is to build an inclusive, secure democracy where everyone’s voice can be heard and counted. In comparison to Hobbs, Tiggs appears to lack a track record of community leadership and strong endorsements in this race.

You can read more about the other candidates in this race on our website here.
  • Democratic incumbent Mike Pellicciotti is running for re-election to Washington state treasurer. Pellicciotti was first elected to the position in 2020. Before that, Pellicciotti served as a representative for Legislative District 30 in the state House, an assistant state attorney general, and a deputy prosecuting attorney for King County.

    In public office, he has advocated for transparency and public accountability. He has never accepted corporate campaign donations and previously worked to make the Legislature’s records open for public view. As a treasurer, he has prioritized economic security and prosperity for all, especially working families and retirees. In office, he has worked to strengthen budget reserves, increase pension funds, and manage debt costs.

    Republican Sharon Hanek is challenging Pellicciotti in this race. Hanek is a certified public accountant and serves as the vice chair of the Pierce County Planning Commission. Hanek has run for office unsuccessfully several times before, including losing by more than 17 percent statewide in her 2012 run for state Treasurer. Hanek is the founder of My Family My Choice, a far-right group aligned with Moms for Liberty that wants to ban books and promotes conspiracy theories about public schools. We can't afford to give Hanek a statewide platform for her dangerous, far-right agenda.

    Pellicciotti has been a reliable Democratic leader in the Washington state treasurer’s office and he has earned your vote for another term.
    Last updated: 2024-07-16

    Mike Pellicciotti

    Democratic incumbent Mike Pellicciotti is running for re-election to Washington state treasurer. Pellicciotti was first elected to the position in 2020.

    Democratic incumbent Mike Pellicciotti is running for re-election to Washington state treasurer. Pellicciotti was first elected to the position in 2020. Before that, Pellicciotti served as a representative for Legislative District 30 in the state House, an assistant state attorney general, and a deputy prosecuting attorney for King County.

    In public office, he has advocated for transparency and public accountability. He has never accepted corporate campaign donations and previously worked to make the Legislature’s records open for public view. As a treasurer, he has prioritized economic security and prosperity for all, especially working families and retirees. In office, he has worked to strengthen budget reserves, increase pension funds, and manage debt costs.

    Republican Sharon Hanek is challenging Pellicciotti in this race. Hanek is a certified public accountant and serves as the vice chair of the Pierce County Planning Commission. Hanek has run for office unsuccessfully several times before, including losing by more than 17 percent statewide in her 2012 run for state Treasurer. Hanek is the founder of My Family My Choice, a far-right group aligned with Moms for Liberty that wants to ban books and promotes conspiracy theories about public schools. We can't afford to give Hanek a statewide platform for her dangerous, far-right agenda.

    Pellicciotti has been a reliable Democratic leader in the Washington state treasurer’s office and he has earned your vote for another term.

    Mike Pellicciotti

    Democratic incumbent Mike Pellicciotti is running for re-election to Washington state treasurer. Pellicciotti was first elected to the position in 2020.

  • Incumbent Democrat Pat McCarthy is running for a third term as Washington state auditor. McCarthy made history as the state’s first woman auditor when she took office in 2017. Before that, she served Pierce County in the elected roles of both executive and auditor and was previously a member of the Tacoma School Board, including as board president. She serves in multiple community leadership positions including on the Asian Pacific Cultural Center Advisory Board and with the Pierce County Sexual Assault Center.

    In her first two terms, McCarthy has worked hard to bring accountability and transparency to the auditor’s office. She previously launched important investigations into both white-collar crime and unemployment benefit cases and even oversaw the largest fraud case in state history pertaining to misappropriated local housing funds. Looking towards another term, McCarthy wants to prioritize public and private sector integrity, responsible resource use, and advancing the office’s technology infrastructure to serve the public better.

    Spokane County Republican Party leader Matt Hawkins is challenging incumbent McCarthy in this race. Hawkins created the We The People interactive calendar, which details events in U.S. history that he deems important. He has run for elected office before including vying for the top Republican Party job in the state last year, as well as the Washington state Senate in 2018. In this race, Hawkins boasts a typically conservative platform which includes continuing to cast doubt on the security of our local elections and worsening the imbalance in our state’s tax code.

    McCarthy has earned your vote for another term as Washington's state auditor.
    Last updated: 2024-07-16

    Pat McCarthy

    Incumbent Democrat Pat McCarthy is running for a third term as Washington state auditor. McCarthy made history as the state’s first woman auditor when she took office in 2017.

    Incumbent Democrat Pat McCarthy is running for a third term as Washington state auditor. McCarthy made history as the state’s first woman auditor when she took office in 2017. Before that, she served Pierce County in the elected roles of both executive and auditor and was previously a member of the Tacoma School Board, including as board president. She serves in multiple community leadership positions including on the Asian Pacific Cultural Center Advisory Board and with the Pierce County Sexual Assault Center.

    In her first two terms, McCarthy has worked hard to bring accountability and transparency to the auditor’s office. She previously launched important investigations into both white-collar crime and unemployment benefit cases and even oversaw the largest fraud case in state history pertaining to misappropriated local housing funds. Looking towards another term, McCarthy wants to prioritize public and private sector integrity, responsible resource use, and advancing the office’s technology infrastructure to serve the public better.

    Spokane County Republican Party leader Matt Hawkins is challenging incumbent McCarthy in this race. Hawkins created the We The People interactive calendar, which details events in U.S. history that he deems important. He has run for elected office before including vying for the top Republican Party job in the state last year, as well as the Washington state Senate in 2018. In this race, Hawkins boasts a typically conservative platform which includes continuing to cast doubt on the security of our local elections and worsening the imbalance in our state’s tax code.

    McCarthy has earned your vote for another term as Washington's state auditor.

    Pat McCarthy

    Incumbent Democrat Pat McCarthy is running for a third term as Washington state auditor. McCarthy made history as the state’s first woman auditor when she took office in 2017.

  • Democrat Manka Dhingra is a state senator and former prosecuting attorney. First elected in 2017, she is currently the deputy majority leader of the Senate and chair of the Law and Justice Committee. Previously, she served as a King County senior deputy prosecuting attorney for 20 years and helped found API Chaya, a community nonprofit fighting gender-based violence.

    In Olympia, Dhingra has proven herself as a strong leader who will do the right thing on challenging issues. She has been an effective advocate for addressing gender-based violence. She sponsored bills to establish a task force dedicated to missing and murdered Indigenous women’s cases and to strengthen legal procedures in sexual assault cases, and she successfully passed one to expand protections and services for victims of human trafficking. As a secondary sponsor, she was also critical in helping to pass a slate of progressive bills, including legislation to ensure valid ballots aren’t rejected unfairly and to extend the crisis center resource model to minors.

    As Attorney General, Dhingra hopes to keep fighting for Washingtonians. In our interview with Dhingra, she emphasized that her top priority was building on Ferguson's track record of transparency and ensuring that the office collaborates with the governor and legislature. She wants to create strong environmental enforcement that holds polluters accountable, penalizes fraud, and promotes consumer protections.

    As for the differences between the candidates, Dhingra and Brown are likely to agree on the vast majority of issues the office handles. The primary differences between the candidates lay in experience and track record.

    As a legislator, Dhingra has a track record of leading and passing progressive bills that have made a difference in the lives of Washingtonians. This includes improving worker safety, expanding substance use treatment, and providing mental health crisis support for minors. Her experience as the former chair of the Therapeutic Alternative Unit, where she supervised the Regional Mental Health Court, Veterans Court, and the Community Assessment and Referral for Diversion program, is another example of her legal and lawmaking background working well together. She helped create the 40-hour crisis intervention training for law enforcement, was a trainer at the Criminal Justice Training Commission, and led the Coordinated Crisis Intervention Response meetings where she collaborated with all King County law enforcement officers to find creative solutions and coordinate responses to help individuals with mental illness.

    Dhingra's proven track record has earned her an impressive list of endorsements from our progressive partner organizations. She is a good choice for attorney general.
    Last updated: 2024-07-18

    Manka Dhingra

    Democrat Manka Dhingra is a state senator and former prosecuting attorney. First elected in 2017, she is currently the deputy majority leader of the Senate and chair of the Law and Justice Committee.

    Democrat Manka Dhingra is a state senator and former prosecuting attorney. First elected in 2017, she is currently the deputy majority leader of the Senate and chair of the Law and Justice Committee. Previously, she served as a King County senior deputy prosecuting attorney for 20 years and helped found API Chaya, a community nonprofit fighting gender-based violence.

    In Olympia, Dhingra has proven herself as a strong leader who will do the right thing on challenging issues. She has been an effective advocate for addressing gender-based violence. She sponsored bills to establish a task force dedicated to missing and murdered Indigenous women’s cases and to strengthen legal procedures in sexual assault cases, and she successfully passed one to expand protections and services for victims of human trafficking. As a secondary sponsor, she was also critical in helping to pass a slate of progressive bills, including legislation to ensure valid ballots aren’t rejected unfairly and to extend the crisis center resource model to minors.

    As Attorney General, Dhingra hopes to keep fighting for Washingtonians. In our interview with Dhingra, she emphasized that her top priority was building on Ferguson's track record of transparency and ensuring that the office collaborates with the governor and legislature. She wants to create strong environmental enforcement that holds polluters accountable, penalizes fraud, and promotes consumer protections.

    As for the differences between the candidates, Dhingra and Brown are likely to agree on the vast majority of issues the office handles. The primary differences between the candidates lay in experience and track record.

    As a legislator, Dhingra has a track record of leading and passing progressive bills that have made a difference in the lives of Washingtonians. This includes improving worker safety, expanding substance use treatment, and providing mental health crisis support for minors. Her experience as the former chair of the Therapeutic Alternative Unit, where she supervised the Regional Mental Health Court, Veterans Court, and the Community Assessment and Referral for Diversion program, is another example of her legal and lawmaking background working well together. She helped create the 40-hour crisis intervention training for law enforcement, was a trainer at the Criminal Justice Training Commission, and led the Coordinated Crisis Intervention Response meetings where she collaborated with all King County law enforcement officers to find creative solutions and coordinate responses to help individuals with mental illness.

    Dhingra's proven track record has earned her an impressive list of endorsements from our progressive partner organizations. She is a good choice for attorney general.

    Manka Dhingra

    Democrat Manka Dhingra is a state senator and former prosecuting attorney. First elected in 2017, she is currently the deputy majority leader of the Senate and chair of the Law and Justice Committee.

  • Nick Brown is a former U.S. attorney for Western Washington running to protect the climate, our democracy, and Washingtonians' civil rights. Before his appointment by the Biden Administration in 2021, Brown worked as the general counsel for Gov. Jay Inslee. He also served in the US Army as a judge advocate general (JAG) officer, where he represented soldiers and the Army in legal matters, followed by working as a prosecutor. Brown has also served as chair of the attorney general’s Advisory Subcommittee on Civil Rights.

    As the first Black U.S. attorney general in the state's history, Brown notes that Washington is experiencing the highest number of hate crimes in 20 years. He wants to use the attorney general's office to implement laws that prosecute domestic terrorists, especially the burgeoning white supremacist movements that have threatened local leaders and committed violent hate crimes.

    In our interview with Brown, he identified his top three priorities as strengthening the operations of the office, holding local jurisdictions accountable for upholding the law, and environmental enforcement. He emphasized his work with the attorney general's office as a special assistant attorney general and said that he would strive to build a more representative office and ensure they resolve problems with legal standards that led to the office receiving a fine last year. One of Brown's biggest accomplishments as an attorney was helping write Initiative 1639, Safe Schools and Safe Communities, which makes it illegal for anyone under 21 to own a semi-automatic rifle. He later defended the law against the NRA. Building from that success, Brown wants to continue to enforce laws against deadly weapons and defend the state against voter suppression, wage theft, and more.

    We found that differences between the candidates in policy are smaller than overall differences in experience and direction. Like Dhingra, Brown also wants to enforce environmental laws strictly and uphold strong consumer protections by, for example, pursuing the ongoing investigation on monopolistic practices by landlords and rental companies to keep prices inflated.

    Many organizations have endorsed both candidates and Brown is a good choice if you want to prioritize his experience running a large office of prosecuting attorneys.
    Last updated: 2024-07-17

    Nick Brown

    Nick Brown is a former U.S. attorney for Western Washington running to protect the climate, our democracy, and Washingtonians' civil rights. Before his appointment by the Biden Administration in 2021, Brown worked as the general counsel for Gov. Jay Inslee.

    Nick Brown is a former U.S. attorney for Western Washington running to protect the climate, our democracy, and Washingtonians' civil rights. Before his appointment by the Biden Administration in 2021, Brown worked as the general counsel for Gov. Jay Inslee. He also served in the US Army as a judge advocate general (JAG) officer, where he represented soldiers and the Army in legal matters, followed by working as a prosecutor. Brown has also served as chair of the attorney general’s Advisory Subcommittee on Civil Rights.

    As the first Black U.S. attorney general in the state's history, Brown notes that Washington is experiencing the highest number of hate crimes in 20 years. He wants to use the attorney general's office to implement laws that prosecute domestic terrorists, especially the burgeoning white supremacist movements that have threatened local leaders and committed violent hate crimes.

    In our interview with Brown, he identified his top three priorities as strengthening the operations of the office, holding local jurisdictions accountable for upholding the law, and environmental enforcement. He emphasized his work with the attorney general's office as a special assistant attorney general and said that he would strive to build a more representative office and ensure they resolve problems with legal standards that led to the office receiving a fine last year. One of Brown's biggest accomplishments as an attorney was helping write Initiative 1639, Safe Schools and Safe Communities, which makes it illegal for anyone under 21 to own a semi-automatic rifle. He later defended the law against the NRA. Building from that success, Brown wants to continue to enforce laws against deadly weapons and defend the state against voter suppression, wage theft, and more.

    We found that differences between the candidates in policy are smaller than overall differences in experience and direction. Like Dhingra, Brown also wants to enforce environmental laws strictly and uphold strong consumer protections by, for example, pursuing the ongoing investigation on monopolistic practices by landlords and rental companies to keep prices inflated.

    Many organizations have endorsed both candidates and Brown is a good choice if you want to prioritize his experience running a large office of prosecuting attorneys.

    Nick Brown

    Nick Brown is a former U.S. attorney for Western Washington running to protect the climate, our democracy, and Washingtonians' civil rights. Before his appointment by the Biden Administration in 2021, Brown worked as the general counsel for Gov. Jay Inslee.

Other Candidates

Other Candidates - Attorney General

Republican and Pasco attorney Pete Serrano is running to bring a conservative agenda to the attorney general's office. Serrano, the board president and general counsel of an organization that fights commonsense gun laws and public health mandates, was recently elected as mayor of Pasco.

Other Candidates - Attorney General

Republican and Pasco attorney Pete Serrano is running to bring a conservative agenda to the attorney general's office. Serrano, the board president and general counsel of an organization that fights commonsense gun laws and public health mandates, was recently elected as mayor of Pasco.

  • King County Council chair Dave Upthegrove is running for commissioner of public lands to fill the vacancy left by Hilary Franz. Upthegrove previously served in the Legislature for five terms, where he made history as the first openly gay representative from outside of Seattle. He joined the King County Council in 2013, where he has been a strong advocate for climate concerns and environmental protections. 

    Upthegrove has an inclusive vision for using the office to improve the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Upthegrove wants to mitigate the damage of wildfire seasons, bring good jobs and services to rural Washington, preserve mature legacy forests, expand recreational opportunities on public lands, and center the idea of environmental justice to guide policy. While he lauds the incumbent Franz for her work on wildfire prevention, Upthegrove wants to be more ambitious when it comes to reforming forestry policies. He believes the department needs a more honest accounting of the carbon impacts of forestry and timber work, which he is well positioned to lead having managed King County's forest carbon program. Upthegrove also wants to use his experience and relationships in the legislature to help pass laws and increase funding for the department's conservation work.

    The race for this open seat will determine whether our state will be a leader in fighting climate change, protecting our forests, and preventing forest fires or bow to the demands of big timber companies. Upthegrove's environmental track record in office and endorsements from Washington Conservation Action, the Sierra Club, and other environmental champions make him the clear choice in this race.
    Last updated: 2024-07-16

    Dave Upthegrove

    King County Council chair Dave Upthegrove is running for commissioner of public lands to fill the vacancy left by Hilary Franz. Upthegrove previously served in the Legislature for five terms, where he made history as the first openly gay representative from outside of Seattle.

    King County Council chair Dave Upthegrove is running for commissioner of public lands to fill the vacancy left by Hilary Franz. Upthegrove previously served in the Legislature for five terms, where he made history as the first openly gay representative from outside of Seattle. He joined the King County Council in 2013, where he has been a strong advocate for climate concerns and environmental protections. 

    Upthegrove has an inclusive vision for using the office to improve the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Upthegrove wants to mitigate the damage of wildfire seasons, bring good jobs and services to rural Washington, preserve mature legacy forests, expand recreational opportunities on public lands, and center the idea of environmental justice to guide policy. While he lauds the incumbent Franz for her work on wildfire prevention, Upthegrove wants to be more ambitious when it comes to reforming forestry policies. He believes the department needs a more honest accounting of the carbon impacts of forestry and timber work, which he is well positioned to lead having managed King County's forest carbon program. Upthegrove also wants to use his experience and relationships in the legislature to help pass laws and increase funding for the department's conservation work.

    The race for this open seat will determine whether our state will be a leader in fighting climate change, protecting our forests, and preventing forest fires or bow to the demands of big timber companies. Upthegrove's environmental track record in office and endorsements from Washington Conservation Action, the Sierra Club, and other environmental champions make him the clear choice in this race.

    Dave Upthegrove

    King County Council chair Dave Upthegrove is running for commissioner of public lands to fill the vacancy left by Hilary Franz. Upthegrove previously served in the Legislature for five terms, where he made history as the first openly gay representative from outside of Seattle.

Other Candidates

Patrick DePoe, the tribal relations director for the state’s Department of Natural Resources, is running to become the first Native candidate to win a statewide position. DePoe is a member of the Makah Tribe who grew up on the Neah Bay reservation. In addition to his DNR job, he works with a number of groups at the intersection of environmental sustainability and Indigenous land use, including the Northwest Indian Fish Commission, the Environmental Justice Council, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council. DePoe has also served on the Makah Tribal Council, including as vice chairman.

In this race, DePoe is running to manage public lands in a way that maximizes environmental sustainability while balancing building a stronger economy of well-paying jobs. He believes he can build a widespread climate coalition to engage all community stakeholders in efforts towards a green future. DePoe also wants to improve forest health while preventing and fighting increasingly dangerous wildfire seasons. Finally, he is committed to being a representative for rural communities who often serve as the frontline of environmental issues in our state. However, DePoe lacks Upthegrove’s experience in elected office as well as his demonstrated track record of writing and passing environmental legislation.

Also in this crowded race is state Senator Kevin Van De Wege. Van de Wege served five terms in the House before joining the Senate in 2016. Before that, he served as a firefighter and paramedic. His voting record makes it clear he would not be a progressive choice in this race. Van De Wege broke ranks with his party to vote against the critical 2021 Climate Commitment Act, which enables the state’s Department of Ecology to make headway on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and engages an environmental justice approach to make sure no community is left behind in climate mitigation, among other key policies. As a hindrance, rather than a leader, on addressing climate change within his own party, Van De Wege is not the best choice to take the bold action our communities need from the next public lands commissioner.

You can read more about all the candidates in this race on our website here.
Patrick DePoe, the tribal relations director for the state’s Department of Natural Resources, is running to become the first Native candidate to win a statewide position. DePoe is a member of the Makah Tribe who grew up on the Neah Bay reservation. In addition to his DNR job, he works with a number of groups at the intersection of environmental sustainability and Indigenous land use, including the Northwest Indian Fish Commission, the Environmental Justice Council, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council. DePoe has also served on the Makah Tribal Council, including as vice chairman.

In this race, DePoe is running to manage public lands in a way that maximizes environmental sustainability while balancing building a stronger economy of well-paying jobs. He believes he can build a widespread climate coalition to engage all community stakeholders in efforts towards a green future. DePoe also wants to improve forest health while preventing and fighting increasingly dangerous wildfire seasons. Finally, he is committed to being a representative for rural communities who often serve as the frontline of environmental issues in our state. However, DePoe lacks Upthegrove’s experience in elected office as well as his demonstrated track record of writing and passing environmental legislation.

Also in this crowded race is state Senator Kevin Van De Wege. Van de Wege served five terms in the House before joining the Senate in 2016. Before that, he served as a firefighter and paramedic. His voting record makes it clear he would not be a progressive choice in this race. Van De Wege broke ranks with his party to vote against the critical 2021 Climate Commitment Act, which enables the state’s Department of Ecology to make headway on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and engages an environmental justice approach to make sure no community is left behind in climate mitigation, among other key policies. As a hindrance, rather than a leader, on addressing climate change within his own party, Van De Wege is not the best choice to take the bold action our communities need from the next public lands commissioner.

You can read more about all the candidates in this race on our website here.
  • Incumbent Chris Reykdal is running for a third term in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Reykdal has been a strong champion for public education as superintendent, during his six years in the Legislature, and in 14 years on local school boards or in leadership positions at educational institutions.

    The superintendent's office provides resources and guidance on language access, student safety, school district budgeting, and meeting student needs to Washington's 295 public school districts and 6 state-tribal education compact schools. In office, Reykdal has worked to reduce learning gaps, raise educator salaries, increase free meal access, and expand dual and tribal language learning programs.

    In our interview, Reykdal acknowledged that the pandemic and declining birth rates have affected enrollment rates in public schools. Despite this challenge, he was proud that districts have made gains in other areas like retaining teachers of color. He identified the decrease in state funding, relative to inflation, as a fundamental challenge facing public schools. He reiterated his commitment to advocating for the Legislature to increase funding per student and allow districts to fund special education. He also expressed his commitment to keeping schools public, rejecting vouchers, and improving mental health support for students. This year, OSPI offered legislation to increase paraeducator pay to attract and retain these critical classroom supports. Finally, he cited his experience running a large state agency for the last eight years as a key strength compared with his less experienced opponents.

    Reykdal has strong support from educators across the state and earned your vote for re-election.
    Last updated: 2024-07-17

    Chris Reykdal

    Incumbent Chris Reykdal is running for a third term in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

    Incumbent Chris Reykdal is running for a third term in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Reykdal has been a strong champion for public education as superintendent, during his six years in the Legislature, and in 14 years on local school boards or in leadership positions at educational institutions.

    The superintendent's office provides resources and guidance on language access, student safety, school district budgeting, and meeting student needs to Washington's 295 public school districts and 6 state-tribal education compact schools. In office, Reykdal has worked to reduce learning gaps, raise educator salaries, increase free meal access, and expand dual and tribal language learning programs.

    In our interview, Reykdal acknowledged that the pandemic and declining birth rates have affected enrollment rates in public schools. Despite this challenge, he was proud that districts have made gains in other areas like retaining teachers of color. He identified the decrease in state funding, relative to inflation, as a fundamental challenge facing public schools. He reiterated his commitment to advocating for the Legislature to increase funding per student and allow districts to fund special education. He also expressed his commitment to keeping schools public, rejecting vouchers, and improving mental health support for students. This year, OSPI offered legislation to increase paraeducator pay to attract and retain these critical classroom supports. Finally, he cited his experience running a large state agency for the last eight years as a key strength compared with his less experienced opponents.

    Reykdal has strong support from educators across the state and earned your vote for re-election.

    Chris Reykdal

    Incumbent Chris Reykdal is running for a third term in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

  • Local teacher and nonprofit leader Reid Saaris is challenging Chris Reykdal in this race. Saaris is a fourth-generation Washington public educator who teaches at Rainier Beach High School. He founded and spent 12 years as CEO of Equal Opportunity Schools, an organization dedicated to connecting marginalized students with college-level learning opportunities.

    Saaris is running for office on an optimistic platform to bridge learning gaps, prioritize the health and wellness of students, and prepare all students for bright futures. If elected, he wants to increase tutoring and instructional resources for schools, invest in mental health supports for students, including community and parent-led services, and support diverse paths to post-high-school success. Saaris would lead with data and evidence-based solutions to address challenges in our public schools.  

    It's important to note that the public superintendent largely plays an assistance and implementation role for school districts, and can't directly increase funding or change curriculum. During our interview, Saaris reiterated his commitment to public schools and using data to drive decision-making that will close learning gaps and improve outcomes for students. He wants to leverage the office to share proven best practices with districts across the state. While he praises many of Reykdal's actions, he believes the superintendent can play a larger role in pushing the legislature and school districts to distribute resources more equitably. In response to questions about whether he was ready to take on such a large state office, Saaris responded that he had built and managed a large non-profit and that as an educator, he would bring a fresh, collaborative perspective to the office.

    Saaris' endorsements include The Seattle Times and many current and former elected office officials.
    Last updated: 2024-07-16

    Reid Saaris

    Local teacher and nonprofit leader Reid Saaris is challenging Chris Reykdal in this race. Saaris is a fourth-generation Washington public educator who teaches at Rainier Beach High School.

    Local teacher and nonprofit leader Reid Saaris is challenging Chris Reykdal in this race. Saaris is a fourth-generation Washington public educator who teaches at Rainier Beach High School. He founded and spent 12 years as CEO of Equal Opportunity Schools, an organization dedicated to connecting marginalized students with college-level learning opportunities.

    Saaris is running for office on an optimistic platform to bridge learning gaps, prioritize the health and wellness of students, and prepare all students for bright futures. If elected, he wants to increase tutoring and instructional resources for schools, invest in mental health supports for students, including community and parent-led services, and support diverse paths to post-high-school success. Saaris would lead with data and evidence-based solutions to address challenges in our public schools.  

    It's important to note that the public superintendent largely plays an assistance and implementation role for school districts, and can't directly increase funding or change curriculum. During our interview, Saaris reiterated his commitment to public schools and using data to drive decision-making that will close learning gaps and improve outcomes for students. He wants to leverage the office to share proven best practices with districts across the state. While he praises many of Reykdal's actions, he believes the superintendent can play a larger role in pushing the legislature and school districts to distribute resources more equitably. In response to questions about whether he was ready to take on such a large state office, Saaris responded that he had built and managed a large non-profit and that as an educator, he would bring a fresh, collaborative perspective to the office.

    Saaris' endorsements include The Seattle Times and many current and former elected office officials.

    Reid Saaris

    Local teacher and nonprofit leader Reid Saaris is challenging Chris Reykdal in this race. Saaris is a fourth-generation Washington public educator who teaches at Rainier Beach High School.

Other Candidates

Other Candidates - OSPI

Gig Harbor School Board member David Olson is running on a reactionary platform. Olson wants to increase special education budgets, engage parental intervention, and double down on letter grade systems.

Other Candidates - OSPI

Gig Harbor School Board member David Olson is running on a reactionary platform. Olson wants to increase special education budgets, engage parental intervention, and double down on letter grade systems.

  • State Senator and attorney Patty Kuderer is running for Washington Insurance Commissioner. She has served the 48th Legislative District since 2015 when she was appointed to the state House before being appointed to fill the Senate seat vacancy in 2017.

    Kuderer has been one of the most active sponsors of progressive bills in the Legislature. This year, she was the primary sponsor of a successful bill to ensure NARCAN is available in Washington schools. As a secondary sponsor, she helped to pass a slate of progressive bills, including ensuring that valid ballots are not unduly rejected, limiting the ability to bring firearms to public places like zoos, transit stations, and libraries, and aligning state and federal financial aid programs. Kuderer is now campaigning for insurance commissioner on a progressive platform that includes exploring universal health care, reducing auto insurance costs, expanding cancer screening for firefighters, and improving access to climate change insurance for homeowners and businesses.

    We recommend Patty Kuderer for Washington Insurance Commissioner because of her strong background in public service and clear vision for the office.
    Last updated: 2024-07-16

    Patty Kuderer

    State Senator and attorney Patty Kuderer is running for Washington Insurance Commissioner. She has served the 48th Legislative District since 2015 when she was appointed to the state House before being appointed to fill the Senate seat vacancy in 2017.

    State Senator and attorney Patty Kuderer is running for Washington Insurance Commissioner. She has served the 48th Legislative District since 2015 when she was appointed to the state House before being appointed to fill the Senate seat vacancy in 2017.

    Kuderer has been one of the most active sponsors of progressive bills in the Legislature. This year, she was the primary sponsor of a successful bill to ensure NARCAN is available in Washington schools. As a secondary sponsor, she helped to pass a slate of progressive bills, including ensuring that valid ballots are not unduly rejected, limiting the ability to bring firearms to public places like zoos, transit stations, and libraries, and aligning state and federal financial aid programs. Kuderer is now campaigning for insurance commissioner on a progressive platform that includes exploring universal health care, reducing auto insurance costs, expanding cancer screening for firefighters, and improving access to climate change insurance for homeowners and businesses.

    We recommend Patty Kuderer for Washington Insurance Commissioner because of her strong background in public service and clear vision for the office.

    Patty Kuderer

    State Senator and attorney Patty Kuderer is running for Washington Insurance Commissioner. She has served the 48th Legislative District since 2015 when she was appointed to the state House before being appointed to fill the Senate seat vacancy in 2017.

Other Candidates

Bill Boyd is the other Democratic candidate in this race. Boyd has worked in insurance for more than three decades and has spent nearly all of his industry experience at his own company, Boyd Insurance Brokerage. He is highly involved in his community as a church leader, youth sports coach, and league treasurer. Boyd is campaigning to expand health care options and take climate change into account in insurance coverage. However, he supports privatizing the workers’ compensation program, which the voters opposed in 2010 because it would undermine benefits for working people and their families.

You can read more about all the candidates running for insurance commissioner on our website here.
Bill Boyd is the other Democratic candidate in this race. Boyd has worked in insurance for more than three decades and has spent nearly all of his industry experience at his own company, Boyd Insurance Brokerage. He is highly involved in his community as a church leader, youth sports coach, and league treasurer. Boyd is campaigning to expand health care options and take climate change into account in insurance coverage. However, he supports privatizing the workers’ compensation program, which the voters opposed in 2010 because it would undermine benefits for working people and their families.

You can read more about all the candidates running for insurance commissioner on our website here.

No Good Choices

Republican incumbent Dan Griffey is running unopposed for re-election to Legislative District 35, Position 1 where he has served since 2015. Griffey is a lieutenant EMT in Mason County who previously worked in commercial truck driving. In office, he has pursued a typically conservative agenda to cut funding for public services and prioritize corporate interests. Last year, he voted against bills to fund Washington students’ basic needs, to require the state’s private prisons to respect human rights, and to improve access to reproductive health care for everyone. In addition, Griffey voted against an abortion shield law that protects Washington state health care workers when they provide abortion care to patients from Washington and from out of state.

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No Good Choices - LD 35 P1

Republican incumbent Dan Griffey is running unopposed for re-election to Legislative District 35, Position 1 where he has served since 2015. Griffey is a lieutenant EMT in Mason County who previously worked in commercial truck driving.

  • James DeHart is challenging Republican incumbent Travis Couture for House Position 2 in the 35th Legislative District. He previously ran for the district’s other House seat in 2022, when he ran a progressive campaign with a community vision for the district. DeHart has worked for the Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Transportation. Currently, he works in public records management for the Washington State Gambling Commission.

    DeHart is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and a pillar of his campaign is to fight for all marginalized Washingtonians, especially communities of color, to have access to voting, housing, and good wages. He is running an inclusive and optimistic campaign centered on connecting Washingtonians with the basic resources they need to thrive. He believes health care and housing are human rights and wants to strengthen our democracy, deliver high-quality education, and reform law enforcement to better serve all communities.

    DeHart is the clear progressive choice for Position 2 in the 35th District.
    Last updated: 2024-07-18

    James DeHart

    James DeHart is challenging Republican incumbent Travis Couture for House Position 2 in the 35th Legislative District. He previously ran for the district’s other House seat in 2022, when he ran a progressive campaign with a community vision for the district.

    James DeHart is challenging Republican incumbent Travis Couture for House Position 2 in the 35th Legislative District. He previously ran for the district’s other House seat in 2022, when he ran a progressive campaign with a community vision for the district. DeHart has worked for the Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Transportation. Currently, he works in public records management for the Washington State Gambling Commission.

    DeHart is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and a pillar of his campaign is to fight for all marginalized Washingtonians, especially communities of color, to have access to voting, housing, and good wages. He is running an inclusive and optimistic campaign centered on connecting Washingtonians with the basic resources they need to thrive. He believes health care and housing are human rights and wants to strengthen our democracy, deliver high-quality education, and reform law enforcement to better serve all communities.

    DeHart is the clear progressive choice for Position 2 in the 35th District.

    James DeHart

    James DeHart is challenging Republican incumbent Travis Couture for House Position 2 in the 35th Legislative District. He previously ran for the district’s other House seat in 2022, when he ran a progressive campaign with a community vision for the district.

Other Candidates

Republican incumbent Travis Couture is running for re-election to Position 2 representing the 35th Legislative District in Olympia. First elected in 2022, Couture has spent the last couple of years voting against key community bills such as legislation to increase abortion access for all, protect consumer health data, and require basic human rights in Washington’s private prisons. Previously, Couture worked for a manufacturing corporation focused on aerospace, arms, and defense. If re-elected, we can expect Couture to continue pushing a conservative agenda in office that doesn’t represent the real community issues facing the 35th LD.

You can read more about the other candidates in this race on our website here.
Republican incumbent Travis Couture is running for re-election to Position 2 representing the 35th Legislative District in Olympia. First elected in 2022, Couture has spent the last couple of years voting against key community bills such as legislation to increase abortion access for all, protect consumer health data, and require basic human rights in Washington’s private prisons. Previously, Couture worked for a manufacturing corporation focused on aerospace, arms, and defense. If re-elected, we can expect Couture to continue pushing a conservative agenda in office that doesn’t represent the real community issues facing the 35th LD.

You can read more about the other candidates in this race on our website here.

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

  • Democrat incumbent Wayne Fournier is seeking re-election to the Thurston County Commission representing District 4. Fournier was first elected to the county commission in 2022 and, outside of it, he works as a firefighter. Previously, he served on the Tenino City Council and was elected mayor of Tenino by his colleagues.

    On the Thurston County Commission, Fournier has been focused on equitable improvements to the county's quality of life. He worked on establishing rural broadband access and improving the Emergency Medical System. Now, he is running to continue building sustainable, equitable growth in Thurston while protecting local ecosystems, advocating for the district’s most marginalized, and leading with practical change.

    Rob Laymon is challenging Fournier without listing a party preference. Laymon has worked across multiple professions, including as an electrician, plumber, and well driller. He has never held elected office and lacks other community service experience. If elected, he wants to reduce taxes for the wealthiest, making our upside-down tax code even more regressive. Laymon references crises that affect the county such as housing, mental health, and addiction but he fails to identify compassionate and effective solutions while seemingly taking a more conservative approach to blame individuals while defunding public services.

    We recommend Wayne Fournier for another term on the Thurston County Commission.
    Last updated: 2024-07-17

    Wayne Fournier

    Democrat incumbent Wayne Fournier is seeking re-election to the Thurston County Commission representing District 4. Fournier was first elected to the county commission in 2022 and, outside of it, he works as a firefighter.

    Democrat incumbent Wayne Fournier is seeking re-election to the Thurston County Commission representing District 4. Fournier was first elected to the county commission in 2022 and, outside of it, he works as a firefighter. Previously, he served on the Tenino City Council and was elected mayor of Tenino by his colleagues.

    On the Thurston County Commission, Fournier has been focused on equitable improvements to the county's quality of life. He worked on establishing rural broadband access and improving the Emergency Medical System. Now, he is running to continue building sustainable, equitable growth in Thurston while protecting local ecosystems, advocating for the district’s most marginalized, and leading with practical change.

    Rob Laymon is challenging Fournier without listing a party preference. Laymon has worked across multiple professions, including as an electrician, plumber, and well driller. He has never held elected office and lacks other community service experience. If elected, he wants to reduce taxes for the wealthiest, making our upside-down tax code even more regressive. Laymon references crises that affect the county such as housing, mental health, and addiction but he fails to identify compassionate and effective solutions while seemingly taking a more conservative approach to blame individuals while defunding public services.

    We recommend Wayne Fournier for another term on the Thurston County Commission.

    Wayne Fournier

    Democrat incumbent Wayne Fournier is seeking re-election to the Thurston County Commission representing District 4. Fournier was first elected to the county commission in 2022 and, outside of it, he works as a firefighter.

  • Sal Mungia is an awarded and experienced local attorney running for retiring Justice Susan Owens’ Position 2 on the state Supreme Court. Mungia is a partner at a Tacoma- and Seattle-based firm where he works in trial and appellate law primarily focused on injury law and medical malpractice. He has a long history of leadership and service including, among other experiences, as the former president of the Washington State Bar Association, former chair of the Equal Justice Coalition, and a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of Washington.

    Mungia’s career has been strongly community-oriented. He has done significant pro bono legal work while working to improve our criminal legal system. Now, he has earned wide and impressive support in his bid for the court including from sitting Supreme Court Justice Yu and Chief Justice González.

    We recommend Sal Mungia in this race to bring trusted, just, and community-minded leadership to Washington’s Supreme Court.
    Last updated: 2024-07-16

    Sal Mungia

    Sal Mungia is an awarded and experienced local attorney running for retiring Justice Susan Owens’ Position 2 on the state Supreme Court. Mungia is a partner at a Tacoma- and Seattle-based firm where he works in trial and appellate law primarily focused on injury law and medical malpractice.

    Sal Mungia is an awarded and experienced local attorney running for retiring Justice Susan Owens’ Position 2 on the state Supreme Court. Mungia is a partner at a Tacoma- and Seattle-based firm where he works in trial and appellate law primarily focused on injury law and medical malpractice. He has a long history of leadership and service including, among other experiences, as the former president of the Washington State Bar Association, former chair of the Equal Justice Coalition, and a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of Washington.

    Mungia’s career has been strongly community-oriented. He has done significant pro bono legal work while working to improve our criminal legal system. Now, he has earned wide and impressive support in his bid for the court including from sitting Supreme Court Justice Yu and Chief Justice González.

    We recommend Sal Mungia in this race to bring trusted, just, and community-minded leadership to Washington’s Supreme Court.

    Sal Mungia

    Sal Mungia is an awarded and experienced local attorney running for retiring Justice Susan Owens’ Position 2 on the state Supreme Court. Mungia is a partner at a Tacoma- and Seattle-based firm where he works in trial and appellate law primarily focused on injury law and medical malpractice.

Other Candidates

Other Candidates - State Supreme Court

Federal Way Municipal Court Judge Dave Larson is also in this race. Larson has spent 16 years as a judge, and 23 years before that as a trial attorney. He claims to have bipartisan support and wants to serve as a “balance” if elected.

Other Candidates - State Supreme Court

Federal Way Municipal Court Judge Dave Larson is also in this race. Larson has spent 16 years as a judge, and 23 years before that as a trial attorney. He claims to have bipartisan support and wants to serve as a “balance” if elected.