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Congress

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

7th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

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Democrat


Rep. Pramila Jayapal is running for re-election in the 7th Congressional District. She has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic fairness, and civil liberties. Rep. Jayapal founded OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in 2001 and built it into the largest immigrant rights organization in the state and a national model. She also played a key role on the Mayoral Advisory Committee that created Seattle’s $15 minimum wage.

Since her election to Congress in 2016, Rep. Jayapal has resisted the Trump administration at every turn and provided a voice for progressives across the country. She has supported the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Dream Act that would provide a path to citizenship for young DACA recipients. She has also fought back against the Trump administration's inhumane policy of separating families seeking asylum and she introduced legislation that paves a pathway towards a universal health care system. This year, Rep. Jayapal introduced legislation to expand collective bargaining and provide relief to workers and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. She has held nearly 100 town halls in her time as Representative and is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Also in this race are Democrat Jack Hughes-Hageman, Independent Rick Lewis, and Republicans Scott Sutherland and Craig Keller. Hughes-Hageman wants to repeal federal marijuana prohibition with universal amnesty and seems to be very progressive but does not have any elected experience. Independent Lewis has a background in military intelligence and says he has the resume of a "highly competent James Bond villain". He is not a serious candidate. Sutherland's platform includes promoting renewable energy and proposing a constitutional amendment requiring all members of Congress to handwrite all proposed laws. Keller claims legislators have "lavished" billions of dollars "upon illegal aliens and their profiteer employers". He is neither progressive nor qualified for Congress.

Jayapal has been an outstanding progressive leader for the 7th Congressional District and the entire country. She has earned your vote for re-election.



9th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

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Democrat


Representative Adam Smith has been a reliable vote in Congress on progressive issues from taxation to immigration reform. He represents Washington's first majority-minority district, a community with 30 percent foreign-born residents and large Asian, Hispanic, and African-American communities. Smith is an advocate for greater equality, supports a path to citizenship for immigrants, reforming the tax code, and Medicare for All. Recently, Rep. Smith spoke out against President Trump's call for the military to intervene and stop the "insurrection" of demonstrators protesting police brutality. He supported the $3 trillion coronavirus pandemic relief package and is supporting the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to dramatically increase accountability and transparency.

Also in this race are Libertarian Jorge Besada and Republicans Joshua Campbell and Doug Basler. Campbell does not have a strong campaign presence as of mid-June. Basler has challenged Rep. Smith before, making it to the general in 2014 and 2016 but losing to Sarah Smith in the primary in 2018. He does not have a strong campaign platform as of mid-June but has always run as a Republican. Besada is running on a platform including making taxes voluntary but does support reforming the criminal justice system.

Rep. Smith is the clear choice in this race and deserves your vote for Congress.



Statewide

Governor

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Democrat


Governor Jay Inslee has been a strong, principled leader on the important challenges facing Washington. Before he was elected Governor in 2012, Inslee represented both sides of the Cascades in Congress, opposed the Iraq war, and worked to increase accountability and oversight for Wall Street banks.

Inslee has established himself as a national leader on fighting climate change. He has invested more than $170 million into clean energy and energy efficiency projects, implemented the Clean Air Rule, and pushed for legislation that reduces pollution in Washington.  In his 2020 bid for the presidency, Inslee brought a climate-centered focus to the race.  Outside of his work on climate, Inslee has signed into law Washington's public option for healthcare, paid family leave, and the Equal Pay Opportunity Act.

Recently, Inslee has been a national leader fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. His proactive, decisive, science-driven efforts have saved countless Washingtonians from getting sick. Unfortunately, we've seen the flip side recently where states with governors who were slow or failed to act have seen dramatic increases in cases.

Inslee is facing 35 opponents this year, the most prominent of which are Republicans Sen. Phil Fortunato, Tim Eyman, and Bothell mayor Joshua Freed. Fortunato is a social conservative who has abandoned working families while in the office. In past legislative sessions, he voted against protections for LGBTQ school children and against expanding access to reproductive health care for women. Freed believes we should be less cautious about COVID-19 protections and rapidly re-open the state, a faulty strategy in the face of death and difficult recoveries even for previously-healthy coronavirus patients.

Eyman's legal problems range from fraudulently diverting funds from his ill-conceived initiatives into his personal bank accounts to wide-ranging campaign finance violations to stealing a chair from Office Depot. He is the face behind many of Washington's most damaging initiatives that have cut tens of billions of dollars from state transportation projects. Eyman has lately been doubling-down on his cringeworthy antics by comparing Gov. Inslee's COVID policies to George Floyd's murder. Eyman is one of the worst candidates for governor the state has ever seen.

As the coronavirus crisis continues and the gap in the state budget persists, we need real, experienced leadership at the helm of the state. Inslee is the clear choice for governor.



Lt. Governor

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Democrat


State Senate Floor Leader Marko Liias was first elected to the Mukilteo City Council in 2005 before being appointed to the state House in 2007 and finally the state Senate in 2014.

In the Legislature, Liias has been a strong progressive advocate for all families. As the Democratic Senate Floor Leader, Liias has led the fight on LGBTQ equality and created a student loan bill of rights. His past legislation includes a ban on the inhumane practice of conversion therapy. This year, Liias sponsored legislation requiring informed consent to perform a pelvic exam and creating a new state financial aid program for undocumented students.

In his interview with Fuse, Liias expressed wanting to use the bully pulpit of the office to connect with voters across the state about progressive issues, including fixing our upside-down tax code. In addition, he laid out a strong set of proposals for how to increase police accountability. If elected, Liias would be the first openly gay statewide official in Washington history.



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Democrat


Rep. Denny Heck is retiring from Congress and running for Lt. Governor. Heck has had a long, effective career in both the private and public sectors, most notably as a five-term state representative, House majority leader, chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and TVW co-founder.

In Congress, Heck has fought to make college more affordable, worked to lower health care costs, ensure veterans get the benefits they deserve, and create middle-class jobs. He supports immigration policies that create a path to citizenship and worked to help prevent health care premium increases due to Trump's policies. Heck was elected to represent the 10th Congressional District after it was created in 2012 and decided to retire after the impeachment hearings in December 2019.

His top priorities at Lt. Gov would be reforming our regressive tax system, investing in infrastructure to rebuild the economy as well as the roads and bridges, and helping people "skill up". In his Fuse interview, he expressed support for police reform and wants to expand on the #ElectedsForJustice pledge to eliminate qualified immunity for police officers. In addition, Heck said he wants to use the office and his extensive experience to lobby swing senators on progressive issues.



Other Candidates

This open seat has attracted a large number of candidates, including Democrats James Rafferty and Michelle Jasmer, Libertarians Jared Frerichs and Matt Seymour, and Republicans Ann Davison Sattler, Joseph Brumbles, and Marty McClendon.

Neither Rafferty nor Jasmer has a strong campaign presence as of late-June. Frerich's top three campaign priorities are reducing economic barriers, reforming red-flag laws, and decriminalizing sex work. Seymour's main focus is preventing any tax increases but is also not open to options for progressive revenue. Davison Sattler is an attorney who ran for Seattle City Council as a Democrat against Debora Juarez in 2019 with the support of conservative groups like Safe Seattle before officially declaring herself a Republican early this year. Her platform includes turning unused commercial and civic structures into field hospitals, temporary housing, or disaster relief centers. Davison Sattler is endorsed by Republican elected officials and is not progressive. McClendon ran for Lt. Governor in 2016 and claimed then-Senator Cyrus Habib (who is not running for re-election to this position because he decided to enter the Society of Jesus) was not Christian, but "anti-God".

Secretary of State

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Democrat


Former port commissioner and progressive state Rep. Gael Tarleton is now running for Secretary of State, which serves as the state's chief elections officer, among other roles. First elected to the Legislature in 2012, Tarleton has been a strong advocate for environmental causes such as Governor Jay Inslee's initiative to reduce carbon pollution. She sponsored bills during her first term in the House to strengthen the maritime industry, improve access to health care, and ensure gender pay equity.

Tarleton is running for Secretary of State to expand access to voting in Washington while safeguarding our elections against attacks "foreign and domestic." She wants to improve digital security and increase funding for county auditors to safeguard local elections from hacking attempts in the wake of the 2016 election. She would also expand audits of the state and local systems to identify any weaknesses that could be exploited.

Tarleton is challenging the incumbent Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who has faced a bumpy road during her first term in office. Last year, Wyman's office released a new $9.5 million voter registration database that was riddled with errors and led to a backlog of tens of thousands of registration. King County elections director Julie Wise described the release as "irresponsible" and "not even functioning." In addition, Wyman was slow to support the Washington Voting Right Act, same-day voter registration, and postage-paid ballots, and she has failed to condemn the president's relentless attacks on voting by mail.

Also in this race are Independent Ed Minger and Progressive Party candidate Gentry Lange. Minger wants to prohibit candidates from running paid ads, which is blatantly unconstitutional, and Lange wants to end voting by mail in Washington, a particularly confounding position during a pandemic.

We need a progressive leader in the Secretary of State's office who is fully committed to protecting our elections and removing every barrier to participation in our democracy. Tarleton is the clear progressive choice in this race.



State Treasurer

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Mike Pellicciotti has served in the Washington state House representing the 30th Legislative District since 2016 and is now running for Treasurer. Pellicciotti has never accepted corporate campaign donations and led efforts to make the legislature's records open for public view. He also wrote the Corporate Crime Act that increases financial penalties by 100 times and has successfully supported laws reducing property taxes.

Pellicciotti is challenging incumbent Republican Duane Davidson, who supports Trump for President. In 2016, incumbent Jim McIntire retired leaving the seat open. Because of the crowded primary, two Republicans made it through to the general election, giving them control of the Treasurer's office for the first time since 1957. Davidson previously served as the Benton County Treasurer from 2003 to 2016. In his term, he has been a traditional Republican and has referred to the state legislature "raiding" the Rainy Day Fund. He has also only attended 3 of 18 critical pension meetings since fall 2017.

Pellicciotti was a strong legislator and is the best choice in the race for Washington State Treasurer.



State Auditor

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Democrat


Washington Auditor Pat McCarthy has been a consistent advocate for government transparency and accountability during her first term in office. Previously, she served as Pierce County Executive and Pierce County Auditor, where she was honored as the 2006 Washington State Auditor of the Year.

Recently, McCarthy announced that her office has opened two independent audits of the Employment Security Department. The first will investigate the delay in unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second audit will look into how criminals stole hundreds of millions of dollars through a sophisticated fraud scheme.

McCarthy is facing a challenge from Democrat Joshua Casey and Republican Chris Leyba. Casey is a CPA who wants to bring his financial expertise to the auditor's office. Leyba is a former police detective who currently runs an animal rescue on his farm. If elected, he would prioritize buying from Washington businesses and saving taxpayer dollars.

McCarthy's experience and commitment to oversight will be valuable as the state works to emerge from the pandemic and the recession. McCarthy is the best choice in this race.



Attorney General

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Democrat


Attorney General Bob Ferguson's accomplishments during his two terms in office are impressive. From delivering millions of dollars back to consumers who were wronged by fraudulent corporations and his ongoing battle with the federal government to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site to successfully fighting two Tim Eyman initiatives, Ferguson has been a strong and effective advocate for people in Washington. He has sued the Trump administration 50 times as of October 2019 and won every completed case (22 by his own count). Some of Ferguson's biggest accomplishments from the past few years include protecting consumer medical data, protecting statewide water quality from Trump's erosive environmental policies, and fighting back against the Trump administration's child detention laws.

Ferguson is running against Republicans Brett Rogers, Mike Vaska, and Matt Larkin. Rogers states that with over 20 years of law enforcement experience, including time with the Seattle Police Department, he would be well-suited to research and set criminal justice policy. A member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Vaska's priorities include reducing regulations for business and streamlining the permitting process. Larkin states that he's running to prioritize "the homeless situation" that "no one is doing anything about," and promises to empower law enforcement while making Washington more business-friendly.

Ferguson is the clear progressive choice for Attorney General of Washington.



Commissioner of Public Lands

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Democrat


Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has been a proactive force for protecting our communities from climate change. As the head of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, she has focused on wildfire management and climate action.

This year, Franz released a climate resilience plan for rural Washington that includes expanding wind and solar farms and massive reforestation. Given the statewide threat and impact of wildfires with recent record-setting fire seasons, she has also worked on a 20-year forest health plan and a 10-year fire protection plan.

Franz is running against six other candidates: Frank Wallbrown, Sue Kuehl Pederson, Maryam Abasbarzy, Kelsey Reyes, Steve Sharon, and Cameron Whitney. Wallbrown and Asasbarzy have no campaign details available. Republican Pederson is the former chair of the Grays Harbor Republican Party and says she's running to bring new leadership to the office and balance the state's economy and ecology. Libertarian Reyes works in the restaurant industry and has no concrete campaign details or website available. Finally, Republican Sharon is running to investigate the effects of 5G towers, and Republican Whitney is running to follow Trump's suggestion of raking forests to stop forest fires.

Franz has the experience we need to guide and protect our state from increasingly dangerous fire seasons to the rising threat of climate inaction. Vote Franz for Commissioner of Public Lands.



Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Non-Partisan


Chris Reykdal is running for re-election to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to continue his leadership of our state's public schools through this challenging time. Previously, Reykdal spent 14 years serving on local school boards and in leadership positions at community and technical colleges, as well as serving 6 years in the Legislature. In the state House, Reykdal had a strong progressive voting record and was a consistent champion for public schools.

In his first term as Superintendent, Reykdal has pushed the Legislature to fully fund K-12 education, increase teacher pay, and close the opportunity gap for students of color. More recently, Reykdal has worked closely with Gov. Inslee to help Washington's schools navigate the pandemic. He made the tough decision early to close schools for the year to keep kids and families safe and slow the spread of COVID-19. If re-elected, Reykdal will continue to advocate for these priorities and work with schools across the state as they make the transition back to in-person education.

Reykdal is facing a handful of opponents in this non-partisan race: conservative Ron Higgins, former Republican legislative candidate Maia Espinoza, Dennis Wick, Stan Lippman, and David Spring. Espinoza has garnered attention by publishing a false and inflammatory voters pamphlet statement attacking Reykdal. Lippman is a disbarred lawyer and anti-vaccination advocate, Spring doesn't think we should have closed schools during the pandemic, and Higgins wants to inject religious teachings into public education. Wick is a former member of the Snohomish School District Board of Directors who wants to modernize our school system.

Reykdal is the clear choice for Superintendent of Public Instruction.



Insurance Commissioner

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Democrat


Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has spent his entire career serving the people of Washington. Prior to running for statewide office, Kreider was a doctor of optometry, state legislator, and member of Congress.

As Insurance Commissioner, Kreidler has been a consistent advocate for consumers and patients in overseeing insurance companies in Washington. Kreidler set up one of the first and most effective Obamacare exchanges in the country, helping expand access to health care for hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians. More recently, Kreidler moved quickly to issue an emergency order requiring insurance companies to waive copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for COVID-19 testing and office visits. In addition, he forced insurance companies to allow consumers to access other health providers if they did not have an in-network option for testing.

Kreidler is running against Republican Chirayu Avinash Patel and Libertarian Anthony Welti. Patel wants to model the office of the insurance commissioner based on a hybrid of the Ronald Reagan and Thomas Jefferson administrations, though he gives few details on what this would mean. Welti is running on a vaguely anti-corruption platform and wants to allow insurance companies to offer cheaper plans with fewer protections for consumers.

Kreidler has earned your vote for re-election to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.



Legislative Races

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

11th Legislative District

State Senator

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Democrat

Electeds For Justice
Evergreen Future


Bob Hasegawa is running unopposed for re-election to the state Senate. Since first being elected to the House in 2005, Hasegawa has distinguished himself through his social justice work. He is a labor advocate and founding member of several labor boards, including Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance AFL-CIO and the Washington State Labor Council. Hasegawa has also been a strong advocate for reforming our state's regressive tax system and has pushed to established a state bank.

Hasegawa has earned another term in the state Senate.



State Representative, Position #1

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Democrat

Electeds For Justice
Evergreen Future


Rep. Zack Hudgins has become a strong progressive leader in the Legislature. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Hudgins has focused on standing up for vulnerable Washingtonians, strengthening election transparency, and making effective investments into our state economy. In particular, Hudgins played a lead role in 2018 passing automatic voter registration legislation and increasing the number of ballot drop boxes. This year, he organized bipartisan support for legislation to restrict the use of facial recognition software. Hudgins is running for re-election on a platform of preventing budget cuts due to the economic downturn, addressing affordable housing and homelessness, and continuing to support stronger privacy laws.



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Democrat

Electeds For Justice
Evergreen Future


Democrat G. David Hackney is a former federal prosecutor, Senior Attorney at The Nature Conservancy, and employee relations manager at Amazon. Hackney also has a strong record of community service, including as a member of the Washington State Human Rights Commission and on the board of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. In his Fuse interview, Hackney laid out a bold progressive platform that prioritizes income inequality, health care, and education. He also wants to see more leadership from the 11th district on issues like gun safety, racial justice, and support for renters.

Tim Eyman supporter Jay Stark is also on the ballot but is not running a competitive campaign.



State Representative, Position #2

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Democrat

Electeds For Justice


Democratic Rep. Steve Bergquist is running for re-election for his seat in the 11th Legislative District. A former public school teacher, Rep. Bergquist has fought hard to fully fund education and is focused on improving the quality of schools in Washington state. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Bergquist has also been a reliable advocate on social justice, health care, and environmental issues. In recent years, he has also been a strong advocate for young voters, including sponsoring bills that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote and let 17-year-olds participate in primaries if they will be 18 by the general election.

His opponent is Republican Sean Atchison. Atchison states that his top priorities are homelessness, "keeping government out of the way" of small businesses, and reopening after COVID, though he does not have policy or platform details listed as of early June.

Rep. Bergquist has earned the endorsements of many of our partners and is the best choice in this race.



32nd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

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Democrat

Electeds For Justice
Evergreen Future


Rep. Cindy Ryu is running for re-election in the 32nd Legislative District, House Position 1. Formerly the mayor of Shoreline, Ryu was the first Korean American mayor in the country and the first to serve in the state Legislature. She is the Chair of the Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee. In this role, Ryu has been an advocate for affordable housing, including supporting the development of tiny homes, supporting upzoning in urban areas, and proposing a bill to create "housing opportunity zones" near high-quality transit. She has also advocated for reforms to hold law enforcement officers accountable. This year, Rep. Ryu sponsored legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination and supported gun safety legislation.

Ryu is running against Democrats Shirley Sutton and Keith Smith. Sutton is a Lynnwood council member who does not have a strong campaign presence as of mid-June. Smith previously challenged Ryu as a "centrist" but is now running as a Democrat. He is a Lynnwood grocery clerk and community advocate but does not have a strong campaign presence as of mid-June.

Rep. Ryu is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote.



State Representative, Position #2

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Democrat


Rep. Lauren Davis is running for re-election to the 32nd Legislative District, House Position 2. Davis is the founding Executive Director of the Washington Recovery Alliance, which seeks to help families and individuals who are struggling with mental health and addiction issues. She helped launch the suicide prevention nonprofit Forefront in King County and serves on King County's Behavioral Health Advisory Board as well as the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington State. This year, Rep. Davis sponsored legislation to prohibit race-based hair discrimination and requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Davis is running against Democrat Gray Petersen and Tamra Smilanich, a non-partisan candidate. Petersen says he is running a campaign without taking PAC contributions and supports a full moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the coronavirus pandemic. He wants to work towards a single-payer healthcare system and addressing the climate crisis. Smilanich is a perennial candidate who previously challenged Rep. Eric Pettigrew as an Independent in 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, and against Adam Klein in 2010. She does not have a strong campaign presence as of mid-June.

In just her first few years, Davis has emerged as a principled and effective progressive leader in Olympia. Davis has earned your vote in this race.



33rd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

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Democrat

Evergreen Future


Rep. Tina Orwall is running for re-election in the 33rd Legislative District, House Position 1. In Olympia, Orwall is the lead on a suicide prevention task force and has sponsored a bill that would provide suicide prevention training and messaging in firearm literature. This year, she sponsored legislation to prevent race-based hairstyle discrimination and requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Rep. Orwall is running unopposed and deserves your vote.



State Representative, Position #2

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Evergreen Future


Rep. Mia Gregerson is running for re-election for the 33rd Legislative District, House Position 2. Gregerson is a Democrat with a long record of advocating for transportation in SeaTac, where she has fought for light rail infrastructure, safe and complete streets, and transit-oriented development. She was the prime sponsor of the House version of the Washington Voting Rights Act. This year, Rep. Gregerson sponsored legislation to prohibit race-based hair discrimination and establish the Washington state Office of Equity.

Also in this race is Libertarian Marliza Melzer, who is not running a strong campaign as of mid-June but has used her personal Facebook to call for Washington state to re-open unsafely.

Rep. Gregerson is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote.



34th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

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Democrat


Rep. Eileen Cody is running for re-election to the 34th Legislative District, House Position 1. Cody worked at Kaiser Permanente for 40 years and is a registered nurse. She is also a founding member of SEIU 1199 Healthcare NW. Rep. Cody serves as the chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee and has led efforts to implement the federal Affordable Care Act in Washington state. This year, she sponsored legislation to increase funding for the coronavirus pandemic response and requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Rep. Cody is running unopposed and deserves your vote.



State Representative, Position #2

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Democrat

Evergreen Future


Environmental champion Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon is running for re-election to the 34th Legislative District, House Position 2. This year, Rep. Fitzgibbon pushed for clean fuels legislation that would have reduced greenhouse gas emissions and led to cleaner air. In addition, Fitzgibbon supported legislation to reduce plastic bag pollution, reduce gender pay disparities, and improve gun safety laws. He is running on a platform of defending the environment, reforming our tax code so everyone pays their share, and funding education.

Rep. Fitzgibbon is running unopposed and deserves your vote.



36th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

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Evergreen Future


Rep. Noel Frame is running for re-election for the 36th Legislative District, House Position 1. Frame has served the 36th LD since 2016 and has put her organizing skills to use as a strong advocate for funding public schools and reforming our state's regressive tax system. She previously served as the Washington State Director of Progressive Majority, where she worked to recruit and elect progressive candidates from underrepresented communities.

Rep. Frame's re-election platform includes continuing to fight for tax reform, funding our public schools, and moving our society towards a world that values all people through policies that remove discrimination and barriers to people of color. This year, Rep. Frame sponsored legislation to prevent race-based hair discrimination and requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Rep. Frame is running unopposed and has earned your vote.



State Representative, Position #2

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Democrat

Electeds For Justice
Evergreen Future


Democrat Liz Berry is running to replace Rep. Gael Tarleton, who is running for Secretary of State, in the 36th Legislative District, House Position 2. Berry is the director of the Washington State Association of Justice and previously served as the president of the National Women's Political Caucus and on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.

If elected, her priorities include rebuilding our economy so it works for everyone, affordable childcare, health care reform, and an end to systematic police violence against Black people. Berry has numerous endorsements from progressive partner organizations and elected officials including Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

Berry's experience and strong support from progressive advocates make her the best choice in this race.



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Democrat

Electeds For Justice
Evergreen Future


Democrat Sarah Reyneveld is an Assistant Attorney General and currently serves as the chair of the King County Women’s Advisory Board. In addition, she serves on the board of Washington's Paramount Duty and previously was a board member of Washington Conservation Voters

Reyneveld is running on a strong platform focusing on environmental protections, creating more affordable housing, and reforming our criminal justice system that disproportionally affects communities of color. She supports a Green New Deal for Washington state and increasing support for working people impact by the COVID-19 pandemic.



Other Candidates

The third candidate in this race is Jeffrey M. Cohen, who works in the travel and tourism industry. His top priorities would be to advocate for COVID-19 pandemic relief, health care, and greater LGBTQ equality and protections in Olympia.

37th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

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Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos is running for re-election to the 37th Legislative District, House Position 1. Tomiko Santos chairs the House Education Committee and serves on the House Capital Budget Committee as well as the Consumer Protection & Business committee. This year she sponsored legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination and supported gun safety as well as establishing the Washington State Office of Equity. Tomiko Santos is a former banker and a moderate Democrat who has previously voted against transit-oriented development. In addition, Tomiko Santos was an obstacle in past years to implementing medically accurate, comprehensive sex education.

Also in this race are Democrats John Stafford and William Burroughs, as well as John Dickinson, who states that he has no party preference. Stafford is running to the left of Tomiko Santos on a platform including urgently addressing the climate crisis and addressing our regressive tax structure. Burroughs does not have a strong campaign presence as of mid-June, and Dickinson previously challenged Tomiko Santos in 2016.



State Representative, Position #2

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Electeds For Justice
Evergreen Future


Democrat Kirsten Harris-Talley is the interim director at NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. Previously, she worked at the Progress Alliance of Washington helping raise money for progressive and community organizations across the state. In addition, Harris-Talley briefly served on the Seattle City Council in 2017 after Councilmember Tim Burgess stepped down. 

Harris-Talley is running for the 37th Legislative District, House Position 2, to bring her experience in political campaigns, policy writing, and fighting for racial justice to Olympia. In her Fuse interview, she said that most progressive policies in the last decade have come from ballot measures because legislators have not been bold enough, and she wants to fix that. If elected, her top three priorities would be to help people stay in their homes by putting money in their pockets, pushing back against conservative attacks, and raising revenue by balancing our state's upside-down tax code. Finally, Harris-Talley believes too much of the district is still zoned for single-family housing and will push for greater density.



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Evergreen Future


Democrat Chukundi Salisbury is a 23-year employee of Seattle Parks and Recreation and the founder of two non-profit organizations focused on youth and community empowerment, as well as a nationally-recognized DJ. In his Fuse interview, Salisbury cited his organizing against an anti-gang bill in 2008 that disproportionately targeted Black and brown youth as evidence of his longtime advocacy and commitment to justice.

Salisbury is running for the Legislature on a platform of tax reform, including a capital gains tax, climate change, and youth employment and engagement. He's a strong supporter of climate policies, including a carbon tax, taxing polluters, and doing more to reduce solid waste. Finally, Salisbury would work to increase access to childcare by increasing subsidies for low-income families and increasing training for providers.



Other Candidates

Democrat Andrea Caupain suspended her campaign on June 29 and endorsed Salisbury but will remain on the primary ballot. Caupain is the chief executive officer of Byrd Barr Place, formerly CAMP, that helps low-income Seattleites with essential services like food, housing, and financial assistance. She suspended her campaign to focus on providing direct services to the community, saying: 

“As we’ve seen rising cases of COVID-19 and the disproportionate impacts on Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants and refugees, persons with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty, I feel my service is most urgently needed at Byrd Barr Place.” 

We hope to see Caupain run for office again in the near future.

43rd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

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Democrat


Rep. Nicole Macri is running for re-election to the 43rd Legislative District, House Position 1. Rep. Macri is a strong progressive who has worked as an advocate for those with a mental illness and people struggling with homelessness. She is currently the Deputy Director at the Downtown Emergency Service Center and President of the Board of Directors of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. This year, Macri sponsored a bill to allow King County to tax corporations for the highly compensated individuals they employee, a key first step in rebalancing our upside-down tax system. In addition, she supported requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. She also supported gun safety legislation and establishing the Washington State Office of Equity.

Macri is running against Republican Leslie Klein and Brandon Franklin. Franklin does not list a party preference and does not have a strong campaign presence. Klein is running as a Republican but also lacks a strong campaign presence as of mid-June.

Macri has earned your vote for state House.



State Representative, Position #2

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Democrat

Evergreen Future


Rep. Frank Chopp was first elected to the House in 1994 and served as Speaker of the House for 17 years before stepping down last year. Chopp has dedicated his career to advocating for long-term resources to address homelessness, health care, and affordable housing. This year, Rep. Chopp voted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels and increase business and occupation tax on large financial institutions.

Chopp is running for re-election on a platform of fighting the climate crisis, addressing social and racial inequities (including mandating free college and university for all low-income students), and finally balancing our upside-down tax code. In his Fuse interview, he said he will be able to pursue more progressive reforms now that he's no longer Speaker and responsible for the success of every legislator in the Democratic majority. He has the support of many of our Progressive Voters Guide partners as well as many elected officials from around Washington state.



Other Candidates

Also in this race are Jessi Murray and Sherae Lascelles. Murray is a technical program manager running for the 43rd Legislative District Representative, Position 2. Murray started her campaign when she thought Rep. Chopp was retiring but decided to stay in the race because she feels that it's time for new progressive leadership. She wants to focus on balancing our tax code, including implementing a capital gains tax and possibly a wealth tax, investing in green jobs and combatting the climate crisis, universal childcare, and single-payer health care. Murray was a Co-Chair on the Seattle LGBTQ Commission and is endorsed by the Washington Stonewall Democrats. Murray is very progressive and is running a strong campaign.

Lascelles is a community leader and entrepreneur who was instrumental in the founding of non-profit organizations People of Color Sex Worker Outreach Program and Green Light Project. In particular, they played a lead role in pushing the Seattle City Council to strike racist loitering laws from the city municipal code recently.

Lascelles is running on an incredibly progressive platform including major increases in funding for housing and anti-displacement programs and ending the practice of sweeping homeless camps. In addition, they would prioritize environmental justice for communities of color and indigenous communities who have been the most impacted by climate change. They also believe in personally empowering communities to tackle the issues that impact them most and wants to encourage statewide bias trainings for police officers, including racial bias trainings.

46th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

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Democrat

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Rep. Gerry Pollet is running for re-election to the 46th Legislative District, House Position 1. He is the Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest, a group devoted to cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. In the Legislature, Pollet has been a reliable vote for protecting the environment and has become an education champion through his bills to lower class sizes and offer free community college. This year, he also sponsored legislation prohibiting race-based hair discrimination.

Also in this race is Republican Eric Brown, who does not have a campaign website or policy proposals available as of early July. Brown states that he is running to "confront the problem of thousands living unlawfully in Washington" and says that focusing on race or gender will divide Washington. 

Rep. Pollet is the clear choice in this race and has earned your vote.



State Representative, Position #2

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Democrat

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Rep. Javier Valdez is running for re-election to the 46th Legislative District, House Position 2. Valdez was appointed to the state House in 2017 and was retained in 2018. This year, he worked on legislation to prevent discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status, as well as advocating for requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Valdez is running for re-election on a platform that includes increasing access to education and protecting our social safety net.

Valdez is running against Republican Beth Daranciang. Her priorities include repealing the sex education legislation passed last session and re-opening the economy of Washington state, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic. She has signed onto a pledge refusing to defund police departments and is anti-choice.

Rep. Valdez is the obvious choice in this race and deserves your vote.