• Sen. Patty Murray has been a consistent and strong progressive voice in the U.S. Senate. She's seeking re-election to continue fighting for our basic rights and a higher quality of life in Washington and beyond.

    Murray was first elected in 1992 and has been a champion for veterans, working families, women, and economic opportunities for all. Before her tenure in the Senate, Murray worked as a preschool teacher, on the Shoreline School Board, and in the Washington state Senate.

    During her time in Congress, Sen. Murray has worked hard to keep our communities safe from gun violence, pass abortion rights at the federal level so that everyone has reproductive freedom, and expand access to affordable childcare. This year, she voted in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act, the Freedom to Vote Act, and a slate of other progressive bills that invest in working communities so that our country is a place where everyone can thrive. Murray has earned an impressive and diverse coalition of endorsements from local and national organizations, elected leaders, and unions.

    Sen. Patty Murray is a national leader on many of the most important issues facing our country. She has earned your vote for re-election.

    Patty Murray

    Sen. Patty Murray has been a consistent and strong progressive voice in the U.S. Senate. She's seeking re-election to continue fighting for our basic rights and a higher quality of life in Washington and beyond.

    Patty Murray

    Sen. Patty Murray has been a consistent and strong progressive voice in the U.S. Senate. She's seeking re-election to continue fighting for our basic rights and a higher quality of life in Washington and beyond.

Other Candidates

Other Candidates - Tiffany Smiley

Sen. Murray faces more than a dozen challengers this year. The most prominent among them is Tiffany Smiley, a triage nurse running on a MAGA Republican platform. Smiley has never held public office but she previously worked on Capitol Hill.

Other Candidates - Tiffany Smiley

Sen. Murray faces more than a dozen challengers this year. The most prominent among them is Tiffany Smiley, a triage nurse running on a MAGA Republican platform. Smiley has never held public office but she previously worked on Capitol Hill.

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal is running for re-election in the 7th Congressional District. She has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic justice, 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, and this year secured $31 million in federal funding for community projects in the Seattle area, including housing, sciences, education, and the environment. 

     

    Since her election to Congress in 2016, Jayapal has resisted the Trump administration and conservative extremists 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, which would provide a path to citizenship for young DACA recipients. She also introduced legislation to expand collective bargaining and provide relief to workers and businesses during the pandemic. More recently, she has called for a national women's strike in response to the Supreme Court's ban on abortion and the curtailing of reproductive freedom across the country. Jayapal is also seeking to codify a transgender bill of rights to protect our country from the erosion of trans civil rights. 

     

    Jayapal is responsive to her constituents and has held over 100 town halls during her time in Congress. She is the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and has been one of the strongest progressive advocates in Washington for the needs of all in this country. Pramila Jayapal has earned your vote.

    Pramila Jayapal

    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 justice, and civil liberties. Rep.

    Pramila Jayapal

    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 justice, and civil liberties. Rep.

  • Endorsed By: Equal Rights Washington, OneAmerica Votes, The Stranger, Washington State Labor Council , Planned Parenthood Action Fund, League of Conservation Voters, NARAL, Black Lives Matter PAC, Everytown for Gun Safety Fund

Other Candidates

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Jayapal faces three challengers this year. Republican Cliff Moon is an oceanographer who states that he's running against "political correctness" and for American freedom. His website is unavailable as of July 13.

CD 7 other candidates

Jayapal faces three challengers this year. Republican Cliff Moon is an oceanographer who states that he's running against "political correctness" and for American freedom. His website is unavailable as of July 13.

  • Democrat Steve Hobbs is running to retain his position as secretary of state for the remainder of the two-year term. He is a first-generation Japanese American and 30-year member of the military, serving tours in Kosovo and Iraq before becoming a lieutenant colonel in the Washington Army National Guard.

    Hobbs was appointed as secretary of state in November of last year after Kim Wyman resigned to join the Biden administration. Prior to his appointment, he served four terms in the Washington state Senate representing the 44th Legislative District. His voting record was consistently progressive on social issues and more conservative on taxes, environmental issues, and workers' rights.

    During his first eight months in office, Hobbs has been laser-focused on protecting our electoral systems from attacks. He has used his background in national security to partner closely with the Department of Homeland Security to stop digital threats to our voting systems, both foreign and domestic. Hobbs also understands the challenge misinformation poses to the integrity of our elections. He has been working to set up a division within his office specifically to combat misinformation and wants to work closely with social media companies to ensure they take down dangerous conspiracy theories.

    As many things re-open from the pandemic, Hobbs is committed to restarting his office's voter outreach program. He is very enthusiastic about a trusted messenger program he's launching to utilize community leaders to talk about the importance of voting. He also wants to improve outreach to reduce the racial disparities in rejected ballots because of signature mismatches.

    The only issue of concern with Hobbs is his personal opposition to ranked choice voting. During our interview, he shared that he's concerned about implementing a complicated new voting system at a moment of low trust in our elections. He is particularly concerned that voters like his mother, who speaks English as a second language, will have a difficult time learning and participating in the new system.

    Hobbs made a compelling case that the secretary of state must adapt to the new and complex challenges of running modern elections. Hobbs is a good choice if you're looking for someone with national security experience to safeguard and rebuild trust in our electoral system.

    Steve Hobbs

    Democrat Steve Hobbs is running to retain his position as secretary of state for the remainder of the two-year term.

    Steve Hobbs

    Democrat Steve Hobbs is running to retain his position as secretary of state for the remainder of the two-year term.

  • Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson is running as a nonpartisan candidate to bring an independent voice to the secretary of state's office. Anderson served on the Tacoma City Council before running for county auditor in 2009 and winning re-election three times. As Pierce County auditor, which is a nonpartisan position, she has administered dozens of elections while also overseeing licensing and public record-keeping.

    Anderson is running as a nonpartisan candidate because she believes political parties shouldn't be involved in running elections they are simultaneously trying to win. Her campaign priorities include supporting more local races becoming nonpartisan, increasing access to voting and election information, and improving election security. She wants to translate the voters' pamphlet into 10 languages, going beyond what is mandated by the Voting Rights Act. She also wants to conduct risk-limiting audits in all 39 Washington counties and "pre-bunk" rumors to increase confidence in our state's election systems.

    While Hobbs spoke more about using cybersecurity to protect our elections, Anderson leaned on her professional expertise to describe ways to expand our democracy. She believes, for example, that the state should redouble its efforts to reach voters with disabilities. By using a secure, expert-vetted electronic ballot similar to those used for overseas military voters, Anderson sees a path forward to reach those who don't always have access to vote.

     

    During our interview, Anderson expressed support for ranked choice voting because she believes it will allow candidates to break through our two-party political system. She supports grants for local jurisdictions that are interested in trying ranked choice voting so that it's not unduly expensive for local governments, and so that auditors can learn more about how to manage and implement it.

    Anderson offers voters an experienced option if they are looking for an independent to administer our state's elections.

    Julie Anderson

    Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson is running as a nonpartisan candidate to bring an independent voice to the secretary of state's office. Anderson served on the Tacoma City Council before running for county auditor in 2009 and winning re-election three times.

    Julie Anderson

    Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson is running as a nonpartisan candidate to bring an independent voice to the secretary of state's office. Anderson served on the Tacoma City Council before running for county auditor in 2009 and winning re-election three times.

  • Endorsed By: Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility
  • Democrat

    Javier Valdez

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  • Rep. Javier Valdez is running for the 46th Legislative District Senate seat. Valdez was appointed to the state House in 2017 and was re-elected in 2018 and 2020. He also served as the first president of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees (AFSCME Council 2).

    In Olympia, Valdez has worked to find equitable, progressive solutions to problems facing residents in his district. He supported legislation to prevent discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status and advocated for requiring the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    This year, Valdez sponsored several successful bills that protect our communities, including as the prime sponsor of the law to restrict ghost guns. He also sought to provide safe places for civic discourse by banning guns in settings like school board meetings and supported an alert system for missing Indigenous people.

    Valdez deserves credit for sponsoring the middle housing bill, which would have provided more housing options around transit, and the wealth tax, which aimed to finally make the extraordinarily wealthy residents of Washington pay their share into education, transportation, and more. These two bills will be critical progressive priorities in the coming years.

    Valdez is running against King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Gross. His platform includes making housing more affordable and tackling homelessness in the district. There is much to appreciate about Gross' platform - he wants to end exclusionary zoning and gradually increase the housing supply with duplexes or triplexes. He also wants to see more investments into the state Housing Trust Fund and mental health care.

    While Gross is progressive, Valdez has swept nearly every endorsement from a broad spectrum of progressive organizations and elected officials. This reflects both the breadth of his platform and his experience in lawmaking and legislative leadership. Valdez is the best choice in this race.

    Javier Valdez

    Rep. Javier Valdez is running for the 46th Legislative District Senate seat. Valdez was appointed to the state House in 2017 and was re-elected in 2018 and 2020. He also served as the first president of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees (AFSCME Council 2).

    Javier Valdez

    Rep. Javier Valdez is running for the 46th Legislative District Senate seat. Valdez was appointed to the state House in 2017 and was re-elected in 2018 and 2020. He also served as the first president of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees (AFSCME Council 2).

  • Democrat

    Gerry Pollet

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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. Pollet's background as an attorney and educator has enhanced his policy work on the issues of climate change, equitable education, and government transparency.

    In the Legislature, Pollet has been a reliable vote for protecting the environment and for education. This session, Pollet sponsored bills to restrict untraceable ghost guns and limit carrying weapons in public places such as school board meetings. In addition, he supported a wealth tax, which would have been a big step toward making the state's extremely wealthy pay their share for the resources we all depend on. In previous years, he sponsored a bill to require the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 and bills to lower class sizes and offer free community college.

    While Pollet has been excellent on environmental issues, we were extremely disappointed that he was an obstacle to important legislation related to housing affordability. The "missing middle" housing bill, sponsored by Rep. Batemen, would have given Washingtonians more housing options by increasing density near transit lines. As the chair of the Local Government Committee, Pollet used his position to water down this bill with amendments in a way that would exempt much of his district. This isn't the first time Pollet has opposed important legislation that would reduce the cost of housing. In previous years, he also weakened or blocked bills that would allow homeowners to build and rent backyard cottages. We hope Pollet reconsiders his position on these bills to alleviate the crushing cost of housing for residents of his district.

    Gerry Pollet

    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.

    Gerry Pollet

    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.

  • Hadeel Jeanne is a longtime resident of the 46th whose campaign is focused on the experiences of everyday working people and parents in the district, many of whom struggle to afford rising rents and home prices.

    Jeanne wants to address a suite of issues around housing, including increasing middle housing and social housing, making shelters safer, and providing rent stabilization. Next to housing, her top priority is transportation. With two new light rail stations in the district, Jeanne wants to see more bus routes to help people get to and from the stations to reduce the need to drive to them. Finally, Jeanne believes the Legislature can do much more to flip the state's upside-down tax code so that the wealthy finally pay their share into the community resources we all rely on.

    Though she does not have significant community leadership or elected experience, she is passionate about solving these issues for the community. In our interview with Jeanne, we were impressed by her energy and willingness to tackle tough issues. 

    Regrettably, Jeanne announced on July 12 that she was suspending her campaign for family reasons, though she will still appear on the primary ballot. If she makes it through the primary she would still appear on the November ballot.

    Hadeel Jeanne

    Hadeel Jeanne is a longtime resident of the 46th whose campaign is focused on the experiences of everyday working people and parents in the district, many of whom struggle to afford rising rents and home prices.

    Hadeel Jeanne

    Hadeel Jeanne is a longtime resident of the 46th whose campaign is focused on the experiences of everyday working people and parents in the district, many of whom struggle to afford rising rents and home prices.

  • Endorsed By: The Urbanist
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  • Melissa Taylor is running for Position 2 in the 46th Legislative District to work on affordable childcare, equitable education funding, and public safety. She is the treasurer of the King County Democrats and has worked with Persist PAC on a unique policy of contributing to candidates to offset childcare costs associated with campaigning. Taylor has also served on the board of League of Women Voters and the Olympic View and Jane Addams PTA, as well as Indivisible and several other organizations.

    Taylor discussed a wide range of progressive policies during our interview. She discussed how as a victim of violent crime, she knows that the best path forward for public safety is not performative punishment but addressing the root causes of crime. Rather than see her story be co-opted as a narrative for more militarized police in our communities, she believes that community investment is the best solution. She believes universal basic income, available and affordable housing, and a public health approach to gun violence would make communities safer and more whole. Taylor also sees climate action, flipping the state's upside-down tax code, and affordable child care as big priorities if elected.

    Her years of leadership in Democratic and progressive organizations have earned her many endorsements from elected officials and progressive organizations, notably in labor. Taylor is a good choice if you're looking for a candidate with institutional knowledge and a long track record of progressive activism.

    Melissa Taylor

    Melissa Taylor is running for Position 2 in the 46th Legislative District to work on affordable childcare, equitable education funding, and public safety.

    Melissa Taylor

    Melissa Taylor is running for Position 2 in the 46th Legislative District to work on affordable childcare, equitable education funding, and public safety.

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  • Darya Farivar is running for the 46th Legislative District, Position 2 to bring a keen eye to the intersection of policy and marginalized experiences. She is the public policy director with Disability Rights Washington, an organization that provides free services to people with disabilities and protects and advances the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Farivar has also served as co-chair of the Seattle Women's Commission, policy chair of the State Special Education Advisory Council, and is currently a board member of Peyvand, which supports Iranian students at UW.

    A focus on disability rights runs through Farivar's campaign, from her priorities in housing, criminal justice reform, health care, and more. In our interview, Farivar stated that she wants to build up diversion programs and ensure accessible housing units for people experiencing homelessness, noting that 40 percent of homeless people report having a disability. Farivar also makes the interesting point that disabilities cut across partisan lines and she would be willing to work across the aisle to move forward legislation that works for everyone. She wants to see investments in robust mass transit, including infrastructure to get people to the district's three light rail stops, and would be very supportive of transit-centered housing.

    Farivar is also one of two candidates of color in the race, and if elected states that she would be the first Middle Eastern woman serving in Olympia. As the daughter of refugees, she wants to establish a commission for Middle Eastern affairs to help the Legislature work in unison with Middle Eastern communities.

    If you're looking for a candidate whose experience would center underrepresented voices and ensure truly accessible services and housing for all, Farivar would be a good choice.

    Darya Farivar

    Darya Farivar is running for the 46th Legislative District, Position 2 to bring a keen eye to the intersection of policy and marginalized experiences.

    Darya Farivar

    Darya Farivar is running for the 46th Legislative District, Position 2 to bring a keen eye to the intersection of policy and marginalized experiences.

  • Democrat

    Lelach Rave

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    Evergreen Future
  • Pediatrician Dr. Lelach Rave is running for office to bring mental health, youth and family health, and education to the forefront of the Legislature's agenda. She is the legislative chair for the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has spent years in Olympia advocating for policies like paid family leave, feeding kids through Breakfast After the Bell, and creating the Washington Vaccine Association.

    Rave is one of two physicians running for Legislature this year alongside fellow 46th District candidate Nancy Connolly. Her approach to a physician joining the House is a bit different from Connolly's. Because of her pediatric focus, Rave highlighted the need to support both kids and parents in this burgeoning mental health crisis. She noted that we can accelerate hiring much-needed mental health staff statewide by lowering the administrative burden on health care workers, especially lower-paid staff. She was also the only candidate in our interviews to discuss the importance of special education, noting that the state is behind by millions of dollars in funding special education, and that special needs kids fell even further behind than neurotypical kids in the pandemic.

    Outside of her health-related policies, Rave wants to see additional investments in the Housing Trust Fund, more low- and middle-income housing, reduction of fossil fuels, and more.

    Rave emphasized that with the retirement of Eileen Cody, there are no physicians in the Legislature. Rave is a good choice if you are looking for a candidate with the experience and drive to advocate for community health care for children and families. 

    Lelach Rave

    Pediatrician Dr. Lelach Rave is running for office to bring mental health, youth and family health, and education to the forefront of the Legislature's agenda.

    Lelach Rave

    Pediatrician Dr. Lelach Rave is running for office to bring mental health, youth and family health, and education to the forefront of the Legislature's agenda.

  • Endorsed By: SEIU Local 925
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  • Dr. Nancy Connolly is running to prioritize the district and state's need for better mental health care access, housing-first solutions to homelessness, and more affordable housing. Connolly has worked as a primary care physician for 20 years and has the unique experience of providing care for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Seattle, Renton, and Shoreline. She also serves on the board of Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness and on the policy committee of Healthcare is a Human Right - Washington.

    Connolly notes that the retirement of Rep. Dave Frockt means the House needs more mental health advocates. Like Farivar, Connolly says that there is a great need for point-of-engagement services; providers need to meet people where they're at or offer more distributed sites rather than only centralized ones. Connolly wants to see more investment in peer navigators and care managers.

    Connolly says that there should be no detention without rehabilitation services. However, we have some concerns about her emphasis on pouring more money into a law enforcement system she herself describes as "egregiously inequitable and extremely ineffective." While most of the other candidates articulated specific ways that law enforcement needs to be accountable, Connolly offered less specific paths forward on this critical issue. Connolly joined her peers in pledging to support any reasonable legislation that would finally balance our state's upside-down tax code and would support bold action to address climate change.

    Connolly is a good choice if you're looking for a candidate new to politics with medical expertise and direct experience with people experiencing homelessness.

    Nancy Connolly

    Dr. Nancy Connolly is running to prioritize the district and state's need for better mental health care access, housing-first solutions to homelessness, and more affordable housing.

    Nancy Connolly

    Dr. Nancy Connolly is running to prioritize the district and state's need for better mental health care access, housing-first solutions to homelessness, and more affordable housing.

  • Nina Martinez is running to leverage her experience in building safe and equitable communities for the benefit of all. She is the board chair of the Latino Civic Alliance, an organization that supports equity for Latinos through opportunities in career paths, livable wages, and education. Martinez has spent over a decade working with legislators and in the community to pass legislation like I-940, which requires law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, first aid, and mental health training. Martinez has also served on several of Gov. Inslee's task forces, including Independent Investigations of Police Use of Force, Hate Crime Advisory Working Group, and Agricultural Labor Rights.

    In our interview with Martinez, she was the most outspoken about community safety from gun violence. Like fellow candidate Rave, Martinez mentioned the need to support parents and noted that when dealing with gun violence, parents need social services and programs to work effectively with their kids. She said the Legislature also needs more creative workforce programs, like apprenticeships, as well as a nuanced approach to housing that reflects the needs of everyone, whether they're evicted, not able to sustain their income, or any other situation. Martinez was surprisingly critical of some incumbent Democrats when it came to workers' rights, despite significant legislation moving forward in recent years.

    As one of two women of color in the race, Martinez wants to ensure that the voices of the Latinx community, especially farmworkers, are heard in Olympia. Martinez would be a good choice if you are looking for an activist voice who has worked to support police accountability and would prioritize apprenticeships in Olympia.

    Nina Martinez

    Nina Martinez is running to leverage her experience in building safe and equitable communities for the benefit of all. She is the board chair of the Latino Civic Alliance, an organization that supports equity for Latinos through opportunities in career paths, livable wages, and education.

    Nina Martinez

    Nina Martinez is running to leverage her experience in building safe and equitable communities for the benefit of all. She is the board chair of the Latino Civic Alliance, an organization that supports equity for Latinos through opportunities in career paths, livable wages, and education.

  • Endorsed By: Sage Leaders