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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: 2024-06-25

    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.

  • 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, investing in infrastructure like broadband, roadways, and parks, lowering the cost of prescription medicine, and strengthening voting rights. 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 and child care, 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: 2024-07-08

    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, investing in infrastructure like broadband, roadways, and parks, lowering the cost of prescription medicine, and strengthening voting rights. 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 and child care, 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 Candidates

Other Candidates - CD 10

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

Other Candidates - CD 10

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

  • 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 he has won some of the biggest and most consequential legal cases in Washington history.

    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 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 "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.

    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: 2024-07-08

    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 he has won some of the biggest and most consequential legal cases in Washington history.

    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 he has won some of the biggest and most consequential legal cases in Washington history.

    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 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 "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.

    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 he has won some of the biggest and most consequential legal cases in Washington history.

Other Candidates

Other Candidates - Governor

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.

Other Candidates - Governor

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.

  • 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 included serving five terms in the state House representing Legislative District 17, 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, lowering 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: 2024-06-24

    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 included serving five terms in the state House representing Legislative District 17, 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, lowering 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.

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  • Democrat Steve Hobbs is running for another term as Washington 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 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 Secretary of State.
    Last updated: 2024-07-08

    Steve Hobbs

    Democrat Steve Hobbs is running for another term as Washington 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 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 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 Secretary of State.

    Steve Hobbs

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

Other Candidates

Other Candidates - Secretary of State

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.

Other Candidates - Secretary of State

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.

  • 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: 2024-06-24

    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 State Auditor.
    Last updated: 2024-06-27

    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 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, Sen. Dhingra has been a strong advocate for addressing gender-based violence. She sponsored bills to establish a task force dedicated to missing and murdered Indigenous women’s cases, to strengthen legal procedures in sexual assault cases, and 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 the transparency Ferguson demonstrated in office and ensuring that the office collaborated 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. We lean slightly toward Dhingra for Attorney General.
    Last updated: 2024-07-09

    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, Sen. Dhingra has been a strong advocate for addressing gender-based violence. She sponsored bills to establish a task force dedicated to missing and murdered Indigenous women’s cases, to strengthen legal procedures in sexual assault cases, and 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 the transparency Ferguson demonstrated in office and ensuring that the office collaborated 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. We lean slightly toward Dhingra 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 U.S. 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, and defending 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: 2024-07-11

    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 U.S. 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, and defending 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: 2024-07-11

    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

Other Candidates - Lands Commissioner

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.

Other Candidates - Lands Commissioner

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.

  • Incumbent Chris Reykdal is running for a third term in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. 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, increase 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 rate have affected enrollment rates in public schools. Despite this challenge, he was proud that districts have been able to make gains in other areas like retaining teachers of color. He identified the decrease in state funding for public schools, 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 building stronger 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 earned strong support from educators across the state and has earned your vote for re-election.
    Last updated: 2024-07-10

    Chris Reykdal

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

    Incumbent Chris Reykdal is running for a third term in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. 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, increase 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 rate have affected enrollment rates in public schools. Despite this challenge, he was proud that districts have been able to make gains in other areas like retaining teachers of color. He identified the decrease in state funding for public schools, 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 building stronger 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 earned strong support from educators across the state and has 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.

  • 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 had built and managed a large non-profit and 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: 2024-07-11

    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 had built and managed a large non-profit and 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 partnerships, 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 partnerships, 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: 2024-06-28

    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

Other Candidates - Insurance Commissioner

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.

Other Candidates - Insurance Commissioner

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.

Legislative Races

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

  • Sen. T'wina Nobles is running for re-election for the 28th Legislative District Senate seat to continue her outstanding work in Olympia. Nobles is the president and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League, an organization that helps underserved communities navigate difficult economic times. She has worked in education for 15 years as an instructor, University Place School Board Director, and PTA leader.

    As chair of the Senate Higher Education, Workforce Development Committee, she has dedicated herself to improving the lives of students across the state. Nobles sponsored a bill signed into law this year that will help youth in foster care thrive by providing them access to financial literacy education and banking. She also sponsored bills this session to increase access to free meals for students in need, establish collective bargaining rights for employed students, and make financial aid more accessible for postsecondary school students. As the only Black member of the Senate, Nobles has worked hard to improve equity for all in the state.

    If elected, Nobles wants to increase pay for teachers, reduce class sizes, and work to make schools more inclusive and equitable. She knows more needs to be done to ensure families in the 28th LD are healthy and safe, which she believes includes gun violence prevention, addiction recovery and mental health resources, and better health care access.

    Nobles faces a challenge from Republican Maia Espinoza. She has served on the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and is the executive director and founder of the Center for Latino Leadership, a civic engagement organization.

    This is Espinoza's fourth run for public office, with failed runs for Lakewood City Council, state representative, and Superintendent of Public Education. Espinoza's previous campaigns have been newsworthy for a lawsuit against her for false claims about her opponent's stance on comprehensive sexual health education, which Espinoza has stood against despite research showing healthier outcomes for students who learn about consent and their own health. She was also dinged in her 2020 race against Reykdal for falsely listing her organization as a nonprofit when it didn't meet the criteria. Her brief list of policy priorities this year includes right-wing dog whistles involving parental rights, which conservatives have used this year to try and siphon off public funding for private schools and enact book bans.

    Nobles has been a standout progressive leader and has earned your vote for re-election to the state Senate.
    Last updated: 2024-07-08

    T'wina Nobles

    Sen. T'wina Nobles is running for re-election for the 28th Legislative District Senate seat to continue her outstanding work in Olympia. Nobles is the president and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League, an organization that helps underserved communities navigate difficult economic times.

    Sen. T'wina Nobles is running for re-election for the 28th Legislative District Senate seat to continue her outstanding work in Olympia. Nobles is the president and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League, an organization that helps underserved communities navigate difficult economic times. She has worked in education for 15 years as an instructor, University Place School Board Director, and PTA leader.

    As chair of the Senate Higher Education, Workforce Development Committee, she has dedicated herself to improving the lives of students across the state. Nobles sponsored a bill signed into law this year that will help youth in foster care thrive by providing them access to financial literacy education and banking. She also sponsored bills this session to increase access to free meals for students in need, establish collective bargaining rights for employed students, and make financial aid more accessible for postsecondary school students. As the only Black member of the Senate, Nobles has worked hard to improve equity for all in the state.

    If elected, Nobles wants to increase pay for teachers, reduce class sizes, and work to make schools more inclusive and equitable. She knows more needs to be done to ensure families in the 28th LD are healthy and safe, which she believes includes gun violence prevention, addiction recovery and mental health resources, and better health care access.

    Nobles faces a challenge from Republican Maia Espinoza. She has served on the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and is the executive director and founder of the Center for Latino Leadership, a civic engagement organization.

    This is Espinoza's fourth run for public office, with failed runs for Lakewood City Council, state representative, and Superintendent of Public Education. Espinoza's previous campaigns have been newsworthy for a lawsuit against her for false claims about her opponent's stance on comprehensive sexual health education, which Espinoza has stood against despite research showing healthier outcomes for students who learn about consent and their own health. She was also dinged in her 2020 race against Reykdal for falsely listing her organization as a nonprofit when it didn't meet the criteria. Her brief list of policy priorities this year includes right-wing dog whistles involving parental rights, which conservatives have used this year to try and siphon off public funding for private schools and enact book bans.

    Nobles has been a standout progressive leader and has earned your vote for re-election to the state Senate.

    T'wina Nobles

    Sen. T'wina Nobles is running for re-election for the 28th Legislative District Senate seat to continue her outstanding work in Olympia. Nobles is the president and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League, an organization that helps underserved communities navigate difficult economic times.

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

    Since joining the Legislature in 2019, Leavitt has focused on improving education, safeguarding democracy, and advocating for veterans and military families. She sponsored successful bills this year to protect election workers from harassment and death threats, assign the Washington Military Department to help residents in extreme weather events, and provide education to schools to prevent youth drug overdoses and addiction. She also sponsored a bill to help veterans and military families access workforce training after their assignments.

    Her opponent is Marine Corps veteran and Republican Gabe Sachwitz. Like many conservatives, he says that laws should be examined through the lens of the Constitution, but he offers little detail about how that would affect policies he would support in the Legislature. He also states that policies should be "widely acceptable" to the public and that legislators shouldn't support "random changes," though again he gives no specific examples of actual policies or laws with which he has concerns. As of early June, he has no concrete examples of what he would seek to accomplish as a lawmaker.

    Leavitt has worked hard to support military families' benefits, fund local projects like toxic "forever chemicals" cleanup in Lakewood, and more. She is the best and most experienced choice in this race.
    Last updated: 2024-07-08

    Mari Leavitt

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

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

    Since joining the Legislature in 2019, Leavitt has focused on improving education, safeguarding democracy, and advocating for veterans and military families. She sponsored successful bills this year to protect election workers from harassment and death threats, assign the Washington Military Department to help residents in extreme weather events, and provide education to schools to prevent youth drug overdoses and addiction. She also sponsored a bill to help veterans and military families access workforce training after their assignments.

    Her opponent is Marine Corps veteran and Republican Gabe Sachwitz. Like many conservatives, he says that laws should be examined through the lens of the Constitution, but he offers little detail about how that would affect policies he would support in the Legislature. He also states that policies should be "widely acceptable" to the public and that legislators shouldn't support "random changes," though again he gives no specific examples of actual policies or laws with which he has concerns. As of early June, he has no concrete examples of what he would seek to accomplish as a lawmaker.

    Leavitt has worked hard to support military families' benefits, fund local projects like toxic "forever chemicals" cleanup in Lakewood, and more. She is the best and most experienced choice in this race.

    Mari Leavitt

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

  • Incumbent Representative Dan Bronoske is running for another term in Legislative District 28, House Position 2. Additionally, Bronoske has served as a Pierce County and Lakewood firefighter for two decades and is an active union member. He is also a delegate on the Pierce County Central Labor Council Delegate and a member of the Pierce College EMS Advisory Board.

    In office, Bronoske has been a champion of working people and community safety. Last session, he supported bills to strengthen gun safety in our communities, add legal protections against certain forms of sexual assault, and ensure oil pipelines do not harm our ecosystems. Bronoske’s top campaign priorities include continuing to improve community safety, reducing the cost of living, and supporting local small businesses.

    Republican Mark Herr is challenging Bronoske for his seat from the right. He emphasizes police and law enforcement as the main tools to address homelessness, which represents only a band-aid approach to a complex challenge. Unfortunately, Herr provides voters with few details about his campaign priorities or how he would achieve results in office.

    Rep. Dan Bronoske is a strong advocate for community progress and he deserves your vote for another term in the 38th Legislative District’s House Position 2
    Last updated: 2024-07-08

    Dan Bronoske

    Incumbent Representative Dan Bronoske is running for another term in Legislative District 28, House Position 2. Additionally, Bronoske has served as a Pierce County and Lakewood firefighter for two decades and is an active union member.

    Incumbent Representative Dan Bronoske is running for another term in Legislative District 28, House Position 2. Additionally, Bronoske has served as a Pierce County and Lakewood firefighter for two decades and is an active union member. He is also a delegate on the Pierce County Central Labor Council Delegate and a member of the Pierce College EMS Advisory Board.

    In office, Bronoske has been a champion of working people and community safety. Last session, he supported bills to strengthen gun safety in our communities, add legal protections against certain forms of sexual assault, and ensure oil pipelines do not harm our ecosystems. Bronoske’s top campaign priorities include continuing to improve community safety, reducing the cost of living, and supporting local small businesses.

    Republican Mark Herr is challenging Bronoske for his seat from the right. He emphasizes police and law enforcement as the main tools to address homelessness, which represents only a band-aid approach to a complex challenge. Unfortunately, Herr provides voters with few details about his campaign priorities or how he would achieve results in office.

    Rep. Dan Bronoske is a strong advocate for community progress and he deserves your vote for another term in the 38th Legislative District’s House Position 2

    Dan Bronoske

    Incumbent Representative Dan Bronoske is running for another term in Legislative District 28, House Position 2. Additionally, Bronoske has served as a Pierce County and Lakewood firefighter for two decades and is an active union member.

  • Rep. Melanie Morgan is running for re-election for the 29th Legislative District, House Position 1. Morgan is an Army veteran who was elected to the Franklin-Pierce School Board in 2015 and worked with Young Life to create a mentorship group for young Black men, focusing on participation in STEM fields. Since taking office in 2019, she has been an advocate for representation and equity in Olympia where she has served as the deputy majority floor leader.

    As someone who has experienced homelessness, Morgan has focused her efforts in the Legislature on ensuring Washingtonians stay healthy and housed. She was the primary sponsor of the successful effort to establish a state department of housing that aims to tackle the enormous need for homelessness prevention and increasing housing options. She has also worked to secure funding for a new Parkland/Spanaway homeless shelter, rental assistance, and charity care for those who need medical services but are struggling to afford them. In addition, Morgan has focused on supporting bills that provide food assistance to needy families, capped the cost of insulin, and increased public transportation options in Pierce County.

    We are concerned about recent reports that Morgan "engaged in abusive and bullying conduct" while in office. Leaders of the House Democrats are waiting for the completion of her appeal before taking any action. Pending the outcome of the investigation, at the current time of writing, Morgan is more qualified than her opponent in terms of a real strategy and experience about how to make and pass policies that affect the people of the district. She is currently the best option for the 29th Legislative District.
    Last updated: 2024-07-08

    Melanie Morgan

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

    Rep. Melanie Morgan is running for re-election for the 29th Legislative District, House Position 1. Morgan is an Army veteran who was elected to the Franklin-Pierce School Board in 2015 and worked with Young Life to create a mentorship group for young Black men, focusing on participation in STEM fields. Since taking office in 2019, she has been an advocate for representation and equity in Olympia where she has served as the deputy majority floor leader.

    As someone who has experienced homelessness, Morgan has focused her efforts in the Legislature on ensuring Washingtonians stay healthy and housed. She was the primary sponsor of the successful effort to establish a state department of housing that aims to tackle the enormous need for homelessness prevention and increasing housing options. She has also worked to secure funding for a new Parkland/Spanaway homeless shelter, rental assistance, and charity care for those who need medical services but are struggling to afford them. In addition, Morgan has focused on supporting bills that provide food assistance to needy families, capped the cost of insulin, and increased public transportation options in Pierce County.

    We are concerned about recent reports that Morgan "engaged in abusive and bullying conduct" while in office. Leaders of the House Democrats are waiting for the completion of her appeal before taking any action. Pending the outcome of the investigation, at the current time of writing, Morgan is more qualified than her opponent in terms of a real strategy and experience about how to make and pass policies that affect the people of the district. She is currently the best option for the 29th Legislative District.

    Melanie Morgan

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

  • Rep. Sharlett Mena is running unopposed for re-election on her strong record from her first term representing the 29th Legislative District. Mena has a deep background in both public service and community organizing. She currently works at the Washington State Department of Ecology advancing environmental justice, protecting clean air and water, and implementing climate action. She co-created Voter Turnup in 2021, an organization led by people of color to spur voter turnout and civic engagement. Notably, she also served on the boards of Progreso, Planned Parenthood, and Fuse Washington, which produces this guide.

    In the Legislature, Mena has worked hard to secure rights for all Washingtonians. She was the prime sponsor of the bills to improve the Voting Rights Act, ban hog-tying by law enforcement, and expand existing pay equity protections under Washington’s anti-discrimination laws.

    Mena has had an impressive first term and has earned your vote to continue representing the 29th Legislative District.
    Last updated: 2024-07-08

    Sharlett Mena

    Rep. Sharlett Mena is running unopposed for re-election on her strong record from her first term representing the 29th Legislative District. Mena has a deep background in both public service and community organizing.

    Rep. Sharlett Mena is running unopposed for re-election on her strong record from her first term representing the 29th Legislative District. Mena has a deep background in both public service and community organizing. She currently works at the Washington State Department of Ecology advancing environmental justice, protecting clean air and water, and implementing climate action. She co-created Voter Turnup in 2021, an organization led by people of color to spur voter turnout and civic engagement. Notably, she also served on the boards of Progreso, Planned Parenthood, and Fuse Washington, which produces this guide.

    In the Legislature, Mena has worked hard to secure rights for all Washingtonians. She was the prime sponsor of the bills to improve the Voting Rights Act, ban hog-tying by law enforcement, and expand existing pay equity protections under Washington’s anti-discrimination laws.

    Mena has had an impressive first term and has earned your vote to continue representing the 29th Legislative District.

    Sharlett Mena

    Rep. Sharlett Mena is running unopposed for re-election on her strong record from her first term representing the 29th Legislative District. Mena has a deep background in both public service and community organizing.

  • Democrat Ryan Mello is running for Pierce County executive. Mello currently chairs the Pierce County Council and previously served on the Tacoma City Council for nine years. Mello is an environmental champion who worked as executive director of the Pierce Conservation District, and he has served on a number of local committees focused on transportation and the climate. He was also Tacoma's first openly gay council member.

    Mello has been an important and effective progressive leader in Pierce County. As a county council member, he has worked to improve housing affordability, fight climate change, and reduce injustice in the criminal legal system. Now, he is campaigning on a vision to address community needs and raise the quality of life for all Pierce residents. If elected, he wants to support family-wage jobs, improve public safety, and invest in public transportation, parks, and public greenspaces.

    Mello is running against conservative Republican Rep. Kelly Chambers, who currently serves the 25th Legislative District in Olympia. First elected to the Legislature in 2018, Chambers has consistently voted the Republican Party line in the Legislature. She supports banning abortion and has consistently voted against women's health protections. She opposed commonsense laws to reduce gun violence in our communities. Finally, she voted against legislation to protect our clean air and water and opposed workers' rights and labor union protections.

    Pierce County deserves a leader who will bring us together and fight for our everyday needs. Ryan Mello is the clear choice for Pierce County Executive.
    Last updated: 2024-07-11

    Ryan Mello

    Democrat Ryan Mello is running for Pierce County executive. Mello currently chairs the Pierce County Council and previously served on the Tacoma City Council for nine years.

    Democrat Ryan Mello is running for Pierce County executive. Mello currently chairs the Pierce County Council and previously served on the Tacoma City Council for nine years. Mello is an environmental champion who worked as executive director of the Pierce Conservation District, and he has served on a number of local committees focused on transportation and the climate. He was also Tacoma's first openly gay council member.

    Mello has been an important and effective progressive leader in Pierce County. As a county council member, he has worked to improve housing affordability, fight climate change, and reduce injustice in the criminal legal system. Now, he is campaigning on a vision to address community needs and raise the quality of life for all Pierce residents. If elected, he wants to support family-wage jobs, improve public safety, and invest in public transportation, parks, and public greenspaces.

    Mello is running against conservative Republican Rep. Kelly Chambers, who currently serves the 25th Legislative District in Olympia. First elected to the Legislature in 2018, Chambers has consistently voted the Republican Party line in the Legislature. She supports banning abortion and has consistently voted against women's health protections. She opposed commonsense laws to reduce gun violence in our communities. Finally, she voted against legislation to protect our clean air and water and opposed workers' rights and labor union protections.

    Pierce County deserves a leader who will bring us together and fight for our everyday needs. Ryan Mello is the clear choice for Pierce County Executive.

    Ryan Mello

    Democrat Ryan Mello is running for Pierce County executive. Mello currently chairs the Pierce County Council and previously served on the Tacoma City Council for nine years.

  • Pierce County Sheriff’s Office’s chief of patrol, Patti Jackson, is running to replace retiring Sheriff Ed Troyer. She has served in law enforcement for 35 years and has held multiple leadership positions within the sheriff’s department. She also works with the City-County Opioid Task Force and the National Association on Mental Illness.

    Jackson is running an inclusive, non-partisan campaign to bring accountability, responsiveness, and transparency to the office. Some of her ideas include establishing community advisory boards for the department, making budgets and resource allocation plans public, engaging mental health professionals for crisis response, and investing in preventative support for youth rather than early punitive responses. Jackson also wants to work on healing law enforcement’s long legacy of violence against marginalized communities, and she wants to invest in de-escalation training, bias reduction work, and cultural competency curriculums. Her vision for the office goes beyond typical public safety ideas to address how all residents can feel safer in Pierce County.

    Patti Jackson is the best choice for Pierce County Sheriff.
    Last updated: 2024-07-10

    Patti Jackson

    Pierce County Sheriff’s Office’s chief of patrol, Patti Jackson, is running to replace retiring Sheriff Ed Troyer. She has served in law enforcement for 35 years and has held multiple leadership positions within the sheriff’s department.

    Pierce County Sheriff’s Office’s chief of patrol, Patti Jackson, is running to replace retiring Sheriff Ed Troyer. She has served in law enforcement for 35 years and has held multiple leadership positions within the sheriff’s department. She also works with the City-County Opioid Task Force and the National Association on Mental Illness.

    Jackson is running an inclusive, non-partisan campaign to bring accountability, responsiveness, and transparency to the office. Some of her ideas include establishing community advisory boards for the department, making budgets and resource allocation plans public, engaging mental health professionals for crisis response, and investing in preventative support for youth rather than early punitive responses. Jackson also wants to work on healing law enforcement’s long legacy of violence against marginalized communities, and she wants to invest in de-escalation training, bias reduction work, and cultural competency curriculums. Her vision for the office goes beyond typical public safety ideas to address how all residents can feel safer in Pierce County.

    Patti Jackson is the best choice for Pierce County Sheriff.

    Patti Jackson

    Pierce County Sheriff’s Office’s chief of patrol, Patti Jackson, is running to replace retiring Sheriff Ed Troyer. She has served in law enforcement for 35 years and has held multiple leadership positions within the sheriff’s department.

  • Endorsed By: Pierce County Democrats, Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Other Candidates

Pierce County detective Craig Gocha is also in this race. Gocha has worked in law enforcement and military posts for 20 years, including positions with the National Guard and the U.S. Marshals Service, and he has also worked in private sector security. He currently serves as the vice president of the Pierce County Deputy Sheriffs Guild. Gocha is running with a typically conservative approach to public safety. His vision is more focused on apprehension, aggressive policing, and incarceration. However, we know that our communities are strongest when we invest in preventative policy and incarceration alternatives so that everyone has an opportunity to access justice and lead a life of dignity.

Cyndie Fajardo, who has held multiple leadership positions in the sheriff’s department, is now seeking the top role. She has spent 36 years with the Pierce County sheriff’s office, including serving as the deputy sheriff. Fajardo is also the former president of the Pierce County Deputy Sheriff's Guild. Her platform echoes the War on Drugs rhetoric and does not address the most pressing safety issues in our community such as climate change or gun violence. Instead, Fajardo seems to believe her decades of law enforcement, without a specific vision for the position, is enough to lead the county.

Also in this crowded race is former Seattle police captain Keith Swank, who is running on a platform centered on his experience putting people behind bars and cracking down on peaceful protests. He offers no policy ideas for the leadership position but is running with a more right-wing vision that fails to realize what keeps our communities safe. Pierce County residents deserve a sheriff who is more focused on safety than punishment.

Darin Harris has worked in the military, law enforcement, and firefighting, and he currently serves the Department of Defense as a federal police officer. Harris is running on a thin platform that emphasizes his values and his desire to add more police and corrections officers to the payroll.

Mike Csapo, a Pierce County sergeant and patrol supervisor, is also running for Pierce County Sheriff. Csapo has spent nearly four decades in law enforcement, including with the University of Washington Police Department, the U.S. Army Military Police, and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Csapo has echoed conservative fearmongering about crime rates while proposing increasing militarized policing as the only solution. He wants to engage the community but only to create civilian police forces. He is not a good choice in this race.

Other Candidates - Pierce County Sheriff

Pierce County detective Craig Gocha is also in this race. Gocha has worked in law enforcement and military posts for 20 years, including positions with the National Guard and the U.S. Marshals Service, and he has also worked in private sector security.

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

  • Democratic incumbent and former teacher Jani Hitchen is running for another term in the Pierce County Council representing District 6. Prior to running for council in 2020, she taught in public schools across the county, specializing in biology, physical science, and technology. She has also chaired the Tacoma Pierce County Board of Health, served on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People Task Force, and been an active union member for the Washington Education Association, among other community leadership roles.

    In her first term, Hitchen worked to be a champion for youth, survivors of sexual assault, and Pierce residents struggling with housing affordability. She helped pass legislation to bring in $15 to 20 million in annual funding for new affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, and emergency shelters across the county. She is running for re-election to protect the region’s drinking water, provide affordable childcare options, expand addiction support services, and engage mental health professionals in crisis response.

    Hitchen has earned your vote for re-election to the Pierce County Council from District 6.
    Last updated: 2024-07-11

    Jani Hitchen

    Democratic incumbent and former teacher Jani Hitchen is running for another term in the Pierce County Council representing District 6. Prior to running for council in 2020, she taught in public schools across the county, specializing in biology, physical science, and technology.

    Democratic incumbent and former teacher Jani Hitchen is running for another term in the Pierce County Council representing District 6. Prior to running for council in 2020, she taught in public schools across the county, specializing in biology, physical science, and technology. She has also chaired the Tacoma Pierce County Board of Health, served on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People Task Force, and been an active union member for the Washington Education Association, among other community leadership roles.

    In her first term, Hitchen worked to be a champion for youth, survivors of sexual assault, and Pierce residents struggling with housing affordability. She helped pass legislation to bring in $15 to 20 million in annual funding for new affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, and emergency shelters across the county. She is running for re-election to protect the region’s drinking water, provide affordable childcare options, expand addiction support services, and engage mental health professionals in crisis response.

    Hitchen has earned your vote for re-election to the Pierce County Council from District 6.

    Jani Hitchen

    Democratic incumbent and former teacher Jani Hitchen is running for another term in the Pierce County Council representing District 6. Prior to running for council in 2020, she taught in public schools across the county, specializing in biology, physical science, and technology.

  • Endorsed By: Washington Conservation Action, UFCW 3000, Washington Education Association, Pierce County Democrats, Pierce County Central Labor Council

Other Candidates

Danny Hankins, a film industry professional, is mounting a challenge to Hitchen in his first bid for public office. Hankins serves on the Chamber of Commerce board and was previously a member of the Tacoma Business Council. Despite running as a Democrat, Hankins’ platform is closer to that of a moderate Republican. If elected, he wants to provide more funding for militarized policing, which he sees as the solution to our housing crisis rather than real investments in permanent and emergency housing. Hankins supports a bold raise to the minimum wage so that working Pierce residents can keep up with the rising cost of living, yet he opposes progressive revenue ideas that many of his Democratic colleagues support. Hankins does not have the experience or demonstrated track record of leadership that Hitchens offers in this race.

Another challenger in this race is Republican Loujanna "LJ" Rohrer, a Steilacoom Historical School Board director. Rohrer has a professional background as a senior legislative assistant in Olympia and as a staff member of the Pierce County Council. She is running on a typically conservative platform that blames the county’s issues on those struggling the most. If elected, Rohrer wants to maintain our upside-down tax code while cutting funding for key public services. Pierce County residents deserve a leader who will prioritize bold community action that will benefit everyone, not just the wealthy few.
  • 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: 2024-07-14

    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 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 bipartisan support and wants to serve as a “balance” if elected.