National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

Constance McBarron

  • Carolyn Long seeks to inspire women to run for office

    Carolyn Long speaks at the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington training in Vancouver to help women overcome hurdles to running for office. Steve Dipaola for The Columbian

    Carolyn Long wants to talk about the power of losing. About how campaigning is a journey, not just a destination. About how keeping an eye on the broader reasons for running for office — serving the public, inspiring others, enacting a shared vision — can help keep a loss in perspective.

    Photo caption: Carolyn Long speaks at the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington training in Vancouver to help women overcome hurdles to running for office. Credit: Steve Dipaola for The Columbian.

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  • Thurston County 2019 Questionnaires

     

    If you are a new candidate requesting an endorsement if you are running for a new position, please use one of these questionnaires:

    >>2019 New Candidate Endorsement Request

    >>2019 New Candidate Endorsement Request (Judicial)

     

    If you are a previously endorsed candidate requesting an endorsement for the same position we endorsed you for, please use one of these questionnaires:

    >>2019 Previously Endorsed Candidate Endorsement Request

    >>2019 Previously Endorsed Candidate Endorsement Request (Judicial)

     

    If you have any questions or difficulties with the questionnaire, please contact info[at]nwpcwa.org.


  • Snohomish County 2019 Questionnaires

     

    If you are a new candidate requesting an endorsement if you are running for a new position, please use one of these questionnaires:

    >>2019 New Candidate Endorsement Request

    >>2019 New Candidate Endorsement Request (Judicial)

     

    If you are a previously endorsed candidate requesting an endorsement for the same position we endorsed you for, please use one of these questionnaires:

    >>2019 Previously Endorsed Candidate Endorsement Request

    >>2019 Previously Endorsed Candidate Endorsement Request (Judicial)

     

    If you have any questions or difficulties with the questionnaire, please contact info[at]nwpcwa.org.


  • Pierce County 2019 Questionnaires

     

    If you are a new candidate requesting an endorsement if you are running for a new position, please use one of these questionnaires:

    >>2019 New Candidate Endorsement Request

    >>2019 New Candidate Endorsement Request (Judicial)

     

    If you are a previously endorsed candidate requesting an endorsement for the same position we endorsed you for, please use one of these questionnaires:

    >>2019 Previously Endorsed Candidate Endorsement Request

    >>2019 Previously Endorsed Candidate Endorsement Request (Judicial)

     

    If you have any questions or difficulties with the questionnaire, please contact info[at]nwpcwa.org.


  • 2019 SW Washington Questionnaires

     

    If you are a new candidate requesting an endorsement if you are running for a new position, please use one of these questionnaires:

    >>2019 New Candidate Endorsement Request

    >>2019 New Candidate Endorsement Request (Judicial)

     

    If you are a previously endorsed candidate requesting an endorsement for the same position we endorsed you for, please use one of these questionnaires:

    >>2019 Previously Endorsed Candidate Endorsement Request

    >>2019 Previously Endorsed Candidate Endorsement Request (Judicial)

     

    If you have any questions or difficulties with the questionnaire, please contact info[at]nwpcwa.org.


  • King County 2019 Questionnaires

     

    If you are a candidate requesting an endorsement for a new position you have not held before, please use one of these questionnaires:

    >>2019 New Candidate Endorsement Request

    >>2019 New Candidate Endorsement Request (Judicial)

     

    If you are a previously endorsed candidate requesting an endorsement for the same position we endorsed you for in the past, please use one of these questionnaires:

    >>2019 Previously Endorsed Candidate Endorsement Request

    >>2019 Previously Endorsed Candidate Endorsement Request (Judicial)

     

    If you have any questions or difficulties with the questionnaire, please contact info[at]nwpcwa.org


  • published Endorsement Questionnaires by LEAC in Get Endorsed 2019-03-15 10:29:26 -0700

    Hello and thank you for requesting our endorsement. 

    Currently, our Local Endorsement Action Committees (LEACs) exist in Clark, Cowlitz, King, Kitsap, Pacific, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties. Candidates in other counties will be interviewed by the state endorsement committee. The LEACS and state endorsement committee recommends candidates to the NWPC-WA State Steering Committee, which then votes to endorse them.

    For the appropriate application, please select the county that represents your district/jurisdiction. If your district/jurisdiction straddles between two or more counties, just choose one and we'll ensure all of the right people receive your application. If your county is not listed or if you are running for a statewide position, please select "Statewide or Other Counties."


    LINKS TO APPLICATIONS

    Clark County

    Cowlitz, Pacific, and Wahkiakum Counties

    King County

    Kitsap County

    Pierce County

    Snohomish County

    Thurston County

    Statewide and Other Counties


  • published Emily Randall in Our Success Stories 2019-02-06 15:01:04 -0800

    Emily Randall

    State Senate 26th LD

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  • published Our 2019 Endorsements 2019-02-06 14:20:31 -0800

    Our 2019 Endorsements: We're Building the Future

     

    2019 may be an "off year" for federal races, but it's a big year for the city, county, and school board elections that are often the positions via which women enter politics. Check back often as we roll out our endorsements for this year!

     


    Are you running for office and seeking an endorsement? We're scheduling interviews! You'll find helpful information on our Get Endorsed page. 


    Volunteers Wanted
    The endorsement process requires a great deal of volunteer assistance. If you're interested in participating on an interview team, or organizing one, your help would be appreciated. For more information, please email info[at]nwpcwa.org.


    SHORTCUT TO ENDORSEMENTS BY POSITION

    CITY POSITIONS

    COUNTY POSITIONS

    STATE POSITIONS

    JUDICIAL POSITIONS

    SCHOOL BOARD POSITIONS


    CITY POSITIONS

     

    Carolyn Moulton
    Carolyn Moulton

    Anacortes City Council

    Position 6

    Carolyn Moulton was appointed to City Council in April 2019. She serves on the Skagit County Homeless Housing Plan Task Force, the Anacortes Housing Affordability and Community Services Committee, and the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee. She has also served on the Anacortes Parks Foundation and the Anacortes Community Forest Advisory Board. Carolyn works diligently to help legislate environmentally and socially responsible policies to increase the availability of affordable housing and enhance the connectivity of Anacortes’ multi-modal transportation network. Carolyn holds a BA in English and manages a bicycle shop. She supports Planned Parenthood because all women deserve access to affordable health care and reproductive freedom of choice.

    Barbara Tolbert
    Barbara Tolbert

    Arlington Mayor

    Barb has served as Arlington's mayor for eight years, during that time Barb has advocated for economic equity in the community and a seat at the table for anyone who wants to participate. The community has changed with five women on the seven person city council, and women in senior management roles at the City. Barb has regularly participated in forums to help women who desire leadership positions. Including the EVCC women's day panel for the past two years. Barb believes in giving back to the community and currently mentors elementary age girls in a local school. Barb believes the best ideas are not tied to gender but rather a compassionate and intellectual approach to solving problems without unintended consequences.

    Michele Blythe
    Michele Blythe

    Arlington City Council

    Position 4

    Michele was appointed Vice-Chair of the Civil Service Commission for the city Arlington, and is member of the Board of Directors for the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce. Michele has enjoyed a successful career in the banking industry for 30 years, where she managed millions of dollars in deposits and loans while mentoring hundreds of staff. She has consistently been an advocate for coaching others to achieve their dreams. Working in this industry gave her the opportunity to help advance the careers of many women. Having been a single mom herself for several years gave her the insight of the many challenges women can encounter. Michele has demonstrated strong passion about animal welfare by supporting several local organizations. Her favorite, N.O.A.H. (Northwest Organization for Animal Help). During her banking career, she worked her way up from a teller position and was continually promoted to positions of increased responsibility such as Chief Operations Officer, Retail District Manager and Vice President. She is a Graduate of the Retail School of Banking, an extension of Furman University in South Carolina. She has volunteered on a variety Boards pertaining to Government Affairs, Chambers of Commerce and Non-profits. She believes her passion to serve and help others in conjunction with her successful career has prepared her as she runs for City Council of Arlington.

    Kirsten Hytopoulous
    Kirsten Hytopoulos

    Bainbridge Island City Council

    Position 1

    Kirsten Hytopoulos’ interest in an alternative to the traditional winner-take-all approach to the practice of law began in law school where, as Student Bar Association president, she worked with the administration to reduce the high pressure, adversarial nature of the academic environment. After working as a criminal prosecutor and a college instructor, Kirsten took time off from the law to focus on raising her three young children and to work on local political issues, ultimately serving four years on the Bainbridge Island City Council. Following her own divorce, Kirsten returned to the practice of law, choosing to focus on collaborative divorce, a process that she believes equalizes the playing field between divorcing spouses and ensures that the needs of lower earning spouses -- who are disproportionately women – are fully considered and addressed.

    Leslie Schneider
    Leslie Schneider

    Bainbridge Island City Council

    Position 4

    A graduate of UCLA (BA Communications), Leslie has worked on sustainability and local economy starting in 1992 volunteering for Sustainable Seattle and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economy. She helped start Jackson Place Cohousing, providing leadership for the construction of 27 homes and common spaces. She moved to Bainbridge Island in 2009; in 2011 she co-founded OfficeXpats, a coworking shared office and collaborative hub for independent professionals. OfficeXpats won the Chamber of Commerce small business of the year award for support of the community. Leslie served on the boards of Sustainable Bainbridge and the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation. In the 2017 election, she co-sponsored a fundraising event for Sherry Appleton. On May 1, 2018 Leslie was sworn in for a vacated Bainbridge City Council seat (competing against 10 other applicants). If elected, she will continue creating affordable housing, sustainable transportation, and climate responsibility/resiliency.

    Candy Bonneville
    Candy Bonneville

    Battle Ground City Council

    Position 3

    Candy Bonneville has an Associates degree in Management and Supervisory Development from Portland Community College. She has worked as a supervisor in a Fortune 500 company for over 25 years. Candy has run for office once before in 2015, Battle Ground City Council Position 7. Candy has a 10-year history working as a board member with the 18th legislative district Democrats, 4+ years as chair of that organization.

    Janice Zahn
    Janice Zahn

    Bellevue City Council

    Position 5

    Janice was elected in 2017 to Bellevue City Council. She is an immigrant from Hong Kong with double Masters in Structural Engineering and Public Administration from the University of Washington. She has led Construction Management for the Port of Seattle for over a decade. Janice is on Youthlink Board, Disability Board and Sister Cities Association. Regionally she serves on the King County Flood District, 405/167 and Eastside Transportation Partnership boards. She shaped Transportation policy with the Comprehensive Plan, Vision Zero, Pedestrian and Bicycle Initiatives while on Bellevue Transportation Commission. She is an Advance Bellevue, Leadership Eastside and Leadership Tomorrow alumni. Janice helps others succeed. A mother of two daughters, Janice has served on several PTA boards, as a Girl Scout leader for over 10 years, led PEPs groups for new parents, and volunteered with local organizations committed to children and families, homelessness and food insecurity.

    Jennifer Robertson
    Jennifer Robertson

    Bellevue City Council

    Position 7

    Jennifer is a municipal attorney, a mom, a Girl Scout Leader and a three-term member of the Bellevue City Council. She is seeking her fourth term in 2019. Jennifer’s regional council assignments focus on public safety, land use and transportation. She represents Bellevue on the Medic One Task Force, the King County Growth Management Planning Council, the Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board and serves Sound Cities as an alternate on the Domestic Violence Initiative Task Force.


    Jennifer is an attorney specializing in land use and municipal law with the firm Northwest Urban Law PLLC. Over the course of her legal career, Jennifer has served as legal counsel to over 20 Washington municipalities. Prior to being elected to the Council, Jennifer served on the Bellevue Planning Commission for six years, including serving as Chair. She also co-chaired Bellevue’s Light Rail Best Practices Committee. In addition to her work for Bellevue, Jennifer helped establish an affordable housing project for homeless veterans on her church property. She has long served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and volunteer for Bellevue schools. Her husband is a small business owner. They have three daughters who range in age from 14 to 21.

    April Barker
    April Barker

    Bellingham Mayor

    Dual Endorsement

    April Barker moved to Bellingham in 1999 to complete her Master’s degree and now is an educator, small business owner, and member of the Bellingham City Council. In 2016, she dove into the Women’s Economic Security (WES) work with the Whatcom County League of Women Voters, where she helped develop positions that build equity into future League work by advocating to close the women’s wealth gap and ensure women have what they need to be successful. Working with the League to recognize the intersectionality of race and gender, April helped the WES group evolve into the Racial Equity/Healthy Democracy Committee, which advocates for better inclusion of women of color in the League’s positions and leadership. April believes that children, family and caregiving issues are women’s issues--she works to improve access to housing and childcare, and she advocates for basic worker protections for the predominantly female caregiving workforce. April will keep these issues front and center as Mayor.

    Pinky Vargas
    Pinky Vargas

    Bellingham Mayor

    Dual Endorsement

    Pinky first became a Bellingham City Council member to be a voice for women, the environment and social justice. She has served as President of City Council, Chair of the Finance Committee and Lake Whatcom Natural Resources. She is currently Chair of Community and Economic Development and is focused on the huge challenges of Housing, Homelessness, and Economic Development. She has a vision of a vibrant, healthy city and urges us to work together for solutions to ensure everyone feels safe, has housing, jobs and opportunity.

    Active in her community, Pinky serves on the Boards for Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Bellingham Partnership, and Whatcom Tourism. Pinky has been a champion in her community for equity and civil rights for LGBTQ, immigrants, women, the environment, reducing incarceration and economic vitality.

    Hollie Huthman
    Hollie Huthman

    Bellingham City Council

    At Large

    Hollie Huthman is a successful Downtown Bellingham business owner and employer, musician and active community member. She's also spent over a decade in the banking industry, three years serving as the chair of the board of directors of Make.Shift art space and has been involved with our vibrant music community in multiple ways. One of her most fulfilling service activities has been as a volunteer for the Bellingham's Girls Rock camp. Her education in Sociology with a focus on Criminology and combination of experiences in business, the local creative community, banking, and downtown Bellingham life gives her a unique combination of perspective that will be valuable to our city council. Hollie cares deeply about being a champion of women's issues and removing barriers to the success and health of women in our society through ways such as increasing affordable housing, increasing available living wage jobs, reducing incarceration, and promoting affordable childcare and early learning.

    Hollie Huthman
    Ashanti Monts-Treviska

    Bellingham City Council

    Ward 3

     "I am Ashanti" are the first words that Ashanti ever expressed myself at age of four. That was the first understanding Ashanti had about self before they develop a relationship with English and its relational view of the world. Because of this experience, Ashanti have thought outside the box and without box when it comes to learning new things about life or about how we interact with people. As a native Floridian, Ashanti was exposed to various cultures that led themself to experience their whole being as a cultural-linguistic intersectional womxn authentically. Speaking American Sign Language (ASL) is their holistic language to convey their true essence and how they share their own learning processes in understanding of the reality of the current social-cultural climates on the community level. Ashanti's experience of graduate studies had empowered and INpowered self to unpack self on a deeper level. Ashanti gained insights of inner creativity, transformative justice, and mindfulness from the journey of obtaining master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology and certificate in Spiritual Psychology from Sofia University. 

    Lisa Anderson
    Lisa Anderson

    Bellingham City Council

    Ward 5

    Lisa Anderson is a community advocate and volunteer. As a Bellingham Planning Commissioner, she balances competing demands of businesses, development, environmental integrity while respecting the expertise and inclusion of neighborhoods in shaping their city as they grow. As a neighborhood board member, she led zoning changes to build apartments for low-income seniors. She led a successful campaign to close a drug harboring motel that impacted the health and safety of her community. She advocates for urban villages specifying inclusion of affordable housing and safe accessible transit. As a homelessness single mom she worked her way through community college to earning her M.Ed. Lisa is a proud union member of AFSCME at Whatcom Community College where she assists student’s to reach their educational goals. When elected as a Bellingham City Councilor, she will be a strong leader for smart growth, the environment, living wage jobs, and protecting the health and safety of her community.

    Kristiana de Leon
    Kristiana de Leon

    Black Diamond City Council

    Position 5

    Kristiana de Leon was first inspired to contribute to her community through public office because of the leadership of such women as Senator Patty Murray. This inspiration was most recently renewed when Kristiana had the honor of campaigning in the 2018 election for an array of empowering women candidates. As a candidate for Black Diamond City Council and alumnus of the RunVoteLead training, Kristiana plans to use this seat to advocate for greater language and policies around equity and inclusion, including for women, LGBTQI+ people, and communities of color. Most recently, along with other women in the community, Kristiana drafted and advocated for a joint “inclusion proclamation” between the Maple Valley City Council and Tahoma School Board. Indeed, as a public school employee, including as a teacher, Kristiana has striven to find ways in which she could use her positions to advocate on behalf of young women.

    Davina Duerr
    Davina Duerr

    Bothell City Council

    Position 6

    Davina Duerr graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree and works at a local architecture firm. Her community involvement includes serving as Chair of Bothell’s Landmark Preservation Board and Vice President of the Northshore Schools Foundation Board. In 2016 she was elected to the Bothell City Council and is the Deputy Mayor. Currently Davina serves on PRSC’s Transportation Policy Board, WSDOT Executive Advisory Board and has served on the Domestic Violence Initiative Task Force. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Sound Cities Association. Davina believes that the best way to advocate for women is to show them what’s possible and to support them in their goals. She was part of hiring a female city manager and enthusiastically supports Bothell’s new Diversity and Inclusion staff committee promoting the hiring and support of women and minorities. She actively seeks out women for city boards and commissions and city council.

    Sofia Aragon
    Sofia Aragon

    Burien City Council

    Position 6

    Sofia Aragon is the Executive Director of the Washington Center for Nursing, a 501(c)(3) that which works to improve the health of Washington through nursing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington; a BS in Nursing from Seattle University, and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University-Chicago School of Law. Sofia serves on the board of directors for the WA Low Income Housing Alliance with the goal of addressing the homelessness crisis and Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Empowerment. She is currently the 2nd Vice Chair of the 34th District Democrats, services as PCO, and has served as an Obama Delegate in 2012. Sofia has advocated for women’s issues throughout her career. In her former role as Policy Manager for the WA State Department of Health, she worked on efforts to continue funding family planning and Title X programs. As Governmental Affairs Adviser for the WA State Nurses Association, she worked in coalition with NARAL Pro-Choice WA and Planned Parenthood to protect women’s rights. In her current role of Executive Director, she has the opportunity to engage the WCN in Nursing Now!, a global initiative to raise awareness of nursing’s impact to advance economic equity for women worldwide.

    Adair Hawkins
    Adair Hawkins

    Carnation City Council

    Position 1

    Adair Hawkins is passionate about service and advocating for families, women and children. She works as a Registered Dental Hygienist and is married to a local Fire Fighter. They have 4 children. The reason she will be running for Carnation City Council, position #1 is because through volunteering, she has learned that women in leadership create positive change. Adair has had the opportunity to work in public health, the Good Neighbor Fund, (which provides money for groceries, gasoline and rent to local low-income families,) and is a leader for the Carnation Elementary PTSA committee which focuses on advocating children with special needs and children whom English is a second language. This will be the first time Adair is running for an elected position and is looking forward to listening to community members who have not always had a voice.

    Tracey Yeager Blackburn
    Tracey Yeager Blackburn

    Carnation City Council

    Position 3

    A Chicago native transplanted to Seattle, Washington, Tracey Yeager Blackburn has found herself in many roles. Parent, caregiver, patient advocate, cancer researcher, storyteller, and corporate professional. Adding widow to her list was not planned, but has helped her create a new path that validates the grieving process while carving out a new niche of self-realization. She has masterfully taken her experiences as a successful corporate marketing professional turned caregiver and patient advocate into an opportunity to share that life is not always what you plan. Today, she is continuing her passion for public service by running for Carnation City Council Position #3 where she hopes to support and contribute to the community she has lived in for the past 10 years. Prior public service roles include her serving on the City of Carnation’s Planning Board from 2014 – 2017. Tracey’s blog can be found at traceyblackburn.net and on Twitter at @TheOnlyTraceyB.

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    Luisa Bangs

    Des Moines City Council

    Position 2

    Council member Luisa Bangs is from Spokane, Washington. She majored in Business Administration completing 3 years of college Luisa has had several management positions: Assistant manager with a California branch of Household Finance, experiencing first hand the practice of redlining Hispanic communities behind the scenes. This experience led her to focus on inspiring people of color, especially women from various cultural backgrounds to engage in the political process, to understanding how our city government works.

    Luisa has lived in Des Moines since 1996; been active in the community, volunteering on the Arts Commission and the Police Chief’s Advisory Board, was appointed to City Council in 2015 and then elected in 2016, and serves on the SCA Regional Law Safety and Justice Committee. She continues to work to educate her community on how our city government works and how their contributions make positive changes.

    Diane Buckshnis
    Diane Buckshnis

    Edmonds City Council

    Position 4

    Dual Endorsement

    Diane Buckshnis seeks a third term Edmonds’ City Council Member. Buckshnis has a proven record of listening and advocating for women, children and minorities. Diane’s record reflects a consistent strong voice and effective legislation for: governmental and financial transparency, environment, and community empowerment. Buckshnis spear-headed financial transparency through revamped financial and budget reporting and crafting financial policies and procedures. To save Mother Earth, Diane has sat on the Water Resource Area Inventory 8 Salmon Recovery Council for nine years. She was instrumental in listing the Edmonds Marsh on WRIA 8 priority list making it eligible for competitive grants. During Diane’s tenure, formal City Board and Commissions have been formed: The Diversity, Youth, and Housing Commissions and Tree Board. Resolutions passed relating to Racism, Diversity, Tax exemptions for Affordable Housing, Domestic Violence, Safe Streets, Gun Violence and more.

    Jenna Nand
    Jenna Nand

    Edmonds City Council

    Position 4

    Dual Endorsement

    Jenna Nand is an attorney, small business owner, and a first time political candidate. She is a grassroots activist for the Democratic Party and serves as Vice-Chair for the 32nd District Democrats. Jenna provides pro bono legal representation to men and women seeking asylum status to avoid deportation. I plan to advocate for women by ensuring increased access to services for women experiencing homelessness in my community. I am strongly pro-choice and am proud to be a feminist.

    Alicia Crank
    Alicia Crank

    Edmonds City Council

    Position 5

    Alicia Crank is a lifelong Democrat and women empowerment advocate. She has served on several boards and commissions in Silicon Valley and Greater Seattle, including Emerge Washington, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and the KMVT Community Media. Alicia is currently serving her third year on the Edmonds Planning Board and second year as Vice Chair of the Snohomish County Airport Commission. In 2019, Alicia organized the first International Women’s Day event in Edmonds as well as fundraised to have underserved women and girls in the community to see Captain Marvel for free the same day. Her role as a corporate relations officer brings experience and understanding how corporate and nonprofit entities can successfully partner together. Alicia’s previous role as a community leadership director taught her the importance of fostering and maintaining partnerships within the corporate, non-profit, civic and residential communities.

    Susan Paine
    Susan Paine

    Edmonds City Council

    Position 6

    Community leader Susan Paine brings over 30 years of municipal and nonprofit experience to the position, including as a Director of the Edmonds School Board from 2005 – 2011. Paine did her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, and later received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. Susan then had a successful career working in the public and non-profit sectors as a Program Manager and Strategic Adviser in various capacities. Much of her work has included advocating for victims of domestic violence through program development for courts and law enforcement (7 years), worked closely with at-risk youth (12 years), and worked to bring racial and gender equity (5 years) through her work with the city of Seattle. Susan’s community work includes advocating for educational achievement, and environmental issues. Paine’s commitment and her campaign includes inclusive outreach and engagement to all of Edmonds - disrupting how some neighborhoods feel left out of decision making by city government.

    Laura Johnson
    Laura Johnson

    Edmonds City Council

    Position 7

    Community organizer, mom, and small-business owner, Laura Johnson has worked with the community in supporting significant city council actions including the protection of the Edmonds Marsh, a resolution prohibiting the transport of coal and crude oil by rail, a moratorium on the use of crumb rubber on kids play and athletic fields, and legislation requiring safe-storage of firearms. Johnson organized a panel discussion on gun safety legislation, moderated a candidate forum for the local 2018 elections, advocated for a school district resolution against arming teachers and in support of state legislation to prevent gun violence, and organized a Safe Playing Fields outreach event which brought in stakeholders and elected officials from across the Puget Sound. Johnson currently serves as chair of the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission, she served as legislative lead for the Edmonds Group of Moms Demand Action and is a founding member of the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition.

    Liz Vogeli
    Liz Vogeli

    Everett City Council

    Position 4

    Liz Vogeli is a strong advocate for the under-served. She has worked mainly in the field of early childhood education continually supporting and empowering the voices of mothers. Training in areas of behavior, leadership, and classroom management greatly enhances her ability to engage with adults in workplace and political situations. Mentoring women and girls while practicing theater and martial arts has increased her patience and perseverance which is necessary in our fight for justice.

    Brenda Stonecipher
    Brenda Stonecipher

    Everett City Council

    Position 6

    Brenda Stonecipher took office on the Everett City Council in 2004, becoming the only woman member. As a council member, Brenda has distinguished herself as being informed, progressive, and willing to be a minority vote when she believes legislation is not good for Everett residents. Brenda has worked to diversify the Council by recruiting, supporting, and endorsing the candidacies of women running for City Council. Her efforts have led to an historic level of leadership by women in Everett, with three members on Council. Brenda has also supported women running for other elected office, with financial backing, mentoring, and by volunteering her time to canvass neighborhoods on their behalf. Brenda grew up in south Everett, graduating from Cascade High School. She worked her way through college, earning an AA from Edmonds Community College, a BA in English Literature from the University of Washington, and an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the UW. She is a Certified Public Accountant. Over her career, Brenda has held leadership positions as Executive Director, CFO, and CEO at organizations in the region. She currently works as a consultant, providing strategic financial and operational advice to nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound.

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    Susan Honda

    Federal Way City Council

    Position 3

    Susan Honda was elected to the City Council in 2011. Served as chair of the Parks, Rec., Human Services & Public Safety Committee (PRHSPS) for 4 years. She served on the Land Use & Transportation Committee (LUTC). Re-elected in 2015, Honda served on the Finance, Economic Development & Regional Affairs Committee (FEDRAC). She is currently the Deputy Mayor of Federal Way. She is an advocate for volunteer community organizations, Honda attends and supports many events. She served as President; Soroptimists International and has served as Co-President of the Kiwanis Club. Honda also serves as an adviser to the Federal Way High School Key Club. Honda has trained at the Association of Washington Cities and earned the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership. She is a member of the King County Board of Health, a member of the South County Area Transportation Board and a member of the Federal Way Domestic Violence Board. She was recently named State Director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators. Honda feels that it is an honor to serve the citizens of Federal Way and is always available to listen to concerns and issues of the citizens and business owners in the city.

    Jamila Taylor
    Jamila Taylor

    Federal Way City Council

    Position 5

    Jamila, (pronounced JAH-MEE-LAH), is a Federal way attorney who advocates for domestic violence survivors and other crime victims. An experienced regional leader, she has more than 20 years of community involvement and advocacy experience. She has served as a member of the board of directors of several local, regional, and national nonprofits since 1993, including her service on the Federal Way Human Services Commission, and on the boards for the Highline College Foundation and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Jamila has worked in the private sector for small businesses and in nonprofits. Jamila loves connecting community members with resources and opportunities. Most notably, she was the Central Area Network Coordinator for the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative at the Urban League and Therapeutic Health Services.

    Katherine Festa
    Katherine Festa

    Federal Way City Council

    Position 7

    Katherine Festa has lived in Federal Way for 25 years. Katherine's volunteer work includes the Fed Way Coalition Against Trafficking, MMIW WA and The Chief's call for the City of Federal Way Police Department. Katherine leads a weekly support group of women who have experienced trauma, by teaching them to crochet, they open up and have space. Katherine has worked for King County for 17 years as a Housing Coordinator for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. She is a past Chair for the King County Employee Giving Campaign for 14,000 employees that give $2 Mil to over 900 non-profits. She is also a founding member of the King County Native American Leadership Council. In this last position she is able to advise on policy work to help Women of Color/Native Americans get promoted and have special duty positions. Katherine was instrumental in helping the King County Women's Advisory Board with their proposal to Council about the need for affordable childcare in King County.

       

    Michele Kemper
    Michele Kemper

    Issaquah City Council

    Position 2

    Michele Kemper retired after 35+ year career as VP, Chief Compliance Officer with Symetra/Safeco. As the first woman named to VP position at Safeco Life Company in 1995, Michele understands the need for mentoring woman to take a seat in leadership. She is active in mentoring women for leadership roles through her role as a director on several boards including: Junior Achievement, Starlight Foundation, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, and Tiny Footprints/GAPPS. While serving on Issaquah’s Urban Village Development Council and non-profit boards focused on education, youth programs, and local environment, Michele developed an understanding of the important issues impacting our community. She is passionate in addressing vitality of neighborhoods, access to public services, support for local small businesses, and protecting open spaces, parks and outdoor recreation opportunities. Having been mentored through her career, Michele believes in paying it forward to empower woman in government.

    Barbara de Michele
    Barbara de Michele

    Issaquah City Council

    Position 3

    Barbara de Michele has lived in Issaquah for 35 years. During that time, she served professionally as the Director of Public Relations for the Issaquah School District (1985 to 1992), Community Relations Planner for King County Metro (1993 to 2010), and Executive Director for the Issaquah Schools Foundation Healthy Youth Initiative (2010 to 2017). From 1995 to 2003, Barbara served two terms on the Issaquah School Board. In 2004 she ran unsuccessfully for state House of Representatives, as a Democrat. She currently serves as a 5th District Democratic PCO. A lack of mental health awareness and services disproportionately impacts women. Barbara is running for the Issaquah City Council to provide a needed voice for the enhancement of local human and health services, with a focus on promoting and increasing mental health services.

    Victoria Hunt
    Victoria Hunt

    Issaquah City Council

    Position 6

    Council member Victoria Hunt is running to remain on Issaquah City Council. Victoria, appointed in 2018, is passionate about environmental stewardship and about preserving the qualities of Issaquah that residents value. Victoria has a PhD in ecology from University of Illinois. She previously worked as affiliate faculty in the Urban Design and Planning Department of University of Washington, and has consulted for the US Fish & Wildlife Service on large-scale restoration and invasive species management. She is currently a data analyst for Global Good, Intellectual Ventures. Before serving on council, Victoria volunteered for the city’s Planning Policy Commission. Victoria believes in leading by example and supports women by sharing her experience and encouraging civic engagement. Victoria offers the important perspective of a professional mother and wife in a leadership role raising two small children, ages 1 and 4 years old.

    Suzanne Greathouse
    Suzanne Greathouse

    Kenmore City Council

    Position 1

    Dual Endorsement

    Suzanne has over 30 years of experience working with a broad spectrum of individuals, businesses, corporations, and universities. As a highly sought-after consultant and executive at AT&T, Suzanne coached new and experienced leaders, developed and led multicultural/virtual teams, managed complex business environments, and improved motivation and job satisfaction across multiple organizational and cross-functional systems. After retiring from AT&T Suzanne shifted her focus to her community where she serves on the Kenmore Planning Commission, Northshore Senior Center Board, Northshore Fire Department Commission, Kenmore Heritage Society Board, Kenmore Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and volunteers at Mary’s Place family shelter. Suzanne actively represents the underserved in the community. As a City Council member, Suzanne will advocate for women and others needing to be heard by leveraging the knowledge and contacts developed through representing the community in other capacities.

    Melanie O'Cain
    Melanie O'Cain

    Kenmore City Council

    Position 1

    Dual Endorsement

    Melanie O’Cain attended the University of Washington and has worked for the Port of Seattle for 19 years and is currently the Accounting and Financial Reporting Records and Administration Manager and inaugural Chair of the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) Employee Resource Group. WIN has a membership of over 160 Port of Seattle employees its purpose is to promote the advancement, empowerment, equity, and inclusion of women at the Port. She believes women’s medical/reproductive freedom is a human right and integral to a fair and just society. She believes women’s rights are human rights and impact all members of society. These rights must be protected and will stand up and fight for them.

    Corina Pfeil
    Corina Pfeil

    Kenmore City Council

    Position 7

    Corina Pfeil is from Kenmore, WA; a Behavioral Social Health Services Undergrad, and Pre-Public Health at the 4-year Lake WA Tech. College; previous study: additional areas of study: Diversity & Social Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Lifespan Psy; Prior work: Dental/Medical, Lake Washington College; Northshore School District Diversity and Equity Committee; NSD Family and Community Engagement; NSD Nutrition and Fitness Committee, NSD Core Strategic Planning Committee. A proven community leader she passed important legislation, contributed to policy language forming equitable policy to serve as a guide to our community. Recently she passed a Naloxone for schools and college dorms bill. Experienced in leadership, she has the respect of the community. She's willing to engage today's complex tough social issues in today's complex growing changing times. As an elected official she plans to share her voice for women's rights, support other women, and create awareness.

    Lindy Verhei
    Lindy Verhei

    Kennewick City Council

    Position 7

    Lindy was born in Kennewick and graduated from Southridge High School in 2003, then later from WSU Tri- Cities in 2011, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Lindy has worked as a mental health counselor and chemical dependency counselor, and is now a leasing consultant for low income housing. Lindy has the temperament and vision to lead Kennewick into the future, ensuring that all citizens are represented and listened to. In 1995, Lindy’s father was hiking in South Kennewick and was nearly killed when a drunk driver hit him head on. She is passionate about making every place handicap accessible during all seasons, and about ensuring public transportation and ride sharing programs the ability to work unhindered so that no one will have the excuse to drive under the influence. Lindy cares about the community and wants to get more people involved with volunteer organizations.

    Kelli Curtis
    Kelli Curtis

    Kirkland City Council

    Position 2

    Kelli Curtis was appointed to the Kirkland City Council and is running for election. Her experience in Kirkland includes joining the Park Board in 2015 and election to the Houghton Community Council in 2016. She also served on the Kirkland Housing Strategy Advisory Group. As a council member, she sits on the Planning and Economic Development Committee and the Legislative Work Group. Curtis’ early career was in the tech industry as a product manager for companies such as Aldus and Starwave. Later she became a Master Gardener, attended the LWIT Environmental Horticulture program, and launched Pots2Go, a garden design firm. Curtis is an advocate for women in politics and has leadership positions on her campaign for young volunteers. As a council member, Curtis will ensure that city policies support equal pay for women and access to maternal health care. Curtis attended the UW, with a B.A. in Communication and Media Studies and has lived in Kirkland 25 years.

    Amy Falcone
    Amy Falcone

    Kirkland City Council

    Position 6

    Amy Falcone has been an active leader in the Kirkland community for several years, serving in her 3rd year as Human Services Commissioner and 4th year on the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Board. She is also currently PTA President at Thoreau Elementary. As a special needs mom, Amy cares deeply about inclusion in the community. She is running for City Council to ensure that Kirkland remains a great place to live for future generations; by focusing on inclusivity, intentional growth, and community safety. Amy spent over a decade in social science research before moving to Kirkland, focusing on issues such as career advancement of women in the military and sexual harassment and assault in the military. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Sociology and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Temple University, where she also taught an undergraduate Statistics class. She currently lives in the Finn Hill neighborhood with her husband and their three young children.

    Lorri Bodi
    Lorri Bodi

    Lake Forest Park City Council

    Position 2

    Lorri Bodi is an environmental lawyer with years of experience in conservation. She graduated from college and law school with honors, working her way through as a waitress, office assistant, and law clerk. She started out as a lawyer for EPA and NOAA, then left to establish the NW office of American Rivers, where a majority of staff and volunteers were women. Lorri’s ability to work with all kinds of people led to her becoming VP for Environment at Bonneville Power, where roughly half her staff were women. Lorri mentored individuals within and outside her group, and supported both the women’s and tribal resource groups. Along the way, she received a national award for environmental restoration and recognition from several Indian tribes. Now Lorri would like to build on this experience. She has been effective in supporting women and minority employees and bringing together groups of people with divergent views. She will continue to do so as an elected representative for LFP.

    Mary Dickenson
    Mary Dickinson

    Lake Stevens City Council

    Position 4

    I am a retired Spanish and ESL teacher and a longtime volunteer, particularly in organizations that work with children, such as Girl Scouts, PTA, founding member of the Down Syndrome Congress, Friends of the Library, Band Boosters, County-wide school Poster and Essay Contests on Dismantling Racism; working with local ARCs, etc. I have also used my Spanish skills at a local free clinic, ESL Middle School Achievers Program, working with DACA recipients in El Cambio in North Carolina, and when teaching Citizenship classes at a community college. I have always committed myself to doing whatever I can to better my community. I also have marched with Rev. Dr. William Barber and the NAACP Moral Monday marches in North Carolina multiple times and spoken up at State Legislature committee meetings regarding the NC practice of profiling immigrants. I was a founding member of the second chapter of Hispanic American Democrats in North Carolina. My husband and I have two married children and one grandson. We’ve been happily married 52 years.

    Harini Gokul
    Harini Gokul

    Medina City Council

    Position 2

    Harini Gokul is a global technology leader, an investor and an advocate for women and under-represented minorities. Her experience includes driving cloud adoption for tech companies, consulting and financial services. Harini is an investor in the Female Founders Alliance and on the advisory board of Future of Us, an initiative dedicated to accelerating the advancement of women of color. Harini is an international speaker, focusing on diversity, equity, innovation and the future of work.

    Cynthia Adkins
    Cynthia Adkins

    Medina City Council

    Position 4

    Cynthia Adkins currently serves as Mayor of the Medina City Council. Born in Seattle, Cynthia received her law degree from the University of Washington. In 2003, Cynthia co-founded Adkins Black LLP, and she has over 20 years of experience as a business attorney providing counsel to biotechnology companies. Committed to elevating the role of women in biotech and STEM, Cynthia co-founded the Seattle chapter of Women in Bio, a non-profit dedicated to promoting careers, leadership and entrepreneurship for women and girls in life sciences.

    Cynthia first began her public service in Medina in 2014, successfully leading the community group that saved Medina’s Fairweather Park & Nature Preserve. Cynthia was elected to Council in November 2015, and her fellow council members elected her Mayor for 2018-2019. Cynthia represents Medina at the monthly Points’ Community and Lake Washington Mayors’ meetings. Cynthia encourages efficient and iterative problem-solving, and works to minimize negative impacts from regional projects, such as the SR-520 bridge project. Recently, Cynthia led in collaborating with the State on a sound mitigation study for feasible solutions to reduce noise from bridge expansion joints. Cynthia is committed deeply to women’s rights and equality, and, in particular, to recruiting and electing women to office."

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    Wendy Weiker

    Mercer Island City Council

    Position 3

    Council member Wendy Weiker was elected to the Mercer Island City Council in 2015. Her focus areas include environmental conservation, effective growth management, diversity and inclusion, and public safety. She also serves on the King County Emergency Management and Conservation District Advisory Boards. Wendy has over 20 years of professional public relations experience facilitating and leading community engagement programs for private companies and nonprofit organizations. As devoted mother of two teenagers, Wendy is committed to advancing social and economic opportunity for all people to fully realize their potential.

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    Debbie Bertlin

    Mercer Island City Council

    Position 7

    Debbie Bertlin currently serves as Mayor of Mercer Island; she was Deputy Mayor 2016-2017. Her focus and career-long commitment has been on ensuring "good governance" through factual decision-making, transparent and public process, and consensus-based decision making. Debbie has been particularly focused on transportation matters, growth and growth management and has a growing involvement in housing affordability. She currently serves as Chair of the Eastside Transportation Partners, and is Sound Cities Caucus Chair for the King County Growth Management Planning Council. Debbie has had an extensive career in the tech industry. She has lived and worked for Oracle and Microsoft in Central Europe, Africa, and Asia focusing on technical and economic development, government relations, and business/operations management. Most recently she was responsible for strategy and planning for Microsoft's Enterprise and Partner organizations.

    Jill Boudreau
    Jill Boudreau

    Mount Vernon Mayor

    Jill Boudreau has served as Mayor since 2012. She has significantly raised community engagement with weekly Mayors Coffee Hours and transparent communications. She holds a Master of Science Business Administration, Advanced Certificate in Municipal Leadership & All Star Advocacy Award from the Association of Washington Cities. She serves on countywide governing boards including Skagit Transit & Skagit Council of Governments. She was appointed by Governor Inslee to the SR539 Landslide Commission. Under her leadership the City completed a $30 million flood protection project, integrated EMS into the fire service, expanded the municipal fiber optic network, and implemented technology in all departments. Jill is a mentor for women in leadership positions throughout Skagit County assisting in a transformation of the City Council from all male to majority women members. She instituted an “infant at work” policy and increased professional development opportunities for employees.

    Shelley Acero
    Shelley Acero

    Mount Vernon City Council

    Ward 1 Position 1

    Mount Vernon is a great place to live and work. Shelley’s family has lived here for over four decades and they have seen quite a few changes. Shelley’s experience working in local government, by volunteering and being active in my community has given her the opportunity to meet and interact with community members from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and life experiences and she will strive to create an environment where citizens and businesses feel welcomed. It is important to have clean, vibrant neighborhoods where citizens are safe from crime and blight. The last six years Ms. Acero has served on the Mount Vernon Planning Commission and made decisions that create opportunities for businesses and citizens. There are certainly challenges that the City of Mount Vernon faces; the need for more affordable housing and the increasing homelessness issue. These challenges will require transparent leadership that will foster community partnerships not only now, but into our future. Safety, infrastructure and economy are Shelley’s main focus points. This includes affordable housing and development of downtown. Shelley will work for the citizens of Mount Vernon and wishes to thank you for your vote this November!

    Elisabeth Crawford
    Elisabeth Crawford

    Mukilteo City Council

    Position 6

    Elisabeth Crawford is a first generation American and college graduate. She spent a significant amount of time in Mexico through part of her childhood and young adult life. She is bilingual and bicultural; qualities that she hopes to bring to Mukilteo’s City Council. She was motivated to pursuit public service as a way to give back to the community that she loves. Currently she serves on the Parks and Arts Commission and is currently seeking position 6 of the City Council. Her background is in Public Health, and has experience in the public and private sector. She plans to bring her scientific background and private sector experience to Mukilteo, in form of fact based decision-making and problem solving urgency. Elisabeth is humbled by all the support she has received from her community so far, especially from women. In the future she would like to pay if forward by motivating and helping young women seeking public office.

    Kathleen Sherry
    Kathleen Sherry

    Normandy Park City Council

    Position 5

    Kathleen Sherry graduated from the UW with a BA in Business Administration. She studied contract law and earned a Program Management Certificate She retired from The Boeing Company where she was buyer and procurement manager. She has a proven history of working in a budget-driven, schedule sensitive environment. She retired to become a care giver to family members. Kathy participates in city & church volunteer projects: planning, organizing, coordinating events that contribute to the quality of family life. She is married and has one surviving son and 3 grandchildren. This is her first attempt at elected office, but she is an active attendee at City Council meetings and has worked on the Economic Development Committee to assure small businesses are represented equally.

    Heather Koellen
    Heather Koellen 

    North Bend City Council

    Position 3

    Heather has a Bachelor of Science Nursing from University of Washington (Bothell). She is currently a bedside nurse in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center and has worked as registered nurse for 15 years. Her future career goals are to get into nursing management or administration. In 2018 a social justice class inspired her to get involved politically, after learning that nurses are the largest work force in America and that if they band together, they could make great change. She felt the best place to start was on the local level. She is currently running for North Bend City Council Position 3. At this time the North Bend City Council is all male and is in dire need of female representation. Heather has always tried to have a voice for females from being a girl scout leader to encouraging her own daughters not to settle for traditional female roles in the work force and that women can do anything.

    Cheryl Selby
    Cheryl Selby

    Olympia Mayor

    Cheryl was first elected to the Olympia City Council in 2013 and was elected Mayor of Olympia in 2015. Cheryl is known for her optimism, collaboration and diligence. She works hard and values partnerships, seeks out solid information and diverse perspectives, and prioritizes creative and practical solutions. Cheryl was born and raised in Washington state and moved to Olympia in 1994 to raise her family. She volunteered with the Olympia School District, serving as Art Partner, then PTA president, and in 2003 she chaired the successful Olympia School Bond Campaign. Cheryl has served on the governing boards of Sidewalk, Thurston County Chamber, Olympia Downtown Alliance and Olympia Artspace Alliance.

    Cheryl worked for the City of Olympia, first in the Parks and Recreation Department, then as director of the Safe and Sober Driving program
    and the Thurston County Safe Kids Coalition. For 11 years Cheryl operated Vivala, a popular women’s clothing store in Olympia and Tumwater. Cheryl currently works as a Rural Services Director with the Washington Center for Women in Business where she provides complimentary business coaching for South Thurston County residents. Cheryl and her husband Jeff Engle have two lively labradoodles and love spending time with their blended families.

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    Jessica Bateman

    Olympia City Council

    Position 2

    From organizing home care workers to working to empower at-risk youth, Jessica has experience building broad coalitions to improve the lives of people in Olympia. She has spent her career advocating for the most vulnerable. Leading the coalition to pass the Home Fund, passing a Sanctuary City Resolution, and assisting struggling families in Thurston County have all reinforced her commitment to making sure no one is left out or left behind. Jessica grew up in the Pacific Northwest, is a first-generation college graduate, and the daughter of working family parents. As a young person she grew up watching her single mom work to provide for their family. This experience helped shape her perspective and understanding of equity. She is a proud graduate of the Evergreen State College where she earned her graduate degree in Public Administration. In addition to serving on the City Council Jessica works as a policy analyst representing community health centers in Washington state.

    Danielle Madrone
    Dani Madrone

    Olympia City Council

    Position 3

    Dani Madrone has over a decade of experience working on issues in Olympia, including climate change, housing, transportation, food systems, and environmental recovery. As a single mother who once lived paycheck to paycheck, she worked hard to succeed. She studied science, sustainability, and public policy at Evergreen, earning a scholarship from the National Science Foundation. She now has a career working for treaty tribes on Puget Sound recovery, and has built strong connections throughout the community. She wants people to see the Olympia City Council as a partner in solving our biggest problems.

    Helen Wheatley
    Helen Wheatley

    Port of Olympia

    District 1

    Helen Wheatley was voted Thurston County Democrat of the Year in 2018 in recognition of her years of service to the Executive Committee, her environmental and community activism, and her role as a mentor. She currently serves as vice-chair of her Olympia neighborhood association. A former Fulbright scholar with a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, Helen has volunteered for over two decades as an advocate for cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site in Eastern Washington. As an historian, Helen has written and presented on the history of the Deschutes Watershed and its cultural and environmental value. As a candidate for Port Commissioner, Helen emphasizes community inclusion and focus, good governance, environmental sustainability and promoting industries for our carbon-neutral future. When she is elected Commissioner, the Port of Olympia will have majority female leadership for the first time ever, with a woman Executive Director and a women’s majority on the Port Commission.

    Angela Birney
    Angela Birney

    Redmond Mayor

    Angela was elected in 2015 to the council and is the current Redmond City Council President. She has worked to ensure Redmond is a place people want to call home through extensive volunteering in schools and the community, her elected office, and regional work. Since taking office she has actively recruited women for boards and commissions, councils, and state offices. Regionally, among many other positions, she is the vice-chair of the Board of Health and Regional Policy Committee. These appointments allow her to legislate for an equitable distribution of funds throughout King County so that all women and families have access to services. On the Board of Health, she was instrumental in passing legislation that requires Limited Pregnancy Service Centers to post that they are not a health facility. She is a former science teacher, BA Biology and Masters in Education, and has continued her education through Leadership Eastside (’17) and LE Executive Insight (’18).

    Varisha Khan
    Varisha Khan

    Redmond City Council

    Position 1

    Varisha Khan is an activist, whose work has focused on building power for immigrants and American Muslims through organizing, lobbying, politics, PR, and journalism. Born in Dallas, Texas to a middle-class American Muslim family and raised in Woodinville, WA, Ms. Khan received her BA degree from the University of Washington in Communication ⏤Journalism and Political Science in 2017. During the 2016 presidential cycle, Ms. Khan was elected to serve as both one of the youngest Presidential Electors in the historic Electoral College and one of the youngest National Delegates to represent voters from WA State’s 1st Congressional District. While a student at the UW, she helped establish the Middle Eastern Student Commission of ASUW (the Associated Students of the University of Washington) and served as the founding Director. More recently, she is proud of her work at OneAmerica creating political power for marginalized communities, and helping change the media landscape while at CAIR-WA.

    Jessica Forsythe 
    Jessica Forsythe 

    Redmond City Council

    Position 3

    Jessica is a small business owner and works primarily with clients whose core values are to improve the community. Jessica is a thoughtful, creative thinker who takes a holistic approach to every endeavor. A firm believer in being active at the local level, Jessica has seen first-hand the impact one person can have. She was active in grassroots organizing for Washington Voting Rights Act, Automatic Voter Registration, I-1000, and I-1639. Additionally, Jessica texted over 10,000 voters before the 2018 mid-terms having meaningful conversations about the issues facing our nation. Jessica serves on the board of the 48th Legislative District Democrats; is a PCO; Founder of Help Portrait International Redmond Chapter, and co-founded the Seattle Symphony PRIDE contingent. She is also a member of American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered for Planned Parenthood, Special Olympics USA & New Zealand, New Zealand Blood Bank, and served on the board of the League of Women Voters SKC as C3 Treasurer.

    Vanessa Kritzer
    Vanessa Kritzer

    Redmond City Council

    Position 5

    Vanessa Kritzer is a longtime advocate for gender equity, human rights, and environmental justice. She has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to drive innovation that empowers citizens to take action. Vanessa is currently the State Endorsement Co-Chair for NWPC-WA and has loved working to elect women across our state. Now she is excited to have NWPC-WA’s support while running for office herself this year.

    Vanessa has worked at the federal level on international women’s rights and environmental policy. She holds dual MPA-MBA degrees from the University of Washington and was appointed by Governor Inslee to serve as the sole student member of the UW Board of Regents. Most recently, she has been working at Microsoft on public sector technology.

    Raised on the Eastside, Vanessa now lives in Downtown Redmond with her husband and young daughter. She serves on the Redmond Planning Commission and is running for office because she wants to ensure that as Redmond grows it can continue to be a thriving, accessible, and inclusive community. As a working mom, she hopes to bring a unique perspective to the council and show other moms that they can – and should – run for office whenever they are ready.

    Marcie Maxwell 
    Marcie Maxwell 

    Renton Mayor

    Dual Endorsement

    Marcie Maxwell is a proven leader in Renton civics, neighborhoods, business, schools and community organizations. She has strong experience with public policies and budgets plus relationships built in leadership locally, regionally and statewide that will benefit Renton in solving challenges and growing opportunities. Marcie was elected to three terms as State Representative, eight years on Renton School Board, and appointed to Governor Inslee's executive staff. She's worked to get progressive women elected in suburban legislative districts and to get women appointed to boards and commissions. Marcie is an Emerge WA presenter, is on the board of Win With Women WA, and is an active member of Indivisible and Democrats’ groups. As an all-women small business owner, she has mentored diverse young women for success. Marcie will be a strong advocate for women-owned businesses, gender equity, working families, women's health, and connecting women to leading roles in our city and region.

    Ruth Perez 
    Ruth Perez 

    Renton Mayor

    Dual Endorsement

    Ruth Perez was appointed to the Renton City Council in 2014 as its first Hispanic person on City Council and the region’s first appointed Hispanic woman. In 2015, she was elected to complete the term and re-elected in November 2017. She has been strong advocate for the working people of Renton and has not looked back. She has an extensive background in public service and is a progressive leader in Renton. Ruth Perez was voted “Renton’s Best Elected Official” in 2018, "Woman of the Year" in 2016, and received an Achievement Award and an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. She holds a BA in Communications and a Master’s in Business Administration. Ruth Perez is currently running for Mayor of Renton.

    Valerie O'Halloran 
    Valerie O'Halloran 

    Renton City Council

    Position 3

    Dual Endorsement

    Valerie is a child of an Air Force family. Born in Germany, Valerie lived in Turkey and Japan before permanently relocating to the U.S. when she was 10. This early exposure provided her with global perspective, an appreciation for other cultures, and love of all people. At age 15 she started working after school for money to pay for bus fare and clothes. When she graduated from high school Valerie immediately began working full time and never looked back. She has 30 years of professional experience in accounting, financial analysis, and systems and process improvement. Valerie has served Renton for more than 20 years in numerous volunteer roles including nine years on the Board of Directors for the Renton Regional Community Foundation. Valerie is known as a collaborative problem-solver committed to positively impacting people’s lives. Valerie’s unique combination of financial skills and passion for the community makes her the ideal candidate for City Council.

    Linda Smith
    Linda Smith

    Renton City Council

    Position 3

    Dual Endorsement

    Linda M Smith has a BA, Master of Divinity and Transformative Spirituality, Doctorate in Transformational Leadership and Pre-Doctorate in Prophetic Leadership. Linda served as a Human Resources professional, many nonprofit boards advocating for issues of mental health, homelessness, hunger, housing, wages, and other social issues that impact women. She has served over a decade at a shelter for homeless women Seattle and Founder of the Center of Hope for women and children. In the community, she advocates for women rights by speaking with Mayor’s and City Councils officials in various communities, key events and engaging faith leaders in advocating for issues of housing, women rights and matters that affects the livelihood of women. As an elected official Linda’s passion and belief in equality and justice for all will help to shape her agenda by building relationship within the community, identifying issues and raising her voice to advocate for change on behalf of women.

    Kim-Khanh Van
    Kim-Khanh Van

    Renton City Council

    Position 7

    When Kim-Khanh was six years old, her mother took her four kids and fled Vietnam to a frightening refugee camp in the Philippines. Life changed forever when they received a sponsorship from charitable organizations to immigrate to Seattle. Kim-Khanh was the first in her family to graduate college, and then law school. She opened her own law firm helping immigrants find their way through a changing world. Kim-Khanh’s life is all about paying it forward. Her priorities are about supporting women, helping improve our children’s opportunities and working towards equality at all levels. She was recognized as a Youth All Star by the Seattle Mariners for her work with domestic violence and sexual assault awareness. She is a member of the Renton Mayor’s Inclusion Task Force, Renton Rotary, WA State Association for Justice, 33rd District Democrats and NWPC. She volunteers for Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project, Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment, and OneAmerica.

    Lillian Randy Slovic
    Lillian "Randy" Slovic

    Richland City Council

    Position 1

    Randy graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in History. She worked part time for Maryland State Representative Jennie Forehand. Later she joined the legislative staff of Senator Ernest F. Hollings. She then became legislative director to Congressman Lane Evans. At the time, few women held that position. Her legislative areas of responsibility in these offices included, transportation funding, rural development, natural resources, military and veterans’ affairs. She served as a Clinton appointee in the office of Rural Development of the Department of Agriculture. Since moving to Washington State, Randy has worked tirelessly to elect women to offices in the eastern part of the state. She remains concerned that women are underrepresented in both the City Councils in the area and the boards and commissions where many people serve before running for elected office. She will work for more women to be placed in these positions.

    Christie Malchow
    Christie Malchow

    Sammamish City Council

    Position 2

    Dual Endorsement

    Christie is currently serving in fourth year of her 1st term as a City Councilwoman, and her 2nd year as the Mayor. Her education includes a BSE and an MBA with a marketing focus. Prior to her elected status, she served in marketing for Dendreon, a biotech company and a Johnson & Johnson company in the orthopedic sports and spine fields. Currently she is a small business owner with her husband. Christie is an advocate for all residents that she serves, specific to women specifically, she has enthusiastically supported women candidates for both Council and commission appointments, and encourage other women to run for office. She tirelessly demonstrates that women can be multifaceted and provide excellent public service.

    Karen McKnight
    Karen McKnight

    Sammamish City Council

    Position 2

    Dual Endorsement

    Karen has lived in Sammamish for thirty-nine years, loves her city and intends to use her leadership skills to make the city council more effective. She has a bachelors degree in psychology and minors in education and biology. She has been active politically since her twenties as Walla Walla city campaign manager for a Washington state senator, chairperson of a Walla Walla School district school bond election. She has been a board member for YWCA Family Village in Redmond, WA, donated for years to Planned Parenthood, and donated, phone called for, and voted for good female political candidates.. She has been in leadership positions most of her life and is the current president of the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce. She will advocate for equal pay for equal work and paid family leave as an elected official.

    Karen Howe
    Karen Howe

    Sammamish City Council

    Position 4

    A Sammamish resident for 25 years, Karen Howe is a seasoned business leader with more than 20 years of senior management experience and community service. As a former CEO, she has experience leading successful entities while instilling tight financial and operational controls. Karen has managed multi-million-dollar budgets and negotiated and built enduring partnerships. She became an elected PCO in 2016 and has doorbelled for several outstanding women candidates. Today she leads a conservation non-profit and the Sammamish Huddle, which is focused on affordable healthcare, conservation, as well as immigrant rights. Karen serves on King County’s Children & Youth Advisory Board and as a court-appointed special advocate for children in foster care. She’s held board-level positions with Cancer Lifeline, PTSA, Eastside Eagles Girls Lacrosse, and Atlas Assistance Dogs. Her B.A. is from Whitman College.

    Rituja Indapure
    Rituja Indapure

    Sammamish City Council

    Position 6

    Rituja is a volunteer, storyteller, activist, artist, and community organizer passionate about women’s education, environment and equality. Currently, she serves on the Washington State’s Women's Commission (appointed by Gov. Inslee), Sammamish Planning Commission, Sammamish Y Advisory Board and King County Sexual Assault Resource Center(KCSARC) Advisory Council. As current PTSA member she serves on the Grants Committee and has served on PTSA boards as a treasurer and co-president. Rituja regularly volunteers with organizations like City of Sammamish, Teen Feed and United Way of King County. Rituja works as a Sr. Analyst at Costco working on information systems. She has a BA and LLB from the University of Pune, and an LLM from the University of Nottingham.

    Senayet Negusse
    Senayet Negusse

    SeaTac City Council

    Position 1

    Senayet works actively to support and advance womxn’s social and economic equality and equity in the many roles she serves in. She has registered hundreds of women and minorities as WMBE businesses so that they can be included in consulting and purchasing contracts across the city and State, creating more opportunities for women to take on leadership roles in the East African program she leads. She has expanded trainings and resources for immigrant women to include information on domestic violence, reproductive rights, health care and self-defense. Senayet is also working with the King County Immigrant Commission on issues such as economic development due to the displacement of over 55 immigrant and MOSTLY women owned businesses in SeaTac. Senayet will empower and work alongside residents to create lasting and meaningful change in which each individual is protected and able to thrive.

    Damiana Merryweather
    Damiana Merryweather

    SeaTac City Council

    Position 3

    Damiana Merryweather graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors in History. She spent the first 15 years of her professional life working in state and local policy and as an advocate for human services including long term care, mental health and addiction treatment. During her time in Oregon she also served on the boards of Basic Rights Oregon and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon. She moved to Washington in 2007 to work as the Statewide Political Director for United Food and Commercial Workers. In 2010 she left the political world and built a new career in food and beverage. She built and operated her own food truck and then went on to manage several restaurants and bars before she and her husband opened their own successful restaurant. They now own and operate three locations of their restaurant in the greater Seattle area. She is also a full time caregiver for two young children aged 4 and 2.

    Lisa Herbold
    Lisa Herbold

    Seattle City Council

    Position 1

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    Tammy Morales
    Tammy Morales

    Seattle City Council

    Position 2

    Tammy Morales is a Human Rights Commissioner and mom of 3. A community planner with a Masters from UT Austin, she currently organizes with Rainier Beach Action Coalition, working to stem displacement in Rainier Beach. Tammy grew up with a single mom. Her lifelong work has been to increase economic power for families. She is committed to community-based solutions that advance the right of everyone to live a life of dignity. Tammy founded Urban Food Link, a food policy firm that placed food security on the agenda of local and state leaders. Her experience includes budget and policy analysis for the Texas Legislature and City of New York, grant-making for community development organizations, and building power for grocery workers. Tammy will use her unique blend of policy chops, grassroots organizing, and fierce feminism to advocate for issues that support women and families – affordable childcare, senior care facilities, equal pay, and an end to harassment in the workplace.

    Ami Nguyen
    Ami Nguyen

    Seattle City Council

    Position 3

    Dual Endorsement

    Ami Nguyen is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and grew up in poverty. With the support of social services and public education, she was able to attend Stanford University and UCLA School of Law. She has dedicated her legal career to public service. She is a former tenants’ rights attorney and is currently a public defender with King County. Almost daily, she works with people who are homeless, struggling with mental illness and fighting addiction. As a City Council member, she looked forward to advocating for equal pay, for women's rights over their bodies and for needs of homeless women.

    Kshama Sawant
    Kshama Sawant

    Seattle City Council

    Position 3

    Dual Endorsement

    Kshama has used her two terms in Seattle City Hall to build powerful movements of working people to win historic victories in the face of fierce corporate opposition. She led the way to pass a $15 minimum wage and many landmark renters rights, which disproportionately benefit women and workers of color. What's at stake this year is who runs Seattle — Amazon and big business or working people. Council member Sawant is campaigning to Tax Amazon and big business, not working families, to build tens of thousands of city-owned homes. Seattle needs rent control to stop displacement, which overwhelmingly impacts women and people of color. Kshama is working to pass a Green New Deal in Seattle, making our city a real climate leader by becoming 100% renewable by 2030.

    Kshama is working to establish an elected, independent office to investigate workplace sexual and gender harassment, with full powers to hold corporations accountable. She’s fighting to end the gender pay gap, beginning with making big corporations open their books to carry out a full audit of party disparity in Seattle. As always, Kshama is “not for sale.” She does not take a penny from corporations, CEOs, business lobbyists or big developers.

    Sasha Anderson
    Sasha Anderson

    Seattle City Council

    Position 4

    Dual Endorsement

    Sasha Anderson is a change maker for women. Anderson works in public service with Big Brothers Big Sisters where she directs a high school mentoring program. She holds a graduate degree from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s from Seattle University. Anderson’s career has spanned the Peace Corps and has focused on service. Anderson knows that Women hold the key to our success as a city and as a nation. Women are the change makers of the world, and Anderson is one of them. Anderson will work to the bone to advocate for women’s rights and advance the needs of those who work the hardest but who still receive such little support from our government. In this hotly contentious field, Anderson was the first to call out the fact that the media had only reported on the two male candidates. With your endorsement she will bring the representation of women to the forefront of city politics and we build a better future for all.

    Emily Myers
    Emily Myers

    Seattle City Council

    Position 4

    Dual Endorsement

    Emily Myers is a scientist, union organizer, and activist for women’s rights. As a leader in Seattle 500 Women Scientists, she works to bring scientific leadership into public discourse and to create inclusive environments in science. With her union, UAW4121, Emily has organized to protect women in science from harassment and to remove sexual harassers from supervising students. Emily received training to run for office through Emerge Washington and has used this training to connect with and support women running across Washington state. Her platform focuses on the disproportionate impact of inequity on women and people of color in Seattle. She is proposing a progressive childcare affordability program that helps women maintain their careers and provides a living wage and job security for childcare workers. Emily is an outspoken advocate for a woman’s right to choose. As a council member she would continue this advocacy for women and to work to close the gender pay gap in Seattle.

    Debora Juarez
    Debora Juarez

    Seattle City Council

    Position 5

    Council member Debora Juarez grew up on the Puyallup Reservation. She’s an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation. She was first in her family to attend college and then law school. She has two daughters. Working in legal advocacy and economic development, Debora considers advocating for disadvantaged women and girls one of her highest priorities and honors. After serving as a public defender, she represented Native American clients at Evergreen Legal Services and was then a King County Superior Court Judge. Debora led the Office of Indian Affairs under Governors Mike Lowry and Gary Locke.

    Debora is honored to serve as the first Native American woman in the 150 year history of the Seattle City Council. She secured funding for women working in the sex trade on Aurora, for Native American women disproportionately affected by homelessness and for vocational education for women at North Seattle College. She advocated for appointing Seattle’s first African-American female police chief. Debora also successfully led efforts to build a new Seattle Center arena – home of 3-time champion Seattle Storm – and an NHL Northgate training facility with 3 rinks serving girls’ hockey – totaling $1.3 billion of private investment (no tax dollars) toward women’s sports in our community.

    Preeti Shridhar
    Preeti Shridhar

    Port of Seattle

    Position 2

    Preeti Shridhar has been a public servant in King County for 27 years, improving our quality of life through her work for the City of Seattle and then Renton. She launched the first Seattle Climate Protection Initiative, as well as introducing water conservation and recycling programs in Seattle, Jordan, and India. In her work supporting economic development she has collaborated closely with employers and labor organizations to develop workforce training programs. Preeti earned a master’s degree in business (finance and marketing), as well as bachelor’s degrees in both business administration and economics. She has a post-graduate degree in international trade and she speaks four languages. In its 108-year history there have only been five women on the Port of Seattle Commission. Preeti would be the sixth and the first woman of color to ever serve. She would advocate strongly for equal pay, family leave, women in trades, and would be a role model for young women of color.

    Doris McConnell
    Doris McConnell

    Shoreline City Council

    Position 4

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    Betsy Robertson
    Betsy Robertson

    Shoreline City Council

    Position 6

    Betsy Robertson spent 20 years working in local television, as a journalist and Community Relations Director for KING 5 Television. She supported dozens of local non-profit organizations in that role and grew the station’s signature campaign 500% in 8 years, generating millions of meals for hungry people in Washington state. In 2006, Betsy moved into non-profit work and now does regional communications for a national humanitarian relief organization. She has lived in Shoreline for over a decade, building community and advocating for local parks. She served on the City’s Parks Board for 6 years before being appointed to the City Council in January 2019.

    Naghmana Sherazi
    Naghmana Sherazi

    Spokane City Council

    District 1

    Naghmana Sherazi is a scientist, an educator, a medical professional and a community leader running for City Council District 1 in the city of Spokane. Naghmana has an MA in English, BA in Economics as well as a AS in Bio-Technology and BS in Cytogenetic Technology, She has called Spokane home for over seven years. She serves on the boards of Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS), Secretary of Muslims for Community Action and Support (MCAS), and Refugee Connections; she is actively involved with the Center for Justice, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, Spokane Coalition of Color, and Spokane Women Together. Naghmana is running for City Council to better represent her district, and because she feels there is a lack of representation of people of color and immigrants on the city council.

    Lori Kinnear
    Lori Kinnear

    Spokane City Council

    District 2

    Lori Kinnear is a fourth generation Washingtonian from Seattle now living in Spokane since 2000. She has a B.A. in broadcast journalism and A. S. in Horticulture. She has been on the Spokane City Council for over three years. Her first piece of legislation was to sponsor a human trafficking abatement resolution that highlighted the problem and directed resources to mitigating the problem. She is an advocate for Planned Parenthood and has pressured the Spokane police department to enforce laws to protect the Spokane clinic from hecklers and protesters who are disruptive and threatening. She also supported changes to SMC Title 18 that advocates for equal pay and other gender related equality language and practices for Spokane City employees. She is committed to supporting and advocating for women's issues as an elected official and also as a private citizen.

    Karen Stratton
    Karen Stratton

    Spokane City Council

    District 3

    Karen was born in Spokane and received her B.A. from Eastern Washington University. She served as a legislative aide in the WA State House of Representatives and worked 14-years in higher education, at WSU Spokane and the Community Colleges of Spokane. Later, she served as an aide to Mayors Jim West and Mary Verner. She has been a Public Information Coordinator for the City of Spokane and a Clerk in the City Clerk's Office. She was appointed to the City Council in 2014 and ran a successful election campaign in 2015. She continues to be a strong advocate for City employees, fighting for women's rights, pay equity, eliminating the gender gap and promoting greater diversity inside City Hall. She supports Planned Parenthood, the Women and Children's Free Restaurant and is currently working to establish an LGBTQ community center in the City of Spokane.

    Nancy Manos
    Nancy Manos

    Tukwila City Council

    Position 2

    Nancy Manos lived a life of privilege until she was 18, traveling around the world, going to boarding school, and having plenty. Moving to the USA after graduating from high school, by herself, was complete culture shock, a complete 180 from how she grew up. During her twenties, she was part of many women’s groups. Being a strong independent woman carried her through many trials and tribulations. After her daughter graduated from high school, Nancy was alone for the first time in her life. While always being diligent and voting in every election, she was able to finally participate in the political process, calling politicians about various issues, going to marches and rallies and participating in many fundraisers. She celebrated marriage equality and cried because Black Lives Matter. She donated to Planned Parenthood and supported women in office. In 2016, she was delegate for her caucus, collected signatures, went to rallies, became a member in SEIU925 and a leader in her union.

    Cynthia Delostrinos Johnson
    Cynthia Delostrinos Johnson

    Tukwila City Council

    Position 4

    Cynthia Delostrinos Johnson is a mother, a wife, and a sister. She is the daughter of immigrant parents from the Philippines. She is a lawyer who dedicated her career to fighting injustice through the law. As one of the most diverse cities in our region, Tukwila needs a leader that has experience leading with equity and diversity. In her work for the state government, Cynthia has helped change the way judges see people of color, women, youth, and people who do not speak English. Her work has broken down barriers that people with criminal records face when trying to simply live their lives. Her work has put Washington state in the spotlight for court innovation around issues of race, gender, and language access. If elected, Cynthia will be the first woman of color to serve on the Tukwila City Council. She hopes to focus on issues related to public safety, affordable housing, community preservation, and livability.

    Kate Kruller
    Kate Kruller

    Tukwila City Council

    Position 6

    Ms. Kruller is a Tukwila City Council member, with additional duties on both the Public Safety Committee and the Transportation Infrastructure Committee, representing Tukwila with Sound Cities Association (SCA) serving on the Public Issues Committee, Regional Law, Safety & Justice Committee (past Chair), Puget Sound Regional Committee – Transportation Policy Board, Association of Washington Cities Federal Advocacy Committee and as Vice Chair of the National League of Cities – Transportation, Infrastructure and Services Committee. Her professional career spans work in the public sector at municipal, county and state levels, with earlier experience in the non-profit and private sector, including eleven years with the Boeing Company. She has also experienced unique opportunities to live and work in the world community – first as a media relations emissary working to improve eye care in developing countries with ORBIS International, and again in the international business and trade space under the auspices of the Washington Council on International Trade.

    Leatta Dahlhoff
    Leatta Dahlhoff

    Tumwater City Council

    Position 1

    Helen Wheatley was voted Thurston County Democrat of the Year in 2018 in recognition of her years of service to the Executive Committee, her environmental and community activism, and her role as a mentor. She currently serves as vice-chair of her Olympia neighborhood association. A former Fulbright scholar with a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, Helen has volunteered for over two decades as an advocate for cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site in Eastern Washington. As an historian, Helen has written and presented on the history of the Deschutes Watershed and its cultural and environmental value. As a candidate for Port Commissioner, Helen emphasizes community inclusion and focus, good governance, environmental sustainability and promoting industries for our carbon-neutral future. When she is elected Commissioner, the Port of Olympia will have majority female leadership for the first time ever, with a woman Executive Director and a women’s majority on the Port Commission.

    Diana H. Perez
    Diana H. Perez

    Vancouver City Council

    Position 6

    Diana Perez has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 25 years, working as a full-time professional for the USDA Forest Service and volunteering her time as a community advocate. Diana has a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Texas Tech University and a Master’s degree in fisheries science from Oregon State University. Diana also participated in the Executive Leadership Institute at Portland State University Hatfield School of Government. She has experience working with local, state, Federal, and tribal governments, as well as non-profit organizations. Diana has a passion for public service. Her heart for volunteering brought her in 2011 to found the Southwest WA League of United Latin American Citizens Council (LULAC) 47013. She has also had the pleasure of serving as the Washington State LULAC Director. She worked hard to establish and nurture key partnerships in order to advance the economic conditions, educational attainment, and equal opportunities for Hispanic youth, adults, and women. Her advocacy for women doesn’t stop there; she prides herself on her mentorship of the community’s best and brightest young women and will actively work to provide opportunities for them while advocating on their behalf at every table she sits.

    Eliana Macias
    Eliana Macias

    Yakima City Council

    Position 1

    Eliana studied at WSU before returning to Yakima to work in healthcare for a non-profit organization that focuses on healthcare for women, children and farm worker families. She has advocated for safety improvements in district one of the City of Yakima and is currently the only female candidate in her district race. In the past, Eliana also worked as a daycare provider, and while doing so, advocated for Washington licensed daycare providers to have greater resources, including healthcare for workers, and increase subsidies that enable low-income families to have access to high quality childcare providers. If elected, Eliana will advocate to secure greater resources for victims of domestic violence, and support first-time mothers with nutritional education opportunities. Eliana is also committed to encouraging and supporting other women who aspire to be in leadership roles.

    Bernice Ponce
    Berenice Ponce

    Yakima City Council

    Position 3

    Not a politician, a proven public servant! Berenice Ponce was born and raised in Yakima. She currently serves on the Yakima School District Board of Directors, and clearly understands governing processes. Berenice has a 15-year career in social services. Her passion lies in giving back to the community that helped shape her future. She will ensure adequate funding for public safety, emphasize the importance of community partnerships that prevent crime, and prioritize housing solutions. Berenice Ponce will be the advocate and strong voice we want and need in District 3!

    Holly Cousens
    Holly Cousens

    Yakima City Council

    Position 7

    Councilwoman Cousens has been an active leader in our community for many years. Her first year in college she was active in Delta Eplison Chi where she was elected National Western Region Vice President. Holly earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Admin., Marketing, and H.R.; Her Master of Business Admin. and Master’s in Change Leadership. Her professional experience includes over 15 years of accounting. Holly has been an educator at Yakima Valley College for over 11 years. Her students encouraged her to run for office. Her goals were targeted; budget and financial management, economic development problems, and business discrimination.The kind of problems that demanded the kind of LEADERSHIP that called Holly into action. Holly traveled to Hadong County S. Korea in the spirit of international cultural and educational exchanges. Councilwoman Cousens is an established role model for woman and youth she continues to share her skills, passion and education with our community.



    COUNTY POSITIONS

     

    Abigail Doerr
    Abigail Doerr

    King County Council

    Position 4

    Dual Endorsement

    Abigail Doerr has spent her career bringing together coalitions of labor, business, communities of color, environmentalists and more to tackle some of our regions biggest challenges. Abigail led the campaigns to pass Sound Transit 3 and to bring more Metro Bus service to our neighborhoods. She led the statewide initiative 1631, a first in the nation effort to equitably address climate change by placing a fee on pollution. Improving public transit, creating more affordable housing, reducing homelessness, cleaning our air and water, and creating affordable child care are all women's issues and often impact women and women of color disproportionately. Abigail has committed her career to build healthy, thriving communities and will fight to ensure King County is moving forward on housing and homelessness, public transportation, and our environment. We need fresh energy, new ideas, and bold leadership on the County Council to tackle these challenges.

    Jeanne Kohl-Welles
    Jeanne Kohl-Welles

    King County Council

    Position 4

    Dual Endorsement

    Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles has spent her career advancing equity and diversity, teaching Women Studies and Sociology at the U.W. and as a long-time legislator for the 36th District.  She led in passing landmark legislation on human trafficking, child sexual exploitation, reproductive health care and evidence-based sex education, campus sexual misconduct, access to affordable child care and higher education, medical marijuana, gun violence prevention, and workers’ rights. She is an expert witness in Title IX/sexual harassment lawsuits and a Humanities Washington speaker on human trafficking and women as political change agents. She chairs the County Council's Health, Housing, and Human Services Committee and the King County Board of Health. If re-elected, Jeanne will continue leading on expanding access to affordable housing and implementing a regional homelessness governance authority, reducing disproportionality in the criminal/juvenile justice system, behavioral health/substance abuse treatment, affordable child care, and on major public health challenges, including domestic/sexual violence, missing and murdered indigenous women, gun violence, pollution, and the climate change crisis. She’ll continue working to expand transit and environmental protections and implementation of her legislation updating anti-discrimination and harassment policies. She co-founded Win With Women with Sen. Karen Keiser that assists progressive women’s election to the State Legislature.

    Julie Wise
    Julie Wise

    King County Director of Elections

    Julie Wise has served King County voters for more than 15 years as a champion of best practices in elections. Wise, first elected as the King County Elections Director in 2015, after serving as the Deputy, began her career at Elections in 2000, working as a temporary employee. Since then, she has held positions across the organization. A Washington state and nationally certified Election Administrator, Wise has been recognized at the local, state and national level for her contributions to moving elections forward.

    Driven to remove barriers while ensuring accuracy and security, Wise has pursued significant reforms and innovative solutions. She has expanded voter outreach and education through the Voter Education Fund, a government, philanthropic and community partnership, focused on under-served communities. Additionally, Wise has expanded ballot drop box locations from 10 to 66, successfully added two additional languages, and upgraded to a new tabulation and voting system that better serves the County’s growing voter population. Particularly noteworthy is how Wise worked with the King County Council and Executive to prevail in providing prepaid postage for all registered voters throughout the county. This record of proven accomplishments highlights Wise’s commitment to voter access and passion for her community.

    Nancy Lillquist
    Nancy Lillquist

    Kittitas County Commissioner

    District 1

    Nancy Lillquist has lived and worked in Kittitas County for 28 years. Currently she is serving on the Ellensburg City Council in a position she has held since December of 2001, including as Mayor in 2008 and 2009. Nancy has served on and chaired local, county, and state level boards, commissions and committees across a broad spectrum of topics in Kittitas County. She earned a reputation for thoughtfulness, practicality, hard work, and respect for different viewpoints. She earned a Master’s Degree in Water Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Central Washington University. Professionally she worked on water issues in Oregon and Utah. Nancy has supported Planned Parenthood and the League of Women Voters. She has celebrated women in politics and the workplace. If elected, she would be the 4th woman elected to the Kittitas Board of County Commissioners. She hopes to demonstrate strong female leadership and management.

    Megan Dunn
    Megan Dunn

    Snohomish County Council

    District 2

    Triple Endorsement

    Megan Dunn has a 20-year work and volunteer background of successful environmental protections, improving lives for working families and local policy change. She is the Healthy People and Communities Program Director with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, where she leads efforts to help protect communities from harmful pesticides and chemicals. Dunn spent the last two years leading the successful campaign to establish city council districts for Everett. The Everett Districts Now campaign was a nonpartisan, grassroots coalition dedicated to addressing gender and race disparities in representation and giving communities greater participation in the democratic process. This accomplishment has had a measurable impact on voting rights and representation as the biggest community effort and biggest policy change for Snohomish County in decades.

    Megan has a Biology-Geology degree from University of Rochester, New York and a Master of Arts in Policy Studies from University of Washington, Bothell. She has several on several local boards and commissions, including the Everett Charter Review, Everett Planning Commission and the Washington State Pesticide Advisory Committee. She is also a candidate for Snohomish County Council, seeking to represent Everett, Mukilteo and Tulalip.

    Jennifer Gregerson
    Jennifer Gregerson

    Snohomish County Council

    District 2

    Triple Endorsement

    Jennifer Gregerson is the first woman elected to serve as Mayor of Mukilteo in 2013 after serving on the City Council rooted in her community involvement, local values, and long-term focus. As Mayor, she has prioritized issues including housing affordability, education, transit, and victim advocacy. Jennifer has been a leader in education, partnering with stakeholders to bring students across the city expanded opportunities that open future doors. She invested in Cool Girls in Aerospace, a summer workshop that introduces engineering to middle school girls. She’s fought to support victims of domestic violence, funding the first domestic violence victim coordinator, a program that has now been expanded to victims of other crimes.


    Jennifer grew up in Mukilteo where her parents worked in a small, family-owned business. That experience demonstrated the importance of economic opportunity, a priority she has routinely championed as Mayor. Jennifer developed a Women Executive Leaders network and was named the 2015 Woman of the Year by the Greater Everett Business and Professional Women. Jennifer graduated from Kamiak High School before earning a Bachelor’s Degree in French from New York University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.

    Cecilia Wilson
    Cecilia Wilson

    Snohomish County Council

    District 2

    Triple Endorsement

    Cecilia Wilson has built a successful career as a public servant, working for Snohomish County. She is a resident of Everett, where her two sons attend public schools. Cecilia is a respected community leader and works on operational/policy matters for the County Executive: budget analysis, affordable housing, addressing the opioid crisis, and promoting equity and inclusion and constituent affairs. For over twenty years, Cecilia Wilson has worked hard behind the scenes to provide county residents with excellent service. She’s a trusted leader who has helped to shape Snohomish County with her smart, common sense approach. She is uniquely qualified to represent the residents of Snohomish County by leveraging her long-standing working relationships to address pressing issues in our community.

    Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science from Seattle University. She is an enthusiastic advocate for advancing opportunities for our community. Cecilia will work every day to lead Snohomish County toward a prosperous and dynamic future. Cecilia’s endorsements include Executive Dave Somers, Council Chair Terry Ryan, Sheriff Ty Trenary, Ret. Judge Ellen Fair, County Clerk Sonya Kraski, former Executive Bob Drewel, Former Council member Karen Miller, Former Council member Dave Gossett.

    Stephanie Wright
    Stephanie Wright

    Snohomish County Council

    District 3

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    Karen Burke
    Karen Burke

    Whatcom County Executive

    Karen Burke is running to become your next Whatcom County Executive. She has spent her career standing up for those who are vulnerable, and she will use that experience to stand up for you. She will work to make our community safe, healthy and equitable for all. Karen has 18 years executive experience: 12 years as Executive Director of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services where she tripled revenues and expanded support and housing programs across the county; and 6 years as the as the Lummi Nation Tribal Court Director where she helped to develop and manage the Lummi Drug Court and the Lummi Child Support Program. Karen is a proud graduate of WWU with a BA in Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies and Communications. She also attended the UW Evans School of Public Affairs Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute. Karen is a trusted leader with strong partnerships who will bring people together to get things done— for our children, grandchildren and the generations that follow.

    Carol Frazey
    Carol Frazey

    Whatcom County Council

    At-Large Position B

    Carol Frazey is currently serving on the Whatcom County Council. After receiving her Education Degree from Penn State University, she taught several years before obtaining her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado. Carol is the founder and president of Fit School, Inc. with the mission of empowering women through walking and running programs in Whatcom County and online. She is a former Board Member for Run Like a Girl and a volunteer for Girls on the Run Northwest. Currently, Carol serves on the Business and Commerce Advisory Committee and the Finance and Administrative Services Committees for Whatcom County because she feels we need more women’s voices in these areas in order to make real change toward equity. Carol will always advocate for women’s healthcare rights and encourage other women to use their voice for positive change.

    Jamie Arnett
    Jamie Arnett

    Whatcom County Council

    District 5

    Dual Endorsement

    Jaime Arnett is a single mother with 3 jobs; she is the Executive Administrator for Boundary Fish Company in Blaine, a grant writer for Animals as Natural Therapy, and a Blaine City Council Member. Nine years ago Jaime stood in a welfare line with a baby strapped to her chest bawling because she didn't know where her husband was, she had no money and she needed help. That became a defining moment in her life and since that day she has worked hard to carve out a life for her and her son utilizing every resource made available to her. Along the way she has hired women directly out of prison with ankle monitoring bracelets still attached, she has written home repair programs to keep low-income families from being displaced from their homes, she has partnered with DSHS to help get mothers on TANF back to work, and has secured funding to provide bully-awareness and leadership programs to local school districts. As a Council Member she will continue to advocate for women and families.

    Natalie McClendon
    Natalie McClendon

    Whatcom County Council

    District 5

    Dual Endorsement

    Natalie McClendon is focused every day on how she can make a better world for future generations. She will work tirelessly to meet the challenges of climate change, transition to a clean energy economy while also ensuring clean water for fish, farms and families, and build shared prosperity. Natalie has served as the Chair of the Whatcom County Democrats for two terms and is currently serving her second term representing the 5th District on the Whatcom County Planning Commission. In addition, she is a small business co-owner, has taught at-risk students and substitute taught in various Whatcom County schools. She holds a BA in Environmental Politics and Economics and a Secondary Teaching Certificate. Her community service activities include the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Mt. Baker Group; Government Affairs Committee of the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Environmental Caucus member of Water Resource Inventory Area.

    Joy Gilfilen
    Joy Gilfilen

    Whatcom County Sheriff

    Joy Gilfilen, was candidate for County Executive in 2015; staffed WA Legislature 4 terms; Delegate at WA Dem Convention 2016. Two years college: incl: WSU Air Force ROTC; WWU Campus Police: student patrol. 30 yrs business/executive business management incl: Corporate trainer/consultant. Systems: SPIE. Manager: Whatcom County Tourism Bureau. VP: Whatcom Women in Business. Personnel: WA State Fish/Game. Pres. Restorative Community Coalition (9yrs) research and testified on inequity, prejudice and imbalance in justice systems. Authored “Stop Punishing Taxpayers, Start Rebuilding Community” and “Blindspots: Unexpected Findings from Jail Trauma Research”. Spoke at statewide conferences, testified at Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force, County councils, Jail Task Forces, and then chaired the Local Justice Reform Now; Fairhaven 1990 Taskforce. Coached youth sports, PTA, 4-H, in business clubs.



    STATE POSITIONS

     

    Carrie Blackwood
    Carrie Blackwood

    State Senate 40th LD

    Dual Endorsement

    Carrie’s life began with her father watching for Border Patrol as her mother, in labor, swam across the Rio Grande toward opportunity. She was later placed in foster care and adopted by an Army Nurse. With the help of her family and community, she became a lawyer, representing workers and unions as part of her journey towards bringing a voice to the silenced. For over two decades she has organized, marched and advocated for equity and social justice; she’s spoken at #MeToo events, served on women’s and diversity boards, and fought against oppressive systems in her community. Carrie is an activist at heart who believes in effective representation. Women don’t need an invitation to the table, we need recognition of ownership of the table. If elected, Carrie will champion restructuring our regressive tax system, enhancing the legal rights of women, fully funding education, bold climate action, criminal justice reform, health care for all, and tackling the housing crisis.

    Liz Lovelett
    Liz Lovelett

    State Senate 40th LD

    Dual Endorsement

    Liz has been serving her community for years as a PTA President, business owner, board member, City Council member, and most recently, as a State Senator. She was appointed to the Legislature and hit the ground running championing the rights of women, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and children. As the youngest mom to serve in the Senate whose life experiences mirror her community, she has been a fierce ally for issues that affect women- health and reproductive care and rights, access to education and early learning, school safety, and protecting the environment. She has been a featured speaker at Women's Marches, reproductive rights rallies, and environmental forums. She wrote Anacortes' Affordable Housing Strategic Plan, the first in Skagit County. She believes housing, environmental justice, and support of working families is foundational to public health and community well being. She is the mother of two young girls and is setting the example for being a working mom and strong feminist.



    JUDICIAL POSITIONS

     

    Maureen McKee
    Maureen McKee

    King County Superior Court

    Position 5

    Judge Maureen McKee was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the King County Superior Court bench in 2018. She will stand for election to retain her seat on the bench in November 2019. Judge McKee served King County’s indigent communities as a respected Public Defender for nearly 16 years before joining the judiciary. She managed teams of lawyers and investigators and was known for insisting on a high level of representation for those who cannot afford counsel. She represented both juveniles and adults charged with crimes and those facing involuntary psychiatric hospitalization for mental health issues. A graduate of Cornell University Law School, her work over many years has included a deep understanding of the disparate treatment of minorities in our justice system -- a significant asset to our Superior Court bench. Prior to her work in King County, Judge McKee worked with the American Refugee Committee in Bosnia and provided legal services to prisoners with children in San Francisco. Judge McKee lives in Seattle with her 6-year old son Amias.

    Averil Rothrock
    Averil Rothrock

    King County Superior Court

    Position 16

    Judge Rothrock attended Seattle Public Schools K-12 and joined a private civil law firm in 1994. Over 25 years, Judge Rothrock litigated a wide variety of civil matters in the trial and appellate courts, rising to become a shareholder at her firm and a practice group leader. The attrition of female colleagues over the years took a toll. Judge Rothrock began writing articles for publication in Washington bar newsletters to keep the issue and solutions at the forefront, mentoring and advocating for female lawyers, and presenting on issues facing female lawyers. Governor Inslee appointed Judge Rothrock to the bench in October 2018. She endeavors to address the important issues affecting women's lives every day in the judicial system. Judge Rothrock is currently updating judges' materials concerning protection orders based on recent legislative changes. Judge Rothrock has two teenagers and a deep connection to the King County community.

    Aimee Sutton
    Aimée Sutton

    King County Superior Court

    Position 49

    Judge Aimée Sutton was appointed by Governor Inslee to the King County Superior Court bench in February 2019. Prior to her appointment, Judge Sutton was an accomplished trial attorney with 15 years of experience at all levels of Washington State and Federal courts. She has litigated everything from child support enforcement to Class A felonies. Her deep experience has made her uniquely prepared to take on any trial court assignment with skill and a full understanding of the work involved. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University Law School and a leader in statewide organizations such as the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, which she served as President from 2017-18, the WSBA Criminal Law Section, and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She has been an acknowledged leader in the community of Minority Bar Associations with a track record of weaving common connections into action. She is fluent in Spanish.

    Anna Alexander
    Anna Alexander

    Snohomish County Superior Court

    Position 7

    Anna Alexander is the clear choice for Superior Court Judge because of her exceptional experience and record of accomplishment for the citizens of Snohomish County. As a Pro Tem Judge, Anna has earned a strong reputation for holding criminals accountable for their actions while protecting the rights of victims, ensuring affordable access to justice for the most vulnerable. As a first-generation immigrant whose family escaped communism, Anna’s character and work ethic was shaped early on by her hard-working parents. She worked her own way through college, becoming at the age of 19 the youngest woman admitted to the
    University of Washington School of Law. Today, Anna is an accomplished attorney and Pro Tem Judge who was unanimously elected President of the Snohomish County Washington Women Lawyers.  Anna has endorsements from judges at every level of the courts - the Washington Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior, District, and Municipal courts.  Anna’s diversity of legal experience, in all areas of the law, is needed on the bench. Anna has the values, knowledge and commitment to our community we expect from our public officials – especially our judges. Anna and her very patient husband are raising two kids and one stubborn dog.

    Jennifer Langbehn
    Jennifer Langbehn

    Snohomish County Superior Court

    Position 13

    Judge Jennifer Langbehn was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to fill a vacant seat on the Snohomish County Superior Court bench in 2018. She will stand for election to retain her seat in November 2019. Judge Langbehn is a Washington native who graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2005 and had a 13-year career representing Snohomish County parents and families in dependency and termination actions, adoptions and other family law matters. She served on the Snohomish County Table of Ten, an organization dedicated to improving the dependency process for families and other participants. Judge Langbehn also served as an Arbitrator in child support matters and as a Superior Court Commissioner pro tempore before being appointed to the bench. Judge Langbehn currently chairs the Superior Court’s Family Law Committee and also serves on the Court Operations and Juvenile Court Committees. Judge Langbehn and her husband live in Everett with their 2 sons.



    SCHOOL BOARD POSITIONS

     

    Francine West
    Francine Wiest

    Bellevue School Board

    District 5

    Dr. Francine Wiest has served as a Bellevue School Board Director since February 2019. She is an active volunteer in the district and community and has been recognized for her dedication with two school PTA Outstanding Advocate awards. After K-12 public school she went to Harvard, earned her MD from Columbia University, worked in a primary care women’s health practice, received her MPH from the University of Washington, and now is an independent healthcare consultant. She has been a political intern twice in Washington DC. Francine served on national education policy committees before turning her energy locally. She uses her experience advocating for women’s health services as a model for providing students the tailored supports they need to succeed in a larger system. She believes that exemplary education is achieved by combining dedication to the whole student, teacher supports, evidence-based methods, community and family engagement, and the conviction that all kids can succeed.

    Francine West
    Carin Chase

    Edmonds School Board

    District 1

    Carin Chase, of a seven-generation Washington family, lives on the shores of the Salish Sea. She is a Director of the Edmonds School District, Chair of the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission, served on the Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, served as the long-time Chair of the 32nd Democrats. She is a board member of the Washington State Federation of Democratic Women and in 2017, elected President of the organization. She is dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office; advocates for continued access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care services; and to raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous people. She received the Snohomish County Democrats’ Henry M Jackson Progress Award in 2014 and the Warren G. Magnuson, Washington State Democrats’ Chair of the Year in 2012. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle, earned a BS in Zoology at the UW, and MPA from the UW’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

    Jennifer Cail
    Jennifer Cail

    Edmonds School Board

    Position 3

    Jennifer Cail is a life-long feminist who is eager to bring her sense of fairness and justice to the position of Edmonds School Board. While at the University of Pennsylvania earning her BA in English, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Jennifer helped produce a television series, Mock Trial, which dealt with issues of sexual assault on campus. Moving to Washington, DC after graduation, Jennifer’s second job was doing fundraising for a now-defunct Political Action Committee dedicated to supporting pro-choice female candidates. After that, she worked as an accountant for education non-profits: the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Folger Shakespeare Library. While at ASEE, the executive director was a perpetual sexual harasser of the women in the office. When an outside consultant was brought in for a general office-contentment survey, Jennifer risked her job to use the opportunity to bring to the consultant’s attention the behavior of the executive director. The unprofessional behavior was stopped. After moving to Lynnwood in 2007, Jennifer continued working as an accountant for a tech company. After having her first child, her salary was mostly used for child care. Jennifer focused on her children’s education until the opportunity to run for office availed itself.

    Rina Maile Redrup
    Rina Maile Redrup

    Edmonds School Board

    Position 5

    Rina is currently a surgical nurse. Before that, she taught in public schools, was the president of a preschool coop, and the leader of the Parent Group at Meadowdale High School. Her degrees include a BA in Economics, History, and Early Childhood Education; a BS in Nursing; and a Masters in Education. As a woman with native Hawaiian roots, Rina seeks to empathize with the intersectionality of marginalized groups. She supports her daughter, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and as a school board member would advocate for a curriculum that is inclusive of non-heteronormative, non-cisnormative identities. Moreover, she has encouraged her daughter to reach further as she pursues college athletics and a historically male-dominated degree. Rina’s goal is for students from all backgrounds to realize their value, reach their dreams, and achieve social and economic independence.

    April Berg
    April Berg

    Everett School Board

    Position 2

    April Berg and her family live in Mill Creek. Ms. Berg’s children attend the University of Washington, Western Washington University, Jackson High School and Heatherwood Middle School. Currently, Ms. Berg serves on the Capital Bond Planning Committee for the Everett School District as well as the Planning Commission for the City of Mill Creek. She is a former Edmonds School Board Director. Ms. Berg has worked collaboratively with communities of color, diverse socioeconomic communities, students that are first generation college and the LGBTQ+ community. Ms. Berg has advocated for women and girls inclusion and equity for over 25 years. She will insure that all district curriculum, activities and services are inclusive and safe for all women and girls by using a lens of equity in decision making. Ms. Berg’s career of community service began in college when she was the first African American, fifth woman and youngest Student Body President in the history of Oregon State University.

    Bethany Rivard
    Bethany Rivard

    Evergreen School Board

    Position 2

    Bethany Rivard is a proud parent and has been a teacher for 13 years. Bethany holds a Master’s in Education from Portland State University. She is a member of the Washington Teacher Advisory Council, and was appointed by Governor Inslee to the Professional Educator Standards Board. One example of how Bethany has supported women’s issues is by creating and teaching a high school course that spends a semester on the art that feminists have created in response to issues of oppression. As a high school teacher, Bethany has seen how rampant sexual assaults are both on and off campus. Perpetrators often are not held accountable for their actions. Ms. Rivard experiences and fights against policy such as unfair dress codes that are just another way to target and shame young women. Bethany plans to bring her focus on women’s rights issues to her position on the school board.

    Divya Jain
    Divya Jain

    Evergreen School Board

    Position 4

    Our Evergreen School District is in a budget crisis that has begun to affect the quality of our children’s education. We need leaders with proven problem-solving skills and the foresight to avoid these issues in the future. I believe I am that leader. I have the skills necessary to serve our community well. I work as a change manager and root cause analyst. I’ve served our community by working with the district for 15 years, building inexpensive learning opportunities with proven results. I will take my professional skills and experience working with the schools to the Evergreen School Board to even further develop leadership opportunities benefiting students like young women searching for leadership and empowerment opportunities at their schools. As a woman with daughters in the Evergreen School District, I raised my daughters to see themselves as equal to men. I want to ensure we are supporting every young person to see themselves as equal.

    Luckisha Phillips
    Luckisha Phillips

    Federal Way School Board

    Position 3

    Luckisha Phillips was appointed to the Federal Way Public School Board in October of 2018. Luckisha is a native of Washington and has lived in the greater Federal Way area for 10 years with her husband and four children. Ms. Phillips has over 20 years of experience that centers on children and families. She has worked in birth to three centers, led mental health services teams, worked parents experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth. This experience will help support comprehensive policy for the children in Federal Way. Ms. Phillips has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. With a passion for addressing school safety, increasing mental health supports, producing college and career ready students, and retaining quality teachers. Ms. Phillips believes in supporting women in office and ensuring the female voice of equity, and inclusion is at the table. She is running to Retain Seat #3 on the Federal Way School Board.

    Tracy Castro-Gill
    Tracy Castro-Gill

    Highline School Board

    Position 1

    Tracy Castro-Gill is an award winning educator recognized by several institutions for her work on racial justice and ethnic studies in Seattle Public Schools. Through this work, Tracy has been a fierce advocate of the strength and power of women of color in education and created supportive spaces for women of color leading racial justice in education.

    Fa'izah Bradford
    Fa'izah Bradford

    Highline School Board

    Position 5

    Fa’izah Bradford is the District 5 incumbent for School Board in Highline Public Schools. After 18 years as a corporate professional, she was drawn to public education. Since 2004, she has worked in and with districts and schools, emphasizing in the areas of equity, engagement, operations, and policy governance. Fa’izah is motivated by her personal experiences, deep conviction and a mandate to help level the field and accelerate pathways for historically and systemically marginalized groups and individuals. In addition to serving the Highline community, she oversees youth education support within her church’s ministry. She is fueled by the need for an education system that honors the strengths and identities of every student, individualizes their support, and equips their leadership journey. Returning to school at the age of 40 and demonstrating for her daughter, strength and will, Fa’izah earned a M.Ed. from Washington State University and a B.A. from Northwest University.

    Minal Kode Ghassemieh
    Minal Kode Ghassemieh

    Issaquah School Board Director

    Position 3

    Minal was born and raised in Washington State. She received my Bachelors Degree in Business from the University of Washington and Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law. She has been community organizing for over 25 years, having served on the King County Youth Council, Everywomen’s Delegation, The Northwest Labor and Employment Law Office, Congressman Jim McDermott, the Gonzaga Law Multicultural Law Caucus, King County Prosecutor’s Office, The Federal Defender’s Office and World Relief. For the last 10 years Minal has focused her immigration practice on family-based immigration and humanitarian relief. She recently completed 7 years on the Board of API Chaya. She currently Co-Chair the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission and on the Board of OneAmerica.

    Siri Bliesner
    Siri Bliesner

    Lake Washington School Board

    Position 5

    Siri Bliesner is an experienced and passionate advocate for students and public education. She is an excellent role model for women of all ages and is a tireless advocate for equitable outcomes for all students regardless of background or gender. As the current School Board President in LWSD and completing her eighth year on the Board of Directors, she is committed to focusing on the strengths and needs of ALL students and ensuring that each and every one graduates prepared for their future plans. With deep roots in the local community, Siri is a proud product of the Renton Public Schools. She graduated from Stanford University and also has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington with a focus on Maternal and Child Health. Fluent in Spanish, Siri lived and worked overseas for several years first through her Peace Corp Volunteer experience in the Dominican Republic and then as a Population Fellow in Bolivia.

    Tam Dinh
    Tam Dinh

    Mercer Island School Board

    Position 5

    Dr. Tam Dinh is a mother of three boys and is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Social Work Program at Saint Martin’s University. Her research interests are in cross cultural mental health and intergenerational trauma. She is a Governor-appointed Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Commissioner. She currently sits on the state Suicide Prevention in Higher Education Work group. She is also a board member for Friends of Little Saigon and an editor for Xin Chao Magazine. Dr. Dinh has worked in many capacities to increase civic engagement in the Vietnamese community. However, this is her first time running for office. She is passionate about diversity, representation, and equity in education. As an elected official, Dr. Dinh’s will continue to use the equity lens to ensure that women are represented in the curriculum and that female students have equal access and opportunities as male students.

    Lili Hein
    Lili Hein

    Orcas Island School Board

    Position 5

    My intention for running is to have a conversation about the state of the district and K-12 education in our small community, as a window, or rather a door to the rest of the country and world. Part-time on Orcas since 2001, full-time since 2015, our family has six cumulative years of student/parent experience at OISD, with two at OIHS and four at OIES. Getting to know several OIHS recent graduates gave me confidence to enroll our first grader at OIES in 2016, and another first grader in 2018. I have been actively involved with the district, from volunteering to fundraising. Some ask why voters without children in OISD are voting for school board directors. I believe and act on the premise that educating our youth is a community responsibility. It takes a village. As a woman of color, if I am elected, it may be a first for our school district. I am passionate about upholding and evaluating the effectiveness of the district's anti-discrimination and affirmative action policy.

    Liza Rankin
    Liza Rankin

    Seattle School Board

    Position 1

    Liza holds an MFA in Scenic Design for Theater and worked as a designer, painter, and adjunct faculty in NYC and regionally for several years before returning to her hometown, Seattle. Now with two children in Seattle Public Schools, she advocates for positive, equitable learning and working environments in SPS, including professional wages and treatment for an educator workforce that is mostly women. Serving on the board of Seattle Council PTSA, she has engaged at the school, city, and state levels for kids, families, and schools. Priorities have included family engagement, identity safety, public ed funding, affordable childcare and early childhood education, school transportation, gun violence prevention, sex ed, and special education, all of which disproportionately impact women, mothers, and girls. If elected, she would continue to focus on equity and identity safety, and support a public education system that values every child and family, and wants all students to succeed.

    Chandra Hampson
    Chandra Hampson

    Seattle School Board

    Position 3

    Dual Endorsement

    As President of Seattle Council PTSA, Chandra Hampson has led parents, community, and elected officials, protected funding and delivered results for Seattle students. She has an MBA from Univ. of WA and municipal finance experience. She consults and advocates on myriad educational issues, including around marginalized students and, as HoChunk, Winnebago Tribe of NE, indigenous families. She will be a strong advocate for equity in education, including reducing disparities along racial and gender lines. She is mother to two girls and daughter of generations of powerful Native women who were tireless advocates for women and people of color. She advocated for equitable pay/promotion in male-dominated banking and graduate environments and now supports neighborhood girls by coaching softball and basketball while advocating for greater funding in girls sports. She has the support of Rep. Gerry Pollet, former Rep. Jessyn Farrell, 46th LD Dems, and School Board Dir. Jill Geary, Zachary DeWolf.

    Rebeca Muniz
    Rebeca Muñiz

    Seattle School Board

    Position 3

    Dual Endorsement

    Rebeca Muñiz, is on a mission to ensure that our children learn in the spirit of dignity, peace, and freedom. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters in Education Policy. She is the former Program Coordinator University of Washington - Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences. She has helped advance research with the Seattle Public Schools racial equity teams, and on topics such as cultural competency. She is a former Americorp Service Member and volunteers with the Gender Justice League and One America Votes. She is also an active Democratic precinct coordinator. She plans to use her voice to advocate for women’s rights and gender equality by spread awareness of the immigrant working mothers. She hopes to help mothers in her community navigate the school system, or support other women candidates in her community, who want to make a difference. She hopes to continue to empowering young advocates, and educate them about women’s rights to ensure a better future for all.

    Meghan Jernigan
    Meghan Jernigan

    Shoreline School Board

    Position 1

    Meghan Jernigan is a Staff Scientist at Washington State University’s Partnerships for Native Health. She designs research work that identifies community health priorities, organizes for social action, and generates health improvements for Indigenous people. She also serves as the Co-Lead of the Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core of the University of Washington’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, where she promotes equitable access to clinical research across Washington State. Her public health background has taught her how work gets done, and why it is important to participate in democracy. She is committed to amplifying the voices of women and minorities in Shoreline public schools. In 2017, Mrs. Jernigan was elected the Meridian Park PTSA Board Secretary. Mrs. Jernigan is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, where she was born and raised. She received a BA in Theater from Oklahoma State University and an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.

    Sara Betnel
    Sara Betnel

    Shoreline School Board

    Position 5

    Sara is the parent of a 4th and 1st grader who has been an active classroom volunteer, PTA member, advocate, and educator. She has worked for educational equity as the legislative chair for the district, as well as with Washington’s Paramount Duty - advocating for fully funded public education, lower class sizes, and essential staff and educators. She has seen how barriers persist between our community and our government, and how women have been left out of leadership, while often being the ones doing the invisible, free labor behind the scenes. She will focus on improving access to information and decision making with the District so more families, particularly working mothers, can be better included, heard, and become future district leaders. She arrives with a background in communications and education with BA in Drama - UW, MFA in Theatre Education - Boston University, over 20 years working in communications, and as the owner of a communications strategy and development firm.

    Linda Hamm Grez
    Linda Hamm Grez

    Snoqualmie School Board

    Position 2

    Linda Grez has challenged structural and cultural barriers and gender inequities throughout her entire life. It is critical that we educate our children to develop all their capacities regardless of gender and that we progress socially beyond stereotyping. As environmental education has influenced and shaped our last 2 generations, so cultural attitudes about gender and sexual identity will be influenced by education. Linda has 12 years elected experience as a Commissioner of the Si View Metropolitan Park District. Her community volunteer and leadership experience is extensive: President of Boosters Associations and PTSA/PTAs; organizer of annual Jazz and Blues Walks and Stage Manager for Wintergrass Music Festival. Before becoming a parent, she was Chair of the King County chapter of Washington Conservation Voters. She earned a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in MD. Occupation: Small business owner/entrepreneur.

    Chelsea Rivas
    Chelsea Rivas

    Snoqualmie School Board

    Position 3

    Chelsea is an honor roll, non-traditional undergraduate student and mother of 4, including a son with mobility impairments. She is finishing an internship with U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s Seattle Office. She recently won an Outstanding Presentation Award for a research project she presented at Central Washington University’s annual SOURCE Conference. Raised by an abusive mother, and herself the mother of 2 teenage girls, Chelsea knows the value of positive female role models. For more than 10 years she has spent hundreds of volunteer hours mentoring girls ages 11-17, including the past 6 years as a summer camp counselor. She is the Regional Disability Specialist for her church, serving 10 congregations on the Eastside. She also serves on a city commission. If elected, Chelsea will continue to advocate for social equity and inclusion. She is on a mission to improve the accessibility of public schools, which often fail to meet federal and state standards for accessibility.

    Khalia Gibson Davis
    Khalia Gibson Davis

    Tumwater School Board

    Position 5

    Khalia is currently the Compliance Manager for the Office of Equal Opportunity at the Washington State Department of Transportation. Her office ensures that federal guidelines regarding equity and inclusion are followed on all state and federal transportation projects.  Before working for WSDOT, she was an Assistant Attorney General in the Labor and Personnel Division.  Khalia has been chosen as a leader in several community and professional roles.  She currently serves as a School Director on the Tumwater School Board.  She is also the immediate past president for the Capitol Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers.  In 2016, she was chosen to be a Fellow for the Washington Leadership Institute, which is a program that recruits, trains and develops traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. It is a collaborative leadership program between the Washington State Bar Association and the University of Washington School of Law. In all of her leadership positions, Khalia has advocated for issues specifically dealing with women and/or minorities.

    Lindsey Luis
    Lindsey Luis

    Vancouver School Board

    Position 4

    Dual Endorsement

    Lindsey Luis recently graduated from Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies as the class of 2019. As a first generation student, she plans to attend Washington State University-Vancouver this fall. During her high school career she started the first debate club, The Junior State of America. While being involved in Key Club, National Honor Society, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlan (M.E.Ch.A), Black Student Union, and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). She currently serves on a nonprofit board as the National Youth President for LULAC. Her background in advocating for women's rights is seen throughout the extensive work she has done as a woman of color going above societals standards. She has acted as a role model for other women by revolving her campaign around representation. She will continue to challenge the status quo by giving young women of color the opportunities and support they deserve in order to prosper in school and beyond.

    Lisa Messer
    Lisa Messer

    Vancouver School Board

    Position 4

    Dual Endorsement

    Lisa Messer is the mother of two children and a science teacher with 14 years of classroom experience. This combination gives her a unique perspective into what a school district needs. Lisa has worked as an organizer in her teacher union on issues like pay equality, safety and women’s health. Being elected to the Vancouver School Board will be an opportunity for Lisa to continue to use her voice to work on these issues and more. As a science teacher Lisa has worked to increase the number of female students in STEM classes; as a school board member she will continue this work as well but on a larger scale.

    Tracie Barrows
    Tracie Barrows

    Vancouver School Board

    Position 5

    Tracie Barrows is a school psychologist, wife of a teacher, and has dedicated her life to public education. She has a Master’s Degree in School Psychology and has worked in public schools for over 14 years. While this is her first political campaign, her work with students, families, and teachers is a daily occurrence. Through her position in schools, she advocates for students and helps teachers and families access resources and services through the district and through the community every day. She is a voice of change not only for schools, but for women’s issues and female leadership. As a school board director, she will continue to advocate for women in leadership positions. The teaching profession is female-dominated, yet often administrative and leadership roles are held by men, and Tracie will continue to support women in these decision-making seats. In addition, it is her passion to support female students in gaining opportunities and experiences for their future success.

       

     


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    Maria Cantwell

    U.S. Senate

     

     

    Suzan Delbene

    Suzan DelBene

    U.S House

    1st Congressional District

    Carolyn Long

    Carolyn Long

    U.S. House

    3rd Congressional District

    Christine Brown

    Christine Brown

    U.S. House

    4th Congressional District

     

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    Lisa Brown

    U.S. House

    5th Congressional District

     

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    Pramila Jayapal

    U.S. House

    7th Congressional District

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    Kim Schrier

    U.S. House

    8th Congressional District

     



    STATE LEGISLATURE

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    Shelley Kloba

    State Representative 1st LD

    Position 2

    Shelley’s pathway to the Legislature started with volunteering as a legislative advocate for the PTA at her daughter’s school. This led to advocating for kids at various levels of the organization, culminating with a 2-year term as the Washington State PTA Legislative Director. Along the way, she served on the board of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, the Evergreen Hospital Community Advisors group, and the Kirkland Park Board. Before serving in the Legislature, Shelley was appointed then twice won election to the Kirkland City Council. In the Legislature, Shelley serves as co-vice-chair of the Technology and Economic Development Committee, vice-chair of the Commerce and Gaming Committee, and as a member of the Transportation committee. She has recently been appointed to the Autonomous Vehicle Workgroup. Shelley has focused her work in the Legislature on access to education, access to healthcare, decreasing the community impact of substance use disorder, and improving mobility. She is happy to take on any issue that will lead to healthy kids, healthy families, and a healthy community.

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    Lisa Callan

    State Representative 5th LD

    Position 2

    Lisa Callan is a mom, school leader, former Boeing engineer, and Democratic candidate for state representative in the 5th Legislative District. Lisa is now in her second term as a school board director in the Issaquah School District. She’s also a board member of both the Eastside Human Services Forum and Influence the Choice Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth and an active leader and volunteer with the PTSA, Kiwanis, and Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. Lisa graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in mathematics before becoming a lead engineer and project manager with Boeing. There, Lisa worked to design and integrate commercial airplane simulation software. Lisa lives with her husband, Bryan, and her son in the Issaquah Highlands. Lisa will bring her work experience being an engineer in a male-dominated field, school board work toward equitable access and opportunity, and her work for United Way and Eastside Human Services Forum Board in support of women’s access to housing and support services to Olympia where she will continue to push for women’s rights to affordable quality education, affordable childcare, and equal access and opportunity and fair treatment in the workplace and the many other issues impacting women in our state.

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    Jessa Lewis

    State Senate 6th LD

    Jessa Lewis was born in Colville and spent the bulk of her life in Spokane where she lives now with her daughter. Jessa currently serves as the Eastern Director for Health Care For All-WA. A graduate of Ferris High School, alumna of Spokane Falls Community College, Jessa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Resource Management and Energy Policy from Evergreen State College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Presidio Graduate School.

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    Karen Hardy

    State Senate 7th LD

    Karen has been called brave, courageous, strong and inspiring, which are all flattering, but the truth of the matter is while she may be those things, what really defines her is, hope, faith and persistence. Karen is unwavering, unyielding and unwilling to say the words “it can't be done.” It is this attitude and approach that she is going to take to Olympia on behalf of the people of the 7th District. Her motto is “Standing Tall”, which at 6’ in her boots is inevitable; it also refers to her approach to life. How do we Stand Tall? By the small acts of courage and kindness we share with each other. As a rural American she understands that pride in community along with the spirit of generosity is what enables them to do more with less. “Stand up straight, look them in the eye, offer a firm handshake, and your word and your reputation are the most valuable assets you own,” was the advice on which she built her life. Born in Auburn, WA, Karen attended Gov. John R Rogers High School in Puyallup, WA and Clark College in Vancouver, WA. She worked for Delta Airlines for nearly 20 years, traveling the world and living in multiple states. Karen founded Santa Fe Stables in 2008 and is currently Ranch Manager at the Pioneer Farm Ranch in Deer Park, WA. Karen and her two daughters celebrated their high-school graduations (2011 and 2013) with horseback trips across Ireland and Europe respectively. She lives in Valley, WA with her husband of fourteen years and their three dogs and eight horses.

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    Jenn Goulet

    State Representative 9th LD

    Position 2

    Jenn Goulet is a mother of two, a small business owner, and a member of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. In the Washington State House of Representatives, Jenn will put the interests of the people of the 9th Legislative District first, not corporations. Jenn is running to expand educational and trade school opportunities, work towards more affordable tuition, ensure health care is accessible for all, and ensure fair access to clean water. In Olympia, Jenn will fight for a better future for all.

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    Ann Diamond

    State Representative 12th LD

    Position 1

    Ann Diamond is a physician and businesswoman who founded The Country Clinic in Okanogan County. She has served her community in many roles—physician, coach, teacher, planning commissioner, community market and free clinic organizer—always with the intent of improving the health of her community. Health is bigger than a country doctor’s role: health is a roof, a job, a safe neighborhood, and school. Washington state must decrease healthcare costs, increase economic development and ensure quality public education in every zip code. There is much work to be done, and Dr. Ann will bring to Olympia her common sense, small-town civility, and independent voice to represent all of us in Legislative District 12.

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    Sasha Bentley

    State Representative 14th LD

    Position 1

    Sasha Bentley is a hard-working entrepreneur and resourceful community organizer. After living in some of the most liberal and most conservative places in the country, she has made her home in the 14th Legislative District in Washington State. She values both the diversity of the district's landscape and the diversity of its opinions, and she wants to represent all of its residents. Through her upbringing, Sasha became aware of the injustices many Americans face at school, at work, and in their neighborhoods, and she values education, community, and equality. A graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Women’s Studies, Sasha is running for office because her goal is to address racial, social, and economic inequalities at an institutional level. As a member of the leadership team of the Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network, Sasha will continue to encourage and train women to run for office and participate in voter education and outreach efforts. Sasha plans to fast forward pay equity legislation and support legislation to ensure fair employment practices, child care services, and universal health care, and will promote evidence-based solutions to homelessness, domestic violence and abuse.

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    Rebecca Francik

    State Representative 16th LD

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    Rebecca Francik, a resident of Pasco since 1982, was a member of Pasco's City Council from 1996-2017. She is passionate about women's rights across the board; Rebecca advocated for Planned Parenthood while on City Council, donates to women's organizations through United Way, and continuously worked to put women in leadership positions in Pasco. Rebecca's expertise in education, nonpartisan local government, and agriculture make her uniquely qualified to represent the 16th district and address pressing regional issues. Her record in public office delivered results: 80% drop in crime, road improvements, and a collaborative approach to building affordable housing, supporting small business, and investments in parks and public amenities. In Olympia, Rebecca will be an independent voice who listens to her constituents, uses science and data to make decisions, and ensures your tax dollars are spent efficiently to benefit all citizens. Rebecca is a positive voice for change!

    Tanisha Harris
    Tanisha Harris

    State Representative 17th LD

    Position 1

    Born and raised in Vancouver, WA, Tanisha Harris graduated from Evergreen High School, Clark College, and WSU-Vancouver. Following 10 years working at Evergreen School District in multicultural and diversity education, Tanisha now works as a CASA Program Specialist for YWCA Clark County advocating for children in the dependency/foster care system and supervising CASA volunteers. Tanisha is also a member of LICWAC (Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee) and was co-chair of the successful 2018 Evergreen Public Schools Facilities Bond.

    Tanisha is a strong advocate for women’s rights, civil rights, and human rights. As an elected official, she would sponsor, support, and vote for legislation that protects a woman’s right to choose, access to healthcare for all families, and public policy that supports women in the workforce. Tanisha is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Clark County, recipient of the YWCA Val Joshua Racial Justice Award, and the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award. Tanisha’s father’s family was one of first African American families in Vancouver in the early 1940s.

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    Kathy Gillespie

    State Representative 18th LD

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    Kathy Gillespie is an award-winning retired newspaper editor and reporter whose career included posts in Colorado, Arizona, California, and Oregon. She is a graduate of Colorado State University where she earned a degree in Political Science. Kathy has lived in SW Washington since 1991 and spent the last eight years helping to lead Vancouver Public Schools. VPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs that have led to improved student success and placed the district among Washington state’s top districts. In addition to her service on the school board, she has served as a Lunch Buddy, reading tutor and high school mentor to young women at Fort Vancouver High School. She has served in leadership roles through Parent Teacher Associations at multiple schools and been recognized for outstanding service to her community. Kathy and her family have raised four dogs for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a nonprofit organization that provides assistance dogs free of charge to recipients. Kathy believes public service is a calling and has dedicated herself to teaching citizens how to advocate effectively for changes in local and state government that will ultimately honor the lives of all people and help remove barriers to their success.

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    Erin Frasier

    State Representative 19th LD

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    Erin Frasier is a workforce development leader, educator, and mother of two whose family has farmed in rural Lewis County for four generations. Her professional career includes nearly a decade at Grays Harbor College, ensuring access to education and the supports individuals and parents need to be successful and enter a family-wage career. For the past three years, she has translated those hands-on skills to statewide policy work supporting underrepresented populations, many of which are women and mothers, at the State Board for Washington Community and Technical Colleges. Erin has always been an active community volunteer, serving on numerous boards and commissions including the State’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, the State’s Poverty Reduction Workgroup, a National Welfare to Careers Advisory Panel, several years with the Dispute Resolution Center of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, the Pacific County Economic Development Council and helped launch the Pacific County Teen Advocacy Coalition. She has also served as the Pacific County Democrats’ Vice Chair and is currently the WA State Democrats’ State Committeeperson for the 19th Legislative District. Erin has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Political Science and a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership.

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    Lillian Ortiz-Self

    State Representative 21st LD

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    Lillian is the representative of the 21st LD and serves on the Education Committee, Transportation Committee, Rules Committee, and the Early Childhood and Human Services Committee. She is a Mental Health Counselor and a School Counselor, She currently works in the Everett Public School District. Lillian has worked across child-serving systems, which gives her a deep appreciation and understanding for all human services. Her job experiences include serving as the Clinical Director of a Mental Health Center, Regional Coordinator for the Illinois State Board of Education, Education Advisor for the Department of Children and Family Services, and Director and Founder of the CU Project, a center for Latino families and youth. Nationally, Lillian serves on the National Council of State Legislator’s Education Committee and their Opportunity Gap Committee. She also is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Council of Hispanic State Legislator’s. Lillian is a mother to three children, Leanna, Tyler, and Kayla. She has a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Counseling from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

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    Laurie Dolan

    State Representative 22nd LD

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    Laurie Dolan has devoted her life to public service and is a passionate advocate for quality public education, environmental protection, social justice and gender equity. Her doctoral thesis was a quantitative study of the leadership style of 26 female principals and 26 male principals across the state of Washington. For 30 years, Laurie worked as an educator in the Spokane School District. From 2005 to 2009, Laurie served as Governor Gregoire’s PolicyDirector and helped produce the Puget Sound Partnership and clean car emission standards that made Washington an early leader in environmental policy and was instrumental in the creation of the Department of Early Learning. Since retiring in 2009, Laurie assisted in developing Washington Aerospace Scholars, served as a board member at the Museum of Flight, and helped implement the College Bound Scholars program in middle schools statewide. Laurie also served as a volunteer Intake Advocate at SideWalk, working to find housing for homeless veterans. Since being elected to the Washington legislature, Laurie has passed legislation including mandated civics education for all high school students, college credit for International Baccalaureate exams, Same Day Voter Registration, COLA increases for TRS 1 and PERS 1 retirees, and been instrumental in funding K-12 education. Because of these diverse experiences, Laurie understands the intricacies of grassroots initiatives and state government.

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    Beth Doglio

    State Representative 22nd LD

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    Beth Doglio is currently serving her first term for the 22nd Legislative District. She has proven herself a staunch advocate for women passing four bills that will directly improve the lives of women: a bill protecting women experiencing domestic violence, sexual harassment or stalking from employment discrimination; a bill that allows women who have had a child as a result of rape a civil legal process to deny parenting rights for their rapist; a bill to create the Washington State Women’s Commission; and a bill that will allow part-time state workers to unionize.

    Sherry Appleton
    Sherry Appleton

    State Representative 23rd LD

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    State Rep. Sherry Appleton, the senior member of the 23rd-district legislative team and a former two-term Poulsbo City Council member, has called Poulsbo home for three decades. She was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 2004 and is chair of the House Local Government Committee, as well as a member of the House Public Safety and Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs committees, and the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs. Outside the Legislature, Sherry is member of the Washington State Council on Aging and the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct. She is a former member of the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission and chaired the Commission’s Juvenile Sentencing Committee, and serves on the state’s Public Defense Advisory Committee. She is a charter member of Legislators’ Leadership Council on HIV/AIDS at the Center for Women’s Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

    Jamie Smith
    Jamie Smith

    State Representative 25th LD

    Position 1

    From a family of teachers, nurses, veterans and police officers, Jamie Smith was born to serve her community. Born and raised in Oregon, Jamie moved to Washington to attend Pacific Lutheran University where she played soccer and competed in track. Jamie Smith has served her community as an educator in Washington for 12 years. As a leader in her profession Jamie has been a union representative with the PEA, served on a task force to create new teacher evaluation tools, and earned her National Board Certificate in Adolescent and Young Adult Social Studies. While teaching leadership her students were honored to be recognized as the High School Blood Drive of the Year from the Cascade Regional Blood Services. Jamie Smith also works with the a national non-profit to develop courage, commitment, citizenship, integrity, patriotism, and sacrifice in students throughout the nation. She has helped provide free character development training and curriculum to teachers across the United States helping students recognize the ability within them to accomplish amazing things and to understand that every person has the potential to change the world. Jamie is also an active member in her church working with the young adult group, raising money to support a local women’s shelter, youth mission trips and other service projects.

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    Emily Randall

    State Senate 26th LD

    Emily was raised in Port Orchard and is a third-generation Kitsap County resident. Throughout her life she has been driven to create meaningful change and give back to the community that has given her and her family so much. For over a decade, she has served as an education and healthcare advocate at organizations like Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Children’s Hospital Boston, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Wellesley College, building community support and life-changing solutions for women, families and LGBTQ folks across the country. Emily has experience working with diverse coalitions – from students and parents, patients, medical providers, faculty members and senior staff to ensure the life-changing solutions were well-funded. She knows how to advocate for the needs of her community and when elected, Emily will fight to ensure our budget is reflective of our values and work with colleagues in Olympia to pass legislation that is good for all Washingtonians. Emily proudly identifies as lesbian and would be one of three women of color in the State Senate if elected. She moved back to Bremerton with her partner to be closer to her parents and grandparents.

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    Connie FitzPatrick

    State Representative 26th LD

    Position 1

    Connie FitzPatrick is a native of Port Orchard and graduate of South Kitsap High School, small business owner, mother, and third generation Navy Veteran. Following active duty aboard a sub tender in Europe and Charleston, SC., Connie continued her service as a reservist in Pearl Harbor before returning to Washington state and starting a family. Connie was inspired to run for office when she saw her opponent, one of the most conservative members of the State House, consistently voted against school funding, assistance for veterans and those struggling with mental illness and addiction, and transportation improvements. As a candidate and as a legislator Connie pledges to listen, respect differences of opinion, and work for positive, lasting change.

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    Joy Stanford

    State Representative 26th LD

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    Joy Stanford is a substitute teacher, health care advocate, and mother of three. She has lived in the 26th Legislative District for over twenty years and is a first-time candidate. Joy was inspired to run for office after seeing her opponent put partisan politics before common sense policies that would serve the district. Prior to becoming a substitute teacher Joy spent 14 years working with seniors and underserved populations in the region to gain access to Medicare, Medicaid and other critical health care services. Joy’s top priorities include school and mental health funding, Equal Pay, services for Veterans, and transportation solutions.

    Mari Leavitt
    Mari Leavitt

    State Representative 28th LD

    Position 1

    Mari Leavitt has spent 22 years in education helping students and reach their full potential. She is a college administrator expanding student opportunity at Pierce and Tacoma Community Colleges and Evergreen State College. Mari is the former Deputy Director of Pierce County's human service department, providing services to thousands of Pierce County families, seniors, veterans, and children.She earned her M.ED and BA at Western Washington and her PhD at Oregon State and owns a local small business with husband. Mari is a dedicated advocate for women’s issues and is passionate about ensuring access to quality, affordable healthcare services, and creating work environments where women, especially mothers, can thrive. Mari has earned the endorsements of Win with Women, National Organization for Women Political Action Committee, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, US Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Mayor Victoria Woodards and many more.

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    Christine Kilduff

    State Representative 28th LD

    Position 2

    Rep. Christine Kilduff has spent most of her career in public service advocating on behalf of the people of the State of Washington. First elected in 2014, Rep. Kilduff represents the 28th LD stretching from West Tacoma to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Education, and Early Learning & Human Services Committees.


    The granddaughter of four Irish immigrants who arrived in the United States with very little education and savings, Rep. Kilduff is a staunch believer in the power of public education and the importance of economic opportunity for all. These strongly held values led to her serving on the highly regarded University Place School Board, including her leadership as a two-time Board President, and then the House of Representatives.

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    Claire Wilson

    State Senate 30th LD

    Claire Wilson is currently the President of the Federal Way School Board and a candidate for State Senate in the 30th District. Claire spent 25 years working for the Puget Sound Educational Service District, specializing in early learning and family involvement. She has extensive volunteer experience in South King County including PTA, Citizens for Federal Way Schools, the Building Better Futures Board in Kent, the Advisory Board of the Washington Family Engagement Trust, and the Board of Directors for The Sidekick Collective. A long- term resident of the 30th LD, Claire has lived in South King County for nearly 20 years. Claire proudly identifies as a lesbian woman and mother. She has a daughter that is a senior in high school, and a son attending Western Washington University.

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    Kristine Reeves

    State Representative 30th LD

    Position 2

    Elected to the House of Representatives in 2016, Kristine Reeves is a working mom who is a demonstrated champion for kids, families, and communities in our state. An economic developer outside the legislature and former US Senator Patty Murray staffer, Kristine has a committed focus on helping veterans, fighting for women’s issues and building an economy that works for all families in our state. A graduate of Washington State University with a BA in political science and Gonzaga University with an MA in Organizational Leadership, Kristine lives with her husband, Camron, and their two young children in Federal Way.

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    Victoria Mena

    State Representative 31st LD

    Position 1

    Victoria is a proud Latina, Policy Director for a statewide nonprofit, community organizer, and single mom. Victoria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Family Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Governance from the Evans School at the University of Washington. Victoria has fought relentlessly against poverty, food insecurity and homelessness, building community by working and volunteering with nonprofit organizations. Victoria’s passionate advocacy has focused on immigrant rights, and has included workers’ and women’s rights, LGBTQ+ equality, homelessness, and climate change. Victoria knows first-hand how issues intersect, and how deeply our struggles are linked to each other. She is committed to championing policies that center the voices of people who are most impacted so they are the ones leading the work. Her platform includes healthcare for all, building a vibrant green economy, dramatically changing Washington’s regressive tax structure and doing more than just meet the minimum when it comes to our schools. Victoria will fight to make sure that everyone in Washington adheres to a fair tax structure so that we have the resources for anyone who is sick, and so every child receives an exceptional education.

    Maralyn Chase
    Maralyn Chase

    State Senate 32nd LD

    Senator Maralyn Chase is one of the strongest advocates for justice and equity for all people, including women, in the state legislature. She represents and advocates for the values and policies that reflect our democratic values. She serves as the Chair of the Senate Economic Development and International Trade committee. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Maralyn and her daughter, Carin, operated a general and specialty contracting firm. Before entering the contracting field, Maralyn ran a job training and development program for disabled and disadvantaged citizens for five years. She also worked with the Seattle Urban League to bring open housing for all areas of Puget Sound as well as workforce training and employment programs for underserved members of our community.

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    Cindy Ryu

    State Representative 32nd LD

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    Rep. Cindy Ryu is seeking re-election to her 5th term in the Washington State House of Representatives. Rep. Ryu is a 49-year resident of Washington State and lived previously in South Korea, Brunei, and the Philippines. She received a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and an MBA in operations management from the University of Washington. While a Shoreline city council member, she served as Mayor, becoming the first Korean American woman mayor in America. In Shoreline, she served as president of both the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and its Dollars For Scholars Chapter, helped improve numerous public parks, build its first City Hall and create Shoreline’s Green Business Program. Rep. Ryu chairs the Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee and the Members of Color Caucus and serves on the Commerce and Gaming and Capital Budget committees. Rep. Ryu advocates for small business owners, public schools, public transportation, environmental and consumer protection and public safety. She seeks increased access to affordable housing and homeownership which is critical to the well-being of women and families.

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    Lauren Davis

    State Representative 32nd LD

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    Lauren Davis grew up in King County and is a proud product of the public school system. Lauren’s first job was teaching at a Head Start program and so she has a particular passion for early childhood education. After college, she spent several years working in global development, as a Fulbright Fellow in Ghana, West Africa, and a consultant at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She championed HB 1713, named “Ricky’s Law,” which created an involuntary crisis commitment system for youth and adults with life-threatening addiction. Ricky’s Law represents one of the largest single investments in addiction treatment in Washington state history. It was during those long days at the capitol advocating for Ricky’s Law that women lawmakers began asking Lauren to run for office. She left her international development career to help launch a suicide prevention nonprofit called Forefront and she helped to found the Washington Recovery Alliance, where she now serves as the organization’s first Executive Director. She also serves on the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington State and served for many years on King County’s Behavioral Health Advisory Board. Lauren resides in Shoreline, is a member of Grace United Methodist Church, and plays goalkeeper in a recreational soccer league.

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    Karen Keiser

    State Senate 33rd LD

    Senator Karen Keiser serves in the Washington State Senate as Chair of the Labor and Commerce Committee, and when previously in the majority, Senator Keiser served as Chair of the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee. Health care, labor and women's rights, including reproductive rights, have long been the passion for Senator Keiser's career in public service. She worked for more than a decade to pass the landmark Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance law. This year she successfully sponsored and shepherded bills addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, and helped negotiate and pass the new state Equal Pay Act. Senator Keiser has served in the Washington state Senate since 2001. She has three grown children, enjoys gardening, ballet and is a long time member of her church choir.

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    Tina Orwall

    State Representative 33rd LD

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    Tina has represented the 33rd district since 2009. The Foreclosure Fairness Act, student loan debt protections, supporting sexual assault victims/rape kit reform, suicide prevention, anti-trafficking, compensation for those wrongly convicted, and adoptee rights are among her legislative accomplishments. Tina has worked with all levels of government to help embrace best practices to better serve the community. Her 20 years of experience working in the public mental health system, as well as her expertise in strategic planning in workforce development and affordable housing, have established her as a valued legislator and community leader. She earned both a BS in Psychology and an MSW in Administration from the University of Washington.

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    Mia Gregerson

    State Representative 33rd LD

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    Mia was first appointed in 2013 to represent the 33rd Legislative District of Washington state. This district includes SeaTac, Normandy Park, Des Moines and parts of Kent, Burien, Renton and unincorporated King County. As a state legislator, Mia has diligently worked towards protecting voter rights and increasing voter participation, reducing hunger and helping local food entrepreneurs.  She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Labor and Workforce Standards Committee and member of the Transportation, State Elections & IT, and Local Government committees. Prior to her service as a state representative, she served two terms on the SeaTac city council member and held positions as the mayor and deputy mayor. Mia currently lives in SeaTac and holds degrees from Highline Community College and the University of Washington. Mia worked as a surgical assistant and business manager in the dental field for nearly twenty years.




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    Shannon Braddock

    State Senate 34th LD

    Shannon Braddock is a children’s advocate, senior member of County Executive Dow Constantine’s administration, and longtime resident of the 34th District. At King County, Shannon has worked on coordinating and seeking reforms in the delivery of mental, health, addiction, and homelessness services, including working to pass the successful Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services levy renewal in 2017. She views Olympia as a needed partner in helping remove the burden on local taxpayers to address a statewide crisis. Shannon is on the Board of Westside Baby, a volunteer-based organization that provides support to low-income mothers and their babies and she previously served on the Board of the West Seattle Food Bank. Working with Executive Constantine, Shannon helped ensure passage of the highly successful Best Starts for Kids programs—targeting resources to early learning, behavioral intervention, and other critical investments. As a working single mom to three Seattle Public Schools kids, Shannon knows what women need to succeed in the workplace and at home. In the State Senate she will fight for equal pay, affordable and accessible child care, and reproductive freedom for all women. Shannon received her Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington.

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    Eileen Cody

    State Representative 34th LD

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    After growing up on the family farm in Iowa Eileen attended college in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating with an Associate degree in Nursing from the College of St Mary and then a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Creighton University. After graduation, she made the big move to Seattle and started working as a staff nurse at Group Health Cooperative (now Kaiser Permanente) where she is still employed. At Group Health she was on the original organizing committee and became the first treasurer of the nurse’s union there, 1199NW- SEIU. After 10 years of working to grow the union and advancing the rights of nurses, she ran for the Washington State House of Representatives. She has served in the House since 1994 and has been the chair of the House Health and Wellness committee for 20 years. During that time she has worked to provide access to health care for all Washingtonians and focused on improving the state’s behavioral health and long-term care systems.

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    Irene Bowling

    State Senate 35th LD

    Irene has been a lifelong educator and a fierce advocate for learning. At 13 years old she was teaching piano lessons to pay for entering university early at the age of 16. She was a faculty member at Olympic College for almost a decade and saw the powerful impact affordable secondary education can have on a community. As well as being a lifelong educator, Irene has a long history of working with her community. Irene has owned and operated the successful Bowling Music Studios, Inc. and SeattleSoundFX for 38 years. Her “Music Mobile” a portable music classroom contained within a bus, has given lessons to underprivileged schools, senior centers, and other locations in need throughout the Puget Sound area. She is passionate about fighting to make access to community college an affordable and reachable goal for everyone.

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    Noel Frame

    State Representative 36th LD

    Position 1

    State Rep. Noel Frame was appointed to the Washington state legislature in January 2016. She was motivated to run for office by a strong commitment to fixing our broken educational funding system and correcting our upside-down tax code. Born and raised in Washington state, Noel’s own experiences of attending public school herself and sending her cousins to Seattle public school years later have instilled a passion in her for creating a more equitable and just education system. Serving as a foster parent to two different cousins, starting at the age of 25, Noel brings her personal understanding of systemic poverty, mental illness, and the juvenile justice system to her work as a legislator. Noel has been committed to affecting social change through political action from an early age. She has nearly two decades of experience as a community organizer under her belt. When she is not serving in legislative session, Noel works as a planning and community engagement consultant. Her experience working for a small business in her own legislative district gives her a unique perspective on the issues facing both employees and employers in small and growing companies. Noel grew up in Battle Ground in Southwest Washington, and still has a strong connection to the southwest corner of our state. She now calls the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle home, and is proud to serve her friends and neighbors as their State Representative of the 36th District, Position 1.

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    Gael Tarleton

    State Representative 36th LD

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    As a woman who has achieved leadership roles throughout her career, Gael Tarleton advocates for women and girls to have equal access to educational and employment opportunities so that they can earn equal pay for equal work and create a good life for themselves and their families. Gael has lived in the 36th District's Ballard neighborhood for 25 years. She has been a research adviser and fundraiser at the University of Washington, an international business manager for a 40,000-employee science and technology company, and a senior defense intelligence analyst in the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. Gael also is a volunteer board member for non-profit groups here in Washington and nationally. In her work as a state legislator, Gael draws on her extensive policy expertise on global trade, national security, and science and technology research and development to shape public policies. Gael worked her way through college and graduate school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

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    Rebecca Saldaña

    State Senate 37th LD

    Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D-37) is a progressive leader with decades of experience fighting for economic, social and racial justice. Raised in West Seattle in a union household, Rebecca learned early on the importance of working together in community to fight discrimination and injustice. The values she learned at home are what led her to begin her career as a union organizer. From her work as an organizer with Oregon's farm workers' union, PCUN, and SEIU Local 6, to her work now as our State Senator, Rebecca has dedicated her career to standing up for immigrant rights, gender equity, a fair economy, and a better society. In the State Senate, Rebecca has been an advocate for comprehensive and affordable reproductive health care and eliminating the gender gap in pay and promotion opportunities. She serves as Vice-Chair of Transportation and Majority Whip for the Democratic Caucus. Rebecca is a proud graduate of Kennedy High School in Burien and Seattle University. She has lived and worked in the 37th LD for over a decade and, with her husband David, raises their family in Rainier Beach.

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    Sharon Tomiko Santos

    State Representative 37th LD

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    Sharon Tomiko Santos is a local grassroots leader with a history of activism that spans more than 40 years in the Seattle area. A strong advocate for human rights, quality public education, economic justice, and affordable healthcare and housing, Santos represents one of the most ethnically diverse legislative districts in the State of Washington, the 37th District. She was first elected in 1998. With strong ties to the community, Santos’ tireless efforts to advance the interests and concerns of women, immigrants and refugees, and people of color are well-recognized. In 1993, she received the Martin Luther King, Jr. “Keeping the Dream Alive” award; she was a 1996 Honoree of the Washington State Women’s Political Caucus; in 2000, she received the inaugural Bernie Whitebear Award from United Indians of All Tribes Foundation; and, in 2006, the Hate Free Zone of Washington (now, OneAmerica) recognized her with the Leadership in Justice in Government award. Santos’ interest in issues affecting women worldwide led her to help form a delegation from Seattle to attend the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. She is the first Japanese American woman elected to the Washington State House of Representatives.

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    June Robinson

    State Representative 38th LD

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    June Robinson is an honest, hard-working leader who listens and gets results for the citizens of the 38th district. Appointed earlier this year to fill a vacancy in the State House. In her first session, June worked with members of both parties to prevent further cuts to our schools, secured additional dollars and efficiencies in our mental health system, and worked to implement greater employment protections for veterans who have served overseas. She also authored legislation to protect tenants from punitive landlords and partnered with the Everett School District to try and improve educational services for at risk youth. In addition to serving in Olympia, June works at Public Health Seattle and King County, managing Community Health Worker programs that address chronic disease self-management for people living with asthma and diabetes. June serves on the board of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and serves on both the Salary Commission and the Human Needs Committee for the City of Everett. Her commitment to public service began on the international level right after her undergraduate college work: She joined the Peace Corps and spent three years in rural Jamaica, working as a public-health nutritionist. While in Jamaica she met her husband, Hilbert. They moved to Everett 14 years ago with their young boys, Garret and Colin.

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    Tana Senn

    State Representative 41st LD

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    As a working mom with two kids, Tana brings an important perspective to her role as a state representative for the 41st Legislative District. Tana has championed legislation to close the gender pay gap, ensure our children have access to mental health services and social-emotional learning in our schools and to reduce gun violence. After earning a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University, Tana worked for 15 years in government relations and communications in the private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors before her tenure on the Mercer Island City Council.

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    My-Linh Thai

    State Representative 41st LD

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    My-Linh Thai is a Bellevue School Board President, a health care professional, and an award-winning PTSA parent who commit to improving education, opportunity, and quality of life for Eastside families. My-Linh immigrated to Washington as a Vietnamese refugee with her family. Thanks to supportive teachers and counselors, she graduated from Federal Way High school with honors and went on to graduate from the UW School of Pharmacy. Her experience as a refugee has fueled her dedication to service. Her involvement at Somerset Elementary School PTA earned her the Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate Award. My-Linh was elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017 as Board Director for the Bellevue School District. She put her ability to listen, build consensus, and seek common goals ensuring all children reaching their human potentials. Her focus has been enhancing community engagement, establishing high expectations with diverse and challenging curricula, aiming to close the opportunity-gap, and improving services for students with special needs. My-Linh was also elected as Vice President of the Washington State School Board Directors Association in 2017. My-Linh and her family have lived in Bellevue for the past ten years. Their two children attend high-school in the Bellevue School District.

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    Pinky Vargas

    State Senate 42nd LD

    Pinky Vargas is a current Bellingham City Council member and is running this year for state senate in Washington’s 42nd district. Pinky first became a Bellingham City Council member to be a voice for women, the environment, and social justice. She has served as President of City Council, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Lake Whatcom Natural Resources. She is currently focused on the huge challenges of housing, homelessness, and economic development. She has a vision of a vibrant, healthy county, and urges us to work together for solutions to ensure everyone feels safe, has housing, jobs, and opportunity. Active in her community, Pinky serves on the Boards for Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, Parks and Recreation, and Whatcom Tourism. Pinky has worked for PSE for 8 years, with businesses, and organizations on Energy Efficiency. Pinky was instrumental in leading Bellingham in a National Energy Prize, (www.guep.org) and those efforts awarded her PSE’s “Energy Award” for 2017. She was nominated for “Whatcom Professional Women of the Year” and authored the Resolution for “Public Safety and Support for Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood.” Pinky has been a champion in her community for equity and civil rights for LGBTQ, immigrants, women, the environment, reducing incarceration, and economic vitality. She hopes to bring these traits to the Washington State Senate.

    Sharon Shewmake
    Sharon Shewmake

    State Representative 42nd LD

    Position 2

    Sharon Shewmake is an environmental economics professor at Western Washington University. She has a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis and a bachelor's degree in Economics and Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University. She is a board member of her neighborhood association, a member of the United Faculty of Western Washington, Riveters’ Collective and Walk Bike Bus Bellingham. Dr. Shewmake serves on the Whatcom County Climate Impacts Advisory Committee, various committees at Western Washington University and has authored a children’s book explaining economics to children. She is married to Nick with two children, Henry and Graham. She loves reading, hiking, teaching and really good tomatoes.

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    Nicole Macri

    State Representative 43rd LD

    Position 1

    Nicole was elected to the House of Representatives in 2016 by the people of the 43rd legislative district in Seattle. She serves as vice chair of both the Healthcare and Wellness Committee and of the Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs Committee, and is a member of the Capital Budget Committee. She is also a member of the Washington State Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. Nicole is a strong advocate for people living with disabilities and those who have experienced homelessness. In her first term, Nicole has been successful in moving forward policies that expand access to healthcare, increase affordable housing, and ends the harmful practice of conversion therapy on LGBTQ young people. She has more than 20 years of experience working on issues of affordable housing, homelessness, human services, and mental health. Outside the Legislature, Nicole is the Deputy Director for the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC). She lives with her partner, Deb Cayz, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

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    Manka Dhingra

    State Senate 45th LD

    Manka Dhingra is the Washington State Senator representing the 45th Legislative District. As a State Senator, Manka leads with compassion and integrity to prioritize strengthening communities. She is Vice-Chair of the Senate Law and Justice committee as well as Vice-Chair of the Human Service and Corrections committee. She is also a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, award-winning PTSA mom, anti-domestic violence advocate, and community leader. She is a co-founder of Chaya, a South Asian organization that provides resources and support for survivors of domestic violence and trafficking. She received her JD from the University of Washington, School of Law and her BA in Political Science and History from the University of California at Berkeley.

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    Mona Das

    State Senate 47th LD

    Mona Das was born to Indian parents who immigrated to America when she was 8 months old with $6 in their pocket, and a desire to build a better life for their family. Education was a top priority in the Das household which has sculpted Mona's belief in high-quality public education. She attended the University of Cincinnati where she earned her BA in Psychology and her MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinochet University. Mona moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996, establishing the roots of her early career and business success. In Portland, she enjoyed a successful career in the tech industry before launching MOXY Mortgage in 2004, a mortgage business focused on educating and empowering first-time homebuyers. She has a deep passion for helping people who have been underserved by other home loan providers and has consistently earned the Five-Star Mortgage Professional Award every year since the award's inception. Mona's commitment to equality for immigrants, women, and people in society who need a stronger voice has propelled her into leadership in the organizations where she serves. Mona serves on the board of the Women's Business Exchange, Women's Network for a Sustainable Future, A Social Ignition and her former university's Board of trustees.

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    Debra Entenman

    State Representative 47th LD

    Position 1

    Debra was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and has devoted her life to public service. As a non-traditional college student and a mother of two, she received a B.A in Political Science from Seattle University. She currently serves on the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees, and is a member of Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. Previously she served on board for Neighborhood House and Kent Youth and Family Services. Debra has worked 12 years for Congressman Adam Smith, leading his outreach efforts in South King County. Currently she is District Director. Debra has been a voice and constant advocate for women issues in the Greater Seattle and South King County. From advocating high quality-community-based services for women of color through her membership in the Urban League. To emphasizing the need, and importance in providing a high-quality K-12, postsecondary, and technical college opportunities, in hopes to prepare our new generation of women to find their passion and acquire skills to succeed. Debra will analyze every decision through the lens of a mother, women of color, and constituent of the district. Debra has the experience and the background the 47th LD deserves and needs.

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    Patricia Kuderer

    State Senate 48th LD

    Patty Kuderer brings nearly 30 years' experience as an attorney in municipal and private practice. She has represented individuals in employment discrimination cases and injured by texting, drunk or other negligent drivers, as well as sexual harassment victims. Patty has volunteered for numerous non-profits including Sacred Heart Social Concerns, Congregations for the Homeless, The Peace Alliance, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Virtue's Children Nepal, Chrysalis Domestic Violence Center and the Minnesota International Health Volunteers. She was a frequent volunteer in the schools and earned the "Golden Acorn" for her service as Co-President of Chinook Middle School PTSA. She is a current board member of the Anti-Defamation League Seattle and serves on its Civil Rights Committee. Patty Kuderer grew up in Minnesota, got a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, and practiced law as a City Attorney, prosecutor, and a personal injury/ employment discrimination lawyer. Patty has lived on the Eastside for nearly 20 years and raised her two children, Michael and Emily, here.

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    Vandana Slatter

    State Representative 48th LD

    Position 1

    Dr. Vandana Slatter is a former Bellevue City Councilmember, community leader, a public school parent, and biotech and health professional. A Doctor of Pharmacy (UW), Vandana has worked for the past twenty-five years in the biotech industry bringing multiple parties together, making sense of complex information, and achieving safe and efficient solutions to best serve patients. Vandana earned her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington and served as an Executive MPA Intern to Senator Maria Cantwell. Vandana has advocated for women throughout her career. A Foundation Board Member for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, she supported a woman's right to make reproductive choices. As a member of the State Board of Pharmacy, she helped to ensure patient access to all medicines, an important component of economic equality for women. As a State Representative for the 48th LD, Vandana has continued to support legislation advancing and protecting women's rights, co-sponsoring and supporting bills such as the Equal Pay Opportunity Act and the Reproductive Parity Act.

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    Amy Walen

    State Representative 48th LD

    Position 2

    Amy was born in Oregon and studied and practiced law in Australia before moving to Kirkland, Washington in 2005 with her husband Jim. Together they own and operate Ford-Hyundai of Kirkland and employ over 120 people. Amy has been the Chief Financial Officer for companies with revenue exceeding $100 million per year for nearly 20 years. As a cancer survivor and someone who received help during difficult times in her life, Amy is committed to giving back. Amy was elected to the Kirkland City Council in 2009, and was selected by her colleagues on the Council to serve as Mayor in 2014. She also works to raise money for several community organizations. Amy is the proud step mother of Josh, Ryan, and Rachel, and proud legal guardian of her nephew Josh.

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    Sharon Wylie

    State Representative 49th LD

    Position 1

    Sharon Wylie has a long history of community service and political action. She was one of the founding organizers of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center and has stood up against violence toward women for more than 45 years. Since her appointment in 2011, she has served on the Higher Education, Technology, Energy and Economic Development, Commerce and Gaming, Rules and Transportation Committees. In addition she volunteers on the WSU Vancouver Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and is a facilitator for the National Institute for Civil Discourse. With her husband, she supports a variety of housing and environmental initiatives in her community. She has grown twin daughters and two grandchildren. Painting portraits, traveling and spending time in the outdoors provide joy and balance.

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    Monica Stonier

    State Representative 49th LD

    Position 2

    Monica Jurado Stonier sees public service as a calling and a responsibility. She believes in a citizen’s legislature where the representatives have lives and careers reflective of those in her district, rather than a full-time politician. She believes an effective legislator puts people and community ahead of politics. Monica and her husband Brandon have been married for seventeen years and have two children who attend public school in Vancouver. Because she is a working mom, works with teachers and students in public schools, and is active in her community, Monica has many opportunities to keep in touch with the true pulse of the people in Southwest Washington. Born at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Monica comes from a strong military family and believes that service to others is a family value. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and her master’s degree from Washington State University Vancouver.



    CITY AND COUNTY POSITIONS

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    Temple Lentz

    Clark County Council

    Position 1

    Temple Lentz has been active in Clark County for many years, working directly with local businesses and nonprofits to grow and improve their operations. She is also founder and host of Vancouver's first-ever live talk show, Hello Vancouver!, now in its fifth year. She is passionate about connecting Clark County neighbors and fostering community pride and progress. She has served as an elected Freeholder, helping write Clark County’s new governing charter, and she took an active role in the campaign for its passage, winning by a notable margin. She has served on a variety of boards and commissions, including current service on the Clark County Commission on Aging and the boards of the nonprofits Friends of the Columbia Gorge and The Hough School Foundation. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree with honors from the University of Chicago, and looks forward to bringing her skills, education, and ability to collaborate to the Clark County Council.

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    Alishia Topper

    Clark County Treasurer

    As your Vancouver City Councilmember I am a committed advocate and champion for public safety, affordable housing, protecting the vulnerable, honoring our Veterans, education, parks and economic opportunity. My diverse interests and dedication to these issues are deeply grounded in my personal values. My story begins with my mom, who raised me and my sister as a single mother. When she had me, she was just 15 years old and working 70 hours or more a week to pay the bills. I worked my way through college and earned two degrees along with All-American honors in the 800 meters. I am proud to have worked for Vancouver Public Schools, the Fort Vancouver National Trust and now, the Clark County Treasurer’s Office. Whether I’m finding innovative approaches to help students remove barriers to learning; preserving our rich history; building events to support our Veterans; or strengthening public services, I am always dedicated to being sincere, speaking the truth, and doing my homework so I know both sides of an issue. I hope to continue working on behalf of the people of Vancouver to make us all proud to call Vancouver our home.

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    Liz Vogeli

    Everett City Council

    Position 4

    Liz Vogeli is a strong advocate for the underserved. She has worked mainly in the field of early childhood education continually supporting and empowering the voices of mothers. Training in areas of behavior, leadership, and classroom management greatly enhances her ability to engage with adults in workplace and political situations. Mentoring women and girls while practicing theatre and martial arts has increased her patience and perseverance which is necessary in our fight for justice.

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    Janet St. Clair

    Island County Commissioner

    District 3

    Janet and her husband bought their home in Island County five years ago and moved full time to Camano in 2015. In 2016, Janet retired after 30 years in social work. During her career, she was a child mental health specialist and then expanded her practice and training across all ages. She moved into management early in her career and helped develop a licensed mental health center to expand access to care for her employer to low-income families. She ran child welfare programs in California and volunteered in Brazil to build capacity and training programs for a large early learning and child welfare program in Curitiba. She later moved into Senior Executive roles overseeing programs in mental health, family support, workforce development, refugee and immigrants, and senior services. Janet was also an active community volunteer serving for many years as a foster parent, on local boards and active in her church. After moving to Island County, Janet wanted to volunteer in her new community and joined the Island County Community Health Advisory Board and later was appointed to a regional health advisory council for our five-county region. She also serves on the Board at the Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center. Janet fell in love with the beauty and ecology of our islands and took a part-time Executive Director job with Sound Water Stewards to learn more and help build capacity for this emerging nonprofit. She is a mother, grandmother, and auntie who takes great joy in her large blended family. She and her husband are active sailors, play tennis, love to travel, and enjoy their little dog, Gogh.

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    Meredith Green

    Kitsap County Treasurer

    Meredith Green has a 31 year career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has managed accounting and finance operations for companies ranging from $10 - $400 million dollars, including Pope Resources, Boxlight and Airbiquity. She graduated from University of Washington with a Business Administration degree, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and in top 5% her of class. As Poulsbo Rotary Club’s president, Meredith led the effort to bring Coffee Oasis to help homeless and street youth in North Kitsap. She’s also served as Rotary District Trainer and currently serves as an Assistant Governor. She is also on the Olympic College Foundation board.

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    Heather Pauley

    Kitsap County Public Utility

    District Commissioner

    Position 3

    Heather holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She has a background in mental health and education. For the past four years, Heather has been a substitute teacher in the Central Kitsap and Bremerton school districts. She is a strong advocate for education and food and housing security for the children of Kitsap County. Heather is passionate about community service. She volunteers and serves on several different advisory committees. These include Kitsap Harvest, the Bremerton Backpack Brigade, and Kitsap Housing Advocates. Heather currently serves as a Precinct Committee Officer for the Eagle Crest 164 precinct. She has been an active member of the Kitsap County Democrats since 2016. Heather is originally from the Midwest. She has lived in Kitsap County for the past 17 years. She lives with her two sons, and a small menagerie of animals in Silverdale, Washington.

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    Dolly Hunt

    Pend Oreille County Prosecutor

    Dolly Hunt is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Santa Clara University School of Law. She began her career with the Okanogan County Prosecutor’s Office in 2003 before joining the Pend Oreille County Prosecutor’s Office in 2006. Dolly also served as a special prosecutor for Lincoln County. Dolly was elected in 2014 as the Pend Oreille County Prosecuting Attorney. Dolly has handled hundreds of cases over her career to include sexual assault, child abuse, property crimes and violent crimes. Dolly has met and worked closely with hundreds of crime victims, both adults and children. She has worked to bring justice for victims, their families, and the communities she has lived and worked in for more than fourteen years. Dolly has served on various boards and committees at the State and local level.

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    Mary Robnett

    Pierce County Prosecutor

    Mary is an experienced prosecutor with 18 years in the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office and almost 6 years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Sexually Violent Predators unit. With an interest in public service, Mary joined the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office in 1994 and worked her way up through the ranks to become the Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor. She was called upon to handle some of Pierce County’s biggest cases, obtaining convictions against all four of the 2010 Craigslist murderers. Based on her performance and initiative, Mary was awarded the Attorney General’s Excellence Award (2015) and the Attorney General’s Office STAR award (2017). Mary believes Pierce County residents deserve better from the Prosecutor’s office. She has management know-how and extensive courtroom experience trying complex cases. Mary can restore trust and run the Prosecutor’s Office in a non-political manner. She is intent on restoring the public’s trust. Mary and her husband Bill, a military veteran and retired law enforcement officer, make their home in Tacoma.

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    Sandy Perkins

    Skagit County Auditor

    Sandy Perkins is running for the office of Skagit County Auditor. Sandy is currently the Chief Deputy Auditor, with 25 years of experience as an auditor and fraud investigator. She has been a Certified Fraud Examiner for 16 years and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Crime Investigation. Sandy’s background will be critical as the Auditor’s Office oversees Elections, Accounting, Licensing and Recording departments for the County. Sandy said, “I am very happy to bring my knowledge and experience to Skagit County government. My goal is to be a trusted steward of taxpayer’s money, instill security and confidence in our elections make our County government the most efficient it can possibly be. I will work hard to implement cost savings and provide better than expected customer service to our community.” Sandy has many years of community service experience working to advance the status of women and girls and recognizing women’s achievements in her community.

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    Mary Rollins

    Snohomish County PUD Commissioner

    District 1

    Mary Rollins has been a champion of those on the margins for most of her life. Mary holds a master’s degree in Policy Studies from the University of Washington, a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies with a Human Rights minor as well as a documentary film certificate. Her student project is titled, “She’s Baseball Mad: how women saved baseball in Seattle.” Mary’s grassroots volunteer experience includes: working with women refugees helping them get resettled, assisting wives and children of prisoners in Monroe through the refurbishment of the Matthew House, speaking to the community on behalf of those suffering from domestic violence, and helping women from around the world sell their handmade goods in her fair trade coffee shop. Mary is the mother of three children, one with extreme special needs. She is also raising a daughter to be proactive and recently was able to see her daughter give a speech at the March for Our Lives event in Everett. As an elected official, Mary will bring the same passion and experience to elected office as she has done consistently in her personal and private life. Mary is the current chair of the 38th Legislative District Democrats and works as a caregiver for her son and as an Independent Living Coordinator at a local non-profit—helping individuals with Developmental Disabilities lead the most beneficial life possible. Mary’s motto is to live with honesty, integrity and compassion.

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    Mary Hall

    Thurston County Auditor

    Mary Hall was elected Thurston County Auditor in 2013. A 22-year election veteran, Hall received her national certification in elections from Auburn University in 2004, attended Rock Valley College in Rockford Il, Clover Park Technical College, and the University of Washington Tacoma. Auditor Hall works tirelessly to ensure safe, secure and transparent elections that are fair and accessible. She’s a passionate advocate for voter access legislation, a dedicated campaigner for issues affecting women and encouraging more women to run for office. Auditor Hall was a driving force behind the passage of Same Day Voter Registration and other voter access legislation. She was honored to be the only elected official to speak at Governor Jay Inslee’s bill signing ceremony.

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    Linda Oosterman

    Thurston County PUD 1

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    Laurie Lebowsky

    Vancouver City Council

    Position 1

    Laurie Lebowsky earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. She attained a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and has lived on the East and West sides of Vancouver throughout the last ten years. She is recognized as a transportation expert and has made traffic congestion, creating reliable commute times, and making streets safe for seniors, children and the disabled a priority. She is a current member of the Vancouver chapters of National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, NAACP, Planned Parenthood, Columbia Riverkeepers, and ACLU, and knows that we must continually work to promote justice for women and people of color. She is former chair of the Clark County Public Health Advisory Council, a group that promotes food security for underserved people in Southwest Washington. Laurie has made social justice her life goal and is honored to serve on Vancouver City Council so she can help find solutions to issues affecting those in need.

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    Susan Soto Palmer

    Yakima County Commissioner

    District 3

    In 2016 we witnessed underrepresented communities throughout, impactfully rally for desired policies to positively influence quality of life while preserving and protecting our precious resources, i.e., water, agriculture, economy, businesses with dignified and equitable solutions. In partnership, we continue actions to restore life-enhancing policies including the safety and stability of our diverse families, living wages, protecting workers’ rights, women’s rights, affordable quality housing and healthcare and other potent issues affecting our daily lives. As Yakima County Commissioner #3, Susan is committed to equitable, innovative solutions, creating increased public access and transparency to the system of the Commissioners’ service. She is also committed to working together with all in our communities to champion for culturally responsive policies which support families, place education at the forefront and promote safe, strong and economically viable communities. Susan has over 24 years of experience in the legal profession as Legal Assistant; Office Administrator; Litigation Paralegal; Texas Attorney General Child Support Special Collections Unit Technician Specialist; Secretary/Receptionist. She studied Criminal Justice at San Antonio Community College and received an Associate in Applied Science, Professional Legal Secretary from Del Mar College. Susan currently volunteers as a Sexual Assault Advocate for Aspen Victim Services in Yakima County; is a form CASA Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer in Yakima County and a former Family Assistance Crisis Team Victims Advocacy Volunteer with the San Antonio Police Department.



    JUDICIAL

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    Sheryl Gordon McCloud

    State Supreme Court

    Position 9

    Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud was first elected to the Washington Supreme Court in 2012 after nearly 30 years as an accomplished appellate lawyer. As the recipient of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ highest award, the William O. Douglas Award, she was recognized for “extraordinary courage” in being willing to take on some of the toughest cases. Now, as a Supreme Court Justice, she serves as Chair of the State’s Gender & Justice Commission and was the recipient of Washington Women Lawyers President’s Award in 2015. Justice McCloud has participated in many significant cases that have come before the Supreme Court and was the author of the Court’s 2017 opinion in State v. Arlene’s Flowers, where the Court unanimously held that Washington’s Law Against Discrimination protects the rights of a gay couple seeking to buy flowers for their wedding and that the religious beliefs of the shop owner are not a bar to equal treatment.

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    Becca Glasgow

    Washington Court of Appeals

    Division II

    As a Deputy Solicitor General for Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Rebecca Glasgow has litigated some of Washington’s most important cases, including the successful defense of Washington’s minimum wage and paid sick leave initiative and Washington’s gun background check initiative. She serves as a legal adviser to the Governor’s Office on immigration issues in the wake of recent increased ICE enforcement. She also served on the Attorney General’s legal team that enforced the Washington Law Against Discrimination to protect the rights of a same-sex couple seeking to buy flowers for their wedding. Rebecca has a long history of service to her community. She has volunteered at her local legal clinic for more than a decade, helping clients who cannot afford an attorney, often to helping them prepare to escape domestic violence or develop a parenting plan that will keep their kids safe. Rebecca has also served as the statewide President of Washington Women Lawyers, a professional association of women that is dedicated to promoting equal treatment of women and preventing discrimination against them. Rebecca sits on many other community boards and committees. She is a proud mom of a teenage son. You might see her family walking their chocolate lab together, rain or shine, on the hiking trials near their home in Thurston County.

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    Barbara Melton

    Clark County Clerk

    I am a nearly lifelong resident of Clark County. I have one daughter, Emma, who also lives and works here in Clark County with her husband, Brett. I have been employed with the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for 17 years, currently as a Legal Secretary. I have been active in my union, Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 11, for 15 years as a shop steward and on the Executive Board. I am currently President of Local 11. I have been shop steward for the Clerk’s Office for over 12 years. As steward, I am familiar with the employees of the office, and with how the office runs, and should run, and I have seen a steady decline in morale over the past few years. My goal as Clerk is to fix these problems from the ground up. As a leader, I am prepared to work through problems with the employees, when necessary, working alongside them in order to get things done, build the team back up, and make the workers feel valued once again.

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    Debra Burchett

    Cowlitz County District Court

    Position 1

    Debra is a 4th generation Cowlitz County resident who has 20 years’ experience as a District Court and Juvenile Prosecutor, a Pro Tem Judge in two counties and a Criminal Defense Attorney. Debra was a Deputy Prosecutor for four years in both Grays Harbor and Cowlitz County and a Criminal Defense Attorney for 16 years. She has primarily worked in District Court and during her tenure has done 7,800 cases in District Court alone and over 60 Jury Trials in both Superior and District Court. She has also been a Pro Tem Judge in Cathlamet for 15 years and is starting her second year as a Pro Tem Judge in District Court in Cowlitz County. She is also is a Small Business Owner and started the Burchett Law Firm in 2001 where she has the public defense contracts for Kelso, Kalama and Castle Rock, all in District Court. Debra is vested in our county, being born here, being a homeowner, and raising her son here, who is now an Honors Student at WSU. Debra is a Kelso Rotarian, belongs to the Cowlitz Legal Aid Board and the Red Hats as well as board member for Family House Academy.

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    Karen Donohue

    King County Superior Court

    Position 22

    Judge Karen Donohue was appointed to the King County Superior Court by Governor Inslee, effective March 2018. Prior to her appointment, she served for seven years on the Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) bench, where she served most recently as the Presiding Judge. Prior to being elected, Judge Donohue worked as a Judge Pro Tem in several district and municipal courts, in a general practice firm, as a law clerk/bailiff, prosecutor, and defense attorney, consultant and solo practitioner and as General Counsel at a global telecommunications consulting and network development firm. In 1998, Judge Donohue relocated to Dublin with her family for a year, where she also acted as General Counsel to an Irish mobile phone company. Judge Donohue earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and her law degree from Seattle University School of Law. In 2016, she was awarded the Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award from the National Association of Women Judges and the Nevins Award from the Washington Judges’ Foundation.

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    Lisa O'Toole

    King County District Court

    Northeast Electoral District

    Position 3

    Judge Lisa O'Toole is a King County District Court Judge who is running for re-election. Judge O'Toole is committed to ensuring that justice is administered fairly, efficiently, and equally to all and that everyone is treated with respect and courtesy. She has been an attorney for 31 years. Judge O'Toole has had a civil litigation practice in a large, private firm, has had a criminal practice as a King County Deputy Prosecutor, has served as a pro tem Judge, and was elected to the position of King County District Court Judge, Northeast Division, Position 3, in 2014. Judge O'Toole is a graduate of Whitman College and University of Puget Sound School of Law (Now Seattle University). She is an active volunteer in our community and on court-related organizations and committees both within King County District Court and State-wide. Judge O'Toole is a lifelong resident of the State of Washington and lives in East King County with her husband and two children.

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    Laurel Gibson

    King County District Court

    Southwest Electoral District

    Position 2

    Prior to becoming a lawyer, Judge Gibson spent years advocating for developmentally disabled adults and children -- balancing individual needs with limited public resources. A graduate of Seattle University School of Law, Judge Gibson has served King County for 13 years as a Public Defender, representing those who often face challenges in obtaining equal access to justice. For the 5 years prior to taking the King County District Court Bench, she was Administrative Law Judge presiding over disputes involving the most vulnerable residents of Washington State.

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    Anne Harper

    King County District Court

    West Electoral District

    Position 1

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    Alison Sonntag

    Kitsap County Clerk

    Kitsap County Clerk Sonntag graduated Magna Cum Laud from the University of Washington and has a Fellowship from the Institute for Court Management, the educational arm of the National Center for State Courts. She is also a Certified Public Official through the Washington State Association of Counties.
    Sonntag spent the greater part of her adult life working in the Justice System, acquiring experience in a private law firm, the Pierce County Clerk’s Office and Superior Court. She spent the nearly 24 years as the Chief Deputy Clerk here in Kitsap before being appointed as Clerk in August of this year.


    Sonntag has been active in her community and supports many national and local causes. She is active at the state and national level in government and court associations.

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    Lizanne Padula

    Pierce County District Court

    Position 3

    Lizanne Padula grew up in Florida, attended college at the University of Denver in Denver Colorado, Law School at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati Ohio and has been a Washington resident since 1994. She has been a lawyer for over 24 years and, during that time, she has been a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, a Civil Litigator, a Criminal Defense Attorney and a Pro Tem Judge. She has practiced in almost every Court in Western Washington and has endorsements from Judges in multiple jurisdictions from the State Supreme Court to Municipal Courts. Lizanne is well respected across our state because of her legal abilities and the respect and dignity she affords all. She has been selected as a special Domestic Violence Prosecutor and volunteered hundreds of hours of pro bono work for single mothers and DV victims. She has twice been voted a Super Lawyer in Washington and has been a small business owner running her own law firm for many years. Lizanne Padula as an attorney has been a strong advocate for women and as a Judge will be a strong advocate for the laws that protect women and Domestic Violence victims.

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    Laura Riquelme

    Skagit County Superior Court

    Position 2

    Judge Laura Riquelme has served in this position since her appointment to Skagit County Superior Court by Governor Inslee in July 2017. Prior to her current term, she also served as a Skagit Superior Court judge for more than eight months in 2016. Judge Riquelme has devoted her legal career to public service in Skagit County, first as a prosecutor and then for more than a decade as a public defender, where she represented individuals accused of felony offenses. As an attorney, she also volunteered her services at legal clinics through the Volunteer Lawyer Program. Judge Riquelme is active in her community, where she participates on several boards and is a member of Skagit Women in Business and Washington Women Lawyers. She serves on the statewide Trial Court Sentencing and Supervision Committee.

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    Andrea Chin

    Seattle Municipal Court

    Position 2

    Andrea Chin is a candidate for Seattle Municipal Court judge. With 26 years of experience as an Assistant City Attorney, working daily in our state's busiest court, Andrea brings both a depth of knowledge about this important court and an understanding of the continuous challenges facing the criminal justice system in Seattle. After graduating from Occidental College in 1982, Andrea worked for several years as an Assistant Director of Admissions at the California Institute of Technology where she developed a program to recruit qualified women to this prestigious science and technology institution. After graduating from law school, Andrea returned to her native Seattle and began a career with the Seattle City Attorney's Office where she not only tried criminal cases and argued appeals at all levels of state appellate courts, she also trained and supervised new lawyers. The Seattle Municipal Court has developed special courts for both veterans and those with untreated mental illness, and Andrea has been instrumental in making both a success. But she understands we need to do more. She will be the kind of judge who will work with city leaders to address Seattle's growing need to balance public safety and offering a helping handAs President of the Asian Bar Association of Washington, Andrea has been recognized as a proven leader. In the coming years, Seattle will continue to enjoy -- but also struggle with -- cultural and economic changes. We need experienced leaders like Andrea who are invested in keeping Seattle a great place to live and work -- for everyone.

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    Anita Crawford-Willis

    Seattle Municipal Court

    Position 4

    Judge Anita Crawford-Willis was appointed to a seat on the Seattle Municipal Court bench in 2016 after nearly 30 years in public service as a Public Defender, Judge Pro Tem, and Administrative Law Judge. She served Pro Tem on the Seattle Municipal Court from 1994 to 2016. Judge Crawford-Willis is a native of Seattle and grew up in the Central District. Both of her parents were proud members of the Machinists Union (IAM 751) and worked on the Boeing production line for 35 years. As a graduate of Seattle University and its Law School, Judge Crawford-Willis has been a dedicated alumna leader—mentoring and empowering students to pursue their goals. In service to her alma mater, she has been a member of the University’s Board of Regents and the Law’s Board of Governors. She has been honored by Seattle University with the Woman in Leadership Award and by the Seattle University Women’s Law Caucus’ Woman of the Year. Judge Crawford-Willis served for 13 years on the board of the King County Boys and Girls Club. Most recently she has received Loren Miller Bar Association’s Social Justice Award. Judge Anita Crawford-Willis lives with her husband and 3-year-old daughter in south Seattle.

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    Faye Chess

    Seattle Municipal Court

    Position 6

    Faye Chess is a Magistrate Judge and Judge Pro Tempore, Seattle Municipal Court. She was selected to serve in these positions by the elected judges. She presides over court hearings, including jury trials in formal court for the elected judges. After receiving her B.A. from Purdue University and her law degree from University of Cincinnati, she worked seven years as a staff attorney at The Public Defender Association in Seattle, WA where she defended hundreds of clients charged with felonies and misdemeanor offenses in jury and bench trials in Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle District Court, King County Juvenile Court and King County Superior Court. She has served as Seattle School District’s Deputy General Counsel and Tukwila School District’s Executive Director of Human Resources and General Counsel. Prior to joining the Seattle School District, she was Deputy General Counsel for Seattle Housing Authority. She was employed as a human resource professional at Swedish Medical Center and Providence Health and Services. She was also Sr. Employee and Labor Relations Consultant and Director of Labor Relations for Group Health Cooperative. For over twenty years, she was a Judge Pro Tempore/Part-Time Judge in King County District Court, presiding over thousands of criminal and civil cases. She was one of the longest serving Judge Pro Tempore in district court. She is a committed public servant who has experience, training, and knowledge in addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizational settings. She is a member of the Washington Bar Association and Loren Miller Bar Association as well as a member of the State of Washington’s Minority and Justice Commission. She has over 33 years of continued volunteer service with local and national non-profit organizations. She is an active member of the Greater Seattle Chapter of Links, Inc. and Seattle Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., two international non-profit organizations whose membership consist of professional and college-educated women of color who provide assistance and support to women, men, children, and families through established programs in local communities throughout the world. She is a former board member of Medina Children Services now known as Amara, Mediation Services for Victims and Offenders, and Park Lake/White Center Boys and Girl Club. Ms. Chess remains firm in her resolution to maintain her membership and affiliation with organizations that serve community members, particularly women and children.

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    Jennifer Rancourt

    Snohomish County District Court

    Cascade Division

    Jennifer Rancourt is an experienced, compassionate and hardworking attorney who will be a firm but fair judge. She has been an attorney for seventeen years, representing a diverse client population. She has handled hundreds of cases and tried dozens of jury trials to verdict ranging from simple drug possession to first degree murder. Jennifer has also served as a Judge Pro-tem for nearly a decade. Throughout her career she has mentored many female attorneys and is an advocate for children. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, the Associate Board of Camp Fire of Snohomish County and Everett Rotary. In 2011, she was appointed by Governor Gregoire to the Clemency and Pardons Board where she makes recommendations to the Governor regarding requests for pardons and commutations of sentences. Her reputation for fairness has earned her endorsements from leaders in criminal defense, the elected prosecutors for both Snohomish and Skagit County and the Snohomish County Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Association. In a recently Snohomish County Bar poll, 87% of respondents chose Jennifer as their candidate of choice for Cascade District court judge – showing the overwhelming support of the legal community. Jennifer resides in Stanwood with her husband Roger and their two children.

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    Kristen Olbrechts

    Snohomish County District Court

    Cascade Division

    Judge Kristen Olbrechts practiced law from 1991 to 2015, when she was elected as Snohomish County District Court Judge. During her practice of law, she served as a state prosecutor, city prosecutor, defense attorney, hearing examiner, and a Pro Tem Judge for 20 years. As an attorney, Judge Olbrechts provided pro bono work representing women seeking Civil Orders of Protection for Domestic Violence. Judge Olbrechts has served as a mentor for several women in the legal community and has volunteered on campaigns to help get women elected. Judge Olbrechts has been a member of the NWPC as well as the May Hutton Society and Women in Democracy.

       

     


  • published NWPC-WA Bylaws in About 2018-01-24 05:13:12 -0800

    NWPC-WA Bylaws

     

    Adopted 2013.

     

    1                     National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington State

    2                                                                    BYLAWS

    3         

    4                                                          ARTICLE  I  NAME

    5          The name of this organization shall be the National Women’s Political Caucus of

    6          Washington State (NWPC-WA), a multipartisan, not-for-profit membership

    7          corporation incorporated in the state of Washington, which shall have a perpetual

    8          existence and which shall not have issue or pay dividends.

    9         

    10                                            ARTICLE II  PURPOSES AND GOALS

    11        The purpose of the NWPC-WA is to increase women’s participation in the political

    12        process and to identify, recruit, train and support feminist women for election and

    13        appointment to public office. While in pursuit of this goal, NWPC-WA will strive to

    14        win equality for all women; to ensure reproductive freedom; to achieve quality

    15        dependent care; and to eradicate violence, poverty and discrimination on any basis.

    16

    17                                                   ARTICLE III  MEMBERSHIP

    18        (A) ELIGIBILITY. Membership in the NWPC-WA shall be open to any individual,

    19        without regard to ethnicity, sex, national origin, age, handicap, economic status, or

    20        sexual orientation, who supports the purposes and goals of the organization and for whom dues

    21        have been remitted.

    22        (B) MEMBERSHIP. A member of the NWPC-WA by definition shall be a member of

    23        the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), and a member of the local caucus

    24        where residing or employed if one exists.

    25       

    26       

    27         ARTICLE IV  LOCAL CAUCUSES AND ENDORSEMENT ACTION COMMITTEES (LEACS)

    28        (A) PURPOSE. Members shall be organized into local caucuses or LEACs in order to

    29        promote the purpose of the NWPC-WA and to take action at the local level.

    30       

    31        (B) DEFINITION.

    32        1. Any group of ten or more persons may form a local Caucus. Locals shall be

    33        chartered by the State Board of Directors in accordance with procedures established

    34        by that body, along elective political boundaries or combination of such areas that

    35        shall be declared at the time of credentialing.

    36        2. Where insufficient resources exist to form a local Caucus, members may choose to

    37        form a LEAC for the purposes of recruiting, identifying, endorsing and supporting

    38        candidates for local elective and appointive offices.

    39                    (a) A LEAC shall consist of a minimum of three Caucus members in good

    40        standing and must be recognized by the state endorsement committee.

    41                    (b) A LEAC shall function as a subcommittee of the State Endorsement

    42        Committee for the purposes of endorsing local candidates and are bound by

    43        the state endorsement policies.

    44       

    45        (C) CAUCUS BOUNDARIES.

    46        1.         If a local caucus wishes to be credentialed within the established boundaries of an

    47                    existing local, or if its boundaries encroach the boundaries of an existing local, it

    48                    must petition that local for permission to form.

    49                    (a) The petitioning group shall provide the existing Caucus Board of Directors

    50                    with the following:

    51                                1)  A definition of its proposed boundaries;

    52                                2)  A list of the elective and appointed offices within its boundaries for which

    53                    it wishes to be responsible in the endorsement process. This list may be

    54                    amended annually.

    55                    (b) If the petitioning group and the local Caucus cannot reach agreement, the two

    56                    groups shall present their case to the State Board which shall resolve all such

    57                    disputes.

    58        2.         An existing Caucus may change its boundaries by petitioning the State Board,

    59                    defining for the State Board its proposed new boundaries and responsibilities,

    60                    providing that these new boundaries and responsibilities do not encompass any

    61                    part or work of an existing local except by mutual consent.

    62       

    63                    (D) RESPONSIBILITIES. Local Caucus chapters shall:

    64        1.         Comply with all federal and state laws governing political contributions, political

    65                    activity, and candidate support;

    66        2.         Refrain from any activity that would jeopardize the tax status of the NWPC, the

    67                    NWPC Campaign Support Committee or NWPC-WA;

    68        3.         Adopt bylaws that comply with state and national bylaws and the policy of the

    69                    state and national Political Planning and Appointments Committee and/or

    70                    Endorsement Committee, and file those bylaws and amendments thereto with

    71                    NWPC-WA;

    72        4.         Transmit official information, including lists of officers, meeting notices, meeting

    73                    minutes, newsletters, bylaws, mode of operation and endorsements to NWPC-WA

    74                    in timely fashion;

    75        5.         Hold regular, open, publicly announced meetings at such locations as will

    76                    accommodate the majority of their members;

    77        6.         Develop and implement an affirmative action process which will assure

    78                    membership representation of racial and ethnic minorities, as well as a

    79                    multipartisan balance in the geographic area of the local Caucus. Caucuses failing

    80                    to meet this requirement are subject to challenge, including loss of credentialing

    81                    as a member caucus;

    82        7.         Endorse and provide support for candidates for offices within their jurisdictions

    83                    who support NWPC issues.

    84        8.         Take no position in opposition to the national organization.

    85                   

    86                                                        ARTICLE V  STATE CAUCUS

    87        (A) PURPOSE. Members shall be organized into a state Caucus in order to promote the

    88        purpose of the NWPC and to take action at the state level.

    89

    90        (B) RECOGNITION STANDARDS. The state Caucus shall be organized in conformity

    91        with recognition standards formulated by the NWPC Board of Directors and adopted

    92        by the national convention. Only one state Caucus, as defined by the NWPC Board

    93        of Directors, shall be recognized for the state of Washington.

    94

    95        (C) RESPONSIBILITIES. The NWPC-WA shall:

    96        1.         Assist in organizing and developing, and provide assistance as required to local

    97                    Caucus chapters;

    98        2.         Adopt bylaws in compliance with the bylaws of the NWPC and the NWPC

    99                    Political Planning and Appointment Committee, and file all such bylaws and

    100                  amendments thereto from NWPC to local Caucus chapters;

    101      3.         Transmit official communications from NWPC to local Caucus chapters;

    102      4.         Maintain a body of at least thirty (30) NWPC-WA members in good standing;

    103      5.         Endorse and provide support for candidates to statewide office, congressional

    104                  office and local office where no local Caucus chapter exists;

    105      6.         Select delegates and alternates to the NWPC biennial convention;

    106      7.         Transmit to the NWPC dues and membership proof for each member;

    107      8.         Credential local Caucus chapters;

    108      9.         Establish state Caucus dues and assessments.

    109                 

    110                                          ARTICLE VI  FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION

    111      (A) FISCAL YEAR. The fiscal year of the NWPC-WA shall commence on the first day

    112      of January of each year for national, state and local Caucuses.

    113

    114      (B) FINANCIAL SUPPORT. Financial responsibility for the work of the NWPC-WA as a

    115      whole shall be assumed annually by the state and local Caucuses.

    117     

    117      (C) DUES. Members shall pay annual dues.

    118      1.         Dues shall be of sufficient amount to cover national, state, and local dues per

    119                  member payments established by a two-thirds vote of the State Board of

    120                  Directors. 2. Dues are paid on an anniversary date.

    121                 

    122      (D) SCHOLARSHIPS. The local Caucus chapters and state Caucus will establish

    123      policy, dependent on fiscal condition, to cover local and state scholarships.

    124

    125      (E) STANDING. Any state Caucus member whose name has been duly certified to the

    126      NWPC and whose NWPC dues have been paid shall be a member in good standing.

    127      Only members in good standing shall be eligible to serve as NWPC-WA officers,

    128      members of the State Board of Directors, or voting delegates at NWPC-WA annual

    129      membership meetings, or have any other privileges of memberships.

    130                 

    131                                                      ARTICLE VII  OFFICERS

    132      (A) ENUMERATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The officers shall be the

    133      President, two Vice Presidents (one Republican and one Democrat), Secretary,

    134      Treasurer, and Endorsement Committee Chair. The President, one Vice President and

    135      the Secretary will be elected during the business session of the annual membership

    136      meeting held in odd years. The other Vice President, the Endorsement Committee

    137      Chair and the Treasurer will be elected at the business session of the membership

    138      meeting held in even years. All officers will assume their offices on January 1 of the

    139      year following the annual membership meeting/annual meeting or within forty-five

    140      (45) days, whichever is the shorter time period.

    141

    142      (B)TERMS. All officers will serve two year terms as mandated in Section A of this

    143      Article.

    144

    145      (C) VACANCIES. A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the Vice

    146      President elected in the same year as the President. Vacancies in other elected offices

    147      shall be filled by the State Board of Directors.

    148

    149      (D) STATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. All officers are voting members of the State

    150      Board of Directors.

    151

    152      (E) ELIGIBILITY FOR STATE OFFICE. The State President must have served on the

    153      State Board for at least one year.

    154     

    155      (F) ENDORSEMENT GUIDELINES FOR ELECTED OFFICERS.

    156      1.         The State President, Vice Presidents and Candidate Endorsement Chair(s) shall

    157                  refrain from lending their names, contributing money and/or publicly

    158                  supporting candidates whose offices are to be considered in the state and local

    159                  endorsement procedure until after the endorsement procedure is completed for

    160                  that race.

    161                 

    162      2.         During their terms in office, the President, Vice Presidents and Candidate

    163                  Endorsement Chair(s) shall not personally endorse any candidate whose

    164                  opposition has been endorsed by the state and/or local caucuses.

    165

    166      (G) REMOVAL OF OFFICERS. An officer may be removed for cause by two-

    167                  thirds vote of the total membership of the State Board provided notice of the

    168                  pending vote has been sent to all members of the State Board and all local

    169                  presidents at least thirty days prior to the meeting. Cause for the pending vote

    170                  to remove shall be included in the notice.

    171                 

    172                                       ARTICLE VIII  DUTIES OF OFFICERS

    173      (A) GENERAL DUTIES. State board members shall be responsible for all legal and

    174      fiduciary decisions for the organization. Board members shall also be responsible

    175      for fundraising for the organization.

    176                 

    177      (B) STATE PRESIDENT. The President shall:

    178      1.         Serve as the executive officer of NWPC-WA and preside at all meetings of

    179                  NWPC-WA;

    180      2.         Act as official spokesperson for NWPC-WA;

    181      3.         Chair the State Board of Directors meetings;

    182      4.         Serve ex-officio on all committees of NWPC-WA, except the Nominating

    183                  Committee;

    184      5.         Establish other committees as may be deemed necessary, except otherwise

    185                  provided in these bylaws;

    186      6.         Execute contracts and other instruments authorized by the State Board of

    187                  Directors;

    188      7.         Ensure that NWPC-WA complies with all applicable federal and state laws

    189                  governing political activity, political contributions, and candidate support, as

    190                  determined by the legal opinion of independent council;

    191      8.         Draft an annual budget in consultation with the treasurer to present to the

    192                  Board prior to the biennial annual membership meeting;

    193      9.         The President may delegate some of her functions to an Executive Director

    194                  with the consent of the State Board.

    195

    196      (C) VICE PRESIDENTS. The Vice Presidents:

    197      1.         In the absence of the President, preside at meetings and otherwise act for the

    198                  President;

    199      2.         Succeed to the office of President in the event of vacancy;

    200      3          Serve as official spokesperson(s) for NWPC-WA upon request of the

    201                  President;

    202      4.         Serve as resource person(s) to state and local Caucuses;

    203      5.         Serve on at least one standing committee;

    204      6.         Perform other duties as may be assigned by the President.

    205

    206      (D) SECRETARY. The Secretary shall:

    207      1.         Assume responsibility for issuance of all meeting notices of NWPC-WA and

    208                  the State Board;

    209      2.         Record and distribute minutes of all meetings of NWPC-WA and the State

    210                  Board.

    211      3.         Assume responsibility for maintenance and custody of the official NWPC-

    212                  WA books, records, and files.

    213      4.         Exercise the powers and perform such other duties as are usual to the office of

    214                  Secretary;

    215      5.         Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President.

    216

    217      (E) TREASURER. The Treasurer shall:

    218      1.         Assume responsibility for internal accounting procedures of NWPC-WA as

    219                  authorized by the President or the State Board;

    220      2.         Be responsible for receipt, custody and disbursement of all NWPC-WA

    221                  monies, as authorized by the President or the State Board;

    222      3.         Keep accurate account, as required by federal or state law, of monies received

    223                  and paid out;

    224      4.         Render monthly and annual financial reports for distribution to members of

    225                  the State Board;

    226      5.         Serve as a member of the Finance Committee;

    227      6.         Prepare all federal, state, and local reporting forms, including public

    228                  disclosure, and forward copies of all C-4s and related materials to the State

    229                  Chair on dates that those forms are due;

    230      7.         Exercise the powers and perform such other duties as are usual to the office of

    231                  Treasurer;

    232      8.         Perform such other duties related to finance as may be assigned by the

    233                  President;

    234      9.         Assure that the books of the Treasurer be audited annually by an accountant or

    235                  approved bookkeeping service, or by a committee composed of three (3)

    236                  members of NWPC-WA appointed by the President with the consent of the

    237                  State Board;

    238      10.       The Treasurer may delegate some of her functions to an accounting firm,

    239                  bookkeeper, or CPA with the consent of the State Board.

    240

    241      (E) ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR. The Endorsement Committee Chair

    242      shall:

    243      1.         Carry out candidate endorsement procedure, including May’s List and other

    244                  priority designations, in a timely fashion;

    245      2.         Serve as chair of the PAC committee;

    246      3.         Carry out other duties relating to the endorsement process as may be

    247                  designated by the Chair.

    248                 

    249                               ARTICLE IX  ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    250      (A) GOVERNANCE. The state Board of Directors shall hold at least one publicly

    251      announced, open statewide meeting a year (Annual Meeting) that shall be the

    252      governing body of NWPC-WA.

    253

    254      (B) TIME AND PLACE. The NWPC-WA Annual Meeting shall be held at a time and

    255      place to be fixed by the state Board of Directors.

    256

    257      C) NOTICE. Not less than thirty (30) days notice of time and place shall be given in

    258      written or electronic mail, and website to all members in good standing.

    259

    260      (D) SPECIAL MEETINGS. Special meetings of NWPC-WA may be called by the state

    261      Board of Directors, or upon written request of twenty-five (25) percent of the

    262      membership, upon a minimum of thirty days notice to the membership, to act upon

    263      business brought by the state Board of Directors.

    264

    265      (E) QUORUM. Five (5) percent of the paid membership for that fiscal year shall

    266      constitute a quorum. Each member present shall be entitled to one vote. Voting by

    267      proxy shall not be allowed. A credentials committee composed of the Treasurer

    268      and/or Membership Chairperson(s), or other designated member shall certify that a

    269      quorum is present.

    270

    271      (F) ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The annual membership meeting shall elect NWPC-WA

    272      officers.

    273

    274      (G) POLICIES. The annual membership meeting shall establish the policies of NWPC-

    275      WA by receiving and acting upon resolutions brought before the body.

    276

    277      (H) BYLAWS AND OTHER BUSINESS. The annual membership meeting shall act upon

    278      proposed amendments to the bylaws and conduct such other business as may be

    279      brought before it.

    280     

    281      (I) ANNUAL BUDGET. The annual membership meeting shall adopt an annual budget.

    282     

    283                                          ARTICLE X  STATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    284      (A) COMPOSITION.

    285      1.         State officers;

    286      2.         Local Caucus representatives.

    287                  a. Chair or Vice Chair or elected representative of established local Caucus

    288                  chapters;

    289                  b. Local county Caucus contacts where no local Caucus exists.

    290                  1) These persons must be working with members in their county to

    291                  establish a local Caucus and/or promote the NWPC-WA and its work

    292                  and policies in that county.

    293                  2) Local contact persons must be approved by the state Board of Directors

    294                  and serve a       two      one-year term.

    295      3.         Committee Chairs;

    296      4.         NWPC Board Representative;

    297      5.         At-large members as appointed by the President and approved by a vote of the

    298                  majority of the Board of Directors.

    299                  1) There will be a maximum of 5 (five) At-large Board members;

    300                  2) Each At-large Board member will serve on at least 1 (one) committee.

    301

    302      (B) LOCAL ALTERNATES. If a local chapter Chair or representative is unable to

    303      attend a meeting of the state Board of Directors, then an alternate local chapter

    304      steering committee or Board member may be designated to attend in accordance

    305      with procedures established by the local Caucus chapter.

    306                 

    307      (C) AUTHORITY.

    308      1.         The state Board of Directors shall conduct the business of the organization and

    309                  carry out the duties and responsibilities of the organization, including establishing

    310                  policies between annual membership meetings.

    311      2.         The state Board of Directors shall implement policy established by the Annual

    312                  membership meeting and approve programs and priorities consistent therewith,

    313                  except that the Board may change policies and programs established by the

    314      Annual membership meeting only in event of emergency provided that notice of

    315      the proposed change shall be sent to local Caucus chapter chairs at least thirty

    316      (30) days prior to the Committee meeting at which action is expected to be taken.

    317      A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Committee shall be required to adopt any such

    318      change.

    319

    320      (D) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. An Executive Committee of the elected officers along

    321      with two local caucus chairs elected by their peers shall conduct business as allowed

    322      by policy set by the full Board of Directors. This committee will meet at the call of

    323      the President between Board of Directors meetings. They shall not allot monies

    324      outside the budget nor vote on endorsements nor mandate any actions affecting local

    325      Caucus chapters. These functions are reserved to the full Board of Directors. Minutes

    326      and agenda must be in a timely manner to the entire Board of Directors.

    327     

    328      (E) MEETINGS.

    329      1.  The state Board of Directors shall meet at least once a quarter and for early

    330      endorsement and regular endorsement in alignment with endorsement timelines.

    331      2.  The meeting shall be rotated among the local Caucus chapters as much as

    332      practicable.

    333

    334      (F) MEETING NOTICE. At least seven (7) days notice of a regular meeting and 24 hours

    335      for an emergency meeting must be given to members unless otherwise specified in

    336      these bylaws.

    337

    338      (G) QUORUM. No fewer than one member from a majority of the local Caucus chapters

    339      shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. A majority of the votes

    340      entitled to be cast by the members present shall be necessary for the adoption of any

    341      matter voted on by the members, except where these bylaws require a different

    342      number.

    343     

    344      (H) VOTING. Each member of the state Board of Directors shall have one (1) vote.

    345     

    346      (I) ABSENCES. Unexcused absences from three (3) meetings of the Board of Directors

    347      shall be cause for removal of a member of the Committee.

    348

    349      (J) DUTIES  AND  RESPONSIBILITIES. The State Board of Directors shall:

    350      1.         Fill vacancies in NWPC-WA offices as they occur by electing replacements,

    351                  except as otherwise provided by these bylaws;

    352      2.         Establish policies and procedures for chartering of local Caucus chapters by the

    353                  Board of Directors;

    354      3.         Select the location and dates of the NWPC-WA Annual membership meeting;

    355      4.         Recommend the biennial budget to the Annual membership meeting;

    356      5.         Establish policies and procedures for resolving disputes and grievances by

    357                  members and local caucuses;

    358      6.         Fill vacancies in NWPC board representatives.

    359                 

    360                                          ARTICLE XI  STANDING COMMITTEES

    361      (A) NUMBER  OF  STANDING COMMITTEES. There shall be seven (7) standing

    362      committees as follows:

    363      1.         Political Action and Legislation;

    364      2.         Membership and Outreach;

    365      3.         Candidate Recruitment and Endorsement;

    366      4.         Nominations;

    367      5.         Bylaws and Procedures;

    368      6.         Fundraising;

    369      7.         Training and Education.

    370

    371      (B) COMPOSITION. The membership of the standing committees shall include at least

    372      one (1) member from each local Caucus chapter, unless a local Caucus has not

    373      submitted the name of its representative within sixty (60) days after the Annual

    374      membership meeting. Additional members to standing committees may be appointed

    375      by the State President. The chair of each standing committee who is not an elected

    376      officer shall be appointed by the state President with the advice and consent of all the

    377      state officers. The Nominations Committee shall elect its own chair.

    378

    379      (C) TERMS. The terms of committee members shall be concurrent with the terms of the

    380      officers elected at the Annual membership meeting. The Endorsement Chair may

    381      advise and present additional endorsement committee members to the President after

    382      his/her election.

    383

    384      (D) MEETINGS. Standing committees shall meet at the call of their chairs, or upon

    385      written request of one third (1/3) of the committee members.

    386

    387      (E) REPORTS. All Standing committees shall report through their chairs to the State

    388      President, to the State Board of Directors, and to the NWPC-WA Annual membership

    389      meeting.

    390

    391      (F) DUTIES. The State Board of Directors shall determine the duties of the standing

    392      committees.

    393                 

    394                                          ARTICLE XIII  PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

    395      Except as otherwise provided in these bylaws, Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly

    396      Revised, shall govern the proceedings of all meetings of the NWPC-WA and its

    397      committees.

    398

    399                  ARTICLE XIV APPOINTMENT AND DUTIES OF THE NWPC BOARD REPRESENTATIVE

    400      The state Board of Directors shall appoint as many representatives to the National

    401      Board of Directors as the Washington chapter is allocated based on membership.

    402      Washington state national Board Representative(s) shall attend National Board

    403      meetings and represent the interests of the Washington state chapter of the Caucus at

    404      those meetings. They shall report to the Washington state chapter Board of Directors

    405      relevant information from the national organization.

    406

    407                                          ARTICLE XV  AMENDMENT TO THESE BYLAWS

    408     

    409      (A) These bylaws may be amended by NWPC-WA, at an Annual membership meeting,

    410      by a majority of the delegates voting, a quorum being present, provided that a copy of

    411      the proposed amendment(s) shall have been delivered to each member in written or

    412      electronic mail, and website, not less than thirty (30) days prior to the Annual

    413      membership meeting at which the action is to be taken. Provided further that, in

    414      relation to any federal, state, or local legislation governing NWPC-WA legal and/or

    415      tax status, the state Board of Directors shall be empowered to make such amendments

    416      as are necessary to retain legal compliance and to project the effectiveness of the

    417      NWPC-WA in pursuing its goals and objectives.

    418     

    419      (B) Changes mandated by NWPC bylaws will be brought to the first statewide meeting

    420      following the NWPC convention. If a statewide meeting is not held within three (3)

    421      months of the NWPC convention, the membership will be informed of any mandated

    422      items. Following a thirty (30) day notice the state Board of Directors will be allowed

    423      to take action.

    424     

    425                                                      ARTICLE XV: DISSOLUTION

    426      In the event of the dissolution of NWPC-WA, assets remaining after discharge of all

    427      liabilities shall be distributed to an organization having similar objectives. Determination

    428      of such distribution shall be made by the State Board.

    429

    430      Revised and ratified by the membership November 1980, May 1983, March 1985,

    431      October 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, January 1997, January 2001, 2003, 2004,

    432      2005, 2008, 2010, January 2011, January 2013


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