National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

Constance McBarron

  • 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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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:

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  • King 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:

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  • 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."


    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. 

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    Janice Zahn
    Janice Zahn

    Bellevue City Council

    Position No. 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.

    Luisa Bangs

    Des Moines City Council

    Position No. 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 moved to New York for 7 years, then back to Washington, working as a Career Counselor at Everett CC. 5 years later she accepted a position with the Port of Seattle. She moved upward quickly, ending her 33 ½ year career as a Senior Maintenance Manager, leading 100 men and women in the Building and Auto Mechanic Trades.

    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."

    Susan Honda

    Federal Way City Council

    Position No. 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.

    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.

    Wendy Weiker

    Mercer Island City Council

    Position No. 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.

    Debbie Bertlin

    Mercer Island City Council

    Position No. 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.

    Jessica Bateman

    Olympia City Council

    Position No. 2

    No bio on file.

    Vanessa Kritzer
    Vanessa Kritzer

    Redmond City Council

    Position No. 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.

    Lisa Herbold

    Seattle City Council

    Position No. 1

    No bio on file.

    Kshama Sawant
    Kshama Sawant

    Seattle City Council

    Position No. 3

    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.

    Debora Juarez
    Debora Juarez

    Seattle City Council

    Position No. 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.

    Doris McConnell

    Shoreline City Council

    Position No. 4

    No bio on file.


    Jeanne Kohl-Welles
    Jeanne Kohl-Welles

    King County Council

    Position No. 4

    Council member Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, is serving her first term on the King County Council representing District Four. She served the 36th Legislative District in the Senate from 1994 to 2015 after serving for three years in the state House of Representatives. She spearheaded some of the strongest human trafficking laws in the country beginning in 2002 and continuing through 2015.

    She is the current chair of the King County Board of Health and the Council’s Health, Housing and Human Services Committee. Jeanne is also a member of the UW Women’s Center Anti-Trafficking Task Force and the Statewide Coordinating Committee on Sex Trafficking and the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Statewide Coordinating Committee, both of which were created through her legislation. Jeanne worked as a public school teacher prior to pursuing her Ph.D. in the Sociology of Education at UCLA. She served as faculty for over twenty years in the Sociology and Women’s Studies departments and the College of Education at the University of Washington. She has been an expert witness in lawsuits on sexual harassment, discrimination and Title IX lawsuits as well as a national and international speaker on Title IX, sexual harassment, and human trafficking. She served as a Humanities Washington speaker for four years on topics relating to human trafficking and women as political change agents.

    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.


    Maureen McKee
    Maureen McKee

    King County Superior Court

    Position No. 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.



  • published 2018 Endorsements in Our 2019 Endorsements 2018-02-11 21:01:04 -0800

    2018 Endorsements

    Have you heard? 2018 is the next Year of the Woman. We have endorsed 94 pro-choice candidates this year, a record for us! Now, we have to elect them. 

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    The National Women's Political Caucus screens and endorses candidates for federal level offices, provided with the input of the local and state organizations.







    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


    Lisa Brown

    Lisa Brown

    U.S. House

    5th Congressional District


    Pramila Jayapal

    Pramila Jayapal

    U.S. House

    7th Congressional District

    Kim Schrier

    Kim Schrier

    U.S. House

    8th Congressional District



    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.

    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

    Position 2

    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.

    Kathy Gillespie

    State Representative 18th LD

    Position 2

    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

    Position 1

    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

    Position 2

    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.

    Laurie Dolan

    State Representative 22nd LD

    Position 1

    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.

    Beth Doglio
    Beth Doglio

    State Representative 22nd LD

    Position 2

    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

    Position 1

    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

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    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

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    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.

    Claire Wilson
    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.

    Kristine Reeves
    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.

    Victoria Mena
    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.

    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.

    Karen Keiser
    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

    Position 2

    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

    Position 1

    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.

    Noel Frame
    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

    Position 2

    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.

    Rebecca Saldana
    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

    Position 1

    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

    Position 1

    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

    Position 1

    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, ( 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.

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    Sharon Shewmake

    State Representative 42nd LD

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    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.


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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.

    Janet St. Clair
    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.

    Meredith Green
    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.

    Mary Robnett
    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.

    Sandy Perkins
    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

    No bio.

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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.


    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.

    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.

    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.

    Lisa O'Toole
    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.

    Laurel Gibson
    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.

    Anne Harper

    King County District Court

    West Electoral District

    Position 1

    No bio.

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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.

    Lizanne Padula
    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.

    Laura Riquelme
    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.

    Andrea Chin
    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.

    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.

    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


    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.


    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.


    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.




    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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      (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.


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

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


    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.


    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.


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

    143      Article.


    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.


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

    150      Board of Directors.


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

    153      State Board for at least one year.



    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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

    272      officers.


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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

    392      committees.


    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.



    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.


    407                                          ARTICLE XV  AMENDMENT TO THESE BYLAWS


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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