National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

2018 Endorsements

2018 promises to be another exciting and busy election year. Last year, we endorsed 100 women to all levels of office and this year we expect to meet or exceed that number. Click on the links to jump down to the endorsements we have made by county. If your county is not hyperlinked, we have not yet made an endorsement, so check back often!  

 

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

 

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ENDORSEMENTS BY LOCATION

 

NATIONAL*


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

 

STATEWIDE

 

COUNTY

ADAMS     ASOTIN     BENTON     CHELAN     CLALLUM     CLARK    COLUMBIA     COWLITZ     DOUGLAS     FERRY     FRANKLIN     GARFIELD     GRANT     GREY'S HARBOR     ISLAND     JEFFERSON     KING     KITTITAS     KLICKITAT     LEWIS     LINCOLN     MASON     OKANOGAN     PACIFIC     PEND OREILLE     PIERCE     SAN JUAN     SKAGIT     SKAMANIA     SNOHOMISH     SPOKANE     STEVENS     THURSTON     WAHKIAKUM     WALLA WALLA     WHATCOM     WHITMAN     YAKIMA


 

NATIONAL

Suzan Delbene
Suzan DelBene

1st Congressional District

No bio.

   

Lisa Brown
Lisa Brown

5th Congressional District

No bio.

   

Pramila Jayapal
Pramila Jayapal

7th Congressional District

No bio.

   

STATEWIDE

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Sheryl Gordon McCloud

State Supreme Court

Position 9

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

   

CLARK COUNTY

Tanisha Harris
Tanisha Harris

State Representative 17th LD

Position 1

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

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

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Kathy Gillespie

State Representative 18th LD

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.

   

ISLAND COUNTY

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.

   

KING COUNTY

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Karen Donohue

King County Superior Court

Position 22

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

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.

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Anne Harper

King County District Court West Electoral District

Position 1

No bio

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 hand.

 

As President of the Asian Bar Association of Washington, Andrea has been recognized as a proven leader. In the coming years, Seattle will continue to enjoy -- but also struggle with -- cultural and economic changes. We need experienced leaders like Andrea who are invested in keeping Seattle a great place to live and work -- for everyone.

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Anita Crawford-Willis

Seattle Municipal Court

Position 4

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

Judge Anita Crawford-Willis lives with her husband and 3 year-old daughter in south Seattle.

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Faye Chess

Seattle Municipal Court

Position 6

Faye Chess is a Magistrate Judge and Judge Pro Tempore, Seattle Municipal Court. She was selected to serve in these positions by the elected judges. She presides over court hearings, including jury trials in formal court for the elected judges. After receiving her B.A. from Purdue University and her law degree from University of Cincinnati, she worked seven years as a staff attorney at The Public Defender Association in Seattle, WA where she defended hundreds of clients charged with felonies and misdemeanor offenses in jury and bench trials in Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle District Court, King County Juvenile Court and King County Superior Court. She has served as Seattle School District’s Deputy General Counsel and Tukwila School District’s Executive Director of Human Resources and General Counsel. Prior to joining the Seattle School District, she was Deputy General Counsel for Seattle Housing Authority. She was employed as a human resource professional at Swedish Medical Center and Providence Health and Services. She was also Sr. Employee and Labor Relations Consultant and Director of Labor Relations for Group Health Cooperative. For over twenty years, she was a Judge Pro Tempore/Part-Time Judge in King County District Court, presiding over thousands of criminal and civil cases. She was one of the longest serving Judge Pro Tempore in district court.

She is a committed public servant who has experience, training, and knowledge in addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizational settings. She is a member of the Washington Bar Association and Loren Miller Bar Association as well as a member of the State of Washington’s Minority and Justice Commission. She has over 33 years of continued volunteer service with local and national non-profit organizations. She is an active member of the Greater Seattle Chapter of Links, Inc. and Seattle Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., two international non-profit organizations whose membership consist of professional and college-educated women of color who provide assistance and support to women, men, children, and families through established programs in local communities throughout the world. She is a former board member of Medina Children Services now known as Amara, Mediation Services for Victims and Offenders, and Park Lake/White Center Boys and Girl Club. Ms. Chess remains firm in her resolution to maintain her membership and affiliation with organizations that serve community members, particularly women and children.

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.

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.

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.

Tina Orwall
Tina Orwall

State Representative 33rd LD

Position 1

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 a MSW in Administration from the University of Washington.

Mia Gregerson
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 University of Washington. Mia worked as a surgical assistant and business manager in the dental field for nearly twenty years.




Eileen Cody
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.

Noel Frame
Noel Frame

State Representative 36th LD

Position 1

No bio

Gael Tarleton
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.

Sharon Tomiko Santos
Sharon Tomiko Santos

State Representative 37th LD

Position 1

No bio

Tana Senn
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.

Nicole Macri
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.

Manka Dhingra
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.

Patty Kuderer
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.

Vandana Slatter
Vandana Slatter

State Representative 48th LD

Position 1

Dr. Vandana Slatter is a former Bellevue City Councilmember, community leader, 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 on 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.

   

SKAGIT COUNTY

Laura Riquelme
Laura Riquelme

Skagit County Superior Court Judge

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.

   

SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis

State Representative 32nd LD

Position 2

No bio

   

THURSTON COUNTY

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Becca Glasgow

Washington Court of Appeals

Division II

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

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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.

   

WHATCOM COUNTY

Pinky Vargas
Pinky Vargas

State Senate 42nd LD

Pinky Vargas is a current Bellingham City Council member and is running this year for state senate in Washington’s 42nd district. Pinky first became a Bellingham City Council member to be a voice for women, the environment, and social justice. She has served as President of City Council, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Lake Whatcom Natural Resources. She is currently focused on the huge challenges of housing, homelessness, and economic development. She has a vision of a vibrant, healthy county, and urges us to work together for solutions to ensure everyone feels safe, has housing, jobs, and opportunity.

 

Active in her community, Pinky serves on the Boards for Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, Parks and Recreation, and Whatcom Tourism. Pinky has worked for PSE for 8 years, with businesses, and organizations on Energy Efficiency. Pinky was instrumental in leading Bellingham in a National Energy Prize, (www.guep.org) and those efforts awarded her PSE’s “Energy Award” for 2017. She was nominated for “Whatcom Professional Women of the Year” and authored the Resolution for “Public Safety and Support for Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood.” Pinky has been a champion in her community for equity and civil rights for LGBTQ, immigrants, women, the environment, reducing incarceration, and economic vitality. She hopes to bring these traits to the Washington State Senate.