National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

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!

 


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CITY POSITIONS

 

Carolyn Moulton
Carolyn Moulton

Anacortes City Council

Position 6

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

Barbara Tolbert
Barbara Tolbert

Arlington Mayor

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

Janice Zahn
Janice Zahn

Bellevue City Council

Position 5

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

April Barker
April Barker

Bellingham Mayor

Dual Endorsement

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

Pinky Vargas
Pinky Vargas

Bellingham Mayor

Dual Endorsement

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

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

Lisa Anderson
Lisa Anderson

Bellingham City Council

Ward 5

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

Kristiana de Leon
Kristiana de Leon

Black Diamond City Council

Position 5

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

Davina Duerr
Davina Duerr

Bothell City Council

Position 6

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

Sofia Aragon
Sofia Aragon

Burien City Council

Position 6

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

Tracey Yeager Blackburn
Tracey Yeager Blackburn

Carnation City Council

Position 3

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

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Luisa Bangs

Des Moines City Council

Position 2

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

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

Diane Buckshnis
Diane Buckshnis

Edmonds City Council

Position 4

Dual Endorsement

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

Jenna Nand
Jenna Nand

Edmonds City Council

Position 4

Dual Endorsement

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

Alicia Crank
Alicia Crank

Edmonds City Council

Position 5

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

Susan Paine
Susan Paine

Edmonds City Council

Position 6

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

Laura Johnson
Laura Johnson

Edmonds City Council

Position 7

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

Liz Vogeli
Liz Vogeli

Everett City Council

Position 4

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

Brenda Stonecipher
Brenda Stonecipher

Everett City Council

Position 6

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

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Susan Honda

Federal Way City Council

Position 3

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

Katherine Festa
Katherine Festa

Federal Way City Council

Position 7

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

Michele Kemper
Michele Kemper

Issaquah City Council

Position 2

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

Barbara de Michele
Barbara de Michele

Issaquah City Council

Position 3

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

Victoria Hunt
Victoria Hunt

Issaquah City Council

Position 6

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

Corina Pfeil
Corina Pfeil

Kenmore City Council

Position 7

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

Lindy Verhei
Lindy Verhei

Kennewick City Council

Position 7

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

Kelli Curtis
Kelli Curtis

Kirkland City Council

Position 2

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

Amy Falcone
Amy Falcone

Kirkland City Council

Position 6

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

Mary Dickenson
Mary Dickenson

Lake Stevens City Council

Position 4

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

Harini Gokul
Harini Gokul

Medina City Council

Position 2

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

Cynthia Adkins
Cynthia Adkins

Medina City Council

Position 4

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

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

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Wendy Weiker

Mercer Island City Council

Position 3

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

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Debbie Bertlin

Mercer Island City Council

Position 7

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

Jill Boudreau
Jill Boudreau

Mount Vernon Mayor

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

Shelley Acero
Shelley Acero

Mount Vernon City Council

Ward 1 Position 1

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

Cheryl Selby
Cheryl Selby

Olympia Mayor

No bio on file.

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Jessica Bateman

Olympia City Council

Position 2

No bio on file.

Danielle Madrone
Dani Madrone

Olympia City Council

Position 3

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

Helen Wheatley
Helen Wheatley

Port of Olympia

District 1

No bio on file.

Angela Birney
Angela Birney

Redmond Mayor

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

Varisha Khan
Varisha Khan

Redmond City Council

Position 1

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

Vanessa Kritzer
Vanessa Kritzer

Redmond City Council

Position 5

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

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

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

Lillian Randy Slovic
Lillian "Randy" Slovic

Richland City Council

Position 1

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

Christie Malchow
Christie Malchow

Sammamish City Council

Position 2

Dual Endorsement

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

Karen McKnight
Karen McKnight

Sammamish City Council

Position 2

Dual Endorsement

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

Karen Howe
Karen Howe

Sammamish City Council

Position 4

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

Rituja Indapure
Rituja Indapure

Sammamish City Council

Position 6

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

Damiana Merryweather
Damiana Merryweather

Seatac City Council

Position 3

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

Name
Lisa Herbold

Seattle City Council

Position 1

No bio on file.

Ami Nguyen
Ami Nguyen

Seattle City Council

Position 3

Dual Endorsement

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

Kshama Sawant
Kshama Sawant

Seattle City Council

Position 3

Dual Endorsement

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

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

Debora Juarez
Debora Juarez

Seattle City Council

Position 5

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

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

Name
Doris McConnell

Shoreline City Council

Position 4

No bio on file.

Naghmana Sherazi
Naghmana Sherazi

Spokane City Council

District 1

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

Lori Kinnear
Lori Kinnear

Spokane City Council

District 2

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

Karen Stratton
Karen Stratton

Spokane City Council

District 3

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

Nancy Manos
Nancy Manos

Tukwila City Council

Position 2

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

Cynthia Delostrinos Johnson
Cynthia Delostrinos Johnson

Tukwila City Council

Position 4

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

Kate Kruller
Kate Kruller

Tukwila City Council

Position 6

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

Leatta Dahlhoff
Leatta Dahlhoff

Tumwater City Council

Position 1

No bio on file.

Diana H. Perez
Diana H. Perez

Vancouver City Council

Position 6

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

Holly Cousens
Holly Cousens

Yakima City Council

Position 7

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



COUNTY POSITIONS

 

Abigail Doerr
Abigail Doerr

King County Council

Position 4

Dual Endorsement

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

Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Jeanne Kohl-Welles

King County Council

Position 4

Dual Endorsement

Council member Jeanne Kohl-Welles 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.

Nancy Lillquist
Nancy Lillquist

Kittitas County Commissioner

District 1

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

Stephanie Wright
Stephanie Wright

Snohomish County Council

District 3

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Karen Burke
Karen Burke

Whatcom County Executive

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

Carol Frazey
Carol Frazey

Whatcom County Council

At-Large Position B

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

Joy Gilfilen
Joy Gilfilen

Whatcom County Sheriff

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



STATE POSITIONS

 

Carrie Blackwood
Carrie Blackwood

State Senate 40th LD

Dual Endorsement

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

Liz Lovelett
Liz Lovelett

State Senate 40th LD

Dual Endorsement

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



JUDICIAL POSITIONS

 

Maureen McKee
Maureen McKee

King County Superior Court

Position 5

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

Aimee Sutton
Aimée Sutton

King County Superior Court

Position 49

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

Jennifer Langbehn
Jennifer Langbehn

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge

Position 13

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



SCHOOL BOARD POSITIONS

 

Jennifer Cail
Jennifer Cail

Edmonds School Board

Position 3

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

Rina Maile Redrup
Rina Maile Redrup

Edmonds School Board

Position 5

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

Bethany Rivard
Bethany Rivard

Evergreen School Board of Director

Position 2

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

Luckisha Phillips
Luckisha Phillips

Federal Way School Board

Position 3

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

Minal Kode Ghassemieh
Minal Kode Ghassemieh

Issaquah School District School Director 4

Position 3

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

Khalia Gibson Davis
Khalia Gibson Davis

Tumwater School Board

Position 5

No bio on file.