National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

Our 2020 Endorsements

2020 is a big year for statewide offices, federal congressional districts, and state legislative seats. Check back often as we roll out our endorsements for this year.


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


Want to support our work? As an all-volunteer organization, we can't recruit, train, and elect women to all levels of office in Washington alone. All donations you make will go directly to our Women-Powered Campaign Fund, which is fueling women running in close races all across the state. Let's help them win in November! DONATE today! 


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


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

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STATEWIDE POSITIONS  

Pat McCarthy

Pat (Patrice) McCarthy
Washington State Auditor

Pat McCarthy is the 11th Washington State Auditor, and became the first woman elected to the position when she took the oath of the office in 2017. She previously served as a School Board Director and Executive for the 2nd largest county in the State of Washington, being the first woman to hold that position. She received a BA from the University of Washington Tacoma Campus. She has served on many boards over her long career. As a founding member of Rape Relief in the 70's, she was bestowed the honor as an Emeritis member of the Pierce County Sexual Assault Center. Pat has been married for 44 years to her husband John McCarthy and has 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren. Her husband John is a retired judge who currently holds an elected position on the Tacoma Port Commission. Her son Conor was reelected to the Tacoma City Council. Two of her three daughters are prosecutors and her other daughter is a UWT advisor. Raising strong women and an enlightened son are accomplishments.
LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS  

Noel Frame

Noel Frame
36th LD State Representative
Position 1

State Representative Noel Frame has represented Seattle’s 36th Legislative District since 2016. A former foster parent, she champions issues affecting children, youth and young adults, including the child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health systems. She is the Co-Chair of the Children’s Mental Health Work Group and is a member of the Partnership Council for Juvenile Justice. She is an unabashed tax nerd, working to change our state’s regressive tax code to make it more equitable for low- and middle-income individuals and small, start-up and low margin businesses. She serves on the House Finance Committee and Co-Chairs the Tax Structure Work Group. Noel lives in Greenwood and works as a community development and planning consultant for BDS Planning & Urban Design, a small business located in the 36th’s Belltown neighborhood. Noel has a 20-year career in community and political organizing and communications.

Tanisha Harris

Tanisha Harris
17th LD State Representative
Position 1

Tanisha Harris was born & raised in Vancouver, Washington. Tanisha earned her Associate’s Degree and a Bachelor’s of Social Science with concentrations in Human Development, Psychology and Sociology from Clark College and Washington State University-Vancouver. Tanisha spent 10 years working for the Evergreen School District in the field of multicultural and diversity education. Tanisha now works as a CASA Program Specialist for the YWCA Clark County, where she advocates for children in the Dependency/Foster Care system and supervises CASA volunteers. Tanisha is the 17th LD Democrats State Committeewoman & Washington State Democrats Executive Board Member. Tanisha serves as a member of LICWAC (Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee), Co-Chair of Evergreen Citizens for Schools, Member of the City of Vancouver Task Force for Council Representation, Member of the Clark College Presidential Search Advisory Committee and is a member of Clark County NAACP.

Sharon Tomiko Santos

Sharon Tomiko Santos
37th LD State Representative
Position 1

Elected in 1998, Sharon Tomiko Santos represents the most diverse legislative district in Washington state. Her concern for women, immigrants and refugees, and people of color is well-known. In 1996, Santos was an Honoree of the Washington State Women’s Political Caucus; in 2006, she received the Hate Free Zone Leadership in Justice in Government award; and, in 2019, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Organizing Committee gave her their Lifetime Achievement award. As a legislator, Santos is a recognized champion of civil rights. She has sponsored legislation to repeal Initiative 200, which eliminated affirmative action policies in higher education, public employment, and contracting for women and people of color. Santos is the Chair of the House Education Committee and sits on the Consumer Protection & Business and the Capital Budget committees. A graduate of the Evergreen State College and Northeastern University, Santos worked in banking, in local government, and in non-profit management.

Tara Senn

Tara Senn
41st  LD State Representative
Position 1

State Representative Tana Senn is a proven champion for women's rights, empowerment and leadership. Her multi-year effort to pass the Equal Pay Opportunity Act resulted in one of the strongest equal pay laws in the country and the first update to Washington's equal pay laws in 75 years. Tana consistently focuses on issues that make life easier for working families. This year, her leadership on childcare issues has helped build a broad coalition of children's advocates, business, women's groups and childcare providers to make childcare more accessible and affordable and help children, families and the economy grow strong. After earning her MPA from Columbia University, Tana worked in communications and government relations for nonprofits and foundations and served as a Mercer Island City Council member for three years before becoming a State Representative. Tana has served as a board member for Hopelink, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, etc.

Donna Sinclair

Donna Sinclair
18th LD State Representative
Position 2

Donna Sinclair is a public historian and educator. She earned both an M.A. in History from Portland State University (PSU) and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies. Sinclair’s public history work includes digital technology projects and public programs at the Center for Columbia River History, writing social histories for the National Park Service and managing major oral history projects throughout the Northwest. She teaches Public History, Western Women’s History, US History, Pacific Northwest History, and Gender and Public Policy, among other courses, at WSU Vancouver, Portland State University, and Western Oregon University. Her dissertation project focused on the constraints, advancement, and historical agency of women and minorities in the U.S. Forest Service in the late twentieth century. She recently published a collaboratively written memoir of the first African American woman forest supervisor in the nation: Gloria Brown and the Unmarked Trail to Forest Service Leadership (Oregon State University)

Amy Walen

Amy Walen
48th LD State Representative
Position 2

Amy was born in Oregon and studied and practiced law in Australia before moving to Kirkland, Washington in 2005 with her husband Jim. Amy was elected to the Kirkland City Council in 2009, and was selected by her colleagues on the Council to serve as Mayor in 2014. As Mayor of Kirkland she raised Kirkland’s profile in local, regional, and state-wide initiatives such as transportation infrastructure and strategic economic development, including revitalizing the Totem Lake Business District. She championed mandatory inclusion of affordable housing in residential developments and enacted source of income discrimination ordinance for Section 8 housing. She has served in the legislature since 2019.
JUDICIAL POSITIONS