National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

Our 2021 Endorsements

2021 may be an "off year" for federal races, but it's a big year for the city, county, and school board elections that are often the positions via which women enter politics. Check back often as we roll out our endorsements for this year!


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


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SHORTCUT TO ENDORSEMENTS BY POSITION

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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CITY POSITIONS  

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson
Bellevue City Council
Position 6

Lynne Robinson is a lifelong civic volunteer who started working in schools for developmentally disabled and homes for the elderly at a young age. As a Physical Therapist, she has devoted her career to helping provide opportunity for people of all abilities. She has a bachelors in Community Services, Physical Therapy, as well as a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After working in the private sector for 10 years, Lynne developed her own business in homecare helping older adults age in place through physical therapy and case management. Lynne served on the Bellevue Parks Board and Bellevue Network on Aging, chairing both before being elected to the Bellevue City Council in 2013, beginning her term in 2014. She is a lifelong advocate for women and believes in mentoring women. She has helped 4 women start their own PT businesses and meets regularly with many women looking for guidance in civic engagement.

Kristina Michele Martens

Kristina Michele Martens
Bellingham City Council
At Large

Kristina Michele Martens is a community organizer and licensed real estate agent who lives in North Bellingham. As a real estate agent, she values the trust her clients place in her and she especially loves working with first-time women homebuyers and low-income clients. Inspired by the wave of protests in summer 2020 and the very real policy reforms that followed, Kristina began working in 2020 to found the Whatcom Racial Equity Commission. The Commission hopes to bring together local elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and organizers to design specific policies to achieve real racial equity in Whatcom. In the process, she realized that she didn’t only need to change the perspectives of the people in office, but go further and elect a City Council that includes the perspectives of BIPOC individuals (which it currently lacks). In conversation with her community, the decision was made for Kristina to step up and run to be a voice for BIPOC communities and, especially, BIPOC women.

Kelly Krieger

Kelly Krieger
Port of Bellingham Commissioner
District 2

Kelly Krieger has a strong background in business, both at an international food manufacturer, a multinational advertising agency, and as the owner of two small businesses. She holds Masters degrees in business and psychology. She has been impactful in local politics, helping to direct winning campaigns for local women candidates. She has been a strong role model for young girls and women, serving as a coach/mentor for several girls, and as a coach for Girls on The Run, a running program for girls in 3rd through 5th grades. As an elected official on a currently all-male commission, and as the only woman who would be serving on the Port Commission, Kelly will be responsive to the needs and representation of women in Port policy as well as both Port hiring practices and workplace concerns.

Han Tran

Han Tran
Bothell City Council
Position 1

Han is a down-to-earth, daughter of Vietnamese-American refugees, and Bothellite who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She has returned to Bothell to raise her family here because the city has the potential to be a place for her family to thrive. She is an advocate for anti-racism ideals at every intersection (i.e. immigrant, seniors, socioeconomic, LGBTQIA+, mental health, physical disabilities, Veterans, religious beliefs, etc.). As an Anti-Racist Community co-chair member and through community engagement and truly listening to community members, we can make Bothell a safe haven for our marginalized community, be a people-oriented place AND a prosperous city. Han is action-oriented and ready to apply transferable knowledge and skills within science, engineering, product management, business, finance, and economics to innovate solutions for affordable housing, mental health crisis response, and diversity, equity, and inclusion

Rosemary McAuliffe

Rosemary McAuliffe
Bothell City Council
Position 3
Dual Endorsement

Northshore School District Board of Directors 1977-1992 Wa. State Senate 1993-2016 Bothell City Council 2017-2021 Through out my career as a community activist and a Mom I will always respect what I have learned from the voices I represent and what my children and husband taught me.

Jenne Alderks

Jenne Alderks
Bothell City Council
Position 3
Dual Endorsement

Jenne Alderks is a small business owner serving North Sound families as a professional doula, a member of the Bothell Planning Commission, and a newly-minted children’s book author. Jenne and spouse, Peter, are raising three children on the autism spectrum in Bothell, the community they have called home for the past 10 years. Frustrated by the lack of coordinated support for parents who have children with special needs, Jenne turned to public advocacy to build communities and drive solutions. This effort contributed to the creation of Northshore Family Partnership, an alternative learning program for students in the Northshore School District, and within which Jenne later became the Vice President for the program’s PTO. As a strong supporter of equal rights, Jenne currently serves as a co-chair for Anti-Racist Communities: Bothell, advocating with BIPOC communities to address discrimination in education, policing, and economic opportunity.

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore
Burien City Council
Position 5

Sarah is 19 year resident of Burien/North Highline. She worked at Pacific Science Center, helping people discover their own joyful curiosity and helping girls see themselves as scientists. She is currently part of King County's successful COVID 19 response. Volunteerism: Parks and Recreation Commission - when budget cuts were being made in late 2020, Sarah recognized that youth programming had been identified as one of Burien's top goals toward becoming more equitable, and yet PARCS was cutting it. She suggested revisiting this decision as well as looking for some shared money with the Human Services division, and this suggestion helped the department to keep that priority in their budget. As co-founder and co-chair of ACLU Burien People Power, Sarah works to encourage elected leaders to broaden civil and human rights. Sarah is an overnight volunteer at Hospitality House, a welcoming and secure nonprofit shelter for women experiencing homelessness.

Krystal Marx

Krystal Marx
Burien City Council
Position 7

The current Deputy Mayor of Burien, Krystal Marx was elected to the Burien City Council in 2017 on a platform of 'Burien for All'. Her professional experience includes her current role as the Executive Director of Seattle Out & Proud (Seattle Pride), a LGBTQIA+-serving organization that focuses on advancing the rights of queer individuals throughout our region, previous operations and development roles at other Seattle-area nonprofits such as the Seattle-King County Dental Society, NAMI Washington, and King County Medical Society, and teaching leadership skills for She Should Run. Her volunteer work includes providing free Bystander Intervention and self-defense training to LGBTQIA+ groups and youth throughout King County, as well as serving as Vice Chair of the King County Young Democrats, President of the Board at Unexpected Productions Improv Theatre, and her current role on the Advisory Committee of Goodwin Connections. She is also a wife, and mother of four children under 13.

Norma Hernandez

Norma Hernandez
College Place Mayor

Norma became the first Latino/a Mayor of the City of College Place, in E. WA since 2109 and is the Executive Director of The Health Center in Walla Walla. Norma was instrumental in starting Washington's first Low Income Community Development Credit Union in Seattle in 2009.  The credit union opened traditional banking services to communities what were left out of the American banking system. She has served as a CEO, COO, EVP, Director, and Manager of various financial institutes who focused on serving the underserved in Washington. Norma attended Northwest University's (Kirkland, WA) Studies for Adult Professionals Business Management program with a major in Organizational Leadership. Norma's personal experience of coming from generational poverty where addictions and domestic abuse were the norm and how she worked her way out to become the woman she is today is a story she is proud to share in hopes that she will encourage young girls and women that they too have control of their destiny.

Soleil Lewis

Soleil Lewis
Des Moines City Council
Position 7

As a lifelong resident of Des Moines, Soleil understands the things we all want for our unique and beautiful waterfront community. And as an African-American and Haitian- American woman, she also recognizes the value of adding diversity to your government. She began high school right here at Highline Community College. Then, after much hard work and overcoming many challenges, finally attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University Of Washington--the first in her family to do so. After graduation, she worked as a Kindergarten Teacher then Office Manager for Highline Public Schools. This experience gave her the passion and know-how to ensure that all our students are treated with equity. She now teaches Special Education to students living and working in South King County. In her spare time she also works with the Seattle King County and Vancouver NAACP to promote diversity and inclusive education across Washington State.

Adrienne Fraley-Monillas

Adrienne Fraley-Monillas
Edmonds City Council
Position 3

Councilmember Fraley-Monillas has served the citizens on the Edmonds City Council since 2010. She has held the position as President/Mayor-protem Three years as well as vice-chair for Two years. She has served as chair of numerous committees to include Finance, HR Public Safety, Parks and Public Works. Councilmember Fraley-Monillas has been voted in as Edmonds representative to the Snohomish Health District for the past Ten years, to include Two years as chair and Four years as vice-chair of the bipartisan board which determines policy and expenditures for Snohomish County. She has also served on the Snohomish County Law and Justice Commission for the past Eight years and SNOTRAC transportation representative for Nine years. Ms. Fraley-Monillas has been elected Regional PSRC alternate to the PSRC Executive Board for Six years.

Angela Harris

Angela Harris
Edmonds Port Commissioner
District 1

Angela is a Senior Business Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation, where she has worked for over 15 years. Starting in Microsoft Learning, she now works in the Device Partner Sales organization, driving strategy and execution of a portfolio of partner programs. Angela was elected for the 2018-2021 term as a Commissioner for the Port of Edmonds in Washington state and holds the seat for District 1. In addition, Angela has been a Global Give Back Circle mentor since 2011 and currently serves as Chair of the Private Sector Engagement Advisory Committee. To support a world of gender equality, Global Give Back Circle and its partners economically empower at-risk adolescent girls and guide them on how to use their skills and talents to give back to their communities. Deeply grounded in her values, Angela advocates for people, educational opportunities, human rights, and the environment. She feels strongly that each day is a new day – offering countless opportunities to live passionately

Cassie Franklin

Cassie Franklin
Everett Mayor

Cassie Franklin is the first woman elected to be Mayor of the City of Everett. Since taking office in January 2018, she has led bold reforms and issued directives to improve public safety, economic development, affordable housing, community engagement, inclusion, equity, and fiscal sustainability-- including safely leading the city during the pandemic. Cassie grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and attended Lewis and Clark College. She later pursued graduate studies for family psychology in Munich, Germany. Her career has been defined by leadership and service. As the former CEO of Cocoon House, a non-profit organization serving homeless and at-risk youth, Cassie worked towards supporting youth from all backgrounds. When she was an Everett City Councilmember, she passed the first Safe City Resolution to ensure Everett is a safe city for all. Cassie continues to be champion for her community and the residents who live there.

Mary Fosse

Mary Fosse
Everett City Council
Position 1

Mary Fosse is a survivor, community advocate, small business owner, and Legislative Aide for State Rep. Emily Wicks. Currently on the Everett Public Schools Fiscal Advisory Council, Mary formerly served on the Council of Neighborhoods, as Chair of the Delta Neighborhood, and led a successful grassroots environmental justice campaign securing nearly $5.5 million for her underserved community. She has previous experience as an Everett Districting Commissioner, an Operations Manager, an Employment Dept. Employment Specialist, and as an Executive Assistant and Special Events Coordinator for Dale Chihuly. She has a BA from Whitman College and is an Institute for a Democratic Future Fellow. Having personally experienced childhood homelessness and poverty, Mary is running because she wants to advocate for this community, and it’s time for a fresh perspective in tackling the housing crisis and our perpetual budget deficit. She has 2 young children with her husband Mike Morad Dippery.

Demi Chatters

Demi Chatters
Everett City Council
Position 5

Demi Chatters has 15+ years’ experience advocating for inclusive, high-quality educational environments in public schools. As a working mom and former small business owner she understands the struggles families navigate. She brings a fresh perspective centering advocacy for women, families, and marginalized communities. She believes economic empowerment is key to a high quality of life and will advocate for expanding access and opportunity for livable wage jobs and affordable housing. As a survivor of childhood domestic abuse, Demi knows public safety for women requires investing in support services that confront issues keeping them in unsafe situations like poverty, addiction, isolation, and untreated mental health conditions. She is pursuing an MBA, and is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a BS in Business Administration. Her professional experience includes 10 years in real estate sales, appraisal and property management and 7+ years in King and Snohomish County agencies.

 

Paula Rhyne

Paula Rhyne
Everett City Council
Position 2

Paula is a two-time graduate of the University of Washington - first with her Political Science Degree and then with her Masters in Public Governance. She previously worked for then-King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson and after Bob was elected as Attorney General, she carried forward as Director of Constituent Relations for Rod Dembowski. Paula also served on the Board of Directors for the University District Food Bank for 6 years finishing as Board President. She currently works as the Legislative Aide for Snohomish County Councilmember Megan Dunn and has worked on policies for affordable housing, family friendly work practices, and justice-involved veterans. She and her husband live in Everett and have two cute kids and an old doggo named Sassy.

Liz Vogeli

Liz Vogeli
Everett City Council
Position 4

Liz Vogeli is a Fighter for the People! Since childhood Liz has been speaking up for women’s rights and for the rights of people who have been disenfranchised, ignored, and marginalized, and she has continued that fight on the Everett City Council. She has an Associates degree from Olympic College in Bremerton, WA and believes experience is the best teacher, especially when it is paired with curiosity. Liz became involved in community organizing while also working at childcare centers and in the Head Start program. The National Women’s Political Caucus represents the core values she holds close and to which she's demonstrated a commitment to prioritize and to uphold. Those priorities can be turned into policies that will protect what we as women and as elected leaders have fought so hard to win but which are now under attack. Liz Vogeli will never abandon that fight.

Leandra Craft

Leandra Craft
Federal Way City Council
Position 5

Leandra Craft is a second-generation Filipina American. She was born in Seattle and raised in King County. Leandra attended Santa Clara University and received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She then received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law. Leandra is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. During her time as a prosecutor, she has worked on misdemeanors and felonies and has experience in therapeutic courts. She is currently the Vice Chair focusing on Collaborative Justice Programs that work with social service providers to help stop the cycle of incarceration for people with behavioral health issues. In October 2020, Leandra was appointed to the Federal Way City Council. Since being on Federal Way City Council, Leandra has prioritized the voices and concerns of underrepresented voices, specifically the voices of women of color.

Renae Seam

Renae Seam
Federal Way City Council
Position 6

Renae is a first-generation Indian-American born to small-business owner parents. Growing up, she saw the impact of lackluster childcare access that resulted in her mom sacrificing her career to stay home to take care of the family. While seeing her parents struggle to maintain a family and business, Renae earned a BA in Political Science from UW with a goal to promote women and child rights. After college, Renae was heavily involved in girls’ education rights and served in several nonprofits and boards before earning an MA in Business & Data Analytics. She is now a financial risk analyst at BECU where she's worked to increase financial stability for working class families. As a woman of color, Renae advocates for women representation in business, politics, and next-generation leadership. When elected, Renae will push for expanded child-care access to support women’s careers, advocate for equitable representation, and ensure women’s issues are heard, valued, and addressed everywhere.

 

Kate Bishop

Kate Bishop
Ferndale City Council
Position 6

As a social services professional of twelve years and a working mom, Kate Bishop knows that the solutions to big problems are not as simple as they may seem. It requires listening to others and taking concrete steps to build a Ferndale that all can believe in. Kate Bishop grew up in a small town much like Ferndale in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. She moved to Whatcom County fifteen years ago and put down roots in Ferndale because she was ready to start a family. Kate always believed to make change, you must start at the grassroots level. So in 2017, she rolled up her sleeves and ran for city council. As a councilmember, she secured funding for the Community Resource Center, helped create the North Whatcom Poverty Task Force, chaired the Finance committee to ensure that every penny the city collects is spent wisely and I fought for big projects like the Thornton Overpass and the Star Park Picnic Shelter. Now, she is proud to run for reelection and continue to fight for you.

Jeni Woock

Jeni Woock
Gig Harbor City Council
Position 1

Meet Jeni Woock, Gig Harbor City Council. When Jeni was elected to the council she was the only woman and with her help and encouragement, now there are 3 women and hopefully more. Jeni believes that lifting women up is a positive step for women and her community. Jeni supports their local food bank through personal funding and supporting city regulations that support enlarging that food bank as they care for women and children.

As a council woman Jeni meets with girls to chat and encourage their interest in becoming a politician one day themselves. As a Councilmember Jeni helped to organize an Employee Satisfaction Survey due to women and men complaints of unequal treatment in the city workplace. Jeni Woock is a member of Dinning For Women, a nonprofit supporting women's health and education in developing countries Jeni is a member of Meaningful Movies featuring documentaries about social justice issues like bullying and sexual abuse followed by community conversation.

Barbara de Michele

Barbara de Michele
Issaquah City Council
Position 3

Barbara has participated widely in Issaquah civic activities. She served two terms on the Issaquah School Board, 1995 - 2003. Professionally, she worked in education, public relations and community relations, finishing her career in 2010 as a Community Relations Planner for the King County Dept. of Transportation. Next, Barbara was appointed Executive Director of the Issaquah Community Network (ICN). ICN established a Drug Free Community coalition, focused on youth substance abuse prevention and mental health awareness. She also helped found The Garage, A Teen Cafe, a safe after-school teen hangout which provides free counseling and tutoring for students. In 2019 Barbara was elected to a two-year term on the Issaquah City Council and is seeking re-election. As a young woman, Barbara became actively involved in the Democratic Party and has remained so until the present time, fully supporting Democratic stances on women's rights, equality and reproductive freedom.

Mary Lou Pauly

Mary Lou Pauly
Issaquah Mayor

Mayor Mary Lou Pauly has been a leader in many professional and community positions that have typically not been as available to women in the work place. Born in Canada, and trained as a Civil Engineer, Mary Lou has always worked in non-traditional roles, typically being the only female at a work place or on a construction crew. After 10 years in municipal public works and highway construction projects in Ontario, Mary Lou moved to Issaquah WA where she began a second career in environmental engineering working mostly in the Commencement Bay Area on Superfund Cleanup sites. After retirement she ran successfully for a city council seat, followed by her current elected position, as Mayor. Mary Lou worked for decades on the AAUW's Expanding Your Horizons for middle school girls, because she believes careers in STEM subjects are careers for all. Mary Lou is excited to be running again for Mayor and enjoys her interactions with youth and leadership development.

Angela Kugler

Angela Kugler
Kenmore City Council
Position 3

 Angela Kugler is the daughter of first generation Chinese immigrants who grew up in the D.C. metro area and moved to Kenmore in 2012 with her husband and two kids. She began her career as a middle school teacher and then moved into higher education, where she’s worked for over 18 years. Angela earned a BA in English and Secondary Education from James Madison University and an MBA from the University of Washington. She is also a graduate of Leadership Eastside’s Adaptive Community Leadership and Executive Insight programs. Since moving to Kenmore, Angela has sought out ways to contribute to the community by serving on the Planning Commission as Vice Chair, volunteering as an advisor to the Kenmore Business Incubator, and helping advocate for Bus Rapid Transit along 522. She was responsible for instituting Title IX policies and awareness at her workplace, is a supporter of reproductive rights, equal rights, and is an advocate of social and racial justice.

Debra Srebnik

Debra Srebnik
Kenmore City Council
Position 6

Growing up in Kenmore and returning to raise a family, Debra has a deep commitment to the community. She has been involved in women’s issues throughout her life, from college teaching in women’s studies, to supporting family planning services and women candidates. She participated in an Emerge ‘bootcamp’ and has mentored several women candidates. Prior to becoming a Councilmember, she served as a planning commissioner and led the bond campaign that is now constructing sidewalks, bikelanes, and waterfront park improvements. As a Councilmember, she spearheaded Kenmore’s climate action plan and supported environmental stewardship. She also created policies to foster development of hundreds of new residences for all economic levels and bring thriving new businesses to Kenmore. She has the trust and endorsement of fellow councilmembers, elected representatives, and community leaders. If re-elected, she will advocate tirelessly to make the vision of the community a reality.

Dawn Bennett

Dawn Bennett
Kent Mayor

Dawn is the Co-Founder of the Multicultural Education Rights Alliance (McERA). As a basketball player and coach, gang prevention specialist and caseworker for the City of Seattle and the Liaison for African American families for Seattle Public Schools, Dawn has worked to support those who might otherwise fall through the education gaps. She also currently serves on several boards including, Vice President of Washington’s Paramount Duty, the UW School of Social Work Communities in Action Initiative, the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Advisory Group, and is the Board Chair of the African American Leadership Forum. Dawn is also a new board member of the Rainier Valley Food Bank in south Seattle. While busy working her multiple jobs Dawn earned the following awards; FBI Director's Community Leadership Award, Urban Native Education Alliance & Seattle Clear Sky Native Youth Council, Community Engagement Award, Mercer Island Pathfinder Award and 100 Leading Ladies of Color Award,

Satwinder Kaur

Satwinder Kaur
Kent City Council
Position 2

I grew up in South King County and graduated from Kentridge High School. I attended Highline College and received an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Washington. I spend my spare time volunteering in our parks, community centers, and our schools including serving in the PTA. I currently serve on the Kent City Council and with the following regional and local organizations: · State and Federal Policy Committee, Association of Washington Cities · Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Advisory Council, Chair · King County Growth Management Planning Council · King County Domestic Violence Regional Task Force · Multicare South King Regional Board · Kent Rotary · Mentor with Communities in Schools of Kent · Kentwood PTSA · KentHope I work locally in Auburn for a private technology company. My husband Amar, a Boeing Engineer, and I live in Kent while raising our two sons. The oldest is a sophmore in Kentwood, the same high school

Brenda Fincher

Brenda Fincher
Kent City Council
Position 6

Brenda Fincher has served on the Kent City Council since 2014, championing policies that ensure every resident and business has the opportunity to thrive. She has centered BIPOC and underserved communities by disseminating information on local governance, making meetings accessible with translation and captioning, supporting community-provided culturally relevant youth counseling, and focusing on racial equity and inclusion both with training for city employees and a series for community. Brenda led the development of Kent’s W.H.O.M.E. women’s homeless shelter, helping the City’s most vulnerable women gain safe shelter and help with transitioning to permanent, stable housing. Promoting healthy development of South King County families, Brenda served as Kent Youth and Family Services’ Board President, delivering improved results while on an increasingly tight budget. Brenda was also the President of multiple school PTAs, and is a two-time Golden Acorn Award recipient.

Penny Sweet

Penny Sweet
Kirkland City Council
Position 3

Seattle native, RHS graduate 1966, Shoreline CC 1968. Started health Care career in 1976 with Group Health Cooperative. Managed outpatient clinics until 1998/ transferred to Director of Outpatient Specialty and Inpatient Business Operations until retirement in 2007. Through GHC was trained in many leadership programs at Baptist University, Antioch University, University of Washington. Member of 2008 inaugural class of Leadership Eastside and their Executive Leadership Program in 2016. Served 6 years on KC Emergency Mgmt. Advisory Council as SCA rep and Caucus Chair, Currently Vice-Chair of Cascade Water Alliance, Vice-Chair of Hopelink Board of Directors, Vice-chair and caucus chare on KCRWQC, Chair MSWAC. Serve on Kirkland's Transportation Oversite Committee and Kirkland Legislative Committee. My advocacy for women's issues goes back to the early 70's protesting, agitating, and advocating and has never wavered.

Robin Vazquez

Robin Vazquez
Lacey City Council
Position 4

Robin is a proud native of the Pacific Northwest. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Western Washington University and her Master of Public Administration at the Evergreen State College. She holds a TESOL certificate, and is passionate about increasing language access in Washington. She is an experienced advocate with a background in labor relations and public policy is currently employed with the state. In her work with the division of State Human Resources, she has advocated for policies that improve women's access to paid time off, fair and competitive pay, and flexibility and mobility in the workplace. She is involved in the community as a Lacey Planning Commission member. She has supported code changes that strike a balance between the interests of business, the environment, and residents. She is also an appointed member of the DOH Midwife Advisory Committee. If elected, she hopes to champion women's access to government and support more affordable housing.

Carolyn Cox

Carolyn Cox
Lacey City Council
Position 7

Carolyn Cox is a first-term member of the Lacey City Council. She is a former journalist and governmental communications veteran who worked throughout her career to break gender barriers not only for herself but for all women. She holds bachelors degrees in communication arts (University of West Florida) and in expressive arts (The Evergreen State College). As an elected leader, she serves as a role model and gives a hand up to young women, recruits and campaigns for mostly female candidates, and works to ensure that Lacey's policies and practices reflect gender, racial and social equity and inclusion.

Jessica Wadhams

Jessica Wadhams
Lake Stevens City Council
Position 6

Jessica Wadhams is a 34 year old wife and mother of two. Jessica has a background in retail sales and leadership of close to 17 years. Most recently Jessica has created a soon to be nonprofit called Lake Stevens Allies for BIPOC. This advocacy group helps in the equality and advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion and access in a systemic manner. Jessica believes in advancing women leadership in all levels of government. Jessica is passionate about pro-choice and banning government involvement with women's bodies. Jessica is now campaigning to become the next City Council member of Lake Stevens in an effort to change the tide of current representation.

Kate Akyuz

Kate Akyuz
Mercer Island City Council
Position 6

Kate Akyuz is a life-long Washingtonian and Mercer Island Resident since 2012. She has been a public servant for over 24 years. A University of Washington graduate, her career started with non-profit community-based environmental work in Seattle and Federal Way. Kate has supported thousands of volunteers providing training and logistical support for tree plantings, salmon habitat monitoring, and youth environmental education. Today Kate is a Senior Capital Project Manager with the King County River and Floodplain Management Section. Kate manages large and complex projects involving flood safety and habitat restoration for federally-listed endangered species. Kate knows the ins and outs of Procurement, Public Safety, Parks and Recreation, Permitting, and Construction Management. She leads with compassion and brings plain language and common sense to her work. Kate lives in blended family with her partner Stephen, a Boeing engineer and retired Navy pilot.

Stephanie Vignal

Stephanie Vignal
Mill Creek City Council
Position 2

Stephanie Vignal is currently on the Mill Creek City Council where she has focused on Housing Affordability and long term planning for the City's future growth. She is passionate about preserving parks and greenspace and expanding accessibility. Stephanie has been an advocate for Women's Rights and has shared her story with NARAL and nationally with Congresswoman DelBene to fight for choice. Prior to starting her career in politics she earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and worked over 13 years in Property Management where she managed several properties. She was directly responsible for developing and implementing operating budgets in excess of several million dollars. She looks forward to continuing to put women's issues on the forefront of policy decisions.

Melissa Duque

Melissa Duque
Mill Creek City Council
Position 6

Melissa Duque is running for Mill Creek City Council to ensure the city continues to be a community where people feel safe, where all have access to green spaces, and where businesses and residents flourish. She is the Chair of the Mill Creek Park & Recreation board and has been a member since 2018. She is a project manager with a background in communication strategy and has spent over a decade working with nonprofits and foundations focused on vulnerable populations, women’s health, and health disparities. She develops and maintains budgets, builds campaigns to drive change, and guides organizations on how best to tell their story. Melissa believes a healthy and vibrant community depends upon the well-being of families. She received her dual Bachelor’s degrees in History and Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. She and her husband are raising two adventurous boys and a sweet dog.

Melissa Beaton

Melissa Beaton
Mt. Vernon City Council
Ward 3 Position 2

Melissa is a lifelong and proud Skagitonian and has lived and worked in Mount Vernon all of her adult life raising four children with her husband. Melissa’s education includes graduating from Skagit Valley College, receiving certification from the National Center for State Courts as a Certified Court Manager and graduating from Leadership Skagit. She spent 20 years as a public servant in Skagit Co. Superior Court working side by side with elected Judges managing the day-to-day operations of the court. She now serves as the elected Skagit County Clerk overseeing a department of 20 and a $2.2 million budget. She was appointed by the Washington St. Supreme Court and currently serves on the Gender & Justice Commission. Melissa is seeking re-election to the Mount Vernon City Council and plans to continue to lend her voice to equality for all. Melissa leads by example and hopes her continued personal journey will inspire other women to make positive changes in their lives and communities.

Jennifer Gregerson

Jennifer Gregerson
Mukilteo Mayor

First elected Mayor in 2013 and re-elected in 2017, Gregerson has been a strong advocate for public safety, walkable neighborhoods, and education. As Mayor, she expanded public access to the Mukilteo waterfront and spearheaded the development of the Harbour Reach Corridor Project, set to connect the community after opening in June. Jennifer Gregerson is serving her second term as Mayor after having been a member of the City Council since 2004. Gregerson, a graduate of Kamiak High School, has a Bachelor’s Degree in French from New York University. She has established an expertise in community planning, earning her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington. Mayor Gregerson learned the values of hard work and responsibility growing up in a family-owned business. Watching her parents fight to preserve trees and wetlands in Harbour Pointe, she says taught her the importance of getting involved, speaking out and defending your community.

Penny Sweet

Lisa Parshley
Olympia City Council
Position 5

Lisa Parshley currently serves on Olympia City Council, position #5 (2018-2021). She serves on Finance Committee, Ad Hoc Public Safety Committee, Animal Services, LOTT Board of Directors, Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (Alternate), Thurston County Climate Mitigation Plan Phase III committee, and as liaison Parking Business Investment Assessment District. Lisa is also serving on the regional sea level rise working group and Squaxin Tribal and city ad hoc working group. Policy goals include working on equity and social justice, reimaging public safety, climate mitigation, recovery from COVID economy, and homel.essness/housing crisis. Dr Parshley earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Oregon Healthy Sciences University, finished post-doctoral at University of Washington, worked as a research scientist for the Immunex Corporation for two years. In 2003 she received a DVM from Colorado State University, completed a small animal internship at Cornell University, a medical oncology residency

Melissa Denton

Melissa Denton
Port of Olympia Commissioner
District 3

Melissa Denton is a leader, a lawyer, a businesswoman, and a compassionate passionate person who seeks out what is right and makes it so. Her background in competitive speech, studying history, earning a black belt in karate, and persisting thoroughly is what makes her the right person to be the next Port of Olympia Commissioner for District 3. As a family law attorney, solving the thorniest problems for people in unequal situations for over 30 years, Melissa makes sure that each parent, each adult partner in a family, and each child is treated fairly by the legal system and in the process of interacting with very tough issues. Melissa's skills and hard work are needed to help all people, including those traditionally underserved, in Thurston County to thrive and experience opportunities for economic success.

Nikki Torres

Nikki Torres
Pasco City Council
District 3

Nikki Torres is running for Pasco City Council District 3 Position 3. Nikki has never run for election and has no political experience. She has lived in Pasco for over 40 years as a single mother, raised two wonderful daughters, and has three amazing grandchildren. She has served as President of Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Member of Association of Washington Business Grassroots Alliance, past board member of Tri-Cities Community Health, Visit Tri-Cities, and previously appointed to Governor Inslee's Childcare Collaborative Task Force. Education: Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and inducted member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, an Honor Society.

Maricela Sanchez

Maricela Sanchez
Prosser City Council
Position 2

I was born into a family of migrant farmworkers, and together we labored in the orchards and fields of the Yakima Valley. It was hard work, and I was determined to pursue and education to ensure a pathway to a better life. After graduating from Prosser High School, I attended the University of Washington for my bachelor's degree and was then accepted to Stanford University School of Medicine. After years of medical training, I have returned to my hometown and look forward to helping a new generation achieve their dreams.

Jeralee Anderson

Jeralee Anderson
Redmond City Council
Position 6

Dr. Jeralee Anderson is a nonprofit executive, social entrepreneur and construction engineer with a passion for sustainability and environmental justice. As the CEO of Greenroads International, she manages a diverse team of leaders in sustainable transportation and has a portfolio of over $34 billion in infrastructure projects, advancing the green and equitable transformation of the global transportation industry. President Obama recognized her as a Transportation Champion of Change for the 21st Century in 2013, and Governor Inslee appointed her to serve on the State Public Works Board in 2019. Jeralee currently represents Redmond as the City Council Vice President and serves on a variety of local and regional boards. Jeralee is committed to deconstructing the glass ceiling for women and BIPOC entrepreneurs and executives. She fights gender bias by encouraging women in technology and engineering, and helps cities build healthier, more accessible communities for women and families.

Carmen Rivera

Carmen Rivera
Renton City Council
Position 2

I am proud to say I was born and raised in Renton. My father was born in Puerto Rican and arrived in Washington by way of the Navy. My mother was a small business owner. My parents were able to build a home and put down roots to achieve the American dream in Renton. I am currently an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University’s Criminal Justice Department where I teach tomorrow’s leaders through a racial and equity lens.  As a professional with mostly direct services experience, I intimately understand and value the incredible importance of actively engaging and listening to all community members. My partner and I hope to raise a family in Renton. I see so much hope and opportunity here, and I want to continue to give back to the city that raised me. We need leaders who will not only listen to what the community wants but will actively seek out input and direction from those they hope to serve. These are the priorities and values I will bring to the Renton City Council.

Ruth Pérez

Ruth Pérez
Renton City Council
Position 6

Ruth Pérez is the first and only Latina elected in Renton. She holds a BA in Communications and a Master’s in Business Administration. In 2019, Councilmember Pérez served as Renton Council President and, during her tenure, she has served at least once on every council committee. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Renton Regional Fire Authority Governance Board. Ruth has an extensive background in public service, a very successful professional career, and she is a strong leader in the Latinxs community. As a councilmember, Ruth focuses on the issues that truly impact Renton residents’ everyday lives and specifically women of color. She has worked to build inclusive polices and programs, empowered women in our region, and bring the voice of every woman to the table. Ruth was voted “Renton’s Best Elected Official” in 2018 & 2019, received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities in 2019, and honored as a “Woman of the Year” in 2016.

Karen Moran

Karen Moran
Sammamish City Council
Position 3

I hold degrees in nursing and accounting and have used both my entire life. I started in nursing until our business , started in 1996, got to busy. My greatest challenge and honor, has been raising three kids. I always tried to involve them and explain the women’s committee’s and issue’s I would work on. For example, I was on the King County Women’s Advisory Board which dealt with building “silent” shelters on the Eastside. We also did programs for getting moms help with needed childcare to get back into the workforce. While being a Councilmember, annually I team with a few Redmond Councilmembers to work on World Whiskey Day and all profits go to the Haven's Community for Domestic Violence. As our city was giving out COVID funds, I advocated not only for special consideration for women/minority owned business but for extra funding to go for partner organizations that help women with daycare, domestic violence, shelters and counseling. Women's issues remain incredibly important!

Iris Guzman

Iris Guzman
SeaTac City Council
Position 6

Iris Guzman is a fearless advocate for all women including our BIPOC and trans sisters. She is not afraid to speak up and stand up for women's issues professionally and out in the local community. She has worked as a social worker since 2006 in programs primarily supervised by women. She has overseen and led girls groups, participated in Girls on the Run by advocating for young Muslim women to earn PE credit by participating in this group. Iris understands that without women, the world cannot exist. She believes that we make great leaders and should always have a seat at the table where important decisions are being made (to paraphrase RBG). She is someone who believes in leading by putting the needs of the most vulnerable first and foremost. When we put the needs of others first, we all benefit.

Colleen Echohawk

Colleen Echohawk
Seattle Mayor
Triple Endorsement

Over the past two decades, Colleen has served the most marginalized people living in the Greater Seattle community. As the head of Chief Seattle Club, a non-profit dedicated to the rapid re-housing of urban Natives, Colleen led the effort to create nearly $100 million in new affordable housing in Seattle. Under Colleen’s leadership, Chief Seattle Club has received recognition from the Puget Sound Sage Visionary for Justice Award (2018), the Neighborhood ]Builder Award (2017), and the Municipal League of King County’s Organization of the Year (2016). Colleen is an enrolled member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and a member of the Upper Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake. Colleen and her family have been proud to call Seattle home for over two decades. In her spare time, she loves to read, sing karaoke, take her dog Rizzo for a walk, listen to National Public Radio, and cook delicious food for her friends and family.

Lorena Gonzalez

Lorena Gonzalez
Seattle Mayor
Triple Endorsement

Lorena González has made a career of fighting for economic and social justice. She was born and raised in a migrant farm-working family in central Washington that never knew what the next day or following season might bring. Lorena earned her first paycheck at the age of eight as a migrant farmworker in the fields of Central Washington. Lorena worked her way through community college, earned a business degree at WSU, then earned her JD, with honors, from Seattle University School of Law; making her the first and only attorney in her family. She went to work as a civil rights attorney, fighting for the rights of workers, victims of wage theft and employment discrimination, and victims of police misconduct and sexual abuse. She went on to become the first Latinx person elected citywide as a city councilmember then council president. As our first Latinx mayor and only the third woman to hold the position, Lorena will dream big and work hard – making city government work for everyone.

Jessyn Farrell

Jessyn Farrell
Seattle Mayor
Triple Endorsement

Jessyn Farrell is a former legislator, nonprofit leader, and working mom who knows how to make progress on tough issues. As a widely-respected policy advocate on housing affordability, childcare, and economic security, she was selected to lead the state’s Covid economic recovery task force ensuring small businesses and working families receive economic aid. As Executive Director of Transportation Choices Coalition and as a legislator, Jessyn successfully led advocacy that resulted in $80 billion of new investments in light rail, buses, walking and biking infrastructure. She wrote the groundbreaking affordable housing policies that need to be expanded. Her legislation has helped low-income and homeless youth, improved education and transportation, protected pregnant women in the workplace, and made oil-by-rail safer. Currently at Civic Ventures, a public policy incubator, Jessyn focuses on economic justice for working people. Jessyn is a graduate of UW and Boston College Law School.

Stephanie Bowman

Stephanie Bowman
Port of Seattle Commissioner
Position 3
Dual Endorsement

Stephanie Bowman is a proud progressive voice for women and issues of equity on the Port of Seattle Commission. As only the fifth woman elected to the Port in its 110-year history, Stephanie has used her role at the Port to expand opportunities for women in non-traditional careers, create jobs for under-served youth in King County and to use the Port's resources as a springboard for those facing the largest inequities in King County. In addition to her leadership role at the Port, Stephanie serves as the Executive Director of Washington ABC, a statewide non-profit working to reduce poverty in Washington by helping individuals and communities increase their financial stability and move into the middle class. Early life experiences have made Stephanie a passionate advocate for advancing women's rights and providing women with the tools and opportunities to lead. Stephanie has an MBA from Seattle University, and lives in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood with her rescue dog, Scotch.

Hamdi Mohamed

Hamdi Mohamed
Port of Seattle Commissioner
Position 3
Dual Endorsement

Hamdi Mohamed currently serves as a Policy Advisor for the King County Executive Office. In her role, Hamdi provides advisory and monitoring support to the $12 billion county budget to ensure it reduces disparities and advances equity. In 2020, Hamdi led an initiative to invest $1.5 million in a new market and cooperative housing development in Tukwila to give new opportunities to many women-owned businesses that were displaced. As Port Commissioner, Hamdi will invest in increased outreach to women and minority-owned businesses (WMOB) to encourage applications and share information about Port programs. She will also support increased diversity in contracting standards that equitably prioritize WMOB to match the scale of COVID-19’s impact. Utilization of Priority Hire, investment in apprenticeship and education programs, and bolstering the South King County fund are all integral steps Hamdi will take to ensure that the Port is not taking steps back in the fight for gender equality.

Toshiko Hasegawa

Toshiko Hasegawa
Port of Seattle Commissioner
Position 4

Toshiko Hasegawa is a fourth generation Japanese American from the Beacon Hill neighborhood in South Seattle. Her great-grandparents arrived to the U.S. through the Port of Seattle seeking economic opportunity, but were instead sent to government camps during WWII. This history informs her core values of advancing civil rights and racial equity through public policy. Toshiko was raised in a union household, which taught her to stand in solidarity with others. She is called to a life of service and worked in legislative offices on the federal, state and county levels until she joined King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight to improve systems of police accountability. Toshiko was appointed in 2018 by Governor Inslee as Director of Washington State’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. She is the youngest woman of color ever to serve as a cabinet member. If elected, she would be the first woman of color to serve on the Port Commission.

Teresa Mosqueda

Teresa Mosqueda
Seattle City Council
Position 8

Teresa is running for re-election because Seattle is at a crossroads and needs leadership that passes impactful progressive policy change. During her time on City Council, Teresa Mosqueda passed expanded paid leave after loss of a child, passed JumpStart Seattle progressive revenue, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, & Hotel Worker healthcare & safety legislation. She led efforts for equitable & affordable housing & promoted affordable utility bills. She has dedicated her career to making sure no one gets left out or left behind. She has stood with small businesses, working families, women, people of color & immigrants to pass progressive legislation & invest in our local economy. With your continued support, she will help our neighbors recover from the COVID public health crisis and economic slowdown, address issues of homelessness & affordable housing, create more childcare opportunities, create good living wage jobs, & invest in health, transportation, and infrastructure.

Brianna Thomas

Brianna Thomas
Seattle City Council
Position 9

Brianna Thomas is ready to lead on the policies necessary to move Seattle toward a sustainable future. For over a decade, she has dedicated her life to public service, as Office Manager at the Church Council of Greater Seattle and Field Director at the Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund, the campaign manager for Honest Elections in Seattle and the campaign for a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac, and for the last five years as a Legislative Aide and now Chief of Staff to Council President Lorena González. She is proud to have negotiated legislation that put Seattle at the national forefront for workers’ rights, livable wages, and innovations in police accountability. Legislating is a team sport, and she will bring collaborative leadership to bear tangible solutions to our city’s most pressing issues. Brianna is running to ensure that we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than before - by lifting all of our neighbors up, and to make sure no one is left behind.

 

Laura Mork

Laura Mork
Shoreline City Council
Position 3

Laura Mork has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Project Management Professional Certification from PMI institute. She has 40 years of professional experience managing all aspects of buildings, grounds, and equipment operation and maintenance, including budgeting, capital planning, and construction. Throughout the years, Mork has encouraged and mentored several women in a field in which women are still scarce. Mork has served 8 years on the Shoreline Planning Commission and 2 years as chair. She was elected to the board of commissioners for Ronald Wastewater District in 2019 after being appointed in 2017. She is a frequent volunteer for levies and initiatives within the city impacting women and families. A strong advocate for women, Mork supports Planned Parenthood, the YWCA, the League of Women Voters, and Emily’s list. She will advocate for women in appointed positions, hiring practices, and other areas where the City Council has influence.

Linda Redmon
Linda Redmon
Snohomish Mayor

Linda Redmon is Council President of the Snohomish City Council. She is also on the Snohomish Health District Board of Health and is the Chair of its Public Health Program Policy Committee. She represents Snohomish on the Alliance for Housing Affordability. Before being elected to City Council, she was an active community volunteer with the schools and PTA, the Boys and Girls Club, and the local foodbank. She has continued to volunteer with Housing Hope and Leadership Snohomish County. She has worked in social-science research and education, counseling, health care, and nutritional sales and education. She has a dual BA in Psychology and Linguistics and an MS in Nutrition. Linda has a long history of supporting Planned Parenthood and believes that a woman's right to control what happens to her body is foundational to women's equal standing in the world. Linda will continue to address sexism present in her community, with the goal of supporting women and increasing their power.

Elizabeth Grasher
Elizabeth Grasher
Steilacoom Town Council
Position 2

Elizabeth Grasher is a licensed therapist (LMHC and LMFT), adjunct psychology professor and Steilacoom planning commissioner. Elizabeth has a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and is a 500 Registered Yoga Teacher. Elizabeth is the faculty advisor for the National Alliance on Mental Illness at Saint Martins University, Steilacoom Kiwanis Member. Steilacoom Historical Museum Association ad hoc committee member, and former Steilacoom Library Board Member. Elizabeth has worked hard as a planning commissioner to provide transparency by listening to all voices, collaborating with other commissioners/councils while incorporating Steilacoom's needs and policies. As Steilacoom continues to grow she want to preserve the town's quality of life while focusing on the voices and values of all in our town to help shape our future. She will bring creative leadership and is a skilled facilitator who looks forward to continuing to serve her community

Sarah Rumbaugh
Sarah Rumbaugh
Tacoma City Council
Position 2
Dual Endorsement

Sarah Rumbaugh, a community organizer, activist, and fundraiser in Pierce County, and graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A., and The Evergreen State College, Masters in Environmental Studies program. Sarah has years of experience in campaigning and helping women succeed in attaining political office by raising the necessary funds to run a winning campaign. She serves on the City of Tacoma Human Rights Commission and believes strongly there is injustice in our society when we don't stand up for the rights of everyone. She currently assists Rebuilding Hope, Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County with their fundraising, and is a strong proponent advocating for funds to assist women and others who are victims of sexual assault and abuse. Sarah believes that we must be mindful that women continue to be victims of this type of abuse because of our society's systemic failure to address these issues. When Sarah is in office she will support more funding for sexual assault/abuse.

Kelly Blucher
Kelly Blucher
Tacoma City Council
Position 2
Dual Endorsement

 As a dedicated advocate for children, families and her community, Kelly Blucher is a proven and passionate champion for Pierce County. Kelly’s advocacy work includes serving on the Board of Directors for Associated Ministries and Co-Chairs the Workforce Development Committee for the Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness. Kelly co-founded Hire 253, which has since brought in over 2500 individuals seeking employment, 25% currently experiencing homelessness and has placed 33% successfully in full time employment. Her own life experiences put her on a path to serve those most vulnerable. Kelly was born and raised in Federal Way, her mother worked at St. Joseph Hospital as an RN for forty years. As a mother of three children, she not only faced homelessness and poverty herself but recognized the needs of those she served. Kelly is excited and prepared to continue her advocacy work through lived experiences in Tacoma City Hall.

Catherine Ushka
Catherine Ushka
Tacoma City Council
Position 4

 Catherine Ushka first marched for Women’s Right to Choose in 1989 in Washington DC. She has been marching since. She first ran for public office 12 years ago because she saw a problem with an unresponsive school district facing deficits. After serving there for 8 years, and now 4 years on City Council, she is running for re-election. She has championed efforts to address our homelessness and housing affordability crises, including expanding shelter space those facing housing insecurity. She serves on the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center Board as Chair, and on the Pierce County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Catherine has worked to expand services seeking solutions that improve the lives of women. She also recently led the work to save Tacoma Pierce County Health Department from being dismantled, preserving essential programs. Catherine’s background includes both the public and private sectors roles, and she received her degree from the Evergreen State College.

Anne Artman
Anne Artman
Tacoma City Council
Position 5

 Anne Artman chose to run for Tacoma City Council, District 5 because of her experience, combined with living in District since 1986 where as a single mother, Anne raised her son who currently teaches in the Tacoma School District. Anne is a small business owner with an MS in Behavioral Health and a BS in Psychology, and before creating the Tacoma Recovery Center, Anne worked nearly twenty years in social services beginning at the Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center: Family Support Services, working with families with open Child Protective Services (CPS) cases. Today the Tacoma Recovery Center continues six powerful years of helping change the life outcome of individuals, especially those experiencing homelessness. Anne is running because homelessness, behavioral health, and social justice issues affect our communities and Anne will bring her life experience, knowledge and her community’s shared values to the table with a collaborative and innovative approach.

Kiara Daniels
Kiara Daniels
Tacoma City Council
Position 6

 Growing up in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, Kiara learned the importance of giving back and contributing to a strong community. She currently works as the Business and Community Development Coordinator for Spaceworks Tacoma, a program of the Tacoma/Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Kiara has dedicated her career to elementary education, housing, and local business development. At the Northwest Leadership Foundation she learned a life-long mantra that continues to drive her commitment to community “Love Our City.” She believes that if we really love our city we will care for the people in it by ensuring everyone has access to basic human rights - safe and affordable housing, food security, quality public education, good-paying jobs, and safety. Kiara is committed to getting under-represented voices heard in city government and planning. Last year, Kiara was awarded the Dr. MLK Jr. Emerging Leader Award for her service and describes all of her work as her love letter to the City.

Anne McEnerny-Ogle
Anne McEnerny-Ogle
Vancouver Mayor

 

Anne McEnerny-Ogle was originally elected to Vancouver City Council in November 2013 and took her first oath of office on January 1, 2014. She became the first woman to serve as Mayor of Vancouver on January 1, 2018, where she has helped to lead efforts in economic development, regional community relations, and transportation. Mayor Anne’s assignments include serving as the chair for the C-TRAN Board, member of the SW Regional Transportation Council, member of Metro’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, and chair of the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization Policy Committee. The Mayor also serves as vice-chair for Greater Portland Inc., is a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Ad-Hoc Consortium and the Association of Washington Cities. She volunteers with the Vancouver Police Department’s Neighbors on Watch program, the Rotarians, and the Community Military Appreciation Committee. Mayor Anne and her husband, Terry, have one son, and have been residents since 1980.

Kim Harless
Kim Harless
Vancouver City Council
Position 1

Kim Harless Felix will advocate for women’s rights. Being a single mom and caregiver to her mother she knows personally the road bumps and challenges women face trying to advance their careers. As a college student, Kim worked three jobs and raised her son while attending full time for a college degree, she understands what opportunities made this happen and knows what works to advance equity for parents. Kim is pro-choice and believes women should have autonomy in making decisions about their own bodies, and not at the mercy of male politicians. Kim has served on many committees and in roles advocating for DEI and serves in an officer role for three women-led nonprofits. Currently, she serves as the Co-Chair of the Clark County Charter Review Commission and advocated for DEI training for all commissioners before work began on developing amendments, and not as an afterthought. As a City Councilmember, Kim brings her lives experiences, knowledge, and trainings to advocate for equity.

Diana Perez
Diana Perez
Vancouver City Council
Position 3

Diana Perez earned her B.S. degree from Texas Tech University and M.S. from Oregon State University. Diana participated in the Executive Leadership Institute at Portland State University Hatfield School of Government and completed a graduate certificate from Cornell University in Executive Women in Leadership. Diana started her career in the Pacific Northwest as a student intern and today works as a full-time professional for USDA Forest Service while volunteering as a community advocate. She has experience working with non-profit, local, state, Federal, and tribal governments. Diana founded the Southwest WA League of United Latin American Citizens Council (LULAC) in 2011 and served as WA State LULAC Director. In 2018 Diana was appointed by Governor Inslee as Commissioner for WA State Parks and Recreation. Diana believes in advancing the economic conditions, educational attainment, and equal opportunities for youth, families, and women.

Sarah Arndt
Sarah Arndt
Woodinville City Council
Position 5

Sarah Arndt the Vice Chair of Woodinville’s Public Spaces Commission. Sarah has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and a Masters in Teaching from Western Illinois University and an M.Phil and Ph.D. in History from Trinity College Dublin. Sarah spent years teaching history before transitioning to more administrative work with a Seattle area non-profit. Her experiences have taught her the value of being part of a local community, and how the life of that community and its environment impact the quality of life for everyone in it. Since moving to Woodinville 7 years ago, she has worked hard to become an active member of the community representing the needs of women and families. She has served on the boards of the Woodinville Toddler Group, her local church, and volunteers through the NSD PACE program as well as serving with the city since 2016. These days Sarah can be found playing with her boys, or serving as a voice for women and families in her community.

COUNTY POSITIONS  
Sarah Perry
Sarah Perry
King County Council
District 3
Sarah Perry is a small business owner and seasoned executive in the non-profit and government sectors. As an enthusiastic coalition builder, she is known for her expertise in creating strong foundations of civic collaboration and engagement to build progress in both local and statewide communities. Previously, Sarah was the Chief Development Officer for Social Venture Partners International, the Sr. Director of University Initiatives at Seattle University, and Executive Director at Eastside Housing (now Springboard Alliance) in Redmond. She has raised over $50M in her 30 year career and developed innovative systems which became models of efficiency and effectiveness in her field. Sarah received the 2017 Magnuson Award for Western Washington Organizer of the Year from the Washington State Democrats, and in 2018 received the Campaign Heroine Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus. She lives in Issaquah, WA with her husband, Bill Ramos, and their dog, Sadie.
Brandy Donaghy
Brandy Donaghy
Snohomish County Council
District 5
I have resided in Snohomish County for 10 years now, and I spend the majority of my time volunteering for a variety of organizations in various capacities, and even for those that don't seem on the surface to be equity related, I still tend to view them through an equity lens, because in reality, it is at the base of everything. I'm a strong supporter of reproductive rights and I firmly believe that women were meant to lead. I am a graduate of UW Bothell, with a concentration in Management Information Systems, and have served in a number of positions within the Democratic Party at LD and County levels. I currently serve on the cabinet of Emerge WA, as Housing Chair with the Snohomish County NAACP, and on the Board of Directors with C3 - Communities of Color Coalition. I also do work that focuses on building community and community education. I plan continue supporting women through EmergeWA and other organizations and I will continue to focus my attention on women candidates as well.
Saudia Abdullah
Saudia Abdullah
King County Council
District 7
Saudia J Abdullah was born on the south side of Chicago to an educator & community activist, her political involvement began at age 13 when alongside her mother she volunteered for local campaigns. It was there she learned that voting was only a part of the process. Volunteering & serving are also extremely important. After graduating from Georgia Southern University she spent the past 20 years working all facets of the Criminal Justice System, probation, parole, local, state, federal, tribal nations and policy. In 2013 she made the move to Washington after accepting a position at Pioneer Human Services as Director of Federal Reentry Programs. In 2015, she was appointed to her current role as Community Corrections Division Director for King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. As an active member of her Sorority to host events on training women to run for office, informing women about redistricting and laying out a legislative agenda to Senator Maria Cantwell.
Kim-Khanh Van
Kim-Khanh Van
King County Council
District 9
Kim-Khanh Van is a Renton City Councilmember, immigration attorney, former refugee, small business owner, and mom. As a refugee at the age of six, she learned the generosity of community support and tirelessly worked to help build her family's life in the United States. Van learned firsthand how human service systems assisted families and taught her the value in service. She was first in her family to attend university, then graduated from law school and began practicing. As an elected official, she championed issues of equity, drawing on experience as a small business owner and immigrant. She advocated for women owned small businesses through the Small Business Stabilization Fund proposal and promoted the Chip-In Program through the Renton Chamber of Commerce. She will serve on County Council with a promise to elevate working women’s issues, invest resources into family planning and childcare accessibility, and address the in flux of gender based violence exacerbated by the pandemic.
SCHOOL BOARD POSITIONS  

Deborah Lurie

Deborah Lurie
Mercer Island School District Director
District 4

Deborah Lurie is a staff attorney with the King County Department of Public Defense and has a long history of advocating for children and families in the child welfare and criminal justice systems. She is the parent of one daughter who attends Mercer Island Public Schools and is currently serving her first term as a Mercer Island School Board Director. Deborah was raised on Mercer Island and is a product of the Mercer Island public schools herself. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Religious Studies from Franklin and Marshall College and a Juris Doctor from American University. Deborah knows that every student is capable and deserves the best education possible. She believes that there is not a problem that cannot be solved when we work together.

Shelby Scovel

Shelby Scovel
Renton School District Director
District 5

Shelby Scovel is a fierce advocate for public school education and its role as the foundation for our society, economy, health, and well-being. Director Scovel was appointed to the Renton School Board (Position 5) in February 2021 and is running to retain her seat for the next four years. She brings deep experience in the business side of healthcare, a passion for service, and a continuous improvement mindset. One role of a school board director is to adopt, review, and revise policies, and she will use her position on the board to ask thought-provoking questions, push for innovative ideas and solutions, and advocate for those most in need of a voice.

Elizabeth Vann-Clark

Elizabeth Vann-Clark
Richland School District Director
District 3

Elizabeth Vann-Clark has a B.A. in education and a M.A. in mathematics. She has spent over 10 years as a Tri-Cities mathematics teacher and over 15 years as a community volunteer in organizations dedicated to literacy and the arts. Elizabeth’s roles in these communities included event coordinating and policy guidance. She has successfully advocated for changes to convention policies and enforcement to create safer gathering places for women, promoted women in the literature and the arts, and recruited and mentored other women into leadership roles. As an educator, Elizabeth advocated for changes to gender biased dress codes, addressing sexual harassment, and changing building culture that dismissed the capabilities of young women. As an elected official, Elizabeth will continue her work as an educator to address and changes school district policies that are detrimental to the success of women and marginalized communities.

Chelsea McElroyChelsea McElroy
Tacoma School District Director District 4

Chelsea McElroy is champion of children’s rights. As a Black girl growing up in the city of destiny, she has always fought for fairness amongst the genders. As a child she played football and pushed barriers on how girls are allowed to represent themselves at school. She has been serving children and families in Tacoma for over a decade. As an early learning professional, she has helped women (moms, teachers, peers) advocate for their rights. As a Black business owner, with Vision Step Team, Chelsea has hired a team of 8 Black women and girls to work with the next generation of female leaders in Tacoma. Chelsea has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Bates Technical College and many of her mentors were the strong female professors. She fought to save the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department because she knew women and children will be the hardest impacted by a fractured health care system. Chelsea leads a Girl Scouts troop and defends the rights of girls everywhere she goes.

Elizabeth BonbrightElizabeth Bonbright
Tacoma School District Director District 5

Elizabeth Bonbright is a national Early Childhood Education policy leader. She spent 22 years as Executive Director of Child Care Aware of Washington building a network of high-quality child care providers and creating a public system to evaluate and ensure affordable, high-quality child care services. Concurrently, she also served for 14 years on the Child Care Aware of America Board of Directors, taking on various leadership roles, including Board President and Public Policy Chair. As Vice President of the Tacoma School Board, and as Chair of the Joint Municipal Action Committee, Elizabeth is leading the work to strengthen inter-governmental collaboration and stimulate innovation to reimagine and create a more economically vibrant, healthy, safe, and anti-racist community. Elizabeth earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and completed the UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute program.

Alecia CunninghamAlecia Cunningham
University Place School District Director
District 1

Alecia is a non-profit professional and dedicated mom to three running for University Place School District Position 1. With a degree in Business Management from Pierce College, Alecia has committed her career and volunteer time to supporting Pierce County’s non-profit community. She was hired by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington in 2016 as Community Engagement Manager and quickly moved into her current position, helping to grow the organization’s philanthropy program and expand their community partnerships. Cunningham also serves on the Board of Directors for the Metro Parks Foundation and is a member of Rotary Club of Tacoma #8. In addition to her non-profit career and volunteer activities, Alecia’s most important job has been being a mom to her three sons. Cunningham grew up in University Place and attended district schools from elementary through high school.

Marisa PeloquinMarisa Peloquin
University Place School District Director
District 2

Marisa Peloquin is running for re-election to the University Place School Board, position 2. Marisa pushed for the adoption of the FLASH sexual health curriculum, Chromebooks for students to participate in remote learning during the pandemic, and bus transportation for students to attend Pierce County Skills Center courses. She testified before the state legislature on several education bills. Marisa served in the Army for 30 years, serving as the only female commander in the 82nd Airborne Division at the time, and later as a brigade commander. Marisa's parents instilled in her the value and importance of education, and she went on to earn her MBA and was a senior manager for VeriSign. Marisa is active in her community, serving as the Board President for Comprehensive Life Resources, AAUW Tech Trek coordinator, Civil Air Patrol member, PTA leader, and South Sound Regional Science Fair Vice Chair.

Kathy MulkerinKathy Mulkerin
Walla Walla School District Director District 1

Kathy Mulkerin grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. She attended Walla Walla Public Schools, K-12. She holds a Montessori Teaching certificate from the Montessori Institute Northwest and a Masters of Education, Primary Montessori from Loyola University Maryland. A proven leader and passionate activist working to empower women and children, Kathy has co-founded groups that support women and children including the Women’s March on Walla Walla and COCOA (Color Our Community On Awareness) which amplifies that voices and culture of our local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) community. Kathy has worked at Walla Walla Public Schools as a Para-educator in the Head Start program at the former Blue Ridge Elementary School (now the Walla Walla Center for Children and Families) and is a member of the Walla Walla Public School’s Equity and Access Board. Kathy seeks to promote education for All children to ensure our community is a more positive, equitable and sustainable society.

Donna SinclairDonna Sinclair
Washougal School District Director District 3

Dr. 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, writing social histories for the National Park Service, often focused on women’s history, and managing major oral history projects throughout the Northwest. She teaches history at WSU Vancouver and Western Oregon University, including Western Women’s History, Gender and Public Policy, and Gender and History, among others. 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. In 2020, she published a collaboratively written memoir of the first African American woman forest supervisor in the nation. She serves on the Washougal School Board of Directors, is an elected precinct committee officer, and volunteers with many organizations
JUDICIAL POSITIONS  

Tracy Flood

Tracy Flood
Bremerton Municipal Court Judge

Tracy is from the Windy City and came to Bremerton, WA while serving on Active Duty in the US Navy. She graduated from the Olympic College and the Univ of Washington with two BA degrees. After working one year for the State of Washington, Tracy attended Seattle University School of Law graduating with her JD and, Tracy received her LL.M from SU Law in Elder Law in 2019. Currently, She is the owner of The Law Office of Tracy S. Flood, INC PS after working 8 years with the US Department of Labor and with the SSA. She specializes in Elder Law and is an experienced trial attorney in Criminal Law and Family Law. With over 20 yrs’ experience as an attorney and extensive experience as a Pro Tem Judge. Tracy is on the OC Foundation Board, the WSBA’s Client Protection Board, VP of the WSBA’s Foundation Board, past member of the LMBA Executive Board, a Founding Member of Kitsap Polka Dot Powerhouse, Founding Member of Kitsap Women's GC, and Current President of Bremerton NAACP and KCR Board.


Whitney Rivera
Edmonds Municipal Court Judge

Judge Whitney Rivera was appointed to as Edmonds Municipal Court Judge in November, 2020. Judge Rivera grew up in Edmonds and graduated from Edmonds Woodway High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and literature from the University of Washington. She earned her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. After law school, she began working as a trial attorney at the Snohomish County Public Defender Association. She later transitioned to working as an appellate public defender and has argued cases before the Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court. Judge Rivera later returned to the Snohomish County Public Defender and served as the supervisor of the misdemeanor unit, where she trained and supervised trial attorneys practicing in courts of limited jurisdiction. Judge Rivera has mentored many young women just starting their legal careers and has spent many hours in classrooms encouraging girls and young women to pursue careers in the legal field.

Andrea Robertson

Andrea Robertson
King County Superior Court Judge
Position 47

Andrea Robertson spent over 22 years as a strong, successful trial lawyer in the largely male dominated profession of criminal defense law. She developed a reputation as a highly respected trial lawyer and advocate for those challenged by the justice system, and was sought after for her skills in teaching advocacy to high school, law school and practicing lawyers. She also taught and mentored young women who went on to engage in careers in the law or became politically engaged. She was appointed by the Governor to the Superior Court bench at the close of 2020, and she is seeking to complete her four year term. Her courtroom experience, compassion, and work ethic remain vitally needed in these challenging times.

Jessica Giner

Jessica Giner
Renton Municipal Court Judge
Position 1

Judge Jessica Giner was unanimously selected in March 2021 by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Renton to serve as one of the City’s two municipal court judges. Both judges are women. Judge Giner brings to the bench 15 years of balanced experience in criminal law and the confidence of a dozen courts in Western Washington who have regularly relied on her services as an experienced Judge Pro Tem. She has earned a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from the King County Bar Association and top ratings from six of our minority Bar associations. Judge Giner is a native of South King County and as a member of the King County Women’s Advisory Board, she worked to address gender based domestic violence, particularly in minority communities, and advocated for county funding for affordable child care. She is the coach of a Mock Trial team at Eastlake High School and a reliable volunteer with Girl Scouts and Little League.