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!


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CITY POSITIONS  

Kate BaldwinKate Baldwin
Auburn City Council
Position 2

Look for her in the general election!

Kate Baldwin is a Senior Solution Architect, consulting on IT Service Management and ServiceNow software for major public and private organizations through the PNW and the Nation. Baldwin has worked for Covestic since 2012, going from one of the most junior consultants brought on staff, to becoming both the youngest and only female solution architect within the ServiceNow practice. Prior to joining in the Seattle tech scene, Baldwin graduated from Michigan State University, then moved to Idaho as a newspaper reporter covering K - 12 education, state and federal education policies. She also worked with a grant-funded, non-profit to support farmers and ranchers following organic and sustainable practices to build and strengthen their businesses through SBDC-like trainings. Today, Baldwin lives in Auburn and serves as the Recording Secretary of the 47th District Democrats. She remains active in organizations advocating for food security, reproductive rights, civil rights and the arts.

Hanan AmerHanan Amer
Auburn City Council
Position 4

Look for her in the general election!

She holds Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, from Benghazi University, Libya Works as a chemist in an aerospace company. She became involved in the community after moving to Auburn in 2008. Her previous volunteer work has included the Auburn Food Bank, the White River Valley Museum, and Auburn and Muckleshoot libraries. She has volunteered with the Auburn Police Department since 2010, and with the Girl Scouts of Western Washington since 2012. She also volunteers for the United Way of King County as a tax preparer. She is running for City Council because she wants to create an environment where everyone feels empowered to speak up and engage in the community .Auburn's demographics are changing, and everyone should feel like they belong here from the moment they move there. Her biggest goal is to listen and understand the needs of the community and advocate for them.

Lisa MandelkornLisa Mandelkorn
Bainbridge Island City Council
District 7, North Ward

Lisa was born and raised on Mercer Island, WA as the daughter of a pioneering ADHD pediatrician. She witnessed MI lose its small-town look and feel due to overdevelopment. Lisa holds degrees from Whitman College and the New England Conservatory of Music. She worked in Manhattan as a professional opera singer and then returned to Bainbridge Island to raise children. Lisa and her husband have successfully founded and operated small and large businesses in Washington and New York. She cherishes Bainbridge’s natural beauty, art and hometown feel. Lisa will strive to preserve the small-town character of Bainbridge Island.

Brenda Fantroy-JohnsonBrenda Fantroy-Johnson
Bainbridge Island City Council
District 2, North Ward

Look for her in the general election!

During my 14 years on Bainbridge Island, I have been active in local government serving as your City Council Member, on the Sustainable Transportation Task Force, and on the interview committee for the Planning Commission.I moved to Bainbridge Island in 2006 and currently work at AT&T where I have spent the past 14 years as the Lead Security Risk Manager. I hold a Master of Business Administration from Spring Arbor University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Davenport University. I live with my husband, Harvey, and am an avid hiker and mountaineer, having climbed Mt. Rainer and completed the Mt. Everest Base Camp trek. I am mother to five adult children and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren. In my spare time, I completed a memoir, “Imagine Me” available at local bookstores and on Amazon.com.

Andrea ChymiyAndrea Chymiy
Bainbridge Island Fire Department Commissioner
Position 3

Look for her in the general election!

Andrea Chymiy has a BS (Molecular Biology) from Vanderbilt University, MPH (Epidemiology) from Tulane University, and an MD from Tulane University. She is a family medicine physician and co-founder of women-owned Pacifica Medicine & Wellness. She previously worked at the Doctors Clinic and at Harrison CHI Urgent Care. Andrea is the coordinator and co-founder of Bainbridge Island Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and volunteers as a Team Lead for Bainbridge Prepares, a USAR Team Physician for Empact Northwest, a COVID-19 test site & vaccination site volunteer, a CERT volunteer, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Peacock Family Center. As a Bainbridge Fire Commissioner she would bring to the (currently all-male) Board her perspective as a medical professional, business owner, and community emergency management volunteer to ensure that Bainbridge Fire continues to be a well-run organization with excellent leadership, fiscal responsibility and impactful community involvement.

Ruth Lipscomb

Ruth Lipscomb
Bellevue City Council
Position 4

Look for her in the general election!

Ruth Lipscomb grew up in Oregon and moved to Bellevue in the early 1980’s to work as a software engineer at Microsoft. Since retiring in 1994, she has volunteered for numerous organizations and served on several boards. Her first political engagement was around education equity which led to serving on the board of the League of Education Voters and inspired her fascination with state tax policy. In 2005, Ruth co-founded the Progress Alliance of Washington, an advocacy organization whose goal is to build political infrastructure for bold policy change, and she served on that board until 2017. She is currently a board member of Fuse Washington, an active member of the Women Donors Network, and spends significant time working on local issues with Indivisible Eastside’s Racial Equity Bellevue workgroup. She is proud to be a supporter of many women candidates over the years, including through the Progress Alliance’s First Mile project to elect candidates of color across the state.

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson
Bellevue City Council
Position 6

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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.

Hollie Huthman

Hollie Huthman
Bellingham City Council
Position 2

Look for her in the general election!

Hollie Huthman is running for a second term on Bellingham City Council after a challenging but inspiring first year in office. Experiencing a pandemic has more clearly than ever helped highlight the inequity that exists in our society. Hollie has co-owned and run a live music venue in Bellingham for over a decade and was inspired to run for City Council to have a hand in making sure Bellingham is a city for everybody who wants to live here. She earned a degree in Sociology and Criminology from WWU, and also spent 12 years in banking before becoming a business owner and employer. Housing affordability and availability is one of her biggest priorities, directly impacts almost every other challenge we face as a city, and is a core issue for removing the inequities that exist in our community. Hollie is also a champion for increasing living wage jobs, reducing incarceration, and promoting affordable childcare and early learning.

Kristina Michele Martens

Eve Smason-Marcus
Bellingham City Council
Position 6

Look for her in the general election!

Eve Smason-Marcus is a a musician, educator, WWU graduate, renter, and community organizer. They have served on the Board of Directors for the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force since 2019 as well as the steering committee for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference in 2019, 2020, and 2021. They serve on the Bellingham Unity Committee, facilitating educational events and joyous community spaces to Bellingham. Eve volunteers with Whatcom Youth Pride, supporting queer youth in Whatcom County. They are a music instructor and camp counselor at the Bellingham Girls Rock Camp where they empower femme, queer, and non-binary youth though music and social justice. Eve also volunteers with Birchwood Food Desert Fighters fighting for food justice in the Birchwood neighborhood. Over the last couple months, Eve has been volunteering with People First Bellingham, working to get four initiatives on the November ballot that promote economic justice and racial justice.

Kelly Krieger

Kelly Krieger
Port of Bellingham Commissioner
District 2

Look for her in the general election!

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.

Debbie Page

Debbie Page
Black Diamond City Council
Position 7

Look for her in the general election!

Debbie Page (CMC)® is Certified Money Coach, internationally recognized and award winning business coach and advocate for women’s economic independence, and is recognized as the leading authority on cash flow and profitability for women in business. For over two decades she has worked with women and money and has acquired, scaled and sold two businesses. Debbie knows that when women make money, they change the world. She is a trainer for the US Small Business Administration and is an active advisory board member to LifeCenter Northwest. In April of ‘21 she answered the call to enter public service; applied for a vacancy on the Black Diamond City Council. Interviewed, unanimously voted on and sworn in on the same night she went right to work for the residents of Black Diamond. A graduate of Washington State University and an Emerge Alumnae, Debbie is a proven leader and will continue to champion women's issues, the environment, and caregiver support in her elected position.

Han Tran

Han Tran
Bothell City Council
Position 1

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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.

Melissa Watkinson

Melissa Watkinson
Bremerton City Council
Position 3

Look for her in the general election!

Melissa Watkinson is running for Bremerton City Council, district 3. She believes Bremerton deserves a new kind of leadership that centers equity, brings people together safely, and that seeks a sustainable and prosperous future. Listening to and understanding your values and challenges is important to Melissa and how the city shapes local policy. She is prepared to collaborate and co-develop strategies that are equitable and inclusive of communities and that bridge opportunities for all. With hard work and determination to solve complex problems, Melissa will serve communities to create a resilient and regenerative Bremerton.

Mackenzie Breedan

Mackenzie Breedan
Buckley City Council
Position 2

Look for her in the general election!

Elementary School Teacher in White River School District, WRCAP Lead, JV / Assistant Varsity Soccer coach for White River High School Girls Soccer Team Education: Graduate of White River High School Class of 2016. Attended Montana State University Billings on soccer and academic scholarships where I graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education. Currently in pursuit of a Master Degree in Education. Community Service: Experience working with Salvation Army, Food Banks, and Community Cleanup Projects in multiple communities. Advocating for Women: If elected I plan on listening, and sharing ideas and concerns of women in my community. In the future, I also plan to provide opportunities for women to gather together at community volunteer experiences to empower all women and young women to work together to build a strong community.

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore
Burien City Council
Position 5

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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.

Maame Bassaw

Maame Bassaw
Dupont City Council
Position 1

Look for her in the general election!

Maame is currently an MSW student at the University of New Hampshire. She is a WA certified peer counselor and is immersed in the peer support community where she serves on the board of directors for peer-led organizations such as United Peers of Washington and Washington State Community Connectors. She has a passion for community organization, advocacy, networking and collaboration, which she believes are strongholds in new challenges she decides to tackle. Maame constantly finds opportunities to be a social justice and behavioral health advocate at the local and state level. In 2019, she was appointed by the Dupont City Council to the Parks and Recreations Agency in which she continues to serve and is also an assistant for the Dupont High School Teen League. Her vision is to use her leadership skills and different perspectives in this new opportunity within political work and to be an encourager for young women of color and young people in general to run for office.

Erica Buckley

Erica Buckley
Edgewood City Council
Position 6

Look for her in the general election!

Erica Buckley is a proud resident of Edgewood who believes the City should be a safe and welcoming place for all residents. She is an attorney who has spent over a decade fighting for individuals and families. She was born and raised in Pierce County and is happy to be raising her four children here. If elected, her priorities will be increasing safety, building community, and creating local opportunities. She has already had experience working on behalf of women facing domestic violence, female youth in foster care, moms who were hurt and unable to work, and mentors women in the legal profession. If elected, she will focus on making the lives of every resident better and lend her voice and position to those who have not always been represented in decision-making.

Alicia Crank

Alicia Crank
Edmonds City Council

Position 1

Look for her in the general election!

Alicia Crank is the Chief Development Officer for AtWork!, a highly supportive and innovative conduit between people with disabilities and employers in the community. Prior to this role, she was a leader in major fundraising and partnership roles at YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, CityYear Seattle and Washington Business Week. A Detroit native, Alicia held several leadership positions in corporate banking, education, business and the nonprofit sector in Silicon Valley. Alicia has served on several boards and commissions centered around equity and inclusion, and currently serves as Vice Chair on City of Edmonds Planning Board as well as Chair of the Snohomish County / Paine Field Airport Commission. In her work in uplifting women in the community, Alicia founded Edmonds International Women's Day in 2019, showcasing local women. In 2021, the virtual event was held over two days and featured Seattle Storm's Sue Bird as keynote speaker.

Adrienne Fraley-Monillas

Adrienne Fraley-Monillas
Edmonds City Council
Position 3

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!
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

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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.

Katherine Festa

Katherine Festa
Federal Way City Council
Position 4

Katherine was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is the oldest child of a bi-racial couple. She is Half Native American (Haida) and half Italian. Katherine graduated from North Seattle Community College in 1984. She then went on to build the Metro Transit Tunnel as the Contracts Manager. Following that job she worked on the 777 Hangars, making the largest building in the world larger. Katherine started working for King County in 2002. She started as an accountant and worked her way to to Contracts Manager. She worked on the Women's Advisory Board to make sure that Child Care was on the King County Councils Agenda. She holds weekly support groups for women, so they have a safe space to talk about their own issues. Katherine has taken in three women to help them become drug free and a working community member. She also helps local women with clothing, food and volunteer work. She is always a phone call away from any friend.

Leandra Craft

Leandra Craft
Federal Way City Council
Position 5

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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

Look for her in the general election!

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.

Yolonda Brooks

Yolonda Brooks
Fircrest City Council
Position 6
Dual Endorsement

Look for her in the general election!

The City of Fircrest is where Yolonda raised her son and has called home for over 25 years. With great neighbors and activities, her son flourished; recently pinned as a Warrant Officer in the Army National Guard. Yolonda is engaged in the community by volunteering, attending events and actively attending City Council Meetings. Some recent engagements include: hosted a meet and greet with the Fircrest Police, approved by the City Council to be a citizen representative on the Pierce County Force Investigation Team, handed out flyers for the “Rental Assistance Program” and “Telephone Reassurance Program”. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. She currently works for the Washington State Department of Transportation as a statewide Community Engagement Specialist. She previously worked for the Department of Labor and Industries in worker’s compensation and retainage release. She was also a permit technician with Pierce County and a 911 call receiver/dispatcher.

Nikki Bufford

Nikki Bufford
Fircrest City Council
Position 6
Dual Endorsement

Look for her in the general election!

Nikki Bufford is a finance and risk management professional running for Fircrest City Council Position 6. Inspired by the demonstrations for social justice and racial equity in early 2020, Nikki began connecting with local residents and leaders to understand how City leaders influence local policing, support equity and inclusion among residents, and promote social justice. It was during this process that she recognized the need for City Council to include the perspectives and shared experiences of BIPOC individuals and address the underrepresentation of women on Council. If elected, she would be the first person of color to serve on Fircrest City Council. Nikki grew up in University Place and settled in Fircrest after purchasing the home of her late grandparents. To serve her community she seeks to elevate underrepresented voices and advance gender and racial equity and inclusion through policy-making.

Deanna Nuttbrock-Allen

Deanna Nuttbrock-Allen
Fircrest City Council
Position 7

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As a mental health professional, Air Force veteran, nonprofit board member, community volunteer, and mother of four, Deanna has the unique experiences, skills, and perspectives to listen to and integrate various viewpoints and make thoughtful decisions about policies and issues facing Fircrest. She obtained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of Memphis. As a psychologist, Deanna spent nine years on active duty and four years as a DoD civilian, serving military members and their families. She’s an active volunteer in the community, serving on the executive boards of the Whittier PTA and the Tacoma Parents of Multiples. She also assists with vaccine clinics as a member of the Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps. Female representation is critical to address the discrimination, safety concerns, and inequity faced by women and other marginalized groups. Deanna will bring another female voice to the city council, where only one of seven seats is currently filled by a woman.

Jeni Woock

Jeni Woock
Gig Harbor City Council
Position 1

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Semra RiddleSemra Riddle
Lake Forest Park City Council
Position 1

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Semra values her community and the greater community of our region. She has lived in Lake Forest Park for 10 years and in King and Snohomish counties for most of her life. She has an amazing 9-year-old daughter, a husband, and two cats and dog. You can often find her outside with her family. As an elected official for the last 5 years, Semra has shown that good policy can make the difference in her city: from affordable housing, to tree canopy coverage minimums that improve storm water, to pushing electric infrastructure for vehicles in our public spaces, and safe mobility via sidewalks and transit. As a member on regional boards, Semra advocates for improved health outcomes, safe and affordable housing, and equitable access to urban forests. As an elected mom, she has shared her struggles and successes to ensure elected positions are within reach for underrepresented individuals, especially moms, and inspire and support folks who want to be more involved with their community.

Stepanie AngelisStepanie Angelis
Lake Forest Park City Council
Position 3

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Stephanie graduated from UW, with a major in Environmental Studies and minor in Marine Biology. She volunteered with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance documenting Clean Water Act violations. Focus on environmental ethics, affordable housing, educational outreach, ecological improvements and connecting with communities. She is on the board of Ballinger Neighborhood Association. Prior civic work includes chairing Shoreline’s Council of Neighborhoods, participating on Shoreline’s Sidewalk Advisory Committee, and serving as PCO with the 32nd LD Democrats. As a manager she advocated for coworkers around workplace conditions, breaks, per diem usage and overnight lodgings. As a CM she would be supportive of womxn's rights, including DV outreach, subsidized child care and educational assistance rights to birth control and abortion. She provides housing for women, and outreach to homeless women. Her supportive comments on HB 1236 demonstrated the need and helped end no-cause evictions in WA state.

Sheley AndersonSheley Anderson
Lakehaven Water & Sewer District Commissioner
Position 4

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Attorney Sheley Anderson has an earned reputation of being a bulldog with a smile. Sheley is the Vice President of the Regional NAACP and is a committed Black Lives Matter activist. Sheley successfully fought to increase civilian oversight of local police misconduct complaints. She advocated for the implementation of city ordinances which decrease economic inequality and secured inclusion oversight of government funded contracts of State projects. Sheley is a driving force in passing education reform to close the achievement gap of African American students. She has over twenty years of experience performing legislative advocacy and is currently working to increase equity in the Cannabis industry. Sheley is a graduate of Seattle University Law School and business owner of The Anderson Law Firm.

Liz OlhssonLiz Olhsson
Lakehaven Water & Sewer District Commissioner
Position 5

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Liz Olhsson (pronouns: she/her) is proud to be a product of Pacific Northwest public schools, kindergarten through doctorate. She's an experienced climate physicist with a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and a focus on computer models of coastal oceans, rivers, and watersheds. A problem solving enthusiast, she supports her family as an IT systems engineer and project manager, building creative technical solutions to business problems, and has implemented them for everyone from small locally-owned businesses to multinational corporations. As a queer Jewish woman she is committed to the principle of Tikkun Olam -- "healing the world." She hopes to live that ideal as Lakehaven Water and Sewer District Commissioner Position 5, by helping to chart a path forward into the rapidly changing future of South King County's climate; a path that centers environmental justice every step along the way, beginning with the principle of universal access to water and sanitation.

 

Jessica WadhamsJessica Wadhams
Lake Stevens City Council
Position 6

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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.

Angie WeanAngie Wean
Longview City Council
Position 6

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Born and raised in Longview, Angie Wean embodies people-first leadership, listening to all voices across the spectrum of race, class, gender, and political affiliation. She is excited to step into the political arena in her first race for office. She will work to ensure Longview thrives in new, purposeful ways, putting energy and care into building a better future for all. She brings a strategic, thoughtful, inclusive approach and action-driven leadership to Longview. A graduate of Washington State University in Communications, she has spent the past 25 years leading cultural and communications programs and change management initiatives. Her career has spanned the non-profit sector, providing opportunities for young adults, to current day at Microsoft, where she leads executive and employee communications for a global team. Empowering women and being an ally for others is something Angie has deep passion around and she spends time lifting others and being an agent of change.

Christine FrizzellChristine Frizzell
Lynnwood Mayor

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Council Member Christine Frizzell was elected to serve on Lynnwood City Council in 2017. Christine grew up in and still lives in Lynnwood, graduated from Meadowdale High School and then Central Washington University with a BS in Accounting. She is a self employed business owner with more than 30 years experience serving small to medium sized business, and individuals with her finance and tax skills. In the time she has been on the Council, Christine has chaired the Finance Team, served two years as a Regional Fire Authority Board Commissioner, served as Council President and Vice President. She has been on the board of Snohomish County Health District since pre Covid and was on the committee to create Sound Foundation for Public Health. Christine has volunteered with a number of non-profit organizations to mentor single moms, serve homeless neighbors, connect with women in jails, and encourage each woman to become the best version of themselves no matter what their past may be.

Chris EckChris Eck
Lynnwood City Council
Position 1

Chris Eck is a first-time candidate running for Lynnwood City Council position #1 to work for all community members. Chris received her B.A. in History at the University of Washington, and has worked in multiple sectors including in corporate management and operations at Premera, non-profit administration in HR at Cocoon House, and as an executive at Volunteers of America Western Washington. Chris also has experience on the United Way of Snohomish County Board, and as President of the Human Services Executives of Snohomish County. Chris is a long-time Democrat and progressive who is a passionate advocate for the equal rights of women and who, in her role on the city council, will advocate and fight aggressively for these rights in every conversation, in every meeting, and with every plan.

Kate Akyuz

Kate Akyuz
Mercer Island City Council
Position 6

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Caitlein Ryan

Caitlein Ryan
Mukilteo City Council
Position 2

A rising tide lifts all boats. Caitlein Ryan is the founder of Sound Cultivation, a cannabis political consulting solution in Washington State. Caitlein has a PhD from Arizona State University where she focused on arts education curriculum and assessment, qualitative research, social justice, and theatre history. When Washington passed ballot measure i502 legalizing adult-use cannabis, Caitlein became an early licensee and stakeholder in the new emerging market. In this new role, she applied her experience in arts education advocacy to the cannabis industry. She is a founding member and the first president of the Central Washington Growers Association, which focuses on community engagement and local government in Central Washington. Caitlein has grown her scope of influence to the state and federal level with membership in the National Cannabis Industry Association, based in Washington D.C. She is also President of the Board and Interim Executive Director for The Cannabis Alliance.

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Stephanie "Fe" Mischo
Oak Harbor City Council
Position No. 4

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Fe is a mother, Navy spouse, and proud resident of Oak Harbor. Her work as an early childhood education advocate has taken her to Olympia and Washington DC to fight for her cause. Her experience as a state and national level advocate as well as a local volunteer has helped her to realize that now is the time to use her knowledge and skills to further benefit her city. The work that she has done locally allows her to see and experience first-hand the struggles faced by her community and its residents. Over the last six years, she has focused her efforts on those most vulnerable, from the homeless to the elderly; from children to those affected by family violence. Fe envisions a bright future for Oak Harbor, where community and government are inclusive, effective, and benefits them all.

Penny Sweet

Lisa Parshley
Olympia City Council
Position 5
Dual Endorsement

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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

Wendy Carlson

Wendy Carlson
Olympia City Council
Position 5
Dual Endorsement

I am a 4th generation Olympian with my family living and working in our community for over 100 years. I grew up going to local schools. I graduated from Olympia High School where my parents and grandparents also went to school. I was always involved in sports while growing up in the area. I played basketball, soccer and softball. I went on to play fastpitch collegiately where I was a decorated athlete. I began my career at Department of Corrections after graduation from college in 1993. I was a Community Corrections Officer at a State run work release where it was my job to help people get a second chance at a good life, including finding a job and connecting them to programs to treat substance abuse or mental health challenges. I then moved on to a DOC field office. Being a parent to two sons is my other source of inspiration. I have been on the Parent Teacher Organization at each school they attended. 

Melissa Denton

Melissa Denton
Port of Olympia Commissioner
District 3
Dual Endorsement

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.

Amy Evans

Amy Evans
Port of Olympia Commissioner
District 3
Dual Endorsement

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My name is Amy Evans. I am running for Port Commissioner. Throughout my life, I have been committed to being a bridge. A bridge between diverse stakeholders, the public and private sector, and the community and government. I believe with collaboration, more is possible. My diverse background includes a B.S. in Agriculture, experience as an attorney, small business owner, and commercial real estate broker. My vision for the Port of Olympia is one of prosperity through environmental stewardship, utilizing the Port’s assets efficiently to generate revenue, and public good through access to Port resources. Let's do this together.

Nikki Torres

Nikki Torres
Pasco City Council
District 3

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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

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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.

Davida Sharpe Haygood

Davida Sharpe Haygood
Puyallup City Council District 2
Position 2

Davida has been a professor at a local college for five years and a college administrator for a year and a half. In her position, Davida finds joy in advocating for women of color to grow as educators from preschool to elementary school, into becoming education administrators as well. Davida also volunteers as a community mentor supporting young women to become their full selves. Davida holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, and is currently working on a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. As a single mother, Davida left Arizona for Washington state with $100 in my pocket and a U-Haul. Davida hoped to live in a place where the weather was beautiful, and her son and herself could thrive amongst a diverse population. As a first-time elected official, Davida is committed to advocating women’s rights centering a framework on equity and racial justice in policies, and ordinances.

Janet Richards

Janet Richards
Redmond City Council
Position 2

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Janet Richards is a committed leader committed to creating equitable, diverse and safe communities for all people. Professionally, she has over 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry leading global business programs. Personally, she is a mother to three children and married 27 years. She is active at Seattle Children's hospital previously serving as Family Advisor Chair, and currently serving on the Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is also on a task-force to address systemic inequities experienced by families at the Odessa Brown clinic. Locally, she is Vice Chair of the Redmond Human Services Commission and one of the founding members of the Redmond PD Community Equity Action Team. In 2020, she joined with a small team of local black leaders to form Right to Breathe and engage with the Seattle Eastside municipalities to address racial equity in policing policy.

Melissa Stuart

Melissa Stuart
Redmond City Council
Position 4

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Melissa Stuart is a non-profit leader working to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. During COVID-19, her professional work directly impacted women who faced the choice of potentially leaving the workforce if they did not have a safe place for their children to participate in remote schooling. She’s previously also worked on behalf of youth experiencing foster care and behavioral healthcare access for East King County youth and families. She earned a Masters in Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University, as well as two bachelors’ degrees from Washington State University. Melissa is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, former member of the Redmond Library Board of Trustees, and active in the fight for climate justice.

Jeralee Anderson

Jeralee Anderson
Redmond City Council
Position 6
Dual Endorsement

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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.

Tara Van Niman

Tara Van Niman
Redmond City Council
Position 6
Dual Endorsement

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Tara has been an active Redmond community member for 14 years. With a BA in International Relations and an MBA in International Business, she has worked 26 years in project management and engineering at AT&T. She has raised three boys in Redmond and understands the value of its Little League fields, Teen Center and abundant parks. Her work with Planned Parenthood, Moms Demand Action and electing strong female leaders demonstrates a commitment to being a champion for women. Tara led Manka Dhingra's Teen Committee where they fostered the next generation of leaders and flipped the WA state senate to Democratic control. She plans to bring her skills in problem solving and communication so the council can become more collaborative and focus on building a new and expanded senior/community center, promoting a healthy community and building a vibrant, transit oriented downtown. She is endorsed by Sen. Dhingra, Rep. Goodman, Mayor Birney, CM Kritzer, CM Padhye, CM Carson and the 45th LD Dems.

Carmen Rivera

Carmen Rivera
Renton City Council
Position 2

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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

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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.

Chaune' Fitzgerald

Chaune' Fitzgerald
Richland City Council
Position 1

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Chaune’ Fitzgerald, is an advocate for Women nationwide. She has traveled the world with Miss USA, MISS Universe pageants as a pillar in the beauty business industry. Chaune' a huge advocate for women seeking education while challenged being the primary care-giver. Over coming her own obstacles, she was able to graduate with a Bachelor of Science-Health Care Management degree and later with a Master of Science in Business/ Organizational Leadership Management- MBA degree. Chaune’ is the founder of Women of Wisdom Tri-Cities (WOW Tri-Cities) a non-profit 501(c) 3 and business owner in downtown Richland WA. She is an advocate for women statewide. Currently, she is serving as Commissioner on African American Affairs, The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, The MyTri 2030 Inclusion Council and Vice President of The Tri-Cities WA Chapter of The Links, Inc. Her mission is to restore equity and quality life for Women and Marginalized communities.

Karen Moran

Karen Moran
Sammamish City Council
Position 3

 

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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!

Karen Howe

Karen Howe
Sammamish City Council
Position 7

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A Sammamish resident for over 25 years, Karen Howe is a seasoned business leader with 20+ years of senior management experience and community service. As a former tech CEO, she has led successful organizations while instilling effective financial and operational controls. Karen has managed multi-million-dollar budgets and built enduring global partnerships. She became an elected PCO in 2016 and later a PCO Mentor who doorbelled and lobbied for several outstanding women candidates. Today she’s president of a conservation non-profit, serves on King County’s Children and Youth Advisory Board, and was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve on the Prescription Drug Assistance Foundation Board. She has served as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for over 5 years and has held board level positions with Cancer Lifeline, PTSA, Eastside Eagles Girls Lacrosse, and Atlas Assistance Dogs. Today she works for a global privacy company heading up marketing. Her BA is from Whitman College.

Iris Guzman

Iris Guzman
SeaTac City Council
Position 6

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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

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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

 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver
Seattle City Council
Position 9

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Nikkita Oliver (they/them) is an educator, artist, community organizer, attorney, & law professor. We are strong believers that the way a candidate works in community & campaigns is reflective of how they will govern. Nikkita has shown a commitment to listening & following the lead of marginalized communities. They have demonstrated this through their work with Creative Justice--an arts-based healing engaged space for youth impacted by the criminal legal system. Through this work Nikkita has helped develop safe spaces for queer, trans, and femme youth of color; who are some of the fastest growing populations in the carceral system. They have demonstrated this through a campaign built upon mutual aid & community collaborations; and by hiring an intersectional staff that is reflective of the most marginalized communities in our region. We know that with Nikkita in office we will be building power for women and gender expansive people because of their commitment to intersectional equity.

Laura Mork

Laura Mork
Shoreline City Council
Position 3

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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 CLook for her in the general election!Look for her in the general election!ity Council has influence.

Linda Redmon
Linda Redmon
Snohomish Mayor

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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.

Tanya Lavoy
Tanya Lavoy
Snoqualmie City Council
Position 5

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Tanya Lavoy was raised in a multigenerational household by a single mother and grandmother. She has a BA in International Relations and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration at The Evergreen State College. Tanya is a former community organizer and current Legislative Aide to State Senator Patty Kuderer. Her career has been focused on serving others and bringing people together. She is running to bring that same collaborative problem solving to Snoqualmie and bring new voices to the table. She plans to make sure that Snoqualmie makes the best use of the tools at its disposal to effectively address issues related to housing affordability, multi-modal transportation, and caring for the environment.

Naghmana Sherazi
Naghmana Sherazi
Spokane City Council District 1
Position 2

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Naghmana Sherazi already made history by being the first ever unionized campaign in Eastern Washington. She is a South Asian immigrant Brown woman, who has called Spokane home since the last ten years. She is an educator, a scientist and a single mother, with a Master's degree in the liberal arts and two Bachelor's degrees - one in the hard sciences and the other in Economics and Political Science, as well as an AS in Biotechnology. Naghmana is running for Spokane City Council, Dist 1. She has built up name recognition and connections by becoming a big part of the community - she serves on the boards of PJALS, Refugee Connections Spokane, South Asian Americans Together for Washington (SAATWA), Greater Spokane Progress, and Spokane Women Together; co-chair of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, and chair of Muslims for Community, Action and Support; working hard for underrepresented communities of color, and especially women in the immigrant and refugee realm to combat misogyny and racism.

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Lacrecia "Lu" Hill
Spokane City Council District 3
Position 2

Lu is a mother, a wife, and a business owner (LMH Consultant). She spent 7 years with the Boys & Girls Clubs and was a Senior Program Associate working on homelessness with Empire Health Foundation. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Operations for a $3million start-up Conscious Ventures. In all of these positions, Lu held leadership positions, advocated for women in leadership, and hired women in leadership positions. She also ensured they had time off and understanding to be a businesses women and a mother. Lu holds a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Eastern Washington University, Masters of Business Administration from University of the People, and Urban Planning from EdX. Lu is the Board President of Spectrum LGBTQIA2+ Center; represents the center on the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition; Inland Northwest Business Alliance board, WA State LGBTQ+ Commission’s Economic Development Committee. She is helping to establish a Black Business Chamber of Commerce.

Elizabeth Grasher
Elizabeth Grasher
Steilacoom Town Council
Position 2

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Elizabeth Pew
Elizabeth Pew
Port of Tacoma Commissioner
Position 2

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Elizabeth Pew is a Washington native, raised by a school teacher and a union member to value both education and community involvement as central to a fulfilling life. She received her M.A. from Antioch University and her B.A. from the University of Washington. Her career has primarily involved working directly with residents in Pierce County to find satisfying employment and advance their own professional development. She currently works as a career transition specialist with soldiers and veterans, previously employed as an HR leader at Keurig manufacturing in Sumner, WA. Pew currently serves as a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission and previously as a member of the Seattle Women's Commission. She looks forward to providing meaningful leadership for the workers and families of Pierce County and creating a female majority on the Port of Tacoma Commission.

Mary Bacon
Mary Bacon
Port of Tacoma Commissioner
Position 4

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Mary M. Bacon is running for Port Commissioner #4 as a practical scientist with fifteen years of waterfront experience. Mary's knowledge of the amazing diversity of our ecosystem, to include its historical environmental damages, will guarantee the Port's continued responsible stewardship of our significant public resources. If elected, Mary will be the first practical scientist on the Commission and the third female in a five member port commission. In 2006, Mary received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Washington, Tacoma and she has worked in and around the Puget Sound ever since as both an environmental scientist and health physicist. As the President of a labor organization, Mary expanded nursing stations within the largest public shipyard on the West Coast. She also advocated on behalf of expectant mothers to ensure their health concerns were communicated and an appropriate solution was implemented. Mary will always be an advocate for women’s issues.

Anne McEnerny-Ogle
Anne McEnerny-Ogle
Vancouver Mayor

 

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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

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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

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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.

Michelle Evans
Michelle Evans
Woodinville City Council
Position 1

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Michelle Evans graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, which she uses in running her own consulting firm. Prior to starting her own business, Michelle worked in banking at at Microsoft. Her community involvement includes serving as a Board Member at the Whatcom County Boys and Girls Club, Board Member for the Washington Bankers Association, mentoring minority youth through the Microsoft high school program, volunteering as a softball coach and Girl Scout leader as well as weekly volunteering in the Northshore School District. During her time Michelle believes the best way to support and advocate for women is to ensure their voices are represented, heard and acted upon. As a first-time candidate for Woodinville City Council, Michelle would like to create a Diversity & Inclusion Council to ensure that women's issues and voices are fully represented within the City business.

Robin White
Robin White
Woodinville City Council
Position 3

 

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My professional journey began in Forensic Science and led to Biotechnology, from experiments at the lab bench to behind the scenes business. I am passionate about bringing my scientific perspective into politics. I am inspired to make positive change in issues such as the environment, climate change, women's health and safety, diversity and small business support. I am a complete supporter of black lives matter, LGBTQ community, women's reproductive freedom as well. I want to make a difference and bring more women and diversity to the city council. I am just beginning my political journey, but I believe bringing more women and everyday citizens into government is what we need to fight for and win the freedom for all people and stop the continued injustice against women and minorities.

Sarah Arndt
Sarah Arndt
Woodinville City Council
Position 5

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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.

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Sarah Perry
Sarah Perry
King County Council
District 3

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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.

Shukri Olow
Dr. Shukri Olow
King County Council
District 5

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Dr. Shukri Olow is a mother, community organizer, and doctor of education that has worked in direct service of South King County residents for the last 14 years. In her work, she support 31 community-based organizations who work with over 5,000 families and young people. She’s running for King County Council to bring strong, community-based experience and leadership to South King County’s District 5. Dr. Olow has lived experience as an immigrant, refugee, and product of the Kent public housing system, and has seen and lived the challenges that so many members of the South King County community face. If elected, Dr. Olow would be the first black woman elected to a County Council position in Washington State history. She has also a served a number of volunteer community roles including board or commission membership with OneAmerica Votes, Kent Youth and Family Services, Somali Health Board, and Tri-County Refugee Committee, to name a few.

Katie Grainger
Katie Grainger
Public Hospital District No. 2, Commissioner
Position No. 4

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Originally from the small town of Conway, South Carolina, Katie is the first person in her family to graduate from college. Katie has a master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington. She is a communications professional with a passion for health and wellness. In 2019, Katie went to Washington DC to lobby for cancer research on behalf of the Sarcoma Foundation of America. A working mom with an autoimmune disease, Katie is a Volunteer Ambassador for the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, helping providers get the information they need to improve treatment for patients with Sjogren’s. Katie believes in making healthcare more accessible and affordable for all Americans.

Nicole Ng-A-Qui
Nicole Ng-A-Qui
Snohomish County Council
District 1

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Nicole is a graduate of Colorado State University 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Mgt. She then went on to complete the Restoration Ecology Certificate Program from the Univ. of Washington 2004. Nicole has also been a certified Arborist since 2003. She has worked in the fields of Forest Management, Urban Forestry and had her own business in Restoration Ecology. Nicole is a woman of color who has been a single mom for many years and knows the issues faced by women in our society. She can advocate for women based on her personal experiences which has also made her a good listener and team player.

Brandy Donaghy
Brandy Donaghy
Snohomish County Council
District 5

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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

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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.

Kaylee Galloway
Kaylee Galloway
Whatcom County Council
District 1

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Kaylee is running for Whatcom County Council District 1 because she wants to be a voice for those who have been historically underrepresented and underserved, and see government work for everyone. Kaylee has worked for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and Washington State House of Representatives, in addition to volunteering on the Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee and the Bellingham Community Development Advisory Board. As an experienced public servant, Kaylee’s multidisciplinary approach and perspective helps bring people together to find common ground and solve complex problems. Kaylee is focusing her efforts on climate change, water quality and salmon recovery, housing and homelessness, business and economic development, and public safety and criminal justice reform. She believes racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion should be incorporated in all county decisions. Kaylee looks forward to continuing to serve her community.

Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis
Whatcom County Council
District 3

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Rebecca holds a BA in US history from the University of NY at Albany and MA in secondary education from Western Washington University. Since 2001, she has taught at Cascade Middle School in Sedro-Woolley, teaching 7th and 8th grade history and English. In 2019, she was elected the Sedro-Woolley Education Association (teacher's union) President and continues to serve. She has been a lead contract bargainer/negotiator in her union for two years, which includes writing 29 different memorandum of understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has written various grants in and for education, including many for her union members. She was awarded $20,000 grant from National Education Association for her equity and social justice work in her school district. The education profession is 80% women. She has spent her career fighting for working conditions, benefits, and salaries for her members. She will take this same leadership and passion into an elected position.

SCHOOL BOARD POSITIONS  

Erica Knapp

Erica Knapp
Arlington School District Director
District 5

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I am Erica Knapp and I was born and raised in Washington state. My education history is varied. At the age of 10, my parents pulled myself and my siblings out of public school and into a small alternative/church school. It was a cult. During the ages that my family was in the cult (from 7-25) we all experienced much abuse. I did not realize until I escaped that I had been in a cult, and that the abuse was wrong. I had grown accustomed to abuse being normal in my life. I am now a strong advocate for children and women, as this is too common of a story. I am not the only one who has been a victim, and I want to help. After leaving the cult, I started a family, and went to college to get my Associates Degree. I ran a business that was completely staffed by women. I plan on continuing my advocacy work for women in the school board position by listening to women in my community, and voting for community support for them.

Joyce Shui

Joyce Shui
Bellevue School District Director
District 3

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A parent of four, Joyce earned her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from New York University. As a professional, she has been an attorney, corporate leader, educator, and child advocate. She currently serves as a lead senior legal counsel for one of the largest software companies in the world. Joyce’s drive for gender and racial equity comes from trying since childhood to learn and understand more about the country’s centuries-old systemic inequities as well as from her first-hand experience with violence and bias. Joyce speaks at company town halls on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and wrote an opinion column for an Asian American online newspaper. Joyce has a long history of civic engagement. She has volunteered in the classroom of her children’s classrooms extensively and founded a small business that has provided thousands of children language immersion experiences in ten languages. She is a lover of languages, music, and the arts. 

Jane Aras

Jane Aras
Bellevue School District Director
District 5

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Jane’s experience in education and health advocacy, data-driven approach, and proven ability to collaborate with our diverse community make her the right person to face the pandemic fallout and set a new course for our district’s future. Jane has taught both special and general education, has been a longtime advocate for equity, and has firsthand the challenges students face – cultural assimilation, discrimination, bullying, and mental health issues. She has also worked with highly capable students to keep them inspired both with and beyond their academics, to keep them inspired by and beyond their academics, with exceptional outcomes. Jane has been a role model younger generations can look up to as community members, leaders, and advocates.

Erika Cox

Erika Cox
Camas School District Director
District 2

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As the daughter of two public school educators, Erika Cox graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in political science and written English. She has always had a deep respect for those that have an influence on our youth in growing them to be citizens of the world. As a champion for public education, she is proud of the collective work of pushing equitable policy and change in her district with her four other volunteer board leaders. Erika, with her fellow board members, volunteer year-round to plan and adopt a district budget, make sound financial decisions with approving contracts, employing the Superintendent to manage the district, and consistently engage with community stakeholders. Making decisions through an equitable lens and creating policies in the best interest of student achievement is Erika's focus with every decision.

Julie Bocanegra

Julie Bocanegra
Evergreen School District Director
District 1

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Julie is honored to serve as a Evergreen Public School Board Director. She was appointed to the position in 2012, elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. Providing a quality education to every student is her top priority. This is an exciting time for Evergreen Public Schools, as graduation rates continue to rise each year and they are consistently above the state average. Her focus is to offer a variety of programs for students to become college or career ready, and continue to reach for the highest levels of student achievement. Julie is a lifelong Clark County resident and she believes that through education, every child has the opportunity to see their full potential. She will continue to help bring equity and access to every student throughout the entire district by removing barriers and providing support for families within our schools.

Ginny Gronwoldt

Ginny Gronwoldt
Evergreen School District Director
District 5

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Ginny is a passionate advocate for education and focuses on improving the quality of education for every student by continuing to invest in them through equity and inclusion, innovation and technology, quality educators and facilities that foster growth. She has spent the past 10 years giving back to her community through involvement in various nonprofit organizations supporting youth in her area. She has worked in the financial industry for over 20 years currently with IQ Credit Union as a business lending officer where she works with large and small businesses seeking financing with an emphasis on woman and minority business owners. As a woman in a predominantly male run industry, Ginny has experienced first hand the inequities and hurdles of inequality in the workplace. She stands strong against injustices and fights for women's rights and for equal opportunity and pay.

Sara Franklin
Sara Franklin
Kent School District Director
District 5

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Sara is dedicated to public service and advocating for undeserved and under represented communities. Sara will bring her passion and commitment to work collaboratively to set the visions and goals for an equitable education. Sara understands prioritizing education and educating the "whole child" includes accountability and systemic changes that will close the achievement gap. As a single mother who raised two sons she knows equitable pay and promotional opportunities for women lead to economic stability.

Sherese HegwoodSherese Hegwood
Central Kitsap School District Director
District 1

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Sherese Hegwood has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has worked as an English teacher for the Bremerton School District for 13 years. She is immersed in the educational environment daily, working with students, teachers, administrators, families, and community members. In 2015, Ms. Hegwood was named as one of the top 5 finalists for Teacher of The year by Scholastic for teaching READ180. Also in 2015, she became a Nationally Certified teacher. In 2016, she was named one of Kitsap Sun’s “20 Under 40” Kitsap County’s emerging leaders. Sherese Hegwood also served two years as a Washington State ELA Fellow for OSPI, representing her school and district on a state-wide level. She is a stong advocate for women's rights and plans to make equity a main focus if elected.

Nina Hanson
Nina Hanson
Lake Stevens School District Director
District 4

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Dr. Nina Kim Hanson is a mixed race mother of two and a lifelong anti racist bridge builder. Dr. Nina received her doctorate in Women Studies from the University of Washington and a double Bachelor's in Women Studies and Ethnic Studies from Washington State University. Dr. Nina is a trained professor and social justice advocate and a small business owner is passionate about education, empowering leaders, and equity driven outcomes. As a first-generation college graduate and seasoned education teacher and administrator, I am dedicated to enacting systemic level changes for BIPOC women in order for us all to achieve fair and equitable access to learning.

Sarah Johnson
Sarah Johnson
Monroe School District Director
District 4

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Sarah Johnson is a new candidate for Monroe School Board's Director District 4 Position. She is the mother of two elementary-aged kids who reside, along with their parents and grandma, in the Maltby neighborhood of Snohomish. Sarah is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor contracted by the Department of Labor and Industries to provide services for injured workers. She is passionate about helping people overcome barriers to their academic, career, and life goals. Sarah holds degrees and certificates in Social and Human Services, Family Support Services, Prevention, and Cultural Arts & Philosophy. She seeks to collaborate with people from diverse groups to develop solutions that benefit the communities they serve. She is dedicated to promoting equity and inclusion while uplifting our most vulnerable neighbors with respect and empathy. Sarah believes women can work together, empowering each other to lead and create positive change for our children, families, friends, and communities.

Juanita BeardJuanita Beard
Peninsula School District Director
District 5

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This is Juanita's second run for elected office. She ran for the Clover Park School Board in 2009. Other Professional Experience: Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Private Practice; Hospital Case Manager and Social Services Professional, MultiCare Health System and CHI Franciscan Health; Washington State Child Welfare Social Worker; Clinical Case Manager, Episcopal Services for Youth. Education: Master’s Degree, Counseling Psychology Community Service: Member, Washington State PTA; Volunteer, Oakbrook Elementary; Board Treasurer, Washington Mental Health Counselors Association Statement: Juanita Beard is a working married mother in Gig Harbor with two elementary school students. Her passion is to ensure that all children across the district have access to a quality education. She has spent her career focusing on those who have been marginalized and feel unseen and unheard. She will continue to advocate for them in her role on the board.

Melissa BedfordMelissa Bedford
Spokane School District Director
District 3

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Dr. Melissa Bedford is a former Title I public-school teacher and current teacher educator. She is a first-time candidate, running for Spokane Public School Board Director, Position 3. After graduating with her PhD in Education, emphasis in Literacy Studies, she moved to Spokane to begin her career in higher education, preparing the next generation of teachers. Dr. Bedford is running for school board to bring an educator's voice to the table. She wants to ensure that schools and teachers get the supports they need and that schools, and the district, are welcoming and inclusive places for all students, teachers, and families. Through her passion for education and children's literature, Dr. Bedford will advocate for women by sharing the stories of strong female leaders and characters as well as using her voice to identify and address inequities and discrimination so often faced by women. She hopes her run for office will inspire even more future female-identifying leaders to come!

Jennifer McDonaldJennifer McDonald
Steilacoom Historical School District Director
District 1

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Jennifer McDonald is seeking re-election to the Steilacoom Historical School District #1's Director Position 1. Dr. McDonald attended public schools and completed her B.A. at Utah State University and her M.S. and Ph.D at Washington State University. She has worked in a variety of mental health and research settings and currently owns and operates a private assessment practice in Olympia. She also serves as a behavioral health research consultant for the U.S. Army. In addition to her elected position, Dr. McDonald was appointed to a 4-year position serving on the Washington State Dyslexia Advisory Council. Dr. McDonald utilizes her education, personal, and professional experience to advocate for women's issues in her current role through encouraging use of an equity lens in examining issues. As a working mom of 3 kids and military spouse, she can both empathize and understand the struggles of other women in the workplace and at home.

Leah Choi

Leah Choi
Lake Washington School District Director
District 3

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Leah Choi is running for Lake Washington School District, District Director 3. She graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in molecular biology and chemistry and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. She moved to Washington with her husband over a decade ago and worked in the merchandising division for Nordstrom as a financial planner. After the birth of their first child Leah made the decision to stay at home and care for their two children. Leah firmly believes in fighting for every individual’s right to a quality education regardless of race, socio-economic background, ability, sexual orientation or any other difference and that it is imperative to the advancement of society as a whole.

Deborah Lurie

Deborah Lurie
Mercer Island School District Director
District 4

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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.

Jasmine Fry

Jasmine Fry
Northshore School District Director
District 5

Jasmine Lee Fry is a passionate advocate for all children. She has volunteered in classrooms, with the PTA and with the Girl Scouts for over a decade. She currently serves on the board of the Northshore HiCap Parents Council, which advocates for the district's HiCap students and their families, particularly in issues regarding equity. Professionally, she owns and operates an Internet marketing company and previous worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from UC Irvine. Jasmine has always advocated for women in her personal life, whether it was mentoring women in business or helping to get women elected to public office. She is also raising two radical activist girls, ages 16 and 12. As an elected official, Jasmine would continue her work to promote educational equity to remove barriers, like inequitable dress codes and a systemic culture of misogyny, to girls' access to a comprehensive public education.

Rebecca Cornelius

Rebecca Cornelius
Olympia School District Director
District 5

Rebecca graduated from Grange High School in Portland Oregon with honors and went on to graduate from Portland Community College with an AA in Criminal Justice. She has four children and has actively been involved in the Olympia schools for over 11 years. This would be Rebecca’s first political role if elected. She has held a variety of PTA/PTO roles in all levels of education in Olympia. Besides volunteering in the local schools she has participated in community focus groups including the Olympia School Community Advisory about the start time changes for schools. Currently Rebecca works in the insurance industry. She loves to help her clients find the best solutions to make sure they are protected.

Shelby Scovel

Shelby Scovel
Renton School District Director
District 5

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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.

Danica Garcia

Danica Garcia
Richland School District
Director 1

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Danica Garcia is bi-lingual educator, RSD parent, and RSD school Volunteer. Danica is committed to bringing a quality education to all students to close the attainment gap and prepare students for the 21st century. She has over 15 years experience working with marginalized populations and teaching experience, including ESL, literacy, civics, and Spanish. She taught in educational settings from Pre-Schools to Universities, and worked extensively to improve student educational opportunities at Columbia Basin College, and WSU Tri-Cities. Danica has worked tirelessly over the last six years to improve education and equity for students through volunteering in classrooms, representing students and families on school and district level committees, and managing Destination Imagination teams. Danica worked to increase more young women in leadership, education, and STEM fields. She graduated from Western Washington University and has a M.A. in Applied Linguistics/ESL Teaching.

Elizabeth Vann-Clark

Elizabeth Vann-Clark
Richland School District Director 3

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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.

Lori Maudlin Oviatt

Lori Maudlin Oviatt
Riverview School District Director District 1

 

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Lori Oviatt has served the Riverview School District since 2006. Lori also serves on the Washington State School Director’s Association (WSSDA) Interscholastic Activities Association (IAC), as an honorary board member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), and on HighSchoolgg an esports educational opportunity for students. Ms. Oviatt earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instructional Technology and formerly taught second grade. She has taught at all levels, including adult education. Lori continues to advocate for equity in schools and to ensure that ALL student voices are heard especially those of the LGBTQ community and our young women.

Vivian Song Maritz

Vivian Song Maritz
Seattle School District Director
District 4

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Vivian Song Maritz is a mother to 4 children, current and future Seattle Public School students. She serves on the superintendent’s parent advisory council and as a PTA president. She is a private sector professional with over 15 years of experience in finance and operations, with a MBA from Harvard Business School. With a record of 25-plus years of volunteer work in youth programs, particularly ones in immigrant communities, she is currently a board director for Washington State Leadership Board, a non-profit established in state law by former Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, with a mission to deliver equity-focused leadership programs for Washington’s youth. As School Board Director, she seeks equitable opportunity and outcomes for all students, regardless of background or gender and aspires to be an advocate and a role model for girls of color. Her priorities include securing school transportation and gun violence prevention which disproportionately impact women, mothers, and girls.

Chelsea McElroyChelsea McElroy
Tacoma School District Director District 4

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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

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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

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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.

Chartisha RobertsChartisha Roberts
Vancouver School District
Director 2
Dual Endorsement

Chartisha Roberts is running for the School Board for the Vancouver School District. She has been a 12 year resident of Clark County and looking to give back to her community. Chartisha has a son that is currently a student in the Vancouver School District. She has received her BS in General Science at University of Oregon. Her professional experience in healthcare and transportation industries provide her with innovative thinking about how to meet the needs of our entire community and an administrative skill set directed toward public service. Further, Chartisha's leadership in multiple areas of advancement for underrepresented communities will assist Vancouver public schools in creating better opportunities for all.

Sandra Zavala-OrtegaSandra Zavala-Ortega
Vancouver School District
Director 2
Dual Endorsement

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Sandra Zavala-Ortega, is a First Generation Immigrant child. Attended the Vancouver School District since Kindergarden and graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 2007. She attended college at St. Martin's University, studied Community Service. In college she was elected as the Senator of Cultural Diversity. She has taken part in various leadership throughout HS and College. After college she has the opportunity to start working in VPS as a Family Community Resource Coordinator for about 5 years. Sandra is currently a stay at home mom and owner of a small business with her husband. She is the mother to her 7 year old son who also has Autism. Running for school board because she believe that she brings a unique perspective based on my her past experience as a K-12 Graduate from VPS, mother of a current SPED VPS Student, a small business owner, and an active community member. She hopes to bring these perspective to bring change to our students future.

Wendy SmithWendy Smith
Vancouver School District
Director 3

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Wendy Smith was first elected as Vancouver Public Schools Director in 2017. As a classroom teacher of 17 years and the mother of two, she understands from firsthand experience that children and communities do better when strong school boards use leadership and initiative to serve students first. A product of VPS, she was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning two degrees from University of Washington and a Master’s in Secondary Education from Washington State University. She has been an active leader in her local labor union, including serving as PAC chair. She has also mentored and trained several women leaders as school board candidates and newly elected directors. Wendy has dedicated her life to public education, and is committed to creating a school system that is equitable for all, responsive to community needs, and provides students an innovative, excellent education that will prepare them as future leaders, thinkers, creators, and engaged citizens.

Kathy MulkerinKathy Mulkerin
Walla Walla School District
Director 1

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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.

Becky Waggoner-SchwartzBecky Waggoner-Schwartz
Walla Walla School District Director 2
Dual Endorsement

Becky is a mother, wife, educational grant administrator and supporter of the educational community. She is a longtime resident of Walla Walla, Washington and an important part of rural connections. She is a founding member of 100 Women Who Care, a group that supports, funds and shines a light on small charities in the community who are making personal impacts on women and children of the valley. She has spent the last year advocating to school board members, administrators, teachers and school staff on behalf of marginalized communities in our valley. She has spent over 11 years on campuses across the valley helping students from middle school to college level achieve their educational goals and dreams. She believes students are best served in school with their peers learning critical thinking skills, growing socially, and developing the necessary skills to succeed in an increasingly competitive workforce.

Terri TrickTerri Trick
Walla Walla School District Director 2
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Terri Trick, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, moved to Walla Walla in 1983. Terri and her husband Roger have three grown children. She has over thirty years' teaching experience, most of which is in the Walla Walla Valley. She has a Bachelor's Degree in English and Spanish from the University of Utah, and a Master's Degree in Education from Washington State University. Terri has served on the boards of AAUW (American Association of University Women), and Friends of Valle Lindo, both of which advocate for women's education and self-determination. She is also a member of Walla Walla's Network of Exceptional Women, which promotes political activism for progressive women. In her career on the school board, Terri has always advocated for equity and access to a quality education for underserved populations. In her experience in AAUW, she assists with the bi-annual Great Explorations program, promoting STEM education for grade-school girls.

Donna SinclairDonna Sinclair
Washougal School District Director District 3

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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

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Tracy Flood

Tracy Flood
Bremerton Municipal Court Judge

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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

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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

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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

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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.