National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

Our 2022 Endorsements

2022 is a big year for statewide offices, federal congressional districts, and state legislative seats. Check back often as we roll out our endorsements for this year.


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CONGRESSIONAL POSITIONS

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

STATEWIDE POSITIONS

LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS

COUNTY POSITIONS

JUDICIAL POSITIONS

2022 is a big year for statewide offices, federal congressional districts, and state legislative seats. Check back often as we roll out our endorsements for this year.

CONGRESSIONAL POSITIONS    

Patty Murray

Patty Murray
U.S Senate

   

Suzan Delbene

Suzan DelBene
U.S House
1st Congressional District

Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal
U.S. House
7th Congressional District

Kim Schrier

Kim Schrier
U.S. House
8th Congressional District

Marilyn Strickland

Marilyn Strickland
U.S. House
10th Congressional District

 

 

 

   
   

STATEWIDE POSITIONS

 

Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson
Secretary of State

 Julie Anderson serves as Pierce County Auditor, first elected to the nonpartisan post in 2009. She’s a nationally certified election administrator and state-certified public records officer. Her professional history draws on a wide variety of fields, including community corrections, human services, local government, public policy, and economic development. Prior to her election as Pierce County Auditor, Julie was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Commerce and served on the Tacoma City Council. She was the Executive Director for the YWCA of Tacoma-Pierce County, as well as Episcopal Services for Youth. Julie has been an Outward-Bound instructor, a juvenile parole administrator, political strategist for Planned Parenthood, and campaign manager for Tacoma United for Fairness. She volunteers her time to organizations which help young people and low-income residents build financial security through education, as well as employment and financial coaching.

Mary Yu

Mary Yu
State Supreme Court Justice
Position 1

Mary Yu was appointed to the Washington Supreme Court on May 16, 2014, and subsequently elected in 2014 and 2016. Justice Yu joined the Supreme Court after more than 14 years as a trial court judge in King County Superior Court where she presided over a wide variety of criminal, civil, and juvenile cases, and presided over hundreds of adoptions and other family law matters. Justice Yu has an extensive record of service both on and off the bench, mentoring young attorneys, law clerks, and students; co-chairing the Court’s Minority and Justice Commission; chairing the Board for Judicial Administration’s Public Trust and Confidence Committee; teaching at Seattle University School of Law and serving as Jurist in Residence; and co-chairing the Washington State Bar Association/University of Washington Law School Leadership Institute. Justice Yu was raised in Bridgeport, a South Side neighborhood in Chicago, by immigrant parents; her mother came from Mexico and her father from China.

Barbara Madsen

Barbara Madsen
State Supreme Court Justice
Position 5

Justice Barbara Madsen joined the Washington Supreme Court in 1993 and was reelected in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016. She was twice unanimously elected as Chief Justice. Madsen was raised in Renton and graduated from U.W. and Gonzaga Law School. She worked as a public defender, City Attorney, and trial judge. For 20 years Madsen chaired the Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission where she advocated for changes in law, policy and judicial education to improve the quality of justice for women and girls, including banning shackling women prisoners in labor. She now co-chairs the Supreme Ct Commission on Children in Foster Care where she works to eradicate racial disparities in the dependency system. Madsen also chairs the Judicial Information System Committee, earning her the BJA Innovation Award for improving access to courts for woman and low income families. Nationally, Madsen was recognized for her gender equity work with the Nat’l Ass’n. of Women Judges Joan Dempsey Klein Award.

Helen Whitener

Helen Whitener
State Supreme Court Justice
Position 6

Justice G. Helen Whitener was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court in April 2020 and she was elected by the voters to retain her position on the State Supreme Court in November 2020.Justice Whitener is the first Black woman to serve on the Washington Supreme Court, the fourth immigrant-born Justice and the only Black LGBT judge in the State of Washington. Prior to sitting on the state’s highest court, Justice Whitener served as a Pierce County Superior Court judge. Justice Whitener also served as a judge on the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and as a pro-tem judge in Pierce County District Court and the City of Tacoma Municipal Court. Before becoming a judge, Justice Whitener litigated both civil and criminal cases for 14 years as first a prosecutor and defense attorney and later as a managing partner of the law firm of Whitener Rainey Writt PS. Justice Whitener has received numerous awards for her legal and non-legal community activities for years.

LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS

 

Davina Duerr

Davina Duerr
LD 1 State Representative
Position 1

A graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture, Davina's public service began serving on the Bothell Landmark Board. This was followed by cofounding a nonprofit fundraising campaign with the Northshore Schools Foundation raising money for children experiencing homelessness. In 2015 she won a Bothell City Council race & has served on several regional committees such as the PSRC Transportation Policy Board & the Sound Cities Assoc. Exec Board. She started a stakeholder group that successfully lobbied the legislature to bond the tolls on 405 to fund an additional express toll lane with dedicated ramps to support the coming BRT routes. In 2019, she was appointed to the House. Currently she serves on the Transportation Committee and as Vice Chair of both the Environment and Energy Committee as well as the Local Government. She is also an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus. Most of her policy work focuses on the environment and local government issues.

Shelley Kloba

Shelley Kloba
LD 1 State Representative
Position 2

Rep. Kloba brings over 20 year of experience as a healthcare provider to her role as a legislator, but it was her experience with various non-profits and community organizations that led her to seek elected office. She was appointed then elected to serve on the Kirkland City Council in 2013. She then successfully ran for an open seat in the legislature in 2016. She chairs the House Commerce and Gaming Committee, whose portfolio includes alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, and gambling. Rep. Kloba focuses on the obligation to balance safety and fairness while minimizing and mitigating the risks and harm from addiction. She has championed issues while listening to those who do not often get to share power. Whether that is making sure that autonomous vehicles take into account the needs of the disabled, or elevating the needs of cannabis patients, or centering consumers in policies dealing with online data privacy, Rep. Kloba works to amplify the voices of those who feel unheard.

Lisa Callan

Lisa Callan
LD 5 State Representative
Position 2

Lisa Callan currently serves as State Representative for the 5th LD which includes Issaquah to Snoqualmie Pass going south including Maple Valley, Black Diamond, and parts of Renton and unincorporated King County. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Capital Budget Committee, and serves on the Children, Youth, and Families and Education Committees. Before her election as State Representative, Lisa served on the Issaquah School District Board of Directors, including as board president. She has held numerous civic and PTSA roles. She is active with Influence the Choice and The Garage teen center, a member of Kiwanis and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and has served as a loaned executive to the United Way of King County. Lisa worked as a software program manager consultant, and for Boeing as a lead engineer and project manager. She has a BS in mathematics with a computer science emphasis from Northern Arizona University. Lisa lives with her husband, Bryan, and their son in Issaquah.

Emily Randall

Emily Randall
LD 26 State Senator

Senator Emily Randall grew up on the Kitsap Peninsula in a hardworking Union family. She was elected in 2018. A (first gen) graduate of Wellesley College, Sen. Randall serves as Chair of the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee. She understands that education can open doors and works every day to build a more equitable system – helping pass the most transformative financial aid policy in the country, investing in FAFSA completion, ensuring permeable pathways that honor apprenticeship & career training. As the older sibling to a sister born with complex disabilities, Emily learned from an early age how important Medicaid could be to families like hers. That’s why she has worked tirelessly to ensure that working people with disabilities won’t lose their health care, to pass postpartum Medicaid expansion, to establish the Universal Health Care Commission. Emily lives in Bremerton with her partner, Alison, and their two rescue pups, Frida y Ricky Martína.

Laurie Jinkins

Laurie Jinkins
LD 27 State Representative
Position1

Laurie Jinkins represents the 27th Legislative District, including most of Tacoma, Ruston and Fife Heights. She was elected as Washington's first woman and lesbian Speaker of the House in 2020. While educated as an attorney, Jinkins has spent most of her career working in public health and currently serves as Senior Advisor at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. First elected to the legislature in 2010, Jinkins came to the political world through work on LGBTQAI and women's issues, and serving on numerous non-profit boards in Tacoma. Her legislative focus areas have included improving education for our kids, advancing access to health care, updating Washington's anti-discrimination laws, intervening on gun violence and revising Washington's upside-down tax structure. As Speaker, Jinkins leads the most diverse caucus in Washington State's history, which continues to bring increasingly inclusive budget and policy approaches that improve the lives of EVERY Washingtonian.

Mari Leavitt

Mari Leavitt
LD 28 State Representative
Position1

Mari Leavitt grew up in a military family, moving frequently in her youth. She graduated high school in Tacoma, where she attended community college before pursuing her Bachelor Degree at Western Washington University. Focused on making our schools as strong as possible, she earned a PH.D from Oregon State University in Community College Leadership and a Masters in Education from Western Washington University. Mari and her husband have several children and own three orthodontics practices. She served as President of the Washington Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and participated in a women’s leadership program through the National Institute for Leadership Development. She’s been a member of the American Association for University Women and sits on the Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. As a legislator, Mari has fought for the rights and opportunities of women around the state, expanding access to employment, child and medical care, and justice.

Melanie Morgan

Melanie Morgan
LD 29 State Representative
Position1

Melanie Morgan has been a dedicated representative of the 29th Legislative District since 2019. She is a legislator of the people: as a US Army veteran, a resident of Spanaway, and someone who has experienced homelessness, Morgan is a strong advocate for the underrepresented members of her community. She uses an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens in all of her work, such as when she passed legislation that formed the Washington State Office of Equity, made Juneteenth a legal state holiday, prohibited discrimination based on hair texture and style, and supported social equity within the cannabis industry. She uses this same critical lens as a member of multiple committees, as well as a part of the Legislative Black Caucus. As a devoted public servant, Morgan plans to continue her work uplifting marginalized voices and bringing equitable access to resources in her community, prioritizing housing affordability, transportation, and government transparency and accountability.

Claire Wilson

Claire Wilson
LD 30 State Senator

For the past four years, Claire has represented the 30th district, advocating for accessible early education, safe and healthy communities, comprehensive sex ed, accessible transportation, environmental protections and more. Prior to her election to the Washington State Senate, Claire spent 25 years working for the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), specializing in early education and family involvement. Prior to working for the PSESD, Claire taught pregnant and parenting teens at Mt. Tahoma High School, worked as a nutrition educator, and ran a WIC clinic in rural Montana following graduate school. Claire is a proud lesbian woman and mother of two adult children. She is a Washington State-native, grew up in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School and Washington State University. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Now a long-term resident of the 30th LD, Claire has lived in South King County since 1999.

Jamila Taylor

Jamila Taylor
LD 30 State Representative
Position 1

Rep. Jamila E. Taylor of the 30th District is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. She serves as the Chair of the Washington State Legislative Black Caucus and is an appointee to the Washington State Women’s Commission. Rep. Taylor earned her BA in Sociology from Virginia State University. She is a public interest attorney who has worked for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Northwest Justice Project, and the Public Defender Association. Born in St. Paul, MN, Rep. Taylor spent her youth in San Luis Obispo, CA and Eugene, OR. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Delta Upsilon Omega Chapter and the Loren Miller Bar Association. She is a Washington Leadership Institute fellow and a Leadership Tomorrow alumna. She has also served on several nonprofit boards and devoted thousands of hours to various community service opportunities including the Girl Scouts. Most notably, Rep. Taylor is also a founding board member for BlackPast.org.

Cindy Ryu

Cindy Ryu
LD 32 State Representative
Position 1

My parents who had previously been displaced from what is now North Korea and they sought economic opportunities and public education for me and my 3 brothers, so I became a Washingtonian in 1969 via South Korea, Brunei and Manila. I have a BS in Microbiology and an MBA in Operations Management from UW. I served on Shoreline's first Parks Bond Advisory Committee, led Shoreline's Dollars For Scholars and Chamber of Commerce. I am the first Korean American woman mayor in USA, helped build Shoreline's City Hall and create its Green Business Program. We raised our two daughters and son through Edmonds and Shoreline public schools. Once we sold our insurance business, I committed to public service while my husband went back to school and eventually was ordained a Presbyterian minister. HB 1815 on catalytic converter thefts passed with enthusiastic bi-partisan support this Session and I look forward to working on organized retail theft with stakeholders to protect consumers and businesses.

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis
LD 32 State Representative
Position 2

Lauren Davis has represented Washington's 32nd Legislative District since 2019. She was the founding Executive Director and is the current Strategy Director of the Washington Recovery Alliance. Prior to serving in public office, Lauren led efforts to pass 2016’s Ricky’s Law, named after her best friend, which created an unprecedented crisis treatment system for youth and adults with life-threatening addiction. She received her bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies from Brown University and began her career teaching Head Start preschool at a transitional housing facility. She worked in international development as a Fulbright Scholar in Ghana, West Africa and at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Lauren helped to launch Forefront, a suicide prevention nonprofit, where she directed school-based mental health programs. Lauren's legislative work centers on behavioral health and criminal legal system reform. She has also been an outspoken champion in addressing domestic violence.

Tina Orwall

Tina Orwall
LD 33 State Representative
Position 1

Tina has represented the 33rd district since 2009 and serves as the Speaker Pro Tempore. Rape kit reform and creating a trauma-informed response for survivors, 988/suicide prevention, anti-trafficking, the Foreclosure Fairness Act and other consumer protections for homeowners, improving language access in the schools, compensation for those wrongly convicted, and adoptee rights are among her legislative accomplishments. Tina has worked with all levels of government to help embrace best practices to better serve the community. Her 20 years of experience working in the public mental health system, as well as her expertise in strategic planning and affordable housing have established her as a valued legislator and community leader. Tina is a current member of the Kent Chamber of Commerce, Honorary Rotarian and an appointed PCO. She has served on the following: PTSA, United Way Out of the Rain board, and Judson Park Retirement Community. Tina has a B.S. Psychology and M.S.W. from UW.

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson
LD 33 State Representative
Position 2

Mia was adopted from an orphanage in Taiwan and brought to South King County by her American parents. Mia attended public schools in the Highline school district and graduated from University of Washington. She served as the first woman of color council member and mayor for the city of SeaTac and was appointed to the State Legislature in 2013. She currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Appropriations committee, Vice Chair of the Members of Color Caucus, and State Government and Tribal Relations in the House of Representatives. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Leah Griffin

Leah Griffin
LD 34 State Representative
Position 1

Leah Griffin serves as a representative of survivors on the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Best Practices Task Force out of the Attorney General's office, and has been instrumental in passing legislation on trauma informed police training, rape kit testing, and model hospital protocols for sexual assault survivors. In 2018, she won Patty Murray's Golden Tennis Shoe Award for her advocacy on the Survivors’ Access to Supportive Care Act, and accompanied the Senator to the State of the Union Address at the height of the #Metoo movement. She sits on the board of the Sexual Violence Law Center, is an elected PCO, an Executive Board Member in the 34th LD, and a Committee-person to the King County Democrats. She was also awarded a Campaign Heroine Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus of WA for her work in support of the Approve R-90 campaign to retain sexual health education.

Julianne Gale

Julianne Gale
LD 35 State Senator

Julianne Gale has dedicated her life to supporting youth and the environment. She co-founded Mason County Climate Justice and manages the Skokomish Indian Tribe’s youth program. A community organizer at heart, Julianne has also been a teacher, union construction worker, certified peer counselor, theatre artist, and nonprofit project manager. Julianne was valedictorian at the University of Southern California, where she earned an M.A. in Teaching, M.A. in Applied Theatre Arts, and a B.S. in Computer Science. As a mixed heritage woman, Julianne has always been someone who builds connections between different communities. She currently lives on a small regenerative farm in rural Mason County, WA with her spouse, cats, and ducks.

Sandy Kaiser

Sandy Kaiser
LD 35 State Representative
Position 2

Sandy Kaiser is an experienced leader who is focused on improving opportunities for our rural communities. A fourth-generation Washingtonian descended from loggers and farmers, Sandy is a pragmatic get-it-done person who has advocated for women throughout her career. As a senior Foreign Service Officer, she led U.S. embassy operations around the world to protect Americans, open doors to American business and uphold human rights. She recruited and mentored women for top diplomatic positions. In Washington state, her service as communications director at the Department of Natural Resources and as vice president at The Evergreen State College provided her opportunities to bring more women into key positions and expand their educational access. As a state representative for a rural district, Sandy will work to ease economic burdens for working women and families, improve educational opportunities and increase social support. She holds a BA in journalism from San Francisco State.

Liz Berry

Liz Berry
LD 36 State Representative
Position 2

State Representative Liz Berry represents Washington’s 36th Legislative District, located in the shadow of the Space Needle. It includes the Seattle neighborhoods of South Lake Union, Belltown, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, and Greenwood. Liz serves as Vice Chair of the Labor & Workplace Standards Committee and is a member of the Environment & Energy and Transportation committees, where she is a passionate advocate for working families, combating climate change, and building vital infrastructure that is safe, equitable, and green. A lifelong champion for women in leadership and reproductive justice, Liz served as president of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington and as a board member for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. She lives with her husband and two young children, George and Eleanor, in Queen Anne.

Rebecca Saldana

Rebecca Saldana
LD 37 State Senator

Rebecca Saldaña builds coalitions and collective action to make our economy, communities and democracy more inclusive, sustainable and just by disrupting racism and xenophobia. From organizing with immigrant workers to serving as State Senator, she is known as a values based problem solver committed to making policy work for people living on the margins. As Senate Democratic Caucus Deputy Leader, Transportation Vice Chair, and Members of Color Caucus Co-Chair she has championed voting rights, worker rights, racial and environmental justice. Saldaña was a 2020 New American Leaders Legislative Fellow at Vote Mama Foundation, 2016 Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellow, 2010 National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow, and holds B.A.s in Humanities and Theology from Seattle University. She serves on the boards of the Fair Work Center, Rainier Beach Action Coalition and as advisor to Opportunity PAC and Sage’s Community Leadership Institute. She’s a proud Chicana mama from Seattle.

Sharon Tomiko Santos

Sharon Tomiko Santos
LD 37 State Representative
Position 1

Elected in 1998, Sharon Tomiko Santos represents the diverse communities of the 37th Legislative District where she grew up and forged decades of leadership on women’s rights, immigrant and refugee rights, and civil rights. In 1996, Santos was honored by the Washington State Women’s Political Caucus; she received the Hate Free Zone 2006 Leadership in Justice in Government award; and, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Organizing Committee gave her a Lifetime Achievement award in 2019. As a legislator, Santos focuses on issues of educational equity, access to public contracts for women & minority owned businesses, and community development and preservation. Santos is the Chair of the House Education Committee and sits on the Consumer Protection & Business and Capital Budget committees. A graduate of Evergreen State College and Northeastern University, Santos worked in banking, in local government, and in nonprofit management. She is a former Chair of the King County Women’s Political Caucus.

Mary Fosse

Mary Fosse
LD 38 State Representative
Position 2

With two decades of business and public service experience, Mary Fosse currently serves on the Everett City Council. A mother, wife of a veteran, a survivor, small business owner, former Neighborhood Chair and Everett Districting Commissioner, Fosse is known for her dedication to community advocacy and volunteer service. Fosse recently left her staff role at the legislature to run for state house. She serves on the Everett Public Schools Fiscal Advisory Council and is a member and volunteer for a variety of local organizations. Fosse was born into low-income housing to a single mother, and personally experienced childhood homelessness. Now as an accomplished professional who has risen out of poverty, she is committed to supporting equitable policies and programs that give people opportunities to overcome the obstacles they face, to have a career and a safe home to raise their families, and to eventually be able to give back to their community just as she has been privileged to do.

Jessica Wadhams

Jessica Wadhams
LD 39 State Representative
Position 2

Jessica was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she is now raising her own family. Mrs. Wadhams has been married to the love of her life for almost 15 years with whom she is raising their two children, currently attending public schools. Jessica endured adversity at a young age and is using her lived experience to help others in her adult life. As a child of parents with drug addiction and mental health challenges, Mrs. Wadhams was raised by her grandparents, which gave her the unique perspective of viewing the world from a point of privilege while also having a lived experience of people who are struggling to get help in a world with diminishing public resources. Jessica is running to be the State Representative in the 39th District to give our citizens the best opportunities to succeed. She is committed to improving our communities by expanding access to good jobs with benefits, enriching educational opportunities, and making all of us safer by improving our roadways.

Tana Senn

Tana Senn
LD 41 State Representative
Position 1

Tana Senn has represented the 41st Legislative District in the House of Representatives since 2013. Prior to that, Tana served as a Mercer Island City Councilmember. After receiving her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MPA from Columbia University, Tana served as the director of American Affairs/Domestic Policy for Hadassah, the largest Jewish women's organization in the country. In 2000, Tana moved to Seattle with her husband, Kevin, who works in marketing and hi-tech. Tana worked at a private firm for 10 years consulting with nonprofits and foundations, before becoming the Marketing and Communications Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle for four years. Tana is the co-President of the National Association of Jewish Legislators and serves on the board of Hopelink. Tana is the chair of the Children, Youth and Families Committee and co-founded the House Democrats "Moms Caucus". Tana and Kevin live on Mercer Island and have two teenagers.

My-Linh Thai

My-Linh Thai
LD 41 State Representative
Position 2

At the age of 15, My-Linh Thai immigrated to Washington state as a Vietnamese refugee with her family. She graduated with honors from Federal Way High School and from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. She is proud to be the first refugee elected to serve in the Washington State House of Representatives. Rep. Thai is a passionate education advocate who is committed to ensuring equity and access for all. Prior to serving in her current role, she has served as a PTSA parent volunteer and received the Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate Award in 2013. She was elected as the School Board Director for the Bellevue School District, and later elected by her fellow Board Directors to serve as Vice President of the Washington State School Board Directors Association (WSSDA) in 2017. Rep. Thai is the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. She also serves on the Civil Rights & Judiciary, Public Safety, Rule, and Finance committee.

Nicole Macri

Nicole Macri
LD 43 State Representative
Position 1

First elected to the State House in 2016, Nicole has been a legislative leader in housing justice, health care access, and in enacting protections for LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, renters and low-income homeowners from discrimination and displacement. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. She is Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee, serves on the Health Care and Wellness Committee, and is a member of the Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. Outside the Legislature, she is Deputy Director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) which provides housing, shelter, integrated mental health, addiction treatment and other social services. In 2019, Nicole was named one of Seattle’s most influential people by Seattle Magazine and again in 2021 by Seattle Met magazine. The Gender Justice League gave her the Power Award for her success in passing the Reproductive Health Access for All Act.

Brandy Donaghy

Brandy Donaghy
LD 44 State Representative
Position 1

Brandy Donaghy lives in Snohomish County with her family. She is a community organizer and volunteers with number of local, state, and national organizations in various areas, including disaster response/readiness, education, housing, advocacy and she serves her Everett church as a Trustee. She is a First Gulf War Era US Navy Veteran, and credits her mother with instilling in her an ongoing commitment to public service. Brandy earned Bachelors from UW Bothell in Business Administration, with a Management Information Systems Concentration. Appointed to the WA House of Representative in 2021, Brandy served through the 2022 legislative session, passing bills related to public health and safety with bipartisan support.

April Berg

April Berg
LD 44 State Representative
Position 2

Representative April Berg was raised on the Southside of Chicago. She attended Oregon State University, where she was elected the first Black and youngest student body president. Soon after, she was appointed by Oregon’s Governor as a student representative to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. Now, she is the first Black woman to represent the 44th District of Washington. Representative Berg brings to the legislature a passion for quality schools informed by her role as a director on the Everett School Board. She is an advocate for kids and families who has successfully increased teaching and learning budgets, replaced and updated textbooks and technology, built partnerships for continuing and vocational learning, and provided for frontline families during school closures. April believes young people, working people, and disenfranchised people deserve a voice in how we make policy and she is honored to represent them in the State Legislature.

Manka Dhingra

Manka Dhingra
LD 45 State Senator

A Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, award winning PTSA mom, anti- domestic violence advocate and community leader, Manka Dhingra is running for reelection to the State Senate to address critical needs in education funding, mental health, violence prevention, and to protect the rights of women. A longtime advocate for women and immigrant rights, Manka recognized how often domestic violence in the South Asian community goes unreported. In response, she co-founded Chaya (now API Chaya) and has since led the organization’s work to end systemic violence through education, prevention, and organizing. She also served on the Seattle Police Department Muslim, Arab, and Sikh Advisory Council to address hate crime issues in our region in the wake of 9/11. In the Senate, she currently Chairs the Senate's Law & Justice Committee, sits on the Behavioral Health Subcommittee as well as Ways & Means. She is also the Deputy Majority Leader.

Patty Kuderer

Patty Kuderer
LD 48 State Senator

BA U of MN; JD William Mitchell College of Law; Public Relations Certificate U of WA; legal advocate Chrysalis Domestic Violence Center; board member Minnesota International Health Volunteers (focus on reproductive rights in South America); board member Virtue's Children Nepal (rescuing orphaned and abandoned children); Chair/Member Sacred Heart Social Concerns Commission (poverty and homelessness issues). Sponsored and/or supported bills for pay equity; reproductive rights; to put more women on corporate boards; creating the Office of Equity; gun safety laws; creating the Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention; for renter protections; expanding opportunities for home ownership; expanding access to healthcare; childcare assistance; increasing early childhood programs; funding for processing of rape kits; apprenticeship programs to expand employment opportunities for women; protecting medical records in sexual harassment litigation; funding the Working Families Tax Credit.

Vandana Slatter

Vandana Slatter
LD 48 State Representative
Position 1

Vandana Slatter has proudly served the 48th LD in the state house since 2017. In the legislature, she is fighting for progressive legislation to increase access to higher education and career training, defeat climate change, grow affordable housing, and create an inclusive and innovative economy for all. Prior to her work in the State House, Vandana served on the Bellevue City Council, on the State Board of Pharmacy, and was formerly a member of SEIU. She has also worked as a hospital pharmacist and medical scientist in various roles at leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Throughout Vandana’s career and volunteer efforts, she has been a champion for access to medicines, innovation, education, and the opportunity to serve in public office, especially for women and minorities. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia.

Amy Walen

Amy Walen
LD 48 State Representative
Position 2

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

Sharon Wylie

Sharon Wylie
LD 49 State Representative
Position 1

Sharon Wylie was appointed to the Washington House in 2011. She has a BA In Political Science from the University of California Riverside. She has political campaigns, lobbied, organized campaigns and operated several small businesses. In the 90s she served two terms in the Oregon Legislature. Sharon was one of the original staffers of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center in Seattle/King County and has been a long time advocate for human rights for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights. Sharon Wylie currently serves on the Transportation, Finance and Commerce and Gaming Committees and on the State Arts Commission. A fairer tax structure, inclusive opportunities for all and advocacy to ensure all voices are heard are priorities. Sharon is active in environmental causes and in her local arts scene. She and her husband are the parents of grown twin daughters and have three grandkids.

Monica Stonier

Monica Stonier
LD 49 State Representative
Position 2

 

Rep. Monica Jurado Stonier is the first person of color to be elected in both the 17th and the 49th legislative districts. She graduated from Western Washington University, completed her master's degree at WSU Vancouver. and has been an educator in Evergreen Public Schools for 22 years. She serves on the House Education, Healthcare and Wellness, Appropriations, and Rules committees. Rep. Stonier is the Majority Floor Leader and while she has been in leadership for her caucus, the House Democrats have gained a women majority and the most diverse membership in its history. On the campaign effort, Rep. Stonier is the Vice Chair of the House Democrats Campaign Committee responsible for candidate recruiting and member retention. Rep. Stonier works to be a voice for equity and women's healthcare access and economic justice. She is currently the champion infertility diagnosis and treatment to be covered by insurance plans to address the racial and economic gaps in access.

 

 

 

COUNTY POSITIONS

 

 

Alisha Topper

Alishia Topper
Clark County Treasurer

Alishia was elected Clark County Treasurer and took office in January 2019. In addition to her treasury work, Alishia was elected to two terms as a Vancouver City Councilmember and resigned her position to serve as Treasurer. As a Councilmember Alishia was named a 2017 Advocacy All-Star by the Association of Washington Cities for her work advocating for affordable housing and homeless solutions. Due to that work, Alishia was appointed and serves as a Commissioner of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Alishia is a Certified Public Funds Investment Manager, holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University and two undergraduate degrees from Washington State University. Alishia serves on the following boards: Washington State Association of County Treasurers, President; Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Audit Committee Chair; National Conference of State Housing Boards, First Vice President; Community Action Advisory Board, Chair.

Leesa Manion

Leesa Manion
King County Prosecutor

For the past 15 years, Leesa Manion has served as Chief of Staff of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she has continuously stepped up to protect the women in our communities by fighting to keep guns out of the hands of perpetrators of domestic violence, increasing advocacy for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and working to create and fund “Project Safety” to provide civil legal aid to victims and survivors of domestic violence. Leesa also secured pay equity for women attorneys and launched a women’s leadership forum within the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Leesa is a strong, dedicated leader who is ready to make history as the first woman and person of color to serve as King County Prosecuting Attorney. She is committed to building a fair and transparent justice system, crafting innovative solutions through broad coalitions, and creating positive change to keep every community across King County safe.

Debra Lester

Debra Lester
Kitsap County Public Utilities District Commissioner
District 1

Debra Lester earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. In 1992, she became the founder and publisher of Art Access magazine which is a print and online publication highlighting the visual arts of the Northwest region. She is currently serving as Kitsap Public Utility District Commissioner (2017-present) and has served as Bainbridge Island City Council Member (2010-2013), and Bainbridge Island Mayor (2012). As the first woman elected to the Kitsap Public Utility District board (established in 1940), she has advocated for diversity, equity, and inclusion. During her first term as a Kitsap PUD Commissioner, the organization has hired its first woman Finance Director, its first woman Telecom Director, its first GIS Manager, its first woman on the field crew, and this year, its first woman General Manager.

Robyn Denson

Robyn Denson
Pierce County Council 
District 7

Robyn Denson is a current Gig Harbor City Councilperson/Mayor Pro-Temp, business owner, mother of two teens and a very active community leader. Robyn is the Board Chair of Communities in Schools of Peninsula and recent founder of the Gig Harbor Land Conservation Fund. Robyn graduated from the University of Michigan and spent over 20 years working for non-profits helping individuals and families (many of which were women-led) work to achieve empowerment and self-sufficiency. Robyn has helped women start businesses and achieve financial well-being, she's championed women political candidates and has encouraged young women to look at "non-traditional" fields in skilled trades as a low-debt/good-future option for good family-wage employment. Robyn looks forward to putting her experience and passion to work to advocate for women and women issues on Pierce County Council. In particular, she will advocate for women in marginalized populations, homeless women and victims of domestic violence.

Sandy Perkins

Sandy Perkins
Skagit County Auditor

Sandy Perkins is the current Skagit County Auditor. With 25 years of experience as an auditor and fraud investigator, Sandy brings unique skills and knowledge in fraud prevention and detection to her elected office. Sandy works hard to protect the taxpayer's money and has increased efficiencies and reduced expenses in all departments within the Auditor's Office. Sandy has been a Certified Fraud Examiner for over 20 years and has used her specialized skills to educate members of her community to protect themselves and their loved ones from becoming victims of fraud, elder abuse and financial exploitation of elders. As the administrator of elections for Skagit County, the security and integrity of our election systems is Sandy's top priority. She works closely with all Washington County Auditors and the Secretary of State, to ensure that State election laws are followed precisely, and that all eligible voters have the ability to participate in our elections.

Germaine Kornegay

Germaine Kornegay
Skagit County Public Utilities District 01
Water Commissioner, District 3

Germaine Kornegay graduated first Skagit Valley Community College then Western Washington University in 2012 with a BA in Human Services while she continued to run her small business, Animal House Pet Grooming. She has been a small business owner for almost 30 years in Skagit county. While at Western, she wrote a resolution making marital rape a felony. Our governor made it law in 2014 and it has already changed countless lives. Selected Skagit county Woman of the Year in 2017 for community engagement, Germaine is the first woman to serve Skagit county Public Utility District, the first person of color in the District's 85 year history. Previously, she served as Sedro-Woolley Councilmember for 7 years, also the first person of color. She will continue her Sedro-Woolley Soroptimist (best for women and girls) membership, encouraging women to run for office and being an example for women. Germaine has served on NWPC panels and spoken at events in the past encouraging women to run.

Amber Waldref

Amber Waldref
Spokane County Commissioner District 2

Amber Waldref was raised in a hard-working family in Spokane. Her family's long road to the middle class shaped her belief that the economy should work not just for some, but for all. A graduate of Georgetown University and Antioch University-Seattle, Amber has successfully engaged local community and state/national leaders for 20 years, increasing access to opportunity and justice. As a Spokane City Councilmember, Amber led efforts to clean up the Spokane River, to improve transportation and housing choices, to support worker rights and small business growth. Amber led the ballot campaign to increase transit service in Spokane County which created the first all-electric rapid transit line. Amber currently serves as Director of The ZoNE initiative, where she develops multi-sector and resident partnerships to expand equitable access to education, employment, food, and housing in Spokane’s historically marginalized neighborhoods, with a focus on improving the lives of women and children.

JUDICIAL POSITIONS

 

Haydee Vargas

Haydee Vargas
King County Superior Court Judge
Position 12

Judge Haydee Vargas arrived in this country as a 2-year-old, immigrating with her parents escaping poverty in their homeland. The family made their way to Eastern Washington where Haydee’s mother worked in the fields and later in a potato factory. A teacher who believed in Haydee’s potential supported her desire to go to college, and eventually she earned both a BA and a law degree from Seattle U. Judge Vargas’s 18-year career as a Public Defender was anchored by her belief in personal empowerment as an important tool in helping people repair the damage in their lives and get to a better place. Her leadership skills were recognized, and she became a Managing Attorney at the King County Department of Public Defense supervising more than 100 employees. Judge Vargas brings her understanding of the challenges faced by our immigrant and other marginalized communities to the Superior Court where she balances the importance of personal accountability with empowerment for personal success.

Karama Hawkins

Karama Hawkins
King County District Court Judge
Shoreline Division, Position 2

Karama Hawkins has the kind of insight and common sense that comes from life experiences full of challenges to overcome. As the oldest of four girls raised by a widowed mother, Karama had to shoulder responsibility early in life. And despite the challenge of supporting her own young daughter and struggling to complete her education, Karama faced down traditional stereotypes and set her sights on becoming an attorney to “fight for those without a voice.” Karama remained true to those core values and has worked as a Public Defender for 14 years. Every day, she seeks to empower those whose voices are often unheard and whose challenges are marginalized. She helps them take control of their own lives and move down more productive paths – much as she did. Since 2015, Karama has been a highly respected Judge Pro Tem throughout King County, having presided in multiple courts. Karama has lived in the Shoreline area for 34 years and is a leader in many organizations that strive for equity.

Lisa Paglisotti

Lisa Paglisotti
King County District Court Judge
West Division, Position 1

Judge Lisa Paglisotti was appointed to King County District Court's West Division in 2016. She currently presides over King County District Court's Regional Mental Health Court and Regional Veterans Court, which strive to engage, support and facilitate the sustained stability of individuals with behavioral health issues within the criminal justice system, while reducing recidivism and increasing community safety. Judge Paglisotti has served King County for over 36 years in the justice system. She served King County's indigent population as a public defender for over 22 years, and served our youth as a juvenile probation counselor and as a juvenile corrections officer. Active in the court's management, Judge Paglisotti currently serves on the court's Equity and Social Justice and Budget Committees. She also serves on the statewide Therapeutic Court and Diversity Committes. She is active in the National Association of Women Judges where she serves on the Human Trafficking Committee.  

 

 

Michelle Gehlsen

Michelle Gehlsen
King/Snohomish County District Court
Northeast Division, Position 2

Judge Michelle Gehlsen served 10 years as the Bothell Municipal Court Judge and for the past 3 years has been a member of the King County District Court bench. While presiding over the Bothell Court, Judge Gehlsen created the Bothell Youth Court, to educate teenagers about the court system and provide them with hands-on experience as legal advocates, judges and jurors. Since joining the District Court, Judge Gehlsen has presided over the Community Court in Redmond, which seeks to identify and address the underlying challenges of court participants that may contribute to further criminal activity. As a Past President of the District & Municipal Court Judges Association, she promotes the necessity of an independent judiciary at all court levels. A former Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor, Judge Gehlsen implemented a pilot program for the prosecution of domestic violence charges, establishing clear criteria for the litigation of these important cases.

Lisa O'Toole

Lisa O'Toole
King/Snohomish County District Court
Northeast Division, Position 3

Judge Lisa O’Toole was elected King County District Court (KCDC) judge in 2014. She serves as the KCDC East Division presiding judge. Judge O’Toole is committed to ensuring that justice is administered fairly, efficiently, and equally to all, and that everyone is treated with respect and courtesy. Judge O’Toole brings to the bench 35 years of experience in King County, both as a former prosecuting attorney and as a former civil attorney in private practice. Judge O’Toole is an active volunteer on judicial committees. She is the Chair of the court’s Personnel Committee and Training Committee for pro tem judges. Judge O’Toole serves on the District and Municipal Court Judges Association’s (“DMCJA”) Education Committee and Diversity Committee and serves on the Bellevue Probation Advisory Board. Active in the community, Judge O’Toole frequently volunteers for many programs, including the “We the People” youth Constitutional Law program and The Children’s Justice Center’s Kid’s Court.

Corinna Harn

Corinna Harn
King County District Court
Southeast Division, Position 4

Judge Corinna Harn was elected in 1998 to serve on the King County District Court. During her more than 25 years of public service, Judge Harn has become a leader in the District Court. She has served as the Presiding Judge, Assistant Presiding Judge and on the Executive Committee. Currently, she presides over the Domestic Violence Specialty Court as well as the criminal cases of the Cities of Algona and Pacific. She cares deeply about serving the community, especially families and children. She has served on the board of the Soup Ladies, who provide meals to first responders. She practiced law, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in Yakima and in Seattle until 1996 when she became the Renton Municipal Court judge. Judge Harn is passionate about providing access to fair and equitable justice for all. She is the recipient of the Judge David Soukup Award from the Washington State CASA Association, an organization whose volunteers represent children in dependency cases.

Kuljinder Dhillon

Kuljinder Dhillon
King County District Court
West Division, Position 2

Judge Kuljinder Dhillon brings to the bench the kind of cross-cultural awareness that can only be authentic if it has been lived. Her family is a traditional East Indian family who immigrated to England in the 1960’s seeking work and a better life. However, racial tensions in working class areas of that country ran high then, and her family often experienced racial harassment and violence. These experiences instilled in her a desire to become a voice for those seeking equality and justice. In 1989 Judge Dhillon’s family immigrated to the U.S., and she became a voice for crime victims as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate. She brought to that work a first-hand understanding of the perspectives of different cultures about the crime of Domestic Violence. Judge Dhillon served indigent residents of King County as a Public Defender for 14 years, and for the three years preceding her judicial appointment, she was in private practice and served as a Judge Pro Tem. in King County courts.

Rebecca Robertson

Rebecca Robertson
King County District Court
West Division, Position 3

Judge Rebecca Robertson was a Federal Way Municipal Court Judge for 11 years. With years on the bench and a reputation as a leader among her judicial colleagues, she now brings her skill and experience to a larger community – the King County District Court -- having been appointed to a vacant seat on that bench in 2021. Born in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco in the early 70’s, Judge Robertson and her younger sister were transplanted to North King County and raised by a single working mother. When the Robertson sisters went off to college at the University of Washington, Mom enrolled as well, and all three graduated together. After graduating from Seattle University School of Law in 2000, Judge Robertson first worked as a prosecutor in Kent and then Seattle. In 2009, several judges encouraged Judge Robertson to run in a crowded 6-candidate race for Federal Way Municipal Court Judge. The only woman in that race, she defeated an incumbent and four other challengers.

Jenifer Howson

Jenifer Howson
Skagit County District Court
Position 3

Judge Jenifer Howson was appointed to the Skagit County District Court bench in 2021 and is now running to retain her seat for a 4-year term. The judge’s first work as a lawyer was as a Public Defender in the Northwest Tribal Courts and the Whatcom County District Court where she served some of the most marginalized members of our community for several years before opening her own private practice in 1997. In 2017, Judge Howson was appointed as a Commissioner in the Skagit County District Court where she served for 4 years before being appointed as a judge in that court. Judge Howson has developed a highly successful Community Court program to address the socio-economic factors leading some criminal defendants to repeatedly engage in non-violent criminal behavior – addiction and dependency, untreated mental health issues, unstable housing, incomplete education, etc. Judge Howson devotes time to organizations like Hospice, the Skagit Women’s Alliance & Network, and Women in Business.

Beth Fraser

Beth Fraser
Snohomish County District Court, South Division
Position 1

Judge Beth Fraser has served as a Snohomish County District Court Judge since 2013 when she was appointed with support from the NWPC-WA. In 2012 she received an NWPC-WA Campaign Heroines award for helping in the election of Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright. Prior to serving as judge, Beth was a Public Defender in Snohomish County and headed the Snohomish County Office of Public Defense for 12 years where she fought for and achieved pay parity and retirement for the Snohomish County Public Defender Association (PDA). She earned her BA degree at the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from The Catholic University of America. She serves her local and state communities through court long-range planning and public outreach committees as well as through her active involvement with the Lynnwood Rotary Club where she is the Past-President and current chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Anita Crawford-Willis

Anita Crawford-Willis
Seattle Municipal Court
Position 4

Judge Anita Crawford-Willis was appointed to the Seattle Municipal Court bench in 2017 after nearly 30 years in public service. Judge Willis is the judicial co-chair of the Racial Social Justice Initiative, judicial sponsor for the SMC Community Resource Center, and member of the Washington State Supreme Court’s Gender and Justice Commission. Her service in the community continues to be extensive and meaningful engagement in the community. She is currently serving as a Seattle Trustee. As a graduate of Seattle University and its Law School, Judge Crawford-Willis has been a dedicated alumni leader -- mentoring and empowering women to pursue careers in the legal profession. Judge Crawford-Willis is a distinguished speaker, most recently recognized by the Seattle University’s Women’s Law Caucus with the Woman of the Year Award for her unwavering devotion to advocacy of women’s issues.

Faye Chess

Faye Chess
Seattle Municipal Court
Position 6

Judge Chess was appointed to the Seattle Municipal Court bench in 2018 after serving as Magistrate Judge and Pro Tem Judge. She was previously the Director of Labor Relations for Group Health Cooperative and Sr. HR Consultant for Providence Health and Services and Swedish Medical Center. For many years, she worked in the public education sector, first as Deputy General Counsel and Interim Executive Director of Human Resources for Seattle Public Schools and later as the Executive Director of Human Resources and General Counsel for Tukwila School District. After receiving her B.A. from Purdue University and her law degree from University of Cincinnati College of Law, she worked as a staff attorney for The Public Defender Association in Seattle, WA. She also served as Deputy General Counsel for Seattle Housing Authority. Judge Chess is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc., two national black women organizations dedicated to public service.

Jennifer Rancourt

Jennifer Rancourt
Snohomish County District Court
Cascade Division, Position 1

Judge Rancourt holds a BA in political science and economics from Western Washington University and a JD from the University of Washington. Prior to taking the bench in 2019, Judge Rancourt was a career public defender working to protect the rights of low income clients, many of whom suffered from mental health and substance use disorders. She also had extensive experience as a neutral decision-maker, serving as the chair of the Governor’s Clemency and Pardons Board for seven years and as a judge pro tem for nearly a decade. Jennifer enjoys serving her community as a former Board Member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County and as an active Rotarian. Judge Rancourt enjoys mentoring young women interested in a career in the law as well as female pro tem judges.