National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

Patricia Aro

  • published Our 2022 Endorsements 2022-02-26 18:25:39 -0800

    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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    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

    Marie Gluesenkamp

    Marie Gluesenkamp
    U.S. House
    3rd Congressional District

     Rebecca Parson

    Rebecca Parson
    U.S. House
    6th Congressional District

     Pramila Jayapal

    Pramila Jayapal
    U.S. House
    7th Congressional District

    Kim Schrier

    Kim Schrier
    U.S. House
    8th Congressional District

     Stephanie Gallardo

    Stephanie Gallardo
    U.S. House
    9th 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.

    Jan Corn

    Jan Corn
    LD 16 State Representative
    Position 2

     Jan Corn received training as a Cosmetologist immediately after high school, and worked in the salon industry for 50 years. She owned her own salon for 22 years. During that time, she ran an internship program for high school graduates who wanted to earn their state license in Cosmetology. Listening for decades to her clients has given Jan insights to the needs of women. Throughout her professional career, she has volunteered for Women of Worth, a program to help survivors of domestic violence gain a new start, American Cancer Society, and has served on the boards of Community Council, Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary. Her fierce level of activism began with the Women's March on Washington in DC. Since that time, she has helped organize the NEW (Network), a local grassroots effort to train women to run for office, and local commissions and boards, where their voices can be heard. She will take her experience on the ground level to Olympia to advocate for all women.

    Terri Niles

    Terri Niles
    LD 17 State Representative
    Position 1

    When elected I will work collaboratively to; strengthen our workforce; support our unique local businesses; attract new business; revitalize local investments; encourage prosperity for families and community; invest in clean energy solutions and opportunities; Invest in our future and tackle the problems of our time such as housing and houselessness. I’ll take a respectful and professional approach to strengthen investments in our community and tackle the challenges of growth. We have to make critical investments in order to develop and grow and support all of our growing and diverse communities and to become a warm and inviting community for All who live here to prosper I will draw upon my experience working in outreach within our diverse community, as a nurse representative for my union, labor negotiator and as a healthcare professional. I will work collaboratively to build a more equitable future for all. Now is the time to embrace equitable solutions and innovation.

    Kelli Hughes-Ham

    Kelli Hughes-Ham
    LD 19 State Representative
    Position 1

    Kelli Hughes-Ham is a an art, English, and CTE high school teacher at Ilwaco High School. She earned a BFA at Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2000, and a Master of Arts in Teaching at University of Puget Sound in 2004. While teaching, she has been an active union member advocating for teacher voice, and a vocal feminist and inclusion-based educator for her diverse population of students. She has also served on the Boys and Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula board, and is currently serving on the board of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. She is the mom to two boys, 11 and 13, and proud step-mom to a 23-year-old. She wants to hold public office not only to make necessary changes to our education and economic systems, but also to show her students that you do not have to look a certain way to get involved in changing those systems.

    Cara Cusack

    Cara Cusack
    LD 19 State Representative
    Position 2

    Cara Cusack is a mom, a grandmother, a wife, a small farmer and a business professional that is fed up with politics as usual. She has 6 daughters, 2 sons and 10 grandchildren. Her most self defining belief is that everyone has the right to be treated with equality and respect regardless of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. She believes that women are the only decision makers when it comes to what happens with their body and their reproductive health and that this care should be available to all without regard to financial ability. She believes that we need to be responsible for the condition of the world we leave behind for our children and that our responsibility as humans is to lift people up when they need us most. She believes that investing in our communities and the education of our children is one of our our most important duties. For her entire life, she has been the peacemaker, the negotiator, and the calm in the storm and that is what she will be for you.

    Lillian Ortiz-Self

    Lillian Ortiz-Self
    LD 21 State Representative
    Position 2

    Lillian is serving her ninth session as Representative of the 21st LD. She serves as the Majority Caucus Chair. Lillian is a member of the Education Committee and serves on the Education leadership team. She is also a member of the Children’s Youth and Families Committee, the Labor Committee as well as, the Rules Committee. Rep. Ortiz-Self serves as the Co-Chair to the Wa State Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee as well as, the National Council of State Legislators, National Opportunity Gap Committee. Lillian also serves on the Executive Committee for the National Council of Hispanic State Legislators. In her current role as a school counselor for the Everett Public School district, she works with a variety of youth in both a teaching and counseling capacity. This, along with her past work in several child-service organizations, has given her a deep appreciation and understanding of how human services can help families.

    Maria Siguenza

    Maria Siguenza
    LD 22 State Representative
    Position 1
    Dual Endorsement

    I am a first-generation immigrant and was undocumented for the majority of my childhood while being raised by a single hard-working mother. It is from this experience that I am intimately aware of what it is like to live in the margins of our society. During the toughest times in our lives, my family depended on the social safety nets of government programming like TANF, WIC, food stamps, and child support to simply survive and get us by. It is this rich experience that informs my current public service role as the Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. It is these personal experiences, and perspectives that will prove invaluable when making decisions that impact the lives of those furthest from opportunity but who live, work and contribute to the economic health and well-being of the community I will represent as a State Legislator.

    Beth Doglio

    Beth Doglio
    LD 22 State Representative
    Position 1
    Dual Endorsement

     As a young girl, Beth worked with my mom to pass the ERA in Illinois. She graduated from Indiana University (Poly Sci and Telecom). She was an active member of NOW, an organizer at NARAL, a co-founder of the Win With Women PAC. As a legislator. She fought for feminist priorities in the legislature like pay equity, a reproductive parity act, and elimination of sexual harassment, and passed bills creating the Washington State Women’s Commission, giving a civil legal option to women who have been raped and keep the baby to sever paternity rights of the rapist, protected domestic violence survivors from discrimination in the workplace, and enhanced the pregnancy accommodation act by including the right to express breast milk in the workplace. She also led efforts to recognize International Women’s Day and Women’s Suffrage on the House floor. She has always been an advocate for women’s equality in politics, in the workforce, and in society.

    Jessica Bateman

    Jessica Bateman
    LD 22 State Representative
    Position 2
    Dual Endorsement

     Jessica is serving her first term in the legislature where she represents the 22nd district. Prior to being elected to the legislature, she served for five years on the Olympia City Council. She earned her graduate degree in public administration from The Evergreen State College and her undergraduate degree in environmental studies. As vice chair of the healthcare committee, she believes access to housing is foundational to positive health outcomes. As such, she has been a progressive champion of affordable housing in the legislature where she sponsored HB 1782 to create abundant housing statewide. She was proud to support HB 1851 which strengthened Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act. During the day she works as a strategic advisor for Washington’s community health centers where she works to ensure all Washingtonians have access to quality healthcare regardless of their ability to pay. She has worked as a union organizer, legislative aide and Community Impact Director.

    Kate Plager

    Kate Plager
    LD 22 State Representative
    Position 2
    Dual Endorsement

     Kate Plager, MA Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, BA Social Work, UW, has advocated for diverse groups her entire career: Women, Minorities, Children's Services, Juvenile Court, provided Expert Witness Testimony, Elderly, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Issues. Kate worked as a Behavior Education Manager of a National Company where she built a successful management team. Her responsibilities included hiring, firing, training, developing and supervising Management & Counseling staff. Kate has worked as: Program Director for a performance based contract, Writing Grants & Grants Management for a non-profit organization, Advocates for Women, San Francisco, Ca where she developed curriculum & facilitated workshops inspiring women, unemployed & underemployed, to work at their highest level. Kate produced a local cable television show, "Coming Alive from 9 to 5: Issues Working Women Face." I will continue to advocate on behalf of women.

    Jamie Smith

    Jamie Smith
    LD 25 State Representative Position 1

    From a family of teachers, nurses, veterans, and police officers, Jamie Smith is running for Washington State Legislature, because she was born to serve. Jamie Smith has served her community for 18 years as an educator, coach, and advisor. As a leader in her profession, she has created new teacher evaluation tools, represented her union for over a decade, and earned her National Board Certificate. Jamie also works with a national non-profit to develop character in students throughout the nation. She provides free training and curriculum to teachers across the United States, helping students recognize the ability within themselves to accomplish their dreams and to understand that every person has the potential to change the world. Her role building character, cohesion, and compromise are skills desperately needed in our political climate. Jamie will use the skills she has developed to fight for our women and families down in Olympia.

    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.

    Yasmin Trudeau

    Yasmin Trudeau
    LD 27 State Senator

    Prior to joining the State Senate, Trudeau previously served on the Governor's Commission of Asian Pacific American Affairs and as the legislative director for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Before that, she was also a policy analyst for the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus, where she staffed the Senate Agriculture, Water, Trade & Economic Development committee and the Senate Ways & Means Committee on capital budget. She joined the caucus team after having run the office of then-state Sen. Pramila Jayapal as her legislative aide. Trudeau brings extensive legal experience to her new role as state senator. Since graduating from Seattle University School of Law, she has held multiple externships – including one for Justice Mary Yu – in the state of Washington. And as a Bengali-American, Trudeau is the first woman of color to serve as senator for the 27th Legislative District.

    Laurie Jinkins

    Laurie Jinkins
    LD 27 State Representative
    Position 1

    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.

    Sharlett Mena

    Sharlett Mena
    LD 29 State Representative
    Position 2

    Sharlett Mena is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, a public servant, and a community organizer. Sharlett is a leader in the Washington Department of Ecology where she works with governments and stakeholders to protect clean air and water, implement climate action, and advance environmental justice. Prior to joining Ecology, Sharlett worked in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Washington State Senate, and for Washington Governor Jay Inslee. Outside of work, Sharlett is an active community organizer, leading actions for immigration reform and to advance voting rights. In August of 2021, she co-created Voter Turnup, a movement led by people of color to engage and empower each other through voter registration, cultural expression, and civic engagement. Sharlett was born and raised in the Tri-Cities, Washington. She is a first generation American and the first to graduate from college.

    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.

    Kristine Reeves

    Kristine Reeves
    LD 30 State Representative
    Position 2

    Kristine Reeves served as a WA State Representative from 2017-2019. While in the state house, Kristine was instrumental in championing issues on behalf of women and children, working families, and veterans. As an economic developer, Kristine championed nation-leading legislation on childcare reform, environmental justice, and economic opportunity efforts. Kristine brings a lived experience to her work as a first-generation college graduate, former foster youth, and someone who experienced homelessness. Reeves founded the legislature's first Black Members Caucus and motivated by her lived experience & challenged by continued inequities elected women & women of color face, Kristine founded the Political Equity Project, which treats political institutions as places of work that must work better for women & BIPOC folks to ensure a representative democracy. Kristine is a consultant, doctoral student & lives with her husband & their two elementary school-age children in Federal Way, WA.

    Holly Stanton

    Holly Stanton
    LD 31 State Representative
    Position 1

    First time candidate, not a career politician. I am an attorney and member of the state bar in good standing, local business owner and employer, for over 20 years. I have lived in Washington the majority of my life and have resided within the 31st district for over 20 years. Albany Law School, JD, University of Washington, BA, Tacoma Community College, AA. As a parent in our community, I volunteered as a girl scout troop leader, a boy scout den leader and co-leader and volunteered in public school.

    As an attorney I have had the opportunity to advocate for women in court for protections in domestic violence court and in family law ensuring that they are protected financially and that children are protected.

    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.

    Karen Keiser

    Karen Keiser
    LD 33 State Senator

    I am a staunch advocate for women's rights and labor rights, both of which I consider to be human rights. I successfully sponsored the legislation to fully implement the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Obamacare) which reduced our health un-insurance rate from 15 to 5%. I was able to pass our states Paid Family and Medical Leave law, which has also been fully implemented. I passed the Healthy Starts Act to require employers to fully accommodate pregnant employees. I passed laws to exempt sex harassment or racial discrimination from non-disclosure agreements that employers often require workers to sign before getting a job. I also passed major legislation to expand non-traditional apprenticeships and to expand participation by women in traditional apprenticeship programs.

    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.

    Noel Frame

    Noel Frame
    LD 36 State Senator

    Noel Frame has represented the people of the 36th Legislative District as their State Representative since January 2016. Noel is an award-winning legislator, having been honored more than 15 times, including by the Justice for Girls Coalition, for her work advocating for youth involved in the foster care and juvenile criminal legal systems, for individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges, as well as for her work on economic development and reforming the state’s tax code. She serves as the Chair of the House Finance Committee, and is a member of the Appropriations and Community & Economic Development Committees. Noel and her husband Jim live in Greenwood (Seattle) with their toddler, Holden. As a young adult, Noel served as a foster parent and primary caregiver to two of her cousins. She has lived in the 36th District since 2005, and is originally from Battle Ground, WA. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

    Julia Reed

    Julia Reed
    LD 36 State Representative
    Position 1

    Triple Endorsement

    Julia grew up in Seattle, the Black and bi-racial daughter of two public school educators who instilled in her the importance of service, empathy, hard work, and collective action. Inspired by her parents’ example, Julia has focused her professional life on public service. Julia served in the Obama administration, working with the State Department and the Oce of Management and Budget. After returning to Seattle, she served as a senior policy advisor to the Mayor of Seattle, with a focus on workforce development issues. Today she consults with businesses and nonprots on expanding workplace diversity, and continues her commitment to developing the skilled workforce our region needs, always with a focus on lifting underrepresented communities, and providing pathways for youth. As a graduate of Holy Names Academy, Smith College, and Emerge, Julia knows the power of networks of organized women to change the world. If elected she will be honored to be a strong voice for all WA women.

    Nicole Gomez

    Nicole Gomez
    LD 36 State Representative
    Position 1

    Triple Endorsement

    Nicole Gomez, Co-Founder of Alliance for a Healthy Washington, worked to pass the Universal Health Care Work Group in 2019, and helped draft and pass the Universal Health Care Commission through the legislature in 2021 and is appointed by Gov. Inslee to the commission. She has assisted in efforts to pass other legislation expanding access and affordability in healthcare in WA over the past three years. Prior to forming AHW, Nicole spent 15-years in the workers’ compensation field handling state and longshore claims nationwide. She has been a legislative assistant, a crime victim’s advocate, and a legal assistant working with district, superior, and supreme courts in Alaska, California, Texas, and Washington. Nicole holds degrees in Political Science and Communications from the University of Washington and a Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University where she graduated magna cum laude and currently serves on the Alumni Board of Governors.

    Elizabeth Tyler Crone

    Elizabeth Tyler Crone
    LD 36 State Representative
    Position 1

    Triple Endorsement

    Tyler Crone is a gender equality and global public health expert with a passionate belief in the power of communities to lead change. From the frontlines of the global women’s rights and health movements, Tyler led work to ensure that policies, programs, and funding reflect, are accountable to, and make a difference in the lives of girls and women around the world. As State Representative, Tyler will prioritize putting a spotlight on the impacts of COVID-19 on women and families; ensuring high quality childcare is available for all who need it; strengthening our public schools, advancing safety as we envision the future for Title IX; upholding abortion as essential healthcare; and ensuring that transgender children – like her own – can thrive. Tyler graduated from Brown University, has a master’s degree in public from Columbia University, a law degree from Yale Law School, and completed a post-doc at the Yale University School of Medicine.

    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.

    Emijah Smith

    Emijah Smith
    LD 37 State Representative
    Position 2

    Dual Endorsement

    Emijah Smith has worked for decades to invest in our communities across the 37th legislative district. She is a proven leader who takes care of her community and leaves it better than she found it. She has organized with families across the district and statewide to win better Pre-K, affordable child care, equitable funding for special education, affordable housing, health care access, safer neighborhoods, justice reform, and more. Emijah’s professional experience includes King County Equity Now, Children’s Alliance, Solid Ground and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. She holds an MPA from the UW. Her volunteer service includes president of Mercer Middle School PTSA, board member at the Tubman Center for Health and Freedom, King County “Racism is a Public Health Crisis” Gathering Collaborative Member, and member of the child well-being school-based partnership for zero youth detention. As a state Representative Emijah will bring decades of experience, local knowledge, and deep commitment.

    Nimco Bulale

    Nimco Bulale
    LD 37 State Representative
    Position 2

    Dual Endorsement

    Nimco Bulale was born in Somalia and immigrated to Seattle at a young age. After graduating from Highline High School, she attended the University of Washington and majored in International Studies. She went on to earn her Master’s of Public Administration from Seattle University in 2013. Nimco began her professional career as a Youth Program Director at the East African Community Services in 2014, where she led development and expansion of youth programs through coordinated services. Following her time at the East African Community Services, she began consulting for the City of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Nimco went on to OneAmerica, first as an Education Organizer and later as Education Program Manager. She was nationally recognized for her work to expand the Speak Your Language campaign. Last year, Nimco founded South Sound Strategies, a consultancy that expands upon her commitment to create and implement a bold vision for equity in the region.

    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.

    Debra Lekanoff

    Debra Lekanoff
    LD 40 State Representative
    Position 1

    Representative Lekanoff has called Skagit Valley home for over 20 years and has been proud to serve as Representative of the 40th for the past four years. After graduating with a BA from Central Washington University, she spent 18 years working for Tribal governments to improve public health, protect the environment, and increase jobs. Representative Lekanoff works at all levels of government to address important matters impacting our families, communities, and state. Her lawmaking wingspan includes public safety, women’s rights, and workforce development. She works on climate change through responsible environmental protections and salmon recovery. She has continually been an advocate for women. Last session she introduced and passed the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Alert System to prevent crimes that have targeted our sisters and mothers for far too long. She’s a working mom leading from her kitchen table who sets a broad table with room for everyone.

    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.

    Sharon Shewmake

    Sharon Shewmake
    LD 42 State Senator

    Rep Sharon Shewmake is an economics professor, a mom, a wife, a children's book author and a mediocre soccer player. She serves as Vice Chair on the Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, on the Autonomous Vehicle Working Group and is a board member for her neighborhood association and the Washington Center for Economics and Financial Education.

    Alicia Rule

    Alicia Rule
    LD 42 State Representative
    Position 2

    Alicia Rule and her family have been part of Whatcom County for five generations. Professionally, she is a social worker and therapist in private practice and has worked to help adoptions, in the schools helping kids who are struggling, support people living with disabilities, children who have been abused, sexual abuse survivors and hospice care. Currently, she owns Rule and Associates, a small therapy practice. She also launched and served as the past president of the Blaine Downtown Development Association, working with small business owners to help attract family wage jobs. Currently, Alicia is serving her first term in the State House. She also is active in her community, as a volunteer for many worthy causes, including for Kids in the Kitchen, an annual event combating childhood obesity, a backpack and school supply drive for low-income children, organizing a community wide health fair to help uninsured and underinsured children, as well as for community organizations.

    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.

    Hadeel Jeanne

    Hadeel Jeanne
    LD 46 State Representative Position 1

    Hadeel Jeanne has worked for fifteen years in a variety of industries including tech, health care and education. She moved to Seattle 8 years ago and is now pursuing a degree in History and Labor Studies at the UW. Since moving to Seattle, she has been a staff member at GeekGirlCon to make gaming, science fiction and other “nerdy” pursuits more welcoming to women. She was a camp counselor at Lake Washington Girls Middle School and is on the board of Familybike Seattle, which works to encourage families and especially women and children to be able to use bicycles as a less expensive and more environmentally sustainable mode. Hadeel is running to ensure that housing access is improved and families can remain in their communities by supporting more housing options broadly. Hadeel also wants to continue the push to making more equitable and less polluting transportation system that works better for families, including those who are unable to drive or cannot afford a car.

    Satwinder Kaur

    Satwinder Kaur
    LD 47 State Senator
    Dual Endorsement

    Satwinder grew up in South King County and has an MBA in Technology Management from University of Washington. She is serving on her second term as Kent City Councilmember. She is working full time in Tech industry. She has held various leadership positions in logistics, supply chain and tech industry. She is a mom of three children, 2 sons and a daughter. She is currently a PTA president at her oldest's school. She helps and supports victims of domestic abuse and helps mentor young women.

    Claudia Kauffman

    Claudia Kauffman
    LD 47 State Senator
    Dual Endorsement

    The Honorable Claudia Kauffman has been a resident of Kent for over 20 years. She co-founded Native Action Network, nonprofit organization. Claudia’s dedication to the community is found in her long history of community involvement projects and public service. Currently she is the Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Claudia was elected as Washington State Senator of the 47th LD where she championed legislation and policy to protect children, address equity, and improve public education. She has been a foster mother to ten, and advocates for foster children, developmental disabilities, and to improve access, equity, and inclusion. Claudia has received numerous awards including the Anne Foy Baker Award from the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Association, the Champion for Children Award from Children's Alliance, Ruby Award for Women Helping Women from Soroptomist Int'l, and Excellence for a Lifetime of Volunteering from Governor Gregoire.

    Debra Entenman

    Debra Entenman
    LD 47 State Senator
    Position 1

    Elected Experience State Representative 2018-Present;

    Committees: College & Workforce Development, Transportation, Civil Rights and Judiciary. Education Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science, Seattle University. Community Service Renton Technical College Board of Trustees; Member of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle; Previously served on the boards of Neighborhood House and Kent Youth & Family Services.

    Statement As your State Representative, I have successfully passed bills to strengthen our social safety nets, address public safety, protect our elders, support workers, and invest in training for our frontline responders. But there is more work to be done. Front and center in my economic recovery efforts are uplifting our local businesses and lowering food, housing and healthcare costs. I will also focus on ensuring first responders have the resources they need to effectively keep us safe, work to make higher education more affordable, and invest in high quality childcare.

    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.

     

     

     

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    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.

    Chartisha Roberts

    Chartisha Roberts
    Clark County Council
    District 2

    Chartisha Roberts is a 13 year resident of Clark County, also with 13+ years of experience in the HR field. She hopes to apply her communication skills and spirit of service to improving Clark county for ALL of its residents, as the county’s district 2 councilor. Chartisha 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.

    Sue Marshall

    Sue Marshall
    Clark County Council
    District 5

    Sue Marshall grew up in Renton, Wa., and attended Western Washington University earning a BS in Environmental Health. Early career experience included work with community action agencies where she advocated for child nutrition programs, welfare reform measures, and women’s empowerment. While raising three children with her spouse, Sue shifted her attention to environmental issues serving in many roles: as E.D. of Tualatin Riverkeepers, Administrator of the Oregon Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee and as sole proprietor of a public affairs LLC representing conservation NGO’s. As part of an active retirement, Sue is co-owner of Baurs Corner Farm, a 3rd generation family farm in Ridgefield, Wa. She has been active in Clark County land use policy as past president of Friends of Clark County. Her expertise includes nonprofit management, public policy analysis, grant writing, and strategic planning. She is an elected Board Supervisor for Clark Conservation District.

    Carol Dillin

    Carol Dillin
    Clark Public Utilities District Commissioner
    Position 2

    Carol Dillin is a retired officer of PGE, Oregon's largest electric utility company. She was on the company's leadership team for 15 years and was Vice President of Public Affairs and Customer Solutions. Her team was the interface between the company and local, state and federal officials. Dillin served on all of the boards of the major Portland Metro business associations including the Portland Business Association, Oregon Business Association (now OBI), and Westside Economic Alliance. On the national level, she chaired the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Strategic Advisory Group for Transportation Electrification. Dillin chaired the board for the Center for Women's Leadership, a non-profit that was created to train and mentor women interested in public positions and elected office. If elected to this position, Dillin would advocate for Clark Utilities women employees, customers and members of the community.

    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.

    Maria Williams

    Maria Williams
    Lacey City Council
    Position 3

    Maria Williams completed her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Addictions Counseling from Regent University. Maria has also obtained her Master’s in Psychology and a Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in Government. Maria has worked and continues to work in behavioral health sciences within her community for the past 5 plus years. Maria has experience and knowledge working in the legal field as a Paralegal. Maria, previously a military spouse for over 10 years and an avid supporter of military soldiers and families, has traveled to multiple locations in country and out-of-country that illuminates her multicultural awareness and cultural humility. Maria enjoys and provides mentorships to youth and supports women, marginalized populations, and military populations. Maria values integrity, kindness, and courage. Maria provides empathy, understanding, attentiveness, and altruistic values to the people. Maria, through perseverance.

    Pat Saldaña

    Pat Saldaña
    Lewis County Commissioner, District 3

    As a long-time resident of east Lewis County, she has always believed that Public Service is what strengthens communities. Pat has been a claims adjuster for over 30 years. She is the Board Chair for the Morton School District, founder of NW Backpack Snack, supporting children is and has always been a priority. As a business owner herself, she has promoted women in business by supporting and encouraging them.

    Linda Farmer

    Linda Farmer
    Pierce County Auditor

    Linda is a Lakewood City Councilmember and the Chief Communications Officer for the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, where she helps improve and streamline access to public services. Linda brings more than 30 years of experience in the communications and marketing field—20 of them managing communications and service delivery in the public sector. Linda earned a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in Editorial Journalism and Political Science from the University of Washington. She volunteers on the Pierce County South Sound Housing Affordability Partners Executive Board and the Washington State Sex Offender Policy Board, and is a past board member of KNKX Public Radio, Communities for a Healthy Bay and City Club of Tacoma. Born and raised in Washington state, Linda lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jimmie, and their high-school-aged daughter, Dylan.

    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.

    Jane Fuller

    Jane Fuller
    San Juan County Council 
    District 3

    Jane Fuller is an international professional specialized in gender equality, women’s empowerment, and governance. With 28 years of experience working in North America and internationally as an employee and a consultant for public and private sector institutions and non-profit organizations, she possesses experience in the application of senior-level strategic, analytical, technical, and training expertise in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and governance issues. Prior to forging her career Ms. Fuller acquired her BA Degree in Political Studies / History and a MA Degree in Gender and Development. In 2020, Ms. Fuller was elected to the San Juan County Charter Review Commission on which she served as the co-chair of the Justice and Equity sub-committee which supported the successful amendment to the local charter to include a section on 'non-discrimination. If elected to county council, Ms. Fuller will be a champion for women's issues and gender equality.

    Amy Vira

    Amy Vira
    San Juan County Prosecutor

    Amy Vira grew up in Eastern Washington, attended Western Washington University, and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. She served as a law clerk in northern Montana and then as an attorney at a Wenatchee law firm before moving to San Juan County where she has worked as a deputy prosecutor since 2011. In addition to experience prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor crimes, Ms. Vira has broad civil experience in a variety of areas including land use law, public records compliance, contracts, and general Liability. Ms. Vira is a board member for The Whale Museum and volunteers as a WSU Master Gardener. She is also a member of the San Juan County Textile Guild. Ms. Vira is committed to providing accurate and unbiased legal services and upholding the law in a fair and just manner that treats victims with respect and honors the rights of all parties.

    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.

    Jackie Brunson

    Jackie Brunson
    Skagit County Treasurer

    Jackie Brunson was born and raised in Skagit County and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Houston. Shortly after graduation she began work for Skagit County and has been serving the citizens there in various capacities for thirty years. She was elected Treasurer of Skagit County four years ago and is now running for re-election. Jackie is a graduate of Leadership Skagit and has been involved in various volunteer opportunities from Girl Scouts to 4-H to the local food bank and Special Olympics. Jackie has two daughters and has instilled in them the importance of advocating for women as well as giving back to those less fortunate or marginalized. She has also taught them that their vote counts and the importance of getting involved politically. Jackie is pro-choice and strongly believes in mentoring young women. She will also continue to advocate for equal pay for women in her workforce.

    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.

    Maggie Yates

    Maggie Yates
    Spokane County Commissioner District 5

    Maggie recently served as the Regional Law & Justice Administrator for Spokane County, where she managed grant dollars, local funding, and committees to ensure a fair, equitable, and efficient local criminal justice system, where women are one of the fastest rising populations. During her tenure at the County she implemented a slew of projects including, but not limited to: the Intake & Release Center, Statewide Citation Redesign, and free cell phones for indigent defendants. Originally from Spokane, Maggie worked for several years in New Orleans for the Southern Poverty Law Center, and later the MacArthur Justice Center. There, she rose to serve as the senior investigator on a class action lawsuit against the Orleans Parish Prison. Maggie left New Orleans to attend the UCLA School of Law where she earned a J.D. with a David J. Epstein Public Law & Policy Specialization. She studied Cultural Anthropology and International Studies at Macalester College.

    Mary Hall

    Mary Hall
    Thurston County Auditor 

    We’re at a critical time in our democracy. Now more than ever, we need proven leadership, experience, and integrity in a County Auditor. For the past nine years, Mary Hall has run her office in a non-partisan manner and championed legislation that promotes voter access and election security. She’s streamlined government, eliminated waste, and reduced costs by strengthening financial controls and creating partnerships within the county. Under her leadership the county has had six clean audits in a row. Mary and her team conducted a successful, transparent presidential election during the pandemic and partnered with SPSCC to establish a drive-through Voting Center to keep voters and staff safe. Her work resulted in eight awards, including Auditor of The Year from the Secretary of State and the President's Award for Outstanding Service from the Washington Association of County Auditors. Mary also serves on the board of the National Association of Election Officials.

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    Norma Rodriguez

    Norma Rodriguez
    Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court Judge
    Position 4

    Norma Rodriguez is the current Benton Franklin County Superior Court Judge. She serves as the criminal presiding and as trustee for the Superior Court Judges Association, Dist. 5. Norma attended Gonzaga University receiving her BA in Criminal Justice, she then went on to attend Gonzaga Law receiving her JD in 1992. She worked throughout her education, including being a crisis response social worker with CPS. She started her own firm in 1994, mentoring other women throughout her career. Prior to being appointed by the governor, Norma practiced law for 29 years as a litigator. She has experience in various areas of law, including criminal, domestic, civil liberties, personal injury, bankruptcy, estate planning and immigration. Norma has dedicated countless hours to Benton Franklin Legal Aid, mostly assisting low income women in domestic cases. Norma will assure women are treated fairly and equally, guaranteeing they get equal access to justice.

     

    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.

    Andrea Jarmon

    Andrea Jarmon
    King County District Court Judge
    Southwest Division, Position 2

    Andrea S. Jarmon, who graduated from high school as a homeless teen, entered law school to give voices to homeless youth and victims of domestic violence. She has worked as a prosecutor, an Assistant Attorney General, a criminal defense attorney, and a law instructor. She currently serves as an Administrative Law Judge with the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and also Pro Tems in the King County Superior Court. She has served in various leadership roles--as a former representative on the State Bar Association's Board of Governors, co-chair of the WSBA's Diversity Committee, and participated in access to justice programming like that of LLLT Board. Jarmon has been endorsed by a variety of judicial officers and attorneys. Jarmon seeks to bring courage, integrity, and compassion to the bench.

    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.

    Andrea Chin

    Andrea Chin
    Seattle Municipal Court
    Position 2

    Judge Andrea Chin was elected to the Seattle Municipal Court Bench in 2018. She is a native of Seattle and grew up in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. She attended Occidental College and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. After law school she began a 26 year career with the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, eventually becoming a supervisor for the City’s participation in all specialty courts in Seattle Municipal Court, including Mental Health Court and Veterans’ Treatment Court. Judge Chin is committed to ensuring that justice is administered fairly and impartially and that all who come into her courtroom are treated with courtesy and respect. She is a long time member, and past president, of the Asian Bar Association of Washington. She is also a member of the District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association and its Diversity Committee.

    Pooja Vaddadi

    Pooja Vaddadi
    Seattle Municipal Court
    Position 3

    Pooja Vaddadi is a first generation Indian-American woman, a Washington native, and a career public defender. The only career that ever called to her is service through the law. After receiving her BA from Bryn Mawr College and her law degree from Seattle University School of Law, she worked as a staff attorney at the Snohomish County Public Defenders Office. She then went on to pursue her LLM from The UC Berkley School of Law. In the summer of 2020, Pooja was hired as a staff attorney at the King County Department of Public Defense where she witnessed the jarring effects of COVID on the most vulnerable population. The experience over the past two years has instilled in her a desire to help her community from the bench. Pooja wishes to bring a renewed effort to encourage restorative justice in Seattle, and uplift the community that raised her.

    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.

    Nyjat Rose-Akins

    Nyjat Rose-Akins
    Seattle Municipal Court
    Position 7

    Nyjat Rose-Akins is a first-time judicial candidate who is an experienced pro tem judge, Assistant City Attorney, and long-time Seattle resident. Her perspective on the criminal legal system is informed by her own background as a Jamaican immigrant, graduate of an HBCU, business professional, and lawyer. Nyjat has worked for Seattle as an Assistant City Attorney for 12 years in both the criminal and civil division. In the criminal division, Nyjat’s duties provided her with valuable firsthand knowledge of how misdemeanor crimes are handled in Seattle. Currently, Nyjat serves in the civil division, advising and defending the City on matters involving a range of issues, including police accountability, homelessness, and neighborhood concerns. Nyjat’s approach to decision making from the bench is to listen first, decide last, and never let ego interfere with fulfilling her judicial responsibilities. Nyjat will strive to make sure that all voices, especially the most vulnerable are heard.

    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.

    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.

    Dee Sonntag

    Dee Sonntag
    Tacoma Municipal Court
    Position 1

    Dee Sonntag is a graduate from the University of Washington School of Law and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a minor in Human Rights magna cum laude from the University of Washington Tacoma. Dee has worked as a Rule 9 prosecutor with the Seattle City Attorney's Office and as a defense attorney with the Department of Assigned Counsel (DAC). At DAC, Dee has represented clients and held trials at the Tacoma Municipal Court level, District Court level, and Superior Court level. Most recently, Dee represents clients in the Felony Drug Court Program. As a judge, Dee intends to continue her dedication to public service with a compassionate, therapeutic-based approach to criminal justice that will provide needed treatment services to those suffering from mental health and substance use disorders, while supporting victims of crime. Dee is committed to improving equity, fairness, and accessibility in Tacoma Municipal Court - Department 1.


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