National Women's Political Caucus of Washington

Emily Wicks

  • published Karen Besserman in News 2021-05-10 17:36:08 -0700

    Karen Besserman

    We will miss our friend and fellow champion for women, Karen Besserman.

    Karen was instrumental in narrowing the gender gap in government representation for women in Washington. A longtime advocate and supporter of women candidates, she spent the last years of her life doing what she loved: supporting women running for office.

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  • Behind the scenes: NWPCWA Candidate Training Lead Christina Pedersen

    Ever wondered who’s behind some of NWPC-WA’s candidate trainings? It’s a complex job: finding amazing speakers and trainers, handling venue and catering arrangements, and communicating with up to 50 anxious would-be candidates for each session.  Luckily, it’s well within the skillset and passion of Christina Pedersen: tireless NWPC-WA volunteer, soon-to-be high school biology teacher, and mom to two young boys.  Christina recently shared more about her work with NWPC-WA in a typically high-energy zoom call from her home in Marysville. 

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  • published Our 2021 Endorsements 2021-04-09 15:30:32 -0700

    Our 2021 Endorsements

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


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


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


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


    SHORTCUT TO ENDORSEMENTS BY POSITION

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

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    CITY POSITIONS  

    Lynne Robinson

    Lynne Robinson
    Bellevue City Council
    Position 6

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

    Kristina Michele Martens

    Kristina Michele Martens
    Bellingham City Council
    At Large

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

    Kelly Krieger

    Kelly Krieger
    Port of Bellingham Commissioner
    District 2

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

    Han Tran

    Han Tran
    Bothell City Council
    Position 1

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

    Rosemary McAuliffe

    Rosemary McAuliffe
    Bothell City Council
    Position 3
    Dual Endorsement

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

    Jenne Alderks

    Jenne Alderks
    Bothell City Council
    Position 3
    Dual Endorsement

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

    Sarah Moore

    Sarah Moore
    Burien City Council
    Position 5

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

    Krystal Marx

    Krystal Marx
    Burien City Council
    Position 7

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

    Norma Hernandez

    Norma Hernandez
    College Place Mayor

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

    Soleil Lewis

    Soleil Lewis
    Des Moines City Council
    Position 7

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

    Adrienne Fraley-Monillas

    Adrienne Fraley-Monillas
    Edmonds City Council
    Position 3

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

    Angela Harris

    Angela Harris
    Edmonds Port Commissioner
    District 1

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

    Cassie Franklin

    Cassie Franklin
    Everett Mayor

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

    Mary Fosse

    Mary Fosse
    Everett City Council
    Position 1

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

    Demi Chatters

    Demi Chatters
    Everett City Council
    Position 5

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

     

    Paula Rhyne

    Paula Rhyne
    Everett City Council
    Position 2

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

    Liz Vogeli

    Liz Vogeli
    Everett City Council
    Position 4

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

    Leandra Craft

    Leandra Craft
    Federal Way City Council
    Position 5

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

    Renae Seam

    Renae Seam
    Federal Way City Council
    Position 6

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

     

    Kate Bishop

    Kate Bishop
    Ferndale City Council
    Position 6

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

    Jeni Woock

    Jeni Woock
    Gig Harbor City Council
    Position 1

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

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

    Barbara de Michele

    Barbara de Michele
    Issaquah City Council
    Position 3

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

    Mary Lou Pauly

    Mary Lou Pauly
    Issaquah Mayor

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

    Angela Kugler

    Angela Kugler
    Kenmore City Council
    Position 3

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

    Debra Srebnik

    Debra Srebnik
    Kenmore City Council
    Position 6

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

    Dawn Bennett

    Dawn Bennett
    Kent Mayor

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

    Satwinder Kaur

    Satwinder Kaur
    Kent City Council
    Position 2

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

    Brenda Fincher

    Brenda Fincher
    Kent City Council
    Position 6

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

    Penny Sweet

    Penny Sweet
    Kirkland City Council
    Position 3

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

    Robin Vazquez

    Robin Vazquez
    Lacey City Council
    Position 4

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

    Carolyn Cox

    Carolyn Cox
    Lacey City Council
    Position 7

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

    Jessica Wadhams

    Jessica Wadhams
    Lake Stevens City Council
    Position 6

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

    Kate Akyuz

    Kate Akyuz
    Mercer Island City Council
    Position 6

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

    Stephanie Vignal

    Stephanie Vignal
    Mill Creek City Council
    Position 2

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

    Melissa Duque

    Melissa Duque
    Mill Creek City Council
    Position 6

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

    Melissa Beaton

    Melissa Beaton
    Mt. Vernon City Council
    Ward 3 Position 2

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

    Jennifer Gregerson

    Jennifer Gregerson
    Mukilteo Mayor

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

    Penny Sweet

    Lisa Parshley
    Olympia City Council
    Position 5

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

    Melissa Denton

    Melissa Denton
    Port of Olympia Commissioner
    District 3

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

    Nikki Torres

    Nikki Torres
    Pasco City Council
    District 3

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

    Maricela Sanchez

    Maricela Sanchez
    Prosser City Council
    Position 2

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

    Jeralee Anderson

    Jeralee Anderson
    Redmond City Council
    Position 6

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

    Carmen Rivera

    Carmen Rivera
    Renton City Council
    Position 2

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

    Ruth Pérez

    Ruth Pérez
    Renton City Council
    Position 6

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

    Karen Moran

    Karen Moran
    Sammamish City Council
    Position 3

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

    Iris Guzman

    Iris Guzman
    SeaTac City Council
    Position 6

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

    Colleen Echohawk

    Colleen Echohawk
    Seattle Mayor
    Triple Endorsement

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

    Lorena Gonzalez

    Lorena Gonzalez
    Seattle Mayor
    Triple Endorsement

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

    Jessyn Farrell

    Jessyn Farrell
    Seattle Mayor
    Triple Endorsement

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

    Stephanie Bowman

    Stephanie Bowman
    Port of Seattle Commissioner
    Position 3
    Dual Endorsement

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

    Hamdi Mohamed

    Hamdi Mohamed
    Port of Seattle Commissioner
    Position 3
    Dual Endorsement

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

    Toshiko Hasegawa

    Toshiko Hasegawa
    Port of Seattle Commissioner
    Position 4

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

    Teresa Mosqueda

    Teresa Mosqueda
    Seattle City Council
    Position 8

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

    Brianna Thomas

    Brianna Thomas
    Seattle City Council
    Position 9

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

     

    Laura Mork

    Laura Mork
    Shoreline City Council
    Position 3

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

    Linda Redmon
    Linda Redmon
    Snohomish Mayor

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

    Elizabeth Grasher
    Elizabeth Grasher
    Steilacoom Town Council
    Position 2

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

    Sarah Rumbaugh
    Sarah Rumbaugh
    Tacoma City Council
    Position 2
    Dual Endorsement

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

    Kelly Blucher
    Kelly Blucher
    Tacoma City Council
    Position 2
    Dual Endorsement

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

    Catherine Ushka
    Catherine Ushka
    Tacoma City Council
    Position 4

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

    Anne Artman
    Anne Artman
    Tacoma City Council
    Position 5

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

    Kiara Daniels
    Kiara Daniels
    Tacoma City Council
    Position 6

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

    Anne McEnerny-Ogle
    Anne McEnerny-Ogle
    Vancouver Mayor

     

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

    Kim Harless
    Kim Harless
    Vancouver City Council
    Position 1

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

    Diana Perez
    Diana Perez
    Vancouver City Council
    Position 3

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

    Sarah Arndt
    Sarah Arndt
    Woodinville City Council
    Position 5

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

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

    Deborah Lurie

    Deborah Lurie
    Mercer Island School District Director
    District 4

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

    Shelby Scovel

    Shelby Scovel
    Renton School District Director
    District 5

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

    Elizabeth Vann-Clark

    Elizabeth Vann-Clark
    Richland School District Director
    District 3

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

    Chelsea McElroyChelsea McElroy
    Tacoma School District Director District 4

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

    Elizabeth BonbrightElizabeth Bonbright
    Tacoma School District Director District 5

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

    Alecia CunninghamAlecia Cunningham
    University Place School District Director
    District 1

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

    Marisa PeloquinMarisa Peloquin
    University Place School District Director
    District 2

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

    Kathy MulkerinKathy Mulkerin
    Walla Walla School District Director District 1

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

    Donna SinclairDonna Sinclair
    Washougal School District Director District 3

    Dr. Donna Sinclair is a public historian and educator. She earned both an M.A. in History from Portland State University (PSU) and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies. Sinclair’s public history work includes digital technology projects and public programs, writing social histories for the National Park Service, often focused on women’s history, and managing major oral history projects throughout the Northwest. She teaches history at WSU Vancouver and Western Oregon University, including Western Women’s History, Gender and Public Policy, and Gender and History, among others. Her dissertation project focused on the constraints, advancement, and historical agency of women and minorities in the U.S. Forest Service in the late twentieth century. In 2020, she published a collaboratively written memoir of the first African American woman forest supervisor in the nation. She serves on the Washougal School Board of Directors, is an elected precinct committee officer, and volunteers with many organizations
    JUDICIAL POSITIONS  

    Tracy Flood

    Tracy Flood
    Bremerton Municipal Court Judge

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


    Whitney Rivera
    Edmonds Municipal Court Judge

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

    Andrea Robertson

    Andrea Robertson
    King County Superior Court Judge
    Position 47

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

    Jessica Giner

    Jessica Giner
    Renton Municipal Court Judge
    Position 1

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

     


  • donated 2021-02-07 12:50:24 -0800

  • published JoeFain 2021-02-04 16:24:26 -0800

    We Demand Action on Joe Fain's Appointment to State's Redistricting Commission

    239 signatures

    Dear Commissioners,

     

    We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, write to express our dismay at the recent appointment of former Senator Joe Fain to the Washington State Redistricting Commission by Senate Republican Leader John Braun. No matter who we are or where we come from, we all want to have leaders whom we can trust to respect our state laws, our societal norms and values, and the boundaries of individuals—especially those related to sexual assault and consent. It is widely known that Commissioner Fain is the subject of allegations of rape and no formal investigation into the matter has yet been made. Fain himself has not yet answered to these allegations.

    The Commission must take immediate action to ensure a safe environment that upholds the duties of its important role.

    We strongly urge Commissioners to quickly develop and adopt a robust code of conduct to ensure a safe and respectful place for the public, staff, and Commissioners. While all public agencies should adopt and strongly enforce codes of conduct, under the circumstances the need is especially heightened for the Commission.

    We were heartened to hear Commissioner April Sims express interest in adopting a code of conduct at the first meeting of the Commission. We recommend the Commission look to the Washington State Legislature’s code of conduct as a model to adopt prior to hiring any Commission staff. Our foremost ask is that Commissioner Fain resign from the Washington State Redistricting Commission and request the following of the Washington Senate Republican Caucus. 

    • Commissioner Fain have no in-person access to staff, members of the public, or other Commissioners.

    • Commissioner Fain’s written, digital, and verbal communications to any internal or external person be supervised by a predetermined third-party staffer.

    While we do not believe these actions go far enough and we do believe that Commissioner Fain never should have been appointed to begin with, we remain confident that by taking action and enacting the above safeguards, the Commission may nonetheless be able to uphold the values and duties of their important role.

    Lack of action on behalf of the Commission would normalize sexually predatory behavior and set a dangerous precedent that sexual assault accusations are not taken seriously by Washington State officials, further discouraging others who may experience similar incidents from bringing forth their own experiences. The Commission must act immediately so that staff and Commissioners have a safe space to properly carry out the functions of their job.

    We look forward to hearing from you about the steps and timeline that you will follow to demonstrate your support for safety and justice for sexual assault survivors and accountability for offenders.

     

    Signed,

     

    National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington
    Susan Marks, Executive Director, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
    Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, Director, Sexual Violence Law Center
    Kia Guarino, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
    Jennifer Allen, CEO, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
    Eowyn Savela, President, Riveters Collective
    Jessica Gavre, Chair, South Sound Women's Leadership
    Tina Podlodowski, Chair, Washington State Democratic Party

     

     

    *Note that the call for an investigation has been removed from this letter

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  • donated 2020-11-13 09:37:11 -0800

  • published 2020 Washington Women's Cookbook 2020-10-08 08:27:08 -0700

    The Washington Women’s Cookbook is officially on sale! Head to their shop to pick up your copy.

    BUY IT HERE!

    About the Book

    The Washington Women’s Cookbook: Good Eats and Votes for Women in 2020 features a collection of recipes, essays, profiles, interviews, and art from Pacific Northwest women about the intersections of food, community, and feminism. It is inspired by the original Washington Women’s Cookbook, which was published in 1909 by the Washington Equal Suffrage Association as a fundraiser during the 1909 to 1910 suffrage campaign. It was one of many in a long-standing tradition of charity cookbooks.

    With our book, we hope to encourage women to vote not only in their own self-interest but in the interest of all women and marginalized folks. The American suffrage movement was largely exclusionary to women of color, and some white suffragists actively fought against securing voting rights for African Americans. The movement also aimed to alleviate white male voters of the worry that a woman with the right to vote would no longer fulfill her domestic duties. The mission of The 2020 Washington Women’s Cookbook explicitly rejects these tactics used by many of the white suffragists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    We aimed to make a book that is inclusive and reflective of all women who work toward equality in order to build a society in which women are free from discrimination and violence, have the right to choose, and are paid equally. We see this project as a way to amplify different voices around common themes—we wanted to share the voices of women of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized folks who have important stories to tell.

    All of the money raised through the purchase of the book will be donated to Matriarch, a national political action committee dedicated to funding and endorsing working-class women in order to elect them into office, and the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, a local organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and electing women to office.

    We have the right to vote, but how are we going to use it?


  • published NWPC-WA 2020 Voters Guide in 2020 Endorsements 2020-10-07 19:29:17 -0700

  • published Support Black Women Candidates in 2020 Endorsements 2020-06-28 11:59:36 -0700

    Support Black Women Candidates

    Women running for office struggle to raise as much money as men, and Black, Indigenous and Women of Color (BIWOC) face even more barriers due to historical oppression, systemic racism, resulting in current pay inequities, lack of opportunities, and much more. This year-to-date, NWPC-WA has endorsed seven fantastic black women running for the Washington State Legislature and one fantastic black woman running for the Washington State Supreme Court. In support and recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement, please join us in making a direct political donation to one (or all) of NWPC-WA’s Endorsed Black Women Candidates.

    LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS

     

    Tanisha Harris

    Tanisha Harris
    17th LD State Representative
    Position 1

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

    DONATE TO TANISHA HARRIS

    Joy Stanford

    Joy Stanford
    26th LD State Representative
    Position 2

    As a fresh face in politics, Joy Stanford is well-positioned to capitalize on national and local trends pushing for new representation and innovative ideas. Stanford is a Community Outreach Specialist for Shared Housing Services -- connecting people facing housing insecurity with real solutions and resources -- and a substitute teacher in the Peninsula School District. She is a champion for creating a diverse and equitable environment for all Washingtonians. As a woman of color from a working family, Stanford is dedicated to ensuring income equality and proper access to education for everyone in the 26th Legislative District and across the state. Her priorities include progressive healthcare, education, and transportation legislation to push the 26th district into the future. A fierce advocate and dedicated community member, Joy Stanford is ready to take your voices to Olympia and fight for our shared values.

    DONATE TO JOY STANFORD

    Twina Nobles

    T'wina Nobles
    28th LD State Senator

    T’wina Nobles is the President and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League, an elected University Place School Board Director, and the Founder of Ladies First, an in-school program dedicated to empowering young women. With over 15 years of experience as an instructor, mentor, and community leader, T’wina is running for State Senate to expand upon her work advocating for equity and justice in our communities. Once elected, T’wina will use the tools of legislation to continue to fight for inclusive schools, non-discrimination, and equitable opportunities for women and girls. That said, T'wina is not waiting to be elected to be a champion for women. Under T'wina's leadership at the Tacoma Urban League, the TUL has added childbirth and doula services to its programming. In her service on the school board, T'wina has partnered with YWCA and Planned Parenthood to provide a curriculum on healthy relationships, consent, what choice regarding sexual health means, and how to access resources.

    DONATE TO T'WINA NOBLES

    Melanie Morgan

    Melanie Morgan
    29th LD State Representative
    Position 1

    Representative Melanie Morgan was a school board director for Franklin Pierce SD, a commissioner on the board of the Pierce County Housing Authority, a safe housing coordinator, member of Tacoma Affordable Housing Consortium, a board member for Community Healthcare, and a mortgage banker. She is a veteran and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of Housing, Community Development & Veterans, Capital Budget, Commerce & Gaming, and Rules committees, and is the Deputy Majority Floor Leader. She was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the Equity Task Force. She has led the way on equity issues and plans to continue these efforts as she runs for re-election. Representative Morgan knows the struggle of the people in her community because she has lived it. She has been homeless and a recipient of Section 8 housing and food stamps. She will continue to fight for those who have been marginalized by polices that were instituted to support those at the top. She is the voice of the 29th.

    DONATE TO MELANIE MORGAN

    Jamila Taylor

    Jamila Taylor
    30th LD State Representative
    Position 1


    Jamila Taylor is a small business owner and victim rights advocate with an extensive record of volunteer service in the Puget Sound. She will bring a needed voice for women, seniors, youth and other vulnerable populations in the criminal justice system to Olympia. As the former Statewide Advocacy Counsel for Northwest Justice Project, Jamila managed a network of legal aid attorneys assisting domestic violence survivors and other crime victims. She has worked locally and regionally on youth intervention programs and other crime and violence reduction efforts. Health care is another top priority for Jamila who shares her home with her mother and sibling, both of whom live with chronic illness. Too many seniors and low income residents are having to choose between life saving medication or having somewhere to sleep at night. Jamila will bring these voices - and her legal expertise - to the table to address our shared concerns around affordable housing, public safety, and health care.

    DONATE TO JAMILA TAYLOR

     

    Kirsten Harris-Talley

    Kirsten Harris-Talley
    37th LD State Representative
    Position 2

     

    Kirsten Harris-Talley is a mother, educator, wife, and neighbor in the 37th Legislative District. She currently serves as the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington where she leads over 35,000 members to take action and win on issues of reproductive freedom for women and their families in Washington State. Politically, she has worked to build the political power of women across Washington State for over a decade. In her capacity as Political and Program Director at Progress Alliance, she managed their granting portfolio which funded a variety of political organizations dedicated to the advancement of diverse political candidates including women. She also was a founding board member of SURGE Reproductive Justice and has helped pass several statewide laws advancing women's rights. Kirsten will continue to champion issues of equity, gender justice, and reproductive justice as State Representative for the 37th Legislative District.

    DONATE TO KIRSTEN HARRIS-TALLEY

    April Berg

    April Berg
    44th  LD State Representative
    Position 2
    Dual Endorsement

    April Berg and her family have lived in the local community for over 20 years and currently live in the city of Mill Creek. Ms. Berg is a Director on the Everett School Board and a Planning Commissioner for the City of Mill Creek. She also serves as a Trustee of for the Seattle Children's Theatre and is a member of the Snohomish County Juvenile Justice Cultural Competency Committee. April Berg is a former member of the Edmonds School Board and served on the Everett School District Capital Bond Planning Committee. Ms. Berg is a former small business owner and a former program manager for a large aerospace company. As an African American woman, Ms. Berg will bring a perspective of inclusion to the legislature. She has worked collaboratively with many diverse groups, including communities of color, people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, first-generation college students and the LGBTQ+ community.

    DONATE TO APRIL BERG

    Debra Entenman

    Debra Entenman
    47th  LD State Representative
    Position 1

    Debra Entenman has dedicated her career to serving our South King County communities. She grew up in Rainier Vista, a low-income housing project in Seattle. Debra was fortunate to be surrounded by powerful women and a supportive community that motivated her to aspire for more. As a non-traditional college student and a mother of two, she first received a B.A. in Political Science from Seattle University and then went to Highline Community College years later. From watching her mother continue her education to become a teacher to having mentors who taught her about racial injustice, education has played a pivotal role in shaping the person that she is today as well as her politics. She analyzes every decision through the lens of a mother, women of color, and as a constituent of the district. She brings the experience necessary to ensure that all of our voices are heard in Olympia. Debra is very proud to have been endorsed by the National Women's Political Caucus.

    DONATE TO DEBRA ENTENMAN
    JUDICIAL POSITIONS  

    Helen Whitener

    G. Helen Whitener
    State Supreme Court
    Position 6

    Justice G. Helen Whitener is a former Pierce County Superior Court judge, Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals judge and Pro-tem judge in the Pierce County District Court and Tacoma Municipal Court. She is also a former prosecutor and defense attorney. Justice Whitener was the 2019 recipient of the WSBA’s C.Z. Smith Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award, the King County Washington Women Lawyers President Award and the Seattle University School of Law Woman of the Year Award. In 2018 she received the Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers Woman of the Year Award. Justice Whitener is the first Black woman to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court and is co-chair of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission. She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges, the National Association of Women Judges and is a judicial member of the Washington Women Lawyers Association.

    DONATE TO G. HELEN WHITENER

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


    Volunteers

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


  • published 2020 Endorsements in Our 2021 Endorsements 2020-03-04 14:10:19 -0800

    Our 2020 Endorsements

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


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


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


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


    SHORTCUT TO ENDORSEMENTS BY POSITION

    CONGRESSIONAL POSITIONS

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

    STATEWIDE POSITIONS

    LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS

    COUNTY POSITIONS

    JUDICIAL POSITIONS

     

    CONGRESSIONAL POSITIONS    
         

    Suzan Delbene

    Suzan DelBene
    U.S House
    1st Congressional District

    See her in the General Election!

    Carolyn Long

    Carolyn Long
    U.S. House
    3rd Congressional District

    See her in the General Election!

    Rebecca Parson

    Rebecca Parson
    U.S. House
    6th Congressional District

     

    Pramila Jayapal

    Pramila Jayapal
    U.S. House
    7th Congressional District

    See her in the General Election!

    Kim Schrier

    Kim Schrier
    U.S. House
    8th Congressional District

    See her in the General Election!

    Nancy Slotnick

    Nancy Slotnick
    U.S. House
    10th Congressional District

     

    Marilyn Strickland

    Marilyn Strickland
    U.S. House
    10th Congressional District

    See her in the General Election!

     

     

       
    STATEWIDE POSITIONS  

    Hilary Franz

    Hilary Franz
    Commissioner of Public Lands

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State – from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. Commissioner Franz is committed to ensuring our public lands are healthy and productive, and she is committed to creating stronger economic opportunities in communities throughout the state. Prior to becoming Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary led a non-profit organization, served as the youngest city council member of Bainbridge Island, and was a Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate attorney for 20 years. Hilary has worked tirelessly to improve the economic, social and environmental outcomes of communities throughout the state. She has also worked to increase more women in leadership in law, politics and executive roles. She graduated from Smith College and holds a JD from Northeastern University.

    Pat McCarthy

    Pat (Patrice) McCarthy
    Washington State Auditor

    Look for her in the General Election!

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

    Gael Tarleton

    Gael Tarleton
    Secretary of State

    Look for her in the General Election!

    State Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard) is running for Secretary of State. House Finance Chair and previously Port of Seattle Commission President, Tarleton holds an M.A. in Government and National Security Studies and a B.S. in Foreign Service, cum laude, from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. In the 1980s, she was a senior defense intelligence analyst at the Pentagon. In the 1990s, she led international teams of scientists and engineers at a Fortune 300 technology corporation to implement U.S. technology programs in Russia and Ukraine. in the 2000s, Tarleton returned to public service to help faculty and students pursue research gifts and grants at the University of Washington while holding elected office. She has blazed trails for women throughout her career. She was only the third woman elected Port of Seattle Commissioner and has held leadership positions in the State House since 2016. Tarleton will fight to protect every woman's right to vote and ensure every vote counts.

    LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS  

    Davina Duerr

    Davina Duerr
    1st LD State Representative
    Position 1

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Davina Duerr graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and works at a local architecture firm. Her community involvement includes serving on Bothell’s Landmark Preservation Board and Vice President of the Northshore Schools Foundation Board. In 2016 she was elected to the Bothell City Council. Davina served on the Domestic Violence Initiative Task Force. Her House committees include Transportation, Local Gov. and Consumer Protection and Business. Davina believes that the best way to advocate for women is to show them what’s possible, lift them up and to support them in their goals. She enthusiastically supports Bothell’s new Diversity and Inclusion staff committee promoting the hiring of women and minorities. She actively seeks out women for city boards and commissions as well as city council. Her record in the last legislative session shows strong support of women and minorities with votes for the Office of Equity, the sexual health education bill.

    Ann Marie Danimus

    Ann Marie Danimus
    4th LD State Senator

    Ann Marie Danimus is a graduate of WSU with a BA in Communications. A long time volunteer for campaigns and issue-based referendums, this is her first campaign for office as Senator 4th LD. Ann Marie owns a small marketing and business development firm and is the founder, Executive Director and resident filmmaker for a non-profit, Stubborn Girl Fund 4 Arts & Education, 501(c)3, which produces art that educates the public on social issues. She has completed a film on DV and a film about sexual assault recovery is in the works. Ann Marie's lifetime volunteer work started at 12 years old. In her 20s she was awarded the "Washington Cares for Children Community Service Award" for her work including her platform for tolerance, "Reducing Stereotypes by Celebrating Diversity". Ann Marie will bring women's issues to the forefront of EVERY policy idea to be inclusive from inception. Not only a "watchdog" for equality in policy creation, she will work to correct current problems in the system.

    Lori Feagan

    Lori Feagan
    4th LD State Representative
    Position 1

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Lori Feagan, pronouns she/her. Lori has has lived in the Spokane Valley area for nearly 40 years. She began her nursing career in 1985. She is a graduate of Spokane Community College and Washington State University, and is a Nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioner. After 18 years in critical care nursing, since 2009 she has provided primary care to geriatric patients, specializing in Internal Medicine. She was a key organizer for the 2017 Spokane Women+s March, which led to her involvement in Emerge Washington, and to collaborate and volunteer with local non-profits that focus on social justice, reproductive rights, and serving homeless and high-risk women and youth in the Spokane community. She is an elected PCO and has been involved in her county and local Democratic organizations. She is committed to continuing her advocacy for marginalized and disenfranchised communities, and to represent her entire district unconditionally.

    Ingrid Anderson

    Ingrid Anderson
    5th LD State Senator

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Ingrid Anderson who grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley, is a working mom and community advocate. Ingrid pursued her nursing degree at Bellevue College where she obtained her associates degree. She then went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree in nursing at University of Washington and is currently near completion of her master’s degree where she will become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Ingrid has specialized as an emergency room nurse, a mental health nurse and a sexual assault nurse examiner. As the Vice Chair of the Washington State Nurses Association PAC Board of trustees Ingrid has helped to educate the public and lawmakers on issues facing our healthcare system and create meaningful change. Ingrid plans on bringing these experiences as a mother, a nurse and community advocate to bring positive change and a fresh perspective to Olympia. In Olympia she will be a fierce advocate for women’s issues, affordable childcare, healthcare, workers’ rights and our environment.

    Lisa Callan

    Lisa Callan
    5th LD State Representative
    Position 2

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Lisa Callan currently serves as a Washington State Representative from the 5th Legislative District which includes Issaquah, North Bend and Maple Valley. She serves on the Human Services & Early Learning Committee (Vice-Chair), the Capital Budget Committee, the Education Committee. Before her election as State Representative, Lisa served two terms on the Issaquah School District Board of Directors, including as board president. She has been an active classroom volunteer and has held numerous civic and PTSA leadership roles. She is active with the Volunteers for Issaquah Schools, 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 her son in the Issaquah Highlands.

    Shir Regev

    Shir Regev
    8th LD State Representative
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    Veteran. Hanford Technician. Union member. Shir Regev was born and raised in the Tri-Cities and attended WSU Pullman. After college, she joined the Peace Corps in Namibia followed by nearly 10 years in the U.S. Navy. She served as a satellite and submarine communication systems specialist, exiting as a Petty Officer Second Class (Surface Warfare). A civilian once again, she now works as a Radiological Control Technician at Hanford and occasionally runs marathons. Shir's time in the Navy did more to make her appreciate the sacrifices of our women and men in uniform and strengthened her resolve to fight for economic and social justice. Her opponent has done nothing to help our district. He openly and vocally supports separating our state into two, creating a new one called Liberty. He has voted against healthcare access for women, resources for our children, higher education funding, first responders and even funding for our roads.

    Helen Price Johnson

    Helen Price Johnson
    10th LD State Senator

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    Helen Price Johnson grew up on Whidbey Island, earned her Administration and Legal Processes degree from Mills College in Oakland CA. She and husband Dave raised their four children there. She is a 3rd generation small business owner on Whidbey. Helen has spent her adult life in service to her community. She was twice-elected and served as chair of the South Whidbey School District. In 2008. Helen made history by becoming the first woman elected to the Board of Island County Commissioners. She has prioritized the protection of our island's natural resources and quality of life. She has supported a vibrant economy and affordable housing for families. Helen is past president of the WA State Association of Counties and currently on the Boards of Island Transit, Island Transit Policy Board and the Whidbey Community Foundation. Helen is a proven leader, works in a bi-partisan manner, and will support local communities and local government as a member of the Washington State Senate.

    Angie Homola

    Angie Homola
    10th LD State Representative
    Position 1
    Dual Endorsement

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    Angie and her family moved to Whidbey Island in the 10th LD in 1997. As an architect and former carpenter, laborer, machinist, and Island County Commissioner Angie understands and has adopted policies to help women succeed by ensuring workplace equality and wages, women owned company contracts, reproductive and gender rights, and paid family leave. She’s volunteered in classrooms, and helped advance higher education for young women. Angie has a proven track record of getting things done for the common good by fighting for what is right vs. settling for what is easy. That’s how she brought transparency to Island County government, and maintained public and mental healthcare services for vulnerable citizens. Angie will continue to support women and marginalized populations and will stand up to unethical efforts to undermine elections and democracy. She will bring energy, compassion, and effectiveness to this office, and would be honored to serve you in Olympia. See: AngieForAll.com

    Suzanne Woodard

    Suzanne Woodard
    10th LD State Representative
    Position 1
    Dual Endorsement

    Suzanne Woodard is a 38-year neonatal nurse, educator, and mom. As a nurse for three decades, Suzanne has worked in local hospitals delivering thousands of babies, and caring for new moms, military families, and seniors through the north Puget Sound region. One of a few people trained in neonatal resuscitation in Washington State, she now trains doctors, nurses, and other health care workers in critical neonatal care and other specialized services for newborns, skills desperately needed in rural hospitals and other communities far from major care facilities. The daughter of local school and city bus drivers, Suzanne’s parents were union members who worked hard and were able to get ahead, and give their own six kids a better future. Suzanne’s five brothers have gone on to serve in the military. Woodard lives in rural South Whidbey with her husband, an employee of the South Whidbey School District. Together, they have 6 adult children and 3 grandchildren.

    Adrianne Moore

    Adrianne Moore
    12th LD State Representative
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    Adrianne Moore grew up in a working-class family on a farm and in small towns across the state. She's committed her entire career to ensuring all families have a chance to build a better life. Moore was a young mom at twenty and worked her way through college as a night manager at a shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. Moore brought learnings from the shelter and her own life with her when she returned to rural Eastern Washington and took a position as the sole staff member at a local nonprofit. For over a decade, she helped it become what it is today: a community leader and critical resource for those seeking social and health services. Following devastating wildfires, she helped lead the recovery effort for over two years. Rural areas like hers are struggling, she seeks to build a future for working families across her district. Moore has a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Washington; she and her family live in rural Winthrop, WA.

    Danielle Garbe Reser

    Danielle Garbe Reser
    16th LD State Senator

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    Danielle Garbe Reser is a proud American, community builder, farmer's wife, and candidate for State Senate in the 16th LD. Her first day serving our country as a diplomat was September 10, 2001. She spent nearly 14 years in the Foreign Service with assignments in Indonesia and Lebanon and tours in the U.S. Senate, National Security Council, and U.S. Department of Energy. Originally from Moses Lake, Washington, Danielle returned to Walla Walla in 2015 as Chief Executive Officer of Sherwood Trust, where she won awards for her rural philanthropy advocacy. Danielle is a graduate of Whitman College and has a masters in public administration from Columbia University. She is part of Emerge Washington, which trains Democratic women candidates. From the Situation Room to the board room, Danielle has the leadership qualities and experience to represent her region. She will bring common sense, community-driven solutions that help women, workers, families, veterans, and our vulnerable neighbors.

    Frances Chvatal

    Frances Chvatal
    16th LD State Representative
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    In a 37 year career as a Registered Nurse, Frances has listened to thousands of people, she will listen to you. Frances was born in Walla Walla, raised on a farm in Touchet, and attended WSU, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree - Nursing in 1983. The next 10 years were spent working in direct patient care. In 1993, returning to Walla Walla, she continued her career in health care at Providence St Mary Medical Center as a clinical nurse leader for 22 years and quality analyst for 4 years (a position she maintains). She has served on the St. Mary Community Ministry Board since 2015, three years on the City of Walla Walla Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Council and volunteered her time at the warming center during winters. Walla Walla is where Frances was born, raised her daughters, buried her parents and lived happily. She believes that she can faithfully represent the people of this district and invest in the basic services of government and provide them judicially.

    Carly Coburn

    Carly Coburn
    16th LD State Representative
    Position 2

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    Carly Coburn is a life long Washingtonian and grew up in Camas and Vancouver in Clark County. Carly dropped out of high school right after turning 16, because she was needed at home to help care for her grandma. She later received her GED in November of 2006. After turning 18 Carly became an officially trained caregiver for her grandma. Carly lived in College Place for a year and eventually found a true home in Pasco. In 2017 Carly discovered the active political and activist communities growing in the Tri-Cities. Carly first began advocating for the rights of women within her own household, and fought to fine a voice within an anti-choice family. Later, in the work that she has done in the Tri-Cities and 16th LD she has always worked for equitable representation and fight for the rights of women. Carly is currently volunteering for a mutual-aid network set up within the Tri-Cities to help undocumented and mix documented families.

    Tanisha Harris

    Tanisha Harris
    17th LD State Representative
    Position 1

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

    Donna Sinclair

    Donna Sinclair
    18th LD State Representative
    Position 2

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

    Marianna Everson

    Marianna Everson
    19h LD State Representative
    Position 1

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    Marianna Everson is running for state representative to ensure that this is a place where everybody thrives. As a nurse, mother, union member, and progressive Democrat, she understands the unique challenges of Timber Country. She will stand with the people of Washington to fight for good-paying jobs, universal healthcare, affordable housing, fully-funded public education, clean environment, tribal sovereignty, and fair taxation – without the help of corporate PAC funding or corporate special interest donations.

    Lillian Ortiz-Self

    Lillian Ortiz-Self
    21st LD State Representative
    Position 2

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    Lillian has a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Counseling from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She has worked across child serving systems. Her job experiences include: twenty five years working across child serving systems such as: mental health, child welfare and education where she has advocated for children and families. She has extensive clinical practice serving children and youth with a range of emotional disorders and their families. Lillian also works as a School Counselor and has served as a State Representative for the 21st LD for six years. She is the Deputy Chair of the Majority Caucus and serves on the Education, Early Learning and Human Services and Transportation committees.

    Laurie Dolan

    Laurie Dolan
    22nd LD State Representative
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    Laurie Dolan grew up in Spokane, graduating from Lewis & Clark High School in 1970. She received her Bachelors from the University of Washington in 1973, majoring in English and Elementary Education. Moving back to Spokane, she began teaching first grade at Bancroft Elementary, the lowest socio-economic school in Spokane in 1973 (97% free lunch). Her 30 year career included teaching first grade, teaching special ed, supervising special ed personnel, and ultimately supervising school principals and special programs for 20 years. Along the way she earned a Masters in Special Education, a PhD in Organizational Leadership, and Superintendent's Credentials from Gonzaga University. In 2005, Laurie was hired by Governor Chris Gregoire to move to Olympia and become her Director of Policy, a position she held for 4 years. Following a second stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma, Laurie ran for State Representative, 22nd LD, where she has served for 4 years.

    Mary Ellen Biggerstaff

    Mary Ellen Biggerstaff
    22nd LD State Representative
    Position 2
    Triple Endorsement

    Despite growing up in Thurston County with economic instability, I received an excellent public education. Thanks to generous scholarships, I attended Mt. Holyoke College. Then my husband and I moved back to Thurston County to put down roots and raise our four children amongst our family. I have always possessed a deep desire to be of service to others, especially in times of crisis, and this aspiration was what led me to the medical field. While holding down a full-time nursing position and raising my children, I pursued my Masters and Doctorate in Nursing and will finish a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley this summer. In addition to my clinic work, I am an Assistant Professor of Nursing, serve on state and national boards, publish and present academically. My life’s work has been caring for people in their most vulnerable moments by listening with compassion so I can respond effectively. Running for office and advocating for the most vulnerable people is my next step.

    Jessica Bateman

    Jessica Bateman
    22nd LD State Representative
    Position 2
    Triple Endorsement

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    First elected in 2015, Jessica currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Olympia. She has over a decade of experience in the public health policy and legislative affairs. Jessica earned her graduate degree in public administration from The Evergreen State College. She has been a progressive champion of affordable housing and civil rights on council. She led the Home Fund campaign, a historical affordable housing measure in the south Puget Sound and sponsored Olympia’s Sanctuary City Resolution. She works as a health policy analyst representing Washington’s community health centers. In that role she works to ensure all Washingtonians have access to quality healthcare regardless of their ability to pay. She has worked as a union organizer for homecare workers, legislative aide to former Rep. Chris Reykdal, and Community Impact Director for The United Way of Thurston County.

    Glenda Breiler

    Glenda Breiler
    22nd LD State Representative
    Position 2
    Triple Endorsement

    Glenda Breiler is a Washington tribal member, social worker, educator, and environmentalist. Glenda has dedicated her career to creating pathways to opportunity, which is shown in her work as the Managing Director of the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at the Evergreen State College. Her vision is to build the Longhouse as a community center and learning environment that increases accessibility for students of all cultures to feel welcome and gather. Likewise, she served as the MESA Director for the Edmonds Community College, researcher at the UW, and Deputy Director for WIGA. Glenda earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in human services Western Washington University. She serves as a member of People of Color, Candidates and Campaigns (POC), board member for Evergreen Council for Problem Gambling; community organizer for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman; and is a community organizer for Annual Women's March.

    Christine Rolfes

    Christine Rolfes
    23rd LD State Senator

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    In addition to being the State Senator for the 23rd Legislative District, Christine is a wife and mother of two college-aged daughters and lives with her husband on Bainbridge Island. Christine earned an MPA from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs, and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia. With a background in both economics and environmental policy, for the past 25 years Christine has consistently worked to bring together diverse points of view to create viable, common-sense solutions for communities. Prior to being elected to the Legislature in 2006, Christine was twice elected to the Bainbridge Island City Council. She is currently the Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and has played a pivotal role in the legislature advocating for K-12 education funding, behavioral health reforms, and environmental protection and climate change reduction.

    Leslie Daugs

    Leslie Daugs
    23rd LD State Representative
    Position 1
    Dual Endorsement

    Leslie Daugs is in her 4th term as the Councilwomen for the City of Bremerton. Like many first generation Filipinos, Leslie’s parents moved to Bremerton because of the Navy. She was born and raised in Bremerton, WA. Leslie, and her husband Daryl, have three children and two grand children. She ran a before and after-school program for kids, has been a foster parent in this community, plays soccer four to five times a week at Pendergast Park, and is a Campus Security Officer for the Bremerton School District. Leslie has spoken up for injustice against women within the work place, within the community , and nation wide. She will continue to speak up, and knows the importance of standing with women as she has seen women get treated unfairly within work as well as herself.

    Tarra Simmons

    Tarra Simmons
    23rd LD State Representative
    Position 1
    Dual Endorsement

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    Tarra Simmons is an Attorney and the Director of the Civil Survival Project at the Public Defender Association in Seattle, WA. CSP advances the rights of the formerly incarcerated through organizing, leadership development, legislative advocacy and direct legal services. Ms. Simmons has been appointed by Governor Inslee to both the Statewide Reentry Council and the Public Defense Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Legal Services Corporation Emerging Leaders Council, the Washington State Criminal Sentencing Task Force, and on the Board of Directors for the Economic Opportunity Institute and the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. She is a 2018 JustLeadership USA Fellow, and was recently honored with the WACDL Champion of Justice, the YWCA Woman of Achievement award, and the US Senator Patty Murray Golden Tennis Shoe. She speaks frequently on issues relating to access to justice, criminal justice, sentencing and prison reform.

    Julie Door

    Julie Door
    25th LD State Senate

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    Julie Door is a life-long, active member of the Puyallup community and current Mayor of Puyallup. As Mayor, she has rebuilt relationships between the city and the school district and between the city and our first responders. Julie cares deeply about her community and has built a reputation for being responsive, fighting for kids and families and standing up for workers. Julie has worked hard to protect our neighborhoods from unregulated halfway houses for sex offenders. Protecting kids and families has been her top priority on the Puyallup City Council and now her objective is to work collaboratively with colleagues in Olympia to move the 25th LD forward. Julie believes the 25th District deserves Democratic representation – someone who will go to Olympia and fight to rebuild our economy, protect workers, and create jobs. She also cares about safeguarding our communities by expanding access to health care, investing in public safety and fully funding education.

    Jamie Smith

    Jamie Smith
    25th LD State Representative
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    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 has served her community for 16 years as an educator, assistant 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 a 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 Smith will use the skills she has developed to fight for our women and families down in Olympia.

    Joy Stanford

    Joy Stanford
    26th LD State Representative
    Position 2

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    As a fresh face in politics, Joy Stanford is well positioned to capitalize on national and local trends pushing for new representation and innovative ideas. Stanford is a Community Outreach Specialist for Shared Housing Services -- connecting people facing housing insecurity with real solutions and resources -- and a substitute teacher in the Peninsula School District. She is a champion for creating a diverse and equitable environment for all Washingtonians. As a woman of color from a working family, Stanford is dedicated to ensuring income equality and proper access to education for everyone in the 26th Legislative District and across the state. Her priorities include progressive healthcare, education, and transportation legislation to push the 26th district into the future. A fierce advocate and dedicated community member, Joy Stanford is ready to take your voices to Olympia and fight for our shared values.

    Jeannie Darnelle

    Jeannie Darnelle
    27th LD State Senate

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    Jeannie Darneille came to the political arena after over 30 years experience in the non-profit sector, where she directed social service agencies addressing HIV/AIDS, food insecurity, homelessness, adult basic education, immigrant rights, homecare services, and women's rights. She started volunteering 50 years ago in the women's movement, anti-war movement, LGBTQ rights efforts, and many more. She maintains that advocacy today, adding work on environmental and justice issues. First elected in 2000, she served 12 years in the WA House of Representatives from the 27th District in Tacoma. She weathered a costly race in 2012 for the Senate seat when an anti-choice, anti-marriage equality Democratic candidate self-funded a $1.3 million campaign against her. Jeannie's background includes growing up in a military family. She has a BA from Western Washington University and a M.Ed. from Colorado State University. She has been described as being "as tough as a 50-cent steak". She is.

    Laurie Jinkins

    Laurie Jinkins
    27th LD State Representative
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    Laurie Jinkins has represented the most of the city of Tacoma and Ruston (27th LD) since 2010. She's a native Midwesterner who earned her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law. Jinkins also completed executive studies at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She has consistently pursued social justice, advocating for a woman's right to choose, working to end domestic violence, promoting a sane immigration policy, encouraging living wages, ending climate change, and assuring that LGBTQ people and people of color are able to fully participate in society. Some of her legislative priorities include improving our schools ad health care, fixing our mental health care system, protecting Washington's anti-discrimination laws, addressing homelessness, improving housing availability and quality, addressing disproportionality in all our systems, consumer protection and helping working families.

    Mari Leavitt

    Mari Leavitt
    28th LD State Representative
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    Mari Leavitt grew up in a military family moving frequently in her youth. Representative Leavitt graduated high school in Tacoma, Washington 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. Leavitt and her husband have several children, and own an orthodontics practice. Elected in 2018 to the position of State Representative in the 28th legislative district, Leavitt prioritizes putting students first, providing behavioral health services and strengthening the social safety-net, creating jobs and investing in our future, and holding the government fiscally accountable. She continues to support local communities and represent the voices of her constituents.

    Twina Nobles

    T'wina Nobles
    28th LD State Senator

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    T’wina Nobles is the President and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League, an elected University Place School Board Director, and the Founder of Ladies First, an in-school program dedicated to empowering young women. With over 15 years of experience as an instructor, mentor, and community leader, T’wina is running for State Senate to expand upon her work advocating for equity and justice in our communities. Once elected, T’wina will use the tools of legislation to continue to fight for inclusive schools, non-discrimination, and equitable opportunities for women and girls. That said, T'wina is not waiting to be elected to be a champion for women. Under T'wina's leadership at the Tacoma Urban League, the TUL has added childbirth and doula services to its programming. In her service on the school board, T'wina has partnered with YWCA and Planned Parenthood to provide a curriculum on healthy relationships, consent, what choice regarding sexual health means, and how to access resources.

    Melanie Morgan

    Melanie Morgan
    29th LD State Representative
    Position 1

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    Representative Melanie Morgan was a school board director for Franklin Pierce SD, a commissioner on the board of the Pierce County Housing Authority, a safe housing coordinator, member of Tacoma Affordable Housing Consortium, a board member for Community Healthcare, and a mortgage banker. She is a veteran and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of Housing, Community Development & Veterans, Capital Budget, Commerce & Gaming, and Rules committees, and is the Deputy Majority Floor Leader. She was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the Equity Task Force. She has led the way on equity issues and plans to continue these efforts as she runs for re-election. Representative Morgan knows the struggle of the people in her community because she has lived it. She has been homeless and a recipient of Section 8 housing and food stamps. She will continue to fight for those who have been marginalized by polices that were instituted to support those at the top. She is the voice of the 29th.

    Sharlett Mena

    Sharlett Mena
    29th LD State Representative
    Position 2

    Sharlett Mena is Special Assistant to the Director of the Washington Department of Ecology. In her role, Sharlett leads statewide strategies to protect Washington’s natural resources. Sharlett was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University. She has since worked in federal and state government. While working in the U.S. Congress, Sharlett led a bilingual outreach effort that helped thousands of Americans get healthcare for the first time under the Affordable Care Act. While working in the State Senate, she worked to expand language access to the state policy, and supported passage of landmark state policies like the Washington Voting Rights Act. While working for Governor Inslee, Sharlett helped lead coordinated responses to protect Washingtonians from harmful policies like family separation and drastic cuts to food stamps. Sharlett is a proud resident of South Tacoma where she is active in the 29th District Democrats.

    Jamila Taylor

    Jamila Taylor
    30th LD State Representative
    Position 1

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    Jamila Taylor is a small business owner and victim rights advocate with an extensive record of volunteer service in the Puget Sound. She will bring a needed voice for women, seniors, youth and other vulnerable populations in the criminal justice system to Olympia. As the former Statewide Advocacy Counsel for Northwest Justice Project, Jamila managed a network of legal aid attorneys assisting domestic violence survivors and other crime victims. She has worked locally and regionally on youth intervention programs and other crime and violence reduction efforts. Health care is another top priority for Jamila who shares her home with her mother and sibling, both of whom live with chronic illness. Too many seniors and low income residents are having to choose between life saving medication or having somewhere to sleep at night. Jamila will bring these voices - and her legal expertise - to the table to address our shared concerns around affordable housing, public safety, and health care.

    Katie Young

    Katie Young
    31st LD State Representative
    Position 1

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    Working in the arts as a freelance Director and Stage Manager for over a decade, Katie’s work combines creative problem solving, efficient use of finances, and collaboration to achieve results. She is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association union where she serves on the Stage Manager and Member Education Committees. She graduated from New York University's Gallatin School with a BA in Individualized Study concentrating in Theater, Business, and Genocide Studies. Professionally, she has invested her time in mentoring young women beginning their careers in the arts. Katie believes in equity in government policy and will fight to increase opportunity, safety, and support for women in Washington. We must support universal healthcare with strict protections of reproductive and trans rights, access to affordable childcare and quality education, affordable housing, and worker's rights including family and safe leave.

    Cindy Ryu

    Cindy Ryu
    32nd LD State Representative
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    Rep. Cindy Ryu has lived in North Seattle, Shoreline, Lynnwood and Edmonds, 4 of 6 cities of 32nd Legislative District since 1976 and raised 3 children who attended Edmonds and Shoreline Schools. She has extensive work history since she was 12 years old, including nursing assistant, medical transcriptionist, Management Systems Analyst/Records Manager for City of Seattle, Allstate Insurance Agent, Shoreline City Councilmember and Mayor. Rep. Ryu chairs the Housing, Community Development and Veterans Committee. She received both an MBA and BS in Microbiology from UW. Both at her Presbyterian church and in raising two daughters, Rep. Ryu has advocated for women's leadership development and building capacity.

    Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

    Mia Su-Ling Gregerson
    33rd LD State Representative
    Position 2

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    Mia was born in Taiwan in the early 1970's and was brought to Washington by her adopted parents who were living on the air force base in Taipei. She grew up in South King county and raised her daughter Alexis who now lives in Portland Oregon. Prior to serving in Olympia she was a council member and the former Mayor for the city of SeaTac. Mia was appointment to the House of Representatives in 2013 and currently serves as Chair of the State Government and Tribal Relations committee and serves as a committee member on Transportation and Labor and Workforce Standards. Mia enjoys spending time hiking and hanging out with friends when she is back from serving in Olympia.

    Eileen Cody

    Eileen Cody
    34th LD State Representative
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    After growing up on the family farm in Iowa Eileen attended college in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating with an Associate degree in Nursing from the College of St Mary and then a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Creighton University. After graduation she made the move to Seattle and started working as a staff nurse at Group Health Cooperative (now Kaiser Permanente) from which she recently retired. At Group Health she was on the original organizing committee and became the first treasurer of the nurse’s union there, 1199NW- SEIU. After 10 years of working to grow the union and advancing the rights of nurses she ran for the Washington State House of Representatives. She has served in the House since 1994 and has been the chair of the House Health and Wellness committee for 22 years. During that time she has worked to provide access to health care for all Washingtonians, and focused on improving the state’s behavioral health and long term care systems.

    Darcy Huffman

    Darcy Huffman
    35th LD State Representative
    Position 2

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    Darcy Huffman grew up in a Union home near Snohomish. She is a wife, mom, grandmother, and a life-long Democrat. Her professional experience includes more than 20 years in retail bank management, as well as almost 10 years as the Administrator of a large Lutheran Church. Darcy is known by her coworkers as a problem solver, a collaborator and an advocate for social justice. As a Representative she will use these skills to help state government, commercial businesses and non-profits work together to improve the lives of the families in the 35th LD. Her economic development plans include revising the Growth Management Act to allow for residential and business development while protecting the beauty of our rural community, improving broadband access everywhere and revising our healthcare system to better meet the needs of patients, doctors, nurses, clinics and hospitals. She has lived with her husband and family in Thurston County for 20 years and enjoys travel, photography and gardening.

    Noel Frame

    Noel Frame
    36th LD State Representative
    Position 1

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

    Liz Berry

    Liz Berry
    36th LD State Representative
    Position 2

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    Liz Berry is a working mom, nonprofit executive director, and champion for women in leadership. She is running for the State House of Representatives in the 36th Legislative District. Liz serves as Executive Director of the Washington State Association for Justice, the oldest and largest civil justice advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. She is the former Legislative Director to U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona. Liz is the past President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington and has served on the boards of numerous organizations dedicated to recruiting women into leadership positions. More about Liz here: lizberry.com.

    Sharon Tomiko Santos

    Sharon Tomiko Santos
    37th LD State Representative
    Position 1

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

    Kirsten Harris-Talley

    Kirsten Harris-Talley
    37th LD State Representative
    Position 2

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    Kirsten Harris-Talley is a mother, educator, wife, and neighbor in the 37th Legislative District. She currently serves as the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington where she leads over 35,000 members to take action and win on issues of reproductive freedom for women and their families in Washington State. Politically, she has worked to build the political power of women across Washington State for over a decade. In her capacity as Political and Program Director at Progress Alliance, she managed their granting portfolio which funded a variety of political organizations dedicated to the advancement of diverse political candidates including women. She also was a founding board member of SURGE Reproductive Justice and has helped pass several statewide laws advancing women's rights. Kirsten will continue to champion issues of equity, gender justice, and reproductive justice as State Representative for the 37th Legislative District.

    Emily Wicks

    Emily Wicks
    38th LD State Representative
    Position 1

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    Emily Wicks was born and raised in the 38th Legislative District and currently serves as a State Representative in the Washington State Legislature. She is the President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington and is on the board of the Marysville YMCA and the Marysville School District Foundation. Emily is a graduate of WSU with degrees in political science and public relations. Prior experience includes Deputy Finance Director for the campaign to elect Gov. Jay Inslee, a legislative aide to then State Rep. and current Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, and the Communications and Community Relations Coordinator for the Marysville School District. Emily founded BOSSY LLC with the goal of creating "The Core", a co-working, retail and membership organization designed for and to support working women. She is dedicated to ensuring women have equal political representation and to helping elect pro-choice women. Emily lives in Everett with her partner James “Bubba” Day.

    Liz Lovelett

    Liz Lovelett
    40th LD State Senator

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    Liz Lovelett is an involved and dedicated leader in the 40th Legislative District. As a fifth generation Fidalgo Island resident and single mother of two spirited daughters, Liz is rooted and invested in her community and the future of our state. She served Anacortes as a city council member for five years and was appointed to the Washington State Senate in 2019. She currently serves on the Senate Transportation Committee where she is a leader on issues concerning the ferry system; the Local Government Committee where she is working on climate change, land use and the Growth Management Act; and is the Vice Chair of the Energy, Environment and Technology Committee. A frequent and passionate speaker at Women's Marches and reproductive rights rallies, she leads by example. She is an advocate for affordable housing and homeless services, environmental justice, public safety, and is a conduit between local and state government.

    Debra Lekanoff

    Debra Lekanoff
    40th LD State Representative
    Position 1

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    Representative Lekanoff has called Skagit Valley home for over 20 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. She’s a working mom who successfully passed a number of bills: protecting natural resources, safety for farmworkers, access to reproductive healthcare, strengthening law enforcement response to missing and murdered indigenous women, funding the Housing Trust Fund, and climate change. Today, she is working to ensure families have resources to protect everyone’s health and well-being during the pandemic. Debra will continue to set a broad table for stakeholder input while focusing on economic and community recovery, women and families, healthcare, and environmental health. She is proud to represent you and is endorsed by labor organizations including nurses, grocery store workers, teachers, NARAL, and the WA State Labor Council.

    Tara Senn

    Tana Senn
    41st  LD State Representative
    Position 1

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

    Lisa Wellman

    Lisa Wellman
    41st  LD State Senator

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    Senator Lisa Wellman was elected in 2016 after a career in technology including executive level positions in Fortune 100 companies. Lisa began as a school teacher but changed course becoming a systems analyst and programmer. Recruited by Apple Computer, her success led to her promotion as VP of worldwide creative markets. In the Senate, Lisa chairs the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee and serves on the Energy, Environment and Technology and Labor & Commerce committee. Also - Educational Opportunity Oversight and Accountability Committee, Mastery-based Learning Work Group, Women’s Commission, and the Tax Structure Workgroup. She’s Co-chair of Workforce of the Future for PNWER and a mentor for MBA candidates at the University of Washington. She earned a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Barat College and enjoys photography, travel, reading and bridge. She has two daughters and a grandson and resides on Mercer Island.

    My-Linh Thai

    My-Linh Thai
    41st  LD State Representative
    Position 2

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    My-Linh Thai successfully served her first term as State Representative for the 41st legislative district. Prior to elected in this position, she was elected to serve as Bellevue School Board President and Washington State School Board Directors Association Vice-President. My-Linh earned her degree in Pharmacy at the University of Washington school of pharmacy. She is an award-winning PTSA parent who has been committed to improving education, providing opportunities, and ensuring quality of life for Eastside families. My-Linh came to the United States with her family as a refugee from Vietnam at the age of 15. Being the first refugee elected to serve in the Washington State Legislature, she commits her work toward ensuring access to opportunities and lifting marginalized voices across Washington. My-Linh also commits to significant action in the issue of climate change, criminal justice reform, and equitable education system.

    Sharon Shewmake

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    Sharon Shewmake
    42nd  LD State Representative
    Position 2

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    Sharon Shewmake is a champion for things that impact her kids--addressing climate change and making sure that every kid has an opportunity to succeed by investing in early learning. She is an economics professor at Western Washington University and tries to bring the best available science, data and evidence into every decision she makes. She first for office in 2018, and has been honored to serve Whatcom County in the Washington State Legislature.

    Nicole Macri

    Nicole Macri
    43rd  LD State Representative
    Position 1

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    First elected to the State House in 2016, Nicole has been a legislative leader in protecting and expanding state investments in affordable housing, homelessness response, access to health care, and in enacting laws that protect 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, and completed a Certificate in Executive Leadership at Seattle University’s Albers School of Business. 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 received the Power Award from the Gender Justice League for her success in passing the Reproductive Health Access for All Act.

    Jessi Murray

    Jessi Murray
    43rd  LD State Representative
    Position 2

    Jessi Murray has been a community activist, leader, and volunteer for more than half of her life, particularly in the realms of reproductive justice, healthcare access, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. She strives to always make a positive impact on the world, especially for marginalized communities, and that has led her down a variety of unexpected paths, from attending a then-unaccredited Olin College of Engineering to working on open-source software facilitating HIV and cancer research. A native of Massachusetts, she's been a Seattle resident for 10 years, mostly on Capitol Hill. She is a Commissioner and recent co-chair of the Seattle LGBTQ Commission, a PCO and former Membership Chair with the 43rd LD Dems, and has worked on legislation such as the Reproductive Health Access for All Act on behalf of the Northwest Abortion Access Fund. She aims to continue elevating these issues of injustice as well as fighting for structural changes like a progressive tax structure and greater urgency around greater urgency around climate change solutions.

    April Berg

    April Berg
    44th  LD State Representative
    Position 2
    Dual Endorsement

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    April Berg and her family have lived in the local community for over 20 years and currently live in the city of Mill Creek. Ms. Berg is a Director on the Everett School Board and a Planning Commissioner for the City of Mill Creek. She also serves as a Trustee of for the Seattle Children's Theatre and is a member of the Snohomish County Juvenile Justice Cultural Competency Committee. April Berg is a former member of the Edmonds School Board and served on the Everett School District Capital Bond Planning Committee. Ms. Berg is a former small business owner and a former program manager for a large aerospace company. As an African American woman, Ms. Berg will bring a perspective of inclusion to the legislature. She has worked collaboratively with many diverse groups, including communities of color, people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, first generation college students and the LGBTQ+ community.

    Anne Anderson

    Anne Anderson
    44th  LD State Representative
    Position 2
    Dual Endorsement

    For the past 25 years Anne Anderson has been bettering the lives of those in need. A long time Lake Stevens resident, and a mother of three, Anne has worked to pass human services focused legislation at every level of government; including Breakfast After the Bell and hunger alleviation measures in the Farm bill. Anne is the former Executive Director of the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank where she championed access for all residents and dramatically increased capacity. Currently Anne serves as the Executive Director of Victim Support Services, the states largest crime victim advocacy nonprofit. In addition, Anne serves on numerous boards and committees including: Advisory Board - Seattle University School of Criminal Justice, Alumni Committee - Leadership Snohomish County, Office of Crime Victims Advocates Board, Human Services Executives Council, Economic Alliance Snohomish County, and the Washington Food Coalition. Anne looks forward to advocating for working families, access to affordable healthcare, and investment in human services.  

    Debra Entenman

    Debra Entenman
    47th  LD State Representative
    Position 1

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    Debra Entenman has dedicated her career to serving our South King County communities. She grew up in Rainier Vista, a low-income housing project in Seattle. Debra was fortunate to be surrounded by powerful women and a supportive community that motivated her to aspire for more. As a non-traditional college student and a mother of two, she first received a B.A. in Political Science from Seattle University and then went to Highline Community College years later. From watching her mother continue her education to become a teacher to having mentors who taught her about racial injustice, education has played a pivotal role in shaping the person that she is today as well as her politics. She analyzes every decision through the lens of a mother, women of color, and as a constituent of the district. She brings the experience necessary to ensure that all of our voices are heard in Olympia. Debra is very proud to have been endorsed by the National Women's Political Caucus.

    Vandana Slatter

    Vandana Slatter
    48th LD State Representative
    Position 1

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    Dr. Vandana Slatter is a former Bellevue City Councilmember, community leader, mom, and health professional. A Doctor of Pharmacy (UW), Vandana previously spent two decades in the biotech industry bringing parties together, making sense of complex information, and achieving safe and efficient solutions to best serve patients. Vandana earned her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington. A Foundation Board Member for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, she supported a woman's right to make reproductive choices. On the State Board of Pharmacy, she helped ensure women’s access to time-sensitive medication and emergency contraception. As a State Representative for the 48th LD, Vandana continues to support legislation advancing and protecting women's rights, such as the Equal Pay Opportunity Act and the Reproductive Parity Act, and, as 2020 STEM Legislator of the Year, has advocated for access to education and careers in science and technology for women and girls.

    Amy Walen

    Amy Walen
    48th LD State Representative
    Position 2

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    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.

    Annette Cleveland

    Annette Cleveland
    49th LD State Senator

     

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    Annette Cleveland serves as state senator representing the 49th Legislative District. Elected in November 2012, she has served two terms. In addition to her public service, Ms. Cleveland has over 37 years experience in advertising, communications, government affairs, community relations and strategic planning. Her career began at the Columbian newspaper in Advertising. She went on to enter Congressional service as staff to two different US Senators for over a decade, directed advocacy for the American Cancer Society, oversaw communications for the Chamber of Commerce and managed strategic planning for C-Tran. For the past 14 years, Annette led federal government affairs for Legacy Health. The Senator is a native of Vancouver, attended Clark College and Marylhurst University and is married with one grown daughter. She has actively advocated for social, political, legal and economic equal rights her entire career, and is most proud of sponsoring the Equal Pay Opportunity Act.

    Sharon Wylie

    Sharon Wylie
    49th LD State Representative
    Position 1

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    Sharon Wylie has more than 40 years of public service experience and advocacy for women’s rights. In the 70’s she organized sexual assault advocacy support work in two states. She continued to push for change as an HR professional and as a community leader. She served two terms in the Oregon Legislature in 1993-98. Before her appointment to the Washington legislature in 2011 she was a public sector lobbyist and lobbied for health, mental health, transportation and other issues of benefit to the public. She has volunteered for organizations that fight homelessness. Today she continues to advocate for women and push for a less regressive tax system. Sharon is vice chair of Transportation, serves in the Finance, Rules, and Innovation, Technology and Economic Development Committees. She also serves on the Washington State Arts Commission. She and her husband of 41 years have adult twin daughters and two grandchildren. Sharon is an enthusiastic hiker and oil painter.

    Monica Jurado Stonier

    Monica Jurado Stonier
    49th LD State Representative
    Position 2

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    Rep. Stonier sees public service as a calling and a responsibility. She serves as the House Majority Floor Leader and leads her caucus on key issues like labor and workers’ rights, public education, health care access, and financial literacy. She was the first person of color to serve in 17th and the 49th legislative districts in Clark County. Professionally, Monica works as an instructional coach in Evergreen Public Schools. She is focused on ensuring students who receive special services also have access to their legally protected experiences in the general education setting, and making sure they have the supports they need to be successful. Notables include passage of key pro-labor bills and mandating comprehensive sexual health education for all kids in Washington. She garnered bipartisan support for Breakfast After the Bell, de-linking passage of the state test for high school graduation, and expanding health care access in school based healthcare centers.

    COUNTY POSITIONS  

    Patti Morris

    Patti Morris
    Clallam Public Utility District 1 Commissioner 
    District 2

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Patti has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of utilities, including a 28 year career at Tucson Electric Power Company. She was Best of Pima College. Patti owns a small consulting business and is a Broker with JACE Real Estate. Patti has worked hard to be a leader in women's issues and movements. She has worked hard to be in traditionally male positions. She will work hard to advocate for women. The PUD Commission position has never been held by a women.

    Rosemary Siipola

    Rosemary Siipola
    Cowlitz County Commissioner
    District 1

    Rosemary Brinson Siipola is a 37-year resident of Cowlitz County. She & her husband Mark are the parents of three daughters. Rosemary graduated from North Carolina State University in Political Science in 1977 & continued her post-graduate studies at The University of Virginia, where she received a Masters in Planning in 1983. She has worked in economic and downtown development, transportation planning and project development for over 30 years. As an elected official in Kalama, she was instrumental in the city’s response to infrastructure destroyed in 2015 by catastrophic flooding. She served on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission between 2016-2019. Locally, she served on non-profits, including the Columbia Theatre, Red Hat Thrift Store, Envision Kalama & is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Lower Columbia College Foundation. She was Cowlitz County Democrat of the Year in 2018 & is Cowlitz County state committeewoman for the Washington Democratic Party.

    Kim Lehrman

    Kim Lehrman
    Franklin County Commissioner
    District 1

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    Agriculture Educator and FFA Advisor, 2000-2013. Taught Agriculture Science, Horticulture, Floriculture and Welding. Award recipient as Ag. Educator at building, district and state levels. Started Chiawana High School's FFA Chapter and Floral Shop 2009. Custom swathing, baling, and hay stacking 1984-2002.

    Kamiakin High graduate. Bachelors Degree, General Agriculture Science with a teaching certificate, Minor in Public Relations Washington State University-Pullman, 2000. Masters in Educational Leadership, Washington State University-Tri-Cities, 2006.

    Coached youth soccer and basketball for 10 seasons, PTO member and ATP Parent Chair, Pro-bond and Levy campaign member; Title 1 School Conference representative; PSD Community Builders; iMPACT! Compassion Center mentor.

    Jamie Nichols

    Jamie Nichols
    Grays Harbor County Commissioner
    District 1

    Look for her in the General Election!

    The perspective I bring is of Labor and a 36-year-old stay at home wife and mother who believes in a self sufficient life-style. Like many of you, I understand the farm and the home. This perspective is what is missing from the Commissioner’s office. It is an understanding which is critical to the area. I'm not afraid of hard work. I learned at a young age that if the wood is not chopped and stacked during the spring or summer, you can expect to be cold in the winter. I studied st Grays Harbor Community College while being a full time Mom, the Vice Chair of the Grays Harbor County Democrats, State Committee Woman, and still managed to get on Phi Theta Iota. I've always been the go to, when someone has a problem, they call me and it is fixed to the best of my ability or I know the proper resources to get the job done. Women are the future, we can handle more than what some members of society think we can. It is time to break the stereotypes, shatter the glass ceiling, Vote Female!

    Joanna Turner

    Joanna Turner
    Klickitat County Commissioner
    Position 1

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    Joanna Turner is running for District 1 Klickitat County Commissioner. She believes that everyone should have access to the resources they need to live a full and joyful life. Building community and sustainability are two of her priorities. Joanna is a staunch advocate for racial and ecological justice. She has completed Racial Justice trainer-the-trainer courses and leads workshops on white allyship. She is also a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate who spends her professional life empowering survivors. Joanna graduated from Hamline University with Bachelor Degrees in Philosophy and Women’s Studies. She has also completed a Permaculture Design Certificate, Master Recycler Program and Our Whole Lives instructor training. She is an entrepreneur who founded a buying club and a food co-op. She prioritizes paying the womyn who work for her janitorial business, more than a living wage. Joanna serves on her local community council and loves volunteering at the community garden.

    Stephenie Fe Mischo

    Stephenie "Fe" Mischo
    Island County Commissioner
    District 2

    Fe is a mother, military spouse and proud resident of Oak Harbor, WA. She has been advocating and volunteering for 5 years and sees where her skills can benefit her community. The work she has been doing locally has focused on those most vulnerable, the homeless and elderly. Her vision is inclusive and effective and benefits everyone not just a select few. She wants to invest in the environment, her community, and its residents. She wants to create workforce housing, renewable energy sources and wrap around services for those struggling with mental and behavioral health. She knows this can be accomplished with grants, state, local and federal funds, and with a community willing to help.

    Jane Van Dyke

    Jane Van Dyke
    Clark County Public Utilities Commissioner
    District 3

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    Jane Van Dyke is a native Washingtonian, growing up in Seattle and living in Vancouver almost forty years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law. She is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association. She attended the Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute at the UW. With over twenty years of experience in nonprofit management, she worked at Clark County Volunteer Lawyers and Bar Association, Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. Jane was first elected to the utility board in 1984. In 2002, she left for full-time employment. She was elected again in 2014. Jane is involved as a member and board member in a number of community organizations, including Vancouver Sunrise Rotary, Columbia Land Trust, Clark County League of Women Voters, Bridge the Gap for Foster Children, and EOCF-Headstart.

    Melanie Bacon

    Melanie Bacon
    Island County Commissioner
    District 1

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    Melanie Bacon has served as the Island County Human Resources Director since 2010, and has spent 27 years as a Human Resources leader for both private corporations and governmental agencies. She chaired a Planning Commission, and established, managed, and sold two small businesses. She served in U.S. Army Military Intelligence and was selected Soldier of the Month and Soldier of the Quarter for her battalion. Melanie minored in Women's Studies in the late 1970s when it was a brand-new field of study at the University of Minnesota, Morris (there was no Women's Studies major yet). As a young feminist she marched for Choice and for the Equal Rights Amendment, and chaired the Minnesota National Organization for Women State Conference. Melanie served on the board of the Region 4 Council on Domestic Violence in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, was a volunteer Prison Chaplain at the Shakopee Women’s Prison, and was a foster mother for troubled teenage girls. She is passionate about women's issues.

    Stacey Spencer Smith

    Stacey Spencer Smith
    Kitsap County Commissioner
    District 2

    I believe our local leaders should have a solid record of solving local problems, understanding our community’s needs, and demonstrating leadership to get things done for our community. My work experience is broad and demonstrates progressive leadership in Kitsap County, as well as Washington State. I have spent the last 25 years advocating for Kitsap County residents of all ages. I am currently the Director of Kitsap Aging and Long Term Care, where I am responsible for daily operations, direct and subcontracted services for older adults and younger adults with disabilities, their families and caregivers throughout Kitsap County. I know how our community works and how it can work better. I encourage a workplace of professional growth and welcome diversity. As Kitsap’s Junior Commissioner, I promise to instill a culture of listening to others, valuing different perspectives, and mentoring for all women.

    Katie Haven

    Katie Haven
    Okanogan County Commissioner
    District 2

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    Katie Haven grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent most of her professional life breaking gender stereotypes. She was one of two women in her class to graduate in engineering from the California Maritime Academy, then spent the next 30 years in a sea-going career, achieving the rank of Chief Engineer. She was active in the Women’s Maritime Association, advocating for fair treatment of women who work at sea, and served on the Alaska Department of Transportation’s Committee on Women’s Equality. Katie lives on a small ranch in Okanogan County, where she tends a flock of sheep. She is active in local agricultural groups and has been a key volunteer for Okanogan County Watch, an award-winning group of county residents who take notes and videos at county commission meetings to share with the public. She has been a strong supporter of local efforts to provide social services to young women and girls and will work hard to assure those services are a priority in Okanogan County.

    Lorna Smith

    Lorna Smith
    Jefferson County Commissioner
    District 2
    Dual Endorsement

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    Lorna Smith is a ecologist who has worked most her career as a land-use planner and manager for local government, primarily Snohomish County. She has served for the past six years on Jefferson County’s Planning Commission and Conservation Futures Committee. She is the current Executive Director for Western Wildlife Outreach. She has spent her career working in fields dominated by men, and has always worked harder and more diligently to be that example of how successful women can fill these roles. Ms. Smith has championed many progressive causes, has run several legislative campaigns, one congressional campaign and one initiative campaign. She has served as a mentor for women following in her footsteps and has hired and coached women for roles in government positions. As a County Commissioner, she will use her position and influence to continue to push for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and will ensure that the County’s hiring and recruiting processes treat women fairly.

    Heidi Eisenhour

    Heidi Eisenhour
    Jefferson County Commissioner
    District 2
    Dual Endorsement

    Look for her in the General Election!

    As a 40 year resident of Jefferson County, Heidi has a deep and abiding care for her community. She graduated from Port Townsend High School with honors in Creative Writing in 1988 and The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science in 1994. She has a strong track record of effective commuinty engagement in all of her professional roles and has actively hired and promoted women into positions of increasing responsibility. Some specific examples include her role as Outreach Director from 1999-2003 for a three-year, $84M campaign to protect 38,000 acres in the Central Cascades of Washington where her entirely female team engaged over 16,000 donors. In more recent roles she has made way for young women to follow in her footsteps as she moved onto other roles by advocating for them stepping into positions of more responsibility. So, not in broad sweeping ways, but one talented woman at a time, Heidi has opened pathways for women in every role she has had.

    Sarah Rumbaugh

    Sarah Rumbaugh
    Pierce County Council
    District 2

    Look for her in the General Election!

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

    Yanah Cook

    Yanah Cook
    Pierce County Council
    District 3

    Yanah G. Cook has lived in unicorporated Pierce County for nearly 29 years. A college graduate of the Evergreeen State College and business owner since 1995, she enjoys tending her micro-farm in rural McKenna. Yanah worked as a union member until her recent retirement at the WA Department of Transportation. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Small Business Caucus of Washington and is an active member of the WA Federation of Democratic Women. She is a strong advocate for her neighbors in Pierce County. She has worked on numerous campaigns that support school levies, fire levies and associated bonds. Each legislative session she works to pursue lowering the Washington Business & Occupation Tax as an volunteer lobbyist for legislation benefiting women business owners in her district. Four years ago, Yanah was elected as a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO), a position she still holds in Precinct 2-145 today. Above all else, she enjoys speaking with and registering voters.

    Jani Hitchen

    Jani Hitchen
    Pierce County Council
    District 6

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Jani Hitchen is a Pierce County resident for over 25 years, a public school science and technology teacher for over 20 years and a proud member and leader in the union. She believes that it is time to listen to the people across the county, and it is time for the council to take action with the future in mind. She has plans that include compassionate care for our mentally ill, working towards increasing housing for all levels on income, caring for our environment and working to a better future in the county. She wants Pierce County to be the place were people come to live, work and raise a family. She would be proud to serve the people of Pierce County's 6th District.

    Cindy Wolf

    Cindy Wolf
    San Juan County Council
    District 2

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Cindy Wolf is a working mother and a long time advocate for women's empowerment. She is a long-time advocate for gender, environmental, racial and economic justice. Since the year she was the only girl (and a pretty good offensive tackle) in the Parks and Rec Flag Football League, she has worked to erase barriers to power and access. While earning her B.A. at Occidental College, she co-founded and recruited leadership for their first Women's Center. After moving to Seattle in 1993, she worked in grocery store wine departments and served as Shop Steward for UFCW 1100 because they made sure women got equal pay and protection from harassment. She eventually became District Sales Manger for a national wine portfolio and mentored and connected women wherever possible. Most recently she helped found a coalition of women on Orcas Island that works to protect immigrants, encourage women in civic leadership and elect women, particularly those of color, to office.

    Carolina Mejia

    Carolina Mejia
    Thurston County Commissioner
    District 1

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Born in Honduras, at 11 years old Carolina and her family moved to the USA, and settled in Shelbyville, Tennessee a small rural community and a cultural world away from what she had known. Aided by her bilingual education in Honduras, Carolina - like so many children of immigrants, became the interpreter for her own family and soon found herself translating for other community members every day after school at reduced fee medical clinics. Carolina is a graduate of Christian Brothers University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Pre-Law. Carolina has been a Judicial Assistant with Thurston County Superior Court since 2015, where she works closely with Judges serving our community. She is the Treasurer of the Washington State Democratic Latino Caucus, a member of Thurston County Democrats and Thurston County Women Democrats. She has volunteered and advocated for many causes in Washington State.

    Christine Grant

    Christine Grant
    Whatcom Public Utility District Commissioner
    District 1

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Christine Grant teaches energy policy at Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies. She has close to fifteen years of experience working with utilities, municipalities, and government agencies on resource conservation efforts. Many of her projects focus on financing strategies for clean energy and green jobs initiatives; she has helped her clients bring in over $25 million in competitive funding. Key past clients include: the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inland Power and Light, Columbia River PUD, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Puget Sound Partnership, the Port of Seattle, and the American Farmland Trust. She is currently a candidate for the Whatcom County PUD Commission where she hopes to bridge the digital divide by building high speed, broadband internet infrastructure, create clean energy jobs, and conserve water resources. If elected, she will be the first female Commissioner in the 83 year history of the PUD.

    JUDICIAL POSITIONS  

    Raquel Montoya-Lewis

    Raquel Montoya-Lewis
    State Supreme Court
    Position 3

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court by Governor Jay Inslee in December 2019 and took the oath of office on January 6, 2020. Justice Montoya-Lewis is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta and a descendant of the Pueblo of Laguna, two federally recognized tribes in New Mexico. Prior to becoming an Associate Justice, she served as a Superior Court judge for Whatcom County for five years, where she heard criminal and civil trials and presided over the Whatcom County Therapeutic Drug Court. In the 15 years prior to her work on the Superior Court, she served as a tribal court judge for multiple tribes in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. From 2003 to 2015, she served as a tenured Associate Professor at Western Washington University's Fairhaven College, where she taught law related courses and courses on identity development and Federal Indian Law.

    Helen Whitener

    G. Helen Whitener
    State Supreme Court
    Position 6

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Justice G. Helen Whitener is a former Pierce County Superior Court judge, Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals judge and Pro-tem judge in the Pierce County District Court and Tacoma Municipal Court. She is also a former prosecutor and defense attorney. Justice Whitener was the 2019 recipient of the WSBA’s C.Z. Smith Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award, the King County Washington Women Lawyers President Award and the Seattle University School of Law Woman of the Year Award. In 2018 she received the Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers Woman of the Year Award. Justice Whitener is the first Black woman to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court and is co-chair of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission. She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges, the National Association of Women Judges and is a judicial member of the Washington Women Lawyers Association.

    Maureen McKee

    Maureen McKee
    King County Superior Court Judge
    Position 5

    Automatically Elected!

    Judge Maureen McKee was appointed by Governor Inslee to the King County Superior Court bench in 2018. Prior to joining the judiciary, she served our most vulnerable communities as a respected King County Public Defender. For over 15 years, she represented indigent individuals and managed teams of lawyers and investigators. Judge McKee was known for insisting on a high level of representation for those who could not afford counsel. She represented both adults and juveniles facing criminal charges and involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. Judge McKee’s experience working with everyone involved in our court system is an important asset to the King County Superior Court bench. Her work over many years has given her a deep understanding of the disparate treatment of minorities in our justice system, and she is committed to being a part of responsible change while working to improve public safety.

    Shelley Ajax

    Shelley Ajax
    Benton-Franklin County Superior Court Judge
    Position 1

    Ms. Ajax has served Benton and Franklin counties as an attorney and community volunteer for over 30 years. Ms. Ajax’s personal story is one of perseverance and commitment to her family and community. As a non-lawyer, Ms. Ajax worked at a civil law firm for 15 years while volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem, protecting young children in our community. After the tragic accidental death of Ms. Ajax’s husband, she embarked, with kids in tow, to complete law school in 2 years. Ms. Ajax founded the Benton-Franklin Young Lawyers Division. For the last 10 years, Ms. Ajax has served the community with her work as a public servant in the criminal arena protecting the rights of citizens and upholding the constitution. Her volunteer work has been crucial to Benton-Franklin Legal Aid, among other agencies. Since 2010 she has served as a volunteer Arbitrator. Ms. Ajax continues to voluntarily train and educate fellow attorneys, emphasizing the importance of ethics and Pro Bono opportunities.

    Kathleen Petrich

    Kathleen Petrich
    Island County Superior Court Judge
    Position 2

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Kathleen Petrich is a proven hard worker, known as a fair but firm, prepared, and knowledgeable pro tem Island County judge. She’s passionate about the law, and patient and compassionate to all that come before her. For 25 years, Kathleen practiced law in King County, across the U.S., and, in some cases, internationally. For the last 10 years of private practice, she was a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn/Miller Nash/Graham & Dunn. Kathleen has been honored by her peers and judges for her integrity and legal skills including Martindale Hubbell AV Judicial rating, Best Lawyers, and Washington Super Lawyers (top 50 women 2015, 2016, and 2017). With her law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 1992 and an engineering degree from Valparaiso University in 1982, Kathleen is a natural problem solver. She values justice, community, and lifelong learning. She is a proud League of Women Voters Whidbey Island member and a past president of the Friends of the Langley Library.

    Melinda Young

    Melinda Young
    King County Superior Court Judge
    Position 6

    Automatically Elected!

    I grew up in south King County, graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University, and with honors from the University of Washington Law School. I joined the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in 1995, where I tried over 100 jury trials. I supervised a specialized homicide unit, was vice-chair of the domestic violence unit, and supervised the Economic Crimes Unit. In each area, I focused on the most vulnerable members of our community, often women. I was awarded the Randy Revelle Award for Mental Health Advocacy, the Matthew Simone Award for excellence in public/private partnership, and the PAO Innovation award for creativity in trial advocacy. As a judge, I have been assigned to civil trials. I work to mentor female attorneys and I am acutely aware of the disproportionate impact that many areas of law have on women. I work on the King County bar association's diversity committee and I'm a member of the Washington Women's Lawyers.

    Hillary Madsen

    Hillary Madsen
    King County Superior Court Judge
    Position 13
    Dual Endorsement

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Hillary Madsen has focused her legal career on advocating for children and youth. Hillary holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and earned her law degree from Seattle University. She has worked for big law firms, the government, a legal nonprofit, and a small neighborhood family law firm. She has practiced law in every arena – the state legislature, administrative bodies, trial courts, and appellate courts – so she knows from personal experience the legal system could work better. Hillary believes judges must recognize the dignity of every person and effectively administer the legal system through recognizing and fixing system failures. A former NWPCWA Campaign Heroine, Hillary is well-positioned to advocate for the core values of our legal system by combating discrimination, acknowledging the impact of income inequality on litigants, and actively participating in community conversations about justice.

    Andrea Robertson

    Andrea Robertson
    King County Superior Court Judge
    Position 13
    Dual Endorsement

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Andrea Robertson has been a strong, successful trial lawyer in the largely male dominated profession of criminal defense law for nearly 22 years. She is a highly respected trial lawyer and advocate for those members of our community who are challenged by the justice system and often lack the confidence and skill to speak for themselves. Her long experience and competence in the courtroom has now resulted in endorsements from dozens of trial court judges. They understand that at this challenging time, when the courts are facing backlogs of trials put on hold by the COVID crisis and the need to restructure the way courts operate to keep everyone safe, a judge with Andrea Robertson’s courtroom experience is vitally needed. In short, this is a time when experience really matters. Over more than two decades, Andrea has taught and mentored young women, many of whom have gone on to careers in the law or become politically engaged. She is a regular donor to Mary's Place.

    Carolyn Ladd

    Carolyn Ladd
    King County Superior Court Judge
    Position 30

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Carolyn Ladd is a graduate of the Judicial Academy at the National Judicial College. She serves as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Seattle Municipal Court where she strives to listen, to treat everyone with dignity and respect, and to do justice. She is an employment lawyer who helps Washington State's largest private employer comply with EEO laws. She serves as a Vice President of Washington Women Lawyers. She is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education courses on diversity, equity and inclusion. She has also written articles for bar association newsletters on the Equal Rights Amendment, gender pay equity, and 2nd chances in housing and employment for the formerly incarcerated. She is rated 5 out of 5 by Martindale-Hubbell and 10 out of 10 by Avvo (their highest ratings). She was selected as an American Bar Foundation Fellow -- membership is limited to 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. 

    Cindi Port

    Cindi Port
    King County Superior Court Judge
    Position 51

    Automatically Elected!

    Prior to her appointment to the King County Superior Court bench , Judge Cindi Port spent 25 years as a Senior Deputy Prosecutor in King County. She gained a reputation as a skilled courtroom advocate. For 15 years, she prosecuted some of our county’s most heinous crimes – many crimes against women and children. In 2010, Judge Port received the Randy Revelle Award for Mental Health Advocacy – a lifetime achievement award presented for her effective and sensitive handling of difficult competency hearings involving felony offenders. For the past 10 years, she has been a lead trial attorney in complex civil litigation on behalf of the County and its employees. With her broad range of trial experience, Judge Port has earned her place on the bench. Judge Port has also volunteered her time and leadership skills with Angeline’s Day Center, serving the needs of homeless women, and with programs supporting homeless and at-risk youth and young adults seeking to lead positive and self-sufficient lives.

    Tina Robinson

    Tina Robinson
    Kitsap County Superior Court Judge
    Position 1
    Dual Endorsement

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Tina Robinson has a BS in Business Adminstration and a Juris Doctorate. She was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 2006 and began her career working as an Associate Attorney with Wecker-Hunko Law Firm that same year and later with the Public Defender Office representing indigent persons accused of felonies. She negotiated resolutions with the State as well as tried many cases to a jury. Her cases were all felonies but in many different persuasions such as drugs, property, sexual and violent crimes, including murder. In 2014 Tina was elected as Kitsap County Prosecutor. She served as the Prosecutor from 2015-2018, at which time she chose not to run for re-election. During her term she focused on victim rights, reducing recidivism and human trafficking. The human trafficking efforts included a diversion program for victims to help them recover and get out of the life they had been forced into. As a Judge, Tina will enforce laws prescribed to protect women.

    Lynn Fleischbien

    Lynn K Fleischbien
    Kitsap County Superior Court Judge
    Position 1
    Dual Endorsement

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Lynn was born and grew up in Kitsap County, where she had her first job as a legal assistant in high school. She is the first person in her family to go to college, taking that first step at Olympic College then earning her bachelors in psychology at WWU. After over a decade as a defense contractor serving the U.S. Navy, she went back to law school and has been in private practice for the last 20 years in Silverdale. She has spent her free time serving on the boards of more than 10 nonprofits, including one running a women's shelter, one providing free legal services, one providing dispute resolution services, and one an association of women lawyers. She has also been politically active in her community, serving as treasurer for several women-judicial candidates and the central committee, and most recently as a precinct committee officer. She is committed to ensuring that gender is not a barrier to being heard or in professional development.

    Linda Coburn

    Linda Coburn
    Court of Appeals Division I District 2
    Position 2

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Judge Linda Coburn immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 4 from Taiwan. She earned her BA at the University of Washington and MS at Ohio University. After her 13-year career as a journalist at The Seattle Times, she graduated with honors from Seattle University School of Law and embarked on a distinguished legal career as a Snohomish County Public Defender. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Dwyer (Washington State Court of Appeals) and Judge George Bowden (Snohomish County Superior Court). Since becoming judge in Edmonds in 2015, she has been committed to improving both access to justice and the quality and diversity of the judiciary. She is a member of the State Supreme Court's Minority Justice Commission and the advisory committee to the Supreme Court's Gender and Justice Commssion. Judge Coburn is a 27-year resident of Edmonds. She and her husband raised two sons in the community, where she officiates high school volleyball and occasionally umpires youth baseball.

    Lisa Sutton

    Lisa L. Sutton
    Court of Appeals Division II District 2
    Position 1

    Look for her in the General Election!

    Judge Sutton has served as a Court of Appeals Judge for six years, and now is Acting Chief Judge. She previously served as a superior court judge for four years. Prior to becoming a judge, she worked for 24 years in the Wa. State Attorney General's Office, and promoted to Senior Counsel, Supervising Attorney, and Employment Team Leader, managing and supervising the statewide litigation of employment cases for the office. For years, Judge Sutton mentored lawyers, particularly female lawyers. Washington Women Lawyers gave her an award recognizing her mentoring to advance women's issues. As a judge and one of a handful to serve on the superior court and appellate court benches, she has a unique opportunity to serve as a role model for others, including the next generation.

    Anna Alexander

    Anna Alexander
    Snohomish County Superior Court Judge
    Position 7

    Automatically Elected!

    Judge Anna Alexander was first elected as a Superior Court Judge in 2019 after nearly 20 years of practice as an attorney in various diverse disciplines. A former public defender, Judge Alexander was an attorney in private practice, representing clients in civil and criminal matters, while also serving as a Judge Pro-Tem in Snohomish County. As a first-first generation immigrant whose family escaped communism, Judge Alexander had a humble beginning. Judge Alexander worked and paid her own way through college at the University of Washington. At age 19, Judge Alexander was the youngest woman ever admitted to the University of Washington Law School, where she received distinguished and honors marks. She received her JD in 2000. In 2019 Judge Alexander received the Washington Women Lawyers’ Chapter Member of the Year award and was recognized by the organization for being an inspiration to young lawyers in our community and for her pro bono work for those individuals without resources.

    Cassandra Lopez-Shaw

    Cassandra Lopez-Shaw
    Snohomish County Superior Court Judge
    Position 8

    17 years of defending the people of Washington has taught Cassandra how to argue the law successfully. She served in two public defender agencies before starting her own private firm, with the successful representation of clients and cases in 15 different counties. Her practice involves serious felonies, leading to an average of 6-8 trail cases a year across Washington State. A successful lawyer and small business owner, Cassandra strengthened her business by diversifying her practice to include a broad range of civil matters such as, dependency issues, child support and family law matters, property disputes, and Plaintiff personal injury cases. Humbled by the endorsement of Judge Anita Farris and Judge Anna Alexander, she is rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the Veteran’s and Loren Miller Bar Associations. She was honored with the Domestic Violence Advocacy Award by Washington Women Lawyers. She lives in Everett with her husband, a science teacher in public schools.

    Jennifer Langbehn

    Jennifer Langbehn
    Snohomish County Superior Court Judge
    Position 13

    Automatically Elected!

    Judge Jennifer Langbehn was appointed to the Snohomish County Superior Court bench by Governor Inslee in 2018, and was elected in 2019 to finish his unexpired term. Prior to joining the judiciary, Judge Langbehn had a 13-year career representing Snohomish County parents and families in dependency and termination actions, adoptions and other family law matters. She served on the Snohomish County Table of Ten, an organization dedicated to improving the dependency process for families and other participants. Judge Langbehn also served as an Arbitrator in child support matters and as a Superior Court Commissioner pro tempore before being appointed to the bench. Judge Langbehn currently chairs the Superior Court’s Family Law Committee and Guardian ad Litem Committee and also serves on the Court Operations and Juvenile Court Committees.

     


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    Looking Ahead to 2020

     

    Recruiting, training, and electing women since 1971

    Lady Liberty

    Walk the Marble

    Sunday, January 12, 2020 1:00 p.m.

    RSVP HERE


    National Women's March

    Saturday, January 18, 2020 11:00 a.m. 

    RSVP HERE


    Women Candidate Training

    March 28*
    April 25
    May 2*
    May 30

    *WA women of color only


    Women's Suffrage Events

    Votes for Women:  100 Years and Counting

    Women's Suffrage Centennial

    LEARN MORE

     


    We Have Work to Do

    Emily WicksThis is an organization like no other and I am honored to serve as its leader during such a momentous year – the centennial celebration of women’s suffrage – 100 years of a woman’s right to vote. 

    Wow. That actually really sucks. That means that 143 of the years in which the United States has had independence, women didn’t have a damn say. 

    During that time, laws, decided only by men, made it so women ceased to legally exist once married to a man. Laws, decided only by men, forced women out of government jobs, and denied them access to birth control. Laws, decided only by men, prevented women from accessing higher education, any of the professions and, as written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 

     “nearly all the profitable employments”. 

    These laws, decided by men (usually white) especially excluded and created additional barriers for women of color.

    At this week’s Golden Globes, Michelle Williams offered a challenge to all of us, 

    “So, women 18 to 118, when it is time to vote please do so in your self-interest. It's what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them. But don't forget we are the largest voting body in this country. Let's make it look more like us.”

    It truly is essential that we turn out to vote, but voting isn’t enough.  Women’s rights and Suffrage are not synonymous terms. It’s when women vote, and when women get elected that we are able to slowly peel back a system that worked against women, and thus, against a more just and thriving society for all. 

    Equal opportunity for women to advance is still at risk, but the year 2020 could mark the beginning of a major shift. Womxn need to vote, womxn need to get elected, and womxn need to get involved and stay involved.

    We have work to do. Join the cause – and the Caucus. 

     Emily Wicks

    Emily Wicks-Day 
    President, NWPC-WA


    Walk the Marble Legislative Preview Event

    Sunday, January 12 | 1 p.m. 

    Join NWPC-WA members as we prepare to walk the marble in 2020! Hear from Washington State Representative and Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore Tina Orwall, learn about 2020 legislation that affects women and families, network with movers and shakers from across Washington state, and learn how you can make a difference!

    RSVP Here


    National Women's March

    National Women's March, Seattle | Bellingham

    Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 11 a.m. 

    NWPC-WA is helping to mobilize Washington women to participate sister marches in their communities. The 2020 Women’s March marks three years of resistance and three years of building power together.

    No matter what issue we are fighting for, no matter how we fight for justice, women are always stronger when we fight united. The Women’s March has knitted together a powerful movement of people who share a common belief that freedom is for everyone, without exception. In 2020, #WomenRise and from our doorsteps to the White House, we’re going all in to fight for our future. 

    Interested in joining NWPC-WA at the March? Contact our President, Emily Wicks at [email protected] and learn more HERE.


     Candidate Trainings for Women are Back

    NWPC-WA’s popular trainings start in March, and thanks to a grant from our national organization, they include two trainings exclusively for women of color. 

    There are a ton of ways to be involved and make a difference. Sponsor a future candidate or campaign manager, serve on the planning committee, or advertise your consulting business to women looking for someone to help them win in 2020. Contact NWPC-WA Training and Education Chair, Christina Pedersen at [email protected] and save the dates: 

    • March 28 – Women of Color Candidate Training only*
    • April 25 
    • May 2 - Women of Color Candidate Training only*
    • May 30
     

    Your Membership Matters

    Members are the reason this all-volunteer run organization is able to do the important work of getting women elected! Join NWPC-WA today and you’ll receive a free “Run like a Girl” t-shirt! 

    NWPC-WA Members are also able to serve as part of the candidate endorsement process and help guide the future of the Caucus.  

    Join HERE!


    Endorsements Propel our Women Candidates

    Speaking of endorsements. We’re gearing up for a big election year. From the US President to Congress, to state-wide races and the state legislature, women are needed on every level.

    Whether you’re considering a run, considering joining a campaign, or just want to be instrumental in the effort to reach parity in government representation, NWPC-WA endorsements are where it starts.

    Learn More.


    Women’s Suffrage and the Washington State Historical Society

    Women's SuffrageThe Washington State Historical Society and the Washington Women's History Consortium are working together to support events and programs related to the Women's Suffrage Centennial. Visit their site to learn about the projects they are supporting and their upcoming events, and access free centennial exhibits and curriculum. 

    Mark your calendar for the Votes for Women Centennial Festival at the State Capitol on August 22, 2020 and visit Suffrage100WA.com to find out how you can mark this important milestone in American history and celebrate women in your community.


    Caucus Executive Committee

    President: Emily Wicks
    Vice President, Democrat: Sarah Bosley
    Vice President, Republican: Nancy Slotnick
    Endorsements: Gail Bergeron & Catherine Minch
    Secretary: Jen Levallee
    Treasurer: Katherine Bobman

    Visit our Leadership page for a full list of Committee Chairs and Local Endorsement Action Committee chairs.  

       

     


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    See you in Vancouver on April 28!

    Thank you for registering for the 2018 Candidate Training at the Hilton Hotel Vancouver Saturday, April 28.

    Details are below and additional information will be provided as the training date nears. If you have any questions, contact [email protected] 

    *Concerned about childcare? Let us know and we will work with you! 

     Training Details: 

    Hilton Hotel Vancouver
    Saturday, April 28, 2018
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    *Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. 


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