Endorsed Primary Candidates

All endorsed candidates in Washington's Aug. 1st, 2017 primary election.

 

Mayoral

Nikkita Oliver

Mayor of Seattle

The current state of bureaucracy is a manifestation of what happens when bigotry and racism go unchecked and unchallenged; when politics and politicians work for their own interests and the interests of corporations; when progressive speak is not met with progressive action; when the people are silenced in the name of an outdated political process and democracy becomes nothing more than a meaningless slogan.

Now, more than ever, we need to be courageous to organize for justice, to draw hard lines in the sand, to protect those in our communities who are the targets of hate and bigotry. We need hope–the kind of hope which only grows through intersectional collective actions and movements to build the kind of world our children most need.

Greg Henderson

Mayor of Vancouver

Our vision is simple, for everyone to have a roof above their head, for streets to be clear of garbage, and for streets to be smooth and lights timed to keep traffic flowing, saving time and gas.
Our vision is also aimed at Community, working together to build this city into a community everyone wants to be a part of, a community everyone wants to call home.

Bryan Rivera

Mayor of Auburn

The people of Auburn have a choice. Do we continue the same old tactics to solve our modern day issues, or do we fight for a new progressive direction for our city?

City Council Positions

Carolyn Ahlgreen

Shoreline City Council

"We have specific transit oriented development associated with the 2 light rail stations being built that we need to adequately and appropriately plan. Our current council approved a development plan that completely diverges from the study based proposal from BAE Urban Economics for reasons unknown to the people who will be most impacted by that very development.
The citizens have been shut out of the process, threatened with arrest, and essentially told their input is not needed, and city council know best.

You do not treat your constituency that way."

"Unless we elect the right people from city council to our state legislature, Shoreline taxpayers are looking at a total of $1500/yr in property taxes."

Vaughn Henderson

Vancouver City Council, Position 3

From environmental clean up efforts to heroin health reform, Vaughn has been fighting for this city since childhood. After graduating from Clark College in 2016, Vaughn garnered 1,366 votes as the youngest legislative candidate in the US. By collecting over 100 pounds of garbage from nearby wetlands, Vaughn received the Vancouver Sparkles Award; he was only 10 years old.
After losing 12 friends over 9 years to the Opioid Epidemic, Vaughn will continue to be a key voice for heroin health reform.

Whether it's marching in the streets or testifying before City Council, Vaughn stands up for what is right. Vaughn's history of fighting for the community is exactly what this city needs.

Krystal Marx

Burien City Council, Position 7

"I believe in a "Burien for ALL", which requires a focus on these three key aspects: equitable community representation, community involvement in crime reduction, and addressing homelessness.

To that end, I believe it is important for Council-members and City Staff to always be aware that some people have to work harder just to experience the things they, themselves, may take for granted (if they can ever experience them at all), and to focus on fostering an environment that addresses concerns related to housing, poverty, and neighborhood revitalization."

Jason Call

Marysville City Council

Jason is in his 18th year teaching high school math. He moved to Marysville in 2008 from Everett. Jason grew up in Pierce County.  He holds a BA in political science and a master’s degree in education from the University of Washington. He’s been active in local politics since 2003.  Jason was elected to the executive board of the Marysville Education Association for three years and has been an active WEA union member.  Jason is the son an Air Force father and lived in England until age 11 when the family returned to Washington.  He is the father of two.

Zachary Stallings

Bellingham City Council at Large

"I had always admired politics from the sidelines, never seeing myself as someone who would participate in the way I want to now. However, when a certain candidate ran last year, I took notice. When he spoke of students who couldn't afford school, rising inequality, and an economic system that was rigged against the little people, it was the first time a candidate inspired me since I heard about Harvey Milk winning on his fourth run."

Jon Grant

Seattle City Council, Position 8

Over the past decade Jon has been a community leader who has achieved results for progressive causes in our city. His efforts have help expand protections for domestic violence survivors, prevent the displacement of hundreds of low income families, improve health and safety standards in people’s homes, build a powerful community based organization, and raise wages and require paid sick leave for workers.

Dual Endorsement

Pat Murakami

Seattle City Council, Position 9

Seattle can do better.  There is nothing respectful or supportive about allowing people to live in tents and RVs in unsanitary conditions.  We need to provide needed services to the homeless (proper shelter, jobs, drug treatment, and/or mental health resources) rather than sweeping people from place to place.  To make matters worse, the more we tax ourselves to provide affordable housing; the worse the homelessness problem becomes.

Ty Pethe

Seattle City Council, Position 9

We seek to provide every Seattlite the opportunity to learn, live, and grow in a city that supports them. Our responsibility is to make sure they have access to education, affordable housing, and meaningful work that pays a living wage.

Deborah Lee

Olympia City Council, Position 5

Deborah served nine years as state human rights commissioner to ensure every citizen has equitable access and security in education, housing and employment. Beyond her work as program director, she is a board member of both Equity in Education and the Childcare Action Council and is appointed to the governor's Washington Department of Early Learning Advisory Council.

Chris Beale

Tacoma City Council, District 5

“I am running for City Council because I care deeply about South Tacoma – As a first generation college graduate, I have dedicated my personal and professional life to public and community service. My track-record demonstrates a dedicated personal ethic to serving and improving the South Tacoma community. I am confident that my experience in the community and local government will allow me to ‘hit-the- ground-running’ in serving South Tacoma.”

Ginger Wireman

Richland City Council, Position 1

"I will put my skills to use representing and mobilizing residents to create a vision that will make Richland the most attractive, people friendly city in the Mid-Columbia.  I’ll seek opportunities to work with diverse groups of people and organizations to chart Richland’s course."

Lindy Verhei

Kennewick City Council, Position 1

"My background is in counseling and education, and that gives me a unique perspective on how I work as your city council member. I care deeply about individuals, and I take time to listen to what the people of Kennewick have to say, so that they are truly represented. I was born here in Kennewick and I’ve lived here most of my life. I love this city and I want to make it even better for future generations."

Port Commissioners

Bill Fishburn

Port of Olympia Commissioner

The Port needs to be open and honest with its public and in its business practices. We need Commissioners who will be ETHICAL.

Thurston County values being INCLUSIVE and embracing a broad perspective of views.

We need a port that is looking toward the future and INNOVATIVE new businesses that ensure a vibrant, healthy economy for our children and their children.

Don Orange

Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners, District 1

Washington's public ports were created to serve the local community, including small businesses and working people. Our ports work for us by investing in our community and building the local economy. As citizens and taxpayers, we elect commissioners to speak for the community. We, the citizens, the taxpayers, own the Port which means we, the public, should have some say in its activities.

Brooks Salazar

Seattle Port Commission, No. 4

Fire Districts

Yanah G. Cook

Fire Commissioner #3, District 17

"As your Commissioner, it is my stance that all people in our community want to honor our first responders, our Fire Fighters! And how are we able to provide this respect? Most people agree-it is to ensure they have the best up-to-date equipment and safe working environments, including a fair and equitable contract! I want open communication and appreciation for and with our support staff and an open-door policy for great collaboration with the Fire Fighters and our citizens! I am not a politician, but, believe in reaching out to others to find the solutions that support the best for our Fire Fighters and our community. I promise to research and seek out additional sources of grants and collaborative funding through state and local sources."

P. Bret Chiafalo

Fire Commissioner, Snohomish Fire District, Position 4

Our firefighters are some of the best in the nation, with a ‘cardiac arrest save rate’ three times the national average-yet they do not have the support they need to serve our rapidly growing community. The current commission has failed for the last two years to hire a permanent, qualified fire chief who understands the needs of a rapidly growing district. At least one of our firehouses contains possible asbestos, which has yet to be tested or removed. Our firefighters also have been working for two years without a contract.

They deserve better, and so do the taxpayers who depend on them in crisis.

School Districts

Nathaniel Downes

Puyallup School District No. 3, Director, Position 1

"We owe it to our children not to condemn them to mediocrity when they can achieve greatness. It is a new age, a new era, and our schools deserve the support needed to reach for the stars. I thank you for your consideration, and ask for your support. Let us make Puyallup's schools the example for others to follow, together."

Janelle Touminen

From The Columbian: "

Tuominen, a 33-year-old mother of three, touted her experience as the parent-teacher organization fundraising coordinator for Endeavour Elementary School and on the parent advisory team with Family and Community Resource Centers, which coordinate resources for low-income families at the district’s highest-need schools.

'I have worked in the schools on the front lines of the teacher and the students,' she said."

State

Bob Hasegawa

Endorsed for State Representative, 11th District

Now is the time for us to recapture our democracy from a system that only works for those with money. As a sitting Senator, currently in Legislative Session, I’m barred from raising campaign funds. This challenge is really an opportunity to show that the people, united, can defeat money in politics.

With your help, we will prove the power of the people can defeat the power of money in our money driven political system. Our democracy requires your willingness to fight for it. I’m asking for your help and support.  But, we can only do this if we all stand together.