Washington

When Progressive Majority was formed in 2004, one of the first states in which we worked was Washington. Situated in the Northwest corner of the country, Washington has been on the cutting edge in business and technology, as well as in politics, being the only state with both U.S. Senate seats and the Governor’s mansion held by women.

Washington Legislature
Senate
Democrats
Republicans
2007
32
17
2009
31
18
Today
27
22
House
Democrats
Republicans
2007
62
36
2009
62
36
Today
56
42

The work of Progressive Majority has helped move Washington’s legislature forward. In 2004 we flipped control of the state Senate and have held the majority since. After four years of a 49-49 Democrat and Republican tie in the House, we’ve kept a Democratic majority since 2002.

One of the fastest growing states in the nation, the importance of maintaining a progressive field of elected officials has never been greater. With competitive Gubernatorial and Senate races looming in 2012, increasing progressive performance across the state will keep Washington progressive. 

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Important Dates
Go to the Washington Secretary of State website to find out important dates and filing deadlines. 
 
Washington State Office Information
615 Second Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 443-5566
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Helen Price Johnson

Washington
Island County Commissioner - District 1
2012
Incumbent
http://www.helenpricejohnson.org

Helen Price Johnson won re-election as Island County Commissioner in 2012. In 2008, she became the first woman to be sworn in as Island County Commissioner. Helen is a longtime Island County resident with deep ties to the community. Helen has four children and has owned and operated a small home construction business since 1995. Helen served on the South Whidbey School Board from 2001-2007.

Tim Farrell

Washington
Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer
2012
Open Seat
http://www.timfarrell.us

Tim Farrell is running for Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer. Tim is running to help homeowners by providing information on all potential tax advantages o help alleviate their tax burdens, improve customer service and streamline government. A two-term Pierce County Councilmember, Tim comes from a Snohomish County railroading family and spent his career working in Pierce County. Farrell has been active with the Eastside Women for Women’s Health, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other civic groups in his community. Tim is a former chair of the Tacoma Planning Commission and a former member of the North End Neighborhood Council.

Bruce Lachney

Washington
State Senator - District 2
2012
Challenger
http://www.brucelachney.com

Bruce Lachney is a lifelong Pacific Northwest native and received his degree from the University of Washington in 1980. He will fight for better education, jobs and civil rights in Washington. Bruce was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, serving as a jet pilot in two tours of duty in the Far East and one tour in Somalia. Last year, Bruce retired after serving more than 20 years as a domestic pilot for Delta Airlines flying the Boeing 737-800. Bruce is also one of only 850 Ocean Spray cranberry growers. His farm in Eastern Pierce County also produces rhubarb, cattle, timber and hay for local markets.

Bob Hasegawa

Washington
State Senate - District 11
2012
Open Seat
http://www.bobhasegawa.com

Bob served in that Washington State House for 12 years before his election to the State Senate. As both a labor leader and social activist, Bob has worked to bring together members of the progressive community and advocate for social justice issues. He has spent the past eight years in the House of Representatives fighting to create jobs, protect seniors and education, help small businesses and expanding higher education opportunities. In the Senate, Bob continues to fight for these issues and will be a strong advocate for the residents of his district.

Eric Choiniere

Washington
State Representative - District 28 (Position 1)
2012
Open Seat
http://www.ericfor28th.com

Eric Choiniere, a military veteran and former member of Communication Workers of America Local 7800, has always been active in politics. Eric is running for State Representative to give workers a voice in Olympia. As an individual who experienced unemployment and economic insecurity during the Great Recession, Eric understands the struggles families face every day in his community. On the University Place City Council, Eric has championed a balanced budget and focus on essential services on the University Place Council—from law enforcement to filling potholes. He has also led efforts to protect parks and recreation, and assist small business. An Army veteran who works for a provider of military health care located in Tacoma, Choiniere will make service to those who have served a particular priority in the House of Representatives. He is personally committed to ensuring that every veteran and their family succeeds.

Jeff Davis

Washington
State Representative - District 35 (Position 2)
2012
Open Seat
http://www.electjeffdavis.com

Jeff Davis is running for House Position 2 in Washington’s 35th legislative district. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jeff is a Port of Olympia Commissioner whose election gave progressives a majority on the commission. Jeff is running to help create jobs and protect education and natural resources. He places a high value on human rights, economic justice and reproductive freedom. Throughout his career, Jeff has been active in labor as a Longshoreman, including serving as President of the Longshoremen District Council and board member of the Washington State Labor Council’s Transportation and Economic Development committee. He has served on a school board, economic development council and chamber board, as well as several others.

Bud Sizemore

Washington
State Representative - District 47 (Position 1)
2012
Challenger
http://www.budsizemore.com

Bud Sizemore is challenging an incumbent Republican for House Position 1 in the 47th legislative district. Service has always been a priority for Bud who served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years and has been a professional fire fighter for more than 18 years. As a firefighter, he has fought to prevent cuts to police officers and firefighters to make sure the citizens of Washington are protected. Bud has also served as a Covington city Council member and Mayor Pro-Tempore where he worked with citizens to keep the community safe, protected open space and help local businesses.

Cyrus Habib

Washington
State Representative - Distrct 48 (Position 2)
2012
Open Seat
http://www.electcyrus.com

Cyrus is Iranian-American, grew up on King County’s Eastside, and graduated from Bellevue Public Schools. He is a Truman Scholar and a Rhodes Scholar, and a graduate of Columbia, Oxford, and Yale Law School. Cyrus currently works as a lawyer, providing legal assistance to technology start-ups. Having lost his eyesight at age 8 to a rare form of childhood cancer, Cyrus has spent years advocating for the rights of the disabled, first in college and then as a law student and a lawyer. A staunch advocate for quality education and equal opportunity, Cyrus serves a Trustee of the Bellevue College Foundation and a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Bellevue.

Craig Pridemore

Washington
State Auditor
2012
Open Seat
http://craigpridemore.com/

Craig Pridemore is running for Washington State Auditor. Craig is a native of Clark County, the son of a mill worker and teacher. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving four years before attending the University of Washington, where he graduated with a degree in political science. He went on to serve six years on the Clark County Commission before running for Senate as a Progressive Majority candidate in 2004.
As Clark County Commissioner, Craig Pridemore was widely known for his strong advocacy for responsible growth management, job creation and improvements in mass transit in southwest Washington. Highly decorated for his peacetime service as an active duty veteran of the United States Army, Craig is an active member of the Sierra Club, Friends of Clark County and the American Legion.

Maureen Judge

Washington
State Senate, District 41
2012
Challenger
http://www.maureenjudge.com/

Born and raised in Seattle, Maureen moved to Mercer Island six years ago with her daughter. Maureen is active in her community as a volunteer and leader on efforts to curb pollution and protect children. She served four years on the NARAL Pro-Choice Washington PAC board and on the board of the King County Conservation Voters. Judge attended Boston University and went on to work at RealNetworks and Expedia.com in Bellevue where she managed a team that helped grow the company’s hotel and cruise businesses through innovative merchandising strategies. In 2009, she served as the Executive Director of the Washington Toxics Coalition and helped shepherd passage of the landmark “Safe Baby Bottle Act” – legislation that banned harmful toxins out of baby bottles, children’s products, and sports bottles.

Andy Billig

Washington
State Senate, District 3
2012
Open Seat
http://www.andybillig.com/

Originally from Maryland, Andy has spent the past 18 years as co-owner, President and General Manager for the Spokane Indians Baseball Team. Andy lives in Spokane with his eight-year old daughter and volunteers for various organizations in his community including Big Brothers and Sisters, YMCA and is a volunteer sports coach. Elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 2010, Andy has already proven to be an effective leader and progressive voice as a legislator. He successfully worked to restore and protect funding for public education, enact stronger safeguards for our rivers and streams and help craft a transportation bill that provides living-wage jobs for workers across the state.

Jeannie Darneille

Washington
State Senate, District 27
2012
Open Seat
http://jeanniedarneille.com/

Growing up in a U.S. Air Force household, Jeannie eventually moved to Tacoma in 1979 where she has lived and served her community ever since. After spending 10 years working in colleges and universities in four states, Jeannie has spent the past 30 years in public service as a volunteer, community activist and legislator. Her volunteer service includes City Club of Tacoma, Associated Ministries, Planned Parenthood and Tacoma Community House. Jeannie is also active in her local Democratic Party, serving 14 years as a Precinct Committee Officer and Vice Chair of the Pierce County Democrats. Darneille has served in the Washington State House of Representatives since 2001. As a legislator Jeannie is a consistent advocate and voice for women’s reproductive freedom, social services for vulnerable and underrepresented communities and the environment.

Bill Hilton

Washington
State Representative, District 25 (Position 2)
2012
Challenger
http://electbillhilton.com/

Bill is a longtime resident of his district and recently retired Washington State Patrol Captain. His first job out of high school was working as a custodian for the Tacoma School District where he worked to support his family and pay for college. Eventually Bill became interested in joining law enforcement, and moved to Puyallup in 1983 as a trooper in the Washington State Patrol. Bill earned his B.A. from St. Martin's College more than 20 years after graduating high school and earned a M.P.A. from Seattle University shortly thereafter. Now retired, Bill stays active in his community as a volunteer for organizations including Puyallup Food Bank, Salvation Army of Puyallup, and the City of Puyallup Parks, Recreation, and Senior Advisory Board. If elected, Bill’s legislative priorities include strengthening our economy by creating living-wage jobs, protecting education funding, improving transportation, and increasing public safety.

Monica Stonier

Washington
State Representative, District 17 (Position 1)
2012
Open Seat
http://www.votemonicastonier.com/

Born on Edwards Air Force Base in California, Monica was raised in a military family and moved to Washington State while in high school. A former middle school teacher, Monica is currently an instructional coach at Pacific Middle School in Vancouver. Monica’s political activism began in 2008 when she was elected a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She has also been an active member of the Washington Education Association. Monica’s priorities if elected include preparing kids for the jobs of tomorrow, making sure career and technical training in schools aligns with the jobs in our communities, help small businesses become more competitive and offer veterans more job opportunities.

Noel Frame

Washington
State Representative, District 36 (Position 2)
2012
Open Seat
http://www.noelframe.com/

Noel grew up in Battle Ground in Southwest Washington state. With the help of a PTA scholarship, Noel attended college and earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Since 2005 Noel has lived in the heart of the 36th Legislative District in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Noel is the foster parent of her teenage cousin and is a PTA member at a local middle school. Throughout her career, Noel has demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in advocating for progressive issues and values. As Deputy Campaign Manager of Approve Referendum 71, Noel helped Washington become the first state to pass a LGBT civil rights measure by a vote of the people. Noel has been an active member of many progressive organizations including The Washington Bus, 36th District Democrats, King County Conservation Voters and is currently the Washington State Director of Progressive Majority.

Mary McNaughton

Washington
State Representative, District 44 (Position 2)
2012
Challenger
http://marymcnaughton.com/

A longtime resident of Washington State, Mary McNaughton has a distinguished career and reputation as a community leader through her work as a nurse, small business owner, union leader and veteran. Today Mary is an Oncology and Surgical nurse at Swedish Edmonds Hospital and member of SEIU 1199NW and the Washington State Nurses Association. Throughout her life Mary has championed efforts to improve the quality of life and health of her community in healthcare, education and women’s rights. Mary’s community activism started at a young age when she led an effort to change a policy at her middle school that prohibited girls from enrolling in shop class. She was successful and went on to force similar changes in her high school that resulted in the first female auto mechanic class. In 1985, Mary helped organize and direct a cooperative preschool to better meet the needs of local kids.

June Robinson

Washington
Everett City Council, Position 5
2012
Open Seat
http://www.junerobinson.org/

June and her family have lived in Everett for 14 years and is a leader in her community. As a former Peace Corps volunteer, June Robinson is no stranger to public service. She served as the Executive Director of the Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County, a group focused on increasing the availability of affordable housing in her community. June worked with the Community Health Center of Snohomish County to expand services while helping streamline their budget and modernize record keeping. Today June is Program Manager for Public Health-Seattle & King County. In 2011 June challenged an ineffective 16-year incumbent Democrat in Everett City Council, Position 4, received an endorsement and support from Progressive Majority, but lost in November. June was recruited to run shortly after a sitting council-member suddenly died, triggering a special election to fill out his term that ends in 2015. Progressive Majority played a role in recruiting June to run this year along with Sen. Nick Harper, a 2010 Progressive Majority candidate.

Christine Rolfes

Washington
State Senate, District 23
2012
Incumbent
http://electchristine.com/

Christine moved to Kitsap County in 1992 with her husband Leonard. They currently live on Bainbridge Island with their two school-aged children. Christine’s professional background is in economics and environmental policy where she has spent 20 years working to create employment opportunities while protecting clean water and clean-up of Puget Sound and Hood Canal. Christine has long been active in her community, serving on Bainbridge Island City Council, Kitsap County Board of Health and volunteering with local organizations. Elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 2006, Christine is an effective legislator and advocate on issues ranging from education funding, reforming the Washington State Ferry system, protecting military families and improving environmental disaster response. Christine continues working to boost investments in local communities and expand manufacturing jobs, in particular the aerospace industry and strengthening Kitsap County’s maritime base.

Annette Cleveland

Washington
State Senate, District 49
2012
Open Seat
http://annetteclevelandforsenate.com

Annette was born and raised in a working family in Vancouver, Wash. Her father was a Longshoremen and president of ILWU Local 4 where she was first exposed to politics at early age. Annette lives by ILWU's motto "An injury to one is and injury to all." Annette has 29 years of experience in advertising, communications, government affairs, community relations and strategic planning. Her professional background includes 10 years serving as staff for two Democratic U.S. Senators.

Drew Hansen

Washington
State Representative, District 23 (Position 2)
2012
Incumbent
http://drewhansen.com/

After growing up in Washington State public schools, Drew Hansen earned degrees from Harvard and Yale Law School and Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Drew is an attorney and author who wrote an influential book about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and subsequently appeared on national television networks and colleges across the country to discuss civil rights. Prior to his appointment to the legislature in 2011 Drew was active in local politics and involved in his community. He is a founding member of the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS), a progressive legal advocacy group. In 2005, Governor Gregoire appointed Drew to the Community Economic Revitalization Board, which has invested over $30 million to create and retain jobs in Washington state.

Steve Bergquist

Washington
State Representative, District 11 (Position 2)
2012
Open Seat
http://www.steve4house.com

A lifelong resident of Renton, Steve is currently a public school teacher at Lindbergh High School. In addition to working with students as a teacher, Steve is a volunteer and community leader. Steve is a coach for the golf programs at both Lindbergh and Renton High School and once organized the community to raise $100,000 to maintain these programs when facing budget cuts. Steve is also a small business owner, running a local tennis shop.

Kathleen Drew

Washington
Secretary of State
2012
Open Seat
http://www.kathleendrew2012.com

A long-time resident of Washington, Kathleen has a long record of public service marked by the successful advocacy for issues ranging from ethics to the environment. In 1992 Kathleen was elected to the State Senate, becoming the youngest woman ever to hold that office. As a public servant Kathleen wrote the state’s ethics laws for state employees and elected officials and worked with three west coast governors to promote ocean health.

Roslynne Reed

Washington
Mason County Commissioner
2012
Challenger
http://www.reed4masonco.com

Born in Mason County, Roslynne is a member of the Skokomish Tribe. After retiring from her career with the Federal Aviation Administration 14 years ago, Roslynne and her husband returned to Mason County. A lifelong advocate for strengthening communities, Roslynne’s volunteer work includes the Shelton Domestic Violence Task Force, HIV/AIDS Advisory Board, Cancer Advisory Board of SPIPA and other civic organizations.

Marcus Riccelli

Washington
State Representative, District 3 (Position 1)
2012
Open Seat
http://www.marcusriccelli.com

Marcus Riccelli was born and raised in Spokane.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Gonzaga University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington.  He served as EAstern Washington Director for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, and most recently as Senior Policy Advisor to Washington State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown.  Marcus is active in downtown Rotary 21, serves on the Spokane advisory board for Daybreak Youth Services which helps teens struggling with drug and achol addition.  He also is an advisor to the Spokane YMCA Youth Legislature Delegation and has served as a City Plan Commissioner.  Marcus has been a mainstay in Spokane politics for years, having worked on the campaigns of congressional candidate Don Barbieri, former State Senator Chris Marr, and others.

Tom Riggs

Washington
State Representative, District 10 (Position 2)
2012
Open Seat
http://www.tomriggs.org

Camano Island resident and lifetime Washingtonian, Tom Riggs is a husband, father, and Sunday school teacher. Tom is currently a Washington State Park Ranger managing Camano Island State Park for the past six years and also serves as the park representative on the board of the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce. Tom is a proud, card-carrying member of AFSCME/WFSE Local 1466.

David Sawyer

Washington
State Representative, District 29 (Position 1)
2012
Open Seat
http://www.electdavidsawyer.com

A native of Pierce County, David has been active in his community both in politics and civic groups. After graduating college, David worked on political campaigns in western Washington and Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign in Iowa. He currently works as a Law Clerk at Ladenburg Law, PLLC and is very close with firm owners John and Connie Ladenburg, who have both served – or are serving – as local elected officials. His volunteer service includes United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity.

Yoshie Wong

Washington
State Senate, District 28
2012
Challenger
http://www.yoshiewong.com

For the past 13 years Yoshie has lived and worked in Steilacoom, Wash. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Yoshie works to resolve conflict, support kids and strengthen families. After working for both private and public agencies, Yoshie now owns her own small business. Involved in her community, Yoshie is a board member of the Friends of Steilacoom Library and an inaugural member of El Jadida-Tacoma Sister Cities committee, among other groups.

Linda Wright

Washington
State Representative, District 39 (Position 1)
2012
Challenger

As a mother, small business owner and union member, Linda has consistently demonstrated a commitment to her community. An active member of SEIU 925, Linda lobbied legislators in Olympia advocating for education funding and health care access and represents her co-workers on the bargaining team. Currently a school bus driver for the Marysville School District, Linda sees firsthand the challenges kids face and the opportunities a quality public education provides.

Richard Mitchell

Washington
County Council - District 6
2011
Challenger
King County
http://www.electrichardmitchell.com

Richard Mitchell, an architect and urban planner, knows King County like the back of his hand. After focusing on smart growth, economic development and transportation in his career, Mitchell is ready to take on the challenge of building better communities through progressive policy. As someone who grew up in public housing in London, Mitchell is in touch with how the bigger issues affect people at all levels. Mithcell's win would mean solidfying a progressive majority on the King County Council.

Ryan Mello

Washington
Tacoma City Council, Pos. 8 At-large
2011
Incumbent
Tacoma
http://www.ryanmello.com

Ryan Mello is a longtime Progressive Majority Champion, first elected in 2005 then appointed to the Tacoma City Council. Now, he's running for a full term. In his first year on the Council, Ryan led the fight against other elected officials in Pierce County in their support of Arizona’s anti-immigrant laws. While others ran from the debate, Ryan stood his ground and spoke up about his values. Mello has worked in the State Legislature, and currently works with an environmental conservation organization, preserving natural lands across Washington state

Joe McDermott

Washington
King County Council - District 8
2011
Incumbent
King County
http://www.joemcdermott.org

Joe McDermott has a long career as a successful progressive leader - serving in the  Washington State Senate and House of Representatives. Now, he's bringing his proven leadership to King County Council. From protecting Maury Island and Puget Sound to preserving farms and open space, King County needs proven champions like Joe, committed to our quality of life.

Cathy Lehman

Washington
City Council - Ward 3
2011
Challenger
Bellingham
http://www.votecathylehman.com

Cathy Lehman is an advocate for urban sustainability and is well versed in the issues facing the City of Bellingham today. She’s running for City Council to take her experiences as a volunteer and her work in environmental advocacy to City Hall and maintain Bellingham’s high quality of life. Cathy will bring a fresh new energy to the City Council and if elected would be the only female councilmember. Bellingham and Whatcom County are at the heart of the debate on growing urban density versus allowing more urban sprawl and Cathy is poised to represent her dynamic downtown district as it grows over the next four years.

Stephanie Wright

Washington
County Council - District 3
2011
Incumbent
Snohomish
http://www.wright4council.com

Stephanie Wright is a progressive leader who is ready to fight the challenges Snohomish County faces such as tough budgets, affordable housing, improving public safety and implementing a sustainable vision for our community while providing for economic opportunity. After Snohomish County Councilmember Mike Cooper, a 2007 Progressive Majority candidate, was appointed to serve as the Mayor of Edmonds, Lynwood City Councilmember Stephanie Wright was appointed the County Council in August 2010. Returning Stephanie will mean securing our progressive majority on the County Council for the next four years

Rob Gelder

Washington
County Commissioner - District 1
2011
Incumbent
Kitsap
http://www.robertgelder.com

Robert Gelder was appointed to the Kitsap County Commission earlier this year, and is now running to serve out an unexpired term before running for a full-term in 2012. Robert brings over two decades experience in the non-profit and private sectors to the Kitsap County at the heart of Puget Sound. Robert is also the Commission's only openly gay member. Robert is focused on sustainable budgeting and growing the local economy while protecting the unique and pristine landscape of Kitsap County.
 

Richard Rush

Washington
City Council - District 2
2011
Incumbent
Spokane
http://www.voterichardrush.com

Richard has a business management background and has been focused on keeping Spokane a sustainable vibrant urban city. After years of experience on his local neighborhood council, Richard was elected in 2007 and this year faces a challenge from Mike Allen, a conservative former Council Member.

Ben Stuckart

Washington
City Council President
2011
Open Seat
Spokane
http://www.benstuckart.com

Ben Stuckart is a successful businessman who also founded a non-profit in Spokane, Communities in Schools, to help local students. Stuckart is now looking to serve his community as the next Spokane City Council President. Stuckart's priorities include building better relationships between the community and public safety officers, improving neighborhood programs, and strengthening public safety. 

David Stalheim

Washington
County Executive
2011
Open Seat
Whatcom
http://www.davidstalheim.com

David Stalheim to run so he can bring his experience in county planning and management to Whatcom County. One of the six charter counties in Washington, Whatcom County is at the forefront of environmental and growth issues in the state. David has been an advocate for transportation and main street downtown revitalization. As a member of several Conservation district boards, Stalheim is committed to sustainable growth and economic development as the lingering effects of the Great Recession are subsiding.

Joy Jones

Washington
City Council - District 3, Position 1
2011
Open Seat
Spokane
http://www.joyjones.org

As a mother and dedicated community member, Joy Jones knows what it takes to move Spokane’s
City Council forward. Running in an open seat, Jones is running for City Council against a Republican, and is a part of our effort to secure a progressive majority on the Spokane council this year. In addition to being a mom and wife, Jones has a background in urban planning and has worked with business and community groups to improve public safety and support the youth of Spokane. Jones will bring her unique balance of non-profit activism and socially responsible small-business owner background to the City Council and keep Spokane moving forward.

Christina Maginnis

Washington
County Council - District 2, Position B
2011
Challenger
Whatcom
http://www.christinamaginnis.com

After tea-party gains on the Whatcom County Council last year, Christina Maginnis has stepped forward to challenge a conservative, 11-year incumbent this year. Maginnis works as a stormwater specialist for the State Department of Ecology, and is a member of the Washington Federation of State Employees. Her hands on experience in some of the most critical issues the council faces makes her extremely qualified to help lead Whatcom County through redeveloping the local economy and protecting its critical outdoor resources.

Mia Gregerson

Washington
City Council - Position 7
2011
Incumbent
SeaTac
http://www.facebook.com/mia.gregerson

After election in 2007, Mia Gregerson has been at the forefront of local government for the City of SeaTac. One of the most diverse cities in Washington, SeaTac has a growing immigrant population and faces unique challenges with the growing number of residents working at Sea-Tac International Airport. In her day job Gregerson manages a dentistry office, but on the Council Gregerson has been a strong advocate of enhancing public transportation and building green spaces for the city’s residents. Gregerson is a part of our slate of candidates running to increase diversity on the Council in this ever increasingly diverse city.

Jeff Gadman

Washington
City Council, Position 3
2011
Incumbent
Lacey

 

Jeff Gadman has been active in his community his entire adult life as a youth soccer coach, PTA President, committee member for North Thurston Public Schools, and currently as President of his homeowners association.  Gadman is also a former Chapter Chair and shop steward for AFSCME local 618, active in fundraising for St. Jude's Children’s Hospital and a member of Lacey Rotary. His long resume of community involvement makes Gadman a great candidate for city council. 

 

Leslie Daugs

Washington
City Council, Position 2
2011
Challenger
Bremerton

Leslie works in campus security for the Bremerton School District and is an active member of her union, SEIU 925.  Leslie is focused on a long-term vision for Bremerton, seeking to continue revitalizing all of the city’s neighborhoods after decades of improvements focused on the downtown district.  Leslie and her husband have fostered more than 50 children in addition to raising their own children.

John Stokes

Washington
City Council, Position 1
2011
Open Seat
Bellevue
http://www.johnstokes.org/

John Stokes has been a strong advocate for the environment as a member of the Bellevue Parks and Community Services and Friends of the Cedar River Watershed Boards. John’s focus is on smart growth and investment in Bellevue’s infrastructure, as well developing strong partnerships between the city and the local schools. He currently serves on the Bellevue School District’s fiscal advisory committee and has been a site facilitator and PTA leader. 

Linda Barnfather

Washington
County Commissioner
2011
Open Seat
Clallam
http://www.lindabarnfather.org/

 

When Linda Barnfather talks about Fiscal Responsibility, she knows what she's talking about. She is an experienced, hands-on businesswoman who knows what it takes to meet a payroll, and is committed to continuing the budgetary discipline that has marked the work of our Board of Commissioners. She is a native Washingtonian, a graduate of WSU and a long-time Clallam County resident. She understands her community's needs and values. Her business and legislative experience make her a true problem-solver – she’s in tune with her neighborhoods and community agencies.

 

June Robinson

Washington
City Council, Position 4
2011
Challenger
Everett
http://www.junerobinson.org/

 

As a former Peace Corps volunteer, June Robinson is not a stranger to public service.  Currently she serves as the Executive Director of the Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County, a group focused on increasing the availability of affordable housing in her community. June is focused on the real issues facing the City of Everett, including responsible growth, helping boost the local economy with job creation – especially in this critical aerospace community – and managing the city’s finances in a responsible way. 

 

Yoshie Wong

Washington
School Board - Pos. 4
2011
Open Seat
Steilacoom

Yoshie Wong is running for an open seat on the Steilacoom School Board. Yoshie works with children and families suffering from mental illness, and is hoping to bring her passion for service to the school board and help her community.

Shauna Willner

Washington
Fire Protection - Dist. 7, Pos. 3
2011
Challenger
Snohomish

Shauna Willner is running for the position of Fire Commissioner in Snohomish County’s Fire District 7. Shauna is a small business owner looking to bring a progressive voice to this non-partisan board.

Todd Fredrickson

Washington
City Council - Pos. 5
2011
Open Seat
Monroe

Todd Fredrickson is running for the Monroe City Council in Snohomish County. After getting involved with city politics by passing an initiative to establish a city ethics commission. Todd is a member of Teamsters Local 117 and works as a Seargent at the Monroe Correctional Facility. 

Barry Peters

Washington
Bainbridge Island City Council
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

John Lovick

Washington
Snohomish County Sheriff
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Laurie Ann Carter

Washington
Bonney Lake City Council
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Rebecca Francik

Washington
Pasco City Council
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Brian Sullivan

Washington
Snohomish County Council
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Terry Scott

Washington
Shoreline City Council
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Bruce Bassett

Washington
Mercer Island City Council
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Suzanne Quigley

Washington
Lake Stevens City Council
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Sili Savusa

Washington
North Highline School Board
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Steven Oliver

Washington
Whatcom County Treasurer
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Maren Norton

Washington
Shoreline School Board
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Andy Billig

Washington
State House - District 3
2010
Open Seat
Spokane County
http://www.andybillig.com/

Andy Billig is President and part-owner of the Spokane Indians Baseball Club. He is proud to have worked with the Spokane Tribe of Indians on the team's logo design in 2006, which is a rare instance of cultural sensitivity in professional sports. A recognized business leader with a self-stated "commitment to progressive values like equality, justice and prosperity," Andy should do well in the 3rd district which has a 59.4% democratic performance. Andy graduated cum laude with a degree in government from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and is the leading candidate in the race. Electing Andy ensures we retain a strong, progressive voice representing the most left-leaning district in Eastern Washington.

Laurie Jinkins

Washington
State House - District 27
2010
Open Seat
Pierce County
http://lauriejinkins.com/

Laurie Jinkins is running for State Representative in the 27th district in Tacoma. Electing Laurie ensures we retain strong, progressive representation in one the most left-leaning districts in the state (democratic performance of 63.7%) and would give voice to a totally unrepresented group. Laurie would be the first and only openly lesbian member of the Washington State Legislature if elected. Laurie has been a human and civil rights advocate for more than 20 years and co-chaired last year's successful ballot initiative to affirm domestic partnership rights for the state's gay and lesbian couples. Laurie is a respected public health expert, having served as Deputy Director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and worked for the Department of Health in the state capital for 13 years. She worked with Governors Gregoire and Locke to assist in developing the state's healthcare budget and is credited with transforming Washington's regulation of the healthcare system to one that proactively protects the public. As Washington moves to implement recent federal healthcare legislation, Laurie's skills will be a tremendous asset in the state capital. Likewise, Laurie is an education leader, having served as a Tacoma Community College Trustee for over a decade. Her focus on job creation, worker retraining and college readiness will be a strong asset for Washington's Legislature.

Cindy Ryu

Washington
State House - District 32
2010
Open Seat
King and Snohomish Counties
http://cindyryu.org/

Cindy Ryu, a Korean-American, is running for the open House seat in the 32nd district in North King County and South Snohomish County. Cindy holds a MBA from the University of Washington and is active in a number of local community activities, including the local and state Democratic Party organizations, the Asian/Pacific Islander Community and the local business community. We helped Cindy in her race for Shoreline City Council in 2005, where she later became the first Korean-American mayor in the country when she was elected Mayor of Shoreline. Electing Cindy ensures we retain strong, progressive representation in one the most left-leaning districts in the state (democratic performance of 62.9%). She faces one Democrat and one Republican in the primary.

Tami Green

Washington
State House - District 28
2010
Incumbent
Pierce County

Tami Green is running for re-election in Pierce County's 28th District. A registered nurse, Tami has championed health care and worker's issues since her election in 2004. Since then she's helped organize the Labor Caucus of her peers, and has been one of the driving forces behind the Blue/Green Alliance, the progressive caucus within the State House. She faces a tough challenge in this swing district, and is the #1 target for the House Republicans in 2010.

Luis Moscoso

Washington
State House - District 1
2010
Open Seat
King County
http://www.electluis.net/

Luis Moscoso is running to defend an open seat in the 1st legislative district, located on the King-Snohomish county line, a community that tends to elect Democrats (55.5% democratic performance). Luis has decades of experience as an activist for social and economic justice. His extensive work with communities of color and labor organizations endeared him to the local party organization and the activist community. Luis recently acquired the endorsement of the Washington State Labor Council and has been endorsed by many individual unions. Luis has demonstrated his commitment to progressive values by "walking the talk." He has been the Secretary of the Washington State Democratic Party since 2005.

Sharon Nelson

Washington
State Senate - District 34
2010
Open Seat
West Seattle, Vashon Island & Des Moines
http://sharonnelson.org/

Sharon Nelson is a Washington State Representative running for the open state Senate seat in the 34th district in Seattle. Sharon has been a strong progressive leader in the state legislature, serving as a member of the Blue/Green Alliance in the House. Sharon has long been a champion of environmental issues, working closely with Preserve our Islands to protect Vashon and Maury Islands, which are part of the 34th District and are critical to the future of the Puget Sound. If elected to the state senate, Sharon would continue to provide the energy needed to advocate for a progressive agenda in the Senate. She will continue to be a champion on consumer protection, protecting working families and, of course, on environmental issues, fighting a proposed barge loading facility that would negatively impact Maury Island.

Joe Fitzgibbon

Washington
State House - District 34
2010
Open Seat
King County
http://www.joefitzgibbon.com/

Joe Fitzgibbon is running for State Representative in the 34th district in West Seattle and Burien. Electing Joe ensures we retain strong, progressive representation in one the most left-leaning districts in the state (democratic performance of 71.3%) and would give voice to a largely underrepresented group: young people. At 23 years old, Joe would be the youngest member currently serving in the state legislature and nearly the youngest ever to be elected. Joe grew up in his district and is now a homeowner. For the past three years, Joe has served as the legislative assistant to the House member he seeks to replace: Sharon Nelson, a Progressive Majority endorsed candidate now seeking election to the State Senate. Joe will be an effective member of the Blue/Green Alliance, the progressive caucus in the State House. Joe is in a tough primary with two other Democrats and an Independent.

Joe McDermott

Washington
King County Council - District 8
2010
Open Seat
http://joemcdermott.org/

Joe McDermott is a Washington State Senator running for an open seat on the King County Council, the state's biggest population center. Joe has been a strong advocate for education, elections, the environment and civil rights during his 10 years in the state legislature, where he is one of six openly gay legislators. If elected to the King County Council, however, Joe would be the first openly gay member of this body, ensuring that key decisions made at the county are inclusive of the many LGBT individuals and families living in Seattle and beyond. Joe would like to see the county extend services to include human services and enhanced public health. He intends to leverage his experience and relationships in the state capital to advocate that the legislature open up new funding sources and lift restrictions on existing ones to allow the county to do so.

Nick Harper

Washington
State House - District 38
2010
Challenger
Snohomish County
http://www.nickharper.org/

Nick Harper is challenging incumbent Democratic Senator Jean Berkey. A strong democratic district (58.1% Democratic performance), the 38th District should be home to one of the most progressive voices in the state and instead is represented by a Senator that has been a bad vote on a range of progressive issues from labor to education to the environment. The progressive community is united in their dissatisfaction with Senator Berkey. Nick, 31, and his wife Lacey live in Everett, where Nick serves as the Snohomish County Conservation Director for Cascade Land Conservancy. Nick has a strong interest in conservation and land use management, which he has worked on locally and in the state capital through his current role and his past work with the Realtors. Harper jumped in the race with the endorsement and support of several local elected officials, including his potential seatmate State Representative John McCoy.

Derek Stanford

Washington
State House - District 1
2010
Open Seat
King and Snohomish Counties
http://derekstanford2010.com/

Derek Stanford is running for one of two open seats in the suburban 1st district, which straddles the King and Snohomish county line. Derek works in the telecommunications industry, and is a member of WashTech, Local 37083 of the Communication Workers of America. He is running to fill the seat opened by the retirement of Al O'Brien, and plans on making job growth and education his top priorities. Electing a champion for working families like Derek will help tilt the balance of power in Olympia.

Sherry Appleton

Washington
State House - District 23
2010
Incumbent
Kitsap County
http://www.sherryappleton.com/

Sherry Appleton has been a leader in the House of Representatives since we helped elect her in 2004. A former city council member and active voice for women's rights, Sherry brings a diverse background to the House, and is a progressive voice we can't afford to lose. The 23rd district has a democratic performance of 55.5%, but her opponent this year is a moderate republican who also serves on the Kingston Port Commission and has pledged to stay on the commission if elected to the House. After a long session, Republicans think they can catch Sherry off-guard, but we want to make sure we keep her progressive voice in the Legislature.

Steve Tharinger

Washington
State House - District 24
2010
Open Seat
Clallam, Gray Harbor and Jefferson Counties
http://stevetharinger.com/

Steve is a three-term Clallam County Commissioner, and has been a small business owner and an active community member for over 30 years. Steve grew up in a large family - one of seven children - and his values in public service of economic, social and environmental justice stem from his childhood. Steve will make an excellent seatmate for Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, who we helped elect in 2006. The retiring Democrat Steve seeks to replace was a moderate, making electing him a key part of our strategy to flip four seats to a progressive Democrat.

Steve Stuart

Washington
Clark County Commission
2010
Incumbent
Clark County
http://stuartforclarkcounty.com/

After being appointed in 2004, elected to serve out that term in 2005 and being elected for a full term in 2006, Steve Stuart is now the lone Democrat on the Clark County Board of Commissioners. With our support four years ago, Steve was able to stand up for the values he's had since he grew up in Clark County - now one of Washington's fastest growing and most populated counties. Prior to his service as County Commissioner, Steve worked as a lobbyist and executive director for an environmental group that promotes smart growth. Steve now faces a tough fight against the usual suspects: developers with deep pockets.

Julie Anderson

Washington
Pierce County Auditor
2010
Incumbent
Pierce County
http://www.julieanderson.org/

Julie Anderson is a former Tacoma City Council member and the current Pierce County Auditor. We helped Julie in her successful challenge to the Republican appointed auditor after Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy was elected in 2008, and Julie is finishing out the remainder of the short term. Now Julie is running for a full term, and it's critical that we keep her in office. Prior to serving as Auditor, Julie was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Washington Department of Commerce and the executive director of the YWCA of Pierce County. Her office oversees elections in the second most populated county in Washington.

Chris Reykdal

Washington
State House - District 22
2010
Open Seat
Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Thurston County
http://www.chrisreykdal.com/

With progressive champion Brendan Williams retiring this year, Chris Reykdal is running to take his place as the progressive voice for the 22nd district. Chris is a Tumwater School Board member, and currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. His experience working with the legislature has prepared Chris to be one of the House's most effective members, particularly for improving Washington's schools. Chris' campaign centers around one of the most critical issues facing Washington: reforming the state's regressive tax structure. Chris emerged as the top Democrat after the August primary, and faces conservative Republican Jason Hearn in November.

Kris Lytton

Washington
State House - District 40
2010
Open Seat
Anacortes, Mount Vernon, Bellingham, San Juan Islands
http://www.krislytton.com/

After the retirement of Rep. Dave Quall in the rural 40th district, nine candidates filed to run for his seat. Kris Lytton emerged out of the crowded August primary field. Kris is the president of the Anacortes School Board, and spent years working in the private sector handling business budgets. Kris won the most votes in the primary, and in the general she'll face Republican Mike Newman, a real estate agent from Mount Vernon.