King County Endorsements
|Running for: King County Council|
District# 1 (LOST)
Naomi is challenging newly appointed Councilmember Rod Dembowski and would would offer a much-needed style of leadership: informed by the latest research and the best practices, yet grounded upon the real-world experience. She is a respected public health professional, and is anxious to use her training and background to help lead the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act in King County.
Naomi is a 2nd generation Korean-American who understands the importance of culturally competent and relevant services for all the residents of King County. A progressive and dedicated community advocate, she has spent many years supporting low-income housing, environmental justice, alternative transportation, and underserved populations. She offers a local voice and fresh perspective.
|Running for: King County Council|
District# 9 (LOST)
Shari Song is running to defeat incumbent Reagan Dunn for King County Council. Shari is a successful businesswoman who has lived and worked in South King County for more than 27 years. Shari has dedicated herself to building bridges in the Asian-American community and led a number of initiatives including the founding of a bilingual preschool to help improve early English-language learning. Shari is dedicated to bringing her business skills to the King County Council and maintaining county investments in public transit and human services.
|Running for: Seattle Port Commision|
Stephanie Bowman was appointed to the Port of Seattle Commission in May and is running to be retained. She has worked on progressive policy in the private and non-profit sector for nearly 20 years. Stephanie is the executive director at Washington ABC, a non-profit that helps low and moderate-income families build financial security. Stephanie has also worked extensively with local non-profits including Plymouth Housing Group; Northwest Harvest; the Rainier Valley Food Bank and P-Patch Trust. At the Port, Stephanie is committed to increasing WMBI opportunities and creating new economic opportunities with stronger partnerships between the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma.
|Running for: Seattle Port Commision|
Courtney Gregoire was appointed to the Port of Seattle Commission in March to fill Rep. Gael Tarelton’s seat and now must run to keep the seat. Previously, Courtney served as the director for the National Export Initiative under the Obama administration and legislative director and chief counsel to Maria Cantwell. Currently, Courtney is an attorney who works at Microsoft on intellectual property litigation and serves on Seattle Community College’s Board of Trustees. At the Port, Courtney is committed to recruiting women-owned businesses and ensuring equal hiring practices at the Port of Seattle.
|Running for: Auburn City Council Pos. 4|
Yolanda is a five-year resident of Auburn, serves on the City's planning commission and is active in a number of organizations, among them the Forest Villa Community Neighborhood Block Watch, of which she is the co-chair, and the Lions Club. The Auburn School District has recently invited her to serve on a district committee.
She is running because she loves the city of Auburn. As a councilmember, her priorities will focus on providing safe neighborhoods and encouraging new business growth so that college graduates can stay in their hometown to pursue their careers. Yolanda has worked hard all of her life to build a strong record of results.
|Running for: Bellevue City Council Pos. 6 -DUAL|
Dual Endorsement - Lynne Robinson e owns and operates a physical therapy business for senior citizens. Lynne works with the Bellevue Network on Aging—providing information on support services for older adults. She has also worked with A Regional Coalition for Housing to create the first non-commercial senior housing website for the Eastside and serves as chair of the Bellevue Parks and Community Services Board. As a city council member, Lynne would champion issues affecting women’s health care and ensure equitable hiring and pay practices in the city.
|Running for: Bellevue City Council Pos. 6 - DUAL|
Dual Endorsement - Vandana Slatter has worked as a clinical pharmacist and scientist for over 20 years. She is committed to championing the needs of Bellevue’s changing demographics – 41%of the city’s population is made up of ethnic minorities. Vandana would be the first Asian-American woman elected to Bellevue City Council. Vandana has previously served as a delegate traveling with the Center for Women and Democracy to Morocco, and was appointed to the Washington State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Christine Gregoire in 2007. She has also served on the Foundation Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, and as a Trustee of the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences and Overlake Hospital Foundation.
|Running for: Burien City Council|
Lauren Berkowitz is a currently a law student at University of Washington. She is concerned with ensuring that the interest’s of her recently annexed neighborhood are represented and protected on the Burien City Council. Lauren has worked extensively as a labor organizer, successfully securing collective bargaining rights for DSHS Medicaid and Social Service interpreters. As a councilmember, Lauren will serve women’s issues through supporting union workers, expanding public services and championing neighborhood priorities.
|Running for: Burien City Council #5|
Rose Clark is running for Burien City Council. Rose was first elected to the Council in 1999, serving through 2003 and re-elected to the Council in 2005. Rose is dedicated to the Burien community. She worked as a volunteer in the Highline School District for almost 20 years and formerly served on the city’s Planning Commission where she helped coordinate Burien’s first comprehensive development plan.
|Running for: Burien City Council|
Joan McGilton is a three-term incumbent for the Burien City Council. She previously served three terms as Mayor. Joan has a strong commitment to community participation and has served on numerous boards and commissions. Joan has been a member of several environmental organizations, and is dedicated to bringing more women into science and technology. For four years Joan headed the Association of Women in Environmental Professions. She is dedicated to encouraging young women to pursue math and science in high school and college.
|Running for: Bothell City Council Pos. 5|
Tris is a pharmacist and prior to pharmacy, a founding faculty member for Cascadia Community College and was one of five faculty members who designed curriculum for the college. She serves on the board of the Woodmoor Elementary PTSA.
She was appointed to the Bothell Planning Commission (PC) in 1997 and reappointed for two more terms where she worked on many issues, including the Comprehensive Plan update, critical areas ordinance and the Downtown Master Plan. She served as Bothell City Council member from 2008-2011 where she served on the Human Services Committee (responsible for recommending funding allocations to local human services organizations).
|Running for: Duvall City Council #6|
Amy Ockerlander is running for re-election to the Duvall City Council. As a new elected and a new mom, Amy faced workplace preconceptions firsthand with her ability to serve as a mother and as a councilmember being brought into question. Formerly, Amy worked at the Washington State Legislature for Rep. Larry Springer and later as vice-chair of the Duvall Planning Commission. Since joining the Council Amy has worked to make meetings more accessible and open to the public. By expanding access to the Council’s operations, she has helped bring key stakeholders, including women, to table.
|Running for: Federal Way City Council Pos. 4|
Jeanne Burbidge, former mayor, is running for re-election to the Federal Way City Council. Jeanne has been in elected office since 1997 including a term as mayor from January 2002 to December 2003. Jeanne is committed to her community, serving as the community service chair for her local Rotary chapter. In 2010, Jeanne was named Public Official of the Year by the Municipal League of King County.
|Running for: Kirkland City Council Pos. 2|
Shelley was appointed to the Kirkland City Council to fill a vacancy and is now running to retain her seat. She recently served as the Legislative Director of the Washington State Parent Teacher Association. She is a health-care provider who has been active in her community, serving 4 years on the Kirkland Park Board, as a trustee on the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, as a member of the Evergreen Health Community Advisors Board, in various PTAs, and on park and school levy committees. As Kirkland reviews its Comprehensive Plan over the next two years, her experience in grassroots advocacy and working with diverse groups around a common goal will serve her well. Shelley is committed to improving the health and economic vitality of the citizens of Kirkland and the community as a whole. As a working mom, she is committed to fighting for family friendly policies and economic equality for all.
|Running for: Kirkland City Council #3|
Penny Sweet is running for re-election to the Kirkland City Council. During her time on the Council, Penny has worked to change the culture of the council, driving the adoption of a new conduct and ethics policy to make council operations more efficient and fair. Penny has also worked to grow Kirkland’s annexation area, bringing 33,000 new neighbors into the city’s jurisdiction.
|Running for: Kirkland City Council #7|
Doreen Marchione, current councilmember and deputy mayor for Kirkland, is running for re-election. Doreen has served the council since 2010. Doreen’s leadership in local politics has spanned decades. Doreen was the third woman to be elected to the Redmond City Council and the second female mayor of Redmond where she served from 1984 – 1992. Since joining the Council, Doreen has overseen the purchase of the Cross Kirkland Corridor and the approval for the Transit Oriented Development at the South Kirkland Park & Ride that will provide 200 units of housing for low-income families. Throughout her career, Doreen has been committed to mentoring young women interested in political office.
|Running for: Lake Forest Park City Council Pos. 1|
At 22, Hilda is our youngest endorsed candidate this year, and we are thrilled to support her strong campaign for one of three open seats in Lake Forest Park this year. Hilda was born and raised in Lake Forest Park and served as a Community Services Commissioner for the city, where she represented city youth regarding policy and program development for city services including human services, budget, and parks and recreation perspectives. She interned in U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s 2010 campaign where she worked with key groups, especially veterans. She then went on to join her father’s mayoral campaign, working as campaign manager in a tightly contested race where she learned policies and problems confronting Lake Forest Park.
|Running for: Maple Valley City Counciil #6|
Victoria Jonas is running for re-election to the Maple Valley City Council. With fourteen years of elected service, Victoria is the longest serving public official in Maple Valley history and currently serves as deputy mayor. Victoria has successfully navigated the challenges of Maple Valley’s transformation from a small town to a mid-size city and has maintained her strong support for women’s issues throughout her tenure.
|Running for: Mercer Island City Council|
In 2012, Tana was appointed to the Mercer Island City Council and is running to be retained. Tana applied for an appointment to the Council when there were six men and one vacancy. Since her appointment, Tana has worked with the Council to ban the use of tobacco in parks, sign on to the Mayors Against Illegal Guns initiative, repave and restripe the main arterial with a focus on safety, pass a levy to build a new fire station and approve a multi-use development with affordable housing units in the Town Center. Prior to her work with the Council, Tana established herself as a progressive campaign veteran, working to elect women leaders such as Rep. Marcie Maxwell and Mercer Island Councilmember Debbie Bertlin. Tana also previously served on the board of Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation as president-elect which supports the city-funded organization to help women and other vulnerable populations access essential services. A true champion of women’s representation in politics, Tana is actively working to recruit exceptional women candidates to the Mercer Island City Council and School Board.
|Running for: Redmond City Council #4|
Kim Allen is running for re-election to the Redmond City Council. Kim also serves as vice chair of the King County Regional Transit Committee and caucus member for the Growth Management Policy Council and was formally chair of Eastside Transportation Partnership. She is currently the only woman in elected office in the City of Redmond and is dedicated to being the voice for women on the council while also identifying new opportunities for new women candidates.
|Running for: Sammamish City Council Pos. 1|
Former Sammamish city council member, Kathleen Huckabay, is running for city council, position 1, an open seat. Kathleen, a CPA and certified financial planner, was elected to the first council in 1999 and served for 10 years, including a term as mayor. She represented the city on the Regional Transit Committee, Puget Sound Council executive board, and as a board director at Eastside Fire and Rescue.
Her proudest accomplishments are laying the groundwork for a financially successful city, starting the conversation with King County which resulted in opening the Lake Sammamish Trail and acquiring other park opportunities, and initiating the partnerships with the local school districts that resulted in constructing more playing fields for our active community. She will continue to focus on keeping the city on a strong financial footing while advocating for additional amenities and services that strengthen the community. She also pledges to work for broader housing choices that encourage both young people and seniors to stay in the community.
|Running for: Seattle City Council #4|
Sally Bagshaw is running for re-election to the Seattle City Council. Since her election in 2009, Sally has supported legislation to help victims of domestic violence, created new resources for homeless women and funded immigrant rights and refugee programs. As chair of the Parks and Neighborhood committee on the Council, Sally championed pedestrian and bicycle policies to create safer infrastructure to help women and their families become more comfortable with car-alternative transportation.
|Running for: Federal Way School Board Pos. 4|
District# 210 (WON)
Carol has been a teacher, a school district administrator and president of the Washington Education Association, the teachers union. She also worked on federal education policy in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She has a personal interest in the quality of Federal Way schools as her grandchildren attend them. She’ll be an excellent addition to the school board.
|Running for: Kent School Board Pos. 5|
District# 415 (WON)
Maya is a 22-year Kent resident and a business and community affairs consultant focusing on technology and non-profit technical assistance. Her long-term role as a volunteer with multiple organizations demonstrates leadership in the community, particularly on education issues. One challenge facing families and schools is the lack of proper communication channels and the necessary support systems to ensure that every child succeeds in school and in life. Maya will work to ensure that all children have equal access and opportunities to reach their full potential.
|Running for: Seattle School Board Pos. 4 - DUAL|
Sue has been actively involved in the Seattle Public School District for the past nine years, as a parent, volunteer, public education advocate, education journalist and member of the district’s Superintendent Search Community Focus Group and the Strategic Plan Stakeholder Task Force. She is a founding member of Parents Across America (PAA), a national public education advocacy organization which unites engaged parents throughout the nation, and aims to bring their voices into the local and national discussion of public education policy and practices. She also co-founded the Seattle Math Coalition in 2012 to advocate for stronger math resources, curriculum and instruction in Seattle Public Schools.
|Suzanne Dale Estey|
|Running for: Seattle School Board Pos. 4 - DUAL|
Suzanne is a longtime business and community leader and K-12 graduate of Seattle Public Schools. A public affairs and economic development consultant, Suzanne has worked on some of the largest economic challenges in recent decades, including aerospace job retention and expansion, small business development through a historic economic recession, and expanding career training and STEM education. As economic development director for the City of Renton and an advisor to former County Executive Ron Sims, she helped lead efforts to bring jobs and investment to King County.
Suzanne has also worked for a nonpartisan civics education non-profit, the City of Seattle, a large financial institution, Washington State Governor Gary Locke and she was Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at The White House under President Bill Clinton.
She will apply her skills at building partnerships to improve what is already great about our schools, and fix the things that aren’t working.
|Running for: Shoreline School Board Dist. 412 #2|
Debi Ehrlichman is running for re-election to the Shoreline School Board. Debi joined the school board in 2006 and faced the steep cuts to public education funding head-on. Debi and the Board worked with new administrative leadership to make difficult, but successful, budget decisions – within a few years the district achieved a balanced budget with a 4% unreserved ending surplus. Prior to serving on the school board, Debi worked for years as a special education teacher. She understands the importance of public education in setting up young girls and women for lifelong success and opportunity.
|Running for: Des Moines Municipal Court Judge|
Veronica Alicea-Galvan is running for Des Moines Municipal Court where she has been the presiding judge since 2007. Des Moines recently made this position a full time, elected position and now Judge Alicea-Galvan is running to keep the seat. Judge Alicea-Galvan is a champion of a just and accessible legal system. She founded Washington’s first Spanish traffic court, created a year-long continuing legal education course entitled Spanish for Lawyers and was invited to speak at the first multilingual education conference at American University. As a member of the District and Municipal Court Judges Association Board of Governors and the head of its Diversity Committee, Judge Alicia-Galvan often collaborate with the Gender and Justice Commission to provide educational programs for judges who address women’s issues such as domestic violence, sexual harassment, and human trafficking.
|Running for: Kent Municipal Court Judge|
Karli Jorgensen was appointed to the Kent Municipal Court in 2011 after serving the City of Kent and King County District Court as a Judge Pro Tem for 18 years. She is running to be retained. While working as deputy prosecuting attorney for the City of Bellevue Judge Jorgensen helped implement the first Washington jurisdictional understanding of the unique dynamics in domestic violence and perpetrator accountability and she brought similar programs to Issaquah and Snoqualmie. During her time at Kent Municipal Court, Judge Jorgensen has worked to mentor women in her office, expand women hires in the court and use her role as judge pro tem protect victims of domestic violence.
Clark County Endorsements
|Suzan Clark |
|Running for: Clark County Superior Court|
Suzan is currently engaged in a broad-based practice focused in the areas of criminal defense, family law and civil and criminal appeals. During her career, she has tried more than 100 jury trials in cases ranging from homicide to theft in the third degree, tried approximately 25 non-jury civil trials, primarily in family law, and has briefed and argued over 100 civil and criminal appeals to the appellate courts of Oregon and Washington. She has served as a pro tem court commissioner in Clark County Superior Court hearing juvenile criminal, juvenile dependency and family law matters. Presently, Suzan serves as President of the Clark County Bar Association where she has been a long-time active member and also serves on a number of professional committees.
|Running for: Battle Ground City Council |
Cherish currently is a passenger service representative for C-Tran in Vancouver. With almost 15 years in customer service, she plans to use those skills to foster authentic community participation in issues that come before the Battle Ground City Council. Cherish wants to represent all of the people of Battle Ground by working hard for transparency, applying strict fiscal responsibility to all issues, bringing more diversity to city hall,and inspiring other women to seek elected office.
|Running for: Vancouver City Council #3|
Anne led the way through a crowded a primary and we are pleased to endorse her campaign. She is a strong advocate for Caucus issues, cares deeply about pay equity issue for women and will follow the City of Vancouver’s aggressive equitable hiring practices. Anne is very active with organizations and efforts to eliminate sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
She has lived in Vancouver for 33 years and has a long history of civic involvement that includes Chair of the Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance, five years on the Vancouver Planning Commission, Rotary, is a board member and vice president of the Clark County Historical Society, and president of the League of Women Voters of Clark County.
|Running for: Vancouver City Council #2|
Alishia is a strong candidate running a great campaign in Vancouver against a 2-term incumbent. When elected, she will make it a priority to further equal rights for women within her role as a council member and support funding that allows a full continuum of care for victims of abuse that includes police intervention, protective shelter options, and counseling. She strongly supports pay equity for women and is supportive of the City of Vancouver’s aggressive equitable hiring practices.
Currently, Alisahia is the senior director of development for the Fort Vancouver National Trust and works every day to share the city’s rich history and heritage with the nation and build support for tourism, economic development, community programming, and cultural interpretation. She also serves on the governing boards of the Columbia Credit Union, Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center, Vancouver’s Downtown Association, and the Rotary Club of Vancouver Metro Sunset.
Pierce County Endorsements
|Running for: Tacoma Mayor |
Marilyn Strickland is the 39th Mayor of Tacoma and the first woman of color elected to the position. She is running unopposed for re-election.
Marilyn has experience in both the private and public sectors, and has held management positions with The Tacoma Public Library, Starbucks Coffee Company, and JayRay Communications where she worked with Tacoma Public Utilities to help launch Click!Network, the nation’s first municipally owned telecommunications system.
She now serves as chair for Pierce Transit, and an executive committee member for the Government Performance and Finance Committee and Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee. She is active with the US Conference of Mayors, and is the only elected official serving on the US Small Business Administration’s Council for Underserved Communities, which is tasked with making policy recommendations to the Obama Administration to assist women, veteran and minority owned businesses.
During her first term as mayor, Strickland has initiated policies to support business, education and tourism. She championed the City of Destiny Scholarship program with the College Success Foundation, enacted tax relief for small business in Tacoma, and launched a community gardens initiative to address issues of access to healthy food in underserved neighborhoods.
|Running for: Puyallup City Council|
Julie was born and raised in Puyallup and has been in the chiropractic field for over 20 years. She has been involved with the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" from 1996-2001 doing fundraising, serving as a team captain, serving on the planning committee and serving as co-chair for the event and she received the ACS Pierce Unit's "Most Inspirational" award in 1999. She was a volunteer and was elected secretary of the Wildwood Park Elementary PTA for the 2013 - 2015 term. She was recently a sponsor of the First Annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event to benefit Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence services provided by the Sexual Assault Center Pierce County and Good Samaritan Behavioral Health.
|Running for: Tacoma City Council Pos. 2|
Patricia is a wife, mother and grandmother. In 2003, after 7 years working as a corporate trainer, she started her own salon in Downtown Tacoma. Recognized as a natural leader and organizer in the Theater District, Patricia is chair of the Downtown Merchants Group (DMG) where she works to promote downtown business and downtown life. Go Local, a non-profit organization that advocates for independently owned business in Tacoma, was generated out of her time at the DMG. The organization is now includes 500 businesses and is spreading throughout Pierce County. Patricia does culture crafting work with small businesses and non-profit organizations to help them crystallize who they are and what they do for a strong foundation built on shared values. She plans to bring this skill of uniting people around shared visions to her service of Tacoma.
|Running for: Tacoma City Council Pos. 5|
Olgy's involvement in local politics started in her time as a student at the University of Washington, and she has consistently worked to improve the rights of the underprivileged. Olgy has a strong record of defending the interests of women and working families. She has worked for Planned Parenthood to help protect reproductive rights, fought to help unionize workers at Wal-Mart, and currently combats discrimination on Tacoma’s Human Rights Commission. She has also served on the United Way’s Project U Board and as a Democratic Precinct Committee Officer.
Currently, Olgy works as a legislative aide in the Washington State House of Representatives, advocating to improve the 29th legislative district. She is on her second term as Vice President of the Pierce County Young Democrats, working to educate and activate youth participation in democracy. Before that, Olgy organized in Tacoma to help elect President Barack Obama in 2008 and has worked on a number of local campaigns in the five years since. She also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives in the office of Congressman Adam Smith.
|Running for: Tacoma City Council Pos. 6|
Victoria was first elected to the Tacoma City Council in 2009 and is running to be elected to serve a second term. For over two decades, Victoria has made community the cornerstone of her service. Before joining the City Council, Victoria served as the President of the Tacoma Metro Parks Board. She has chaired several commissions and served on many boards benefiting the people of Tacoma. For many years, Victoria has served as the lead producer of Ethnic Fest. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Tacoma Urban League.
As a Councilmember, Victoria has made people the focus of her work. She believes a prosperous city only exists when our residents are taken care of and given the opportunity to succeed. Victoria has worked to invest in our local businesses and create jobs, protect our most vulnerable citizens by protecting vital services, and make our communities safe through an initiative to study gang violence in our neighborhoods.
|Amy Pivetta Hoffman|
|Running for: Bethel School District Director|
District# 4 (WON)
Amy Pivetta Hoffman is a lawyer in private practice and the former chair of the Pierce County chapter of the Women's Political Caucus. Her priorities include increasing graduation rates, increasing options for career and technical education, improving math and science scores for all students and developing better communication with parents.
She is a strong candidate who works to mentor young women in their careers and involve them in the political process.
|Running for: Puyallup School Board|
Thurston County Endorsements
|Running for: Thurston County Auditor|
Mary is the Pierce County Elections Supervisor and began her elections career in 1996. She is a nationally and state certified election and registration administrator. Mary won the Pierce County Innovation Award in 2012 for her vision to integrate GIS and voter registration. This vision was a result of her experience redistricting following the 2000 decennial census. In 1992 she worked on the Mike Lowry for Governor Campaign. Following the election, Mary worked on Lowry’s transition team as part of the Energy, Technology and Telecommunications task force.
The healthcare issue motivated her to join Washington Citizen Action. She worked with WCA in 1990 as a field manager on national healthcare reform. She was also a community organizer bringing groups together to lobby for health care reform at the state level. Mary has learned that one person CAN make a difference!
|Running for: Lacey City Council|
Cynthia was first elected to office in 2010. She worked with environmental groups to pass state legislation to eliminate the manufacture and sale of plastic sport and food containers, primarily for use by children under 3, which contain BPA. She is a strong advocate for children, especially girls, helping them to realize they can be successful and make good choices. Cynthia is the Vice Chair of the TOGETHER! Board of Directors, a non-profit that provides funding and informational materials that discourages the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco, and encourages pre-teens and teens to value healthy relationships that support one another. She is also a member of the North Thurston Education Foundation Board of Directors.
|Running for: Olympia Port Commissioner|
Sue Gunn is a scientist and advocate. She served as the Restoration Campaign Director for the Washington Watershed Restoration Initiative that created a new program in the US Forest Service, funded over $200M during her term and resulted in an average of 800-1000 jobs in rural communities annually. She worked to expand whistleblower rights while state director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. As the Director of Budget and Appropriations for The Wilderness Society in Washington, DC, she was responsible for improving the funding levels and protections for America’s public lands. She started her career working as a geologist for the US Geological Survey where she was pivotal in reducing sexual harassment and discrimination problems.
If elected, Sue will be the first woman to serve on the Port of Olympia Commission. Her goal is to make the Port serve the whole community by introducing innovative economic development ideas, wean the Port off tax subsides, and support local businesses, particularly the Olympia Farmers Market on Port property.
|Running for: Olympia City Council|
Over the last 19 years in Olympia, Cheryl Selby has worked hard to promote public safety, volunteered to improve her community’s quality of life, raised a family and built Vivala, a thriving retail business. She is currently a member on several boards, including Thurston County Chamber, Olympia Artspace Alliance, Thurston County Democrats and Olympia Downtown Association. If elected, Cheryl will make public safety a top priority, ensure the arts are part of Olympia's economic vitality and seek ways to make Olympia environmentally resilient. She will draw on her time spent as a city employee, experience as a volunteer and success as a small business owner to listen and build partnerships for the betterment of the city.
|Kyle Taylor Lucas|
|Running for: Tumwater City Council Pos. 6|
We were proud to endorse Kyle when she ran for the legislature back in 2006 against Tim Sheldon, and thrilled that she is back! Kyle was appointed to an open seat on the Tumwater City Council earlier this year and is now running for re-election to the seat. She incredibly qualified and has very specific solutions for problems facing Tumwater, and women in the City and County. She served as Executive Director for the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs before starting her own consulting firm. In her first months on Council, Kyle has focused on a stable budget to ensure essential public services. She has advocated for those most impacted by the Great Recession, and for increased access to veterans, mental health, and drug courts. Her committee work has included work on behalf of our most vulnerable citizens--children, seniors, the disabled, veterans, and those living on the margins.
|Running for: Olympia City Council #5|
Julie was appointed to the Council last year and is running for a full four-year term. She is an administrative assistant at Nova School, an independent middle school on the city’s east side. Prior to joining the council, she chaired the Olympia Coalition of Neighborhood Associations and was the president of the Indian Creek Neighborhood Association in southeast Olympia.
She said the top issues she wants to address include creating a downtown plan and reaching out more to the city’s neighborhoods to increase public participation. During her recent time on the Council, she is most proud of partnerships such as with the Family Support Center to start a homeless shelter in the city-owned Smith Building.
|Running for: Fire Commissioner, Lacey Fire Dist. #5|
District# 3 (WON)
Judy was appointed by the county and is running to keep her position. She served as county commissioner in Thurston County for seven years, and was a member of the North Thurston School Board for four years. She has been active in county politics here since she moved to the area in 1975.
Her priority for the district is to raise a reserve account, which the district has not had for years. Annual audits have noted this problem consistently over past years.
Judy feels that one of the most important issues facing women today is discrimination in the workplace. In Thurston County, there are ten active female firefighters and many female volunteers. She feels it is important to do things to make fire employment more welcoming for women. She is the only woman on the board in the male-dominated field.
Snohomish County Endorsements
|Running for: Mayor of Lynnwood|
As Dean for Student Life and Development at Edmonds Community College, Nicola has provided leadership to assure effective management for athletics, child care, diversity, student leadership, services for students with disabilities, housing, and college policies including sexual harassment and Title IX. She is a budget administrator for millions of institutional, self-support, grant and contract dollars at the college. Nicola has been recognized with the Excellence in Education and Top Administrator awards.
With a commitment to community service, she has worked on several local projects and is an active member and former President of the Rotary Club of Lynnwood.
She is running to unseat current mayor, Don Gough, and finished first in a 3-way campaign. Gough was censured by the Council in 2010 for sexist and abusive behavior. As the Mayor of Lynnwood she would restore integrity in City Hall and bring 21st century leadership to Lynnwood.
|Running for: Mayor of Mukilteo|
Jennifer grew up in Mukilteo and has served as Mukilteo councilmember since 2004, two years as Mayor Pro Tem. She is known for working against commercial air service, and led the first efforts to invest in the city's Paine Field defense fund.
She is respected in Mukilteo's business community as a small business owner and has a Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington. Jennifer is committed to Mukilteo, and believes in service, she is the President of the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association and volunteers with the Farmers Market.
|Running for: Arlington City Council Pos. 1|
Jesica is an Arlington business owner, mother and involved citizen. She is excited to bring her leadership experience to the council, with new ideas and a fresh outlook for Arlington. She has years of experience leading local organizations and groups, such as the Chamber of Commerce and the School District Levy, and being on many city committees, such as the Sign code committee, Hotel/motel tax advisory board, and involved at the county level for legislative work done for the Washington State Parent Teacher Association.
Jesica’s top priorities are to strengthen Arlington’s economic vitality with new business enticements. Filling all the vacant spots in the Public safety departments as well and transparent local government.
|Running for: Edmonds City Council|
Adrienne Fraley-Monillas is running for re-election to the Edmonds City Council. She is being challenged by the very conservative member that she defeated in her 2009 campaign. During her time at the Council, Adrienne has worked on Edmond's business improvement district, helped give citizens more say in development and land use issues, and worked with city employees to bring costs down to avoid raising taxes. She is passionate about Edmonds and ensuring it remains a great place to live and do business.
|Running for: Lynnwood City Council Pos. 2|
Shirley has lived in the City of Lynnwood since 2001. She is currently retired after spending the last 11 years working at Edmonds Community College as the Executive Director, Diversity Affairs and Community Outreach. As an active community leader, she serves on several local and community advisory boards and provides leadership as the current Chair of the Diversity Commission for the City of Lynnwood.
She believes in maintaining a healthy and thriving community where all residents are encouraged to voice their concerns and needs to City leadership and give their time, energy and suggestions to make our neighborhoods safe and welcoming for everyone. Shirley will bring firsthand experience in both public and private sector to the City of Lynnwood Council. She worked in the educational K - 12 system for 9-1/2 years, in the post secondary system for 14 years in administration and as an educator. She also worked in the private sector for twenty years.
|Running for: Mukilteo City Council Pos. 1|
Terry's mission in running for city council is to create greater clarity and transparency in the council's decision making process and be a true representative of the community.
|Running for: Northshore School Board Pos. 1|
Julia Lacey is running for her second term on the Northshore School Board. With over 20 years experience in education, Julia understands how to meet the academic needs of students. She has proven herself a strong leader working to establish clear and measurable district goals, maintaining a strong and balanced budget through financially challenging times, and being elected to serve as president of the Board. Her knowledge, experience and historical perspective are invaluable as Northshore prepares for monumental changes as a result of regional growth and state mandated education reform.
|Laura Van Slyck|
|Running for: Everett Municipal Court Judge|
Laura is currently a senior prosecutor in the City Attorney’s Office where she serves as legal advisor to the police and supervises prosecution of thousands of criminal cases each year. She has a deep understanding of the public policy issues surrounding the criminal justice system. Laura has provided important instruction for lawyers and law enforcement officers on issues of search and seizure law, constitutionality of police procedures, and appropriate response to domestic violence crimes. She has also proven herself to be an experienced and effective manager. Laura is running opposed for this position and will appear on the general election ballot.
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|Running for: Port of Bellingham|
Over the course of her lifetime, from a constrained youth living under an oppressive communist regime, to the bustling bubble that is New York, Renata has seen how communities work, how different people and interests fit together, and how a landscape and its people must live in order to be healthy. Whatcom County is a wonderful community in which to raise a family, retire, or just plain live and Renata is committed to keeping it that way, to working to find a balance between environmental and economic needs. Renata recognizes that these things are all interconnected, and that the success of one aspect depends on our success in another.
The depth and breadth of very personal experience, living and working in a diversity of communities, is a big part of why Renata wants to serve as Port Commissioner, putting the Port to work for the community.
|Running for: Anacortes Mayor|
|Running for: Anacortes City Council|
Liz has lived in Anacortes her entire life, she is 5th generation in this city! If elected, she plans to focus the Council on economic development issues and creating jobs, as well as social issues through public-private partnerships. Liz has a deep understanding of issues that are important to the Caucus and will be an advocate for women and families on the Council. She is challenging a male incumbent who does not represent the progressive and environmentally friendly perspective of the city's citizens.
|Running for: Anacortes City Council|
Andrea served as a legislator in the state of Alaska for two years before moving to Anacortes. In Alaska, she also served as president of the Juneau Chapter of NOW, and as volunteer coordinator for the Juneau Women’s Shelter as well as numerous other organizations that address women’s issues. She is well qualified to serve on the city council and is running for an open seat. Her male opponent is supported by the business community and this will be a tough race for Andrea, but she's up for the challenge!
|Running for: Bellingham City Council|
Pinky serves as the Energy Efficiency Manager at Puget Sound Energy (PSE). She collaborates with and acts as liaison to small businesses, cities, counties, labor unions and residents. Pinky teaches Energy Efficiency and manages community-wide initiatives to put the Pacific Northwest on the path towards a more responsible and sustainable future. Her priorities include: making it easier for businesses to thrive, mobilizing waterfront development and creating a healthy Lake Whatcom watershed. Pinky successfully unites energy efficiency with economic vitality so that our children may inherit a better world.
Combining her practical humanitarian values with her background in project management, Pinky serves Bellingham in a wide range of community leadership roles. She is a member of Sustainable Connections, the Whatcom and Ferndale Chambers of Commerce, the Northwest Business Club, and the Bellingham City Club. She serves on the Greenways Advisory Committee, and on the board for the Center for New Media.
|Running for: Bellingham City Council|
Roxanne is running for an open seat on the Bellingham City Council, she has two male opponents and primary race. Roxanne currently serves as an administrator for the Nooksack Indian Tribal Government. She is passionate about increasing the number of women in leadership positions and supporting social service programs by sourcing outside funding. She is endorsed for this position by six of the eight current city council members. She previously worked as a community relations specialist for Tacoma’s Dept of Community and Economic Development and was named Best Employee by the Tacoma Weekly. Roxanne is a staunch supporter of women's reproductive freedom. She is endorsed many organizations and community and business leaders, including the Bellingham Herald.
|Running for: Ferndale City Council Pos. 7|
Stacy Miller is a grant specialist and program manager with Whatcom Commission Against Domestic Violence in Bellingham. During her career, she's worked closely with state and local government and seen firsthand the power a small group of people have to shape a community. She has been working with the Ferndale School District to develop a teen dating violence prevention program for our community, which involves working closely with students and staff at the local middle and high schools as well as with local organizations like Lummi Victims of Crime, and the Ferndale Police Department.
Before taking leadership of the STEP grant implementation, Miller worked for the State of Washington, managing the WorkFirst and Veterans employment programs. During that time Stacy partnered with Whatcom County service providers to address the needs and help to remove the barriers that keep people from finding work. Over a two-year period, she, her staff and community partners, developed a best-practice employment program that addressed the root cause of the unemployment and put long term unemployed adults to work. This model is still being used. Previously, Miller worked for 12 years at Skagit County Community Action, managing and writing federal and state housing grants for low-income families and children. As part of those duties, she was responsible for an annual budget of more than $2 million.
|Running for: Sedro-Woolley City Council Ward 2|
Dual Endorsement - Germaine Kornegay is running for election to the Sedro-Woolley City Council. If elected, she will be the Council’s only woman and the only person of color. Germaine is a small-business owner, successfully managing a pet supply shop while also donating her time to several community organizations including Planned Parenthood, Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services and the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Germaine was recognized by Western Washington University for her success in researching and drafting a resolution passed by the Washington legislature to eliminate marital status as a legally viable defense in 3rd degree rape. Germaine is an outstanding candidate committed to championing women’s issues and equity.
|Running for: Sedro-Woolley City Council Ward 2|
Dual Endorsement - D. “Elizabeth” Fernando is a business owner, and president of the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce. She has encouraged the city to re-evaluate the impact fee structure and policies that discourage business in the downtown areas. She's also the chair and founding member of the Arts Council of Sedro-Woolley and believes that art is a bridge that connects all cultures, and ages, and brings people together. If elected, Elizabeth wants to bring a fresh, strong, independent voice to the Council and build a strong foundation to develop solutions based on shared values.
|Running for: Spokane City Council|
Candace is a very impressive candidate! She is extremely accomplished – as an award winning journalist; as a member of the Spokane Planning Commission where she has served for 10 years, most recently as chair; and as a volunteer involved in several non-profit organizations. She ran a great, successful primary campaign and is now competing against a conservative man for this seat.
|Running for: Spokane City Council|
A Spokane native, Amber Waldref is running for re-election to the Spokane City Council. As the youngest woman ever elected to the Council, Amber has championed the protection of her city’s most vulnerable during challenging budget cuts during the recession. Elected in 2009, Amber helped establish an emergency utilities fund for low-income citizens, fought for continued funding to YWCA’s domestic violence program and is working with community leaders to improve high school graduation rates.
Amber is a veteran community organizer working with groups such as the Lands Council, Priority Spokane and working to co-develop the Spokane Community Indicators Initiative with Eastern Washington University and United Way.
|Running for: Yakima City Council Pos. 7|
Carole has spent 40 years working for and with marginalized people. She has worked in public health, mental health, citizen participation, been an HIV/AID case manager and a small business owner. She has been the Executive Director of La Casa Hogar for 13 years where she is a voice for the immigrant community. Her priorities include developing women leaders in the immigrant community and encourage them to run for office; she serves approximately 600 women in her program. Carole is challenging the incumbent for this seat, there is one other man in the race. Carole is a real champion for women and families and will be a powerful voice for them on the city council.
|Running for: Yakima School Board|
Graciela was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Yakima School Board two years ago and is now running to retain the seat. She is currently the Recruiting Director at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. She previously served on the Governor's Commission for Hispanic Affairs. Sher father was a labor advocate and she grew up with the understanding that people should do what they can to affect the greater good. Those values drive her to public service and to seek elected office.
Graciela's goal is to improve the focus on student achievement in Yakima in order to improve test scores. Seventy percent of the school population is Hispanic. She is working to develop more robust plans for parental engagement and wants to promote Board training in order to improve collaboration.