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Event Honors 2014 Campaign Heroines

This month, the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington (NWPC-WA) brought together heroines from across the state who were integral to this year’s campaigns. These heroines knocked on thousands of doors, made hundreds of calls, sacrificed many weekends and lost countless hours of sleep, all in support of the campaign. For many of these women, their work and the superhuman efforts remained behind the scenes. Until now. Read more.

2014 Election Recap

This Election was a mixed bag for women in Washington.

We had some great wins! US Congresswoman Suzan DelBene retained her seat along with many of our women incumbents. We still lead the nation with our woman-dominated state Supreme Court, and strong women leaders like Pramila Jayapal (Senate, 37th LD), Joan McBride (House, 48th LD), and Kathleen Kler (Jefferson County Commission) won handily. We also finally added a second woman, Judy Tuohy, to the Everett City Council.

Still, there were disappointments and some races that remain too close to call.

Education leader Rep. Monica Stonier lost her seat in the 17th district in a close race. Rep. Tami Green, who challenged anti-choice Steve O’Ban for his senate seat in the 28th district, has lost. Lakewood City Councilmember Mary Moss lost her bid for a House seat in the same district. Businesswoman Shari Song lost her campaign for the open senate seat in the 30th district to anti-woman extremist Mark Miloscia. And incumbent Kathy Haigh lost her House seat in the 35th district.

Nurse and healthcare champion Rep. Dawn Morrell lost her re-election campaign in the 25th district. However, Morrell’s opponent, pro-choice Republican Melanie Stambaugh, will become the youngest woman ever elected to the Washington State Legislature.

Wendy Davis, a strong candidate to become Jefferson County’s first female sheriff, lost her bid for this open seat. She ran a strong campaign against a strong Old Boys Network; we look forward to supporting in Wendy in a future race!

Still too close to call is one of our priority candidates, Christine Kilduff. Christine is running for an open House seat in the 28th district. Volunteers are out chasing ballots to make sure every vote is counted. Want to help? Email Osta Davis from Christine's campaign (

Despite these losses, we had a net gain of one woman in the legislature. But we have a lot of work to do in 2015 to recruit new women candidates for school boards, city councils and county councils. Will you be one? The NWPC will be sponsoring a Campaign Training for current and future candidates and campaign managers in the spring, we hope to see you there!

2014 Voters' Guide
Help us elect a woman-powered Washington. 

Check out our Voters’ Guide to see which candidates NWPC-WA endorsed in your legislative district or county. Be sure to vote by November 4th!
NWPC-WA in The Seattle Times: Why we need more women like Mary Yu

While Mary Yu’s appointment to the state Supreme Court is a win for underrepresented women, the state still has a long way to go in other offices, writes NWPC-WA Board Member Alexis Oliver in The Seattle Times

Gov. Jay Inslee made history by announcing the appointment of Mary Yu to the state Supreme Court. Yu is the first woman of color and the first openly gay woman to serve on our state’s highest court. With her addition, we now have a record high of six women serving on the state Supreme Court. 

Her appointment is a celebrated win for Washington’s justice system. But it’s also a remarkable win for women in communities across the state, particularly for women from underrepresented communities. 

Read the full piece from The Seattle Times here

Wanted: Women to Run for Office!

Check out this great story in The Seattle Weekly about the need for more women to run for office and what local groups, like  the NWPC, are doing to increase those numbers. Thanks to Weekly reporter Nina Shapiro for covering this important topic!

2014 Women's Campaign Training

The NWPC-WA celebrated International Women's Day by training an incredible group of nearly 50 women to run for office!

Expert trainers and elected leaders shared information on campaign nuts & bolts, raising money, developing your message and honing your elevator speech, talking to voters, and much more!

Thank you to our trainers: Noel Frame/Progressive Majority WA, Raven McShane/Oldmixon Hill, Lorraine Howell/Media Skills Training, and Treasure Mackley/Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest

Thank you to our panelists: Redmond City Councilmember Kim Allen, Bellingham City Councilmember Roxanne Murphy, Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall, and Rep. Jessyn Farrell

Thank you to our sponsors: Argo Strategies, Brad Bosworth, Vicki Christopherson, Cerillon N4 Partners, The Connections Group, Northwest Passage Strategies, Nyhus Communications, Oldmixon Hill, Sound Strategies, Sound View Strategies, Progressive Strategies Northwest, and WinPower Strategies

And thank you to our committee and volunteers: Emily Wicks, Jaime Smith, Liz Berry, Linda Mitchell, Lauren Curren, Bree Rabourn, Megan Melloy, Melissa Gilbert, Tessa Rutledge, and Alexis Oliver!

New NWPC-WA President Elected

At our Annual Meeting on January 12, Linda Mitchell stepped down after leading the organization for 10 years and the membership elected Liz Berry as its next president.

Liz brings political experience, great networks, and a passion for getting women elected and involved in the political process and is the perfect leader to take the Caucus into its next 40 years! Read the press release here, and see Liz's letter to the membership, here.

The Caucus Celebrates a Big Birthday

The Caucus celebrated 40 years of electing women to office in Washington state in October with some noteable guests, including the Honorable Christine Gregoire, many elected officials, and many of the women who got the whole thing started! Photos of the event are available at our facebook page.

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