"I first learned about the Women’s Political Caucus at a campaign training course the caucus sponsored in Poulsbo Washington in 1999. I attended with the intention of helping out with a campaign, and left the training as a recruited candidate for our local city council. The local NWPC members provided support and advice throughout the entire campaign, support which included networking opportunities with other local candidates who had likewise been recruited and/or trained during that one training session. The bonds that I made during that time persist to this day – women who were school board members, county commissioners, fire commissioners, and even a judge, and I’ve enjoyed witnessing their varied contributions to our Kitsap community."
Rep. Christine Rolfes
Leg District 23, Kitsap County
"The NWPC has been working to build and elect strong women leaders in Washington State since 1973, and it shows. Singular among all states in the history of the country, we have a woman governor and two women U.S .Senators. And our state legislature has the record in history in the U.S. for having had nearly 41% of members as women (from 1992- 2004) and with nearly 33% presently. The Senate Democratic Caucus also holds the record historically of any major caucus at 2/3 of its members as women (in the late nineties-early 00s).
But our work is not done Thanks to the Caucus for the important work they've done, and continue to do, to achieve gender parity and ensure women have a voice."
Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Leg District 36, King County
"I was a first-time candidate running for Seattle Port Commissioner. I had no political connections or local support base. But NWPC-WA agreed to interview me for an early endorsement and was the first organization to endorse me. Their interview and endorsement process helped prepare me for the months of campaigning ahead. NWPC-WA is unique: it connects its endorsed candidates with each other. And when we win, NWPC-WA is still there for us. Their continued support for me and other women elected officials and candidates gives all of us the courage and confidence we need to succeed."
Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton
Last February I attended your workshop in Tukwila for women who may be interested in running for office. The basics of running a successful campaign, getting organized and staying on track benefited me well.
After that workshop I ran an EMS levy for our city as a citizen organizer we passed a permanent EMS levy in April with an nearly 85% yes vote. In June I filed to run for Mayor of Arlington along with five other candidates. I will be sworn in as the Mayor in the next couple of weeks. I can’t tell you how valuable the information I learned at your workshop was, some of it I didn’t know at the time why it was important but during the campaign it most definitely all came into focus for me. Thank you!
Barbara Tolbert, Mayor of Arlington