OneAmerica Votes Endorses Inslee, Gonzalez and Slate of Exciting State Legislative Candidates
The most important election cycle in 20 years begins today.
Across the state, ballots are arriving in mailboxes. You and other Washingtonians will vote to elect the next President, Washington State U.S. Senator, Governor, countless statewide offices and more than half of the legislature.
Candidates and pundits across the country are starting to realize what we already knew—the immigrant vote is powerful. Because of the election’s importance in determining the future direction of our state, OneAmerica Votes is planning to communicate with 39,502 immigrant voters statewide, through phonebanks, door-to-door canvassing, and direct mail, with a focus on strategic state legislative districts. With that in mind, OneAmerica Votes is pleased to announce its initial list of endorsements for the 2012 election cycle.
First and foremost, we are excited to announce our endorsement of Jay Inslee for Governor. On issues of importance to immigrant communities, Jay has an incredibly strong record, and, most importantly, impressed the more than 20 OneAmerica Votes members from across Washington who participated in his candidate interview.
Jay’s record on issues of importance to immigrants is impressive, having supported the DREAM Act as a Congressman, becoming one of the first candidates to publicly support the Washington State Voting Rights Act this past legislative session, and, most recently, with his principled stand in support of driver’s licenses for all immigrants.
We are also incredibly pleased to endorse Justice Steven Gonzalez for Washington State Supreme Court, Position 8. Justice Gonzalez has been endorsed by nearly every organization and editorial board in the state because of his clear leadership, excellent qualifications and commitment to the community. Because of quirks in election law, his race will be decided in the primary, so it is critical that you cast your vote for Justice Gonzalez now, in the primary.
In addition to these endorsements in statewide races, we are pleased to announce the following state legislative endorsements, with more to follow:
Luis Moscoso, State Representative, Legislative District 1
Mark Mullet, State Senate, Legislative District 5
Bob Hasegawa, State Senate, Legislative District 11
Bobby Virk, State Representative, Legislative District 11
Zack Hudgins, State Representative, Legislative District 11
Jeannie Darneille, State Senate, Legislative District 27
Cindy Ryu, State Representative, Legislative District 32
Sahar Fathi, State Representative, Legislative District 36
Bud Sizemore, State Representative, Legislation District 47
Pat Sullivan, State Representative, Legislative District 47
Cyrus Habib, State Representative, Legislative District 48
Ross Hunter, State Representative, Legislative District 48
Donate to support OneAmerica Votes’ efforts to mobilize immigrant voters in the upcoming election. $50 is enough for seven hours of phone banking, $100 will fund a volunteer-led canvass using OneAmerica Votes’ movement-building organizing model.
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