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Democracy is at its best when immigrants, refugees and people of color are engaged and represented at all levels by people that come from our communities and act in our interests. We know that when we elect leaders from our community, we elect people who put US first. It’s time to make our home a place with a thriving, inclusive democracy that welcomes immigrants and invests in communities. To do that, we need a government that represents us and reflects our lived experiences.

For too long our elected officials have attempted to speak for us or put our needs, the needs of communities of color and immigrants, last. We need authentic representation, and allyship is not enough. Our childcare system has been left devastated by the pandemic at a time when it’s most needed, and while we saw major investments through the legislature this year, local government must continue to prioritize early education and a healthy COVID-19 recovery for all. We need to take more steps at home to make sure our state welcomes immigrants and invests in community supports, not systems that harm Black and brown bodies.

This year we have the opportunity to elect candidates who deeply understand our experience, because they share it. Candidates who are proven community leaders that are ready to lead with power and a progressive, pro-immigrant vision. We can’t leave any power on the table this year - it’s time to vote, turn out our neighbors and our communities and lift these champions into local offices that will directly impact our lives. It’s our time.

Our Grassroots Leadership (GRLC), a group of immigrant, refugee, and POC leaders from across the state, and OAV Board, virtually interviewed candidates, asked tough questions, and made key decisions on whether to endorse and how to work with these candidates in the future.

 "OneAmerica Votes (OAV) represents and works with numerous communities, and when OAV endorses a candidate, it implies that those communities align themselves with the candidate as well. Therefore, it's vital that leaders, that represent the values and needs of our communities, get to interview candidates and make sure that they're "on the same page" when it comes to the issues that affect us." -Youth Council Member Alex 

We are excited to announce our 2021 endorsements which are a key way that we can elect people of color and allies committed to co-governance, educate legislators on our issues, and hold them accountable to co-governing with our communities.

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US TO LIFT THESE POWERFUL CANDIDATES WE HAVE ENDORSED TO ELECTED LEADERSHIP BY SUPPORTING THEIR CAMPAIGNS WITH YOUR VOICES, YOUR DOLLARS, YOUR TIME, AND YOUR VOTE.

*Endorsements will continue to be added to this list as we finalize our endorsement process. 


OUR 2021 ENDORSEMENTS

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Photo of Shukri OlowDR. SHUKRI OLOW
KING COUNTY COUNCIL,
DISTRICT 5

Shukri Olow is mother, a community organizer, and a pivotal member of our OneAmerica Votes community.

For the last 14 years, she has worked directly in service to the residents of South King County working on a variety of issues including housing, education and human services. She mentors youth through several programs, pushing the systems from the outside so that we can all get to collective liberation.

Shukri understands and aligns with the values of immigrant communities as she is herself a refugee from Somalia. She has been a long time leader in the Somali community in South King County and has organized in solidarity with the movement for Black Lives.

If Shukri is elected, she would be the first Black woman to win a County Council seat in WA state. Shukri is committed to fighting for expanded access to early learning and childcare for immigrants and families of color, reimagining public safety that centers the needs of community, and ensuring resources are allocated for pivotal programs that would allow our communities to flourish.

Shukri is committed to governing with OneAmerica Votes leaders. Putting us at the decision-making table alongside her.

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HAMDI MOHAMED
PORT OF SEATTLE COMMISSON,
POSITION 3

Hamdi Mohamed is a dedicated community leader who has organized with OneAmerica for more than 10 years. She has a deep passion for serving on the Seattle Port as the daughter of port workers. None of the current Seattle Port Commissioners live in S. King County. If elected, Hamdi would be representing the people of her community.

Hamdi immigrated to the U.S. from Somalia with her family at 3 years old after the outbreak of civil war. She grew up in South King County and currently currently works as the Policy Advisor for King County Executive Office of Equity and Social Justice, where she led $1.5 million investment in a new market and cooperative housing development in Tukwila, alongside managing a $3 million COVID-19 Community Response Fund that went directly to community based organizations working with frontline workers. She was also previously a Deputy Director for Rep. Jayapal.

If Hamdi is elected, she would be one of the the first woman of color to be elected to the Port of Seattle Commission. We're excited for Hamdi's leadership because of her passion for immigrant rights, workers rights and racial equity. She has pledged to work alongside OAV Leaders to fight for justice for immigrants.

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TOSHIKO GRACE HASAGAWA
PORT OF SEATTLE COMMISSION,
POSITION 4

Toshiko Hasegawa is a fourth-generation Japanese American and lifelong Seattle resident. She is a daughter of the labor movement and was shaped by her parents and community to value working in service to others, and to feel a strong sense of civic duty. In 2018, Toshiko was appointed Executive Director of the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) - becoming the youngest member of Governor Inslee’s cabinet, and the youngest ED in CAPAA’s history. With CAPAA, she advised the Governor, State Legislature and other agencies on issues impacting marginalized communities in our state.

We have worked directly with Toshiko and her team at CAPAA on legislation and she has committed to continuing to work with our immigrant communities to advance issues that our most important to us.

If Toshiko is elected, she would be the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Port of Seattle Commission. Toshiko's top issues she will be advocating for is economic justice, improving structures of accountability, language access at the port, and environmental justice.

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View our previous endorsements by clicking below: 

2020
2019 General
2019 Primaries
2018