2018 General Election Endorsements

Relentless attacks on immigrant and refugee communities under the Trump Administration are energizing a movement to create change at the ballot box in Washington State.  Immigrants, refugees, and people of color are stepping up to run for office at record levels, and in communities across Washington State, grassroots community members are looking ahead to this fall’s elections.

At stake are congressional races that will determine whether Congress can block the Trump anti-immigrant agenda.  At the State level, last year State Senator Manka Dhingra’s victory (LD45) in a special election shifted control of the Senate to a pro-immigrant majority that took action to finally pass the Washington Voting Rights Act and to fund a new legal defense fund to ensure access to legal counsel for immigrants at risk of deportation.  Emboldened by this renewed momentum, immigrant and refugee communities are ready to work with candidates committed to working with them and advocating on their behalf.

This spring and summer, panels of community members from immigrant and refugee communities across Washington State interviewed dozens of candidates seeking office, evaluated their responses and voted their preferences.

“Often community members don’t get this opportunity where everything was intentional. I really appreciate that we were able to put candidates under pressure and ask them questions we deserve answers to,” said youth leader Salma Silva-Licon. “I like and appreciate the [endorsement] process to feel and appreciate our voice. We are large and represent many people that aren’t here with us. I like that I am here to represent them and how our voices and thoughts were centered.”

Their recommendations were reviewed and affirmed by the OAV Board of Directors.

“We only need to look at the 2016 presidential election and the 2017 special election in Washington State to understand that elections matter,” said Rich Stolz, Chief Executive Office of OneAmerica Votes. “Our communities and those who care about our nation’s commitment to being a just and welcoming society cannot afford to stand idly by and allow others to determine the fate of our families and communities at the ballot box.  Our path is to build the political power of immigrant and refugee communities to defend our children and families and to fight for a society where we all belong.  There is no better response to the outrages of the Trump Administration than voting and holding our elected officials accountable.  OneAmerica Votes proudly announces our 2018 general election candidate endorsements.”

You can see the full list of endorsements below:

Position Candidate
CD 1, US Representative Suzan DelBene
CD 3, US Representative Carolyn Long
CD 5, US Representative Lisa Brown
CD 7, US Representative Pramila Jayapal
CD 8, US Representative Kim Schrier
CD 9, US Representative Adam Smith
LD 5, Representative, Position 1 Bill Ramos
LD 5, Representative, Position 2 Lisa Callan
LD 17, Representative, Position 1 Tanisha Harris
LD 21, Representative, Position 2 Lilian Ortiz-Self
LD 26, Senator Emily Randall
LD 30, Representative, Position 1 Mike Pellicciotti
LD 30, Representative, Position 2 Kristine Reeves
LD 30, Senator Claire Wilson
LD 31, Senator Immaculate Ferreira
LD 31, Representative, Position 1 Victoria Mena
LD 32, Representative, Position 1 Cindy Ryu
LD 33, Representative, Position 2 Mia Gregerson
LD 34, Senator Joe Nguyen
LD 37, Senator Rebecca Saldana
LD 40, Representative, Position 1 Debra Lekanoff
LD 41, Representative, Position 2 My-Linh Thai
LD 41, Senator Pinky Vargas
LD 45, Senator Manka Dhingra
LD 47, Senator Mona Das
LD 47, Representative, Position 1 Debra Entenman
LD 49, Representative, Position 2 Monica Stonier
State Supreme Court, Position 8 Steve Gonzalez
State Supreme Court, Position 9 Sheryl McCloud

 

 

Initiative Description Recommendation
Initiative 940 This measure would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, and provide first-aid; and change standards for use of deadly force, adding a “good faith” standard and independent investigation. Recommend YES
Initiative 1631 This measure would charge pollution fees on sources of greenhouse gas pollutants and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts, under oversight of a public board. Recommend YES
Initiative 1634 This measure would prohibit new or increased local taxes, fees, or assessments on raw or processed foods or beverages (with exceptions), or ingredients thereof, unless effective by January 15, 2018, or generally applicable. Recommend NO
Initiative 1639 This measure would require increased background checks, training, age limitations, and waiting periods for sales or delivery of semiautomatic assault rifles; criminalize noncompliant storage upon unauthorized use; allow fees; and enact other provisions. Recommend YES
Everett Proposition 1 This measure would shift Everett’s elections from 7 at-large seats to districted elections. Recommend: Vote to Approve Districts
Everett Proposition 2 This measure provides voters the option of 5 districts with 2 citywide seats or 4 districts with 3 citywide seats. Recommend: Vote for 5 Districts, 2 Citywide
Seattle Families & Education Levy This measure would raise funds through a property tax levy to support educational initiatives in Seattle, including initiatives to reduce the opportunity gap at the pre-school, K-12 and college level. Recommend YES