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Endorsement Process

Co-govern with OneAmerica Votes

As a statewide organization, OneAmerica Votes makes endorsements with the goal of increasing the power and voice of immigrant and refugee communities in government. To be endorsed by OneAmerica Votes candidates must demonstrate their commitment to work alongside us and deliver on the issues most important to our communities.

Our endorsement process is led by grassroots leaders from immigrant and refugee communities across Washington State. They interview candidates regarding issues important to their communities, evaluate the candidate responses and make recommendations to the OneAmerica Votes Board of Directors for review and affirmation. We are mindful of how we allocate our resources across Washington State which means not every candidate requesting an endorsement will get an interview.

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Note: Requesting an endorsement does not guarantee an endorsement from OneAmerica Votes.

Process for First-Time Seeking Endorsement of OAV

1) Request

Send a request for endorsement by filling out our inquiry form.

2) Strategic Review

Community leaders, OAV board members and staff review all requests and decide who to invite into the process.

3) Questionnaire

A questionnaire will be sent to selected candidates to be completed before a noted deadline.

4) Interview

Candidates will be interviewed by our community leaders, members, and OAV board and staff.

5) Notification

Candidates who have been endorsed will be notified via email or phone.

6) Announcement

Endorsements are announced across OAV digital platforms.

Process for Previously Endorsed Candidates

1) Request

Send a request for endorsement by filling out our inquiry form. Indicate that you’re a past OAV endorsed candidate.

2) Questionnaire

A questionnaire will be sent to selected candidates to be completed before a noted deadline.

3) Expedited Endorsement

Community leaders and OAV board members and staff will review questionnaires, deliberate and vote on the endorsement.

4) Notification

Candidates who have been endorsed will be notified via email or phone.

5) Announcement

Endorsements are announced across OAV digital platforms.