Some voters cast their ballot by a particular topic. This page shows candidates' answers to questions in our issue survey grouped by topic.

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Economy

Regarding inflation, recovery and other economic issues, we asked each candidate which statement comes closest to their point of view. (The question slightly varied between U.S. Congress and the WA State Legislature — read more about our methodology here!) The options for Legislative candidates were:

  • Let the market decide. 
  • We need to lower taxes on businesses to get the economy growing and encourage more hiring.
  • The Legislature should consider some incentives and financial help to get businesses back on their feet.
  • We need to consider giving Washington taxpayers a recovery check or a monthly check for families. 
  • It’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

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Emily Alvarado

In our issue survey, Emily responded that it’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

Suzan DelBene

In our issue survey, Suzan responded that the economic recovery has not helped everybody. We need to give taxpayers another recovery check or a monthly check for families.

"While we’ve had a strong economic recovery thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan that I supported, we need to do more to help families tackle the rising costs of everyday goods like food, rent, and gas. I recently released an action plan to tackle inflation. I also remain committed to renewing monthly checks for parents through the expanded Child Tax Credit. This lifted 3.7 million kids out of poverty and was a historic tax cut for middle class families."

John Dickinson

In our issue survey, John responded that we need to lower taxes on businesses to get the economy growing and encourage more hiring.

"I propose a sever tax holiday until our crises have subsided. Washington is number 50 in housing crises. Washington is high in drug usage crises. Wasahington has the highest level of regressive taxes and fees. Sin taxes reach the high heavens. Let the tax holiday run for a substantial time to make a difference in peoples' lives."

Darya Farivar

In our issue survey, Darya responded that it’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

"There is currently a pilot happening in south King County and I'm eagerly awaiting the results. Guaranteed basic income is not too far off of programs that currently exist, for example, social security. For some, the systemic barriers are too great to pull out of on their own. When all our community members are healthy and have their basic needs addressed, our communities thrive."

Joe Fitzgibbon

In our issue survey, Joe responded that it’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

Leah Griffin

In our issue survey, Leah responded that we need to consider giving Washington taxpayers a recovery check or a monthly check for families.

"I also support additional help for small businesses, and an exploration of universal basic income."

Matthew Gross

In our issue survey, Matthew responded that it’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

"I believe rental assistance and investment in affordable housing is the best way to help with the rising cost of living."

David Hackney

In our issue survey, David responded that it’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

"The economy grows from the inside out. Basic minimum income programs provide ordinary people with resources to stimulate the economy and take care of their basic needs."

Natasha Hill

In our issue survey, Natasha responded that it’s time to consider a national program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

Joe Kent

In our issue survey, Joe responded that we need to lower taxes on businesses to get the economy growing and encourage more hiring.

"Inflation is a tax on the working and middle classes of our Republic. The value of the dollar continues to fall, and the Fed prints money backed by nothing."

Nicole Macri

In our issue survey, Nicole responded that we need to consider giving Washington taxpayers a recovery check or a monthly check for families.

Jeff Manson

In our issue survey, Jeff responded that we need to consider giving Washington taxpayers a recovery check or a monthly check for families.

Shukri Olow

In our issue survey, Shukri responded that we need to consider giving Washington taxpayers a recovery check or a monthly check for families.

"Economic downturns hurt the vulnerable low-income and BIPOC communities the most, and we should prioritize their needs as we recover. While I’m curious about the potential for a basic income in Washington, the inflationary repercussions of such a policy lead me to believe that a more targeted approach is what we need right now."

Stephanie Peters

In our issue survey, Stephanie responded that we need to lower taxes on businesses to get the economy growing and encourage more hiring.

"Deregulation in housing, possible increase in transportation (bus/metro) subsidies"

Andrew Pilloud

In our issue survey, Andrew responded that we need to lower taxes on businesses to get the economy growing and encourage more hiring.

Gerry Pollet

In our issue survey, Gerry responded that it’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

"Guaranteed basic income are proven to greatly reduce intergenerational poverty and improve health. As a teacher of public health at UW, I've reviewed the research with my students, including how this investment would actually SAVE the State money on human services and housing. There are many interim steps we can take, some of which I have already been sponsor of to help break ground, such as providing funds to prevent people from being evicted."

Lelach Rave

In our issue survey, Lelach responded that we need to consider giving Washington taxpayers a recovery check or a monthly check for families.

"There was great success in reducing child poverty with the federal checks given to all families with children as part of the COVID relief package. Washington should consider a similar state level program to assist families in need. Given the current restraints on generating revenue in our state, I feel such a program would be more sustainable than a guaranteed basic income and would invest dollars in children, who are among the most vulnerable in our community."

Julia G. Reed

In our issue survey, Julia responded that it’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

"Jurisidictions across the nation have been piloting universal basic income programs with strong results. In the 36th, Rep Liz Berry has proposed a statewide UBI pilot. Universal Basic Income can be a potent policy tool to combat extreme poverty and I think our state should explore it as part of our response to create an economy that works for everyone."

Sharon Shewmake

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that we need to consider giving Washington taxpayers a recovery check or a monthly check for families.

"Removing supply chain constraints, building more resilient supply chains and tackling affordable housing are also key components in battling inflation."

Emijah Smith

In our issue survey, Emijah responded that we need to consider giving Washington taxpayers a recovery check or a monthly check for families.

"Washington families and workers have been hit incredibly hard the past years during COVID and before and deserve a break. Especially now with record high inflation, we need to get serious as a state about ensuring Washington's families can make ends meet. The basic income, or universal basic income, is an interesting concept and I look forward to learning more about the proposed bill by Rep Liz Berry and seeing what our state can learn from other basic income pilots in North America like those in California and Canada."

Adam Smith

In our issue survey, Adam responded that the Federal Reserve needs to get a handle on inflation by continuing to raise interest rates.

Chipalo Street

In our issue survey, Chipalo responded that it’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

Marilyn Strickland

In our issue survey, Marilyn responded that the economic recovery has not helped everybody. We need to give taxpayers another recovery check or a monthly check for families.

"I’ve spent my career advocating for jobs, opportunity, fairness, small businesses, and economic security for all people. Fighting inflation, lowering costs for families, and creating an economy that works for everyone is my top priority in Congress. I’ve championed infrastructure investments in transportation, utilities, and affordable housing, and voted for the bipartisan infrastructure package to create jobs and support workers. I also voted for the permanent refundability of the Child Tax Credit, and key investments for our long-term care workforce to serve our seniors. I also support a national paid family leave policy and will continue to work with labor to protect the right to organize and collectively bargain. I support pilot programs to help develop a national strategy that will provide financial stability for people, and I support expanding effective policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and registered apprenticeships."

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

In our issue survey, Mia responded that it’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

"We know that basic forms of income that cover the needs of our most vulnerable will help all of society. Those dollars will flow directly to local businesses. When parents and aging seniors can pay for their daily expenses their mental health and physical health improves."

Keith Swank

In our issue survey, Keith responded that we need to lower taxes on businesses to get the economy growing and encourage more hiring.

Sharon Tomiko Santos

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that the Legislature should consider some incentives and financial help to get businesses back on their feet.

"In fact, my point of view falls somewhere between (C) financial incentives and supports for business and (D) recovery subsidies for taxpayers and families. For both concepts, the key feature must be support which is targetted."

Javier Valdez

In our issue survey, Javier responded that it’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

Patricia Weber

In our issue survey, Patricia responded that we need to consider giving Washington taxpayers a recovery check or a monthly check for families.

Doug White

In our issue survey, Doug responded that we need to lower taxes on businesses to get the economy growing and encourage more hiring.

"Bring our jobs back home so our citizen's can afford to buy local products. We need to build our economy!"

Claire Wilson

In our issue survey, Claire responded that it’s time to consider a program that provides a guaranteed basic income.

"Thanks to our leadership, Washington has weathered the pandemic’s economic and health impacts better than most other states, and we are in a very strong economic position. However, my concern is that the part of our economy that is thriving is too narrow, and limited geographically. I am proud that our budgets have made our tax system less regressive and have bolstered the programs and services that benefit our communities. However, to ensure that everyone benefits from Washington’s strong economy, we must continue our work on tax fairness to take the burden off of low and middle-income families and sustainably fund the services Washingtontonians rely on. As the Chair of the Senate Human Services, Rehabilitation and Reentry committee, I have been working with a stakeholder group around the logistics of a guaranteed basic income program, and I look forward to engaging in greater detail with this work. . I also believe that by supporting our young people from the very beginning, we can build pathways to acquire skills and training that ultimately serve to prepare young people to enter the workforce and earn family wages. As a lifetime educator and the vice-chair of the Senate Committee on K-12 Education and Early Learning, I have devoted my career to providing education and opportunity from the earliest stages of life and beyond. Through providing quality child care that is accessible and affordable, we not only help our kids, we also enable parents to participate in the workforce. We took a massive stride towards this goal in the passage of the Fair Start for Kids Act in 2021 (E2SSB 5237). In addition, we are currently working to create more apprenticeship programs and career and technical training opportunities for students and workers pursuing careers in the trades. Throughout all this work, I strive to fight racial and economic disparities in education and access to opportunities to ensure that family-wage jobs are within reach for all members of our communities."

Policing

Regarding police and law enforcement regulations, we asked each candidate for the State Legislature which statement comes closest to their point of view. (Read more about our methodology here!) The options were:

  • Let’s hire more police and put more money back into law enforcement budgets.
  • Crime is out of control. Let the cops do their jobs.
  • More law enforcement jobs need to be reassigned to social workers and other service providers.
  • Police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired. 
  • We should cut spending on police by at least half.

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Emily Alvarado

In our issue survey, Emily responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

"Police training and accountability are essential as is investing in appropriate alternatives to law enforcement."

John Dickinson

In our issue survey, John responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

"Education, training, education, training."

Darya Farivar

In our issue survey, Darya responded that we should cut spending on police by at least half.

"I want to be clear: I don't fully agree with the phrasing of Option E. I do not support cutting funding for public safety. Rather, I believe the police handle too many cases that could be better, and more safely, handled by social workers, mental health professionals, and other trained experts. Increased training is not working for police and not working for vulnerable communities. Increasing public safety starts with providing care the moment it's needed, supporting crisis behavioral health professionals, affordable and accessible low-barrier housing, and reducing the scope of work of law enforcement. We are experiencing serious workforce shortages across the board and especially when it comes to behavioral health care professionals. As a result, we’ve tried to plug holes by having law enforcement respond to crisis. This isn’t working for anyone. Police are trained to respond to crimes and detain individuals, not to provide a trauma-informed approach to a person in crisis. To be clear- there are still times when law enforcement must be involved in a behavioral health crisis and they should show up to support in these moments. To support law enforcement and increase public safety we need to reduce their scope of work and bolster our behavioral health crisis system which starts with supporting the workforce."

Joe Fitzgibbon

In our issue survey, Joe responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

Leah Griffin

In our issue survey, Leah responded that more law enforcement jobs need to be reassigned to social workers and other service providers.

Matthew Gross

In our issue survey, Matthew responded that more law enforcement jobs need to be reassigned to social workers and other service providers.

"Police officers should be responding to ongoing emergencies and conducting follow up investigation for serious crimes. We should be relying on other professionals for proactive community outreach and behavioral health challenges."

David Hackney

In our issue survey, David responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

"Public safety also means that communities of color should feel safe from police brutality and all citizens should feel safe from crime."

Nicole Macri

In our issue survey, Nicole responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

Jeff Manson

In our issue survey, Jeff responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

"We must fully fund our criminal justice system, including the courts, prosecutors and defenders, social workers, health care providers, investigators, first responders, and law enforcement, while creating and maintaining police accountability standards, training, and independent enforcement. We must attack the root causes of criminal activity by funding mental health, behavioral health, addiction treatment, and Community Violence Intervention programs, while providing the housing and basic needs necessary to support individual recovery."

Shukri Olow

In our issue survey, Shukri responded that more law enforcement jobs need to be reassigned to social workers and other service providers.

"Our police forces will tell you that they suffer for understaffing - the solution is to integrate more trained civilians into our crisis response. I have been heartened by the successes of programs in places such as Denver that allow mental health specialists and social workers to assist people in crisis, and look forward to legislating a more holistic approach to public safety in our state."

Stephanie Peters

In our issue survey, Stephanie responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

Andrew Pilloud

In our issue survey, Andrew responded: Crime is out of control. Let the cops do their jobs.

Gerry Pollet

In our issue survey, Gerry responded that more law enforcement jobs need to be reassigned to social workers and other service providers.

"This is not an either - or choice. We have to train police in de-escalation. We have to train them to work with trained mental and behavioral health crisis responders, who should be taking the lead in responding to many calls. I've led on numerous police reforms to reduce violence and racial disparities in police use of force. We need body cameras on all police officers (which costs money). We must not roll back new reforms I championed to remove the commission of police officers who abuse their position through the use of force or discriminatory patterns of policing regardless of whether their local commanders fail to discipline them."

Lelach Rave

In our issue survey, Lelach responded: Let’s hire more police and put more money back into law enforcement budgets.

"I believe we need to invest more money into law enforcement - some into hiring more officers, some into training those officers in areas of de-escalation, crisis intervention, use of force, history of racism, mental health first aid, and trauma informed care, hiring more social workers, mental health providers and other service providers. There also needs to be accountability for officer actions and inactions."

Julia G. Reed

In our issue survey, Julia responded that more law enforcement jobs need to be reassigned to social workers and other service providers.

"Our current system of addressing crime – cycling people in and out of jail, years-long backlogs before a case is heard, violent crimes not being addressed because detectives are being pulled off of cases to do street patrol, limited access to counseling, mental healthcare, and community-based rehabilitation programs – is not working, and we see the evidence of that on our streets every day. We can’t just double down on more of the same and expect different results. We should invest in not only addressing but preventing criminal activity, by scaling effective solutions like the work of Community Passageways and Choose 180 right here in Seattle. We should invest in more advocates and victim services for victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic and partner violence, fast tracking those cases to ensure people have protection and real access to justice. And we should address the scarcity and poverty that is at the root of so much low-level crime. Lack of access to jobs, education, housing, mental and physical healthcare, food, lead to increases in crime in our communities. The legislature’s responsibility is to address scarcity in our state, and as a legislator this will be a priority."

Sharon Shewmake

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that let’s hire more police and put more money back into law enforcement budgets.

"None of these answers adequately reflect my views. We do need more police but the budgets were not cut. We also need more social service supports and policies that get at the roots of crime to provide true public safety. Also crime stinks, nobody likes it and often the folks that are most vulnerable to crime are those that are most vulnerable in general."

Emijah Smith

In our issue survey, Emijah responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

"As an advocate and mother, I think often about how we can create truly safe communities and improve our experience of public safety. I believe this includes more thoughtful reinvestment of public funds to specialized crisis responders and better training for police officers. I hope these changes will result in a system where people who are experiencing mental health challenges and others get the immediate and non-escalating support they need."

Chipalo Street

In our issue survey, Chipalo responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

"We all deserve to feel safe in our neighborhoods. My experience getting beaten by the police drives me to increase accountability of those on the force, while also partnering with them to fight crime. We need to think more comprehensively about public safety as more than just police officers."

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

In our issue survey, Mia responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

Sharon Tomiko Santos

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that more law enforcement jobs need to be reassigned to social workers and other service providers.

"I think we need to radically rethink how to deliver the essential services related to public health and public safety. The police cannot and should not be a municipal militia, but a workforce of civil servants empowered to protect the public through the consent of the governed. At the same time, the police should expand its workforce of professional community service officers who assist people in crisis to access needed services."

Javier Valdez

In our issue survey, Javier responded that more law enforcement jobs need to be reassigned to social workers and other service providers.

"Putting police officers in positions that they are not trained or equipped for is not only harmful to the communities that they are serving but makes their jobs harder and puts them at unnecessary risk."

Patricia Weber

In our issue survey, Patricia responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

"Police who are trained but somehow fall short of this do not need to be immediately fired. Another aspect of the job should be offered. They deserve just as much support as we expect for ourselves."

Claire Wilson

In our issue survey, Claire responded that police training needs to do a better job in the areas of deescalation, crisis intervention, use of force. Cops who are trained in these areas but fail on the job in some way should be fired.

"Every community in Washington deserves to feel safe from crime and police misconduct. As such, I am committed to continuing to hone initiatives designed to reduce police violence and hold everyone in our society accountable for wrongdoing. For me, this means providing additional resources and training to enable law enforcement officers to better deal with emergencies of all kinds, increasing funding for behavioral and mental health supports and substance use disorder treatment, and continuing to re-visit, re-evaluate, and potentially revise existing legislation to ensure that it is meeting its stated goals without unintended consequences. Systemic reform is rarely easy or quick to implement, but I will continue to listen to communities about their needs and prioritize public safety as viewed through the lens of public health."

Immigration

Regarding immigration, we asked each candidate for U.S. Congress which statement comes closest to their point of view. (Read more about our methodology here!) The options were:

  • Close the borders. Deport residents without official authorization. 
  • We should severely limit how many refugees and immigrants are welcome here and return to deporting people who come here without permission and then break the law.
  • It’s time to create a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.
  • It’s time to make DACA recipients full citizens and start talking about a path to citizenship for other longtime immigrants and refugees.
  • Open our borders and welcome all newcomers who seek a life here.
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Suzan DelBene

In our issue survey, Suzan responded that it’s time to make DACA recipients full citizens and start talking about a path to citizenship for other longtime immigrants and refugees.

"I believe we need comprehensive immigration reform that eliminates application backlogs, reunites families, and meet the demands of our economy. I strongly support an earned path to citizenship for those who are already here, otherwise following the law, working or going to school, or making positive contributions to their communities. Further, we must focus our enforcement resources on those who pose a threat to public safety while honoring students and hardworking people adding value to our economy."

Natasha Hill

In our issue survey, Natasha responded that it’s time to make DACA recipients full citizens and start talking about a path to citizenship for other longtime immigrants and refugees.

Joe Kent

In our issue survey, Joe responded: Close the borders. Deport residents without official authorization.

"I will introduce and support legislation to build a border wall, push back on blanket amnesty, deprive sanctuary cities of federal funding, and enforce strict employer verification requirements for their employees to end non-US citizen labor demand."

Adam Smith

In our issue survey, Adam responded that it’s time to make DACA recipients full citizens and start talking about a path to citizenship for other longtime immigrants and refugees.

Marilyn Strickland

In our issue survey, Marilyn responded that it’s time to make DACA recipients full citizens and start talking about a path to citizenship for other longtime immigrants and refugees.

"As the daughter of an immigrant, I understand the challenges experienced by our immigrant population. I support comprehensive immigration reform that focuses on streamlining the process of legal permanent residency, creating a fair pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in this country, and protections for DREAMERs. I will fight to shut down the for-profit detention facilities that lock up children and will fight the cruel policy of separating migrant families. I will also continue working to expand visa caps. Immigrants are an essential part of the American identity and the U.S. economy as workers and entrepreneurs who bring skills, diverse perspectives, and innovation. By raising caps on visas, we can help attract the brightest and the best the world has to offer to the United States."

Keith Swank

In our issue survey, Keith responded that we should severely limit how many refugees and immigrants are welcome here and return to deporting people who come here without permission and then break the law.

Doug White

In our issue survey, Doug responded that it’s time to make DACA recipients full citizens and start talking about a path to citizenship for other longtime immigrants and refugees.

Environment

Regarding the environment and global climate change, we asked each candidate which statement comes closest to their point of view. (The question slightly varied between U.S. Congress and the WA State Legislature — read more about our methodology here!) The options for Legislative candidates were:

  • Climate change is a natural phenomenon that we cannot fix with new laws or regulations.
  • We have to carefully balance our priorities concerning climate legislation and the economy.
  • Washington needs to invest serious money in developing alternative energy sources and to encourage people to buy electric vehicles, invest in solar energy for their homes and switch from gas to electric to heat their homes.
  • New regulations with firm deadlines should use “a stick” to force the general population to give up gas-powered vehicles and heating with oil, natural gas and coal. 
  • Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.
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Emily Alvarado

In our issue survey, Emily responded that Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.

Suzan DelBene

In our issue survey, Suzan responded that Congress needs to invest serious money in developing alternative energy sources and encourage people to buy electric vehicles, invest in solar energy for their homes and switch from gas to electric to heat their homes.

"I believe the climate crisis requires a robust and urgent response in order to preserve our planet for future generations. We must leverage tools like the tax code to transition the U.S. to a green economy based on clean and renewable technology. As Vice Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, I helped my colleagues draft the Growing Renewable and Efficient Energy Now (GREEN) Act which was included in the House-passed Build Back Better Act. This bill is a comprehensive approach to combating climate change using the tax code to incentivize the use of renewable energy and the deployment of green energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

John Dickinson

In our issue survey, John responded that Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.

"At $2,000,000,000 to $3,000,000,000 per year, the alcohol guided cannabis industry is our state's biggest waster of energy. Legalize cannabis, and take its production outside. There should be zoning codes mandating LED usage. In 1990, this statement rang true. "If we change the lighting for commercial use, not residential, governmental or manufacturing, to compact Fluorescence, we would save what is produced by all the nuclear plants." Now we have LED. Throw out the CFL' and switch to demand side management energy policies. Conservation, conservation."

Darya Farivar

In our issue survey, Darya responded that Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.

"I disagree with the use of “severe.” These restrictions have been a long time coming and are perfectly reasonable considering the climate catastrophe we are experiencing and the recent Supreme Court ruling makes this more urgent. The Climate Commitment Act didn’t go far enough to combat climate catastrophe, there are still loopholes for the largest polluters. Cap and trade measures are not cutting our carbon footprint, they are just allowing big companies to pay off their carbon fees. We need to take serious action now."

Joe Fitzgibbon

In our issue survey, Joe responded that Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.

Leah Griffin

In our issue survey, Leah responded that Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.

Matthew Gross

In our issue survey, Matthew responded that Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.

David Hackney

In our issue survey, David responded that Washington needs to invest serious money in developing alternative energy sources and to encourage people to buy electric vehicles, invest in solar energy for their homes and switch from gas to electric to heat their homes.

"My legislative mission statement is to lower the energy burden for low-income communities, reduce the pollution in the environment and mitigate the root causes of climate change. The most cost efficient and effective approach is for Washington state to invest in new green technology and provide market incentives for individuals to adapt to clean energy technology."

Natasha Hill

In our issue survey, Natasha responded that the United States needs to severely cut its carbon output with new incentives, restrictions and guidance for industry and individuals.

Joe Kent

In our issue survey, Joe responded that the threat of climate change is overblown and we cannot fix it with new laws.

Nicole Macri

In our issue survey, Nicole responded that Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.

Jeff Manson

In our issue survey, Jeff responded that Washington needs to invest serious money in developing alternative energy sources and to encourage people to buy electric vehicles, invest in solar energy for their homes and switch from gas to electric to heat their homes.

"WA is leading the nation on climate change, but we must do more. It will require a mix of direct investments, incentives, and restrictions to significantly reduce our carbon emissions."

Shukri Olow

In our issue survey, Shukri responded that Washington needs to invest serious money in developing alternative energy sources and to encourage people to buy electric vehicles, invest in solar energy for their homes and switch from gas to electric to heat their homes.

"Washington is already a leader in the nation’s push against climate change, and we can do so much more to empower our public transit and build our capacity of green energy. At the same time, we need to provide re-training and support to those who may be harmed by this transition."

Stephanie Peters

In our issue survey, Stephanie responded that we have to carefully balance our priorities concerning climate legislation and the economy.

Andrew Pilloud

In our issue survey, Andrew responded that we have to carefully balance our priorities concerning climate legislation and the economy.

"Climate change is real."

Gerry Pollet

In our issue survey, Gerry responded that Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.

"I led in our adoption of eliminating fossil fuels from electricity production in Washington, and was prime sponsor of the legislation to require consideration of life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions from all fossil fuel projects. Of course we need to make major investments in renewable energy and electric vehicle chargers. We can't meet our new goal of eliminating gas vehicle sales by 2030 without that investment. We also need to scale up community and individual solar energy to meet the new demand. This requires additional financial supports to individual homeowners based on income, just as we do for weatherization."

Lelach Rave

In our issue survey, Lelach responded that Washington needs to invest serious money in developing alternative energy sources and to encourage people to buy electric vehicles, invest in solar energy for their homes and switch from gas to electric to heat their homes.

"Such investments and incentives will allow WA to set an example for the rest of the country by severely cutting its carbon footprint. The incentives and guidance must also extend to businesses and industry to have the true impact needed. Specifically regarding the climate impact of our build environment, there must be regulations about new construction as well as incentives to retrofit existing structures to remove fossil fuels from homes."

Julia G. Reed

In our issue survey, Julia responded that new regulations with firm deadlines should use “a stick” to force the general population to give up gas-powered vehicles and heating with oil, natural gas and coal.

"We have the intelligence and resources to make a just transition away from coal, oil, and natural gas without harming our workers and economy. Carbon free transportation and energy is the future, and we should be leading the way to prepare for that future today."

Sharon Shewmake

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that we have to carefully balance our priorities concerning climate legislation and the economy.

"Climate change is a threat to every aspect of our economy and CO2 is emitted directly or indirectly through every sector of our economy. This is a deeply nerdy issue that requires planning, analysis and a lot of stakeholdering and listening to get right."

Emijah Smith

In our issue survey, Emijah responded that Washington needs to invest serious money in developing alternative energy sources and to encourage people to buy electric vehicles, invest in solar energy for their homes and switch from gas to electric to heat their homes.

"I believe Washington State can and should be a national leader in the transition to a low-carbon economy. This transition should not be on the backs of working people, but instead should be built upon accessible programs that reduce financial burden and encourage energy transition. In our fight against the climate crisis we have stay consistent with our values of creating good (union!) jobs in new low-carbon industries and investing in a better quality of life for all Washingtonians regardless of income."

Adam Smith

In our issue survey, Adam responded that the United States needs to severely cut its carbon output with new incentives, restrictions and guidance for industry and individuals.

Chipalo Street

In our issue survey, Chipalo responded that Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.

Marilyn Strickland

In our issue survey, Marilyn responded that congress needs to invest serious money in developing alternative energy sources and encourage people to buy electric vehicles, invest in solar energy for their homes and switch from gas to electric to heat their homes.

"Climate change is one of the most serious long-term threats to our nation and the world. That’s why in Congress I have worked to advance the recommendations put forward by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and to protect Puget Sound. I helped re-launch the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, and then secured historic funding increases for Puget Sound restoration. I’ve also called for the elimination of a toxic chemical killing coho salmon in the Pacific Northwest, highlighted the need for more federal investment in tribal communities and conservation, and fought the plan to expand offshore drilling. I am working to reinstate regulations on emissions and protections for our public lands and advocating for rebuilding the EPA, especially offices and programs designed to track the health and environmental impacts of pollution in under-served communities. I will keep working to invest in renewable energy in pursuit of a carbon-free future so it is easier for consumers of energy and transportation to make better choices for clean air and clean water."

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

In our issue survey, Mia responded that new regulations with firm deadlines should use “a stick” to force the general population to give up gas-powered vehicles and heating with oil, natural gas and coal.

Keith Swank

In our issue survey, Keith responded that the threat of climate change is overblown and we cannot fix it with new laws.

Sharon Tomiko Santos

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that Washington needs to invest serious money in developing alternative energy sources and to encourage people to buy electric vehicles, invest in solar energy for their homes and switch from gas to electric to heat their homes.

"I believe that Washington can and should do its part to aggressive invest in alternative energy sources and in tangible assets that depend on clean energy. While I believe that the state should consider triggers for mandates on industry sectors that contribute the most to CO2 emissions, I prefer incentives to facilitate the conversion of individual consumers to clean energy sources. In particular, the state must recognize and mitigate against the potential of any policy to negatively and disproportionately affect poor people and lower income consumers."

Javier Valdez

In our issue survey, Javier responded that Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.

Patricia Weber

In our issue survey, Patricia responded that Washington needs to set an example for the rest of the nation by severely cutting its carbon output with new incentives, severe restrictions and guidance for industry.

Doug White

In our issue survey, Doug responded that the United States needs to severely cut its carbon output with new incentives, restrictions and guidance for industry and individuals.

"In Central Washington, we produce 65% of the states energy. That will be 100% by 2030."

Claire Wilson

In our issue survey, Claire responded that Washington needs to invest serious money in developing alternative energy sources and to encourage people to buy electric vehicles, invest in solar energy for their homes and switch from gas to electric to heat their homes.

"I have dedicated my career to improving the futures’ of kids in my area and in Washington state. Nothing could be more critical to ensuring a healthy future for our children than tackling climate change. It is also essential to target environmental policies that reduce the impacts of climate change and pollution on communities of color and other marginalized groups. For example, recent studies have shown that air quality is worse in traditionally red-lined neighborhoods, which also holds for different kinds of pollution. In the Senate, I was proud to support the Clean Fuels Standard, 100% Clean Energy, the Climate Commitment Act, and the greenest transportation package ever passed in the state of Washington. However, I was disappointed to see a few impactful environmental initiatives fail to pass in the most recent session. I look forward to getting back to work on climate policy when I am re-elected. One of the most important things we can do to reduce carbon impacts is to ensure that development in our communities is planned around transit and in a manner that prioritizes emission reduction. Transportation is the number one emitter of greenhouse gasses, and focusing on green transportation solutions will be key to addressing climate change. In addition, we must do more in the coming years to decarbonize the building sector in Washington. Ensuring that new buildings are more efficient and retrofitting older buildings to be cleaner helps the environment, and it also provides green jobs and helps the economy. At the same time, we must ensure that workers in the fossil fuel, transportation, construction, and other impacted industries in our state are at the table when we make decisions so that we can facilitate a just transition which prioritizes the wellbeing of all of our communities as we move towards a greener, cleaner future."

Housing & Homelessness

Regarding housing and homelessness, we asked each candidate which statement comes closest to their point of view. (The question slightly varied between U.S. Congress and the WA State Legislature — read more about our methodology here!) The options for Legislative candidates were:

  • Unsanctioned homeless encampments should be outlawed everywhere.
  • People need to take personal responsibility to get jobs and get into housing, but the government should keep building and operating some shelters to help with the transition.
  • Lots more temporary shelters need to be built and operated around the state to get people off the streets.
  • Permanent affordable housing – not shelters –  is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability.
  • Housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

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Emily Alvarado

In our issue survey, Emily responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

"Housing is a human right and permanent affordable housing is the solution to homelessness and housing affordability."

Suzan DelBene

In our issue survey, Suzan responded that permanent affordable housing is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability and much more housing needs to be built.

"Millions of Americans are experiencing housing insecurity and communities throughout the country are facing affordable housing shortages and high levels of homelessness. I introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, which is bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would build more than 2 million new affordable housing units by expanding the Housing Credit. The Housing Credit is our most successful affordable housing program, building or restoring over 3.5 million affordable homes since it was created."

John Dickinson

In our issue survey, John responded that permanent affordable housing – not shelters – is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability.

"There is ample vacant land, 200-300 feet wide 15,000 miles long to construct a LoWay. The concept has been approved by City ordinace and the community. http://worldperc.com/USPERC/loway.html

Darya Farivar

In our issue survey, Darya responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

"I'm proud to have supported Representative Chopp's Apple Health and Homes legislation. This would guarantee that individuals connected to behavioral health providers receive housing to support their recovery. Housing is healthcare and everyone should have a safe place to call home."

Joe Fitzgibbon

In our issue survey, Joe responded that permanent affordable housing – not shelters – is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability.

Leah Griffin

In our issue survey, Leah responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

Matthew Gross

In our issue survey, Matthew responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

"This is a moral obligation we are failing. Our state government can change that."

David Hackney

In our issue survey, David responded that permanent affordable housing – not shelters – is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability.

"Our housing crisis is caused by a market failure: the inadequate supply of affordable housing. The government needs to intervene to incentivize builders and provide opportunities for land acquisition that can be used for affordable housing."

Natasha Hill

In our issue survey, Natasha responded that permanent affordable housing is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability and much more housing needs to be built.

Joe Kent

In our issue survey, Joe responded that all homeless people need to be swept off the streets and parks and into shelters.

Nicole Macri

In our issue survey, Nicole responded that permanent affordable housing – not shelters – is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability.

Jeff Manson

In our issue survey, Jeff responded that permanent affordable housing – not shelters – is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability.

"We also need to increase our housing stock, especially near transit corridors. However, increasing density does *not* require banning single family home zoning."

Shukri Olow

In our issue survey, Shukri responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

"I am the proud product of the Kent public housing system - I know how vital these services can be for our community. Affordable housing is the solution to our homelessness crisis, as the issue simply cannot be solved without permanent homes."

Stephanie Peters

In our issue survey, Stephanie responded that permanent affordable housing – not shelters – is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability.

Andrew Pilloud

In our issue survey, Andrew responded that lots more temporary shelters need to be built and operated around the state to get people off the streets.

"Homelessness is frequently a mental health and drug addiction problem, we need to address those issues."

Gerry Pollet

In our issue survey, Gerry responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

"Housing should be recognized as a basic human right! Safe, secure and health housing. I have been a leader in funding rapid rehousing with wrap around services and eliminating local government obstacles to rapid rehousing in order to be able to move people from inhumane and unhealthy encampments into secure housing with services that allow them to hen move into permanent supportive housing. We MUST fund both permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing - not be forced to choose between them. I've led on pulling together the funding partnerships and community to develop hundreds of new housing units here in the 46th District."

Lelach Rave

In our issue survey, Lelach responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

"Shelter is among the most basic of human needs and should be provided by the government for individuals who cannot provide it for themselves."

Julia G. Reed

In our issue survey, Julia responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

"Research shows us that the greatest predictor of homelessness in a city is its level of affordable rental housing. We see that reality on our streets every day -- as the housing crisis gets worse at all levels, so too does the homelessness crisis. Housing is an essential component of healthy and safe communities, and yet Washington State has the fewest number of housing units per household of any state in the nation. We cannot thrive as a state without addressing the need for housing in our communities."

Sharon Shewmake

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that lots more temporary shelters need to be built and operated around the state to get people off the streets.

"There is no ONE thing we can do to end homelessness. For some, shelters can help get back on their feet, for others permanently affordable housing is needed. For others it’s a mix of resources, sometimes small grants, mental health resources, substance use disorder treatment and other supports. We also have to work on the private market for affordable housing so people aren’t as vulnerable and can actually get some savings to deal with emergencies."

Emijah Smith

In our issue survey, Emijah responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

"I believe housing is a human right and we all have not only a basic right to shelter, but we as Washingtonians have a right to have a home and be part of our community. I believe part of the way we can achieve this vision is to invest more in permanently affordable housing, housing co-ops, topping up our state housing trust fund, and encouraging municipalities to zone for more housing in shapes that fit our neighborhoods. We all deserve to be treated with dignity regardless of our class or type of housing we live in."

Adam Smith

In our issue survey, Adam responded that permanent affordable housing is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability and much more housing needs to be built.

Chipalo Street

In our issue survey, Chipalo responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

Marilyn Strickland

In our issue survey, Marilyn responded that Permanent affordable housing is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability and much more housing needs to be built.

"All people, regardless of age, zip code or income, deserve to live in a safe, stable, home they can afford. The South Sound is one of the fastest growing places in the United States, and that means affordable, accessible housing is essential. Local and state governments need policies that make it easier to build more housing, but the one entity with the financial resources to significantly address the problem is the federal government. The response to the housing crisis must be innovative and match the scale of the problem. In Congress, I have called for massive federal investment to help build affordable, workforce, and senior homes in local communities. I co-sponsored legislation to incentivize the construction of more low- and middle-income near transit. I also voted for investments to expand access to safe and affordable housing, and have called on the Department of Defense to address access to housing for servicemembers and their families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord."

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

In our issue survey, Mia responded that permanent affordable housing – not shelters – is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability.

"We need more housing of all sizes in every community. We need wrap around services close to our housing. We need local governments to plan, permit and approve more housing density. Businesses need to weigh in and be part of the solution since they know workforce housing is part of the foundation of a healthy business."

Keith Swank

In our issue survey, Keith responded that people need to take personal responsibility to get jobs and get into housing, but the government should keep building and operating some shelters to help with the transition.

Sharon Tomiko Santos

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

"I believe that housing is a fundamental human right. The lack of affordable options for all is a failure of society and of government."

Javier Valdez

In our issue survey, Javier responded that permanent affordable housing – not shelters – is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability.

Patricia Weber

In our issue survey, Patricia responded that housing should be a right for all Washingtonians. Similar to guaranteed basic income, there should be a guarantee of housing for all.

Doug White

In our issue survey, Doug responded that permanent affordable housing is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability and much more housing needs to be built.

Claire Wilson

In our issue survey, Claire responded that permanent affordable housing – not shelters – is the answer to both homelessness and housing affordability.

"Safe and stable housing is a prerequisite to any other kind of growth or change, and should be considered a basic service that is delivered alongside the other services and supports which are necessary to both prevent and end homelessness. This means first and foremost providing funding and support to the organizations that are already on the ground doing the work to combat homelessness, promote accessible and affordable housing, and build safe and healthy communities for all of us. It also means ensuring that those who are often left behind, including seniors, low income families, communities of color, LGBTQIA+, and rural communities are centered when we have these conversations - and when we allocate resources. Finally, it means addressing all of the other issues that contribute to homelessness; a lack of jobs that pay a family wage, the disproportionate impacts of our criminal justice system on low income individuals and communities of color, underinvestment in behavioral health care and treatment for substance use disorder, and disparities in educational outcomes based on identity or zip code. In my four years in the Senate, I have fought hard to address homelessness by pursuing all of these paths, but there is still so much to do. That is why I am running for reelection - to help build safe, healthy and supportive communities in which missing one paycheck cannot lead to living unhoused."

Abortion

Regarding abortion, we asked each candidate which statement comes closest to their point of view. (The question slightly varied between U.S. Congress and the WA State Legislature — read more about our methodology here!) The options for Legislative candidates were:

  • Washington needs to reconsider its abortion laws and severely restrict who can get an abortion and when they can get it.
  • Washington should not be welcoming people from other states to come to Washington to get an abortion.
  • Washington already has strong abortion laws and nothing needs to be changed.
  • The Washington Legislature should set aside some money to make abortion services available to all Washingtonians who want it and to support people coming to the state for an abortion.
  • Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.
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Emily Alvarado

In our issue survey, Emily responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

Suzan DelBene

In our issue survey, Suzan responded that abortion should be legal everywhere, no exceptions.

"I believe women should have the right to choose what happens to their own bodies. The decision to have an abortion should be between a woman and her medical provider. That decision should be protected by federal law that prohibits any medically unnecessary barriers. That is why I am a cosponsor and have voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act."

John Dickinson

In our issue survey, John responded that the Washington Legislature should set aside some money to make abortion services available to all Washingtonians who want it and to support people coming to the state for an abortion.

"I am pro life. Repeat, I am pro life. I am pro rights of free speech. I am pro liberty to chose. I may not like what you say, but I will defend you right to say it. I may be pro life, and I will defend your rights to chose. Education would cut in half the number of abortions."

Darya Farivar

In our issue survey, Darya responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"We also need to take action now to make sure there will always be places to get an abortion. Hospital mergers between secular and non-secular institutions put reproductive care at risk. We need to establish state oversight so that mergers do not mean a loss of services. Additionally, we do need to help those who will inevitably come to Washington to get reproductive care. This means we need to open more clinics on our eastern boarder, train more abortion providers, and figure out what can legally be done to protect those seeking care from other states and those providing care."

Joe Fitzgibbon

In our issue survey, Joe responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

Leah Griffin

In our issue survey, Leah responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"I am currently organizing with the Keep Our Care Act coalition to prevent hospital mergers that limit abortion access. I will do everything I can to ensure that abortion is protected as a legal right, healthcare professionals and patients at reproductive-health clinics are protected, and funding is increased for abortion healthcare."

Matthew Gross

In our issue survey, Matthew responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

David Hackney

In our issue survey, David responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"I believe Roe v Wade was correctly decided and that privacy and autonomy over your body are fundamental rights guaranteed by our State and Federal constitution. I would codify that intepretatation."

Natasha Hill

In our issue survey, Natasha responded that abortion should be legal everywhere, no exceptions.

"Abortion is healthcare."

Joe Kent

In our issue survey, Joe responded that abortion should be outlawed, no exceptions.

"I am a pro-life Christian. I will work tirelessly to protect the rights of unborn children. I will work to cut off federal funding for abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood."

Nicole Macri

In our issue survey, Nicole responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

Jeff Manson

In our issue survey, Jeff responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"WA should be a safe haven for those seeking medical care from other states."

Shukri Olow

In our issue survey, Shukri responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"We need to act now to protect reproductive rights in Washington - not only for the sake of our residents, but for those of neighboring states who will be relying on us for vital care."

Stephanie Peters

In our issue survey, Stephanie responded that Washington already has strong abortion laws and nothing needs to be changed.

Andrew Pilloud

In our issue survey, Andrew responded that Washington already has strong abortion laws and nothing needs to be changed.

"I believe abortion should be legal until viability. We could do more to protect unborn children."

Gerry Pollet

In our issue survey, Gerry responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"Abortion must be protected as a right, along with contraception, transgender health care, sexual preference and marriage equality - all of which the US Supreme Court right wing majority are threatening. A State constitutional amendment would be wonderful, and I would sponsor one. However, that requires a 2/3 majority in both legislative chambers which is NOT likely. So, we need to take other steps I am championing such as expanding access to abortion by barring religious hospitals that take State funds from limiting medical practice based on their religious directives. I've led on this issue for years, and now we see why it is so important."

Lelach Rave

In our issue survey, Lelach responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"However, given that a 2/3 majority of the legislature is required for a constitutional amendment, this is not a realistic outcome in the near future. In lieu of an amendment, the state needs to guarantee that abortion is affordable and accessible to all Washingtonians who need it as well as individuals from other states who travel to Washington for this essential medical service. We also need to provide legal safeguards for abortion providers and friends/families who aid an individual seeking an abortion."

Julia G. Reed

In our issue survey, Julia responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"We are fortunate to have laws protecting the right to abortion access in Washington, but laws can change. And even with our existing state protections, there are areas of Washington state with no abortion clinics, and areas only served by religious hospital systems that restrict abortion access. That means there are too many women in Washington with the legal ability, but not the actual ability to exercise their right to reproductive freedom. There is no more fundamental right than the right to decide your own reproductive choices, and a constitutional amendment will protect that right."

Sharon Shewmake

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

Emijah Smith

In our issue survey, Emijah responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"All people have a right to basic healthcare, and I consider abortion services an essential medical procedure that all people must have access to. Everyone, including those coming to Washington seeking equitable healthcare access, have the fundamental right to decide how they want to care for their bodies and their families. Reproductive justice and abortion access is more than just a medical procedure, it's a material demonstration of respecting others' choices, families, and cultures."

Adam Smith

In our issue survey, Adam responded that abortion should be legal everywhere, no exceptions.

Chipalo Street

In our issue survey, Chipalo responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"I would love to sponsor a bill which enshrines reproductive rights into the state constitution."

Marilyn Strickland

In our issue survey, Marilyn responded that abortion should be legal everywhere, no exceptions.

"We must protect women’s reproductive freedom. I will never stop fighting in Congress to ensure that safe and legal abortion and family planning care are available to all. I will always support a woman’s right to choose, and I will fight all attempts to restrict access to reproductive health care. I will continue to support funding for Planned Parenthood, and I will keep fighting to ensure that our service members receive the quality, safe reproductive health care they deserve."

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

In our issue survey, Mia responded that the Washington Legislature should set aside some money to make abortion services available to all Washingtonians who want it and to support people coming to the state for an abortion.

"Women and especially women of color have historically been treated as second-class. I will do whatever I can to support and pass laws that protect and support women's rights."

Keith Swank

In our issue survey, Keith responded that this is a state issue. Let individual states decide whether to legalize abortion.

Sharon Tomiko Santos

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"According to recent surveys, more than 60% of Washington voters believe that access to comprehensive reproductive services, including abortion, is very important. This right to individual liberty and individual freedom is best protected explicitly within the Constitution."

Javier Valdez

In our issue survey, Javier responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

Patricia Weber

In our issue survey, Patricia responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

Doug White

In our issue survey, Doug responded that abortion should be legal everywhere, no exceptions.

"Our right to privacy is protected by the constitution, period!"

Claire Wilson

In our issue survey, Claire responded that Washington should pass a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, while spending more money to make abortion services available.

"I am outraged by the Dobbs decision, which reverses almost half a century of precedent to take our right to bodily autonomy away. I will fight in the legislature to ensure that every person with a uterus in Washington has access to reproductive care and that our state will accommodate out-of-state travelers seeking reproductive care. I also believe that reproductive choice means a choice free of financial coercion – nobody should be forced to get an abortion because they cannot afford to have a child. That’s why I passed the Fair Start For Kids Act, which makes huge strides towards making childcare affordable and accessible for all Washington families. I will continue to invest in Early Learning and young families. I am also proud to have passed a bill that focuses on comprehensive sexuality health education in every Washington public school kindergarten through 12th Grade. This curriculum is science based, age appropriate, centers an understanding of mutual respect, and emphasizes the importance of affirmative consent before engaging in sexual activity. This approach is proven to help reduce unintended pregnancies and prevent violence, coercion, and intimidation in relationships. I will continue to fight for the right to bodily autonomy and uncoerced life choices for every person in our state."

Firearms

On the issue of gun regulations, we asked each candidate which statement comes closest to their point of view. (The question slightly varied between U.S. Congress and the WA State Legislature — read more about our methodology here!) The options for Legislative candidates were:

  • Washington has overstepped its authority on gun regulations and state laws need to be pared back.
  • Current gun laws are adequate.
  • Law enforcement should get new financial resources and technical help to take guns away from people who commit a felony or have been accused of domestic violence.
  • Gun purchases should be recorded or licensed and records of those purchases should be shared with law enforcement. 
  • The Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

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Emily Alvarado

In our issue survey, Emily responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

Suzan DelBene

In our issue survey, Suzan responded that Congress should ban or severely limit sales of all semi-automatic weapons and ban high capacity magazines.

"The bipartisan gun law is the most meaningful change to our gun laws in nearly 30 years and it will save lives going forward but I believe we should do more. The recent shootings in Highland Park, Buffalo and Uvalde all underscore that this problem will not go away overnight. I support renewing the assault weapons ban, raising the age to purchase a handgun to 21, universal background checks, and limiting large-capacity magazines."

John Dickinson

In our issue survey, John responded that Washington has overstepped its authority on gun regulations and state laws need to be pared back.

"Education, education, and more education. Years ago when children were very young, classes were given on firearm safety, use, and competitive marksmanship. A certificate of completion was given that allowed you to purchase firearms and amunition from the local hardware store. I propose a bring back of these classes, number one because nothing has been working, number two education does work, and number three the third party NGO should be charged with record keeping. The child will be instructed on how to fabricate the gas powered pellet firearm, 3 D printed to be kept in desk. Large banners are draped above 24/7 open doors. The banners read, *WELCOME, WE ARE ARMED*. All students wear an RFID chip to let main office and bus drivers know their GPS positioning."

Darya Farivar

In our issue survey, Darya responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"SB 5217 was recently introduced which would ban assault rifles for civilians but allow military and law enforcement to maintain them. When making decisions like this it's important to remember the racist history of policing and use of guns. I agree with banning assault weapons, we need this to be for everyone, including law enforcement. Additionally, this legislation creates new crimes. I’m concerned that creating an additional crime will lead to increased criminalization of BIPOC people. We need to be thoughtful about these changes."

Joe Fitzgibbon

In our issue survey, Joe responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons. 

Leah Griffin

In our issue survey, Leah responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"As an endorsed candidate of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, I believe we should encourage safe storage, and enact universal licensing requirements within firearm training. We need to implement stricter background checks, lost and stolen firearm reporting laws, and stricter gun licensing laws."

Matthew Gross

In our issue survey, Matthew responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"I also support option C. [Law enforcement should get new financial resources and technical help to take guns away from people who commit a felony or have been accused of domestic violence.]"

David Hackney

In our issue survey, David responded that law enforcement should get new financial resources and technical help to take guns away from people who commit a felony or have been accused of domestic violence.

"At a minimum we should regulate who has access to firearms and prohibit ownership or possession of firearms from individuals deemed unreasonably dangerous."

Natasha Hill

In our issue survey, Natasha responded that Congress should ban or severely limit sales of all semi-automatic weapons and ban high capacity magazines.

Joe Kent

In our issue survey, Joe responded that some states, including Washington, have overstepped their authority on gun regulations.

"I am a 2nd Amendment advocate and do not support any new gun legislation. I most especially do not support House Resolution 127, the recent partnership/proposals and funding requests advocated by March for Our Lives with the White House, or gun platforms from the Biden Administration. I will push for Constitutional Carry/concealed carry permit reciprocity in all 50 states, so all citizens can exercise their right to bear arms and defend themselves without government interference."

Nicole Macri

In our issue survey, Nicole responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

Jeff Manson

In our issue survey, Jeff responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"I also support full firearm licensing, increasing manufacturer and dealer accountability, and restoring local authority to enact commonsense safeguards."

Shukri Olow

In our issue survey, Shukri responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"The massacres in Buffalo, Uvalde, and Chicago have left deep scars in our nation - not to mention the many, many mass shootings that have preceded them. Our legislature has a duty to act to protect our communities and our children."

Stephanie Peters

In our issue survey, Stephanie responded that Washington has overstepped its authority on gun regulations and state laws need to be pared back.

"Guns are not the problem it's the people how use them."

Andrew Pilloud

In our issue survey, Andrew responded that Washington has overstepped its authority on gun regulations and state laws need to be pared back.

"The state has gone too far in restrictions on law abiding gun ownership and it is likely recent restrictions will be found unconstitutional. We should do more to enforce existing gun laws."

Gerry Pollet

In our issue survey, Gerry responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"I've been a sponsor of the ban on assault weapons, sponsor of the successful ban passed this year on high capacity magazines, and will continue to champion banning assault weapons."

Lelach Rave

In our issue survey, Lelach responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"There is no place for military style weapons in a civillian setting. I also believe that mandatory training for use of weapons is reasonable, as is a system of licensure."

Julia G. Reed

In our issue survey, Julia responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"Weapons of war have no place on our streets, at our schools, or in our homes. Guns make our communities and each other less safe, and we need to be doing everything we can to stop gun violence. We must also engage in more education and intervention to prevent guns from entering our communities, the hands of young people, and those experiencing crisis."

Sharon Shewmake

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that law enforcement should get new financial resources and technical help to take guns away from people who commit a felony or have been accused of domestic violence.

"I would also support a ban on semi-automatic weapons. We need reasonable gun regulations."

Adam Smith

In our issue survey, Adam responded that Congress should ban or severely limit sales of all semi-automatic weapons and ban high capacity magazines.

Emijah Smith

In our issue survey, Emijah responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"Average people do not have a use for assault weapons and military style weapons. These weapons are also commonly used for mass shootings, and they do not have a place in our communities. We have to do everything we can to stop mass shootings and a part of that is to ban these kinds of weapons."

Chipalo Street

In our issue survey, Chipalo responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"I have lost multiple friends to gun violence, starting in 7th grade. I we must find ways to protect our communities from gun violence."

Marilyn Strickland

In our issue survey, Marilyn responded that law enforcement should be empowered to take guns away from people who commit a felony or have been accused of domestic violence.

"The crisis of gun violence in America touches every corner of our country and every community. Fighting gun violence is essential to protecting our kids and communities, and we know there are solutions that can save lives. It should be harder, not easier, for felons, domestic abusers, and terrorists to buy dangerous weapons. In Congress, I am standing up for responsible solutions like universal background checks for gun purchases and restoration of the ban on military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines. As a cosponsor of the bipartisan Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, I’m working across the aisle to protect our families, and prevent gun violence."

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

In our issue survey, Mia responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"Removing and lowering the number of guns that have the capacity to kill people at a fast/high rate is a public health and public safety risk."

Keith Swank

In our issue survey, Keith responded that some states, including Washington, have overstepped their authority on gun regulations.

Sharon Tomiko Santos

In our issue survey, Sharon responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"I see no purpose or need for military-style assault weapons in civil society."

Javier Valdez

In our issue survey, Javier responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"We must do more to protect our communities from gun violence, this is an important step in that direction."

Patricia Weber

In our issue survey, Patricia responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

Doug White

In our issue survey, Doug responded that Congress should ban or severely limit sales of all semi-automatic weapons and ban high capacity magazines.

"[One] bullet rule. If you aren't holding the gun take the bullet out of the chamber. If you are holding the gun to hunt then there is one bullet in the chamber. You don't need more."

Claire Wilson

In our issue survey, Claire responded that the Washington Legislature should pass a ban on all military style semi-automatic weapons.

"I believe that two of the most important steps we can take to promote public safety are comprehensive gun reform and increasing funding for behavioral and mental health services and supports. Additional teps like strengthening background checks for gun purchases, restricting high capacity magazines, and ensuring that adults in homes with children are practicing safe and responsible gun ownership are an important start on the road to protecting every student in our schools. I will continue to fight to make our communities safer by prioritizing mental health and gun responsibility."