State Legislature — Seattle/Tacoma Metro Districts

This guide won't tell you who to vote for, but should help you make the choice for yourself. 

We're a nonprofit so we don't make political endorsements of any kind. What we do is publicly driven journalism. And this year, for the first time, we’ve invited other Washington media organizations to partner with us to produce this statewide resource. Journalists from those organizations wrote some of the candidate bios and you may have reached the guide from one of those sites. If you’re new to Cascade PBS, welcome. Thanks for stopping by. 

Candidate bios make up the meat of this guide. The potatoes are tips and links that will help you do things like register to vote and turn in your ballot, as well as learn about Washington's unique systems.

What's at stake?

Washington voters are about to choose their next representatives in Olympia. All 98 Washington House seats are up for election, as well as 25 of 49 Senate seats.

What legislative district do you live in?

The boundaries of Washington's 49 districts have been withdrawn (in a messy and quite dramatic fashion) so you may be voting in a new district this year. Your ballot will tell you which district you’re in, but our maps will help as well. The Legislature also has a district finder on its website, but it may not have been updated in time for this election. Let your ballot be your guide.

State Senate, District 1

Washington’s 1st Legislative District encompasses areas in northeast King County, including Kenmore and cities that lay east of Lake Washington, plus Bothell, Kenmore and parts of Woodinville.

Derek Stanford

Derek Stanford

Incumbent Derek Stanford is running unopposed. The Democrat was appointed to the seat in 2019 after serving as state representative from 2011 to 2019. According to the campaign’s website, Stanford holds a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Washington and operates a data science consulting business. Stanford’s priorities include increasing school funding and fixing the Interstate 405/State Route 522 interchange, which includes improving transit access to express lanes and adding transit service. Stanford has received endorsements from state senators, the King County and Snohomish County executives, and multiple councilmembers from Bothell, Kenmore and Kirkland. 

Derek Stanford PDC link
Derek Stanford campaign website
Derek Stanford State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 1 Pos. 1

Washington’s 1st legislative district encompasses areas in northeast King County, including Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville.

Davies

Mark Davies

Mark Davies, a Republican, is challenging Duerr. Davies lives between Brier and Bothell. The campaign site Davies lists has not been set up. Davies has run unsuccessfully several times to represent the 1st Legislative District in the House, mostly recently in 2014 when Davies lost to Derek Stanford, according to Ballotpedia

Mark Davies PDC link
Mark Davies campaign website
Mark Davies State Voter Guide

Davina Duerr

Davina Duerr

Incumbent Davina Duerr was appointed to the position in 2019 and elected to the seat the following year. Before that Duerr, a Democrat, sat on Bothell’s city council. According to the campaign website, Duerr’s priorities include preserving open space, addressing affordable-housing issues and mitigating climate change. In the legislature Duerr chairs the Local Government Committee and is a member of the Environment & Energy and Transportation committees. Duerr supports gun control and restricting high-capacity magazines. Duerr has received endorsements from the King and Snohomish County executives, and multiple councilmembers from Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest, Woodinville and Kirkland. 

Davina Duerr PDC link
Davina Duerr campaign website
Davina Duerr State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 1 Pos. 2

Washington’s 1st legislative district encompasses areas in northeast King County, including Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville.

Shelley Kloba

Shelley Kloba

Shelley Kloba, a Democrat, won the seat in 2016 and is running unopposed this year. Kloba served on the Kirkland City Council for nearly four years before coming to the legislature. She has introduced bills to strengthen data privacy rights, limit fees for renters, require notice of rent increases and regulate automatic vehicles. Kloba chairs the Commerce and Gaming Committee and sits on the Rural Development; Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Capital Budget committees. Endorsements have come from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray Congress members Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen, and nearly a dozen state legislators.

Shelley Kloba PDC link
Shelley Kloba campaign website
Shelley Kloba State Voter Guide

State Senate, District 11

Washington’s 11th Legislative District includes South Seattle, Renton, Tukwila and a portion of Kent. No one filed to run against Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle.

Bob Hasegawa

Bob Hasegawa

Bob Hasegawa has represented the 11th Legislative District since 2005 in both the Senate and House and is seeking reelection to the Senate seat. Hasegawa is a longtime union and community organizer, and says he has led workers’ struggles to win better wages and benefits  and protect workers’ rights, the environment, democracy and constitutional rights. Hasegawa was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and has served on the board of several labor councils and civil rights organizations, including the Japanese Americans Citizens League, the oldest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. In the Legislature, Hasegawa is the Majority Caucus Chair and a member of the Members of Color Caucus. Hasegawa says his work in the Legislature is centered on fighting for social and economic justice and serving as a voice for working families, small businesses and disenfranchised communities. 

Bob Hasegawa PDC link
Bob Hasegawa campaign website
Bob Hasegawa State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 11 Pos. 1

Washington’s 11th Legislative District includes South Seattle, Renton, Tukwila and a portion of Kent. No one filed to run against State Rep. David Hackney.

David Hackney

David Hackney

David Hackney, D-Tukwila, is the incumbent representing the 11th Legislative District. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Hackney served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and as a war-crimes prosecutor for the United Nations. Hackney went on to join several nonprofits: the Nature Conservatory as senior counsel; Tabor 100; and the Alliance for Gun Responsibility as a board member, working to advance civil rights and responsible gun laws. Hackney also serves as a commissioner at the Washington Human Rights Commission and an adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Law. In the Legislature, Hackney serves on the Capital Budget, Public Safety, and Transportation Committees, where he says he has drawn from lived experiences to address issues facing his community. According to his website, Hackney says he will continue working to advance legislation promoting affordable housing and health care, equitable education, sustainability, responsible gun laws, and reducing crime without overpolicing marginalized communities if reelected.

David Hackney PDC link
David Hackney campaign website
David Hackney State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 11 Pos. 2

Washington’s 11th Legislative District includes South Seattle, Renton, Tukwila and a portion of Kent. State Rep. Steve Bergquist is the incumbent. 

Steve Bergquist

Steve Bergquist

Steve Bergquist, D-Renton, is a social studies teacher at Lindbergh High School in the Renton School District and has served as a state representative in the Washington Legislature since 2013. Bergquist vice-chairs the Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Education and Rules committees. During the 2024 legislative session, Bergquist sponsored a bill, now signed into law, to increase state funding for school maintenance, supplies and operating costs. A former small business owner, Bergquist says he is committed to supporting small businesses in his community. Outside of the Legislature, Bergquist serves as a volunteer for organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Ronald McDonald House, and coaches tennis and golf in the Renton School District.

Steve Bergquist PDC link
Steve Bergquist campaign website
Steve Bergquist State Voter Guide

Justin Greywolf

Justin Greywolf

The Libertarian challenger in the 11th Legislative District is Justin Greywolf, who hopes to bring a fresh perspective to Olympia, according to his responses to a Ballotpedia survey. A lifelong Washington state resident, Greywolf has experience working as a software engineer and served in the U.S. Army from 1992 to 1993. Greywolf cites growing financial hardship, homelessness, climate change, lack of adequate transportation, and increasing political polarization as areas of concern. If elected, Greywolf says he wants to build bipartisan relationships and address issues facing Washingtonians while limiting government overreach and protecting individual liberties.

Justin Greywolf PDC link
Justin Greywolf campaign website 
Justin Greywolf State Voter Guide

State Senate, District 25

District 25 includes Puyallup and some adjacent areas in Pierce County including South Hill, Midland and Summit. Incumbent Republican Chris Gildon faces Democratic challenger Kenneth King.

Chris Gildon

Chris Gildon

Chris Gildon has served in the Legislature since 2019 and has represented the 25th District in the state Senate since 2021. He is the deputy leader of the Senate Republican Caucus and serves as an assistant ranking member on the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Gildon has served as an Army officer for 23 years. He has been endorsed by Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, former Secretary of State Kim Wyman, former state Senator Hans Zeiger, 25th District Rep. Kelly Chambers, Washington Realtors, Washington Hospitality Association, and the Puyallup and Muckleshoot tribes.

Chris Gildon PDC link
Chris Gildon campaign website
Chris Gildon State Voter Guide

Related reading
Why Washington gas prices are the nation’s highest (Cascade PBS)

Kenneth King

Kenneth King

Kenneth King is a behavioral health specialist who cites access to treatment, youth rights, and the impacts of unregulated development as priorities on his website. He works as a peer navigator at the Downtown Emergency Service Center in Seattle, according to his LinkedIn page. The Democrat ran unsuccessfully for Pierce County Council in 2022. He has been endorsed by the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers-WA, Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, and the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council.

Kenneth King PDC link
Kenneth King campaign website
Kenneth King State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 25 Pos. 1

District 25 includes the city of Puyallup and some adjacent areas in Pierce County, including South Hill, Midland and Summit. In Position 1, incumbent Republican Kelly Chambers is leaving her seat to run for Pierce County executive, opening the field to new candidates.

Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton

Republican Michael Keaton was a combat pilot for the U.S. Air Force, where he now works as an expert on “warfighter integration,” according to his website. He served two terms on the Puyallup School Board, where he cites efforts to increase technical education, “keep politics out of the classroom,” and double the number of police officers in Puyallup schools.

His priorities for the Legislature include fighting crime and repealing “bad” laws that add bureaucracy and cost to home construction, business development and gas prices. His website includes a contact form to submit examples of negative impacts of specific laws.

Keaton has been endorsed by Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, 25th District incumbent Reps. Kelly Chambers and Cyndy Jacobsen, 25th District State Senator Chris Gildon, the president and vice-president of the Puyallup School Board, and three members of the Pierce County Council.

Michael Keaton PDC link
Michael Keaton campaign website
Michael Keaton State Voter Guide

Cameron Severns

Cameron Severns

Democrat Cameron Severns describes himself as a business owner who leads an addiction-recovery ministry and teaches religious school at his local church. He serves as treasurer of the nonprofit Family Promise of Pierce County, which works with homeless families. He works as an insurance agent, according to the Tacoma News-Tribune. His website does not list any policy priorities, but alludes to “evictions and job losses” in his past and touts a bipartisan mindset and “common sense” leadership.

Severns previously launched a write-in campaign challenging 25th District Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen, who ran unopposed during the 2022 primary. Severns garnered enough votes as a write-in to appear on the general election ballot, where he lost but received 42% of the vote.

He has been endorsed by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 367, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 751, as well as by U.S. Rep. Marilyn Strickland, whose Congressional district includes much of Pierce County.

Cameron Severns PDC link
Cameron Severns campaign website
Cameron Severns State Voter Guide

Related reading
Write-in candidates are having a serious moment in WA (Cascade PBS)

State House of Representatives, District 25 Pos. 2

District 25 includes the city of Puyallup and some adjacent areas in Pierce County, including South Hill, Midland and Summit. In Position 2, incumbent Republican Cyndy Jacobsen faces Democratic challenger Shellie Willis.

Cyndy Jacobsen

Cyndy Jacobsen

A former Puyallup City Council member, Republican Cyndy Jacobsen was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2020. She currently serves as an assistant ranking member of the House Finance and Local Government committees.

She lists increasing funding for police departments, opposing new taxes, and removing barriers to economic development as policy priorities on her website. In a 2023 interview with Shift Washington, she discussed a bill she introduced to rehire state workers who had been fired over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate and cited a desire to repeal a 2021 law limiting police pursuits, which was rolled back by lawmakers earlier this year. Jacobsen also co-sponsored a 2024 bill that sought to make it more difficult to sue public agencies for violating the Public Records Act, according to The Olympian.

She has been endorsed by Puyallup Mayor Dean Johnson, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, 25th District State Senator Chris Gildon, the Washington Fraternal Order of Police, Washington Realtors, the Washington Multifamily Housing Association, Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Cyndy Jacobsen PDC link
Cyndy Jacobsen campaign website
Cyndy Jacobsen State Voter Guide

Related reading
WA debates bill about ‘stealthing,’ or lying about sexual protection (Cascade PBS)

Shellie Willis

Shellie Willis

Democrat Shellie Willis served in the U.S. Army for 25 years. She works as the senior director of collective impact for Workforce Central, which helps connect laborers and employers in Pierce County. She also chairs the board of the Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce and started the Redefining You Foundation, which supports and empowers female veterans in their transition to civilian life.

Willis ran unsuccessfully for Puyallup City Council in 2023. She cites sustainable development, support for small businesses and veterans, addressing housing and health care costs, and investing in behavioral health as policy priorities on her website.

Willis has been endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers, Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, Pierce County Council members Ryan Mello, Jani Hitchen, and Marty Campbell, and state Reps. Kristine Reeves and Mari Leavitt, as well as U.S. Rep. Marilyn Strickland, whose Congressional district includes much of Pierce County.

Shellie Willis PDC link
Shellie Willis campaign website
Shellie Willis State Voter Guide

State Senate, District 27

Washington’s 27th District represents Tacoma, Fife and Dash Point.

Carole Sue Braaten

Carole Sue Braaten

Carole Sue Braaten is a Republican from Fife running against Sen. Yasmin Trudeau. As of June 18, Braaten does not have a campaign website. Braaten ran in the 2012 August primary for 25th District State Representative, but did not advance to the general. She served on the Fife Parks Board and Fife Tree Commission and established the Fife Community Garden and the Fife Tree Commission. She has worked in agriculture and volunteered with 4H. Her legislative priorities include getting tough on crime and criminals, supporting treaty fishing rights, increasing affordable housing and improving emergency evacuation and wastewater treatment. 

Carole Sue Braaten PDC link
Carole Sue Braaten State Voter Guide

Yasmin Trudeau

Yasmin Trudeau

Incumbent State Sen. Yasmin Trudeau was appointed to the Washington State Senate in 2021 after the retirement of longtime Sen. Jeannie Darneille. Trudeau, elected to the seat in 2022, is the first Muslim-American to serve in Washington’s Legislature.

 In her time in office, Trudeau has worked on legislation addressing homelessness, housing supply, stabilizing the rental market, supporting small businesses, and creating new criminal penalties for polluters. In her reelection campaign she is prioritizing community safety, supporting working families, housing and homelessness, behavioral health and the environment. Prior to becoming a legislator, Trudeau worked as legislative director for the state Attorney General’s Office. 

Yasmin Trudeau PDC link
Yasmin Trudeau campaign website 
Yasmin Trudeau State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 27 Pos. 1

District 27 includes Tacoma and Fife. Incumbent and Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins seeks reelection against Republican challenger Ken Paulson.

Laurie Jinkins

Laurie Jinkins

Laurie Jinkins was first elected to the legislature in 2010, and became Washington’s first female speaker of the house in 2020. The Democrat has worked for the Tacoma Pierce-County Public Health Department and litigated cases for the Attorney General’s office, according to her legislative biography.

Jinkins cites expanding public healthcare options, civil rights and climate change as policy priorities.

Jinkins has vocally defended the use of “legislative privilege,” a purported right some lawmakers say they have to block certain documents from public disclosure. Jinkins has shielded emails on a proposal to create a Chinese American History Month, a 2021 redistricting commission and a law reintroducing criminal penalties for drug possession.

Jinkins has been endorsed by Public School Employees of Washington, Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Equal Rights Washington, and Stonewall Democrats.

Laurie Jinkins PDC link
Laurie Jinkins campaign website
Laurie Jinkins State Voter Guide

Related reading:
Some WA lawmakers are sidestepping the state’s Public Records Act (Cascade PBS)
WA Democrats hid messages on Chinese American History Month bill (Cascade PBS)
Washington state bans sale of most semi-automatic rifles (Cascade PBS)
How Washington plans to spend money from the new carbon cap law (Cascade PBS)
WA’s first female house speaker loves a good joke (Cascade PBS)

Ken Paulson

Ken Paulson

Republican Ken Paulson advocated for a 2013 bill that added protections for victims of stalking and was named for his daughter Jennifer, who was killed by a stalker.

Paulson graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a business degree and has worked in purchasing, importing, distributing, and computer programming, according to his profile on Vote WA

Paulson ran unsuccessfully for Pierce County Council in 2008 and state senate in 2010, according to the Public Disclosure Commission.

Ken Paulson PDC link
Ken Paulson State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 27 Pos. 2

District 27 includes Tacoma and Fife. Incumbent Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, seeks reelection against Democratic challenger Devin Rydel Kelly.

Jake Fey

Jake Fey

Before his election to the House of Representatives in 2012, Jake Fey served on the Tacoma City Council and as deputy Mayor of Tacoma. He has worked as the director of Washington State University’s energy program.

The Democrat currently chairs the Transportation committee and serves on the Environment and Energy committee. He cites his work passing the $17 billion Move Ahead Washington transportation funding package as an accomplishment, as well as a 2019 bill he introduced that aimed to promote electric vehicles and cleaner fuels. He describes himself as a “lifelong progressive” and cites clean energy, public transportation, and affordable housing as priorities.

Fey has been endorsed by House Speaker Laurie Jinkins, U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer, and Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards.

Jake Fey PDC link
Jake Fey campaign website
Jake Fey State Voter Guide

Related reading:
Gov. Inslee plans to ban gas-powered cars by 2035. Is it doable? (Cascade PBS)
The future of WA transportation hinges on carbon pricing debate (Cascade PBS)
WA Supreme Court rules $30 car tab initiative is unconstitutional (Cascade PBS)

Devin Rydel Kelly

Devin Rydel Kelly

Devin Rydel Kelly has worked as data director for the Foundation for Tacoma Students and a researcher and union organizer for SEIU Local 925, which represents educators in Washington state, according to his LinkedIn page.

He cites rent stabilization, free tuition at state universities, expanding unemployment benefits to striking workers and raising taxes on the rich as policy priorities on his website.

Kelly has been endorsed by the Tacoma and Pierce County chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America, Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund, and Tacoma City Council member Jamika Scott.

Devin Rydel Kelly PDC link
Devin Rydel Kelly campaign website
Devin Rydel Kelly State Voter Guide

State Senate, District 28

Washington’s 28th District comprises University Place, Lakewood, Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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Maia Espinoza

Maia Espinoza is director of development and community relations at the Washington Policy Center, a Libertarian-leaning think-tank. The Lakewood Republican also leads the Center for Latino Leadership, which works to get Latino residents engaged in local and state politics. If elected, Espinoza wants to prioritize crime, cost of living and education. She supports school choice vouchers and giving parents a say in curriculum development. 

Espinoza has run for elected office several times, including for Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2020, Lakewood City Council in 2019 and 28th District State Representative in 2018. During the 2020 race for OSPI, the Spokesman Review newspaper reported on several false or exaggerated claims Espinoza made, including that the Center for Latino Leadership has 501(c)3 nonprofit status and that she worked as a teacher. 

Maia Espinoza PDC link
Maia Espinoza campaign website
Maia Espinoza State Voter Guide

T'Wina Nobles

T’wina Nobles

Incumbent Sen. T’wina Nobles was first elected to this office in 2020. The University Place Democrat chairs the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, and has worked on expanding broadband access for students, opportunities for continuing education, paraeducator compensation, free school lunches and other education-related issues. She also wants to prioritize housing stability, environmental justice and transportation accessibility. 

Outside of the Legislature, Nobles is CEO of the Black Future Co-Op Fund, a Black-led philanthropic organization focused on generational wealth building, health and well-being. Prior to that she was president and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League and a University Place School Board director. 

T’wina Nobles PDC link
T’wina Nobles campaign website
T’wina Nobles State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 28 Pos. 1

District 28 includes Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Dupont, Steilacoom and parts of Lakewood and University Place. State Rep. Mari Leavitt, D-University Place, is the incumbent.

Mari Leavitt

Mari Leavitt

Mari Leavitt joined the Legislature in 2019 and currently serves on the Capital Budget committee and vice-chairs the Housing committee. Leavitt is also the Deputy Majority Whip.

The Democrat has worked as a college administrator and as the deputy director of the Pierce County Human Services department. She owns a small orthodontics practice with her husband.

Leavitt cites securing funds for highway expansion and salmon habitat restoration, passing legislation to increase criminal penalties for attacks against election workers and mandating fentanyl education in schools as accomplishments on her website.

Leavitt has been endorsed by U.S. representatives Derek Kilmer, Marilyn Strickland, and Adam Smith; Attorney General Bob Ferguson; Lt. Gov. Denny Heck; and House Speaker Laurie Jinkins.

Mari Leavitt PDC link
Mari Leavitt campaign website
Mari Leavitt State Voter Guide

Related reading:
WA Democrats hid messages on Chinese American History Month bill (Cascade PBS)

Gave Sachwitz

Gabe Sachwitz

Gabe Sachwitz has worked as a math teacher at Pierce College and a police officer in San Bernardino County, California, according to his LinkedIn page, and served in the U.S. Marines, according to his Vote WA profile. The Republican cites lawlessness, drugs, crime, and high gas prices as motivators for running. 

Sachwitz ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2022. He does not list any endorsements on his website.

Gabe Sachwitz PDC link
Gabe Sachwitz campaign website
Gabe Sachwitz State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 28 Pos. 2

District 28 includes Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Dupont, Steilacoom and parts of Lakewood and University Place. The incumbent is state Rep. Dan Bronoske, D-Lakewood.

Dan Bronoske

Dan Bronoske

Dan Bronoske was first elected to the legislature in 2021. He currently serves on the Transportation, Health Care and Labor & Workplace Standards committees and is the deputy Speaker Pro Tempore.

The Democrat previously served in the Washington Army National Guard and has worked as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for more than two decades.

He cites streamlining the house permit process, allowing increased housing types, mental health care access for veterans and bringing down health care costs as priorities on his campaign website.

Bronoske has been endorsed by U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. representatives Marilyn Strickland and Derek Kilmer, and Lt. Gov. Denny Heck.

Dan Bronoske PDC link
Dan Bronoske campaign website
Dan Bronoske State Voter Guide

Related reading:
WA telehealth business closes after wage theft investigation (Cascade PBS)

Mark Herr

Mark Herr

Mark Herr served in the U.S. Army for 17 years. He has also served on the Lakewood Planning Commission and Independent Salary Commission. 

The Republican cites traffic, drug addiction and crime, and support for law enforcement as policy priorities. Herr does not list any endorsements on his website.

Mark Herr PDC link
Mark Herr campaign website
Mark Herr State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 29 Pos. 1

Washington’s 29th Legislative District encompasses parts of the Puyallup Reservation, Lakewood, Pierce County and most of Tacoma.

Richard Miller

Richard Miller

Richard Miller, a Democrat born in Seattle, says the three main priorities for his campaign are to ensure affordable housing, fight for schools to get the resources they need and address root causes for crime, according to his website. He has lived in the 29th district for the past five years, and wants to deepen his commitment to the district through running for office. Miller is a real estate professional and community organizer who has set up toy drives and school supply giveaways. 

Richard Miller PDC link
Richard Miller campaign website
Richard Miller State Voter Guide

Melanie Morgan

Melanie Morgan

Melanie Morgan, a Democrat, is the incumbent for State Representative Position 1. Prior to her legislative career, she was a U.S. Army Veteran and a school board director of Franklin Pierce Schools, according to her biography on the state House Democrats website. She graduated from St. Martin’s University and resides in Spanaway. Morgan has also experienced homelessness, and says she uses her experiences and her identity as someone from a marginalized community as motivation to run for the state legislature. Highlights of her legislative career include passage of the Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act, part of the national movement to eliminate natural hair discrimination; the Community Reinvestment Account, which invests $125 million annually in services for formerly incarcerated individuals; and a push for Juneteenth to become a paid state holiday. Morgan is on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and has served on the board of Community Healthcare. 

Melanie Morgan PDC link 
Melanie Morgan campaign website
Melanie Morgan State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 29 Pos. 2

Washington’s 29th Legislative District encompasses parts of the Puyallup Reservation, Lakewood, Pierce County and most of Tacoma. Sharlett Mena is running unopposed.

Sharlett Mena

Sharlett Mena

Sharlett Mena, a Democrat, is a first-generation Mexican American born and raised in the Tri-Cities, where her parents worked on farms and at a meat processing plant, according to her biography on the House Democrats website. Mena graduated from Washington State University and started her professional career in the U.S. House of Representatives as a communications manager and later communications director. She worked in the Senate and as digital director for Gov. Jay Inslee. Mena currently works at the Washington State Department of Ecology and is a member of the South Tacoma Neighborhood Council. She was a co-creator of Voter Turnup, which looks to empower people of color to participate in civic engagement. According to her website, she has served on several boards in Tacoma: the South Tacoma Neighborhood Council, the boards of Fuse Washington and Progreso and on the Planned Parenthood Votes Washington Political Action Committee. She was appointed to the Governor’s Pandemic After Action Review Task Force to represent immigrant communities. In the House, she currently serves as vice chair of the Environment & Energy Committee. She is a member of the committees on State Government & Tribal Relations and Transportation, as well as the Washington State Latino Democratic Caucus. She was the main sponsor of the bills to include protected classes in the Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act; to exempt the disclosure of information of state employees or dependents who are survivors of domestic violence, harassment, or stalking; and to enhance Washington voter rights.

Sharlett Mena PDC link 
Sharlett Mena campaign website
Sharlett Mena State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 30 Pos. 1

Washington’s 30th Legislative District sits right next to Puget Sound. It covers parts of Des Moines, Federal Way and Auburn plus parts of unincorporated King County and the Puyallup Reservation. It also includes the cities of Algona and Pacific.

Melissa Hamilton

Melissa Hamilton

Melissa Hamilton worked as a records specialist at the Federal Way Police Department and as an assistant and community service officer for the Lacey Police Department, according to her website. She graduated from Saint Martin’s University in 2002 and was a member of the Civil Service Commission in Federal Way and the Steel Lake Management District Committee. Hamilton is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way, and volunteered as a club advisor at the Thomas Jefferson High School Key Club. Hamilton is running as a Republican.

Melissa Hamilton PDC link
Melissa Hamilton campaign website
Melissa Hamilton State Voter Guide

Jamila E. Taylor

Jamila E. Taylor

Jamila E. Taylor, a Democrat, went to Virginia State University and earned her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, according to her website. Taylor moved to King County in 2007 and began her legal career providing consulting services as part of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle for the Seattle Youth Prevention Initiative. She was also the director of street outreach, where she helped youth struggling with family problems, school suspension or expulsions, gang violence, homelessness and other issues. Taylor has served on the Board of Directors for Highline College Foundation, and has been part of the Northwest Justice Project as a staff attorney and later as statewide advocacy coordinator. She served on the Miller Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. Now, Taylor serves on the Federal Way Human Services Commission and is on the board of the Judicial Institute. As a legislator, she chaired the Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee and the Developmental Advocacy Caucus and was vice chair of the Members of Color Caucus, according to the state House Democrats website. Taylor also served on several committees including Housing and Human Services and Youth & Early Learning. 

Jamila E. Taylor PDC link 
Jamila E. Taylor campaign website
Jamila E. Taylor State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 30 Pos. 2

Washington’s 30th Legislative District sits right next to Puget Sound. It covers parts of Des Moines, Federal Way and Auburn, plus parts of unincorporated King County and the Puyallup Reservation. It also includes the cities of Algona and Pacific.

Quentin Morris

Quentin Morris

Quentin Morris completed a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University in mechanical engineering and also attended Washington State University, according to his website. He worked at Isaacson Structural Steel to become an engineer. He was hired by Boeing in 1978 and worked around the globe until he retired in 2019 as executive-level director of commercial airline services. He said he wants to go to Olympia to represent the district because his experience as an engineer and business director can help with policy-making for people in his district. Morris’ legislative priorities include supporting families, protecting and promoting small businesses and supporting law enforcement.  

Quentin Morris PDC link 
Quentin Morris campaign website
Quentin Morris State Voter Guide

Kristine M. Reeves

Kristine M. Reeves

Kristine M. Reeves, a Democrat, is from Moses Lake and received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University and her master’s in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University, according to her biography on the House Democrats website. Before becoming a state representative, she was the state veterans constituency coordinator for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and the director of economic development for the military and defense sector at the state Department of Commerce. She was the main sponsor of bills requiring individuals to be licensed to install solar energy systems; expanding the Credit Services Organization Act; and providing payment and protection for whistleblowers who report violations of state or federal securities, among other legislation.

Kristine M. Reeves PDC link 
Kristine M. Reeves campaign website
Kristine M. Reeves State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 32 Pos. 1

The 32nd Legislative District encompasses parts of King and Snohomish counties, including the cities of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Shoreline, and portions of Edmonds and northwest Seattle.

Cindy Ryu

Cindy Ryu

Cindy Ryu has served seven terms in the Washington House. Before coming to the Legislature, Ryu sat on the Shoreline City Council and Chamber of Commerce. The Democrat’s priorities include expanding broadband access, disaster preparedness, increasing affordable housing and protecting education funding, according to the campaign’s website. Ryu’s endorsements include Mayor Bruce Harrell and several other mayors of cities in the district. Ryu chairs the Innovation, Community & Economic Development and Veterans Committee and sits on the Appropriations and Consumer Protection & Business committees.

Cindy Ryu PDC link
Cindy Ryu campaign website
Cindy Ryu State Voter Guide

Lisa Rezac

Lisa Rezac

Lisa Rezac, a Republican, has worked as a fundraising auctioneer, raising money for a variety of organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, education programs, United Indians of All Tribes, Mary’s Place and others. She supports the tax initiatives on the fall ballot and is concerned about water and food safety. 

Lisa Rezac PDC link
Lisa Rezac campaign website
Lisa Rezac State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 32 Pos. 2

The 32th Legislative District encompasses parts of King and Snohomish counties, including the cities of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Shoreline, and portions of Edmonds and northwest Seattle.

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis has represented the 32nd Legislative District since 2019. Before running for office, Davis advocated and pushed through a bill that created an involuntary crisis commitment system for youth and adults with life-threatening addiction. Davis, a Democrat, leads the Washington Recovery Alliance, an organization she also helped found. Along with improving Washington’s mental health and addiction treatment systems, Davis lists increasing access to affordable and supportive housing as a main priority, according to her campaign site. She is endorsed by more than a dozen current and former state representatives; and by former Gov. Chris Gregoire and eight current and former city council members from jurisdictions in the District. Davis sits on the Community Safety, Justice, and Reentry; Health Care and Wellness; and Appropriations committees.

Lauren Davis PDC link
Lauren Davis campaign website
Lauren Davis State Voter Guide

Lori Theis

Lori Theis

Lori Theis unsuccessfully challenged Cindy Ryu in 2022 for Position 1 in the 32nd Legislative District as an independent. Running this time as a Republican, Theis chairs the 32nd District Republicans. She has run a small business in Seattle and also has worked as a consultant and event planner. She supports the anti-tax initiatives on the ballot and is concerned with the fentanyl crisis, gas prices and inflation.

Lori Theis PDC link
Lori Theis campaign website
Lori Theis State Voter Guide

Dunia Wabenga

Dunia Wabenga

Dunia Wabenga was raised by a single mother and lived in a refugee camp before immigrating from Congo to the United States and serving in the Washington State Army National Guard, according to Wabenga’s campaign site. The Democrat supports a proportional tax in which every individual pays a flat rate, and other taxes such as capital-gains, wealth and luxury goods taxes, to make the state’s tax system less regressive. Wabenga also laid out a plan to phase out privately run prisons in the state. Wabenga’s other priorities include expanding Medicaid, improving mental health services and allocating more resources to public education. There are no endorsements listed on Wabenga’s campaign site.

Dunia Wabenga PDC link
Dunia Wabenga campaign website
Dunia Wabenga State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 33 Pos. 1

Washington’s 33rd Legislative District encompasses east Burien, SeaTac, Normandy Park, Des Moines and parts of Tukwila, Renton and Kent.

Tina Orwall

Tina L. Orwall

Tina Orwall is the House of Representatives’ Speaker Pro Tempore and has represented the 33rd Legislative District since 2009, according to her biography on the House Democrats website. Orwall is also a member of the Kent Chamber of Commerce, the state director for Women in Government and has served on the United Way Out of the Rain board, the Judson Park Retirement Community board and others. She graduated from the University of Washington, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in social work administration. Orwall’s legislative committee assignments include Health Care & Wellness, Capital Budget, Regulated Substances & Gaming and Rules. She’s also been appointed to various legislative advisory groups, task forces and committees for sexual assault and sex trafficking, veterans’ affairs and more. Before her time as a legislator, Orwall was the coordinator for the City of Seattle Office of Housing for the state’s “Taking Health Care Home” Grant, which helped to create affordable housing for homeless people. Before her time in Olympia, she worked for King County, Pierce County and other government partnerships like the King County Veterans Group Consortium Steering Committee. Her legislative accomplishments include passing legislation to clear the backlog of sexual assault evidence; enhancing sex trafficking laws for survivors and victims; assisting reproductive health care rights; and suicide prevention measures like the 988 mental health hotline. 

Tina Orwall PDC link 
Tina Orwall campaign website
Tina Orwall State Voter Guide

Related reading: 
WA bill would add explicit ‘deepfakes’ to child pornography laws (Cascade PBS)
Washington state may boost 988 hotline funding as demand grows (Cascade PBS)
WA bill would bring trauma-informed practices to sexual assault cases (Cascade PBS)
Tax break for gun stores left out of suicide prevention bill (Cascade PBS)

George Richter

George Richter

George Richter, a Republican, is an employee benefit specialist with multiple insurance companies and has owned an insurance business for 24 years. Richter says imbalanced state government has created laws that "do not reflect our community's needs," and vows to "restore the balance so badly needed in our state government." 

George Richter PDC link 
George Richter State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 33 Pos. 2

Washington’s 33rd Legislative District encompasses east Burien, SeaTac, Normandy Park, Des Moines and parts of Tukwila, Renton and Kent. 

Casey Esmond

Casey Esmond

Casey Esmond, from Des Moines, states no party preference. He has professional experience in warehousing and trucking. His legislative priorities include minimum government, lower taxes and self-sufficiency. He wants to minimize bureaucracy and make sure people living on a fixed income are not taxed out of their homes.

Casey Esmond PDC link 
Casey Esmond campaign website
Casey Esmond State Voter Guide

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson has been the 33rd Legislative District’s State Representative, Pos. 2, since 2013. Her legislative priorities have included tenant housing rights, internet accessibility and food insecurity, according to her website. As a representative, Gregerson chaired the House Members of Color Caucus and vice-chaired the House Appropriations Committee. Before her time as a legislator, Gregerson was the mayor of the SeaTac City Council from 2008 to 2015, according to her biography on the House Democrats website. As a city cCouncil member, Gregerson helped lead the 2014 charge to raise SeaTac’s minimum wage to $15, among the nation’s highest at the time. Gregerson was on the board of directors for the Washington State Investment Board in the summer of 2023, and part of its Public Markets Committee in the fall of 2023. She was also in the dental field for nearly two decades, working as a surgical assistant and business manager. Her website says her family has spent more than four generations in South King County, and she attended public school in Highline and Tukwila. 

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson PDC link
Mia Su-Ling Gregerson website
Mia Su-Ling Gregerson Sate Voter Guide

Related reading: 
'We worked hard for this win': Seattle's suburbs are getting more diverse, and so are their city councils (Cascade PBS)
A heap of housing bills failed in WA’s legislative session (Cascade PBS)

State House of Representatives, District 34 Pos. 1

Washington’s 34th Legislative District covers West Seattle, White Center, west Burien and all of Vashon Island.

Emily Alvarado

Emily Alvarado

Emily Alvarado is the incumbent for Washington’s 34th Legislative district State Representative Pos. 1. She is running as a Democrat. Alvarado served as director of Seattle’s Office of Housing and currently serves as vice president and Pacific Northwest market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit focused on increasing housing, according to her LinkedIn. Along with housing, Alvarado’s legislative priorities include increasing economic opportunities, funding public education and child care and reproductive rights. Before her time as a legislator, Alvarado served as public affairs field organizer for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, advocacy project coordinator for the housing consortium of Everett & Snohomish County and director of policy and outreach at Pittsburgh United. She graduated from Scripps College in American studies and received her doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law. Alvarado is endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund, Washington Conservation Action, and many other organizations in the state, according to her website. She currently lives in West Seattle with her family.

Emily Alvarado PDC link 
Emily Alvarado campaign website
Emily Alvarado State Voter Guide

Kimberly M. Cloud

Kimberly M. Cloud

Kimberly M. Cloud, a Republican, has run her own businesses and hosts a podcast. According to an article Cloud wrote about her campaign, she supports bipartisanship, says she looks up to the Trump Administration, and would like Republicans “to get closer to the African American community.” 

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Kimberly M. Cloud campaign website
Kimberly M. Cloud State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 34 Pos. 2

Washington’s 34th Legislative District covers West Seattle, White Center, west Burien and all of Vashon Island.

Joe Fitzgibbon

Joe Fitzgibbon

Joe Fitzgibbon, the incumbent for Washington’s 34th Legislative district State Representative Pos. 2, has been in the position since 2010. He was House Majority Leader in 2022 and chaired the House Environment & Energy Committee from 2014 to 2022, according to the House Democrats website. He is on the House Appropriations Committee; the House Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Committee; the Joint Committee on Energy Supply & Energy Conservation; the Joint Legislative Task Force on Water Resource Mitigation and the Joint Legislative Committee on Water Supply During Drought. His legislative priorities include addressing climate change, calling for more support for working families, and increasing both affordable housing and public transportation accessibility. Major legislation passed by Fitzgibbon include laws reducing greenhouse gas emissions from refrigerants and improving waste management. He also worked on voting rights and on tax and criminal justice reforms. Fitzgibbon was born in Kirkland and moved throughout his childhood as part of a military family. 

Joe Fitzgibbon PDC link 
Joe Fitzgibbon campaign website
Joe Fitzgibbon State Voter Guide

Related reading
Legislators are shaping their staff’s collective bargaining rights (Cascade PBS)
WA moves toward partnership with CA, Quebec cap-and-trade systems (Cascade PBS)

Jolie Lansdowne

Jolie Lansdowne

Jolie Lansdowne, a Republican, currently chairs the 34th Legislative District of the King County Republican Party. Previously she was precinct committee officer for the King County GOP. Her legislative priorities include prioritizing public safety, supporting small businesses, public education and veterans. Lansdowne said her grandfather’s military service in Normandy during World War II inspired her to run for office. 

Jolie Lansdowne PDC link 
Jolie Lansdowne campaign website
Jolie Lansdowne State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 36 Pos. 1

Washington’s 36th District represents northwest Seattle, including Queen Anne, Interbay, Magnolia, Ballard, Crown Heights, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

Julia Grant Reed

Julia Grant Reed

Rep. Julia Reed was elected to Washington’s House of Representatives in 2022, the first person of color to represent the 36th District. The first-term Seattle Democrat focused on access to post-secondary education, housing and urbanism and supporting the arts and creative economies. She is running for reelection with a focus on housing affordability, workforce development, education access, public health, and progressive taxation. Reed is running unopposed.

In addition to her job in the Legislature, Reed works for a consulting firm that helps businesses and nonprofits with economic development, workforce training and college access initiatives. Prior to that she served as a policy advisor for former Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and worked for the federal Office of Budget Management and Budget and U.S. State Department during the Obama Administration.  

Julia Reed PDC link
Julia Reed campaign website
Julia Reed State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 36 Pos. 2

Washington’s 36th District represents northwest Seattle, including Queen Anne, Interbay, Magnolia, Ballard, Crown Heights, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. 

Liz Berry

Liz Berry

Rep. Liz Berry was first elected to Washington’s House of Representatives in 2020. As a legislator she has worked on bills related to gun control, climate, transportation, affordable housing and affordable child care, among others. Prior to election, the Seattle Democrat led the Washington Association for Justice, a nonprofit working on protections for consumers, injured citizens and workers, and worked for U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz. She is running for reelection to “continue the fight for fairness, elevate working families and children, and bring affordability back to our region.” 

Berry has been endorsed by U.S. Senator Patty Murray. She has also netted endorsements from two dozen unions, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Pro-Choice Washington, Washington Conservation Voters and others. 

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Liz Berry State Voter Guide

Victoria Palmer

Victoria Palmer

Victoria Palmer is a community advocate and runs a business in Seattle doing personal organization. The Republican Greenwood resident was a primary candidate in the 2023 Seattle City Council election. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Palmer organized protests against mask and vaccine mandates. During her run for Seattle City Council, her top priorities were police hiring, opposing COVID-19 public health requirements and cleaning up the streets. 

Victoria Palmer PDC link
Victoria Palmer campaign website
Victoria Palmer State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 37 Pos. 1

Washington’s 37th District represents central and southeast Seattle from the Central District down through Mount Baker, Columbia City, Seward Park, Othello and Rainier Beach. The boundary extends below the city limits to include Skyway in unincorporated King County.

Sharon Tamiko Santos

Sharon Tomiko Santos

Incumbent Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos was first elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1998. If reelected, it will be her 14th term in office. As a legislator, educational opportunity and quality has been a top priority, along with civil rights, women’s rights, economic and environmental justice, affordable housing, and community preservation. She is running unopposed. 

Santos has been endorsed by prominent labor groups including the Washington Education Association, the Washington State Labor Council and the Washington Federation of State Employees, as well as the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington.

Sharon Tomiko Santos PDC link
Sharon Tomiko Santos campaign website
Sharon Tomiko Santos State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 37 Pos. 2

Washington’s 37th District represents central and southeast Seattle from the Central District down through Mount Baker, Columbia City, Seward Park, Othello and Rainier Beach. The boundary extends below the city limits to include Skyway in unincorporated King County.

Matt McCally

Matt McCally is a Seattle-based candidate registered as a Libertarian. As of this writing McCally does not have a campaign website or information available about priorities. McCally has not raised any money. 

Matt McCally PDC link
Matt McCally State Voter Guide

Chipalo Street

Chipalo Street

Rep. Chipalo Street is wrapping up his first two-year term in the Washington House of Representatives. In his bid for reelection, the Seattle Democrat is prioritizing access to reproductive health care, affordable housing, tenant rights, economic development, reducing gun violence, and more

Outside of the Legislature, Street has had a long career at Microsoft, where he currently advises on emerging technologies. He also has a residential real estate investment business. 

Chipalo Street PDC link
Chipalo Street campaign website
Chipalo Street State Voter Guide

State Senate, District 41

Washington’s 41st Legislative District includes all of Mercer Island and Newcastle, with some portions of neighboring Eastside cities Bellevue, Renton, Issaquah and Sammamish. Both the Senate and House seats for this district are currently held by Democrats.

Jaskaran Singh Sarao

Jaskaran Singh Sarao

Republican Jaskaran Singh Sarao was introduced to local government through the Bellevue Human Services Commission, which he has chaired since 2019. According to his campaign website, he says he has “also been advocating for Mom-and-Pop landlords who are struggling to collect rent from squatters” – following a dispute he had with a tenant that gained local attention. Singh Sarao’s other legislative priorities include bringing back school resource officers, rolling back taxes and limiting cell phone usage in schools.

Jaskaran Singh Sarao PDC link
Jaskaran Singh Sarao campaign website
Jaskaran Singh Sarao State Voter Guide

Lisa Wellman

Lisa Wellman

Democrat Lisa Wellman has served as Legislative District 41’s senator since 2016, and is again running for reelection. She currently chairs the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee and has roles on the Energy, Environment & Technology and Ways and Means committees. During the 2024 legislative session, Wellman helped pass the K-12 Parent’s Bill of Rights. She is endorsed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, Planned Parenthood and the Washington State Labor Council.

Lisa Wellman PDC link
Lisa Wellman campaign website
Lisa Wellman State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 41 Pos. 1

Washington’s 41st Legislative District includes all of Mercer Island and Newcastle, with some portions of neighboring eastside cities Bellevue, Renton, Issaquah and Sammamish. Both the Senate and House seats for this district are currently held by Democrats.

Stan Lippmann

Stan Lippmann

Stan Lippmann is running for the 41st Legislative District’s Position 1 under the Anti-Administration Party. Lippmann was disbarred by the state Supreme Court in 2008 for financial misconduct, and has long advocated against vaccinations. Lippmann has unsuccessfully run for public office multiple times, including for King County executive, Seattle Mayor and Congress. 

Stan Lippmann PDC link
Stan Lippman campaign website
Stan Lippmann State Voter Guide

Tana Senn

Tana Senn

Democrat Tana Senn has represented the 41st Legislative District since first being elected in 2013. She currently chairs the Human Services, Youth & Early Learning Committee and serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Innovation, Community & Economic Development and Veterans Committee. In 2018, Senn sponsored the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, which prohibits gender pay discrimination and allows workers to freely speak up about wage issues without fear of retaliation. She focuses a lot of her legislative attention on early learning. 

Tana Senn PDC link
Tana Senn campaign website
Tana Senn State Voter Guide

Emily Tadlock

Emily Tadlock

Emily Tadlock is a Republican candidate for the 41st Legislative District’s Position 1. In 2022, Tadlock was associated with the Washington Voter Research Project – a local, conservative effort that canvasses door-to-door looking for evidence of voter fraud. According to Tadlock’s campaign website, if elected, she would impose harsher criminal sentences, support police pursuit and push for tax incentives for small businesses.

Emily Tadlock PDC link
Emily Tadlock campaign website
Emily Tadlock State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 41 Pos. 2

Washington’s 41st Legislative District represents all of Mercer Island and Newcastle, with some portions of neighboring eastside cities Bellevue, Renton, Issaquah and Sammamish. Both the Senate and House seats for this district are currently held by Democrats.

Pamela J. Randolph

Pamela J. Randolph

Pamela Randolph is a Republican candidate for the 41st Legislative District’s Position 2 with three decades of experience in wastewater treatment. She first ran for Sammamish City Council in 2023 but lost to Councilmember Sid Gupta. According to her campaign website, her platform hinges on increasing family tax credits and opposing the Washington Saves program.

Pamela Randolph PDC link
Pamela Randolph campaign website
Pamela Randolph State Voter Guide

Al Rosenthal

Al Rosenthal

Al Rosenthal is a Republican candidate for the 41st Legislative District’s Position 2. This is his second run for the position after losing to My-Linh Thai in 2022. Rosenthal, a former aerospace engineer, went on conservative radio station KTTH to discuss his platform, which includes harsher penalties for drug crimes.

Al Rosenthal PDC link
Al Rosenthal campaign website
Al Rosenthal State Voter Guide

My-Linh Thai

My-Linh Thai

Democrat My-Linh Thai has represented the 41st Legislative District since 2018. The Deputy Majority Leader became one of the first Vietnamese Americans and the first refugee to serve in the state Legislature. Thai is a member of the Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee, the Finance Committee and the Healthcare & Wellness Committee. She has expressed her support for tax equity, access to reproductive health care and improving refugee support programs, and most recently passed legislation that recognized the Lunar New Year holiday in Washington.

My-Linh Thai PDC link
My-Linh Thai campaign website
My-Linh Thai State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 43 Pos. 1

Washington’s 43rd District represents central Seattle including Belltown, Downtown, South Lake Union, First Hill, Capitol Hill, Eastlake, Fremont, the University District and Sandpoint.

Nicole Macri

Nicole Macri

Rep. Nicole Macri was first elected to Washington’s House of Representatives in 2016. She has led the effort to pass a slew of affordable-housing bills and has also prioritized renters’ rights, health care access, LGBTQ+ rights, and more. Her election priorities include affordable-housing funding, transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure, funding for schools and climate action. Macri is running unopposed. 

Outside of the Legislature, Macri is the deputy director of DESC (formerly Downtown Emergency Services Center), a Seattle-based nonprofit that provides shelter, permanent supportive housing, health care and other homelessness services. 

Nicole Macri PDC link
Nicole Macri campaign website
Nicole Macri State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 43 Pos. 2

Washington’s 43rd District represents central Seattle including Belltown, Downtown, South Lake Union, First Hill, Capitol Hill, Eastlake, Fremont, the University District and Sandpoint. Former Speaker of the House Rep. Frank Chopp has held the 43rd’s Position 2 for nearly 30 years, but announced he is not seeking reelection.

Daniel Carusello

Daniel Carusello

Daniel Carusello describes himself as a pragmatic progressive interested in pluralist, collaborative governance. He is an account manager for Qualtrics, a company that tracks and analyzes customers’ experiences with organizations. Carusello also runs a political commentary blog called The Social Contract

His top priorities are tackling the affordable-housing crisis by easing zoning restrictions and speeding permitting, increasing investments in infrastructure and education and addressing the environment with new recycling programs and habitat protection. 

Daniel Carusello PDC link
Daniel Carusello campaign website
Daniel Carusello State Voter Guide

Stephanie LLoyd-Agnew

Stephanie LLoyd-Agnew

Stephanie LLoyd-Agnew has filed for election in the 43rd Legislative District, but does not have a campaign website, nor has declared any fundraising with the Public Disclosure Commission as of June 14. According to the state voter guide, LLoyd-Agnew is an organizer for a coalition of labor union women, and has lobbied for housing and health care. Lloyd-Agnew wants to continue Frank Chopp’s work on behavioral health and housing and improve the quality of life for residents of the district. 

Stephanie LLoyd-Agnew PDC link
Stephanie LLoyd-Agnew State Voter Guide

Shaun Scott

Shaun Scott

Shaun Scott is the policy lead at the nonprofit Statewide Poverty Action Network. He helped lobby for the state’s Working Families Tax Credit and universal basic income pilot program, among other legislative issues. Scott previously worked as a campaign staffer for U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal and was Washington State field director for Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential run. He is a member of Democratic Socialists of America and lost the 2019 election for the Seattle City Council District 4 seat to Alex Pedersen. 

Scott is running on a platform of new progressive revenue, labor rights, social safety net expansion, consumer protections, climate justice, affordable housing and more. He has been endorsed by outgoing Rep. Frank Chopp, Rep. Nicole Macri, King County Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda and Seattle City Councilmember Tammy Morales, among others. 

Shaun Scott PDC link
Shaun Scott website
Shaun Scott State Voter Guide

Andrea Suarez

Andrea Suarez

Andrea Suarez is founder of the We Heart Seattle, which leads volunteer trash clean-ups around homeless encampments along with doing some homeless outreach work. The nonprofit has received praise from some Seattle politicians and business leaders for its work. It has also courted criticism for allegedly throwing away people’s belongings without permission and causing confusion with city outreach efforts. Suarez also does business development for DHL eCommerce. 

The Seattle Democrat’s campaign priorities include investing in homelessness programs that work, supporting public safety with more training and oversight for police officers, bolstering affordable housing, protecting reproductive rights, expanding substance-use treatment options and keeping schools open. 

Andrea Suarez PDC link
Andrea Suarez website
Andrea Suarez State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 45 Pos. 1

Washington’s 45th Legislative District sits just northeast of Kirkland, covering a portion of the city and extending to Cottage Lake, Duvall and parts of Sammamish.

Melissa Demyan

Melissa Demyan

Labor organizer Melissa Demyan is a Democrat challenging incumbent Larry Springer to represent the 45th Legislative District. Demyan has worked for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers since 2021. Demyan’s priorities include: increasing access to affordable housing and taxing corporations to fund social services. She is refusing to take donations from corporate PACs. 

Melissa Demyan PDC link
Melissa Demyan campaign website
Melissa Demyan State Voter Guide

Roger Goodman

Roger Goodman

Roger Goodman is the Democratic incumbent representing the 45th Legislative District. Goodman has represented the district for nearly two decades – having first been elected in 2007. He is currently assigned to the Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee, the Community Safety, Justice, & Reentry Committee, and the Human Services, Youth, & Early Learning Committee. According to his website, issues he is focused on include transportation, the environment and education. 

Roger Goodman PDC link
Roger Goodman campaign website
Roger Goodman State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 45 Pos. 2

Washington’s 45th Legislative District sits just northeast of Kirkland, covering a portion of the city and extending to Cottage Lake, Duvall and parts of Sammamish.

Larry Springer

Larry Springer

Democrat Larry Springer has represented Washington’s 45th Legislative District for nearly two decades. Springer was mayor of Kirkland from 2000 to 2003 before transitioning to an 11-year stint on its City Council. He is also the Deputy Majority Leader in the state House of Representatives and serves on the Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Committee, the Appropriations Committee, the Finance Committee, the House Rules Committee and the Joint Water Supply During Drought Committee. According to his campaign website, the issues Springer is advocating for include: gun safety, rebuilding the 520 Bridge and pay raises for public school teachers.

Larry Springer PDC link
Larry Springer campaign website
Larry Springer State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 46 Pos. 1

Washington’s 46th Legislative District covers major Seattle neighborhoods including east Aurora Avenue, plus Lake Forest Park and Kenmore. All incumbents are Democrats.

Beth Daranciang

Beth Daranciang

Republican Beth Daranciang is running to represent the 46th Legislative District. Some of her priorities include lowering taxes, public safety, parental rights and supporting the First Amendment, according to her website. She feels like she has been ignored by state representatives, so Daranciang would like to restore police pursuit and parental notification and cut taxes. She also has advocated against trans women participating in high school girls sports.

Beth Daranciang PDC link 
Beth Daranciang website 
Beth Daranciang State Voter Guide

Ahndylyn Kinney

Ahndylyn Kinney

Ahndylyn Kinney is running as a moderate Democrat for the 46th Legislative District. Her website says she supports reproductive rights and the environment. She was an intern for the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and with the Federal Aviation Administration. Kinney was also an assistant at the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council in Honolulu. Now she works as a member consultant at BECU. She is endorsed by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, according to her website. Her legislative priority is to increase public safety through state funding for police. 

Ahndylyn Kinney PDC link 
Ahndylyn Kinney website 
Ahndylyn Kinney State Voter Guide

Gerry Pollet

Gerry Pollet

Democrat Gerry Pollet has represented the 46th Legislative District since 2011. He is on the faculty of the UW School of Public Health and is a law professor at Seattle University. His advocacy and legislative work has focused on the environment, education and government transparency. His legislative committee assignments include Appropriations, Joint Legislative Audit and Review as well as Education and Post Secondary Education and Workforce. Pollet is also the executive director of Heart of America Northwest, a citizen group dedicated to cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and has long volunteered for the Coalition for Open Government, a media and legal collaboration. Pollet is endorsed by U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, The Alliance for Gun Responsibility and the Washington Federation of State Employees.  

Gerry Pollet PDC link 
Gerry Pollet website 
Gerry Pollet State Voter Guide

Related reading
WA school districts ignoring state transparency laws (Cascade PBS)
Washington lawmakers make drug possession a gross misdemeanor (Cascade PBS)
Hanford considers a quicker way to clean up radioactive waste (Cascade PBS)
A whistleblower reflects after 30 years on the Hanford watch (Cascade PBS)

State House of Representatives, District 46 Pos. 2

Washington’s 46th Legislative District covers major Seattle neighborhoods including east Aurora Avenue, plus Lake Forest Park and Kenmore. All incumbents are Democrats.

Simone Barron

Simone Barron

Republican Simone Barron is co-founder of Full Service Workers Alliance in Seattle, an advocacy group for restaurant workers. Barron has worked in the restaurant industry for 36 years, according to her LinkedIn, and she co-founded Restaurant Workers of America, of which she is a board member. Her website says she has contributed to Fox Business News, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, Crain’s Detroit Business, the Washington Examiner and the Everett Herald. Her legislative priorities include addressing the high cost of living, support for small businesses and public safety. 

Simone Barron PDC link 
Simone Barron website 
Simone Barron State Voter Guide

Darya Farivar

Darya Farivar

Democrat Darya Farivar represents the neighborhood she grew up in, Lake City in the 46th Legislative District. She says representing her home district for the past two years has enabled her to understand community issues like housing availability and affordability, behavioral health accessibility and public safety. She held multiple roles at Disability Rights Washington, as well as work at other organizations. Along with working for disability rights, Farivar’s legislative priorities include reforming the criminal legal system and supporting immigrants and refugees. Her biography on the House Democrats website says she is the first Middle Eastern and first Iranian American woman elected to the state Legislature. She was also the youngest person to be elected to represent the 46th Legislative District. She was appointed to work on the state Language Access Work Group and the Joint Legislative Task Force on Jail Standards, and is a board member of the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability. 

Darya Farivar PDC link 
Darya Farivar website
Darya Farivar State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 47 Pos. 1

Washington’s 47th Legislative District sits about 25 miles south of Seattle and includes the cities of Covington, the east hill of Kent, northern Auburn and a portion of Maple Valley. The District is currently represented entirely by Democrats, with Rep. Debra Entenman, D-Kent, running for reelection in position 1.

Debra Entenman

Debra Entenman

Debra Entenman, D-Kent, has represented the 47th District since 2019. Since being elected to the Legislature, Entenman says she has passed bills to strengthen social safety nets, address public safety, protect elders, support workers and invest in workforce training. Drawing from personal experiences, Entenman says she analyzes decisions through the lens of a woman of color, a mother, and a constituent of the District to ensure that all voices are heard in Olympia. Outside of the Legislature, Entenman serves on the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees and as a member of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. If reelected, Entenman says she will continue to support policies to boost public safety, protect consumer rights, support local businesses and provide equitable and high-quality education.

Debra Entenman PDC link
Debra Entenman campaign website
Debra Entenman State Voter Guide

Kyle Lyebyedyev

Kyle Lyebyedyev

First-generation Ukrainian immigrant Kyle Lyebyedyev is the Republican challenger for the House seat representing the 47th District. Lyebyedyev says he immigrated to the United States to pursue freedom and happiness and wants to ensure all Washingtonians can achieve the American Dream. According to his website, Lyebyedyev is critical of the current elected officials in Olympia and hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the State Capitol. As a small-business owner, Lyebyedyev says he wants to make Washington more affordable for families and business owners and is supportive of policies that provide tax relief and promote responsible government spending and home affordability. Lyebyedyev says he will also prioritize policies to reduce traffic congestion, promote quality education that is transparent to parents, empower law enforcement and expand mental health resources.

Kyle Lyebyedyev PDC link
Kyle Lyebyedyev campaign website
Kyle Lyebyedyev State Voter Guide

State House of Representatives, District 47 Pos. 2

Washington’s 47th Legislative District sits about 25 miles south of Seattle and includes the cities of Covington, the east hill of Kent, northern Auburn and a portion of Maple Valley. Rep. Chris Stearns, D-Auburn, is the incumbent running for reelection.

Ted Cooke

Ted Cooke

Ted Cooke is a community volunteer and senior software tester. A Republican, Cooke has served as second vice chair for the King County Republican Party and currently serves as a precinct organizer, according to his website. Cooke has criticized government overreach in taxation, regulation and mandates, and says Democrats have failed in areas like the economy, education, election security, road maintenance and uplifting law enforcement. If elected, Cooke says he will prioritize policies to fund the police, boost the economy, reduce homelessness, promote parents’ rights in education and ensure election security. 

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Brian Lott

Brian Lott

Small-business owner Brian Lott is running as a Republican for the House seat representing the 47th Legislative District to challenge “business as usual in politics.” Lott’s professional experience includes working as a project manager, which he says has given him experience in finding solutions all parties can agree on. In 2005, Lott began his small business operating alternative-fuel passenger buses, which grew to a staff of 150 and the largest such private fleet in the state, according to his website. Lott says he is running on a platform of “bringing common sense back to government” and hopes to bring fresh ideas to Olympia. Lott supports policies to restore law and order in addressing public safety, boost affordable housing, eliminate wasteful spending, reduce homelessness, cut taxes and regulations and enhance parents’ rights in education. 

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Chris Stearns

Chris Stearns

Chris Stearns, D-Auburn, was first elected to the Legislature in 2022. Stearns is a member of the Navajo Nation and in 2019 became the first Native American elected to the Auburn City Council. An attorney, Stearns says he has spent his 30-year legal career working at the state and federal levels to advance human and tribal rights, expand clean energy jobs, improve health care access and affordability and enhance economic opportunities for tribal and marginalized communities. Stearns also serves on Washington’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People Task Force. In the Legislature, Stearns is the vice chair of the Regulated Substances and Gaming and State Government and Tribal Relations committee, and serves on the Capital Budget Committee. If reelected, Stearns says he will prioritize protecting access to reproductive and gender-affirming healthcare, invest in affordable housing and universal child care and protect the rights of and deliver resources to underrepresented communities.

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State House of Representatives, District 48 Pos. 1

Washington’s 48th Legislative District is located within King County’s Eastside – encompassing the smaller affluent cities of Medina, Clyde Hill, Yarrow Point and Hunts Point. It also covers parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond.

Vandana Slatter

Vandana Slatter

Vandana Slatter is the Democratic incumbent representing the 48th Legislative District’s first position, currently serving her fourth term. Slatter came to the Legislature from stints on the Bellevue City Council and the Washington State Board of Pharmacy. She currently chairs the House Post Secondary Education & Workforce Committee while also serving on the Environment & Energy and Appropriations committees. Slatter is known for passing bills that codified health data privacy protections for Washingtonians and set greenhouse-gas emission limits.

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Lynn Trinh

Lynn Trinh

Lynn Trinh is the Republican candidate for the 48th Legislative District’s first position. Trinh first made her appearance in politics by serving as a precinct committee officer for the district and vice chair of 48th Legislative District Republicans. Trinh also founded the group Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs and is a board member of King County’s Moms for Liberty Chapter. According to her campaign website, her top issues include: parents’ rights in schools, supporting law enforcement and promoting small government. 

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State House of Representatives, District 48 Pos. 2

Washington’s 48th Legislative District is located within King County’s Eastside – encompassing the smaller affluent cities of Medina, Clyde Hill, Yarrow Point and Hunts Point. It also covers parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond.

Amy Walen

Amy Walen

Amy Walen is the Democratic incumbent representing the 48th Legislative District’s second position. She is running uncontested. Walen served as both councilmember and mayor of Kirkland before her election to the Legislature in 2019. While serving Kirkland, she pushed to adopt a Section 8 anti-discrimination ordinance. Walen now chairs the Consumer Protection and Business Committee and serves on the Civil Rights & Judiciary and Finance committees. According to her legislative website, her top priorities include providing more affordable housing, restructuring tax codes, supporting working-class families and preventing gun violence.

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