CCF endorsed candidates in 2020:
Candidate endorsement interviews are held by a mix of CCF board and staff members, and decisions are voted on by the endorsements committee. Typically, candidates are invited to complete an endorsement interview before their endorsement can be considered; we are unable to consider a race until all challengers who requested an endorsement have completed their interview.
At this time, our window to consider endorsements is now closed for the 2020 election cycle. To learn more about our process, please click here to view/download our 2020 candidate endorsement questionnaire. For questions, please contact Andy Clark (CCF co-chair and endorsements committee chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jay Inslee (D)
State Supreme Court
Click each name below to learn more about our endorsement(s) for the legislative districts!
Rep. Davina Duerr (D)
Lori Feagan (D)
Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self (D)
Tarra Simmons (D)
Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D)
Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R)
Sarah Reyneveld (D)
Rep. Carolyn Eslick (R)
April Berg (D)
Rep. Amy Walen (D)
Sen. Annette Cleveland (D)
CCF endorsed the following candidates who did not advance to the General Election:
- 19th LD: Clint Bryson (D)
- 22nd LD: Glenda Breiler (D)
- 29th LD: Sharlett Mena (D)
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Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is a Children’s Champion by definition. He knows that when we invest in young people, we invest in a better future for all of us. Gov. Inslee has always made young people and their education a priority and the Children’s Campaign Fund is proud to endorse him! Washington state needs a Governor that understands the importance of investing in the whole child – from birth to adulthood. Re-elect Jay Inslee this November! To learn more, visit jayinslee.com.
Lieutenant Governor (Dual Endorsement)
Denny Heck (D) has decades of experience serving in the public, private and non-profit sectors. As a congressman, Denny has supported many bills that bring federal grants to support youth programming. He will continue to advocate for and inspire young people as Lt. Governor if elected. Denny Heck is one of two contenders that the Children’s Campaign Fund is endorsing for the contested Lieutenant Governor seat and we encourage you to learn more about his time in public service at dennyheck.com.
Marko Liias (D) is a dedicated fighter against inequitable policies. In the State Senate, Marko pushed for equitable tax structure, a ban on conversion therapy, and helped secure billions of dollars in the Legislature for our public schools. If elected, Marko hopes to bring that fight to the Lt. Governor’s office. Marko Liias is one of two contenders that the Children’s Campaign Fund is endorsing for the contested Lieutenant Governor seat. Learn more about Marko and his platform at markoofwa.com.
State Supreme Court
The Children’s Campaign Fund is proud to endorse Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis. Appointed in January and now running for retention, Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis has spent her career as a practicing attorney, tribal court judge, superior court judge, associate professor, and advocate for juvenile justice and child welfare reform, and equity. She is the first Native Justice to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court and has already demonstrated her voice for justice for unrepresented and underrepresented communities. The ICWA/WICWA decision she recently authored for a unanimous Court is just one outstanding contribution to the state and the nation. Rated exceptionally well-qualified and endorsed by all of her fellow Justices, we feel that the children, youth and families of Washington are fortunate to have her passion and commitment to justice on our Supreme Court. Learn more at justicemontoyalewis.com.
Rep. Davina Duerr (LD 1-D) told the Children’s Campaign Fund that child care, education and protectingWashington state’s most vulnerable people would be among her highest priorities in the House this year. Accordingly, the Children’s Campaign Fund is endorsing her for re-election. Rep. Duerr is the former vice president of the Northshore Schools Foundation and is committed to affordable housing. She’s also the vice chair of the Local Government Committee and serves on the TransportationCommittee and the Consumer Protection & Business Committee. Learn more about Rep. Duerr at housedemocrats.wa.gov/duerr and please vote for her on Nov. 3.
The Children’s Campaign Fund endorses Sen. Andy Billig (LD 3-D), one of our Children’s Champions, for re-election this year. Sen. Billig is the Senate Majority Leader and sits on two committees: Ways & Means and Rules. He served on the bipartisan Education Funding Task Force that produced a framework for fully funding our schools, and he’s an advocate for early learning. A former Big Brother, Sen. Billig twice received the Children’s Alliance’s Champion for Children award, among other recognitions. Re-elect Sen. Andy Billig on November 3rd! To learn more, visit sdc.wastateleg.org/billig.
Timm Ormsby (LD 3-D) understands firsthand the challenges facing working families and he is well-positioned to make an impact. Rep. Ormsby serves as the chair of the House Appropriations Committee – the committee writing the House version of the state’s biennial operating budget. Learn more about Rep. Ormsby at housedemocrats.wa.gov/ormsby and vote for his re-election on November 3rd!
Rep. Marcus Riccelli (LD 3-D) is a strong voice for children and families, and the Children’s Campaign Fund endorses him for re-election. In the last session, Rep. Riccelli helped champion and pass the Hunger-Free Schools Act as well as legislation (related to physician assistants) to increase access to health care in rural and underserved areas. He also secured funds for an early learning center in Spokane. Rep. Riccelli sits on four committees — capital budget, health care & wellness, transportation and rules — and he serves as Majority Whip. He deserves your vote on Nov. 3; learn more at housedemocrats.wa.gov/riccelli.
Family nurse practitioner Lori Feagan (LD 4-D) has cared for thousands of patients in Eastern Washington. Now she’s ready to take on a new type of advocacy: becoming a state representative for her district. The Children’s Campaign Fund endorses Ms. Feagan’s candidacy, and we encourage you to learn more about her at lorifeagan.com. When you vote for Ms. Feagan on Nov. 3, you’ll be voting for a candidate with a strong vision for kids’ education, health and equity.
“The very best investment and best bang for the state buck is to make sure our children have what they need — when and where they need it.” That’s what Children’s Champion Rep. Lisa Callan (LD 5-D) recently told the Children’s Campaign Fund, and she has our enthusiastic endorsement. We’d also add that she sits on several influential committees — Human Services & Early Learning, Capital Budget, Education — and she’s well-positioned to fight for her priorities in the budget discussions to come. In November, please re-elect Rep. Callan. Learn more at housedemocrats.wa.gov/callan.
The Children’s Campaign Fund recommends you re-elect Mark Mullet (LD 5-D). From his time on the Issaquah City Council to the many years he’s been serving in the our state legislature, Sen. Mullet has been advocating for better supports for students and adequate pay for the people that serve them. Sen. Mullet is the longest serving member in the Senate on the Education Committee and a member of the Way’s and Means committee where one of his key roles is being part of the team that negotiates the Capital budget. Learn more at electmarkmullet.com and vote Mullet on November 3rd!
The Children’s Campaign Fund recommends you re-elect Rep. Bill Ramos (LD 5-D). Rep. Ramos is the Assistant Majority Whip, and, during the last session, he sponsored HB 2456, the Homeless Grace Period Eligibility bill. (This bill increases families’ access to childcare, giving parents more time to focus on finding housing and employment.) He also supported legislation for early childhood development and child care, among other kid-positive initiatives. Read more about Rep. Ramos at housedemocrats.wa.gov/ramos and please support him on Nov. 3.
“I believe that a society is judged by how it treats its least privileged members,” says Tom McGarry (LD 6-D). The Children’s Campaign Fund couldn’t agree more, and we endorse his candidacy to serve as a state representative. Mr. McGarry is a housing attorney dedicated to addressing homelessness, and he doubled the capacity of the Head Start program when he was president of the board of West Central Community Center. He also believes in vaccination — unlike the incumbent, who believes in parental choice. Learn more at time4tom.com, and please give Mr. McGarry your vote in the general election.
Zack Zappone (LD 6-D) is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. As a teacher, he was a strong advocate for students ignored by the public school systems. Zack left teaching to study barriers to his students’ opportunities at Princeton University working on projects that would give hard working families a fair shot: expanding access to higher education, affordable healthcare, and safe routes to school. We at the Children’s Campaign Fund encourage you to learn more about his platform at zackzappone.com and vote Zappone to help him continue his fight for a stronger education system in our state!
The Children’s Campaign Fund is pleased to endorse the re-election of Rep. Matt Boehnke (LD 8-R) in November. Rep. Boehnke, a lieutenant colonel (ret.) in the U.S. Army and a lifelong resident of the Tri- Cities, is a professor at Columbia Basin College (CBC) and a strong advocate for the growth of CBC and the Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University. He has a long history of community service and believes that an investment in youth is an investment in the future. Rep. Boehnke also serves on the Capital Budget Committee. Learn more about the representative at mattboehnke.houserepublicans.wa.gov.
She’s a Navy veteran, a Peace Corps volunteer, and a Washington State University grad, and she has a real vision for making housing more affordable in the Tri-Cities area. She’s state representative candidate Shir Regev (LD 8-D), and she has the Children’s Campaign Fund’s endorsement.Once elected, Ms. Regev intends to advocate for children’s educational programs, and — in addition to her strong stance on housing — she will also advocate for the familial stability provided by reliable healthcare. We’re voting Regev come November; and we hope you do, too. Visit atthetablewithshir.com to learn more.
The Children’s Campaign Fund is pleased to endorse Angie Homola (LD-10) — a tireless advocate for good — for state representative. As a founder of a grassroots non-profit advocating for accountable government, Angie will continue to prioritize the needs of the people. Angie Homola believes in expanding access to state-funded education from pre-K to Junior College including vocational schooling and childcare for low income working. Learn more about her priorities at angieforall.com and vote Homola on Nov. 3rd!
Re-elect Rep. Dave Paul (LD 10-D): that’s our vote at the Children’s Campaign Fund. Rep. Paul sponsored legislation this year to create a Running Start summer school pilot program, and he held a town hall in May that spoke to youth mental health during our era of social distancing. He also believes in family-wage jobs and sustainable school funding. Rep. Paul serves on the education, college & workforce and transportation committees, and he deserves your vote. Please mark your ballot accordingly on Nov. 3. Visit housedemocrats.wa.gov/paul to learn more.
HELEN PRICE JOHNSON
Helen Price Johnson (LD 10-D) is running for the state Senate in 2020, and the Children’s Campaign Fund is pleased to endorse her. Given her role as past president of the Washington State Association of Counties, Ms. Johnson is already familiar with politics. In addition, this third-generation small-business owner has been a church youth leader for 20 years. Ms. Johnson also lists kid-positive issues such as housing, healthcare and education among her priorities.Read about her long history of community service at helenpricejohnson.org and please make Ms. Johnson your senator come November.
Good teachers and legislators put kids first, and that’s what the Children’s Campaign Fund likes about Rep. Steve Bergquist (LD 11-D). Among other legislation in the last session, he sponsored a bill to create educational materials for children’s car restraints, and another on policy concerning scholarships for college-bound students. Rep. Bergquist sits on four committees, including education and appropriations, and we ask that you vote for him come Nov. 3. In the meantime, we invite you to learn more about him at housedemocrats.wa.gov/bergquist.
A true children’s champion fights for all children – regardless of race, class, or immigration status. Zack Hudgins (LD 11-D) has been the prime sponsor of many bills that support the wellbeing of young people including the Washington State Dream Act, Breakfast After the Bell, a bill to provide housing to homeless youth transitioning to adulthood. At the Children’s Campaign Fund, we support children’s champions and we encourage you to do the same by re-electing Rep. Hudgins this November. To learn more about the tremendous work he’s done for children, youth, and their families, visit zackhudgins.com.
Rep. Tom Dent (LD 13-R) is a rancher, a pilot, an effective three-term House representative, and the ranking member of the Early Learning and Human Services Committee. In 2017, Rep. Dent received a Child Health Advocate Award, recognizing his work on behavioral and mental health services for children, from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In April 2020, Gov. Inslee signed a Dent-sponsored bill that supports early learning and child care providers. We’re proud to call Rep. Dent a Children’s Champion, and we encourage you to visit his site at tomdent.houserepublicans.wa.gov. Please give him your vote this fall.
The Children’s Campaign Fund is very pleased to endorse Rep. Alex Ybarra (LD 13-R), a lifelong resident of Quincy, Washington, a member of the Quincy School Board, and a strong advocate for children and education. Rep. Ybarra sits on the House’s education committee, and he supports/creates pro-child legislation, including a recent bill that would give low-income kids access to extracurricular school activities. He also believes in creating more family-wage jobs.Learn more by visiting Rep. Ybarra’s site at alexybarra.houserepublicans.wa.gov then give him your vote come November 3.
The Children’s Campaign Fund is pleased to endorse Rep. Chris Corry (LD 14-R) for his strong support of children and families. Rep. Corry is a foster parent and a volunteer with the nonprofit West Valley Citizens for Better Schools. In the last legislative session, he authored — and the governor signed — a bill that prompts the Washington State School Directors Association to develop and update procedures and policies that promote a positive climate in the classroom. Learn more about Rep. Corry’s work for kids and families at chriscorry.houserepublicans.wa.gov then vote for him in the general election.
Gina Mosbrucker (LD 14 – R) is well-positioned to take action on issues important to children and families. She serves in leadership positions, including House minority vice-caucus chair and ranking Republican on the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee. Rep. Gina Mosbrucker also serves on the Appropriations Committee and the State Government and Tribal Relations Committee. The Children’s Campaign Fund is eager to see what she will accomplish in the her next term if re-elected. Please give Rep. Mosbrucker your vote this November. Visit reelectgina.com to learn more.
DANIELLE GARBE RESER
“We need children and families to have a strong voice in the room where decisions will be made about our region’s and our state’s recovery.” says Danielle Garbe Reser (LD 16-D). We at the Children’s Campaign Fund agree, and we’re endorsingDanielle Garbe Reser for Senate, where we think she’ll serve as a strong, unifying voice on issues related to education, hunger and housing.Learn more about Danielle, including her years of service in the State Department, at garbereser.com. And give her your vote this November.
The Children’s Campaigns Fund is proud to endorse Skyler Rude (LD 16-R) because he is committed to working across party lines. He co-founded the Bipartisan Working group that gives Republican and Democratic legislators a chance to work together to bring good policy into action. For Rep. Rude, those good policies include investing in mental health supports, high-quality K-12 education, and a variety of post-secondary and vocational education programs that prepare the next generation for success. Re-elect Rep. Skyler Rude this fall! To learn more, visit skylerrude.com.
Tanisha Harris (LD 17-D) is unabashedly committed to Clark County — and to kids and education. She’s running for state representative and the Children’s Campaign Fund is pleased to endorse her. As a CASA program specialist at the YWCA, Ms. Harris advocates for kids in foster care, she’s worked for the Evergreen School District, and she’s a member of the Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee. Upon election, Ms. Harris plans to reduce child care costs and create living-wage jobs, among other kid-positive activities. Learn more at electtanisha.com.
Daniel Smith (LD 17-D) has been a social worker for more than 20 years; today, he leads the Youth Systems of Care Coalition, a group that advocates for filling in care gaps related to mental health and substance use. The Children’s Campaign Fund wholeheartedly supports Mr. Smith’s candidacy. Please read more about him at smithforsenate.org where you’ll learn about his interest not only in health care, but also affordable, high-quality child care and early education. In November, vote Smith.
It seems fitting that Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self (LD 21-D) sits on the House’s Human Services and Early Learning Committee; she spent 25 years in the nonprofit sector. It’s also no wonder that she’s a member of the Education Committee: Educational issues, including smaller class sizes and support for teachers, are among her very top priorities. Rep. Ortiz is a knowledgeable advocate for children and families, and the Children’s Campaign Fund urges you to re-elect her on Nov. 3. Learn more at electlillian.com.
Children and education: These are Rep. Laurie Dolan’s highest priorities. The Children’s Campaign Fund is delighted to endorse Rep. Dolan (LD 22-D) for re-election this November, and we recommend that you support her, too. Rep. Dolan spent 30 years in various roles — including as a teacher and school director — in the Spokane Public Schools. Now a legislator, she’s still advocating for kids, most recently helping pass legislation to provide school-based resources for mental health, school safety, suicide crises and behavioral health. You can read more about Rep. Dolan, who serves as the vice chair of the Education Committee, at housedemocrats.wa.gov/dolan.
The Children’s Campaign Fund strongly endorses the re-election of Senator Sam Hunt (LD 22-D). In the2019 session, he voted for the Workforce Education Investment Act — which, among other provisions, created funding for scholarships for lower-income students. He also supported protecting transgender children. In addition, Sen. Hunt also believes in reducing the state’s reliance on property taxes to fund K-12, and he’s on the right committees — the K-12 Education Committee and the Ways & MeansCommittee — to do something about it. Vote Hunt on Nov. 3. Learn more at sdc.wastateleg.org/hunt.
Tarra Simmons (LD 23-D) won’t back down — in fact, she’s stepping up. Tarra graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2017, notably won a Supreme Court decision to sit for the state bar exam despite a prior criminal conviction, and is running for the state House of Representatives seat in the 23rd district. With lived experience as a foster child and a teen mom, Simmons wants to make sure that the state doesn’t cut social services for children and will continue to fight for policies that end the school to prison pipeline. We couldn’t agree more with her plans and priorities. Vote Simmons this fall. Learn more at electtarrasimmons.com.
KEVIN VAN DE WEGE
Senator Kevin Van De Wege (LD 24-D), having fulfilled one term in the Senate and five in the House, is seeking re-election. We at the Children’s Campaign Fund are pleased to endorse him. You can read more about Sen. Van De Wege at sdc.wastateleg.org/vandewege — but we thought we’d mention that he’s on the Ways & Means committee, among other appointments.Committed to well-paying jobs, the senator also co-sponsored legislation that will phase out a toxic chemical, shown to be bad for pregnant women and small children, in firefighting foam and equipment. Vote Van De Wege on Nov. 3.
Puyallup Mayor Julie Door (LD 25-D) wants your vote this November, and we at the Children’s Campaign Fund recommend you elect her to the Senate. Ms. Door has a lifelong interest in children and youth: she was a Big Sister, a member of the PTA, and served on the Kiwanis Foundation Board. Prior to becoming mayor in 2020, Ms. Door served two terms on the Puyallup City Council.If elected, she’ll be a strong advocate for school funding, equity in the classroom and better pay for teachers. On Nov. 3, please vote for Julie Door and learn more at juliedoor.org.
Firefighter Brian Duthie (LD 25-D) intends to fight for children in Olympia — and that’s a plan that theChildren’s Campaign Fund can get behind. Come November, we hope you’ll give him your vote for state representative. Mr. Duthie, who fell through the cracks in school when he was a kid, plans to advocate for funding for early learning, teachers and facilities, among other pro-education stances. He also supports other kid-friendly efforts, including affordable education and healthcare. Visit brianduthie.com to learn more.
Jamie Smith (LD 25-D) has been a teacher for 17 years, and she believes wholeheartedly in kids and youth. With the conviction that children should have opportunities to succeed whether they’re bound for college or a career, Smith wants to make sure that schools are fully funded — and not by regressive taxes.Accordingly, the Children’s Campaign Fund is pleased to endorse her candidacy for state representative. Learn more about Ms. Smith’s stances on education, taxes and healthcare at votejamiesmith.com
Michelle Caldier (LD 26-R) is a compassionate leader whose personal experiences as a foster parent and educator give her a deeper understanding of the challenges families in our state are facing. Rep. Caldier serves on the House Education Committee and is a strong advocate for fully funding special needs education and fixing gaps in funding for foster youth. At CCF, we want leaders like Rep. Caldier in our legislature. Support her campaign for re-election by visiting aldierforstaterepresentative.com and voting Caldier!
Carrie Hesch (LD 26-D) is ready to solve big challenges that affect our state’s children, like reforming health care, planning for climate change and investing in infrastructure. We at the Children’s Campaign Fund were especially interested to see that Ms. Hesch is also interested in affordable childcare, smaller class sizes, better pay for teachers and equity in the school system. She has our vote for state representative. Come November, we hope she has your vote, too. Visit carriehesch.com to learn more.
If anyone is well-positioned to preserve funding for children and families in the coming year, it’s Senator Jeannie Darneille (LD 27-D), the chair of the Human Services, Reentry and Rehabilitation Committee and member of the Ways and Means Committee. She has a history of commitment to funding education, expanding health care and creating living-wage jobs in her time in the legislature, and she spent decades working in education and in social services agencies.She calls herself tough; the Children’s Campaign Fund calls her a keeper. Vote Darneille on Nov. 3. Learn more at sdc.wastateleg.org/darneille.
The Children’s Campaign Fund is pleased to endorse the re-election of transportation advocate Rep. Jake Fey (LD 27-D) to his House seat. Knowing that the coming legislative session will require a complete reevaluation of the state budget, Rep. Fey will advocate for raising revenues, rather than cutting funds for K-12 education, child care and human services; in fact, he sponsored the Homeless Student Stability Act in the last session.On Nov. 3, please vote for Rep. Fey. Learn more at housedemocrats.wa.gov/fey.
Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins (LD 27-D) is a tremendously strong, knowledgeable voice for health-related issues; in fact, the speaker is the director of organizational initiatives at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. That would be reason enough for the Children’s Campaign Fund to endorse her re-election in November. However, Speaker Jinkins also has a history of community service and an interest in young people and education: She’s a former board member at Tacoma Community College and Tacoma-Pierce County YWCA. Read more about Speaker Jinkins’ life and work at housedemocrats.wa.gov/jinkins.
Dan Bronoske (LD 28-D) has spent nearly 20 years as a firefighter, and now this former member of the Washington National Guard wants to go to Olympia and fight for Pierce County families. Mr. Bronoske has served as a union officer for 12 years, and the Children’s Campaign Fund thinks he’ll be a great voice for living wages, teachers’ unions, school resources and affordable healthcare. Learn more at danbronoske.com, and please support his run for the House on Nov. 3.
The former deputy director of Pierce County Human Services, Rep. Mari Leavitt (LD 28-D), is up for re-election this year; visit housedemocrats.wa.gov/leavitt. Rep. Leavitt has been a consistent supporter of kid-positive legislation, having supported the expansion of early learning programs for vulnerable families, access to affordable housing, child care for students and families, and services and shelter options for homeless youth.The Children’s Campaign Fund recommends giving Rep. Leavitt your vote — and giving her a second term to advocate for children and families.
Announcing her candidacy for the state Senate, T’wina Nobles (LD 28-D), said, “I’d like nothing more than to continue fighting for our families and kids every day.” Ms. Nobles, the CEO of the Tacoma Urban League, works tirelessly to strengthen and support the African American community. She’s also a natural leader with an M.A. in teaching, and she’s committed to kids, to teachers, and to equity in the schools. The Children’s Campaign Fund is proud to endorse her, and we urge you to give her your vote. Learn more at twinanobles.com.
Steve Kirby (LD 29-D) has demonstrated his commitment to his district by dedicating over 30 years of his life in public service. Rep. Kirby’s time in the the House has had many positive outcomes. In the most recent legislative session, he sponsored a bill that expands accessible, affordable childcare and early childhood programs. Learn more about Rep. Kirby at stevekirby.org and re-elect him in November.
The Children’s Campaign Fund is very pleased to endorse Rep. Melanie Morgan (LD 29-D) in LD 29, and we encourage you to support her re-election. Rep. Morgan sponsored a bill that would eliminate lunch copays for students who qualify for reduced-price lunches, and another that would authorize cities and counties to impose additional taxes for affordable housing. A former school board director in the Franklin Pierce School District, Rep. is also a U.S. Army veteran with a deep commitment to equity. Vote Morgan on Nov. 3 and learn more at housedemocrats.wa.gov/morgan.
What does the Children’s Campaign Fund say about a legislator who, in his first term alone, sponsored a bill to support educational outcomes for vulnerable kids and youth? Who sponsored a second bill to expand access to dentistry programs for babies and children? And who promoted a bill to create the Family Connections Program, which aims to prevent child abuse and neglect? We say: re-elect him!In November, please give your vote to Rep. Jesse Johnson (LD 30-D). Visit housedemocrats.wa.gov/johnson to learn more.
The Children’s Campaign Fund endorses Jamila Taylor (LD 30-D) — an attorney who works for the Northwest Justice Project — for state representative. She believes in investing in children, she’s dedicated to preventing youth violence, and she helped hundreds of young people as the director of street outreach for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.Visit Ms. Taylor’s website at electjamilataylor.com to learn more about her impressive career and strong stances on health care,affordable housing and crime — then give her your vote this November.
Rep. Drew Stokesbary (LD 31-R) was involved in negotiations to fund state education after McCleary vs. Washington, and he remains committed to the full funding of K-12. At the Children’s Campaign Fund, we know that Rep. Stokesbary — who also supports other important issues, such as paid family leave and post-partum Medicaid coverage — will continue his bipartisan work for families. This November, please give him your vote. Learn more at drewstokesbary.houserepublicans.wa.gov.
When she was still in graduate school, Rep. Lauren Davis (LD 32-D) — then a civilian — campaigned tirelessly for addiction treatment. Her bill, “Ricky’s Law,” was signed by the governor in 2016. At the Children’s Campaign Fund, we want to keep this dauntless, tireless advocate working for what she believes in: strengthening schools, supporting childcare infrastructure, mental health care and affordable housing.We think that Rep. Davis, a former Head Start teacher and Fulbright Fellow, deserves your vote in November. Learn more at housedemocrats.wa.gov/davis.
Rep. Cindy Ryu (LD 32-D) knows the upcoming legislative session is going to be tough — but she promises to support kid-positive policies and promote funding for children and education. At the Children’s Campaign Fund, that promise gets our vote. Rep. Ryu chairs the Housing, Community Development & Veterans Committee, and, in the last session, she helped sponsor a bill intended to increase the minimum legal age for buying tobacco and vaping products, among other kid-friendly legislation. Learn more about Rep. Ryu at housedemocrats.wa.gov/ryu and please re-elect her in November.
MIA SU-LING GREGERSON
Rep. Mia Su-Ling Gregerson (LD 33-D) has a mission: advocating for families and vulnerable people. In the last legislative session, Rep. Gregerson sponsored a bill to expand unemployment benefits to cover people with family responsibilities, as well as another piece of legislation that argues for the rights of people experiencing homelessness. A longtime advocate for food policy (including combating hunger), Gregerson also helped create the nation’s first statewide Office of Equity.The Children’s Campaign Fund recommends that you give Gregerson — the chair of the Committee on State Government and Tribal Relations — your vote this November. Visit housedemocrats.wa.gov/gregerson to learn more.
With more than a decade of service in the House, and with a place on the Finance Committee, Rep. Tina Orwall (LD 33-D) is well-placed to take action on issues important to children and families. The Children’s Campaign Fund strongly endorses her re-election in November. Rep. Orwall is a mental health professional with experience in housing and an interest in education. In the last session, she sponsored bills supporting language access and suicide-prevention planning in the schools. Please vote for Rep. Orwall on Nov. 3. and learn more at housedemocrats.wa.gov/orwall.
The Children’s Campaign Fund is very pleased to endorse the re-election of Children’s Champion Dan Griffey (LD 35-R) for the House in 2020. Rep. Griffey serves on three House committees: Human Services and Early Learning, Local Government, and Public Safety. At the age of 16, Rep. Griffey was one of the youngest EMTs in Washington state and understands the importance of providing young people with opportunities that lead to stable jobs. To learn more about his accomplishments before and during his time in the legislature, visit griffey4statehouse.com.
Rep. Drew MacEwen (LD 35-R) is an assistant ranking member of the Appropriations Committee and an assistant floor leader. He’s also an advocate for children and educational reform with a deep commitment to legislative action; you can see the bills Rep. MacEwen sponsored and co-sponsored in the last session at drewmacewen.houserepublicans.wa.gov. Among them was legislation to create a sales-tax holiday for back-to-school clothing and supplies, as well as another bill that helps non-high school districts pay for high school education. On Nov. 3, we at the Children’s Campaign Fund recommend that you re-elect Rep. MacEwen.
Sarah Reyneveld (LD 36-D) works as the Managing Assistant Attorney General in the WA Attorney General’s Office where she has fought to enforce workers’ rights to fair wages and equal pay. She has spent her career and life advocating for children and their families. We at the Children’s Campaign Fund are endorsing Sarah because we know she will continue to fight for our children and youth if elected. Learn about her platform at sarahreyneveld.com and vote Reyneveld this November!
Kirsten Harris-Talley (LD 37-D) is a powerful voice for good. This former member of the Seattle City Council has served as a community activist for 20 years, promoting movements for racial, gender and economic justice. When Ms. Harris-Talley gets to Olympia, she pledges to advocate for funding vital services while transforming Washington’s regressive tax code.Ms. Harris-Talley is one of two contenders that the Children’s Campaign Fund is endorsing for the contested representative seat in LD 37 in November, and we encourage you to learn about her accomplishments and her platform — which includes full funding for public education and universal childcare — at electkht.org.
Chukundi Salisbury (LD 37-D) is unstoppable; there’s nothing he can’t do. Mr. Salisbury works in Seattle Parks and Recreation and serves as the CEO of Seaspot Media Group. He founded a nonprofit called Service is a Lifestyle, and another called Youth Green Corps. He’s also active in work to raise the vote and to provide opportunity and justice for youth and communities of color.Mr. Salisbury is one of two contenders that the Children’s Campaign Fund is endorsing for the contested representative seat in LD 37 in November, and we encourage you to learn about his accomplishments and his platform — which includes childcare and education — at chukundi.com.
SHARON TOMIKO SANTOS
We couldn’t ask for a better advocate than the chair of the Education Committee, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (LD 37-D). The Children’s Campaign Fund is proud to endorse her. An activist for more than 40 years, Rep. Santos received the 2012 Torch of Leadership Award from the Association of Washington School Principals and the 2010 Multicultural Excellence Award from the Washington State Association for Multicultural Education. Rep. Santos supports early learning, professional development for teachers and educational attainment for all kids. You can read more about her at housedemocrats.wa.gov/santos and on Nov. 3: Vote Santos.
A longtime leader in health and housing, Sen. June Robinson (LD 38-D) was appointed this spring to replace Sen. John McCoy, who retired mid-term. Sen. Robinson hopes to finish out that term, and we at the Children’s Campaign Fund suggest you give her the opportunity. A three-term representative prior to her time in the Senate, Sen. Robinson fought for family paid leave, and she’s a staunch supporter of teachers and education. Vote for Sen. Robinson on Nov. 3. Learn more at junerobinson.org.
Emily Wicks (LD 38-D) is a proud progressive and political organizer, and, this year, she’s throwing her own hat into the ring for a seat in the House. Ms. Wicks has served as a government and communications consultant, and she’s worked for the Marysville School District. She also helped develop campaigns for local school bonds and levies in Marysville and Tulalip. The Children’s Campaign Fund likes Ms. Wicks’ clear stance on education, healthcare and housing — she refers to them as human rights — and we endorse her for the November election. Learn more at electemilywicks.com.
The Children’s Campaign Fund is very pleased to endorse the re-election of Children’s Champion Rep. Carolyn Eslick (LD 39-R) for the House in 2020. Rep. Eslick, a former board member of the Boys & Girls Club, is a staunch supporter of issues related to children. In the past session alone, she co-sponsored bills to expand adolescents’ access to behavioral health care, to support better academic outcomes for children experiencing homelessness, and to remove restrictions related to subsidized child care for full-time students in technical and community colleges. We think she’ll be a strong voice for children and youth in the coming session, and we recommend that she receive your vote in November. Learn more at carolyneslick.houserepublicans.wa.gov.
A productive, tireless public servant, Rep. Debra Lekanoff (LD 40-D) sponsored or co-sponsored more than 227 bills and resolutions in the last legislative session. Among them were bills for bilingual instruction, legislation to support equitable educational outcomes for disadvantaged youth, and multiple bills to expand access to affordable, reliable childcare.We at the Children’s Campaign Fund admire Rep. Lekanoff’s strong support of children and families, and we encourage you to vote for her on Nov. 3. Learn more at debralekanoff.com.
Sen. Liz Lovelett (LD 40-D) has a legislative record that shows that she cares about schools, nutrition programs and affordable housing — all issues vital to children and families. While you can read about that record at sdc.wastateleg.org/lovelett, a quick review shows that she sponsored bills to provide access to fresh food for WIC recipients and to support education. In addition, she told the Children’s Campaign Fund that she was seeking funding resources for nonprofits, such as the Boys & Girls Club, so that they can continue to serve our communities. Vote Lovelett on Nov. 3.
Rep. Alex Ramel (LD 40-D) has only been in his position since January 2020—he filled a vacated seat—but, during that time, he took action that inspired our endorsement. He supported the passage of the Washington Workforce Education Act, which gives full-tuition scholarships or apprenticeship training to students from families with an annual income of less than $50,000; Rep. Ramel also supported legislation that would help youth experiencing homelessness gain access to IDs (and thus access to education and services). The Children’s Campaign Fund is eager to see what he can accomplish when given a full term. Please give Rep. Ramel your vote this November. Visit housedemocrats.wa.gov/ramel to learn more.
When it comes to advocating for children, Representative Tana Senn (LD 41-D), is the best of the best — in fact, she’s one of our Children’s Champions. Rep. Senn is also the chair of the Human Services and Early Learning Committee, she helped ensure that the state budget included funds to support access to childcare in 2020, and she won a 2019 “Shining Star” Award from the Foster Parents Association of Washington State. You can learn more about Rep. Senn’s extensive work for kids and families at housedemocrats.wa.gov/senn. She has the Children’s Campaign Fund vote — and we think that Rep. Senn should have your vote, too.
Rep. My-Linh Thai (LD 41-D) is exactly the kind of advocate that the Children’s Campaign Fund wants to see re-elected to the House this year. Rep. Thai is a strong, committed advocate for children, and she’s sponsored multiple bills — including ones on Spanish language arts standards and determining cultural bias in kindergarten assessments — that show that education and children’s well-being are high on her priority list.In addition, Rep. Thai is serves on two important committees: education and education accountability oversight. Read more at housedemocrats.wa.gov/thai and please give her your vote on Nov. 3.
More than half the bills that Sen. Lisa Wellman (LD 41-D) sponsored in the last session involved education — and she sponsored more than 50. This may not be surprising, given that Sen. Wellman is the chair of the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. From funding for special education, to school levies, to the creation of the governor’s Broadband Office, the senator supports kid-positive legislation and serves as a strong, knowledgeable advocate for children and families.We at the Children’s Campaign support her re-election, and we hope you will, too. Vote Wellman in November. Visit sdc.wastateleg.org/wellman to learn more.
“There is nothing more important to me than creating a future for our children that we can be proud of. For that to happen, every decision we make has to be viewed from a lens of our children.” That’s what Alicia Rule (LD-42 D) told the Children’s Campaign Fund and she has our enthusiastic endorsement. From affordable housing, investments in living wage jobs, and climate change – Alicia will always think about the wellbeing of Washington’s children in all of her priorities. Learn about the tremendous work she has done to support children as a social worker and therapist at votealiciarule.com.
Sharon Shewmake (LD 42-D) understands investments in early learning programs is an investment in our future. She is an economist that uses data and evidence to guide investments in our state. In the 2019-20 legislative session, Rep. Shewmake sponsored a bill that improved access to childcare in rural areas by making updates to the rules for early learning and subsidized childcare. She also passed a bipartisan bill to expand access to childcare for student parents. In November, please give your vote to Rep. Sharon Shewmake (LD 42-D). Visit sharon4whatcom.com to learn more.
As the Speaker of the House, Frank Chopp (LD 43-D) was pivotal in making childcare in Washington state more affordable and accessible. The Children’s Campaign Fund is proud to endorse Rep. Chopp because he knows the work doesn’t stop there. Rep. Frank Chopp is currently co-leading a broad coalition to raise progressive state revenue to significantly increase funding for universal early learning and childcare. We are eager to see him continue to prioritieze the families struggling to find affordable childcare. Please give Rep. Chopp your vote this November. Visit frankchopp.com to learn more.
“It is essential to invest in systems that build resiliency for families and children across this state. Our failure to do that has led to the devastating impacts on families and communities during this pandemic” says Nicole Macri (LD 43-D). Rep. Nicole Macri has fought to maintain and expand resources to address youth and family homelessness and access to healthcare. With the impacts of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to prioritize investments in these areas. CCF is proud to support Rep. Macri and strongly encourages you to re-elect her on November 3rd. To learn more, visit votenicole.org.
April Berg (LD 44-D) believes in kids and she is actively improving their futures. She has twice served as a school board director in Snohomish County, investing resources in students and teachers, and she’s a member of the Snohomish County Juvenile Justice Cultural Competency Committee.If you elect April Berg to the House of Representatives — and the Children’s Campaign Fund recommends that you do — you’ll elect an official who wants to expand access to early learning, universal childcare and increase opportunities for youth of color. Learn more at Aprilberg.com.
The Children’s Campaign Fund agrees with Roger Goodman (LD 45-D) that quality early learning should be available to all of Washington’s children and that our juvenile justice system is need of reform. Rep. Goodman has served as the Chair of the House Public Safety Committee with jurisdiction over the state’s criminal justice system. He has advocated for improvements to our court systems as well as major expansion of early childhood education. CCF is proud to support Rep. Goodman and we encourage you to do the same by voting for him on November 3rd! Learn more at rogergoodman.org.
Larry Springer (LD 45-D) recently told the Children’s Campaign Fund that his responsibility as a caucus lead for Business Recovery is to create a plan for businesses to reopen to assure families have an income again. “One of the critical elements that need to be in place when businesses reopen is adequate childcare,” Rep. Springer says. With many childcare facilities not reopening, Rep. Larry Springer understands the importance of making regulatory changes that are necessary to facilitate this very critical piece of our economy. Rep. Larry Springer has the Children’s Campaign Fund vote — and we think that he should have your vote, too. Learn more about his work at larryspringer.org.
Gerry Pollet (LD 46-D) is working to make our tax system more fair and to provide the revenue we need to provide for our children’s education, the opportunities of higher education, health and mental health care, and social services. Rep. Gerry Pollet is Vice-Chair of the House Higher Education Committee, and serves on the Education and Finance Committees. He is also deeply involved in public (K-12) education, including serving on the task force addressing the teacher shortage. Gerry Pollet is what we at the Children’s Campaign Fund call a Children’s Champion! Please re-elect him on Nov. 3. To learn more, visit gerrypollet.com.
At the Children’s Campaign Fund, we believe in Javier Valdez (LD 46-D) because he believes in fighting for the most vulnerable families. COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color and Rep. Valdez is leading a team in the House Democratic Caucus on how to better support these communities during this crisis. Rep. Valdez is also advocating for equal opportunity and access to education for all young people. Visit javiervaldez.com to learn more and vote Valdez!
The Children’s Campaign Fund is proudly endorsing Debra Entenman (LD 47-D) because she believes in addressing the root causes of the failures in our system the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted. Rep. Entenman is also a longtime Children’s Champion that has centered the needs of children and youth in many of her campaign priorities. She has committed to investing in post-secondary programming, increase financial assistance to meet all student’ basic needs, emotional supports, food security options and overall wellbeing of young people and their families. Read more about her platform at electdebraentenman.org and help her get re-elected by voting Entenman on Nov. 3.
Pat Sullivan (LD 47-D) delayed his previously announced retirement to continue to serve his district and our state during this unprecedented time. We are excited to have an experienced and trusted leader in Olympia to take part in making unescapable difficult decisions in the 2021 legislative session. “Now, more than ever, we need to prioritize policies and funding that ensures that everyone within our borders has an opportunity at success,” Rep. Pat Sullivan recently said to the Children’s Campaign Fund. Re-elect Rep. Sullivan to the House for a strong advocate for young people from birth to adulthood. Learn more at votepatsullivan.com.
In the few years Amy Walen (LD 48 – D) has been in our state legislature, she has sponsored and supported many bills that promote the wellbeing of Washington’s children, youth, and families. If re-elected, Rep. Amy Walen commits to pushing for a more responsible use of taxpayer resources and holding our agencies to higher standards in delivery of services to our communities. Visit amywalen.com to learn more about Rep. Amy Walen and her accomplishments.
Annette Cleveland (LD 49-D) believes healthy communities are supported by key pillars: access to quality education, jobs, and healthcare. All the key pillars have been threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic this year. As Chair of the Senate Health Care Committee, Sen. Cleveland distinctly understand the importance of ensuring our children and families have the supports they need to get through the impacts of the pandemic. Sen. Cleveland promises to prioritize children and families by working to ensure that they have access to health care, the ability to access or maintain housing, access to adequate food and nutrition and access to behavioral health services. It’s obvious Sen. Annette Cleveland cares about making Washington state a better place for all of us and the Children’s Campaign Fund urges you to re-elect her! To learn more, visit annettecleveland.com.