Washington State Candidates that have been endorsed by the 10th LD Democrats
Washington State Governor
As governor, Inslee has emphasized climate change, education and drug policy reform. He has garnered national attention for his critiques of President Donald Trump. Inslee, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and State Solicitor General Noah Purcell sued the Trump Administration over Executive Order 13769, which halted travel for 90 days from seven Muslim-majority countries and imposed a total ban on Syrian refugees entering the United States. The case, Washington v. Trump, led to the order being blocked by the courts, and other executive orders later superseded it.
Jay Inslee for Washington
Seattle, Washington 98111
Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school. Bob and his wife, Colleen, are the proud parents of 11-year-old twins, Jack and Katie.
Interesting facts about Bob Ferguson:
Bob has hiked hundreds of miles of Washington trails and climbed many of the state's highest peaks. Bob has summited the highest point in 45 of the 50 United States.
His family homesteaded on the beautiful Skagit River, which may explain why Bob is such an enthusiastic mountain climber, backpacker, and birder.
Bob is an internationally rated chess master and twice won the Washington State Chess Championship.
Bob is an avid baseball fan and once took a trip with a college buddy to see a baseball game in every major league stadium.
Bob began his legal career in Spokane. He clerked for two federal judges before returning to Seattle to join Preston, Gates, and Ellis (now K&L Gates) where his civil litigation practice included work on behalf of taxpayers, corporations and small businesses.
In 2003, Bob was elected to the King County Council. In 2005, after the council was reduced from 13 to nine and Bob's district was eliminated, he was re-elected. He was unopposed in 2009.
Friends of Bob Ferguson
Seattle, WA. 98122-
Marko Liias is the State Senator from the 21st District and running to be our next Lieutenant Governor. He serves as the Senate Majority Floor Leader, scheduling bills for floor action, drafting the Senate’s parliamentary rules, and serving as the Democratic caucus liaison to the Lt. Governor. He would be the first LGBTQ person elected to statewide executive in Washington, and the first LGBTQ Lt. Governor in the 50 states. When he’s not at the legislature, Marko is a community college professor in Everett, teaching American government.
Fun Marko Facts
- Marko is a first generation American and speaks fluent Finnish.
- He is an avid traveler and has been to almost every country in Europe.
- Marko was the first Millennial elected to state office in Washington, a trait that he has used to guide his policy and always advocate for young people.
- Marko graduated from Georgetown University as the first person in his family to go to college. He later went on to earn his MPA from the University of Washington while serving in the legislature.
- He is a proud union member with AFT 1873 and from a union family – his mom is a retired school lunch lady.
Marko for Washington
401 2nd Ave S, Ste. 303
Seattle, WA 98104
I am running for Lt. Governor because its critical we have state leaders with the experience, competence and civility to guide our government on the path to a more prosperous future for all during these unprecedented times. As your next Lt. Governor, I will fight for progressive policies just as I have done all my life, in the state legislature as Majority Leader, and in Congress fighting to hold President Trump accountable. I will fight for a strong public education system. I am married to a retired middle school teacher and principal, and am myself a former business agent for a union representing classified public school employees. I am a passionate believer in strong public schools and I am proud of the fact that I am the only candidate in
this race NOT to take money from private charter schools. I will fight for an open and transparent government just as I did when I co-founded TVW. I will fight for a clean Puget Sound just as I have done in Congress when I established the first ever Puget Sound Recovery Caucus and when I sponsored the Save Our Sound legislation to restore the health of the Puget Sound. I will fight for meaningful policies to combat climate change just as I did when I was the first member of the congressional delegation to sign I-1631 and when I became one of the first members of Congress to co-sponsor HR 763, the carbon fee and dividend bill. This is why I have earned a lifetime score of 96% from the League of Conservation Voters and why I have been endorsed by the Washington Conservation Voters.
I will fight for a more progressive tax system, just as I did when I was in the legislature and led the effort for tax reform. I will fight for increased access to reproductive health just as I have in Congress, which has earned me a 100% voting record from Planned Parenthood. I will fight for all the working families in our state, and the endorsements from the Washington State Labor Council, Boeing Machinists (IAM 751), and State and Federal Employees (AFSCME 28) show they trust me to put the needs of their members over corporate interests. We are in rough waters. During this crisis, what Olympia needs are more experienced and steady leaders – leaders who will stay true to our Democratic values. With your support, I will be that leader.
Secretary of State
Senior defense intelligence analyst for the Pentagon, working on security issues affecting ports across the country. Gael was responsible for creating disaster preparedness and emergency response plans for ports nationwide.
In 1989, she was the youngest person ever to receive in public the Director of Intelligence’s “National Intelligence Medal of Achievement” for recognition of her exceptional contributions to protecting vital national interests.
Gael reported to the commission on global climate change.
She developed plans for oil spill response and clean up for the U.S. Coast Guard
Commissioner at the Port of Seattle 2007-
Recognized as a leader on stopping human trafficking across Washington’s borders as well as in emergency preparedness and response planning.
2012-Washington State House of Representatives in the 36>th district
2015 elected House Majority Floor Leader.
A few of Gael’s notable legislative accomplishments include:
Gael sponsored and successfully passed HB 1647, the “Safe Keys Act”, which revised the Landlord-Tenant Act of 1947 to landlords responsible for protecting tenant keys under the “reasonable care” standard.
She led the legislative effort to secure $440 million in basic education funding to put shop classes back into middle and high schools.
Gael secured nearly $200 million (2018-2020) to fully fund the State Need Grant and sponsored legislation to protect Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition program.
She sponsored HB 2580, which established a legislative task force to analyze and improve the economic resilience of maritime and manufacturing sectors in Washington.
Gael’s work to protect liveaboards, on-water dwellings, and houseboat owners in Seattle led to a Senate-sponsored bill that clarified state regulations and city planning rules.
Gael sponsored HB 2708, defining liquid biomass as a renewable resource eligible for clean energy credits.
Paid for by Friends of Gael
PO Box 9100 Seattle, WA 98109
McCarthy began her career in public service as an elected school board director for the Tacoma School District, a position she held from 1987-1999. She then became the deputy auditor for Pierce County in 1999. She was then elected and served as county auditor in 2002 and 2006. She served from 2003-2008. Contrary to what the title suggests, the Pierce County auditor doesn't carry out financial audits. Rather the auditor oversees elections and licensing.
In 2008, McCarthy was then elected to serve two terms as Pierce County executive, from 2009-2017. As county executive, McCarthy was tasked with running the daily operations of the county, including overseeing a $900 million budget and managing 3,000 employees. She was ineligible for a third term as county executive due to term limits.
Pat McCarthy for State Auditor
401 2nd Ave. S, Suite 303
Seattle, WA 98401
Representative Mike Pellicciotti (pelly-chotty) is leading the charge to make government more transparent and beneficial to the people of Washington, not corporate special interests. He wants to do the same as your next Treasurer.
Mike is one of the only Washington State elected officials who has never accepted campaign donations from corporations.
First elected to the House of Representatives in 2016 after personally knocking on over 15,000 doors to beat a Republican incumbent, Mike successfully introduced and passed into law legislation to get “dark money” out of politics, to modernize and increase financial penalties for corporate crime, and require greater campaign finance transparency by political action committees. He has championed open government laws and was the first legislator to call on the legislature to fully provide legislators’ public records, while also voluntarily disclosing his own.
Mike began his public service in 2005 as a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, where he prosecuted domestic violence and sex trafficking. Later as an Assistant Attorney General, Mike managed statewide efforts to protect seniors and to combat complex financial health care fraud, returning over $30 million dollars to taxpayers. As State Representative, he has led bills to ensure that Sound Transit taxpayers only pay taxes on the accurate value of their property.
Paid for by People for Pellicciotti
Seattle, WA. 98102
Commissioner of Public Lands
Hilary Franz is relentless in her desire to create bold, transformational change in Washington. Crosscut summed it up best: “She has the energy of a venti-fueled dynamo and a mind that works at a wildfire pace.” Hilary brings a passion for the lands and waters of Washington and a compassion for all of our communities. And she has a leadership style that is rare: she brings people together across long-standing divisions to accomplish great things for not just a few, but for all.
Elected Commissioner of Public Lands in 2016, Hilary leads the Department of Natural Resources, an agency that manages 6 million acres of public lands — from coastal waters and forests to commercial properties and farmland. This portfolio generates $325M each year for our public schools and basic county services throughout our state. Through Hilary’s leadership, the agency is developing a strategy for increasing revenue for our schools and communities through innovative strategic investments that protect working forests and farms in our rural areas and increase housing and economic opportunities in our cities.
Friends of Hilary Franz 401-2nd Ave S. Ste 303, Seattle, WA. 98103
State Insurance Commissioner
I am honored and humbled by the support I received to serve another four years as your insurance commissioner.
I vow to remain vigilant in protecting consumers in Washington, especially in the area of health care.
I will continue as a fair and balanced regulator—and consumer protection will always be my top priority.
As Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler is responsible for regulating the $30 billion insurance industry in Washington State. Accomplishments include:
- Strengthening the insurance market, increasing competition and bringing more choices to consumers
- Cut excessive rate increases by insurance companies, saving auto and homeowner consumers over $310 million
- Successfully fought repeated attempts by big out-of-state insurance companies to take away consumer legal protections
- Helped individual consumers recover over $160 million on their insurance policies when payments were delayed or denied
- Protected women by requiring that contraceptives be included in prescription drug coverage
- Brought transparency and regulatory oversight to the individual health insurance market
Friends of Mike Kreidler
PO Box 15017 Tumwater, WA 98511
Superintendent of Public Instruction
As someone who believes his path in life is largely owed to the public education he received, Superintendent Chris Reykdal has dedicated his career to ensure all learners have equitable opportunities for a high-quality public education. Since taking office in January 2017, Chris has centered the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) work on equity and support the whole child, reinvigorated career and technical education pathways for student and strengthened the agency's partnership with the Legislature. During his first three years in office, Chris spearheaded an overhaul of our state's graduation requirements, which now provide students with multiple pathways to a high school diploma that are aligned to their goals and interests. Beginning with the Class of 2020, students will have several valuable pathways to demonstrate readiness for their next step after high school. In addition, under Chris' leadership, the Legislature provided the first increase to the funding model for serving students with disabilities in nearly 25 years. Chris will continue advocating for enhanced funding until school districts no longer rely on local funds to provide these essential services. Valuing transparency in data, Chris led OSPI through a complete redisgn of the state Report Card, focusing on usability for parents, family, and community members. Since the resdesign, Wahington's Report Card has been ranked among the top of the nation for usability and transparency. Since taking office Chris has received awards for his leadership from the Association of Washington School Principals, MESA USA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) and DECA.
Chris Reykdal for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
855 Trosper Rd Suite 108-117
Tumwater, WA, 98512
Phone: (360) 790-3151