Taking back the State Senate is one of our top priorities for 2014. Chair Jaxon Ravens sent out the following to our email list of supporters urging them to support our candidates in races for State Senate.
REMINDER: Tomorrow is Primary Election Day!
Have you voted?
You know how important it is that we take back the State Senate. Rodney Tom, Tim Sheldon, and Senate Republicans have caused gridlock in Olympia that resembles Washington DC. They’ve left our schools underfunded, our state without a transportation budget, and our social services in jeopardy.
The Primary is a major election milestone — and the first step in our mission to take back the State Senate.
Luckily, we have a strong group of candidates running for State Senate. They’re challenging some of Washington’s most extreme Republican State Senators.
We wanted to highlight a few of them. They’ve been working around the clock to turn out voters for the Primary. Take a look at the outstanding candidates profiled below and help make sure they have a strong showing in the Primary.
STEVE HOBBS, 44th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Steve Hobbs has been serving the 44th in the State Senate since 2006. He was the sponsor of the bipartisan Reproductive Parity Act, which was blocked from getting a vote by the Republican State Senate Majority. His likely opponent has been downplaying his leadership role in the Republican party — Even he knows the Republican brand is undesirable!
MATT ISENHOWER, 45th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Matt Isenhower served as a naval officer before earning his MBA and returning home to work at Amazon. He is challenging Andy Hill, who is the architect of the State Senate budget that’s gutted our education system and social services, while ignoring commonsense sources of revenue, like ending corporate tax loopholes.
TAMI GREEN, 28th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Tami Green has been serving as a State Representative in the 28th District for 10 years, where she has earned a strong reputation as an experienced leader focused on results. She is challenging Steve O’Ban, who has led efforts to allow businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians and to allow insurance companies to deny coverage for basic services like mammograms, diabetes, and autism screenings.
IRENE BOWLING, 35th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Irene Bowling is an educator and small business owner. She comes from a working class family and worked hard to put herself through school and become a leader in the community. She is challenging Tim Sheldon, who was elected as a Democrat and joined Rodney Tom in giving Republicans control of the State Senate.
SHARI SONG, 30th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Shari Song is a community leader who founded a Korean American preschool, served on the Diversity Commission for the City of Federal Way, and received a King County Recognition Award for Community Service from former Executive Ron Sims. She is running for an open seat in the State Senate. Her likely opponent is a former Democratic State Representative who tested the political winds and switched to the Republican party.
RICH COWAN, 6th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Rich Cowan is a native Spokane film and television producer who is creating hundreds of jobs right now as the producer of Z-Nation, Spokane’s first television series. He is challenging Michael Baumgartner, who has advocated radical policies targeting Washington’s middle class, like requiring the unemployed to perform public services before getting benefits and making Washington a right-to-work state. Contribute Volunteer
JUDY ARBOGAST, 26th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Judy Arbogast is a teacher, community leader, and mom, not a career politician like her opponent Jan Angel. Last fall, Jan Angel won a State Senate seat thanks to the backing of the Koch Brothers and other conservative special interests. Angel didn’t disappoint them when she tried to kill a bill funding a majority of the state’s homeless programs.
SETH FLEETWOOD, 42nd LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Seth Fleetwood has deep ties to the community, representing the people of Whatcom County for 12 years on the Bellingham City and Whatcom County Councils. He is challenging Doug Ericksen, who as Chair of the State Senate committee focused on environment has earned more freebies from Big Oil and other corporate special interests than any other Senator. Ericksen has also promoted anti-science views by giving climate deniers a platform for their rhetoric.
GABRIEL MUÑOZ, 15th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Gabriel Muñoz is a veteran and businessman who is committed to bringing true representation to the 15th, the state’s only majority Latino district. Jim Honeyford has been the Senator for the 15th for 16 years. He’s worked to protect the interests of wealthy corporations over those of the working class. He’s also voted against the Dream Act and the Real Hope Act.