The Washington State Democratic Party nominated the first two candidates to its 2022 midterm slate.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, both running for reelection, were chosen Saturday during the 2022 Washington Democratic State Convention in Tacoma, with each accepting the nomination. Additional candidates will be nominated in September.

“We are so honored to nominate Sen. Murray and Sec. Hobbs, both of whom exercise our party’s values each day, as they work to create a better Washington state,” Chair Tina Podlodowski said. “Our candidates have a tough road ahead and need as much support as possible to make it across the finish line in November. But we’re fired up and ready to work.”

During the two-day convention, the state party also approved its official platform, adding several new planks. Podlodowski also announced plans for the executive committee to draft and adopt a resolution in response to the fall of Roe v. Wade. This document will call for Washington’s elected Democrats to ensure the state continues to have guaranteed access to abortion and provides safety to anyone traveling out of state in need of that service.

The event was the first in-person convention the state party had held since 2018. Attendees were offered a virtual option as well, so all of the more than 1,200 delegates could participate. Podlodowski said the Washington State Democratic Party was one of the only in the country to offer a hybrid model for convention, ensuring inclusive access — no matter the reason — to all, including disabled and immunocompromised delegates, parents, and those with lower incomes. 

“Being an inclusive party isn’t about just words, it’s about real action,” Podlodowski said. “This work will guide us for years to come, and it’s important all of our people are able to play a role in the development process — whether it’s in person or virtual, everyone must have a voice.”