24th LD Voters’ Guide

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Making sure your vote counts. 

Democrats in the 24th LD played a big part in nominating Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris for President and Vice-President. We are united behind our nominees! Please work with us to elect them because the future of democracy itself is on the line! 

Through meetings of our members we endorsed the following candidates: 

U. S. Representative, Congressional District 6

Since 2012, our U. S. Representative Derek Kilmer has been a staunch supporter of Social Security, rural health care, the Wild Olympics, economic development, and social justice. He is in touch with the citizens, organizations, and businesses of the district and works for our party.

Governor

Governor Jay Inslee’s leadership has been on display this year as he brought climate change to the forefront of the presidential nomination process and ordered effective public health measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus early in the pandemic. Under his leadership over the last eight years, our state has prospered and made progress in many areas, including school funding, mental health treatment, and the environment. 

Other State Executives:

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has looked after the interests of Washington while holding the Trump administration accountable, winning dozens of cases. He served on King County Council before his election as AG in 2012. 

Denny Heck, currently in congress, is running for the open position of Lieutenant Governor. He has the experience, qualifications, and political ability to make our state Senate run smoothly and to advance our political agenda. 

Gael Tarleton is the Democratic challenger for Secretary of State. Democrats in the legislature instituted our mail-in ballot system. Now we need a Secretary of State who can strengthen its security and expand the franchise. Tarleton, a state legislator, has served as a senior defense analyst for the Pentagon, Port of Seattle Commissioner, and advisor at the Institute for National Security Education and Research.

Mike Pellicciotti is the Democratic challenger for state Treasurer. A state legislator, Pellicciotti has served as a King County Prosecutor and as an Assistant Attorney General, working to protect seniors. He helped recover $30 million working on health care fraud. We need a Democrat in this position. 

Incumbent state Auditor Patrice McCarthy oversees an agenda with 400 employees and 15 offices across the state, all working to shine a light on government and what it does. We are fortunate to have a public servant with her the qualifications and experience she gained as Pierce County Auditor and twice-elected Pierce County Executive.

In addition to regulating the insurance industry, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler stands up for consumers on issues like medical billing and health care for all. He chairs the Climate Risk and Resilience Work Group for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He has a lifetime of public service. Much more about his progressivism here

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz hit the ground running in 2017 and hasn’t stopped. As manager of the Department of Natural Resources and state’s forest lands, she has led a strong response in a series of tough fire years. She is also working with communities and environmental interests to crate win-win solutions for communities across the state.

Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction helped secure funding for schools, reinvigorated career and technical training, and worked toward equity and opportunity for all students. He is working with local districts as they face the unprecedented demands on staff and students during the pandemic. 

Legislators of the 24th District

We are fortunate to have incumbents Senator Kevin Van De Wege and Representatives Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger representing the 24th LD in the legislature in Olympia. All three have long served the interests of our rural communities, securing funding for needed capital projects, stimulating economic growth, and looking after the general health and welfare of all citizens. With their long service as county commissioners, Chapman and Tharinger understand the challenges rural counties face as they implement state plans on shoestring budgets. As a career firefighter married to an educator, Van De Wege understands the commitment of public service workers to the greater good. 

Judges

Washington State Supreme Court: We endorse unopposed incumbents Chief Justice Debra Stephens and Associate Chief Justice Charles Johnson. We also endorse two challenged incumbents appointed by Governor Inslee. 

Associate Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis formerly served as a Superior Court judge in Whatcom County, as a tribal judge for several nations, and an associate professor at Fairhaven College, Bellingham. She is known nationally as an advocate for juvenile justice reform, equity, and tribal communities. An enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta tribe and a descendant of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, she is the first Native American to serve on the state Supreme Court. Her opponent, a long-time municipal court judge in federal way, has never heard a felony case. 

Associate Justice G. Helen Whitener worked in both prosecution and defense before serving as a Pierce County Superior Court Judge. The first openly Black LGBT judge in the State of Washington, Whitener is known for her advocacy on human rights, access to justice, and the responsibility of the judiciary to ensure the right of all to basic dignity and respect before the law. Whitener is an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago. Her opponent, a retired educator, passed the bar in May 2020. 

Court of Appeals, District II, Division 2: We endorse incumbent Lisa L. Sutton for election to another six-year term. 

Clallam County Superior Court: We endorse the election of the two unopposed candidates Brent Basden and Simon Barnhart

Appointed by Governor Inslee, Lauren Erickson is the first female Superior Court judge in Clallam County. She is the best qualified candidate because of her experience, judicial temperament, and commitment to community. 

Grays Harbor Superior Court:  Katie Svoboda is a twice-elected Prosecutor (D) in Grays Harbor. She is running unopposed for Superior Court, and we endorse her candidacy.

County Commissioners

and other Local Offices

Jamie Nichols is running for an open seat on the Board of County Commissioners in Grays Harbor County. Chair of the Grays Harbor Democrats, Nichols has demonstrated commitment to community through her work on the Historic Seaport and the County Fair Board. She was a strong candidate four years ago, and her study and service as a community leader have further prepared her to serve the people of Grays Harbor County. 

 

  In Jefferson County, Commissioner Kate Dean is running unopposed to retain her seat representing District 1. Dean has demonstrated her commitment to community and open processes, and she has used the position to advocate on behalf of county residents in Olympia and Washington D. C. 

 

Jefferson County is fortunate to have a choice between two qualified Democratic candidates for BoCC from District 2:  Heidi Eisenhour and Lorna Smith. Click to see their campaign sites. 

In Clallam County, we endorse Patti Morris for PUD Commissioner. She has 30 years of utility experience, including a 28-year career with Tucson Electric Power Company. She has extensive experience in rates, strategic planning, facilitation, and government relations

Statewide ballot items 

Referendum 90: Approve. We stand with the ACLU and Planned Parenthood Votes behind Senate Bill 5395, a common sense, science-based education bill that would make children safer. Passed by Democrats in the legislature and signed into law by Governor Inslee, an outrageous right-wing campaign put it on the ballot. 

Washington State Constitutional Amendment, Approve.  This amendment, which passed the legislature with very little opposition, would allow the Long Term Care Trust Funds to be invested in financial instruments other than municipal bonds and CDs. 

Advisory votes, Affirm. These perenniel, costly, and pointless ballot items, brought to us by Tim Eyman, address laws that have already passed and which will remain law. Affirm. 
 

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The list:

President/Vice President: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Derek Kilmer, U. S. Representative

  • Governor Jay Inslee (D),
  • Lieutenant Goveror: Denny Heck (D)
  • Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D),
  • State Auditor Pat McCarthy (D),
  • Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz (D),
  • Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler (D)
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal.
  • Mike Pelliciotti (D) for Treasurer,
  • Gael Tarleton (D) for Secretary of State. 

    Legislators:

  • Senator Kevin Van De Wege,
  • Representative Mike Chapman (Position 1),
  • Representative Steve Tharinger (Position 2). 

    Democratic County Commissioner Candidates:

  • Jamie Nichols (D), District 1, Grays Harbor. 
  • Kate Dean (D), District 1, Jefferson County.
  • Heidi Eisenhour (D) and Lorna Smith (D), Dist 2, JeffCo
  • Judges

  • Jamie Nichols (D), District 1, Grays Harbo
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Congratulations to all our National Delegates from the 6th Congressional District. At least four of them are from the 24th LD! The Democratic National Convention is in Milwaukee in mid-August.

Elizabeth (Liz) Bumgarner
Joshua Bartman
Tabatha Hoesch

Jessica Hernandez

Thomas Kuydendall
Melissa Dunbar
Drew Darsow

Our state delegates from LD 24 met in virtual space on June 14 and adopted the Washington State Democrats platform. 

Biden delegates (16): Joshua Bartman, Liz Bumgarner, Mike Cooper, Julie Johnson, Joe McGimpsey, Diane Jones, John Collins, Jessica Hernandez, Rod Fleck, Susan Uballe, LeRoy Martin, Beverly Hetrick-Ooosterveld, Dale Nachreiner, Arwen Rice, Rick Johnson, Christy Holy.

Sanders delegates (14):
Thomas Kuykendall, Chelsea Provonost, Richard Robinson, Linda Brewster, Tyler Vega, Pamela Roberts, Kavic Rason, Kacie Starling, David Griffiths, Kristina Hestenes-Stimson, Josh Kraetsch, Gina Corsiglia, Michael Ferguson, Jolene Elkins.

Stay Home/Stay Healthy: Our hearts go out to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts go out to those who are ill and those caring for them. Our hearts go out to those who are suffering economically and who cannot get the care they need. We are grateful for the empathy and professionalism of our front line healthcare workers and first responders as well as our health officers and elected officials who make such difficult decisions on our behalf. 

Our Democratic values can see us through. We have confidence in science and the capacity of government. We hope to see more action from DC as our advocates work on our behalf. We know that we need to address the health needs of us all as well as those in economic distress.

We also know that we must assure that we elect a Democratic POTUS in November and send Donald Trump packing. 

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About us:  We are the Democratic party organization on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. We are dedicated to the election of Democrats up and down the ticket. We support the work of our county and state Democratic party organizations.

Any Democrat in the district may join and take part in our quarterly regular meetings. The membership includes all Democratic Precinct Committee Officers and the county party officers they elect. 

 

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To be directly involved with Democrats working in your community, you might want to take part in one of the vibrant county Democratic organizations within the district: Clallam, Grays Harbor, and Jefferson. Each has monthly meetings, a newsletter, and other activities. Clallam County also has a Young Democrats organization. (Aberdeen, Montesano, and the southern half of Grays Harbor are in the 19th LD.)