Endorsements

Washington State

“The COVID-19 crisis has shown clearly that employer-based health care doesn’t work when millions face unemployment, we need universal, single-payer health care to ensure everyone in our state has equitable access to the care they need.”


Marko Liias
WA State Senate
21st Legislative District
October 24, 2021

“Every person should have access to healthcare when they need it. This shouldn’t be about your employer, or your bank account, or where you live – just universal access to healthcare for everyone. Other countries have figured this out, why can’t we?”


Derek Stanford
Washington State Senate
1st Legislative District
October 24, 2021

“I campaigned on and fought for universal healthcare since my first election in 2004. Now, the COVID crisis has exposed the inequities in our current healthcare system as well as broad inequities throughout our social systems and brought these issues to a head. These crises have created the opportunity to actually achieve structural systems changes. Now’s the time push for it. “


Bob Hasegawa
Washington State Senate
11th Legislative District
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because when I was at Cornell University, my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer at a time my family did not have health insurance. The subsequent medical bills crippled my family financially. I will fight for healthcare for all because I know how it feels to lose the person who loves you the most in this world and suffer a family financial crisis at the same time. Affordable, quality healthcare is a right, not a privilege.”


David Hackney
WA State House of Representatives
11th Legislative District, Position 1
October 24, 2021

“Healthcare is a basic right. If we have learned anything form the pandemic, it is that our healthcare system is woefully inadequate. One should not have to have a job to get healthcare or lose healthcare when losing a job.”


Sam Hunt
Washington State Senate
22nd Legislative District
October 24, 2021

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Tarra Simmons
WA State House of Representatives
23rd Legislative District, Position 1
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because I believe health care is a right, not a privilege. Like many, my family has been denied basic health care coverage by our insurance company too many times to count. Let me be clear: this must end. I will fight in the legislature to make health care affordable and accessible to all.”


Liz Berry
WA State House of Representatives
36th Legislative District, Position 2
October 24, 2021

“Our state and country needed universal healthcare long before COVID-19 – but this pandemic has shown in that our need for healthcare for all cannot wait any longer. I strongly support Whole Washington’s mission to provide universal healthcare to all Washingtonians as our country and state works toward true single payer universal healthcare for every adult and child in this country. “


Kirsten Harris-Talley
WA State House of Representatives
37th Legislative District, Position 2
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because health care is a human right and should be easily accessible to create equitable and thriving society. It is my responsibility as a representative of my constituents to ensure that access to health care is provided. I will work alongside you to strengthen our state, regional, and local public health delivery systems, including mental health.”


Emily Wicks
Washington State House of Representatives
38th Legislative District, Position 1
October 24, 2021

“Too often, the people of Washington State are put in the position to choose between paying for healthcare or supporting their families. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I was proud to support the Pathway to Universal Healthcare at the legislature this past session and I will continue to champion removing barriers to health as part of our quality of life, providing equity in our system for People of Color and our LGBTQ neighbors, and moving towards a Universal Healthcare system.”


Elizabeth Lovelett
Washington State Senate
40th Legislative District
October 24, 2021

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My-Linh Thai
Washington State House of Representatives
41st Legislative District, Position 2
October 24, 2021

“Our country spends more per capita and gets worse results than similar countries with universal coverage. It’s time to make healthcare better, more equitable, more affordable and less stressful. When you get sick you should be focused on getting better, not stressing about healthcare.”


Sharon Shewmake
Washington State House of Representatives
42nd Legislative District, Position 2
October 24, 2021

“Health care must be seen as a fundamental human right! As a leader in the creation of Washington State’s Apple Health program and the Medicaid expansion, I support the need for a new dynamic in providing health care for call. This is all the more evident in the time of the COVID pandemic.”


Frank Chopp
Washington State House of Representatives
43rd Legislative District, Position 2
October 24, 2021

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Javier Valdez
Washington State House of Representatives
46th Legislative District, Position 2
October 24, 2021

“Our nation’s promise that we are all endowed with ‘unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ will never be fulfilled unless we recognize that health care is a right. Washington should lead the way in exploring and demonstrating how every resident of our State can be assured that they and their loved ones will not die or suffer solely due to lack of access to quality health care. As a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Public Health, I strive to help students understand that the social determinants of health start with poverty and race, which determine access to healthcare and the likelihood that someone will suffer needless illness and die early. The Washington Health Trust offers a concept we should be exploring to use progressive taxes on wealth – which I am confident will be largely supported by the wealthiest residents of our state if they are used for health care – coupled with payroll taxes on large employers who do not provide health care benefits today.”


Gerry Pollet
Washington State House of Representative
46th Legislative District, Position 1
October 24, 2021

U.S. Congress – WA

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Brent Hennrich
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, WA-03
October 24, 2021

“Passing single payer non-profit healthcare is an issue of critical importance for the citizens of Washington State.”


Jason Call
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
Washington Congressional District 2
October 24, 2021

U.S. Congress

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Ally Dalsimer
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
Virginia VA-11
October 24, 2021

“It’s time to end the privatized health system that is the number 1 cause of bankruptcy in America. We MUST put people before profits.”


Dan Whitfield
Candidate for U.S. Senate
Arkansas
October 24, 2021

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David Peterson
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
California, CA-01
October 24, 2021

“The public supports single payer but our elected leaders mostly do not. Only grassroots pressure from groups like Whole Washington combined with political pressure from pro-M4A candidates such as myself can change that.”


Justin Paglino
Candidate for US Congress
Connecticut CT-03
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington in their fight to get Medicare for All NOW for the American people.”


Eric Curry
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
California, CA-12
October 24, 2021

“Our campaign stands firm in the belief that medicare for all is needed. This fight is a fight for our lives that we must all be involved in.”


Henry Conoly
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
Pennsylvania, PA-01
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because everyone deserves single payer, universal healthcare everywhere. Not just “access” to it.”


Maebe A. Girl
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
California, CA-28
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because I have experienced the broken system of our healthcare system. Healthcare is a human right and I stand in solidarity with Whole Washington. Together, we will win.”


Queen Johnson
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
New York, NY-08
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because I know all too well the injustices that exist within our healthcare system. My whole life I watched my family including myself struggle to simply the quality care they need. I lost my father to a failed healthcare system two years ago. It’s time we ensure everyone can get the quality care they need without the fear of bankruptcies.”


Raleigh Brown
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
Illinois, IL-05
October 24, 2021

“I strongly support Whole Washington because I believe healthcare is an inherent human right, and we must guarantee zero-cost comprehensive coverage for all Americans regardless of immigration status!”


Shervin Azami
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
California, CA 30
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is one of the most shocking and inhumane. Healthcare should be about healing not profits, healthcare should be providing love not insurance, and healthcare should be a human right.”


Sylvester Ani
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
California CA-38
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because just like these brave organizers I too believe that healthcare is a human right and that every American citizen deserves universal healthcare.”


Terrell Anderson
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
Alabama AL-02
October 24, 2021

County

“I support Whole Washington because it is time to take healthcare as a human right into our own hands. As a public health professional and EMT, I have seen the failings of our current health systems on both the systemic and personal levels. The threat of medical debt should never prevent someone from seeking medical care, and profit-driven healthcare systems do not serve the best interests of all our communities. Universal healthcare approaches (like Whole Washington) have proven effective in most of the developed world, save money, and don’t leave out obvious areas of medical need, such as dental and reproductive health. Not only will it eliminate many barriers to care that Washingtonians experience due to cost or convoluted insurance practices, but it will save our state billions of dollars.To achieve Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, health for all must be a priority.”


Chris Goodwin
Clark County Charter Review Commission
District 1, Position 3
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because I believe health care is a human right not a commodity. Saving lives and relieving pain and suffering should not depend upon people’s ability to pay. The current system is broken and leaves too many people behind.”


Dave Upthegrove
King County Councilmember
King County, 5th District
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because I believe in universal healthcare. I believe that every human being deserves access to healthcare.”


Dr. Shukri Olow
Candidate for County Council
King County, D5
October 24, 2021

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Girmay Zahilay
King County Council
District 2
October 24, 2021

“I endorse Whole Washington and I support its efforts because a person’s access to health care should NOT be dependent on what job they have or employment status.”


John Latta
Councilor, Clark County Charter Review Commission
October 24, 2021

Aberdeen

“The founders of our country all agreed that we are endowed by our Creator with “certain unalienable rights and among those rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Good health and the best care we can get to maintain it are absolutely among those human rights! Whole Washington is the best chance we’ve ever had of solidifying that right.”


Alan Richrod
Aberdeen City Council
October 24, 2021

Auburn

“I want our city to be a welcoming city for all and to help with homelessness.”


James Jeyaraj
Auburn City Council
Position 3
October 24, 2021

Bothell

“I support Whole Washington because our Navigators working with the RADAR program needs to be able to count on connecting people with the help they need. Mental health services, substance abuse treatment services, accessible and affordable healthcare are necessary for public safety and decriminalizing poverty and substance abuse. Washingtonians need Whole Washington to be successful, for those of us who struggle most and to prevent the rest of us from falling into hard times.”


Jenne Alderks
Candidate for City Council
Bothell, Position 3
October 24, 2021

Burien

“As someone who grew up on state-assisted healthcare and currently has aging parents who still have to navigate the state and federal assistance for healthcare I know firsthand how stressful not having universal healthcare can be. Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every family should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income.”


Hugo Garcia
Candidate for City Council
Burien, Position 1
October 28, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because when my spouse was critically ill, the ‘only’ thing I had to worry about was the fear that I might lose the love of my life. Because I had employer insurance, I did not have to worry that his care and treatment would bankrupt us. No one should have to worry about that. Health care should not be tied to employment status.”


Sarah Moore
Candidate for City Council
Burien, Position 5
October 24, 2021

Centralia

“I believe that Healthcare is a human right. I believe that housing is a human right and I believe that Health Care is housing and housing is healthcare. I am a voice for the people.”


Lisa Striedinger
Candidate for City Council
Centralia, Position 1
October 24, 2021

Clark

“I support Whole Washington because it is time to take healthcare as a human right into our own hands. As a public health professional and EMT, I have seen the failings of our current health systems on both the systemic and personal levels. The threat of medical debt should never prevent someone from seeking medical care, and profit-driven healthcare systems do not serve the best interests of all our communities. Universal healthcare approaches (like Whole Washington) have proven effective in most of the developed world, save money, and don’t leave out obvious areas of medical need, such as dental and reproductive health. Not only will it eliminate many barriers to care that Washingtonians experience due to cost or convoluted insurance practices, but it will save our state billions of dollars.To achieve Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, health for all must be a priority.”


Chris Goodwin
Clark County Charter Review Commission
District 1, Position 3
October 24, 2021

Edmonds

“Healthcare is a Human Right!”


Carin Chase
School Board Director
Edmonds, District 1
October 24, 2021

“No one should be denied medicine simply because they are poor. To deny medicine to the sick is an act of violence. Whole Washington’s plan is not only the moral thing to do, saving dollars and lives at the same time.”


Scott Marshall
Candidate for Port Commissioner
Edmonds, Position 5
October 24, 2021

Kenmore

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Corina Pfeil
City Council
Kenmore, Position 7
October 24, 2021

“Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege. There should be no barriers to healthcare access. Everyone deserves high quality comprehensive healthcare. I fully support Universal Healthcare and thank Whole Washington for its efforts to make this a reality in Washington State.”


Melanie O’Cain
City Council
Kenmore, Position 1
October 24, 2021

“Healthcare is a human right. Whole Washington is an important step towards universal healthcare in Washington!”


Nigel Herbig
Candidate for City Council
Kenmore, Position 4
October 24, 2021

Monroe

“I support Whole Washington because healthcare is a right and we should all have access to comprehensive care. As a Candidate for School Director, kids are my top priority. When families don’t have to worry about potential financial ruin resulting from a single medical event or circumstance, they are better able to support their children’s education and learning.”


Sarah Johnson
Candidate for School Board Director
Monroe, District 4
October 24, 2021

Oak Harbor

“I support Whole Washington because no one should die because they can’t afford to live.”


Fe Mischo
Candidate for City Council
Oak Harbor
October 24, 2021

Olympia

“Everybody deserves access to healthcare, healthcare strengthens rather than weakens our physical and economic health.”


Clark Gilman
Mayor Pro-Tem, Olympia City Council
October 24, 2021

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E. J. Zita
Port Commissioner
Olympia
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because healthcare should never be a for profit endeavor. We need no barrier care and coverages for everyone, especially as the Climate Crisis worsens and people’s lives are increasingly at risk. We must pursue single payer, no matter what it takes to get there.”


Joel Hansen
Candidate for Port Commissioner
Olympia, District 3
October 24, 2021

Renton

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Ruth Perez
City Council
Renton
October 24, 2021

Seatac

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Iris Guzman
Candidate for City Council
SeaTac, Position 6
October 24, 2021

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Senayet Negusse
City Council
SeaTac, Position 1
October 24, 2021

Seattle

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Tammy Morales
City Council
Seattle, District 2
October 24, 2021

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Kshama Sawant
City Council
Seattle, District 3
October 24, 2021

“My campaign is proud to stand with Whole Washington, and will support policies to advance their goal of establishing universal healthcare if elected to the Seattle City Council.”


Andrew Lewis
City Council
Seattle, District 7
October 24, 2021

“Go Whole Washington – everyone must have high‑quality, comprehensive healthcare!”


Lisa Herbold
City Council
Seattle, District 1
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because our state needs universal healthcare NOW. The solution to healthcare inequities lies in grassroots, people-powered organizing and I endorse the Whole Washington Health Trust.”


Nicole Thomas-Kennedy
Candidate for City Attorney
Seattle
October 24, 2021

“Our current system leaves so many Washingtonians vulnerable–healthcare is a human right. I support Whole Washington because we must strengthen our healthcare systems to serve everyone efficiently, effectively, and equitably without dire financial consequences.”


Teresa Mosqueda
City Councilmember
Seattle, Position 8
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because health care is a right and not a privilege. As a school board director candidate, I recognize that our students (and their families!) need to have access to accessible and affordable health care to be good learners.”


Vivian Maritz
Candidate for School Board Director
Seattle, District 4
October 24, 2021

Tacoma

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Mary Bacon
Candidate for Port of Tacoma Commissioner
Tacoma, Position 4
October 24, 2021

Tumwater

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Leatta Dahlhoff
City Council
Tumwater, Position 1
October 24, 2021

Vancouver

“I support Whole Washington because I believe healthcare is a human right. No one should have to choose between eating or seeking healthcare. No one should be forced into bankruptcy because of healthcare debt. Many without insurance delay preventative care.”


Kara Tess
Candidate for City Council
Vancouver, Position 2
October 24, 2021

Woodinville

“Single payer healthcare goes a long way toward making us all better people physically, mentally, and spiritually.”


Susan Boundy-Sanders
City Council
Woodinville, Position 5
October 24, 2021

Businesses

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Better Left Podcast
Sarah Smith, Executive Producer
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/better-left-podcast/id1461718652
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because…state-based single-payer programs such as the well-designed one proposed by Whole Washington would create substantial momentum toward national #M4A.”


Bonnie B. Firestone
President, CEO
Executive Information Systems, Inc.
October 24, 2021

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Green Lake Health Center
https://www.greenlakehealth.com/
October 24, 2021

“A healthy citizenry is in the best interest of our country, our state, and our communities. Public health is fundamental to our ability to be competitive in business, innovate and advance in science and culture, and should be among our top priorities both as a matter of practicality and moral imperative.”


Green Ronin Publishing
Nicole Lindroos
https://greenronin.com/
October 24, 2021

“As fans of science fiction and fantasy, we love good stories. What sort of story do we want to live in?

Do we want to live in a dystopia where people are chained to jobs they hate to keep their insurance? Where people are buried in debt because they or a loved one gets really sick?

We don’t have to wait for skittish politicians to give us permission to change our story. We endorse Whole Washington, because we can choose a not-for-profit single payer system that covers everyone. We can live up to the ideal that healthcare is a fundamental human right. We just have to want it.


Radio vs. the Martians
https://radiovsthemartians.com/
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington’s Single Payer Healthcare plan because I want all of my employees to have access to affordable, common-sense health care. Small businesses can rarely afford to provide health care to our employees. That makes the risk of owning a small business that much greater. It also further widens the competition gap between small business and corporate giants.”


Sean Lee
President, Seven Coffee Roasters
https://sevencoffeeroasters.com/pages/seven-market-cafe
October 24, 2021

“As someone who is an artist, access to affordable healthcare looms over my head daily. Just having the money to afford the prescriptions I need to stay alive makes it hard to focus my art.”


Sylvia’s Rainbow Bingo
http://www.stayformore.com/rainbow-bingo.html
October 24, 2021

“Now is the time to heal our communities and invest healthcare funding into direct care services, not the administration of an unfair, expensive, profit-driven system. Our small business and the communities we support will benefit.”


The Ally League
https://www.theallyleague.com/
October 24, 2021

“Health is a fundamental human right.”


VTD Rail Consulting
Thomas White, Owner
October 24, 2021

“I appreciate everything Whole Washington is doing. Tying healthcare to employment and putting insurance companies in control of patient outcomes is insane. The fact that the people we elect to represent us are in reality representing their corporate sponsors is maddening. Hopefully you/we can open enough eyes to change that.”


Mike Coverdale, Designated Broker
http://westportmike.com/
October 24, 2021

Community Leaders

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Cathy Tuttle
Founder of Seattle Neighborhood GreenwaysFormer Seattle City Council Candidate
October 24, 2021

“Healthcare should include dental, hearing, and vision, not profits.”


Courtney Love
Vice Chair of Our Revolution Washington
October 24, 2021

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Delilah Barrios
Candidate for Governor
Texas
October 24, 2021

“I stand with Whole Washington in their fight to bring Medicare for All to all Americans. Their fight is an inspiration to us all, and I join them with honor.”


Eynelys Garcia
Host of the Eynelys Show Podcast
October 24, 2021

“The Young Democrats of Island County (YDIC) endorses Whole Washington because universal, quality, accessible healthcare is a human right! Universal single payer health insurance, that covers everyone, is the only way to guarantee that right.”


Ivan Lewis
Chair
Young Democrats of Island County
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because…State-based single-payer programs such as the well-designed one proposed by Whole Washington would create substantial momentum toward national #M4A.”


Joseph M. Firestone
Commentator/Analyst for the In-Depth Show, Progressive Takes, and Morning Joe, Re-winds on KRTD
Acting President, Center for the Public Purpose, Inc.
October 24, 2021

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Laura Fielding
Executive Director
Red Berets for Medicare for All
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because people’s Healthcare is a necessity just like air, food and shelter. We cannot wait as a nation. The efforts of Whole Washington and its Direct Democracy approach to funding State Healthcare will save the residence of Washington $9 billion annually. And it covers everyone. It’s time to shine the light on what is so wrong and so easily fixed by taking the insurance industry profits out of our Healthcare Delivery.”


Lisa Theobald
Operations Director, Red Berets for Medicare for All
October 24, 2021

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Liv Romano
Green Party, Co-Chair
Maryland
October 24, 2021

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Maralyn Chase
Retired Washington State Senator
October 24, 2021

“As a member of The RagTag Band, I support Whole Washington because they’re actively fighting for Medicare for All Universal Healthcare Single Payer System on the State and on the National level. This Policy is far long overdue and every single human being in the USA desperately this Single Payer Healthcare System right now.”


Muhammad Ali Kaung
Activist
October 24, 2021

“I support Whole Washington because I know too many people with medical debt. It’s time for everyone to have Healthcare in the US.”


Host of Sabby Sabbs Podcast
MC of M4M4All, Boston
October 24, 2021

Personally I have been working as an advocate for Whole Washington for a few years now. I strongly believe healthcare is a human right. Our own Declaration of Independence states that we have the right to life. And to keep that right we need healthcare. It should be guaranteed to us by the government so that no one has to decide between a roof over their head or life saving treatment.


Tracey Carlos
Chair of Thurston County Queer Democrats, Vice Chair LD 22 Democrats
October 24, 2021

Organizations

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10th Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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14th Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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15th Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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20th Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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23rd Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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24th Legislative District Democrats
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30th Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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31st Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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33rd Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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34th Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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39th Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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43rd Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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48th Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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49th Legislative District Democrats
October 24, 2021

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Aberdeen City Council
October 24, 2021

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Green Party of Washington
October 24, 2021

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Jefferson County Democrats
October 24, 2021

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Kitsap County Democrats
October 24, 2021

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North Sound Democratic Socialists of America
October 24, 2021

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Our Revolution Washington Berniecrats Coalition
October 24, 2021

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Seattle Green Party
October 24, 2021

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Snohomish County Democrats
October 24, 2021

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Sunrise Tacoma
October 24, 2021

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Tacoma DSA
October 24, 2021

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Thurston County Democrats
October 24, 2021

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Washington ADAPT
October 24, 2021

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Washington Progressive Party
October 24, 2021

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Young Democrats of Island County
October 24, 2021



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