Electing feminists to all levels of public office is a crucial part of NOW’s advocacy for women’s rights. In 1968, two years after the founding of the National Organization for Women, NOW’s membership empowered the organization to engage in electoral politics as part of its work toward achieving true equality for all women.
The National NOW PAC and WA State NOW PAC support candidates who take strong stands on a wide variety of issues including:
- Reproductive rights without restriction
- Civil rights for all people-with emphasis on lesbian and gay rights and racial justice
- Economic justice for all women
- A constitutional amendment that guarantees women’s equality, including reproductive rights and non-discrimination based on sexual orientation
- Affirmative action ensuring equal opportunity for women and people of color
- Ending all forms of violence against women.
This fall the state will be holding a special election for one State Senate seat and one State House seat that have appointed incumbents due to vacancies since the 2018 election. There are also many judicial, county, city, school board and local utility/fire district seats on the ballot.
These elections are critical. Our state’s legislature thanks to your efforts in electing our senators and representatives had a progress majority in both houses this year. For the first time in many years we have been able to pass a budget without having to go into special session. And we were able to stand up to the challenge of the busiest Legislative session ever in Washington State where an all-time record of bills were passed including:
- Transgender Healthcare Coverage
- Maternal Mortality
- Domestic Violence Programs
- Missing & Murdered Native American Women
- Protection Orders
- Affordable Housing and Homelessness Projects.
- Sexual Assault Kit Notice
- Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors
- Plus a few dozen more
All this work on sexual assault culminated in the funding of the new Washington State Crime Lab. The new Lab will process Rape Kits in less than ½ the time of the current testing. The backlog will be eliminated in 2 years. After that, kits will be processed within 45 days.
Liz Lovelett, was appointed to the 40 th Legislative District Senate in February 2019 filling the vacant seat after the resignation of Kevin Ranker. She is a community leader who has championed affordable housing, water management, school construction, oil train safety, and improving lives for people in her community. She has plans to work on a pathway to universal health care and comprehensive health care for all.
The Washington State NOW PAC believes she as well as the other endorsed senatorial candidates are needed not just to move a feminist agenda forward but also to protect the rights we have from the onslaught of attacks both locally and nationally.
The WA State NOW/PAC has endorsed the candidates below for the State Legislature and local races for the 2019 General Election on November 5, 2019:
- District/Office Position Candidate
- 40th Legislative District Senate Liz Lovelett
- Snohomish County Council 2 Megan Dunn
- Snohomish County Council 3 Stephanie Wright
- Edmonds City Council 6 Susan Paine
- Edmonds City Council 7 Laura Johnson
- Edmonds School District 1 Carin Chase
- Seattle School Board 3 Rebecca Muñiz
Ballots will be mailed in mid-October. The deadline to register or update your registration online or by mail is Monday, October 28, 2019
You can register, update or view your voting information online here. November 5, 2019 is the last day to vote (or register in person and vote). Ballots must be postmarked or dropped in a ballot drop box by 8 PM onelection day. If you do not receive your ballot contact you County Auditor or Elections office within a week before the election. A contact list for these offices can be found here.