Delegates representing unions from across Washington that are affiliated with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO voted May 19 on early election endorsements at the state labor federation’s 2018 COPE (Committee on Political Education) Convention at the Machinists 751 Hall in Seattle.
Washington uses a top-two primary in which all candidates face off, and all voters may vote for any candidate. The two candidates receiving the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the general election. The primary election is Aug. 7.
Maria Cantwell was endorsed for re-election to the U.S. Senate. The Democrat from Edmonds, Wash., is seeking a fourth term.
WSLC also endorsed newcomer Carolyn Long to the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties in Southwest Washington. Long is running against Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican. Delegates voted to actively oppose Beutler.
Other statewide election endorsements:
STATE SUPREME COURT
- Position 2 Susan Owens
- Position 8 Steve Gonzalez
- Position 9 Sheryl Gordon McCloud
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
- LD 17 Position 1 Tanisha Harris
- LD 17 Position 2 Damion Jiles
- LD 18 Position 2 Kathy Gillepie
- LD 49 Position 1 Sharon Wiley
- LD 49 Position 2 Monica Stonier
- Initiative 1608 OPPOSE Makes collective bargaining negotiations public meetings.
- Initiatives 1644 and 981 SUPPORT Repeals I-200, which prohibited affirmative action policies with regards to race and gender by state and local government.
Additional endorsement action will be taken at the WSLC’s 2018 Constitutional Convention July 17-19 in Wenatchee.