Primary propels SW Washington labor candidates on to November


Teachers union member John Zingale, or “Mr. Z” as his students call him, was one of five labor union members running for state House of Representatives who will be on the general election ballot November. | PHOTO BY DON McINTOSH

Every labor-backed candidate in Southwest Washington’s Aug. 2 primary election will advance to the general election in November. Two union-endorsed ballot measures also passed.

Under Washington’s non-partisan “top-two” primary election system, voters can choose candidates allied with any political party. Then, the top two candidates advance to the general election. Here are the results in races with at least one union-backed candidate. [The candidates’ union endorsements are listed in parentheses after the candidate’s name.]



Patty Murray (WSLC), the Democratic incumbent, received 53% of the vote. She will face Republican Tiffany Smiley, who received 33% of the vote.


Congressional District 3 (SW Washington) 

Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WSLC), a Democrat running for a first term, received 31% of the vote, and will face Republican Joe Kent, who received 23% of the vote and narrowly beat incumbent Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler, who received 22%.



Steve Hobbs (WSLC, Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council, CWA, Ironworkers 86, Laborers 242, Operating Engineers 302, Washington Federation of State Employees, Firefighters 46, UA 32, IBEW 48 and 191, SEIU 1948), the Democratic incumbent, was the clear favorite with 40%  of the vote, and will face his closest challenger, non-party-affiliated Julie Anderson, who received 13% of the vote.


Incumbents Mary Yu, Barbara Madsen and G. Helen Whitener, all of whom had labor endorsements, ran unopposed and automatically advanced to the general election.


District 17 (Eastern Vancouver)

Position 1 — Terri Niles (WSLC, Firefighters Local 452), a Democrat, received 44% of the vote and will face Republican Kevin Waters, who received 23%.

Position 2 — Joe Kear (WSLC), a Democrat, received 45% of the vote and will face Republican Paul Harris, who received 31% of the vote.

District 18 (Clark County)

Position 1 — John Zingale (WSLC, Washington Education Association, AFT, IBEW 48, UFCW 365), a Democrat, received 48% of the vote and will face Stephanie McClintock, who received the most votes at 51%.

Position 2 — Duncan Camacho (WSLC, Washington State Nurses Association, SEIU 925, IBEW 48, UFCW 555, Laborers 335), a Democrat, received 46% of the vote, far ahead of second-place finisher Greg Cheney, a Republican who received 20%.

District 49 (Vancouver)

Position 1 — Sharon Wylie (WSLC), the Democratic incumbent, received 63% of the vote and will face Republican Park Llafet, who received 37%.

Position 2 — Monica Stonier (WSLC), the Democratic incumbent, received 61% of the vote and will face Republican Jeremy Baker, who came in second with 39%.



Clark County Council

Sue Marshall (SWWACLC) received 32% of the vote and will face Don Benton, who received 27%, in the general election.

Chartisha Roberts (SWWACLC) came in second with 35% of the vote and will face Michelle Belkot, who received 44%, in the general election.

Clark PUD Commissioner

Nancy Barnes (SWWACLC), the incumbent commissioner, received 62% of the vote and will face Don Steinke, who received 30%.

County Auditor

Greg Kimsey (SWWACLC) received 72% of the vote and will face Brett Simpson, who received 28%.

County Sheriff

Rey Reynolds, who the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council urged a vote AGAINST due to his staunchly right-wing platform, came in second to John Horch, and the two will advance to the general election.

Ballot Measures

Proposition 1 (Property tax levy lid lift for Clark County Fire District 5) —SUPPORT (SWWACLC, Fire Fighters 452) – The measure passed with a 60% vote.

Proposition 4 (Renewal of EMS levy for Clark County Fire District 5) —SUPPORT (SWWACLC, Fire Fighters 452) – The measure passed with 79% of voters in support.


  • WSLC Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (the state labor federation)
  • SWWACLC Southwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO (the local labor federation)
  • AFSCME state, county, municipal employees
  • AFT  American Federation of Teachers
  • CWA  Communications Workers of America
  • LiUNA Oregon/SW Washington District Council of Laborers
  • IBEW Electrical Workers
  • SEIU Service Employees International Union
  • UA plumbers and fitters
  • UFCW United Food & Commercial Workers


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