What a night! There certainly were some highs and lows. As the election results roll in, we wanted to share with you a quick update.
State Senate & House:
As of last night, results are looking good for many environmental pickups in the state legislature. Claire Wilson (LD 30, Federal Way) has a strong lead for State Senate and 5 WCV-endorsed candidates have solid leads for State House: Bill Ramos & Lisa Callan (LD 5, East King County), Mari Leavitt (LD 28, Pierce County), Jared Mead (LD 44, Snohomish County), and Debra Entenman (LD 47, South King County).
In addition, 3 State Senate and 6 State House environmental pick-ups are too close to call. We’ll have more news after 5pm when more ballots are counted.
With these likely wins, we’ll have the largest class of incoming environmental champions elected to the state legislature in over a decade. Their leadership will be key to moving forward on bold, proactive solutions to protect the environment and public health for all Washingtonians.
The first batch of statewide results shows that I-1631 is trailing. Regardless of the final outcome, we are proud to be part of the largest and the most diverse coalition for climate action.
Our national partner League of Conservation Voters endorsed Kim Schrier, who has a solid lead over Dino Rossi, which helped flipped the U.S. House to pro-environmental control.
There are many opportunities and hope ahead. Thank you to everyone who knocked on doors, called voters, and volunteered in some way this year. Altogether, WCV led 50 door-to-door canvasses this election cycle in 9 legislative districts and had over 1,100 volunteers who knocked on 95,000 doors, sent 52,000 texts, and made 17,000 calls to voters! You made this possible.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be sending more information out about the 2019 Legislative Session and our continuing work to transition to a clean energy economy and protect our air and water for all Washingtonians. Let’s do this together.