Tuesday, August 6th was Washington state’s Primary Election – thank you to everyone who participated by voting, volunteering, or donating to help pro-environmental candidates! An engaged community is one of the best ways for us to defeat polluters, climate deniers, and the fossil fuel industry and their allies.
Due to how Washington ballots are counted, we won’t know the results in all races for a few more days. As of Thursday August 8th, in the 21 Primary Election races where we had endorsed a candidate, 18 of them made it through to the General Election.
We are particularly excited to share that Satpal Sidhu made it through the Primary in the race for Whatcom County Executive, and will face off against Tony Larson, the president of an organization funded by the fossil fuel industry. If elected, Sidhu could be the first person of color to become Whatcom County Executive.
In Pierce County’s Port of Tacoma race, Kristin Ang is moving on to the General after defeating pro-fracked gas candidate Shelly Schlumpf. If elected, she would be the Port Commission’s first person of color and a champion for environmental justice: a transition to a clean energy future, increasing port business, and benefiting workers.
Across the state, other climate action and clean water candidates are moving on to the General Election like State Senator Liz Lovett (LD 40, Whatcom, Skagit, & San Juan Counties) and Spokane mayoral candidate Ben Stuckart.
In the coming weeks and months we’ll need your help electing pro-environmental candidates across the state. Sign up to get involved in elections near you – we’ll need digital activists and volunteers to help get out the vote!