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Elections | 08/08/2016

Deb Jaquith Marketing and Communications Director

Deborah serves as the marketing communications director for Stand for Children Washington.

Because of supporters like you, Stand for Children Washington was able to support a bipartisan slate of strong education advocates during the primary election.

It’s our mission to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to college or career training. We work towards this goal through electoral advocacy, legislative advocacy and parent and family engagement.

During the election season, we focus on electing education champions who will work with us in the legislature and beyond on the issues that we believe will improve outcomes for our kids.

For several candidates, we targeted investments independent of their campaigns to help boost name recognition and voter support. Of that group, we say 6 of 8 targeted candidates have moved onto the general. Several races were extremely close— with Palumbo, Mullet, and Litzow just edging out their opponents for votes.

  • Supreme Court Justice, Greg Zempel (state wide)
  • District 1, Guy Palumbo, (D) (Bothell, Mountlake Terrace, Kirkland)
  • District 5, Sen. Mark Mullet (D) (Maple Valley, Renton, Issaquah)
  • District 29, Rep. David Sawyer (D) (Tacoma, Lakewood)
  • District 41, Sen. Steve Litzow (R) (Bellevue, Mercer Island, Sammamish)
  • District 47b, Rep. Pat Sullivan (D) (Covington, Auburn)

Senator Steve Hobbs did not win enough votes to represent the Democrats in the race for Lieutenant Governor, but he ran an excellent campaign. Stand appreciates his role as an education champion at the legislature and look forward to working with in the next legislative session.

The candidates that our PAC endorsed to whom we did not target independent expenditures also did well in the primary election as well, with 93 percent of all Stand-endorsed candidates moving forward.

We congratulate all of the winners in the primary who are candidates in the general.

Our results are in large part due to our supporters—whether you voted based on our slate of candidates or donated funds to support our efforts. And we can’t thank you enough for standing with us in our work to create opportunity for Washington’s children. 

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