As an education advocacy organization, our mission at Stand for Children is to ensure that all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability.
In Washington, an organization like ours can commit resources to support or oppose candidates if they form what’s called a Political Action Committee, also known as a PAC. The Stand for Children Washington PAC is a separate financial entity that is registered with and regularly reports to the Public Disclosure Commission. There are strict regulations on how much a PAC can contribute to and be in contact with any candidate’s campaign.
Our goal is to elect education champions who will stand up for policies that support the education of every child in Washington. We've found that advocating for education policy works best when there are elected leaders in office who will always put the needs of students first in their decisions.
To receive an endorsement from our PAC, candidates must demonstrate that they are clearly aligned with and supportive of our education priorities. This is done through a series of measures:
- a written questionnaire that was developed with the input of our whole team;
- their voting record on education issues, if they have held elected office previously; and
- in-person interviews with members of our staff.
We also may endorse additional candidates who have clearly demonstrated a strong track record of working on behalf of students and towards closing gaps of service and opportunity in our state.
In an arena dominated by political parties and adult-focused special interest groups, we are non-partisan and student-focused. We fearlessly and unapologetically challenge the status quo in pursuit of solutions that will help every student succeed.
Our endorsement process is designed to find and support candidates that share our desire for bold change, who will make education their top priority, who can work strategically and effectively, and who want to work with us over the long term to improve outcomes for students across our state. This is how we elect education champions.
We are proud to share our 2020 Primary Election endorsements from the Stand for Children Washington PAC with you, listed below.
2020 Primary Election Endorsements
Stand for Children Washington PAC
Senator Marko Liias (D), Lieutenant Governor
Superintendent Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Ronda Litzenberger (R), District 2
Senator Andy Billig (D), District 3
Senator Mark Mullet (D), District 5
Senator Mark Schoesler (R), District 9
Senator Curtis King (R), District 14
Perry Dozier (R), District 16
Senator Ann Rivers (R), District 18
Senator John Braun (R), District 20
Senator Christine Rolfes (D), District 23
Rep. Chris Gildon (R), District 25
Senator Lisa Wellman (D), District 41
State House of Representatives
Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R), District 2, Pos. 2
Rep. Matt Boehnke (R), District 8, Pos. 2
Rep. Dave Paul (D), District 10, Pos. 2
Rep. Brandon Vicki (R), District 18, Pos.1
Rep. Larry Hoff (R), District 18, Pos. 2
Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self (D), District 21, Pos. 2
Rep. Laurie Dolan (D), District 22, Pos. 1
Cyndy Jacobsen (R), District 25, Pos. 2
Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D), District 27, Pos. 1
Rep. Jake Fey (D), District 27, Pos. 2
Rep. Mari Leavitt (D), District 28, Pos. 1
Rep. Steve Kirby (D), District 29, Pos. 2
Jamila Taylor (D), District 30, Pos. 1
Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R), District 31, Pos. 1
Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D), District 34, Pos. 2
Rep. Drew MacEwen (R), District 35, Pos. 2
Chukundi Salisbury (D), District 37, Pos. 2
Rep. Emily Wicks (D), District 38, Pos. 1
Rep. Luanne Van Werven (R), District 42, Pos. 1
Rep. Larry Springer (D), District 45, Pos. 2
Rep. Pat Sullivan (D), District 47, Pos. 2
Rep. Monica Stonier (D), District 49, Pos. 2
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