Stand 2024 General Endorsements

We’re thrilled to share our second group of 2024 candidate endorsements! (Did you miss our first announcement?) Our endorsement list consists of candidates running for office in Washington who will focus on what’s right for young people rather than what’s politically popular, with the goal of making lasting change for children and families statewide.

Through our endorsement process we identify candidates who share our vision of building systems that are just, equitable, and student-centered. Our endorsed candidates may not agree with us 100% of the time, but they share our values, listen to their constituents, and use data to make informed decisions.

A Stand for Children Washington PAC endorsed candidate is someone who:

  • Supports investments to give districts critical Ninth Grade On-Track resources that are proven to increase statewide graduation rates. 
  • Supports policies that ensure high schoolers get credit for the college-level work they are doing in dual credit programs.
  • Believes that kids are kids, and that youth need community support, educational opportunity, and a meaningful second chance – not just punishment – when they make mistakes.

ENDORSEMENTS*

* Stand is conducting several rounds of endorsements – stay tuned for another announcement later this summer!

You’ve read our endorsement list, now what? 

In an arena dominated by political parties, we strive to remain non-partisan and student-focused. So we encourage you to reach out to the candidates in your district to find out where they stand on the issues you care most about and the solutions to make it happen. 

October 28th: Last day voters can register or update their mailing address online or via mail

November 5th: Last day voters can register or update their mailing address in-person

Effective January 1st, 2022, if you were convicted of a felony in Washington State, another state, or in federal court, your right to vote will be restored automatically as long as you are not currently serving a sentence of total confinement in prison.

Stand 2024 Primary Endorsements

State legislators make critical decisions that impact the challenges children and families face on a daily basis, including decisions about school funding, student mental health services, childcare affordability, public safety, and more. Elections are our opportunity to decide who will represent us to make those decisions.

That’s why the Stand for Children Washington PAC interviews and endorses candidates running for office in Washington who will put policy above politics and focus on what’s right for young people rather than what’s politically popular. 

We prioritize endorsing candidates who can dig in and reach across lines of difference to find common ground and make changes that last. A Stand for Children Washington PAC endorsed candidate is someone who…

  • Will work towards ensuring students furthest from educational justice are served by the education system.
  • Knows we must invest in improving our statewide Ninth Grade On-Track rate to improve graduation rates.
  • Is committed to supporting policy changes that ensure students are earning and using credit for their dual credit classes.
  • Supports efforts to give youth community support, educational opportunity, and a meaningful second chance – not just punishment – when they make mistakes

Through our endorsement process we identify candidates who share our vision of building systems that are just, equitable, and student-centered. Our endorsed candidates may not agree with us 100% of the time, but they share our values, listen to their constituents, and use data to make informed decisions.

PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS

As the 2024 Primary Election approaches on August 6, 2024, the Stand for Children Washington PAC is proud to announce our initial list of endorsed incumbents who will be champions of young people in Washington state:

  • Julio Cortes (D), District 38, State Representative Pos. 1
  • Tana Senn (D), District 4, State Representative Pos. 1
  • Mike Steele (R), District 12, State Representative Pos. 2
  • Monica Stonier (D), District 49, State Representative Pos. 2

You’ve read our endorsement list, now what? 

In an arena dominated by political parties, we strive to remain non-partisan and student-focused. So we encourage you to reach out to the candidates in your district to find out where they stand on the issues you care most about and the solutions to make it happen. 

October 28th: Last day voters can register or update their mailing address online or via mail

November 5th: Last day voters can register or update their mailing address in-person

Effective January 1st, 2022, if you were convicted of a felony in Washington State, another state, or in federal court, your right to vote will be restored automatically as long as you are not currently serving a sentence of total confinement in prison.

Breezy Mitchell

The Stand for Children Washington Political Action Committee (PAC) is excited to make school board election endorsements of education champions who will be strong, independent voices for putting the best interests of students first. For schools to be safe and affirming spaces, we need school board members who will work to create thriving environments for all students.

Stand for Children Washington PAC 2023 Endorsements

NameDistrictPosition
Natasha Fecteau MingerNorth Kitsap – No. 4002
Terri SchumacherNorth Kitsap – No. 4004
Stacy MillsNorth Kitsap – No. 4005
Megan HigginsSouth Kitsap – No. 4022
Breezy MitchellCentral Kitsap – No. 4012
Drayton JacksonCentral Kitsap – No. 4013
Jaime StacyMead4
Chelsie BeckRichland – 4003
Toni JeffersonFerndale – 5023
Miranda SkaliskyWenatchee – No. 2464
Martin BarronWenatchee – No. 2465 (At Large)
Stand for Children Washington PAC 2023 endorsements

our endoresement process

Through our endorsement process, including questionnaires and interviews with a committee of staff and community volunteers, we identify candidates who share our values and our vision of building systems that are student-centered. In a time when powerful interests seek to divide and distract us from focusing on providing students with a high quality, relevant education, we remain non-partisan and student focused.  

To receive an endorsement from our PAC, candidates must demonstrate alignment with our priorities, including: 

  • Increasing the number of students furthest from educational justice who receive a relevant and meaningful high school diploma;
  • Creating safe and equitable learning environments that cultivate belonging and affirm students’ intersecting identities;
  • Ensuring robust implementation of state laws at the local level, including academic acceleration policies. 

If elected, we believe these candidates will center the needs of young people and work to address the existing harmful inequities in our education through their seats on local school boards.

Interested in contributing to our efforts to elect these champions? You can volunteer your time with phone banking, text banking, or make a donation to the Stand for Children Washington PAC.

Check Your Voter Registration Status

Washington voters have until October 31st to register or update their mailing address online or via mail, and voters may update their registration or register for the first time in-person until election day, November 8th.

October 30th: Last day voters can register or update their mailing address online or via mail

November 7th: Last day voters can register or update their mailing address in-person

Effective January 1st, 2022, if you were convicted of a felony in Washington State, another state, or in federal court, your right to vote will be restored automatically as long as you are not currently serving a sentence of total confinement in prison.

Stand for Children is proud to be a member of the youth justice reform community in Washington State. Working together, we must reduce the harmful impacts of juvenile legal system involvement on young people’s opportunities and eliminate pipelines from K-12 education that push young people into carceral systems.

King County has been leading the way in progressive juvenile legal reform, and we must continue that progress as we work to change our systems across every county in the state.

This election cycle in King County has the oft-overlooked but very impactful office of the county’s Prosecuting Attorney on the ballot, and the Stand for Children Washington PAC is proudly endorsing Leesa Manion in this race.

Leesa is the current Chief of Staff of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she has spearheaded projects aimed at protecting public safety, reducing racial inequity, strengthening victim services, and holding repeat criminals accountable.  She has a clear track record of creating programs that help young people learn from and acknowledge their mistakes while also repairing harm to the community and understanding that each young person has more human worth than the sum of their missteps.

As election day approaches on November 8th, I felt compelled to set the record straight about Leesa’s candidacy and her data-driven approach to supporting young people and building safer communities. I made my case about why you should vote for Leesa this week in The Stranger. As you fill out your ballot, I encourage you to read it if you need more information.

If you haven’t voted yet, you can view our whole list of endorsed education and justice champions here. And no matter where you are in the state, you can find information about your ballot and voter guide at vote.wa.gov.

The Stand for Children Washington Political Action Committee (PAC) is proud to make election endorsements of education and justice champions who will be strong, independent voices for putting the best interests of young people first.

Stand for Children Washington PAC 2022 Endorsements

As the 2022 General Election approaches on November 8, 2022, the Stand for Children Washington PAC is proud to announce our full list of sole endorsements for champions of young people in Washington state:

NamePartyDistrictPosition
Rep. Dave PaulD10Rep. Pos. 2
Terri NilesD17Rep. Pos. 1
Sen. Marko LiiasD21Senator
Rep. Tarra SimmonsD23Rep. Pos. 1
Sen. Emily RandallD26Senator
Sen. Yasmine TrudeauD27Senator
Rep. Laurie JinkinsD27Rep. Pos. 1
Rep. Mari LeavittD28Rep. Pos. 1
Sen. Claire WilsonD30Senator
Rep. Jamila TaylorD30Rep. Pos. 1
Kristine ReevesD30Rep. Pos. 2
Chris VanceI31Senator
Rep. Drew MacEwenR35Rep. Pos. 2
Julia ReedD36Rep. Pos. 1
Emijah SmithD37Rep. Pos. 2
Julio CortesD38Rep. Pos. 1
Mary FosseD38Rep. Pos. 2
Jessica WadhamsD39Rep. Pos. 2
Rep. Debra LekanoffD40Rep. Pos. 1
Rep. Tana SennD41Rep. Pos. 1
Rep. Alicia RuleD42Rep. Pos. 1
Rep. April BergD44Rep. Pos. 2
Rep. Larry SpringerD45Rep. Pos. 2
Sen. Manka DhingraD45Senator
Darya FarivarD46Rep. Pos. 2
Shukri OlowD47Rep. Pos. 2
Leesa ManionN/AKing CountyProsecutor
Stand for Children Washington PAC 2022 endorsements

If elected, we believe these candidates will center the needs of young people and work to address the existing harmful inequities in our education and justice systems.

Check Your Voter Registration Status

Washington voters have until October 31st to register or update their mailing address online or via mail, and voters may update their registration or register for the first time in-person until election day, November 8th.

It’s easy and secure to register online, by mail with a paper form, or at a county elections office. You can your registration at VoteWA.gov.

Effective January 1st, 2022, if you were convicted of a felony in Washington State, another state, or in federal court, your right to vote will be restored automatically as long as you are not currently serving a sentence of total confinement in prison.

Our Endorsement Process

Through our endorsement process, including questionnaires and interviews as necessary, we identify candidates in each election cycle who share our values and our vision of building systems that are student-centered. In an arena dominated by political parties, we strive to remain non-partisan and student-focused. We fearlessly and unapologetically challenge the status quo in pursuit of solutions that will help every student succeed.

To receive an endorsement from our PAC, candidates must demonstrate that they are clearly aligned with and supportive of our priorities, including:

  • increasing the number of BIPOC students and students furthest from educational justice who receive a relevant and meaningful high school diploma;
  • reducing the harmful impacts of juvenile legal system involvement on young people’s opportunities; and
  • creating safe and equitable learning environments that cultivate belonging and affirm students’ intersecting identities.

Interested in contributing to our efforts to elect these champions? Donate here to the Stand for Children Washington PAC.

an older white woman with blonde hair and classes in a blue suit against a background of greenery

The Stand for Children Washington Political Action Committee (PAC) is proud to make election endorsements of education and justice champions who will be strong, independent voices for putting the best interests of young people first.

Our Endorsement Process

Through our endorsement process, including questionnaires and interviews as necessary, we identify candidates in each election cycle who share our values and our vision of building systems that are student-centered. In an arena dominated by political parties, we strive to remain non-partisan and student-focused. We fearlessly and unapologetically challenge the status quo in pursuit of solutions that will help every student succeed.

To receive an endorsement from our PAC, candidates must demonstrate that they are clearly aligned with and supportive of our priorities, including:

  • increasing the number of BIPOC students and students furthest from educational justice who receive a relevant and meaningful high school diploma;
  • reducing the harmful impacts of juvenile legal system involvement on young people’s opportunities; and
  • creating safe and equitable learning environments that cultivate belonging and affirm students’ intersecting identities.

Initial 2022 Endorsements

As the 2022 General Election approaches on November 8, 2022, the Stand for Children Washington PAC is proud to announce our initial* round of sole endorsements for ten champions of young people in Washington state, including:

NamePartyDistrictPosition
Rep. Tarra Simmons D23Rep. Pos. 1
Sen. Yasmine TrudeauD27Senator
Rep. Mari LeavittD28Rep. Pos. 1
Sen. Claire WilsonD30Senator
Rep. Jamila TaylorD30Rep. Pos. 1
Chris VanceI31Senator
Julia ReedD36Rep. Pos. 1
Julio CortesD38Rep. Pos. 1
Mary FosseD38Rep. Pos. 2
Rep. April BergD44Rep. Pos. 2
Stand for Children Washington PAC initial 2022 endorsements

If elected, we believe these ten candidates will center the needs of young people and work to address the existing harmful inequities in our education and justice systems. (*Keep an eye out for further endorsements from Stand throughout the month of September.)

Check Your Voter Registration Status

Washington voters have until October 31st to register or update their mailing address online or via mail, and voters may update their registration or register for the first time in-person until election day, November 8th.

It’s easy and secure to register online, by mail with a paper form, or at a county elections office. You can your registration at VoteWA.gov.

Effective January 1st, 2022, if you were convicted of a felony in Washington State, another state, or in federal court, your right to vote will be restored automatically as long as you are not currently serving a sentence of total confinement in prison.

Have you received your ballot for the August 2nd primary election, Katie?

As you cast your vote, I’m writing to ask for your partnership to help us elect champions of education equity and racial justice across Washington state. 

Can you support our electoral efforts with a $10 donation to the Stand for Children Washington PAC?

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 state. 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 support candidates who share our commitment to education equity and racial justice.

DONATE NOW

Right now we working on identifying candidates to support through our 2022 endorsement process. To receive an endorsement from the PAC, candidates must demonstrate that they are clearly aligned with and supportive of our priorities. 

In an arena dominated by political parties, we strive to remain non-partisan and student-focused. We fearlessly and unapologetically challenge the status quo in pursuit of solutions that will help every student succeed. Will you support us with a $10 donation today?

If you have any questions or want to know more about how to participate in our electoral campaigns, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email. I look forward to sharing our endorsements with you before the General Election in November. Thank you, as always, for your ongoing support. 

Standing with you,

Kia

Executive Director