CANDIDATES 2023

CANDIDATES 2023

Who is running for office in Pierce County?

Filing for 2023 ended Friday, May 19. Check it out:

https://voter.votewa.gov/CandidateList.aspx?e=882&c=27

Indivisible Tacoma urges members to research candidates, especially those in your own local area.

Look up their records of community service and their values. The Legislative Action Team will be doing deep research for endorsements in some races.

2023 Primary Election: Tuesday, August 1.

WAREHOUSE DISTRIBUTION CENTERS: IMPACTS ON OUR ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, AND SAFETY

WAREHOUSE DISTRIBUTION CENTERS: IMPACTS ON OUR ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, AND SAFETY

Join The Conversation 253 in collaboration with other community groups, including Indivisible Tacoma, to hear about the impact of these distribution centers, those proposed locally, and what we can do to protect our communities.

Mega warehouse distribution centers continue to proliferate. Neighborhoods most impacted are often already overburdened and formerly redlined. Increased vehicle traffic affects our health, safety, and the climate. Paving countless acres of land reduces our access to trees and wetlands while threatening our aquifers.

There will be a panel discussion followed by Q&A.
Panelists include
Sally Perkins / Les Pogue Jr /
Michelle Mood / Victoria Leistman / Dr. Annemarie Dooley

We hope you can join us in person:

Evergreen Tacoma
1210 6th Ave, 98405
Sunday April 30th, from 1-3pm

OR

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApd-CvpjkpH91EVFjeiEw2gdUdagdTnnAt#/registration

Indivisible Tacoma To Meet With CD10 Rep. Marilyn Strickland

Indivisible Tacoma To Meet With CD10 Rep. Marilyn Strickland

Tuesday, March 14,  4PM, via Zoom
Pre-registration required: bit.ly/Strickland_Mar2023

Join Indivisible Tacoma members as we meet with Rep. Strickland to hear her perspectives and priorities in the US House.

What progress might be made?

We’ll express our very deep concern about the accelerating privatization of Medicare, transporting hazardous materials, corporate pressure against environmental protections, and hope for policing and reproductive rights policies at the national level.

Indivisible members around the US intend to fight MAGA policies everywhere and want  those Congresspeople who supported the insurrection held accountable.

The Legislative Action Team’s primary role is to meet with our Members of Congress or their staff, as well as our WA State Legislators and others who represent us locally.

We all have to stay informed and speak up. Please join us!

Indivisible Tacoma Election Report 2022

Indivisible Tacoma Election Report 2022

Indivisible Tacoma members are extremely excited to see our 2022 election goals fulfilled!  Our endorsed candidates were elected in WA State and beyond – with pro-democracy, pro-choice, pro-justice, anti-extremist candidates controlling the US Senate and a large portion of the US House!  

We are celebrating!

Midterm Election Campaign Endorsements:

Early in 2022, the IT Endorsement Committee began locating, researching, and vetting candidates using our comprehensive values list as our compass.

Although Indivisible Tacoma is non-partisan, the only candidates that supported our values this year were Democrats – by a long shot!

Democracy and Voting Rights

Climate Protection/Renewable Energy 

Equity: Race, Gender, LGBTQ+, Disability

Good Wages, Jobs & Labor Rights

Clean Water, Air, Soil & Food

Privacy Protection & Housing for All 

Safeguard Public Lands & Wildlife

Healthcare & Expanded Medicare

Safe Streets, Gun Safety & Safe Policing

Reproductive Choice and Contraception

Economic Justice & Tax Fairness

Public Education & Teaching Truth

Green Accessible Transportation 

Priority Candidates Identified:

Covering LD27, 28, 29, WA State elections and the South Sound area, IT prioritized support for the most challenged candidates in our South Sound area:

US Rep. Kim Schrier; LD28 Reps. Dan Bronoske and Mari Leavitt; and PCC candidate Robyn Denson.

IT May Election Kickoff:

IT hosted a hybrid in-person/online event to introduce priority candidates.

2022 Candidate Cards: 

We developed a Candidate Card with our values and endorsed candidates in April and distributed it in person, in two member mailings, by email, and at local events. (link)

IT Campaign Liaisons:  

Two IT liaisons each worked with Dan Bronoske and Mari Leavitt; one with US Rep. Kim Schrier; one with Pierce County Council Candidate #7 Robyn Denson and one with #5 PCC Candidate Marty Campbell. 

We supported many other South Sound and state candidates and eventually had a liaison with CD10 US Rep. Marilyn Strickland, US Senator Patty Murray, and WA SOS candidate Steve Hobbs. 

Campaign liaisons recruited IT members for canvassing, phoning, texting, posting signs, and sign-waving.  One of our own IT members became the Campaign Manager to help Rep. Dan Bronoske win.  

 

IT Candidate Forum July 2022:  

IT hosted a Town Hall with WA State Democratic Chair Tina Podlodowski, Patty Murray staff, Marilyn Strickland, Kim Schrier, Dan Bronoske and Mari Leavitt (LD28), Sharlett Mena (LD29), and WA State Supreme Justices Mary Yu & G. Helen Whitener.

The IT Postcard Team wrote vigorously with the Reclaim Our Vote organization. 

https://www.centerforcommonground.org/reclaim-our-vote 

Roughly 25 IT member volunteers sent 5300 postcards to inconsistent and underrepresented voters in Georgia and Florida.

Many were people of color who had been removed from registration records. The cards gave information on how to re-register and where to vote.

The IT Voter Registration & Engagement Team worked at eighteen local events and festivals.

Twenty-four volunteers registered or updated registrations for around 100 citizens, but most important in this crucial election year were conversations engaging people with the importance of using their voices by voting, especially with young people and marginalized groups.

We handed out hundreds of IT Candidate Cards to help people connect our values to good candidates when filling out their ballots. Several times, candidates themselves spent time at our tables!

IT National Election Analysis:  

Three national election reports (2/2022, mid-primary, 10/5/2022) based on in-depth research sought to identify the tightest US Senate and House Races that could be influenced to make the difference in who controlled the majorities and serve as a guide for decisions about allocating financial support. 

These reports rejected a red wave and accurately predicted that Democrats would keep the Senate and could hold or come close in the House.   

Indivisible Tacoma Endorsed Candidates WON their elections

CD8 Rep. Kim Schrier won in a difficult redistricted CD8:  Indivisible Tacoma organized several door-knocking events with Olympia Indivisible in Bonney Lake and supported the National Indivisible door-knocking event with Ezra Levin and Nina Moussavi in CD8.  

CD10 Rep. Marilyn Strickland, CD6 Rep. Derek Kilmer, US Senator Patty Murray, and SOS Steve Hobbs:  Indivisible Tacoma issued calls to action for candidate events and emergency actions up and down the ballot and organized, attended, and worked for key events for these and other key WA candidates and officials. We conducted deep research on the SOS race before endorsing Steve Hobbs, helped organize a statewide WIN Town Hall for him, and posted his signs.  

LD28 Reps. Dan Bronoske and Mari Leavitt:  IT members made a huge contribution to help knock 10,000 doors in LD28 before the primary and knock another 12,500 doors for the general election!  Identified as vulnerable, especially Bronoske, LD28 candidates were subjected to relentless false attacks through mail and TV.  With our grassroots efforts, Mari Leavitt won with over 58% and Dan Bronoske won with over 55% of the votes.

Pierce County Council candidates: Robyn Denson (#7) won over an aggressive MAGA candidate in the primary and went on to best her opponent in the general election by a strong margin. We are thrilled that Robyn will maintain a sensible pro-democracy pro-justice pro-environment majority in the PCC.

We’re also grateful that Marty Campbell was re-elected to a second four year term (#5).

Pierce County Auditor candidate Linda Farmer won over a MAGA election-denier with our support!

LD27 Reps. Laurie Jinkins (House Speaker), Jake Fey, and Senator Yasmin Trudeau won!

LD29 Reps. Sharlett Mena, Melanie Morgan, and Senator Steve Conway won!

WA State Justices Mary Yu, G. Helen Whitener, and Barbara Madsen were strongly re-elected.

Tacoma Municipal Judges Steve Krupa and Dee Sonntag won! We foresee supporting our dual-endorsed candidate Sergio Flores in a future election.

WHY VOTE EARLY?

WHY VOTE EARLY?

Help our candidates!

Their campaigns are busy contacting voters who have not voted – those whose ballots have not been received and recorded. Let’s lighten their load.

From Jessica Craven’s Chop Wood, Carry Water post:

Candidates are helped when voters who strongly support them vote early because when those votes are tabulated, those voters’ names will come off of the GOTV lists the campaigns refresh daily.

Again: Folks who have voted come off of those lists! Who’s left? People who are either strong supporters but waiting to vote, folks who are wavering in their support, or folks who maybe won’t vote at all unless contacted.

The campaign, of course, has no way of knowing who falls into what category. So they must use their limited resources to reach out to them all.

Now imagine if all of the strong supporters voted early! The campaign could use 100% of its resources to reach out to wavering supporters or potential nonvoters! That’s literally more votes on the table that they can then scoop up.

GENERAL ELECTION  OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 8 BALLOTS MAIL OUT FRIDAY

GENERAL ELECTION OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 8 BALLOTS MAIL OUT FRIDAY

GET FIRED UP TO TAKE ACTION

Indivisible National co-founder Ezra Levin inspired Indivisibles from around Washington who came to Tacoma October 9 for postcard writing.

HELP INFORM VOTERS

Indivisible Tacoma’s priority candidates need our help with canvassing, text/phone banking, and sign-waving. Watch for the IT newsletter or check with individual campaigns for times and places.

IT endorses the candidates on the above card, as well as:

Secretary of State  Steve Hobbs

Pierce County Auditor Linda Farmer

Tacoma Municipal Court, Pos 1 Dee Sonntag
Tacoma Municipal Court, Pos 3 Steve Krupa and Sergio Flores (dual endorsement)

2022 IT Candidate Endorsement and Recommendation Process: A Candidate Evaluation Team conducted research on candidates likely to align with Indivisible values and met to deliberate on this recommendation to IT membership.