Candidate Watch Washington

Candidate Watch Washington

WA-08: Dr. Kim Schrier

Swing District Alert: Dr. Kim Schrier for Washington’s 8th Congressional District

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dr kim schrier Pediatrician Kim Schrier is the Democratic candidate running to fill this seat, currently held by retiring Republican David Reichert. The 8th is a swing district, voting for Democrats for president in the past several election cycles but never having sent a Democrat to Congress. It is on the DCCC’s 2018 “Red to Blue” list, and forecasters Cook, Sabato, and Inside Elections consider the 8th a toss-up. WNDC, let’s help Dr. Schrier bring the Democrats one step closer to taking back the House and saving our democracy!

A first-time politician, Dr. Schrier was inspired to run for office after the disastrous 2016 election and subsequent GOP attack on health care. Her experience during her teenage years as a Type 1 diabetes patient sparked her desire to become a doctor and help others. Many individuals and groups have endorsed her including, among others, Senators Murray and Cantwell, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Emily’s List, NARAL, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Sierra Club, Indivisible, Human Rights Campaign, Feminist Majority PAC, and many unions.

Dr. Schrier’s Republican opponent, former state Senator and erstwhile candidate Dino Rossi, has attempted to distance himself from Trump. However, as a Republican, he can be relied upon to be a loyal Trump supporter and evangelist for Republican special interests. His FEC filings reflect that as of July 2018 he has accepted over $250,000 from those special interests, including arch-conservative Club for Growth and corporate PACs. As we get closer to November, expect these groups to increase their investment in Rossi and the 8th. Our engagement in the fight can help Dr. Schrier get her progressive message out to the voters.

WA-05: Lisa Brown

Vulnerable GOP Seat Alert: Lisa Brown for Washington’s 5th District  

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lisa brownLisa Brown is a political leader with 20 years of experience at the state level. She served in the State House of Representatives from 1993-1997 and the State Senate from 1997-2013, where she was the first female Majority Leader from 2005-2013.

Look at her record!

  • As Senate Majority Leader, Brown spearheaded a variety of health-related initiatives.
  • As Senate Majority Leader, Lisa also brought people together to make sure Eastern Washington got its fair share of investments in public schools and infrastructure.
  • Lisa was also the prime sponsor of critical state-wide economic tools.

After leaving politics, Brown became the Chancellor of Washington State University in Spokane. As Chancellor, she led the development of WSU’s rapidly growing, world-class center for health sciences education and research.

Her achievements have received extraordinarily wide recognition. Look at a sample of her honors and awards!

  • Best of the West, West Plains Chamber of Commerce (2016)
  • Women in Business Leadership, Catalyst Magazine (2016)
  • Justice Hero 2013, Center for Justice (2013)
  • Woman of the Year, Washington State University (2013)
  • Advocate of the Year in Public Policy, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital (2013)
  • Inaugural Award for Ethical Leadership, Faith Action Network (2012)
  • State of Washington Equality Award, LGBTQA Centers At UW, WSU, and EWU (2012)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Early Learning Action Alliance (2012)

Now she is challenging incumbent Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers for the House in Washington’s 5thDistrict. McMorris Rodgers, Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, is the highest-ranking House Republican leader who is considered to be at risk for defeat this year.

Let’s let Lisa take her leadership to the national level!