2020 Election Voter’s Guide

GENERAL ELECTION 2020

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Elections and Voting

If there are no links (underlined words) for candidates, it is because we could not locate any information about the candidate and/or they did not respond to our requests for that information. The candidate information shown below is for contested races only. We have not included uncontested races in our Voter’s Guide since the voter has no choice to make in those races where the candidate is running unopposed.

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Follow The Links!

  • Sample Kittitas County ballot.
  • The Washington State LWV is holding virtual 2020 General Election candidate forums of candidates for statewide offices. View them here or follow the links below each statewide office race.
  • Candidate Statements can also be found through the Washington Secretary of State’s website.
  • Vote Smart‘s mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to all Americans. Incumbents and candidates with a legislative history have their voting records linked below. Unlike other bill tracking utilities, nonpartisan Washington Votes includes all state legislative actions – and it is searchable! Reviewing a candidate’s voting history can tell you a lot about them.
  • The LWV sends candidate questionnaires to all filed candidates. If completed, we will link to the candidate’s responses at Vote411.org. Check it out for side-by-side comparison of candidate responses.
  • VotingforJudges.org is a nonpartisan, impartial source of information about judicial elections in the state of Washington.
  • Please note that when candidate did not respond with links to their campaign site, information about them was linked from nonpartisan sites such as Ballotpedia.
  • PDC is the state agency tracking campaign spending for local and state office. FEC is the federal agency tracking campaign spending for federal office. Be sure to follow the money. NOTE: Candidates running for office that does not include the entire county, and with less than 1,000 registered voters, and who expect to raise less than $5,000 are not required to file with the PDC.
  • In the News: after a google search of the local candidate’s name, the most recent news article – if any – is selected for linking.

Ballot

Referenda/Advisory Votes/Other

Referendum 90The legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5395 concerning comprehensive sexual health education. This bill would require school districts to adopt or develop, consistent with state standards, comprehensive age-appropriate sexual health education, as defined, for all students, and excuse students if their parents request.
Should this bill be: [ ] Approved [ ] Rejected
Read the Referendum in plain language.
Nonpartisan Review: Ballotpedia, State Voters Guide
In support of R90, Follow the Money
In opposition to R90, Follow the Money
A word from the LWVWA about Advisory Votes.
Advisory Vote 32Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5323. The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, a retail sales tax on pass-through charges retail establishments collect for specified carryout bags, costing $32,000,000 in its first ten years, for
government spending.
This tax increase should be: Repealed [ ] Maintained [ ]
Advisory Vote 33Substitute Senate Bill 5628. The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, a tax on heavy equipment rentals to consumers by heavy equipment rental property dealers, costing $103,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.
This tax increase should be: Repealed [ ] Maintained [ ]
Advisory Vote 34Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6492. The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, the business and occupation tax rate for certain businesses, while reducing certain surcharges, costing $843,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.
This tax increase should be: Repealed [ ] Maintained [ ]
Advisory Vote 35Engrossed Senate Bill 6690. The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, the business and occupation tax on manufacturers of commercial airplanes, including components or tooling, costing $1,024,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.
This tax increase should be: Repealed [ ] Maintained [ ]
Joint Resolution 8212The legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment on
investment of public funds. This amendment would allow public money held in a fund for longterm care services and supports to be invested by governments as authorized by state law, including investments in private stocks.
Should this constitutional amendment be: [ ] Approved [ ] Rejected
Read the Resolution in plain language.
Nonpartisan Review: State Voters Guide
In support of passage: AARP, SEIU, Alzheimer’s Association, Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Washington Healthcare Association; Follow the Money
Opposed to passage; two state senators; Follow the Money

Ballot

Candidates

Kittitas PUD

COMMISSIONER #1

  1. Rick Catlin, Campaign, Facebook page, Bio, PDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, LWV Primary Forum, LWV GE Forum Playlist, In the News
  2. Patrick Kelleher, Campaign, Facebook page, Bio, PDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, LWV Primary Forum, LWV GE Forum Playlist, In the News

View the Primary Candidates Virtual Forum recorded July, 2020. And the General Election Candidates Virtual Forum recorded October 4, 2020.

Kittitas County 

County Commissioner District 1

  1. Cory Wright (R), CampaignFacebook page,  PDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, LWV Primary ForumLWV GE Forum Playlist, In the News
  2. Kristen Ashley (R), CampaignFacebook page, BioPDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, LWV Primary ForumLWV GE Forum Playlist, In the News

View the Primary Candidates Virtual Forum recorded July, 2020. And the General Election Candidates Virtual Forum recorded October 3, 2020.

COUNTY Commissioner DISTRICT 2

  1. Laura Osiadacz (R),  Campaign, Facebook page, Bio, PDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, LWV Primary Forum, LWV GE Forum Playlist, In the News
  2. Jerry Martens (R). Campaign, Facebook page, Bio, PDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, LWV Primary Forum, LWV GE Forum Playlist, In the News

View the Primary Candidates Virtual Forum recorded July 2020. And the General Election Candidates Virtual Forum recorded October 3, 2020.

COUNTY SHERIFF

  1. Clay Myers (R), Campaign, Facebook page, PDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, LWV Primary Forum, Candidate Statement, LWV GE Forum Playlist, In the News
  2. Bart Olson (R)Campaign, Facebook page, Bio, PDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, LWV Primary Forum, Candidate Statement, LWV GE Forum Playlist, In the News

View the Primary Candidates Virtual Forum recorded July 2020. And the General Election Candidates Virtual Forum recorded October 3, 2020.

Watch the Sheriff Candidate Forum sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 13, 2020.

State

Legislative District 13 POSITION 1

  1. Tom Dent (R), Campaign, Facebook page, Bio, PDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, LWV Primary Forum, LWV GE Forum Playlist, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart, Vote Record, In the News
  2. Eduardo Casteñeda-Díaz (D), Campaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, LWV Primary Forum, LWV GE Forum Playlist, Candidate Statement,  Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio, In the News

View Primary Candidates Virtual Forum recorded July 2020. And the General Election Candidates Virtual Forum recorded October 5, 2020.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 8

  1. Kim Schrier (D), Campaign, Facebook pageFEC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart, In the News
  2. Jesse Jensen (R), Campaign, Facebook pageFEC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio, In the News

View the Primary Candidates Virtual Forum recorded July 2020. Watch General Election Candidates Virtual Forum recorded October 17, 2020.

GOVERNOR

  1. Jay Inslee (D)Campaign, Facebook page, PDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart
  2. Loren Culp (R), Campaign, Facebook page,  PDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio

LT. GOVERNOR

  1. Denny Heck (D), Campaign, Facebook page,  PDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart
  2. Marko Liias (D), Campaign, Facebook page, PDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, Vote Record, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart
LWV Washington co-sponsored virtual Lt. Governor Debate

SECRETARY of STATE

  1. Kim Wyman (R)Campaign, Facebook page, PDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio,
  2. Gael Tarleton (D), Campaign, Facebook page,  PDC-$$, Candidate Statement, LWV Questionnaire, Vote Record, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart
LWV Washington co-sponsored virtual Secretary of State Candidate Debate

STATE TREASURER

  1. Mike Pellicciotti (D), Campaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Vote Record, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart
  2. Duane Davidson (R), Campaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio
LWV Washington co-sponsored virtual State Treasurer Candidate Debate

STATE AUDITOR

  1. Pat McCarthy (D), Campaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio
  2. Chris Leyba (R), Campaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio

ATTORNEY GENERAL

  1. Bob Ferguson (D), Campaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio
  2. Matt Larkin (R), Campaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio

COMMISSIONER of PUBLIC LANDS

  1. Hilary Franz (D), Campaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio
  2. Sue Kuehl Pederson (R), Campaign, Facebook page, PDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio
LWV Washington co-sponsored virtual Commissioner of Public Lands Debate.

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

  1. Chris Reykdal, Campaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio
  2. Maia Espinoza, Campaign, Facebook page, PDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio
LWV Washington cosponsored virtual Superintendent of Public Instruction Debate

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

  1. Mike Kreidler (D), Campaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio
  2. Chirayu Avinash Patel (R), Campaign, Facebook page, PDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE #3

  1. David Larson, Campaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, Voting for Judges, VoteSmart Bio
  2. Raquel Montoya-LewisCampaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio, Voting for Judges, WWW Judicial Rating (2019)

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE #6

  1. Richard Serns, Campaign, Facebook page, PDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, Voting for Judges, VoteSmart Bio
  2. G. Helen WhitenerCampaign, Facebook pagePDC-$$, LWV Questionnaire, Candidate Statement, Ballotpedia, VoteSmart Bio, Voting for Judges, WWW Judicial Rating (2012)
Vote by Mail FAQState Voters Guide – For statewide initiatives, advisory votes, other statewide races (including governor, attorney general, etc.).