In this file photograph, state Sen. Ted S. Steve O'Ban, R-Tacoma.
Infor instance, when state Rep. Roger Freeman died of cancer, state Rep. That influences how they approach statewide policy issues, said Entenman, one of two Black women now serving in the Legislature. Share Facebook Twitter Print.
Franklin, the former Tacoma senator, said Black women have played leading roles in many social justice movements over the years, such as helping win women the right to vote. To date, there has yet to be a second. The race between Nicole Thomas-Kennedy and Ann Davison will contrast vastly different approaches to criminal justice. One of the most closely watched races this year is between state Sen. If Nobles wins in November, she could become the only Black member of the state Senate.
Kirsten Harris-Talley, a candidate for state representative in Washington's 37th Legislative District, poses for photos with an employee at Cafe Avole, a local business in Seattle's Rainier Valley, July 15, Topics: ElectionElectionsWashington Legislature.
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Taylor and Berg each face multiple opponents. Matt M. When the Tacoma Democrat ed the Washington state Senate inshe was the first Black woman to ever serve there.
Jacquelin Maycumber, who co-chairs the House Republican Organizational Committee, said House GOP candidates are deeply concerned about diversity and addressing racial inequities, too. Nine Black women are campaigning for state legislative seats this year — far more than Franklin remembers ever running before in a single year. Sutton is a former Lynnwood City Council member. Each of the seven Black female or nonbinary candidates who spoke to Crosscut this week emphasized the need for the Legislature to take action to address social and racial inequities.
In crowded races like theirs, the two candidates who get the most votes in the Aug. Fitzgibbon said he and other Democratic leaders are confident that Black female candidates can run and win in the suburbs. To prevent that from happening again, she said state lawmakers working to revive the economy must simultaneously work to combat gentrification, including by investing in affordable housing programs. For Nobles, her top priority is ensuring the state can maintain social services and provide support to vulnerable residents, even as lawmakers face a ificant budget shortfall.
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That kind of tokenization is draining, and another reason the Legislature needs more Black representatives, Morgan said. Harris-Talley is up against five other candidates in the race to succeed Pettigrew, including Chukundi Salisbury, one of a handful of Black men running for legislative seats this year.
If she wins, she would be only the second Black woman to serve in the state Senate. Ballots for the Aug. Friday marks the deadline for election officials to mail them.
She said that could include a capital gains tax, which would tax profits from selling assets such as stocks and bonds. Rosa Franklin got used to being the only Black person in the room.
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Stanford, a housing advocate and substitute teacher, is trying to unseat state Rep. Michelle Caldier, a Republican who has represented the 26th Legislative District since State Rep. This year, Black women are running as Democrats in all three of those districts. But they also want to reduce regulations and limit taxes during this period of economic recovery — not seek out new tax measures, she said.
To avoid balancing the budget with cuts, Nobles said she is open to considering new tax measures targeting wealthy individuals. Denny Heck, D-Olympia. Shirley Sutton, a Black woman who is running against Democratic state Rep. Cindy Ryu of Shoreline, also has spoken of the need to boost public assistance — not cut it — during the pandemic. At the same time, having so few Black members of the Legislature means each one is sometimes seen as a spokesperson for all Black people, said state Rep. Melanie Morgan, D-Parkland. For Joy Stanford, a Democrat running to represent a swing district that includes Gig Harbor, Port Orchard and part of Bremerton, the experience of being a Black woman living in a mostly white community is part of what started her down the path of running for office.
Jamila Taylor, an attorney who works with crime victims, is seeking election in the 30th District. Such disparities are more evident than ever during the COVID pandemic, several said, since Black people have been disproportionately affected by rising unemployment, as well as by the disease itself.
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Harris-Talley, who lives in Seattle's Rainier Valley, said that as a queer Black woman, she is keenly aware of how past economic recoveries have left behind communities of color. A 10th candidate, who is gender nonbinary and identifies as Black femme, is running as well. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver.
Eight Black women are vying for state House seats, with four running in competitive battleground districts. Twenty-seven years after Franklin broke that barrier, she remains the only Black woman to ever become a Washington state senator. Stanford, Entenman, Morgan and Harris similarly expressed interest in exploring a capital gains tax to raise money for public programs.
Up next News. Crystal Fincher, a political consultant who works mostly with Democratic candidates, said the recent mass demonstrations against police brutality highlight the importance of having more Black lawmakers in office. Turla, who ly worked in Olympia as an adviser to former Gov. Chris Gregoire, said she got sick of seeing how the departure of even one Black lawmaker would dramatically reduce Black representation in the Legislature.