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Chris Birchem, RN

We often say that when nurses speak, patients win — this is true at the bedside, at the state capitol and at the ballot box. #

I am proud to lead the nonpar­tisan WSNA-PAC Board and to provide this voter’s guide to WSNA members. I hope this guide is by your side as you fill out your ballot this fall.

This guide and the endorse­ment decisions contained within repre­sent a thorough endorse­ment process the WSNA-PAC Board under­took this spring and summer. My fellow board members and I read count­less candi­date question­naires, we reviewed incum­bents’ voting records on WSNA priority issues and we inter­viewed more than 35 candi­dates for the state legis­la­ture. (Read more about the trans­parent process we used to make endorse­ment decisions.)

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WSNA-PAC has endorsed both Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans for the general election. Each endorse­ment is repre­sen­ta­tive of the candidate’s commit­ment to nursing and patient safety issues. We were clear with each candi­date about the legisla­tive prior­i­ties WSNA will pursue in 2019. Endorsed candi­dates have committed to support those priorities.

As the Chair of the WSNA-PAC Board, I see the way nurses stand up for patients through their polit­ical engage­ment. It happens through monthly contri­bu­tions to the WSNA-PAC (you can contribute at wsna​.org/​pac/donate). It happens when nurses volun­teer to inter­view candi­dates for elected office and when nurses volun­teer to help get out the vote by writing postcards, by making phone calls and by talking with voters at the door.

In 2018, we know that getting out the vote is more impor­tant than ever. In these last days before the general election, check in with the candi­dates WSNA-PAC has endorsed — they need your support to ensure voters in their district turn in their ballots. You can contact the campaigns directly to volunteer.

Thank you for taking the time to read this guide (see the table of contents below) to vote and to mobilize your family, friends and colleagues.

Onward to November!