Meet the WSNA-PAC endorsed candidates #

As nurses, we know it’s impor­tant to elect candi­dates who support patient safety and who will help makes gains for our profes­sion. This election cycle, there are 17 House seats in play and five Senate races that will not only deter­mine the balance of power in Olympia, but also have the poten­tial to help advance WSNA’s 2019 Legisla­tive Priorities.

If you are in one of these districts to watch,” we hope you will consider supporting the candi­dates endorsed by the WSNA-PAC. Help us build a pro-nurse majority in Olympia!

Not sure which district you’re in? Visit https://​app​.leg​.wa​.gov/​d​i​s​t​rictfinder.


6th Legislative District – Spokane #

Senator Michael Baumgartner is stepping down, providing an oppor­tu­nity to elect a pro-nurse candi­date in the 6th Legisla­tive District in Spokane. Current State Repre­sen­ta­tive Jeff Holy ® is running for this open seat and faces Democrat Jessa Lewis.

Given his 100% voting record on nursing and patient safety issues in the House, WSNA-PAC endorsed Jeff Holy in this race.

Jeff Holy currently repre­sents Spokane’s 6th Legisla­tive District in the State House of Repre­sen­ta­tives. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired Spokane police officer. Outside of his legisla­tive duties, Rep. Holy currently works as an attorney in private practice.

Rep. Holy is an active member of his commu­nity. He has served as a board member of Spokane Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and is a current board member of Spokane Neigh­bor­hood Action Partners (SNAP). He also serves as a board member of Law Enforce­ment & Fire Fighter Retire­ment system (LEOFF II).

During his time in the House, Rep. Holy voted to support uninter­rupted rest and meal breaks for nurses in both 2017 and 2018. We look forward to his strong support in the Senate!


26th Legislative District - Gig Harbor #

Longtime Senator Jan Angel is retiring, making the 26th one of the top races to watch in Washington state.

WSNA-PAC endorsed candi­date Emily Randall (D) in this race. While this district has had three Repub­lican state legis­la­tors in recent years, the primary election showed strong poten­tial for this district to flip polit­i­cally in the 2018 election.

Emily Randall grew up on the Kitsap Penin­sula in a union house­hold and is now running for the State Senate, with health care and educa­tion as her top prior­i­ties. Emily says, For 10 years I have held profes­sional roles at Planned Parent­hood, Children’s Hospital, and Wellesley College, helping people access the health care they need and the educa­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties they deserve.”

Emily is active in her commu­nity, serving as an Advisory Committee member to Olympic College’s Organi­za­tional Leader­ship & Resource Manage­ment Program. She serves on the CTE Trades Council for the Penin­sula School District and is a Board Member for Q Youth Resources, an organi­za­tion supporting gender and sexual minority youth.

During her inter­view with the WSNA-PAC Board, Emily shared that her advocacy for health care is personal. Her sister was born with severe devel­op­mental and physical disabil­i­ties, and Emily credits her sister’s access to Medicaid with allowing her to live a happy life for 19 years in their family home.


30th Legislative District - Federal Way #

Senator Mark Miloscia ® has served the 30th Legisla­tive District since 1999. He has a strong voting record on nursing and patient safety issues. The WSNA-PAC Board inter­viewed Senator Miloscia in May and were impressed with his strong support on issues such as rest breaks, mental/​behavioral health and surprise billing.

Mark Miloscia has repre­sented the 30th Legisla­tive District as a State Senator since 2014 and as State Repre­sen­ta­tive from 1999 – 2013. He currently serves as ranking member on the State Govern­ment, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee and is a member of both the Human Services & Correc­tions Committee and the Higher Educa­tion & Workforce Devel­op­ment Committee. Outside of his elected capacity, Senator Miloscia works as a substi­tute teacher in the Auburn School District.

He is a retired Air Force officer and was a B‑52 pilot and contract manager in the service for 10 years. Senator Miloscia holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Air Force Academy, a master’s in clinical psychology from Chapman Univer­sity, and an MBA from the Univer­sity of North Dakota.

During his inter­view with the WSNA-PAC Board, Senator Miloscia expressed his support for the rest breaks bill, as well as for solutions to address workplace violence and surprise billing. He has been very active in conver­sa­tions to address the opioid epidemic both in his district and in Olympia.


42nd Legislative District - Bellingham #

Former presi­dent of the Bellingham City Council Pinky Vargas (D) is challenging longtime State Senator Doug Ericksen in the 42nd Legisla­tive District, which runs from Bellingham east into rural Whatcom County. While this Senate seat has been long held by a Repub­lican, Democ­ratic candi­dates received 54 percent of the vote in 2018 Primary Election — making this district ripe to elect a new Senator.

Pinky Vargas has served two terms on the Bellingham City Council, including a stint as council presi­dent. She has worked for Puget Sound Energy for eight years, traveling throughout Whatcom County to collab­o­rate with businesses and commu­ni­ties on energy efficiency. She currently serves as a board member for the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce and is on the Board of Whatcom County Parks & Recre­ation, as well as for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism.

Pinky says, Health care should be a right not a privi­lege. No Washington family — regard­less of their finan­cial situa­tion — should go bankrupt or lose their home because they have been in an accident or have medical needs.”

Pinky spent an hour with the WSNA-PAC Board and is extremely supportive of WSNA’s priority issues.


48th Legislative District - Bellevue #

WSNA-PAC is proud to endorse Senator Patty Kuderer (D) in the 48th Legisla­tive District. Senator Kuderer received 60 percent of the 2018 primary election vote and will face former 48th district Senator Rodney Tom in the general election.

Senator Kuderer has served the 48th Legisla­tive District since 2015, first as State Repre­sen­ta­tive, and then in 2017 she was appointed to the Senate. Senator Kuderer believes that health care is a right and serves as vice chair of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee. She also serves as the vice chair of the State Govern­ment, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee and sits on the Finan­cial Insti­tu­tions & Insur­ance and Labor & Commerce committees.

Outside of her elected capacity, Senator Kuderer has practiced law for more than 30 years. She currently sits on the Board of the Anti-Defama­tion League Seattle, serving on its Civil Rights Committee. Senator Kuderer has volun­teered with many commu­nity-based organi­za­tions including Sacred Heart Social Concerns, Congre­ga­tions for the Homeless, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Virtue’s Children Nepal and Chrysalis Domestic Violence Clinic.

Senator Kuderer has been a strong advocate for nurses and patient safety in Olympia, and we look forward to contin­uing to work with her in the 2019 Legisla­tive Session.