2017 Endorsements

Washington Housing Action Fund supports candidates who champion public policy that prevents and ends homelessness and moves us toward a time when everyone in Washington has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home.

Below are our endorsed candidates for 2017. Each candidate was asked to provide a 150 word statement about what they would do to ensure that everyone in Washington has access to a safe, healthy, affordable home. Read their answers below, and click on their picture to learn more about their campaign. 

Michael Althauser
Tumwater City Council

I will be a strong voice for housing stability, accessibility, and affordability. I’ll work with my council colleagues and the mayor to create new policies that protect tenants and mobile home owners from discrimination and to create future stability. I will partner with other municipalities and civic organizations to address regional issues like homelessness. I will support smart growth policies including targeted density and pedestrian- and transit-oriented development. I will ensure that future discussions of multi-family housing tax exemptions also include a linkage provision of mandatory affordable units. I plan on using my seat to be a voice for cities regionally by seeking out positions on various municipal boards and organizations. I’ll also make myself readily available to the community by hosting forums and community listening sessions so I can be aware of housing issues as they arise in the community.

Manka Dhingra
Senator, 45th Legislative District

Housing and affordability are big problems throughout our region. We need to comprehensively look at this problem and use every tool available to us. I support further investments in the Housing Trust Fund and want to work with developers to incentivize and require a spectrum of housing options that meet all income levels. We need to promote density along transit corridors that meet diverse needs and need to provide emergency funds for those who find themselves in crisis. I am committed to comprehensively addressing this issue.

Patty Kuderer
Senator, 48th Legislative District

I will begin tackling the issue of affordable housing by making sure that the existing legislation we have in Washington state is fully enforced and funded, specifically including the Housing Trust Fund. As a discrimination attorney, I view housing as a right and will advocate for legislation that removes barriers to safe, secure, and affordable homes. In this past session, I voted in favor of several bills to ensure an opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home, including HB 1565 which would prohibit Source of Income Discrimination in housing both in the Judiciary Committee and on the House floor, where it passed. While it did not make it out of the Senate, I will continue to advocate for it until it is passed.

Rebecca Saldaña
Senator, 37th Legislative District

Safe, healthy, affordable housing is essential to ensuring people in our community and state are able to get ahead. I will not only speak out about the importance of addressing our housing crisis, particularly in my home district, but will also work with key stakeholders and community members to approach this problem from many different angles. From increased funding to preserve and build more affordable housing, to community land trusts, and community owned culturally relevant economic development projects to targeted upzones and “mother-in-law” dwellings, we should use everything available to us to help solve this issue.

Vandana Slatter
Representative, 48th Legislative District

In a state as prosperous as ours, it is unacceptable that anyone would lack a safe, healthy, affordable, and stable home. In Olympia, I passed legislation to better understand our homelessness crisis specifically as it relates to our homeless youth. That legislation was possible because advocates from the community identified a problem and brought it to me. I worked with my colleagues in the legislature to draft sound policy to effectively address the issues. And was able to build a coalition of my colleagues to pass the bill. With your support, I will continue to champion solutions to our homelessness and housing affordability crisis and look to organizations like yours to introduce innovative policies to get us there.

We determine endorsements, potential contributions, and volunteer turnout based on answers to our questionnaire.

If you are a candidate in a municipal race, please download the document below (either Word or PDF format) and return to Teresa Clark, Director of Organizing by Friday, August 18.

Municipal Candidate Questionnaire:
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