2018 Endorsements

The Washington Housing Alliance 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. 

We will use responses to the below questionnaire to determine endorsements as well as potential contributions and voter turnout. 

To be considered for a pre-primary endorsement, please complete and return the questionnaire via email to Teresa Clark by Monday, June 4.

2018 State Legislative Candidate questionnaire:
Word Format

Below are our endorsed candidates for 2018. 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.

Sophia Aragon
Senator, 34th Legislative District

From a public health perspective, housing is a key factor that has a direct impact on an individual's life span as well as quality of life.  What's important to me is to look beyond providing temporary shelter for homeless residents, but to really work towards permanent, affordable housing.  For children, this is particularly important because homelessness is a trauma that can dramatically undermine their ability to be productive adults. Therefore, it's important to address underlying factors such as access to mental and behavioral health. As a legislator representing a district located in Seattle and King County, I would leverage rising community concerns about the housing crisis to support a policy agenda to promote safe, health, and affordable homes statewide.  This includes eliminating any statutory barriers that exist to get in the way of this goal. Addressing homelessness also includes influencing operating and capital budgets to assure a level of state investment in resources to solve homelessness and provide support services for low income families, seniors, and those with disabilities.

Manka Dhingra
Senator, 45th Legislative District

I have spent my personal and professional life building stronger communities through my work as a prosecutor at King County overseeing the Therapeutic Alternative Unit and my non-profit work, most recently with API Chaya and NAMI Eastside.  An essential piece of that work is ensuring that all people live in safe, stable, and healthy homes.
Now in Olympia, I want to continue that work as a vocal advocate for legislation, funding, and enforcement to give all Washingtonians that opportunity.

Laurie Jinkins
Representative, 27th Legislative District

Low-income residents should be given options in order to help keep the young, seniors, the vulnerable and disenfranchised in housing. Having options will ensure that people who meet these definitions have stability and can work towards improving their own lives. I probably spend as much time on this issue at my job with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, as I do when I am a legislator.  I have earned a reputation as a principled, collaborative, and thoughtful advocate willing to take on tough issues and get results. I hope to return to Olympia next year to continue solving challenging issues, especially revenue reform, so the state can afford to increase its investment in affordable housing.

Christine Kilduff
Representative, 28th Legislative District

My priority remains the same today as it was when I first ran in 2014 – to be a voice for families and opportunity in the 28th district. That includes ensuring that every Washingtonian has access to a safe, healthy, affordable, and stable home. In the Legislature, I will continue to advocate for adequate funding of Housing Trust Fund in the Capital Budget, investments in affordable and supportive housing, mental health facilities, and safety net services for neighbors in need. I will also fight to protect the rights of all Washingtonians, including racial equity, civil rights, and tenants’ rights.

Patty Kuderer
Representative, 48th Legislative District

I will work with stakeholders, advocates, and those most impacted to identify solutions that we can tackle at the legislature.  From increasing funding to piloting new programs, our state needs to be innovative and show leadership on these critical issues. With homelessness on the rise in King County, we cannot continue to push these issues under the rug and hope that our cities and counties have the tools and resources they need to make a difference.  The state needs to step up it's commitment on affordable housing and I will be proud to work with you on that front.

Nicole Macri
Representative, 43rd Legislative District

Everyone should have the opportunity to live in a safe, affordable home and a community that thrives. My partner, Deb, and I see every day how our region's incredible growth is leaving many behind. I have been a leader in the legislature in protecting and expanding state investments in affordable housing, homelessness response, mental healthcare, income supports and services for low-income and disabled people, and in enacting laws that protect renters from discrimination and displacement. Outside of the legislature, I helped pioneer the Housing First approach, offering people a place to live and surrounding them with the support they need to keep that home, and make it national policy in addressing homelessness.

Kay Murano
Represenative, 6th Legislative District

Communities are stronger and healthier when everyone has a place to call home. If elected, I will increase the amount allocated to housing in the capital budget and seek additional funding opportunities. I want to ensure that budgets are passed on time so that funding deadlines are met and the process for developing low-income housing is not disrupted. I will introduce legislation to protect tenants from evictions without cause and work to solve the issue of increasing rents that rapidly outpace wage increases. I will examine foreclosure laws to return houses to the market rather than have them sit empty to decay. As a state representative, I will continue the housing advocacy work I
have done at the Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium, bringing together industry leaders, politicians, and communities to ensure that everyone has a safe place to call home.

June Robinson
Representative, 38th Legislative District
I have provided leadership in the legislature on bills addressing housing and homelessness and I will continue to do so.  In my role as Vice Chair of Appropriations I am able to advocate for funding for programs that address homelessness and basic safety net programs.