For questions about our endorsement process please reach out to our Campaign Director Jamielyn Wheeler at Jamielyn@FuseWashington.org
Fuse has released its first endorsements for the 2021 primary election. Fuse's criteria for endorsements include:
- Supporting candidates who have outstanding leadership qualities and will fight for working people, a healthy environment, and a better future for our children.
- Supporting women, people of color, young people, and LGBTQ+ candidates running for office.
- Supporting strong progressive candidates in competitive races against more conservative opponents.
- Supporting progressives in races where the balance of power in the elected body is at stake and where Fuse efforts could help gain or protect a progressive majority.
Our 2021 early endorsed candidates will be included in Fuse's Progressive Voters Guide.
Teresa Mosqueda for Seattle City Council, At-Large Position 8
Teresa Mosqueda was elected in 2017 and has distinguished herself as a progressive leader on the Seattle City Council. She sponsored the Jumpstart Seattle legislation that will fund affordable housing through a tax on high-earners at large corporations. In addition, Mosqueda supported efforts to expand paid sick leave and establish minimum wages for gig and other workers who have often been left behind in our economy. Previously, Mosqueda worked at the Washington State Labor Council as a political campaigns director and served on the board of Fuse Washington.
Betsy Wilkerson for Spokane City Council
Betsy Wilkerson was appointed to the Spokane City Council in 2019 and has been a champion for progressive causes from the Spokane housing levy to police reform. Wilkerson brings to the council more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles at non-profits and as a business owner. Wilkerson is also the only Black woman serving on the council and is the first to do so in almost 20 years. The local Fuse Council unanimously recommended Wilkerson for an early endorsement.
Hamdi Mohamed for Port of Seattle, Position 3
Hamdi Mohamed is a policy advisor for the King County Office of Equity and Social Justice and the former Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. If elected, Mohamed would be the first woman of color elected to the Port Commission, as well as the only commissioner from South King County. She is running for Port to advocate for working families and businesses most impacted by COVID-19.