Fuse’s 2024 Election Endorsements

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
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*UPDATED JUNE 12, 2024* For questions about our endorsement process please reach out to our Campaign Director Rosey Barber at Rosey@FuseWashington.org

Fuse has released our list of endorsements ahead of the 2024 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’s efforts could help gain or protect a progressive majority.

Our 2024 endorsed candidates will be included in our Progressive Voters Guide when it is released in early July. You can help us support all of these candidates by making a donation to the Progressive Voters Guide here!



Rep. Pramila Jayapal for Congress, 7th CD

Elected in 2016, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is now serving her fourth term in Congress representing Washington’s 7th District. She is the first South Asian American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and one of only two dozen naturalized citizens currently serving in the United States Congress. Congresswoman Jayapal is also the Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which she has grown to over 100 members. She has used her position to effectively advance progressive priorities in the House, such as pressuring the Democratic caucus to keep safety net expansion provisions in the Build Back Better Act. In Congress, Representative Jayapal has been a leader on healthcare, immigration, and working people's rights.

Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez for Congress, 3rd CD

Democratic Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is running to defend her seat in the 3rd congressional district (CD). This race could determine which party is in control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2024. Her Republican opponent Joe Kent is a scary far-right white nationalist who wants a nationwide abortion ban and would be horrible on every issue you can imagine if elected to office. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is a 5th-generation Washingtonian and independent auto repair shop owner, and she is running to bring the voices of working people back to DC. Her campaign is focused on protecting reproductive freedom, lowering prescription drug costs, expanding vocational and technical education opportunities, and supporting working families.


Defend Washington

Conservative leaders and the wealthy few who back them have put three initiatives on the November ballot that will harm Washington families. All three amount to tax cuts that benefit corporations and the wealthiest, and unfairly shift the bill to middle- and low-income families. They are all funded by millionaire hedge fund manager Brian Heywood who moved here from California and has personally spent nearly $7 million to put these initiatives on your ballot, all so he and his wealthy friends can avoid paying what they owe in taxes. These initiatives would roll back our biggest landmark legislative wins of recent years like the capital gains tax, the Climate Commitment Act, and long term care benefits for millions of working Washingtonians. There are individual campaigns against each of the initiatives, and Defend Washington is a coordinated campaign against the entire slate.

No On 2109

Initiative 2109 would repeal Washington state’s limited capital gains tax, slashing more than $5 billion from public education, childcare, and early learning in order to give fewer than 4,000 of the wealthiest people in Washington a tax cut. In its first year, Washington’s capital gains tax funded early learning and schools to the tune of nearly $900 million. Eliminating this funding means:

  • Childcare programs will be cut
  • Schools will stay under-resourced
  • Much-needed repairs and constructions of schools will grind to a halt
  • Harming working families who rely on child care, students trying to learn with outdated textbooks, and rural communities who need overdue upgrades to crumbling school buildings

No On 2117

Initiative 2117 would roll back protections for our air and water, forests and farmlands, jobs and transportation system and allow more pollution. Instead of a fee on pollution being paid by a few big polluters, it would shift the burden of paying for the impact of pollution onto communities, workers, and families. I-2117 will strip away funding from every county in Washington, including funding for:

  • Programs that lower costs for Washingtonians, like utility bill discounts for households with low incomes
  • Clean air and water, like programs to reduce air pollutants in places that are most impacted
  • Programs to prevent wildfires
  • Transportation, putting transit service, ferries, and road projects across Washington at risk
  • Support for Tribal Nations, like programs to help keep Native communities safe from flooding and sea level rise
  • Fish habitat and salmon recovery

No On 2124

I-2124 will take away long-term care benefits from 85% of working Washingtonians by bankrupting the program for everyone. This will take $8.1 billion from our long-term care benefits program that allows seniors to age with dignity. While political interests attempt to position this initiative as harmless, the truth is I-2124 will:

  • Harm people with pre-existing conditions, like cancer or diabetes, by taking away the only long-term care benefit available to them – since they can’t get private long-term care insurance 
  • Leave us at the mercy of for-profit insurance companies who jack up premiums and deny benefits by 50%, 100%, or even 300% without warning
  • Force us to pay out of pocket for homecare, wheelchairs, ramps, and other long-term care expenses, or make us drain our savings, or sign over our homes, to qualify for Medicaid 

Dave Upthegrove for Lands Commissioner

Dave Upthegrove is a King County Councilmember and former state legislator who is the clear progressive and environmental champion in the Lands Commissioner race. The Commissioner of Public Lands leads the state’s only agency dedicated exclusively to management and oversight of Washington’s natural resources and has unparalleled power to guide environmental priorities. During his time in the legislature, Upthegrove served as Chair of the House Environment Committee, working in every corner of the state to reduce carbon pollution, clean up toxins, and advance climate policy. Upthegrove is the best candidate in this race because of his track record of environmental advocacy and policy experience needed to be a leader in fighting the climate crisis.

State Senate

Janet St. Clair for State Senate (LD 10)

Island County Commissioner Janet St. Clair is challenging Republican incumbent state Senator Ron Muzall. St. Clair was the Executive Director of the environmental nonprofit Sound Water Stewards of Island County, served on the County Health Board, and has been the Island County Commissioner for the last five years. St. Clair is a proven leader who voters can trust to stand up and deliver for working people by lowering costs for families, protecting clean air and water, and defending reproductive rights.

Maria Beltran for State Senate (LD 14) 

Democrat and former Deputy Director at the House Democratic Campaign Committee Maria Beltran is running to unseat Republican incumbent state Senator Curtis King. Beltran was born and raised in Yakima, is the daughter of immigrant agricultural workers, and served as the youngest Board President of OneAmerica. Beltran is running to ensure Yakima residents have clean water to drink, housing that is affordable in all zip codes, and to lower costs for working families. The 14th legislative district’s boundaries were recently redrawn in a Voting Rights Act case, making it much more possible for a Democrat to win in this district.

Clark County

Wil Fuentes for Clark County Council District 3 

Wil Fuentes is running to fill the open seat on the Clark County Council. Fuentes’ leadership experience spans from nonprofit management, banking operations, technology, and community engagement. Fuentes is focused on promoting government responsiveness and collaboration, addressing housing affordability, and supporting environmental sustainability. As the first person of color, openly-LGBTQ community member, and the sole progressive in this race, his election would mark a significant step towards diversity and inclusion on the Clark County Council. This is one of the most important races on the local level this year, and winning this seat would flip the Clark County Council to Democratic control for the first time ever.

Pierce County

Ryan Mello for Pierce County Executive

Progressive Democrat Ryan Mello is running to lead Washington’s second largest county and make history as the second openly gay county executive in the country. Currently serving as the chair of the Pierce County Council, Mello has impressive experience in local government as well as a great track record of environmental, housing, and transit advocacy. Electing Mello as County Executive would flip the Pierce County government to Democratic control after 7 years of incumbent Republican Bruce Dammeier, who is now term-limited out.

Spokane County

Molly Marshall for Spokane County Commissioner

Molly Marshall is an air force veteran with 30 years of military experience and leadership running for Spokane County Council District 5. Marshall is seeking to unseat long-time right-wing Republican incumbent Al French and flip control of the county to Democrats. Her top priorities are tackling issues of public safety, addressing the contaminated water crisis in her district, and fire mitigation. Winning this race would also advance progress in Spokane County on issues like criminal justice reform, workers rights, reducing climate pollution, and investments in childcare, human services, housing, and transportation.