Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fuse Endorses Progressive My-Linh Thai for State House

Eastside Progressives Welcome Thai’s Bold Vision for Olympia

Seattle – Fuse Washington, the state’s largest progressive advocacy organization, endorsed Eastside leader My-Linh Thai for the 41st district state House seat vacated by retiring Rep. Judy Clibborn. Thai is a Bellevue pharmacist and current Bellevue School Board President. She is running to reform public health services and to improve education opportunities for all children.

“My-Linh Thai is a progressive leader who will ensure that the values of Eastside communities are represented in Olympia,” said Jamielyn Wheeler, Fuse’s Campaign Director. “She is the bold progressive leader that so many Eastside voters have been searching for during these challenging times.”

Since March, the Fuse Eastside Action Team, a council of local activists and community leaders, has conducted a series of interviews with progressive candidates up and down the ballot. At the conclusion of the endorsement process for the 41st District seat, Thai emerged as the progressive candidate with the best vision and leadership skills. Thai's innovative platform directly addresses the challenges facing middle-class and working families across the state.

“Thai’s track record of effective public service makes her the clear choice in this race,” said Morgan Steele, Fuse’s Senior Political Organizer. “We know from working alongside her that Thai will work tirelessly to represent working families in the 41st District, including those who have traditionally been ignored.”

Since 2013, My-Linh Thai has been a unifying leader on the Bellevue School Board and has shown unwavering commitment to providing a high quality education for every Bellevue student. Thai also serves as the current Vice President of Washington State School Board Association and as a leader at the national association level on issues related equality and equity.

Fuse rarely endorses in intra-party primary elections unless there is a clear distinction between the candidates. Fuse plans to back up this endorsement with financial support, communication with our members who live in the 41st District, and a feature in our Progressive Voters Guide, which is used by hundreds of thousands of voters across the state.

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