WEA-PAC recommends pro-education candidates for 2014
The mission of WEA’s political action committee (WEA-PAC) is to recommend and elect advocates who stand up for students and educators. WEA-PAC recommends Democrats and Republicans based on face-to-face interviews and responses to the candidate questionnaire.
Members all across the state have been conducting early interviews of legislative candidates for the 2014 elections. On Saturday, April 5, WEA-PAC Board members recommended the candidates listed below. More candidates will be recommended in the coming months. The Primary election is August 5 and the General election is Nov. 4.
WEA-PAC Recommended Candidates
Derek Stanford, D, 1st LD, House Pos. 1
Rich Cowan, D, 6th LD, Senate
Steve Bergquist, D, 11th LD, House Pos. 2
Monica Stonier, D, 17th LD, House Pos. 1
Paul Harris, R, 17th LD, House Pos. 2
Sam Hunt, D, 22nd LD, House Pos. 2
Chris Reykdal, D, 22nd LD, House Pos. 1
Sherry Appleton, D, 23rd LD, House Pos. 1
Drew Hansen, D, 23rd LD, House Pos. 2
Steve Tharinger, D, 24th LD, House Pos. 2
Kevin Van De Wege, D, 24th LD, House Pos. 1
Dawn Morrell, D, 25th LD, House Pos. 1
Hans Zeiger, R, 25th LD, House Pos. 2
Larry Seaquist, D, 26th LD, House Pos. 2
Judy Arbogast, D, 26th LD, Senate
Tami Green, D, 28th LD, Senate
Linda Kochmar, R, 30th LD, House Pos. 1
Maralyn Chase, D, 32nd LD, Senate
Cindy Ryu, D, 32nd LD, House Pos. 1
Irene Bowling, D, 35th LD, Senate
Mike Wilson, D, 44th LD, House Pos. 2
Matt Isenhower, D, 45th LD, Senate
Roger Goodman, D, 45th LD, House Pos. 1
Cyrus Habib, D, 48th LD, House Pos. 2
Joan McBride, D, 48th LD, Senate
Ross Hunter, D, 48th LD, House 1
Jim Moeller, D, 49th LD, House Pos. 2
Sharon Wylie, D, 49th LD, House Pos. 1
WEA-PAC recommends Everett teacher
WEA-PAC Board Managers unanimously recommended Everett teacher Mike Wilson for an open House seat in the 44th Legislative District in Snohomish County.
Wilson participated in the WEA-PAC interview with 20 WEA members.
“Simply put, education is the key to finding solutions to student needs,” said Wilson. “Give the best possible training to your teachers, you will have the best teachers.”
Wilson, a Democrat, teaches government and politics at Cascade High School in Everett. He is a National Board teacher and adjunct faculty member at Bellevue College and Everett Community College.
“I teach students every day that democracy means you have to participate,” he said. “…I’m ready to step up and do what’s best for our students and our community.”
You can stay up to date on what’s happening in Olympia and in the upcoming election by texting OurVoice to 41411. Check out Mike Wilson 2014 for more information about the campaign and what you can do to help get this teacher to Olympia.
Every education decision is a political decision
WEA-PAC has over 32,000 members across the state. Evergreen Education Association member and WEA-PAC Board member Wendy Smith explains why she is a WEA-PAC member:
“I belong to WEA-PAC because as a public school teacher, nearly every aspect of my job is touched by politics. Too often, teachers want to just shut the classroom door and focus on our students. But hiding behind our classroom doors is the same as burying our heads in the sand. My colleagues complain about the decisions and actions of the state legislature, but very few do anything in response.Few teachers see themselves as “political” but they do care and they and their students are affected. WEA-PAC is a cheap and easy way to give our “non-political” members a voice, and a way for them to have influence on the decisions that so greatly impact our classrooms.”
WEA-PAC membership is just one way to stay engaged
WEA-PAC supports pro-public education candidates like Everett teacher Mike Wilson. Members in K-12 schools, regardless of their specific job can authorize a payroll deduction here.
If you are a member in the community or technical college, retiree, student or staff, you can join or make a one-time contribution here.
The people we elect are part of the decision making regarding education proposals.
You can follow their actions and antics on the OurVoice blog page, or by signing up to receive the blog posts and action alerts on the same page.
WEA-PAC moves into the 21st century!
You can now contribute to WEA-PAC online using a secure donation page!
Our health care, collective bargaining and full funding for public schools are all up for debate in the 2014 legislative session. Investing in great WEA-PAC candidates this election just makes sense!
If you are already a WEA-PAC member you can click here to contribute.
WEA-PAC membership still climbing!
WEA-PAC membership is at its highest since the loss of payroll deduction.
The number one reason members give for not joining WEA-PAC? They were never asked!
Can you ask a colleague to join today? A WEA-PAC and NEA-FCPE form is quick and easy to fill out. Forms are available from your association building representative, your local association office or available below to print.
Download and and print the WEA-PAC Payroll Authorization form to join WEA-PAC. Return it to your union building rep or mail it to: WEA-PAC, PO Box 9100, Federal Way, WA 98063-9100.
If you have questions, please e-mail WEA-PAC Coordinator Simone Boe at email@example.com or call 253-765-7100.