Elect Pinky Vargas, Senate, LD 42

Pinky Vargas
Pinky Vargas, candidate for Senate, LD 42

WEA-PAC members endorse Democrat Pinky Vargas for election to the Washington Senate in the 42nd Legislative District 42. The district includes the cities of Bellingham, Ferndale, Point Roberts, Lynden, Maple Falls, Glacier, Newhalem, and Barron.

Pinky is a member of the Bellingham City Council, where she serves as both the city's mayor pro-tem and as chair of the council's finance committee. As a member of the finance committee, she has helped balanced Bellingham’s budget without requiring new tax increases. Her work on the council has focused on economic development and creating jobs, keeping the water of Lake Whatcom clean, and passing city budgets that fund emergency services, homelessness prevention and criminal justice.

Currently a senior account manger at Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Pinky supports major accounts customers in Northern Washington. Her career at PSE also includes years of experience as the energy efficiency outreach manager for Northwest Washington where she collaborated with businesses, cities, counties, and residents towards a more responsible and sustainable future for our region while helping businesses, both large and small, save both money and energy.

Pinky was born and raised with a large family in a village in Northern Alberta, Canada. She has lived in four countries and has chosen to live in Bellingham because she greatly values the city's people and its world class location.

We asked candidates: "If you had one minute to convince teachers and support staff to vote for you, what would you tell them?"

This is Pinky's answer:

I am the candidate who is best prepared to beat Doug Ericksen in November. I am committed to working hard - raising the money, knocking thousands of doors myself, and working with members of our community and our partner organizations to build a broad-based movement that will reject Doug Ericksen’s extreme conservative values and advance a responsible vision that truly puts people first. I’m honored to have had the support of Whatcom voters repeatedly in my successful runs for Bellingham City Council and I’m excited to bring my experience, values, and vision to voters across the rest of the county. Whether it’s my work on the City Council, or joining the thousands of women who marched against Donald Trump at the historic Women’s Marches, or my work in the private sector to help grow our local Whatcom county, I am ready to take my service to the next level in the state Senate. Our educators are an essential part of a winning coalition on the campaign trail, and I cannot wait to work in the Legislature with our teachers to make our schools the best they can be.