Voting for a more inclusive state legislature
Black lives matter. As we shine more attention on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, it’s critical that we increase Black representation in Olympia. Earlier this year, WEA-PAC members had the opportunity to meet with and endorse Black candidates from more than a half dozen districts who support union values and champion public education. WEA proudly supports these candidates as we work to advance social and racial justice.
Tanisha Harris – LD 17 (Vancouver) House
A graduate of Evergreen High School, for 10 years Tanisha worked for the Evergreen School District in multicultural and diversity education. She serves as the co-chair of Evergreen Citizens for Schools which helped pass the 2018 and 2019 Evergreen School District bond and levy. She believes that we need to fully fund our schools and meet the full McCleary promise, including increasing educator pay and making sure districts have the tools and resources they need to think proactively about each student’s needs.
Joy Stanford – LD 26 (Gig Harbor) House
Joy is a substitute teacher in the Peninsula School District. A long-time advocate for affordable housing, Joy also works at a non-profit as a community outreach specialist, helping Pierce County residents avoid housing instability. She’s a member of the Peninsula School District Equity and Diversity Committee, Re-Opening Advisory Committee, and Community Truancy Board. She advocates for smaller class sizes and more wraparound services like counselors, social workers, and nurses.
T’wina Nobles – LD 28 (Lakewood/Tacoma) Senate
T’wina worked as a teacher in Tacoma at Stadium High School and Lincoln High School for five years and as a paraeducator and substitute in University Place for five years. She’s currently elected to the University Place School Board and she serves as President and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League. She will work to increase educator pay, reduce class sizes, and push for more equity and inclusion in schools.
Jamila Taylor – LD 30 (Federal Way) House
Jamila Taylor is committed to educational equity, including recruiting more Black educators. She is a public interest attorney assisting domestic violence survivors and crime victims and she serves on the Federal Way Human Services Commission. She believes we need to do better as a state to care for all people, both with affordable housing, healthcare access, and education.
Jesse Johnson (incumbent) – LD 30 (Federal Way) House
WEA member Jesse Johnson has a Masters in Education and works in workforce planning for Highline Public Schools. He has also worked as a career and college readiness counselor and as a family engagement coordinator for Highline. He has served in the state House since April 2020 and is a strong voice for high quality public schools. His focus is on access to equitable education for every student from cradle to career.
Kirstin Harris-Talley – LD 37 (South Seattle) House
Kristin is a neighborhood school advocate and parent to two Seattle Public Schools students. For 20 years she’s been an advocate working in nonprofits for reproductive rights and housing justice. She is experiencing distance learning from a parent’s perspective and understands the equity and learning challenges we’re facing. Count on Kristin to oppose charter schools and support funding for student mental health supports, lower class sizes, and the creation of a more diverse and inclusive educator workforce.
April Berg – LD 44 (Lake Stevens) House
Everett School Board Director and parent of two public school children April Berg will be a strong voice for quality schools. She’s a longtime advocate for Edmonds and Everett schools and helped increase the recurring teaching and learning budget by $800,000 to allow for more regular textbook replacement. She supports increasing funding for social-emotional learning and decreasing disparities in graduation and discipline rates for students of color.
John Lovick (incumbent) – LD 44 (Lake Stevens) House
Long-time state leader John Lovick served as a state trooper for 31 years and as a patroller with the U.S. Coast Guard for 13 years before beginning an esteemed career as an elected official. He volunteers at the elementary school his children attended and his wife is a retired teacher. He has been a reliable supporter of students and educators in Olympia.
Let’s increase Black representation – join WEA members in supporting these candidates!