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Big news on national candidate recruitment!

December 4th, 2015 by EJ Juárez, Executive Director

If you haven’t already seen the announcement, we’re pleased to share some exciting news from our national affiliate, Progressive Majority, about candidate recruitment and leadership development work outside of Washington state.

Today, Wellstone Action announced that they are assuming full responsibility for carrying forward Progressive Majority’s groundbreaking work. As a local organization independent of Progressive Majority, this does not change our program here in Washington state, but we are thrilled for our colleagues and partners and the new opportunities this partnership will create for our work locally.

With this consolidation, we have no doubt that the scale of candidate recruitment and development work will be increased across the nation. With state legislatures – as well as many municipal offices – up for election next year, this increased capacity to support progressives willing to step up to run for office couldn’t have come at a better time.

This is a fantastic development for the progressive movement. Wellstone is a longtime partner of ours at Progressive Majority Washington. Many of you have participated in Camp Wellstone over the years and have seen us train candidates, campaign staff and grassroots organizers side-by-side with the Wellstone team. In fact, Camp Wellstone Seattle is consistently one of the most well attended camps in the nation! We’re confident that this longstanding partnership will now be even stronger.

This is only one of many improvements to leadership development work that is underway as we head into 2016. Stay tuned for other exciting announcements – including right here in Washington state – after the first of the year!

Our 2015 Progressive Candidate Endorsements

September 24th, 2015 by EJ Juárez, Executive Director

Progressive Majority is committed to building the progressive movement from the ground up and we’re incredibly excited about the massive swell of progressive candidates running this year.  We have a number of Farm Team members and current elected officials running across the state – school board members, commissioners, city council members, and more!

We know that when we help recruit progressives to run for office and provide the tools and trainings to run smart campaigns, everyone wins. Building a progressive Washington starts at the local level and we’ve been working hard to support local leaders this year. We do not endorse in every race or every city and your local race may not appear in the list below. Our endorsements represent our statewide work and commitment to building progressive leadership outside Seattle.

This wealth of candidates upholding our values is an exciting addition to the Progressive Majority Washington family. Progressive Majority is here to ensure families, friends, and neighbors, have the opportunity to share in the responsibility of governance. We’re proud to endorse the following candidates for 2015:

SCHOOL BOARDS
Traci Mitchell, Everett School Board
Paul Schneider, Spokane School Board
Yoshie Wong, Steilacoom School Board Position 4
T’Wina Franklin, University Place School Board

CITY LEVEL OFFICES
Vandana Slater, Bellevue City Council
April Barker, Bellingham City Council
Roxanne Murphy, Bellingham City Council
Austin Bell, Burien City Council
Richard Huddy, Bremerton City Council District 6
Leslie Daugs, Bremerton City Council District 2
Bryan Yambe, Fife City Council
Monika Beauchamp, Clarkston City Council
Marlla Mhoon, Covington City Council
Sean Smith, Covington City Council
Jeni Ager Woock, Gig Harbor City Council
Jennifer Sutton, Issaquah City Council
Shelley Kloba, Kirkland City Council
Jefferey Gadman, Lacey City Council
Shirley Sutton, Lynnwood City Council
Debbie Bertlin, Mercer Island City Council
Vini Elizabeth Samuel, Mayor of Montesano
Cynthia Adkins, Medina City Council
Nathaniel Jones, Olympia City Council
Sissi Bruch, Port Angeles City Council
David Faber, Port Townsend City Council
Monique Taylor Swan: Renton City Council
Sally Andrews, SeaTac City Council
Mia Gregerson, SeaTac City Council
Jesse Salomon, Shoreline City Council Position 6
Jessica Cafferty, Shoreline City Council Position 2
Ben Stuckart, Spokane City Council President
Randy Ramos, Spokane City Council Position 1
Karen Stratton, Spokane City Council Position 3
Ryan Mello, Tacoma City Council Position 8
Anders Ibsen, Tacoma City Council Position 1
Jessie Baines Jr., Tacoma Metropolitan Parks Board
Ty Stober, Vancouver City Council
Eric LaBrant, Vancouver Port Commissioner
Dulce Gutiérrez, Yakima City Council District 1
Avina Cristal Gutiérrez, Yakima City Council District 2
Carmen Méndez, Yakima City Council District 3
Holly Cousens, Yakima City Council District 7

COUNTY LEVEL OFFICES
Michael Dalesandro, Clark County Council Chair
Claudia Balducci, King County Council
Jeanne Kohl-Welles, King County Council
Stephanie Wright, Snohomish County Council

STATE LEGISLATURE
Carol Gregory, 30th LD State Representative

Welcome EJ Juárez as our new Executive Director!

August 24th, 2015 by Progressive Majority WA

The Progressive Majority board has been hard at work over the past few months charting a new path forward for our organization and we have exciting news to share with you. In May, the board initiated a broad organizational assessment and identified key steps to growing Progressive Majority and strengthening the effectiveness of our programs. The first step from this process has been identifying a new permanent Executive Director with a strong vision for the organization. We believe we have found that leader.

The Board of Directors for Progressive Majority Washington are excited to share with you that we have brought on EJ Juárez as our new Executive Director! Staff Photos_EJ204_small (600 px)

EJ, who previously served as our Political Director, now steps into a new role succeeding Noel Frame who led the organization for the past five years. Prior to joining Progressive Majority EJ served as the Development and Community Relations Manager at Poverty Action. His background is deep in progressive politics that span our community from organizing with SEIU 1199NW to running civic engagement programs as the Director of Central Washington Progress (a former program of Win/Win Network). Additionally he has run numerous progressive candidate and issue-based campaigns across Washington state.

EJ is a passionate advocate for racial equity and has a proven record of advancing equity based practices in his campaigns. He serves on the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the board of Seattle Education Access. He earned a BA from Saint Martin’s University and a MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington- Bothell.

We are pleased to welcome EJ as our Executive Director to help revolutionize the candidate pipeline in Washington state. The challenges we face today require bold action to recruit the leaders we need to deliver the solutions we seek and we’re confident that Progressive Majority is well positioned to deliver. Welcome EJ!

Farewell (and help chart our path forward)

May 22nd, 2015 by Noel Frame, Former Director

Back in February our Board of Directors announced I would be leaving Progressive Majority Washington this Spring after five years of serving as your Director. Well folks, the time has come! Today is my last day!Noel Frame26_small (600 px)

Before you read any further, please know that our Board is currently leading a stakeholder assessment process to inform our organization’s path forward. And we need to hear from YOU in that process! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey today. As a partner and supporter of our work, your opinion really matters!

I am incredibly proud of the work we have done together these past five years. I’m leaving our program at a time when our work is in high demand and we’re able to offer new resources to our program members and partners.

We have 52 farm team members running for office in 2015, and additional 35 declared candidates who have applied to join the program. Thank you to all you amazing progressives for stepping up to run this year!

To best support these candidates, as well as future candidates and elected officials in our farm team, we recently launched a new online resource center. Sections in this new password protected area of the website – only available to farm team members and trusted recruiters – include:

  • Campaign templates (e.g., campaign plans, budgets, fundraising plans, etc.)
  • Candidate handbook with detailed explanation of each aspect of your campaign
  • Training videos
  • Step by step guide on preparing, launching your campaign, and what to do after election day
  • Much MUCH more!

Please help us spread the word about these new tools! Tell candidates in your community to go to www.progressivemajoritywa.org/run to start their application to our program today.

As proud as I am of all we have accomplished together, we can and must do more. Please, take some time today to complete our survey to inform our stakeholder assessment and help shape the next chapter of Progressive Majority Washington’s history. The board will not commence a hiring process for new staff until this assessment is complete.

In the mean time, rest assured I am leaving the organization in VERY good hands. EJ Juárez has been promoted to Acting Director and will be leading Progressive Majority Washington during this time of transition. To help best direct communication during this time, please divide your messages according to the following:

Farm team, potential candidates and recruitment partners:
[email protected]

Candidates seeking endorsement:
[email protected]

It has been a pleasure and honor to lead Progressive Majority Washington these past five years. I look forward to crossing paths with you for years to come.

Farewell and thank you!