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Four LGBTQ candidates run statewide in Washington primary

Four viable statewide LGBTQ candidates are running in Washington state’s Democratic primary tomorrow. In addition, the state has its chance to elect the first ever openly LGBTQ Latino member of Congress, Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, who is also on the August 2 ballot.
Here are the Washington races to watch:
Tina Podlodowski is a champion of voting rights running for Washington Secretary of State. Having served as both a technology and government leader, Tina has pushed for progress in public health and safety, LGBTQ rights, and promoting the inclusion of Washington’s diverse constituents in decision making. She has worked hard to ensure that voting is accessible to all citizens of Washington.Support Tina’s campaign with a direct contribution>>
Marko Liias, a state lawmaker for nearly a decade, is running for State Treasurer with a focus on college affordability and retirement security. While in the state legislature, he was the architect of a major, bipartisan transportation package that will benefit the environment and improve Washington’s infrastructure. He has received endorsements from state and local leaders, small businesses and labor leaders.Support Marko’s campaign with a direct contribution>>

Dave Upthegrove has made environmental stewardship a central piece of his platform for Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. He currently serves as a King County Councilmember and was a state legislator from 2002 to 2013. In the legislature, Upthegrove was chair of the House environment and Puget Sound committees, and was named Legislator of the Year by Washington Conservation Voters in 2011.Support Dave’s campaign with a direct contribution>>
Mary Yu is an incumbent justice on the state supreme court. She was appointed and then elected to the court in 2014 after 14 years of service as a King County Superior Court Judge. Justice Yu is the first Latina, Asian Pacific Islander, and lesbian to serve on the Supreme Court. She presided over the first same-sex marriage in Washington.Support Mary’s campaign with a direct contribution>>
Brady Walkinshaw is running for Congress in Washington’s 7th Congressional District. While representing Washington’s 43rd district in the state legislature, Brady has championed environmental stewardship, mental health, criminal justice reform and fair wages. Walkinshaw founded a non-profit to foster youth leadership in urban Honduras, and has spent years doing international development, including supporting small farmers through the Gates Foundation.Support Brady’s campaign with a direct contribution>>