Northwest Asian Weekly
Linda Lau, nonpartisan, is running unopposed for Court of Appeals Judge, Division 1, District 1, Position 5. She was born and raised in Seattle. She entered law school after a decade-long career in human resources for local companies. She has served for over 20 years as a trial court and appeals court judge.
Shari Song, Democrat, is running for State Senator in Legislative District no. 30. Song supports pro-choice, equal pay for women, helping veterans, and passing a transportation package. According to her campaign website, she currently works in real estate at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and is a board member on Children’s Campaign Fund. She has also received honors and awards, including the King County Recognition Award for Community Service in 2007.
Cindy Ryu, Democrat, is running for Representative Position 1 in Legislative District no. 32. She has no opponent and has won this spot in the past two elections. According to Ryu’s campaign website, she “is a strong advocate for small business owners, public transportation, environmental and consumer protection, and public safety.” While in office, Ryu has sponsored bills that protected consumers, dealt with insurance reform, and encouraged economic revitalization.
Mia Su-Ling Gregerson, Democrat, is running for Representative Position 2 in Legislative District no. 33. Gregerson wants to improve transportation, close tax loopholes, protect the environment, make healthcare affordable, and ensure fiscal responsibility.
Pramila Jayapal, Democrat, is running for State Senator in Legislative District no. 37. Jayapal is running against Louis Watanabe. Jayapal is the founder of OneAmerica, an immigrant rights group and was the CEO for 11 years. Currently, she is working for the Center for Community Change. She supports income tax for the rich and a higher minimum wage.
Louis Watanabe is running against Pramila Jayapal (see above). According to his website, his main issues are education, jobs, crime, and zoning. District no. 37 is one of the most diverse districts, with over 80 languages spoken. There is a high crime rate and not many jobs, which Watanabe wants to put a stop to.
Jessica Spear, Socialist Alternative, is running for Representative Position 2 in Legislative District no. 43 against incumbent Frank Chopp. Spear helped lead the $15 minimum wage movement alongside Kshama Sawant..
Sharon Tomiko Santos, Democrat, is running for Representative Position 1. Santos has held her seat since 1998. According to the Washington State House of Representatives website, Santos’ “key policy interests include civil rights, women’s rights, economic and environmental justice, affordable housing, and quality public education,” along with education.
Mary Yu, nonpartisan, is running unopposed for Supreme Court Justice, Position 1. She served 14 years as Superior Court Judge, where she presided over criminal and civil court cases. She has been awarded “Judge of the Year” from the Washington State Association for Justice, King County Washington Women Lawyers, and the Washington State Bar Association.
Eddie Yoon, nonpartisan, is running for Supreme Court Justice, Position 4 against Charles W. Johnson. He was the first Korean American attorney in the Northwest. He is currently a professor at EWHA Women’s Law School in Seoul. He took two cases to the U.S. Supreme Court as a solo attorney.
Sarah Sanoy-Wright, Republican, is running for Representative Position 2 in Legislative District no. 11. She is running against incumbent Steve Bergquist, who beat her during the last general election in 2012. She is a member of the Filipino Community of Seattle and Friends of Filipinos in America. (end)
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