You walked — now run | Our Turn

  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 2:13pm
  • Opinion

State Rep. Vandana Slatter, 48th District (left) and Rep. Judy Clibborn, 41st District.

Across Washington state, thousands of women, families of diverse communities and members of the LGBTQ community, recently took to the streets in a peaceful protest to stand up for equality, civil and women’s rights and religious freedom.

It was an inspiring day, but one we can all agree must be followed by longer-term action.

As the female majority of the Democratic Caucus in the Washington state House of Representatives — one of only four women-dominated chambers in the country — we have a request of you: run for public office.

Each of us has a different story about what finally pushed us into running. Fully funding our kids’ public education after four decades of legislative delay. A road safety issue blocked by the all-male city council. Social justice and civil rights. A desire to bring business acumen to the table to solve complex economic issues. Protecting the environment for the next generations.

Research shows that before a woman will run for office, she must be asked seven times. Consider this 26 requests — one from each of the Democratic women in the state House of Representatives. We urge you to do this understanding the sacrifices it takes to run — family time, fundraising, publicity (good and bad), jobs on hold.

But we also understand the rewards.

The policy positions you can help advance like equal pay and family leave. The basics you can protect like reproductive rights and access to quality health care for all. The look on young girls’ faces who see you as a leader in their community.

One of the things this recent march illustrated is the power of being there for each other. Friends will babysit your kids. Neighbors will walk your dog. People who see your commitment and feel your passion will donate to help you get your message out.

And we will be there too.

This year, there will be numerous opportunities to run for public office in your community: City council. School board. And more. The deadline to decide is May 19, but the earlier you get started, the better.

We also have organizations that stand ready to help. National Women’s Political Caucus. Win with Women. Amplify.

Just as we encourage our children to take that first — and that next — step, we say to you: You walked. Now run.

State Rep. Judy Clibborn represents the 41st District and Vandana Slatter represents the 48th District — and the 24 other Democratic women in the Washington state House of Representatives.

More in Opinion

Heroin injection sites are not the answer to opioid epidemic | Guest Column

Response to article about Vancouver’s legal heroin injection sites to combat opioid epidemic.

Singles’ Awareness Day | Guest Column

One single person’s view of Valentine’s.

Place on the Eastside where Christmas spirit thrives year-round | Guest Column

Crossroads Mall in Bellevue is a melting pot of people.

Message from new KCLS director | Book Nook

Director excited to oversee completion of $172 million Capital Improvement Plan.

Time to focus on school choice in Bellevue and across America | Guest Column

by Andrew R. Campanella National School Choice Week Next week, schools, homeschool… Continue reading

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Eyman isn’t letting a bad 2017 slow him down in the new year | The Petri Dish

The year ended as Eyman did not get enough signatures for a ballot to reduce car tab fees.

Leading with empathy in 2018 | Guest Column

By James Whitfield Special to the Reporter As president and CEO of… Continue reading

Reflecting on the ‘old’ and ringing in the “New” Year | Book Nook

The final column of KCLS’s interim director, Stephen A. Smith.

Displaced by a hurricane: Disaster relocation lessons

Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part series by Bellevue… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter
Judge delivers crushing blow to Inslee’s Clean Air Rule

It was the centerpiece of the governor’s crusade against climate change. Now it’s gone.