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(May 15, 2017) — At its quarterly meeting last week, the Executive Board of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO voted to endorse several candidates running in special legislative elections this fall. The state’s largest labor organization, representing the interests of some 450,000 rank-and-file union members in Washington, is recommending the following candidates for election:
LD 37 Senate — Rebecca Saldaña
LD 45 Senate — Manka Dhingra
LD 48 Senate — Patty Kuderer
LD 48 Representative — Vandana Slatter
In the coming months, the WSLC will be discussing important legislative issues with union members in those districts and explaining why these endorsed candidates have earned labor’s support. Manka Dhingra’s race in the 45th Legislative District is especially important because her election would create a worker-friendly majority in the Senate and may end the partisan legislative logjam that has stymied progressive legislation in recent years.
For information on labor-endorsed candidates in this fall’s county, city and municipal elections, contact your area Central Labor Council.
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State Rep. Vandana Slatter Announces Campaign to Retain 48th LD Seat
Slatter enters the campaign with the support of Attorney General Ferguson and Bellevue Firefighters
State Representative Vandana Slatter, former Bellevue City Councilmember, biotechnology professional, and community leader today announced her campaign to retain the 48th LD seat. Slatter was appointed in January 2017 to the State House position, representing all or parts of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Clyde Hill, Medina, and the Points communities, after the previous Representative, Patty Kuderer, was appointed to the State Senate.
In Olympia, Slatter serves on the Education, Health Care & Wellness, and Technology & Economic Development Committees. She has worked to ensure our state is meeting its paramount duty of fully funding education. She has also introduced legislation that supports children facing the overwhelming hardships of homelessness, and to improve collection of higher education and teacher preparation data to better serve kids. A health care leader, Slatter has also worked to provide quality and comprehensive health care for everyone in our community.
“It has been an honor to serve as your State Representative, and to meet so many engaged constituents from the diverse, vibrant and innovative 48th District,” said Slatter. “I am proud of my contributions in these busy past months of the Legislative Session, but there is still much to accomplish. I look forward to continuing to advocate for health, education, and opportunity for our Washington families.”
Slatter is endorsed by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who said, “In a short time, Vandana has proven herself to be a thoughtful and dedicated representative willing to speak up, stand up, and deliver on our shared values. We need her leadership in Olympia.”
In addition to Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Slatter is endorsed by Bellevue Firefighters, State Senator Patty Kuderer, State Representative Joan McBride, Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, County Executive Dow Constantine, and County Councilmember Claudia Balducci.
As a Bellevue City Councilmember, Slatter worked to protect affordable housing, advance public safety capabilities and infrastructure, and improve transportation services. A data-driven, solutions-oriented community leader, Slatter was appointed to the Washington State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Christine Gregoire in 2007, served as a Trustee of the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences and the Overlake Hospital Foundation, and served on the NARAL Pro-Choice WA Board. Prior to her election to Bellevue City Council, she completed the first Bellevue Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training with other neighborhood leaders, and worked with organizations that build community through support of urban green spaces and social entrepreneurship.
Slatter graduated from the University of Washington with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and a Masters of Public Administration. She lives with her husband and son in Northeast Bellevue.
For more information, please visit www.VandanaSlatter.com.
Vandana and and fellow Representative Judy Clibborn (41st District) write in the Bellevue Reporter:
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.
The Bellevue Reporter writes:
Former Bellevue City Council member Vandana Slatter was chosen that same day to fill Kuderer’s House seat. Their appointments make history as the first time the 48th District has been represented by two women.
The Bellevue Reporter writes:
After a whirlwind week of legislative positions opening up and being filled, Vandana Slatter is ready to get to work.
Slatter — the newly-appointed representative of the 48th Legislative District — resigned her position on the Bellevue City Council Monday night before she heads to Olympia.
She was appointed to the representative role after Rep. Patty Kuderer was appointed to fill the 48th’s Senate seat, vacated by Cyrus Habib after his election to the lieutenant governor position.
“With the size of Bellevue’s economy, I do not believe I’d have the bandwidth to do both jobs,” Slatter said. “I’m honored to serve in this new capacity, and support Bellevue in this new capacity, as well as Kirkland and Redmond.”
Bellevue Patch writes:
The King County Council on Thursday selected two local legislators to fill two vacancies in the 48th Legislative District.
To replace newly elected Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, the council chose state Rep. Patty Kuderer, D-Clyde Hill. That selection leaves Kuderer’s seat open, so the council chose Bellevue Councilwoman Vandana Slatter to fill it.
We did it! A week after the election, our margin (694 votes = +3.11 %) and the number of ballots remaining to be counted, make it clear….We won!
I congratulate Michelle on a great race, and look forward to working with her as she continues to serve on the Planning Commission. I thank her for her thoughtful concession this past Saturday.
With the low voter turnout, your vote and your hard work truly went a long way in determining the outcome of a close race. I am so thankful to each and every one of you. You all made this victory possible with; every ballot cast, every volunteer hour, every endorsement, every donation and every conversation you had with your friends and neighbors. It all came together to make the difference.
There are two people without whose support I would never have stepped into the ring. My amazing husband, Greg and wonderful son, Quinn. Your presence and strength lift me up every day.
Special thanks to my remarkable and intrepid campaign team: Alex, Abbot, Christian, Erin, Katherine and Taemin. It was a privilege to work with you.
Bellevue is a wonderful city, and democracy is a dialogue–a conversation between members of a shared community, to make a difference. I believe our campaign had momentum because, at its core, there was the belief that everyone in Bellevue should have a chance to build a future here and enjoy it for a lifetime. Together, we can find solutions to the challenges that our city will face.
I am filled with gratitude today and I cannot tell you how much your support has meant to me. This has been a long road and an incredible journey. Now, we have just reached the beginning!
My very best to you,
P.S. The campaign has some minimal campaign debt to retire. Thank you for any contributions to help us close out these costs.
Bellevue, WA – Vandana Slatter, a community leader and biotechnology professional, received the sole endorsement from King County Executive Dow Constantine in her campaign for Bellevue City Council. This latest support, along with the recent endorsement of the Seattle Times, comes just days before ballots hit mailboxes for the Primary Election.
Executive Constantine joins The Seattle Times and other recent sole endorsements including NARAL Pro-Choice WA, King County Labor Council, King County Democrats, and FUSE.
These latest endorsers are in addition to an impressive list of supporters including Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci, Councilmember John Stokes, State Senator Cyrus Habib, State Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn, as well as the 48th and 41st District Democrats.
Slatter was appointed to the Washington State Board of Pharmacy by Governor Christine Gregoire in 2007, is a Board Member for the Overlake Hospital Foundation, and served as a Trustee of the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences. She completed the first Bellevue Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training with other neighborhood leaders, and works with organizations that build community through support of urban green spaces and social entrepreneurship.
Vandana Slatter is an intelligent and engaged citizen ready to make the leap into Bellevue city government.
IN what promises to be a heated race for Position No. 5 on Bellevue’s City Council, Vandana Slatterhas the edge over challengers Michelle Hillhorst and Sherry Grindeland as the best choice for the council.
Slatter brings data-driven analytical skills stemming from her career as a clinical pharmacist for Amgen, as well as organizational knowledge from her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington. She is a married mother of a teenage son and lives in northeast Bellevue.
She serves on the Overlake Hospital Foundation’s board of trustees and has served on the Washington State Board of Pharmacy, the foundation board of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and the board of the Children’s Institute for Learning Differences.
Bellevue faces many challenges: housing affordability, traffic congestion, serving a diverse population, and significant commercial and residential development. Slatter would bring a thoughtful regional approach to those problems, recognizing that Bellevue could do a better job collaborating with its neighbors. She lacks experience in serving in elected office or on a city commission, so she will have to prove her analytical skills translate into effective decisions and policies.
Bellevue’s outgoing mayor, Claudia Balducci, has endorsed Slatter — as have current City Councilmember John Stokes, state Sens. Cyrus Habib, D-Kirkland, and Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, and state Rep. Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island.
Her impressive challengers, Hillhorst and Grindeland, both have deep community roots, extensive volunteer work and experience serving on local boards and committees. But Slatter’s broad vision for Bellevue and distinct perspective make her the best candidate to challenge the status quo and take creative risks in governing Bellevue.