What was the criteria for endorsement?
Washington Bikes considers the following criteria when making endorsements:
- Clearly stated positions. Did the candidate make their positions clear?
- Policy record. Does the candidate have a record of support or opposition to our interests?
- Approachability and willingness to work on safety, health, and economic development issues germane to bicycling. Does the candidate demonstrate an openness and willingness to engage and are they approachable and accessible?
- Viability/electability. Is the candidate viable/electable?
- Personal and political experience. Does the candidate have the requisite experience to succeed in public office?
Why targeted and why these races?
The selected races represent places across Washington state where bicycling is ascendant and issues related to safety, health, and economic development are key values. Also, races with competition were selected and no uncontested races were endorsed.
These endorsements show the statewide and bipartisan nature of bicycling. The endorsed candidates include Washington Bikes legislative champions and candidates with an established record of working with Washington Bikes, its partners, and supporters to make progress in Olympia.
Will there be greater numbers and reach with future endorsements?
Yes. Washington Bikes will be working with all members of the legislature to track progress and will continue to communicate goals that focus on health, safety, and economic development. Looking forward to 2018, Washington Bikes will engage even more candidates statewide. In 2017, Washington Bikes will be working in selected cities and counties statewide.
When can I vote?
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, but ballots will be mailed out beginning Thursday, Oct. 20. It’s not too late to register! Register to vote by Monday, Oct. 10.
Where are the Washington Bikes 2016 General Election Endorsements?
See our 2016 General Election Endorsements.