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2016 General Election Endorsements

Washington needs candidates for statewide executive offices, the state Supreme Court and legislative office who will support policies and uphold the principles that improve the state's business climate. Decisions made in Olympia, at the ballot box and in the state’s highest court affect every employer in the state, large and small. This page outlines AWB’s full list of candidate endorsements for the 2016 general election Nov. 8 based on candidate debates, 2016 judicial and legislative scorecards and candidate interviews. After hearing from both sides, AWB’s board also voted to oppose three statewide ballot measures: Initiative 732 (carbon tax), Initiative 1433 (minimum wage) and Initiative 1464 (taxpayer funded political campaigns).

State Executives

Kim Wyman - R
Secretary of State
Erin Jones
Office of the Superintendent
of Public Instruction
Steve McLaughlin - R
Public Lands Commissioner

State Supreme Court

Judge Dave Larson

Greg Zempel


State Senate

Sen. Barbara Baiiley
Republican
10th Leg. District
Score: 93%
Sen. Randi Becker
Republican
2nd Leg, District
Score: 96%

Sen. Andy Billig
Democrat
3rd Leg. District
Sen. John Braun  
Republican
20th Leg. District
Score: 85%
Sen. Annette Cleveland
Democrat
49th Leg. District
Sen. Curtis King
Republican
14th Leg. District
Score: 98%
Rep. Chad Magendanz
Republican
5th Leg. District
Sen. Steve O'Ban
Republican
28th Leg. District
Score: 97%

Sen. Mike Padden
Republican
4th Leg. District
Score: 85%

Sen. Kirk Pearson
Republican
39th Leg. District
Score: 90%
Sen. Ann Rivers
Republican
18th Leg. District
100%
Sen. Mark G. Schoesler
Republican
9th Leg. District
Score: 95%
Rep. Maureen Walsh
Republican
16th Leg. District

Rep. Lynda Wilson
Republican
17th Leg. District
Jon Wyss
Republican
12th Leg. District
Rep. Hans Zeiger
Republican
25th Leg. District

State House

Rep. Andrew Barkis
Republican
2nd Leg. District
Position 2
Rep. Vincent Buys
Republican
42nd Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 89%
Rep. Michelle Caldier
Republican
26th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 85%
Mike Chapman
Democrat
24th Leg. District
Position 1
Rep. Bruce Chandler
Republican
15th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 85%
Rep. Cary Condotta
Republican
12th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 85%
Rep. Richard DeBolt
GOP
20th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 92%
Rep. Tom Dent
Republican
13th Leg. District
Position 1
Score:895
Rep. Mary Dye
Republican
9th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 88%
Rep. Jake Fey
Democrat
27th Leg. District
Position 2
Phil Fortunato
Republican
31st Leg. District
Position 2
Paul Graves
Republican
5th Leg. District
Position 2
Rep. Dan Griffey
Republican
35th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 81%
Rep. Larry Haler
Republican
8th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 85%
Rep. Mark Hargrove
Republican
47th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 89%
Rep. Mark Harmsworth
Republican
44th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 81%
Rep. Paul Harris
Republican
17th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 85%
Rep. Dave Hayes
Republican
10th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 85%
Rep. Teri Hickel
Republican
30th Leg. District
Position 2

Rep. Jeff Holy
Republican
6th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 89%
Janice Huxford
Republican
44th Leg. District
Position 1
William "Bill" Jenkin
Republican
16th Leg. District
Position 1

Rep. Brad Klippert
Republican
8th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 85%
Rep. Linda Kochmar
Republican
30th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 85%
Vicki Kraft
Republican
17th Leg. District
Position 1
Rep. Joel Kretz
Republican
7th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 88%
Rep. Dan Kristiansen
Republican
39th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 87%
John Koster
Republican
39th Leg. District
Position 2
Jim Langston
Republican
1st Leg. District
Position 2
Rep. Drew MacEwen
Republican
35th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 83%
Rep. Matt Manweller
Republican
13th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 89%
Rep. Gina McCabe
Republican
14th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 92%
Rep. Bob McCaslin
Republican
4th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 89%
Joyce McDonald
Republican
Leg. District 25
Position 2
Rep. Richard Muri
Republican
28th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 93%
Rep. Terry Nealey
Republican
16th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 92%
Rep. Ed Orcutt
Republican
20th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 85%
Rep. Liz Pike
Republican
18th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 89%
Rep. Jay Rodne
Republican
5th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 96%
Rep. Joe Schmick
Republican
9th Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 89%
Rep. Matt Shea
Republican
4th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 85%
Rep. Shelly Short
Republican
7th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 89%
Rep. Norma Smith
Republican
10th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 85%
Rep. Melanie Stambaugh
Republican
25th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 85%
Mike Steele
Republican
12th Leg. District
Position 2
Rep. Drew Stokesbary
Republican
31st Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 92%
Rep. Pat Sullivan
Democrat
47th Leg. District
Position 2
Rep. David Taylor
Republican
15th Leg, District
Position 2
Alishia Topper
Democrat
49th Leg. District
Position 2
Ramiro Valderrama
Republican
45th Leg. District
Position 1

Rep. Luanne Van Werven
Republican
42nd Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 89%

Rep. Brandon Vick
Republican
18th Leg. District
Position 1
Score:96%
Mike Volz
Republican
6th Leg. District
Position 1
Jim Walsh
Republican
19th Leg. District
Position 1
Rep. JT Wilcox
Republican
2nd Leg. District
Position 2
Score: 92%
Rep. Jesse Young
Republican
26th Leg. District
Position 1
Score: 81%

Initiatives: AWB Opposes

  • I-732: If approved by voters, this measure would impose a flat carbon tax starting in 2017 that would be assessed per metric ton of carbon emissions, on fossil fuels like gasoline and fossil-fuel-generated electricity. New research from the No On 732 campaign confirms the significant energy price hikes already disclosed by I-732 proponents. AWB opposes I-732 because it will result in higher energy and fuel costs on consumers and impact job growth in key economic sectors of manufacturing and agriculture:
    • $628 more for annual household energy costs
    • $.25 more per gallon of gas
    • 5,000 fewer manufacturing jobs
    • 7,000 fewer agriculture jobs
    • $12 billion higher Washington trade deficit
  • I-1433: If approved by voters, this measure would increase the state’s minimum wage for workers age 18 and up to $11 per hour in 2017 and gradually increase the state minimum wage to $13.50 per hour by 2020. It would also require employers to provide one hour of paid sick and safe leave for every 40 hours worked to all employees beginning in 2018. AWB opposes this initiative because of the diverse economies around the state and the uneven economic recovery – a wage increase that can be absorbed in Seattle may not work with the economies of other cities and counties that have yet to see the economic recovery of the central Puget Sound.

  • I-1464: If approved by voters, this measure would allow for publicly-financed political campaigns. Using residents’ tax dollars, the state would allow for up to three $50 vouchers for each citizen on a first-come, first-served basis, to use to contribute to political candidates of their choosing. It would also restrict lobbying employment by certain former elected officials and public employees and add enforcement to the last provision. This measure would also remove the non-resident sales tax exemption as one of the means to fund the voucher system. AWB opposes this initiative because it will unfairly hurt border counties that rely on out-of-state customers, including our Canadian neighbors, to shop at their businesses. It also creates a system by which a well-organized campaign could game the system, shutting our newcomers to the political process. Finally, the initiative cost estimates to taxpayers are roughly 10-fold the tax revenue collected from removing the out-of-state sales tax break.


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