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2018 AWB Endorsements

Washington needs leaders in the state Legislature who understand how the decisions they make impact employers, employees and communities. After an extensive interview process, AWB has determined the following candidates have demonstrated clear and strong support for private-sector employers and are aligned with AWB's mission to build statewide economic prosperity. Additional endorsements will be made in September.

To view candidates by district, click here. To learn more, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Mike Ennis.

Opposed: Initiative 1631

AWB opposes the carbon fee initiative, I-1631, which seeks to impose a new carbon emissions fee on Washington employers.

“After careful consideration, our members concluded I-1631 is not the right way to reduce emissions,” AWB President Kris Johnson said. “We share the goal of protecting the environment, but this initiative will raise the cost of energy for families and employers while offering little assurance it will result in a meaningful reduction of carbon emissions.”

I-1631 would establish an escalating fee on carbon emissions starting at $15 per metric ton, immediately adding 14 cents per gallon to the cost of gasoline. The fee would increase annually by $2 per ton plus inflation. The fee would raise up to an estimated $1 billion per year to start, and those funds would be distributed by a newly created, unelected board made up of people from different interest groups. The board would be given wide latitude over how to spend the revenue, making it unclear exactly how it would be used.

“Washington businesses are already among the greenest in the world and they continue to look for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint,” Johnson added. “This initiative will do little to reduce global carbon emissions while placing Washington employers, especially small businesses, at a competitive disadvantage with other states and regions that won’t have to pay the higher energy costs.

“There’s also concern that this establishes an unelected body of decision-makers,” Johnson added. “We believe there are better ways to reduce carbon emissions while also protecting jobs and family budgets.”

State Senate

Sen. Sharon Brown
8th Leg. District
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Sen. Doug Ericksen
42nd Leg. District
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Sen. Joe Fain
47th Leg. District
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Dale Fonk
45th Leg. District
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Sen. Phil Fortunato
31st Leg. District
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Sen. Steve Hobbs
44th Leg. District
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Rep. Jeff Holy
6th Leg. District
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Sen. Jim Honeyford
15th Leg. District
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Marty McClendon
26th Leg. District
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Sen. Mark Miloscia
30th Leg. District
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Sen. Tim Sheldon
35th Leg. District
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Rodney Tom
48th Leg. District
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Sen. Judy Warnick
13th Leg. District
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Sen. Keith Wagoner
29th Leg. District
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State House

Michael Appleby
41st Leg. District
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Rep. Andrew Barkis
2nd Leg. District
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Petra Bigea
21st Leg. District
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Rep. Brian Blake
19th Leg. District
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Matt Boehnke
8th Leg. District
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Rep. Michelle Caldier
26th Leg. District
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Kelly Chambers
25th Leg. District
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Rep. Mike Chapman
24th Leg. District
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Chris Corry
14th Leg. District
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Rep. Richard DeBolt
20th Leg. District
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Rep. Tom Dent
13th Leg. District
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Rep. Mary Dye
9th Leg. District
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Rep. Carolyn Eslick
39th Leg. District
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Maia Espinoza
28th Leg. District
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Rep. Jake Fey
27th Leg. District
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Chris Gildon
25th Leg. District
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Keith Goehner
12th Leg. District
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Jenny Graham
6th Leg. District
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Rep. Paul Graves
5th Leg. District
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Rep. Dan Griffey
35th Leg. District
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Rep. Mark Hargrove
47th Leg. District
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Rep. Mark Harmsworth
44th Leg. District
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Rep. Dave Hayes
10th Leg. District
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Larry Hoff
18th Leg. District
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Rep. Morgan Irwin
31st Leg. District
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Rep. William “Bill” Jenkin
16th Leg. District
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Bert Johnson
38th Leg. District
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Rep. Brad Klippert
8th Leg. District
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Linda Kochmar
30th Leg. District
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Rep. Vicki Kraft
17th Leg. District
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Dave Lucas
3rd Leg. District
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Rep. Drew C. MacEwen
35th Leg. District
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Chad Magendanz
5th Leg. District
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Rep. Matt Manweller
13th Leg. District
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Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber
13th Leg. District
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Rep. Gina Mosbrucker
14th Leg. District
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Rep. Richard (Dick) Muri
28th Leg. District
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Rep. Ed Orcutt
20th Leg. District
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Rep. Kristine Reeves
30th Leg. District
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Skyler Rude
16th Leg. District
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Jeff Sax
44th Leg. District
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Rep. Joe Schmick
9th Leg. District
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Rep. Matt Shea
4th Leg. District
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Rep. Larry Springer
45th Leg. District
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Rep. Mike Steele
12th Leg. District
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Rep. Drew Stokesbary
31st Leg. District
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Rep. Pat Sullivan
47th Leg. District
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Rep. Steve Tharinger
24th Leg. District
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Rep. Luanne Van Werven
42nd Leg. District
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Rep. Brandon Vick
18th Leg. District
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Rep. Mike Volz
6th Leg. District
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Amy Walen
48th Leg. District
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Rep. Jim Walsh
19th Leg. District
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Rep. JT Wilcox
2nd Leg. District
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Rep. Jesse Young
26th Leg. District
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