At Teamsters 117, we have a committee of members that participates in interviewing candidates and making recommendations for who our union endorses. That decision is based on which candidates the committee feels best represent the needs of working families.

In 2019, our Statewide Political Advisory Committee met with dozens of candidates and made endorsements for local office for positions which will appear on your Primary and General Election ballot this year. Those candidates are listed below.

King County - County Wide
Jurisdiction Position Endorsed Candidate
King County Director of Elections Julie Wise
  County Council, Pos 2 Larry Gossett
  County Council, Pos 4 Jeanne Kohl-Welles
  County Council, Pos 6 Claudia Balducci
  County Council, Pos 8 Joe McDermott
Port of Seattle Commissioner, Pos 2

Sam Cho

  Commissioner, Pos 5 Fred Felleman


King & Pierce Counties - by city
Jurisdiction Position Endorsed Candidate
City of Auburn City Council, Pos 5 Chris Stearns
City of Burien City Council, Pos 4 Kevin Schilling
  City Council, Pos 6 Sofia Aragon
City of Federal Way City Council, Pos 3 Sharry Edwards
  City Council, Pos 5 Jamila Taylor
City of Kent City Council, Pos 1 Marli Larimer
  City Council, Pos 5 Mizan Rahman
  City Council, Pos 7 Awale Farah
City of SeaTac City Council, Pos 1 Senayet Negusse
  City Council, Pos 3 Damiana Merryweather
  City Council, Pos 5 Takele Gobena
  City Council, Pos 7 Mohamed Egal
City of Seattle City Council, District 1 Lisa Herbold
  City Council, District 2 Tammy Morales
  City Council, District 3 Egan Orion
  City Council, District 5 Debora Juarez
  City Council, District 6

Dan Strauss

  City Council, District 7

Jim Pugel

Andrew Lewis (Dual)

Steilacoom Historical School District School Board, Pos 1 Melanie Stone
City of Tacoma City Council, Pos 1 Nathe Lawver
  City Council, Pos 7 Conor McCarthy

City of Tukwila

City Council, Pos 2 Nancy Manos