Political Action

Whether we like it or not, politics plays a huge role in our lives. And especially as public employees, lawmakers at every level make decisions that impact whether our jobs will be funded, our retirement plans will remain solvent, or whether we can take time off to care for a sick loved one.

PROTEC17 members advocate for laws and policies at the city, county and state level that support our members and their families. In addition, we have a political action committee (PAC) that makes endorsements for worker-friendly candidates. The PAC is funded through voluntary donations — NEVER DUES MONEY.

Join the Political Action Committee

Interested in our member-led Political Action Committee (PAC) and supporting worker-oriented legislation and candidates? This unique group allows PROTEC17 members to share the work we do with political candidates, as well as show our support to those who are committed to supporting working people and their families. If you are interested in participating on the Political Action Committee (PAC), please reach out to our Political Director, Brandon Hersey.

WA State Political Update – June 2024

2024 WA State Legislative Session

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Contact your legislator!

2024 Portland Endorsements

District 1 (East):

District 2 (North):

District 3 (Inner East):

District 4 (West and Sellwood):

  • Sarah Silkie
  • (Second and third endorsements not yet decided)

The 2024 PROTEC17 Portland Election Committee will reconvene later this month to consider open endorsements. The goal is to make three endorsements for each district. The committee will also consider candidates for Mayor later in the summer.

More information on each candidate’s platform or to make a personal contribution can be found at the link to their individual websites. All endorsed candidates are registered for the City’s small donor elections program, so any contribution over $5 will make a significant impact in raising matching funds from the City. Please consider making contributions to the candidates above today! Please note that PROTEC17 does NOT use dues money to contribute to candidates, so any contributions are strictly voluntary.

If you have any questions about our committee’s process or would like more information about the endorsements above, please feel free to contact PROTEC17 Research Director and Oregon Legislative Advocate, Elliot Levin, at .

2023 WA Endorsements

Participate in the 2023 endorsement process

Are you a PROTEC17 member who is interested in getting involved?

There are a number of important local races in the 2023 election cycle, and PROTEC17 members are encouraged to get involved via our Political Action Committee (PAC)!  If you are interested in participating on endorsement committees or doing campaign work, please reach out to PROTEC17 Political Director Brandon Hersey at .

Are you a political candidate seeking endorsement?

PROTEC17’s 2023 endorsement questionnaires are now available! If you’re interested in engaging in our 2023 candidate endorsement process please begin by filling out the appropriate questionnaire (below) and emailing Political Director Brandon Hersey () to schedule an interview.

Questionnaires by Jurisdiction:

City of Bellingham:
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City of Seattle:

City of SeaTac:

City of Spokane:

King County: