MLK Labor Endorses 15 Additional Municipal Candidates

June 19, 2019

Contact: Charles Lapham, MLK Labor Communications Director
503-713-3032, Charles@MLKLabor.org

MLK Labor Endorses 15 Additional Candidates for Municipal Office in King County


(SEATTLE) — MLK Labor delegates, which are composed of several hundred rank-and-file union members and leaders, voted to endorse 15 additional candidates running for municipal office in across King County. These follow two earlier rounds of endorsements and are part of an expanded effort to bring a working-class voice to office across the county.

All 2019 MLK Labor endorsements are available at MLKLabor.org/endorsements

The following endorsements were made:

  • Zach DeWolf, Seattle City Council position 3
  • Marli Larimer, Kent City Council position 1
  • Kevin Peck, King County District Court – East Division
  • Sam Cho, Port Commissioner, position 2
  • Joe McClain, King County Water District 90 Commissioner
  • Julie Wise, King County Director of Elections
  • John Wilson, King County Assessor
  • Leanne Guire, Mayor, City of Pacific
  • Joe McDermott, King County Council, District 8
  • Kevin Schilling, Burien City Council, position 4
  • Senayet Negusse, SeaTac City Council, position 1
  • Aaron Garcia, Highline School Board, position 1
  • Katherine Festa, Federal Way City Council, position 7
  • Luckisha Phillips, Federal Way School Board, position 3
  • Kim-Khanh Van, Renton City Council, position 7

Delegates also voted to oppose: Jeanette Burrage, Highline School Board, position 5

In addition to the above candidates, MLK Labor has endorsed the Yes! Seattle Libraries Campaign Levy.

The following statement was issued by MLK Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Grant:

“Workers across King County deserve to have their voice heard at every level of government, and that’s why we’re excited to be supporting so many candidates for local office in 2019. Every candidate we’ve endorsed has gone through a rigorous vetting process and answered directly from union members about the most important issues they’re facing.”


MLK Labor is the central body of labor organizations in King County, Washington. We are affiliated with the National AFL-CIO, the central labor organization in the United States, representing more than 13 million working people. We represent more than 150 unions and 100,000 workers. United, we are a voice for the interests and needs of working people in King County.

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