What is Fighting for the Majority?
In 1998, after a Republican-controlled legislature overrode Governor Locke’s veto to create the state’s so-called Defense of Marriage Act, a dedicated group of gay and lesbian citizens recognized that if the LGBTQ community were to advance civil rights at the state level they would need to get involved in electoral process in a clear and powerful way. They decided to create a fundraiser to help elect legislators who would stand for equality. By and large, Democrats were the only candidates and legislators willing to do so, so the event benefited Democrats. These citizens dubbed the successful fundraiser Fighting for the Majority. It became an annual event, and today Fighting for the Majority raises more “hard” money to support the Democratic caucuses than any other fundraiser.
Why give to Fighting for the Majority?
Funds raised by Fighting for the Majority go to directly support the election of Democratic legislators in swing districts via the House Democratic Campaign Committee and the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign (HDCC and WSDC). Armed with electoral expertise, research and polling, the WSDC and HDCC dynamically target our funds to the swing districts where they are most needed. This means, of course, Democratic legislative candidates who don’t necessarily have a large or obvious LGBTQ constituency in their districts nevertheless will receive LGBTQ support. This raises the awareness that the LGBTQ community is an important constituency for all Democrats in the Legislature.
How does Fighting for the Majority Work?
Fighting for the Majority is one of simplest fundraisers ever. Volunteers serve on the organizing committee, and they help get the word out. Individuals can sponsor the event starting at the $200 level, and couples may sponsor starting at $300. Sponsors who make their donation by September 278 will be recognized on the printed invitation to the event. The expense of the event is minimal, so nearly all the funds raised go directly to support the retention of a Democratic majority in the Legislature. You can make a contribution by following the link here.
What seats could change in 2020?
Key races in the Senate include defending LGBT supporters Senator Dean Takko (19th district) and Senator Mark Mullet in the 5th district. We will also be working hard to defeat anti-gay Senator Steve O’Ban (28th district) and to reclaim seats in the 10th, 25th, and 17th districts.
In the House, we will again be defending lesbian Rep. Chris Kilduff (28th district) and allies like Bill Ramos and Lisa Callan (5th district), Dave Paul (10th district); Mari Leavitt (28th district); Sharon Shewmake (42nd district); John Lovick and Jared Mead (44th district); and Deborah Entenman (47th district);. We’ll also be defending open seats in at least one competitive district in the 30th district.