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 LGBT 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 benefitted 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 LGBT constituency in their districts nevertheless will receive LGBT support. This raises the awareness that the LGBT 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 28 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. To contribute, visit: www.fightingforthemajority.com
What seats could change in 2018?
Key races in the Senate include defending LGBT supporters Senator Steve Hobbs (44th district) and Senator Patty Kuderer in the 48th district. We are also working hard to elect our first two lesbians to the Senate: Claire Wilson is running against anti-gay Senator Mark Miloscia (30th district) and Emily Randall is running for an open seat in the 26th district against anti-gay Marty McLendon. And Bellingham City Councilmember Pinky Vargas has a strong chance to unseat anti-gay Senator Doug Ericksen in the 42nd district.
In the House, we are defending lesbian Rep. Chris Kilduff (28th district) and ally Representative Kristine Reeves (30th district). We have an opportunity to grow the majority substantially with great challengers such as Bill Ramos and Lisa Callan (5th district); Tanisha Harris (17th district); Erin Frasier (19th district), Connie FitzPatrick and Joy Stanford (26th district), Mari Leavitt (28th district); Deborah Entenman (47th district), and Jared Mead (44th district). And we have an opportunity to elect democrats in districts held by Republicans for decades, including lesbian Kathy Gillespie (18th district) and districts in Spokane (6th district), and Puyallup (25th district), Bellingham (42nd district).