With more than 53,000 ballots counted, I received 65% of the vote! What a great turnout and result. Thank you for the opportunity to continue my role as State Representative serving the residents of the 41st Legislative District.
I am also excited to have a new seatmate, My-Linh Thai, and to have turned the Eastside Blue with wins in the 5th Legislative District, the 44th Legislative District and the 8th Congressional District, with the first win ever by a Democrat in that district, Dr. Kim Schrier.
Senn with Dr. Kim Schrier on Election Night
What a night! At a little over 8pm, the Washington State Secretary of State released voting numbers reflecting a strong showing on the Eastside for Democratic females candidates.
I am grateful to have received 63% of the vote, sending me into the general election with a strong lead!
Thank you to all my voters, volunteers, donors, family, community and business leaders, elected officials and friends who have supported me during this re-election campaign!
Onward to November!
The two largest newspapers in the region, one more conservative and one more liberal, have endorsed me for re-election as State Representative, Position 1, for Washington State's 41st Legislative District.
"Although Rep. Tana Senn from the 41st Legislative District is best known as a voice for women and families in the Legislature, she also has made her mark on business-related policies," explains The Seattle Times, in their July 2018 endorsement. Read the full endorsement here.
The Stranger calls out, in particular, my work on gender pay equity and gun safety.
I am grateful for the focus on our race and these important endorsements.
My dad was a developer. When I was a kid, I would accompany him to the homes he was building. To this day, the smell of sawdust reminds me of my childhood.
Times have changed and sawdust is no longer a common smell on building sites. But my interest in housing issues remains.
As a legislator, I was honored to serve for four years on the State Building Code Council, helping ensure the health, safety and energy efficiency of our built environment. This year, we finally passed legislation to help strengthen and streamline the Building Code Council after years of stakeholder negotiations and collaboration.
Looking toward next legislative session, I anticipate ongoing robust discussions on my bill to reform condo liability laws to help stimulate affordable condominium development.
I am thrilled to have the endorsements from groups working in this area including:
- Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO,
- Seattle King County Realtors
- Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties
Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund
Washington Interior Systems Local Union No. 41
- Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
- Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30
- Laborers Local Union 242
- Teamsters Local Union 117
This past weekend, I joined 10,000 other parents, children, grandparents, strangers and new friends in a protest at the Federal Detention Center in Seatac. Families belong together and our country's actions in ripping immigrant and asylum-seeking families apart is not ok!
Last week, I marched with hundreds of community members and faith leaders who also believe that religion should never be used to justify inhumane actions. You cannot justify the unjust with an errant quote from the Bible.
The coming together of people of faith, of no faith or simply with faith in humanity is a powerful tool and something we need to do until every immigrant youth is reunited with their parents.
Make no mistake about it: our country continues to inflict trauma along our borders.
As a state, we spend countless hours, research dollars and funding to prevent childhood trauma, nurture foster youth, and keep families intact. We understand the importance of attachment for children, the brain science of trauma and how hard it is to overcome these things well into adulthood.
Yet we continue to reject science…and humanity...in pursuit of some political gain. This is a long-term problem of our own making and will prove to be a dark time for our country. This is further proof that elections matter.
I urge you to stay informed, volunteer, vote and make your voice heard.
Special thank you to teachers across our state who have expressed strong support for my re-election. I am thrilled to have the sole endorsement from the Washington Education Association and AFT Washington.
Thank you for the hard work you do every day to ensure our youth have a bright future!
I am thrilled to announce that Washington Conservation Voters has endorsed my primary and general election race!
Washington Conservation Voters is the statewide political voice for the environment. They work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, they advocate for strong environmental policies and hold elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through their political work, they are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future.
In the last hour of candidate filing, I received two challengers for my re-election bid to be your State Representative in the 41st Legislative District. While it makes the campaign season more of a challenge, this is what Democracy looks like.
During the campaign, you can expect me to work hard to spread my message, so voters know what I stand for and support:
- High-quality and accessible education for our littlest learners to our college students
- A robust economy that works for everyone
- A healthy environment
- Sensible gun laws to curb violence
Access for all to all health care options
- A vibrant and diverse community
Again, it would be my utmost honor to continue to represent the people of Bellevue, Beaux Arts Village, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Renton and Sammamish in the State legislature.
I hope I can count on your support.
Today, the Children’s Campaign Fund (CCF), announced its latest endorsements of candidates, all women and/or people of color, to be the next voices for children in the Washington state Legislature.
CCF endorsed Representatives Tana Senn, Shelley Kloba, Javier Valdez, Tina Orwall, Sharon Tomiko Santos and Monica Stonier, in addition to a number of promising and diverse candidates across the state including Erin Fraiser, Tanisha Harris, Kathy Gillespie and Sasha Bentley.
“These candidates will fight for the health, well-being, safety and education of all of Washington’s kids in Olympia,” said Randi Abrams-Caras, CCF co-chair
CCF is the state’s longest-standing, non-partisan political action committee (PAC) dedicated to helping elect legislators who will fight for the health, safety, education and welfare of Washington state’s children. In addition to helping elect legislative voices for our children, CCF also supports select statewide races and ballot measures that directly impact the well-being of children and families.