Today’s centerpiece article on the opinion page about women candidates, “Don’t get mad, get elected,” got me wondering about the future of this state’s female leadership.
Washington has a woman governor and two women senators. The state Senate has a woman majority leader (Lisa Brown), and the state Legislature is full of women.
But now Brown has announced she’s not seeking re-election, and Gov. Chris Gregoire is stepping down, likely to be replaced by either Rob McKenna or Jay Inslee. If Sen. Marie Cantwell is defeated in November, the state will only have one woman elected statewide (Sen. Patty Murray).
I know, I’m not counting the Supreme Court, which has four female justices. But I kind of put them in an entirely different category from the rough and tumble of politics – although the judiciary is becoming increasingly politicized.
So far the only women I’ve heard of who are seeking statewide elected office are Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman and former state senator Kathleen Drew, who are both running for secretary of state. Where are the female candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, public lands commissioner, insurance commissioner and superintendent of public instruction?
If you know of any, leave a comment and let me know. My admittedly cursory search of our archives hasn’t turned up any more.
Filing week is coming up May 14-18. It would be great to see some women stepping up to run for some of those offices, although if they haven’t made their intentions known and started raising money, they’re probably already out of the loop.