Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz Endorses Marilyn Strickland for Congress

Franz, A Clean Energy Advocate and Champion for Climate Change Action, Is Latest State Leader to Support Marilyn As Part of Her Growing, Diverse Coalition

TACOMA, WA – Marilyn Strickland announced today that the Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, has endorsed her campaign to represent Washington’s 10th Congressional District. Commissioner Franz, an environmental attorney, clean energy advocate and champion for action on climate change, is the latest state leader to support Marilyn as part of her broad and diverse coalition.

Marilyn’s record on fighting climate change and advancing the region’s clean energy economy as the Mayor of Tacoma includes committing Tacoma to the Paris Climate Accord, launching a community gardens initiative, her leadership to expand public transit, and helping increase solar usage in the city by 26 percent.

“Marilyn is a tested, proven, and inclusive leader, and that’s why I am excited to endorse her campaign for Congress,” said Commissioner Franz. “Marilyn is exactly who we need fighting for our state and the South Sound in Congress. She can bring people together, bridge divides, and deliver results. I know that Marilyn will work to protect our environment and natural resources, and be an effective leader in Congress.”

“Hilary works every day on the front lines to protect our lands and waters, and to stand up for communities across our entire state. She is a tireless champion for our clean energy economy, for climate change action, and for bringing together rural, suburban and urban communities,” said Strickland. “I’m so grateful for Hilary’s support, and I look forward to working with Hilary and other elected leaders across Washington to implement and help fund plans that protect our communities, fight climate change, and build equitable economic opportunity for everyone.”

A recent survey of likely voters found Marilyn with a strong lead and clear path to victory for November.  If elected, Marilyn will be the first African-American from the Pacific Northwest elected to Congress, and the first Korean-American woman to serve in Congress’ 230-year history.

At the core of Marilyn’s campaign is a diverse and growing coalition of support. Local leaders and organizations supporting Marilyn include:

  • Former Washington State Representative and former 10th CD candidate, Kristine Reeves

  • Former Washington Governors Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke

  • Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06)

  • Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01)

  • Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02)

  • Victoria Woodards, Mayor of Tacoma

  • Don Anderson, Mayor of Lakewood

  • Nancy Backus, Mayor of Auburn

  • Former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice

  • Washington State Senator Steve Hobbs

  • Washington State Senator Jeannie Darnielle

  • Washington State Representative Jake Fey

  • Washington State Representative Melanie Morgan

  • Thurston County Young Democrats

  • Former Pierce County Executive, John Ladenburg

  • Former King County Executive and Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ron Sims

  • Former President of The Evergreen State College, Les Purce

  • The Vietnamese Community of Tacoma Pierce County

  • The Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective

  • The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – Puget Sound Chapter

  • Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers

  • Washington State Association of the UA Plumbers and Pipefitters

  • The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612 and 302

  • The Seafarers International Union

  • The Sailors Union of the Pacific

National leaders and organizations supporting Marilyn include:

  • The National Women’s Political Caucus

  • New Democrat Coalition Action Fund

  • House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn

  • Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters

  • Congressman Ted Lieu

  • Congressman Ami Bera

  • Congressman Pete Aguilar

  • The Congressional Black Caucus PAC

  • The Collective PAC

  • Voter Protection Project

  • The Higher Heights for America PAC

  • CAPA21

  • Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Rising & Empowering PAC

  • Asian-American Action Fund

  • The AAPI Victory Fund

  • The Korean-American Democratic Committee

  • The Korean Americans for Organizing Fund

You can view the full list of endorsements here.