10 Legislative Candidates Earn Small Business Support in Primary

Date: July 22, 2022

Challengers, open seat candidates gain pre-Primary Election backing from NFIB

OLYMPIA, Wash., July 22, 2022—The political action committee for Washington state’s leading small-business association today announced additional pre-Primary Election endorsements for seats in the state Senate and House of Representatives.

“With so many critical small-business issues like workforce shortages, fuel and energy price spikes, and out-of-control criminal activity squarely in the hands of the state legislature, Main Street needs more allies than ever,” said Patrick Connor, Washington state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “These 10 candidates are the very best prospects for adding to the roster of small-business champions serving in Olympia when lawmakers return in January.”

Endorsements were made by a panel of small-business owners from across the state based on questionnaire responses, fundraising, and voter outreach.

The 10 newly endorsed candidates include:

  • LD-10, House, Pos. 2 (challenger) Karen Lesetmoe
  • LD-15, Senate (open seat) Nikki Torres
  • LD-15, House, Pos. 2 (open seat) Bryan Sandlin
  • LD-24, House, Pos. 2 (challenger) Brian Pruiett
  • LD-26, House, Pos. 1 (open seat) Spencer Hutchins
  • LD-30, House, Pos. 2 (open seat) Ashli Tagoai
  • LD-38, House, Pos. 1 (open seat) Gary Kemp
  • LD-38, House, Pos. 2 (open seat) Mark James
  • LD-47, Senate (open seat) Bill Boyce
  • LD-47, House, Pos. 2 (open seat) Carmen Goers

In all, the NFIB Washington PAC has made 54 endorsements of legislative candidates that include incumbents, challengers to incumbents, and candidates running for open seats.

Research shows voters prefer small-business-backed candidates to those supported by organized labor or other groups.

The NFIB WA PAC will make further endorsements after the August 2 Primary.

Contact: Patrick Connor, Washington State Director, [email protected]
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

Keep up with the latest Washington state small-business news at www.nfib.com/washington or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_WA or on Facebook @NFIB.WA


For nearly 80 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.

NFIB Washington
111 – 21st Avenue Southwest
Olympia, WA 98501
Twitter: @NFIB_WA


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