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“The priorities we face in communities across South King County– housing affordability, behavioral health, supporting small business– require urgent investment and attention from our state government.
As an Auburn Councilmember and neighbor, I understand the challenges facing local families and have real experience making a positive difference.
I hope to earn your support.”
Chris
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Endorsed by

  • Attorney General
    Bob Ferguson
  • Lt. Governor
    Denny Heck
  • State Senator
    Claudia Kauffman, 47th LD
  • State Representative
    Debra Entenman, 47th LD
  • State Representative (fmr.)
    Pat Sullivan, 47th LD
  • County Executive
    Dow Constantine
  • County Council President
    Dave Upthegrove
  • Kent Mayor
    Dana Ralph
  • Auburn Mayor
    Nancy Backus
  • Covington Mayor
    Jeff Wagner
  • Auburn Deputy Mayor
    Larry Brown
  • Kent Council President
    Satwinder Kaur
  • Covington Councilmember & Mayor Pro Tem
    Sean Smith

Chris on Protecting Reproductive Choice

“As an attorney representing tribes and a member of the Washington State Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People Task Force, I see every day how our policies and priorities leave people behind. The unconscionable Dobbs decision has created a new generation of second-class citizens – they are our daughters, our sisters, and our loved ones.

I am proud that my work has been recognized by Pro-Choice Washington and other advoates for abortion rights and reprodictive care.

Moving forward, we must ensure that care is accessible across our state for Washingtonians and those traveling from other states seeking care. In an era of hospital mergers and some religious providers refusing care – we have work to do on this issue.

In order to protect every person’s access to care, we also must remove its expense which limits access based on wealth. Healthcare – including reproductive and gender affirming care – is a human right and the legislature must protect it for everyone. Not just the wealthy.

Additionally, the important and personal decision of whether and when to have a family should not be made under economic duress. In Olympia, I will fight for investments in families including affordable housing, childhood nutrition, and universal childcare.

Having spent decades taking on federal and state governments to protect the rights and deliver overdue resources for Native and other underrepresented communities, I am ready to work every day in Olympia to change that.

I would be honored to earn your support so that I can join you in your work to improve access to health for every Washingtonian, and those who seek sanctuary here for reproductive care.”

—Chris Stearns

About Chris

Chris Stearns is the State Representative for the 47th district and is one of only a handful of Native Americans ever elected to the Washington State legislature.

Chris is the Vice-Chair of the State Government & Tribal Relations Committee, Vice-Chair of the Regulated Substances & Gaming Committee, and a member of the Capital Budget Committee. He is also the Co-Chair of the Legislative Nuclear Energy Caucus and an ex-Officio Member of the WA State Horseracing Committee.

As an attorney with over 30 years of experience, Chris has worked at the state and federal level to advance the health and rights of Native Americans, youth, and vulnerable communities. He has worked to advance human and tribal rights, expand clean energy jobs, champion health care access and affordability, and improve economic opportunity for tribal and other marginalized communities.

Chris was previously an Auburn City Council member, where he was the Chair of the Public Works Committee. While on the Council, he coordinated with other cities in King County on issues including strengthening public safety, affordable housing, drug dependency, and salmon recovery. 

A longtime resident of Auburn, he and his wife Pamela have two adult daughters – both graduates of Auburn High School– and a grandson. They currently share their home with their dogs, Lovey and Peaches.