Representative Position 2
Noel Christina Frame
“I want to lead a statewide conversation about an income tax,” Noel Christina Frame brashly proclaimed at a League of Women Voters forum on July 12. Say no more.
As the Washington State director of Progressive Majority and a longtime board member of the Washington Bus, Frame has spent years working to recruit and elect progressives to office. As a young social justice advocate, Frame has personally walked the talk, taking in and fostering two cousins whose mother couldn’t care for them. Frame promises to be a bulldog of a politician, tenaciously fighting for progressive reform, even if it means dragging the rest of the Democratic caucus with her. Nobody else in Seattle’s legislative delegation has taken such a bold stance—nor has her general- election opponent.
Frame’s opponent, Port of Seattle commissioner Gael Tarleton, also says a lot of the right things, but she lacks Frame’s passion and clarity. Both candidates say they want to spend more money on education, infrastructure, and social services, but only Frame zeroes in on our state’s structural revenue deficit as the real obstacle to a progressive agenda. The problem: Washington relies on a sales tax more than any other state, but the sale of goods has been a shrinking portion of our economy for the last five decades, resulting in systematic cuts to education year after year. Frame understands the problem and is prepared to fix it. Plus, she’s got the sole endorsement of Governor Chris Gregoire, a host of progressive labor unions, and prominent environmental groups. She’s got our support, too. Vote for Frame.
You can also read The Stranger’s primary endorsement of Frame here: