Elected Experience: Seattle City Councilmember
Other Professional Experience: Director and Senior Manager at Microsoft; Senior Vice President at Porter Novelli; Puget Sound Business Journal “Woman of Excellence”
Education: University of Hartford, Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering
Community Service: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Puget Sound; Co-founder of Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility; Washington Citizens for Fairness; CITIES Technology and Leadership Project, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle “Spirit Award”; Human Rights Campaign
Statement: Tina Podlodowski offers a proven 30-year track record of elected and community leadership, and the technology and management experience to get voters participating in our democracy again. She’s currently working with auditors and leaders in all 39 counties on improvements like postage-paid ballots, more ballot drop boxes, and automatic voter registration.
A successful high-tech businesswoman, Tina is qualified to champion neglected reforms to support Washington businesses and safeguard our tax dollars. She will invest responsibly in a voting system that works for everyone, not a particular political party.
Washington used to be a leader in elections. But under the current Secretary of State voter participation has declined to a record low of 38%, with over one million eligible citizens still unregistered. Like many partisan Republicans, the incumbent has routinely opposed the Washington Voting Rights Act and other voting innovations like Election Day registration and pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds. We must do better.
Tina is the only candidate endorsed by the non-partisan Women’s Political Caucus of Washington – and she is supported by county auditors, community organizations, and voters of all parties who agree with Tina: “Every voice matters. Every vote counts.”