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As an independent-minded, moderate Democrat, I already have relationships with people from both parties in my district. And I will work to make good decisions based upon facts and analysis, not partisanship, for the good of everyone who calls the 39th home. I am pro-union, pro-economic development, pro family and pro public safety. And I have dedicated my life to helping other people, and my jobs and my personal life, as mother of eight and grandmother of 17, demonstrate this commitment.

Now I am asking for your vote by Nov. 8 so I can work for all of the 39th and all of rural Washington in our State House. We can do this is we all pull together!

Ronda Metcalf: Making Families Safer, Healthier and More Stable

Here is what the Everett Herald’s Editorial Board says:

“Calmer Minds need to prevail.” & “Metcalf merits election to the House.”

 Imagine What Ronda Could Do Serving Us in Olympia!

Please Vote by Nov. 8: Ronda Metcalf for State Representative, 39th L.D., Position 2!

Ronda Metcalf is trusted by the people you trust:

39th Legislative District Democrats
Skagit County Democrats
Snohomish County Democrats
Washington State High School Democrats
38th Legislative District Democrats
Washington Education Association – PAC
Sierra Club
Snohomish County Young Democrats
Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle
African American Caucus of the Washington State Democrats
Native American Caucus of the Washington State Democrats
National Women’s Political Caucus
Washington State Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers
UAW Local 4121
Washington State Labor Council
Amalgamated Transit Union
Northwest Washington Labor Council
Snohomish County Labor Council
Housing Alliance Action Fund
Washington Indian Gaming Association
Sauk Suiattle Indian Tribe
Lummi Nation
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Stillaguamish Tribe


On October 20, 2016, The Daily Herald of Everett’s Editorial Board published its endorsement of Ronda Metcalf for State Representative for the 39th L.D., Position 2

Republican John Koster and Democrat Ronda Metcalf are seeking the seat vacated by Rep. Elizabeth Scott of Monroe.

Koster has a long political resume, serving in the Legislature in the 39th District from 1995 to 2001, then on the Snohomish County Council from 2002 until 2014, when he was term-limited. He then was appointed to the county’s ombudsman’s post, but lost the position at the end of 2014 when the County Council elected not to reappoint him — at the recommendation of then-County Executive John Lovick — after Koster signed his name to an anti-union fundraising letter. Koster has since sued the county, seeking $950,000, claiming his free speech rights were violated.

Koster can be overtly partisan. In previous years that would have been less of an issue, but in the coming session, particularly as the Legislature confronts negotiations on school funding in addition to the two-year operating and capital budgets, cooler heads and a willingness to meet in the middle will have to prevail.

Metcalf, a Darrington resident who is the general manager for the Sauk Suiattle Tribe, has political experience, having served eight years in total on the tribal council. Among her work as general manager she has introduced programs to promote rural health and economic development.

 An Army veteran, in 1979 she was among the first women trained as a combat medic. She has previously worked as a corrections officer and a sheriff’s deputy in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Metcalf said she would seek to work on issues related to families and children, elder abuse and opioid addiction, increasing assistance to the district’s rural areas to address those needs.

Tribal politics can be contentious, and Metcalf has been able to build relationships on the Sauk Suiattle council and as its general manager, political skills that should transfer well to the Legislature. Metcalf merits election to the House.


Ronda Metcalf, Sauk-Suiattle, a Formidable Candidate for Washington State Legislature

By Richard Walker
It’s roughly a month before the general election and Ronda Metcalf’s ascension to the Washington state House of Representatives from the 39th District now seems not so out of reach.

Metcalf, Sauk-Suiattle, faces John Koster, a former state legislator and Snohomish County Council member whose campaign for U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 – in which he was favored to win – was derailed when he referred to sexual assault as “the rape thing” when answering a question about abortion.

With his party’s presidential nominee’s offensive comments about women regularly making news, Koster’s “rape thing” is a dark cloud over him.

Metcalf finished 4,901 votes behind Koster in the primary. If she picks up the 1,220 votes cast for the Libertarian Party’s candidate, who did not advance to the general election, the gap narrows to 3,681. Consider that the general election voter turnout is expected to be higher than in the primary, and her victory seems within reach.

Metcalf is certainly campaigning that way. “We have knocked on about 4,000 doors all together,” she messaged via Facebook on October 8. She’s participated in two parades and four meet-and-greets, with several more events coming up.

“No debates,” she wrote. “Everywhere I have gone, my opponent has been invited but never has shown up.”

Koster is a formidable opponent. But he shouldn’t count Metcalf out.

Metcalf served as a U.S. Army combat medic for nine years, earned a B.A. in social work and a graduate degree in education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and later worked as a mental health counselor, sheriff’s deputy, and a corrections officer.

She served on the Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Council from 2005-09 and again from 2013-15, including a stint as vice-chairwoman. She served on the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, on a work group of the IHS National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health, and as Sauk-Suiattle’s director of health and social services. She is now Sauk-Suiattle’s general manager, overseeing a government with nine departments, several economic enterprises, and more than 100 employees.

“I came into a big mess” as general manager, she said. Sauk-Suiattle had been sued by former employees who claimed they had been discriminated against. While the plaintiffs were not successful, she said, she worked with a team to implement new policies regarding employment, finance and procurement; and wrote a new employee handbook “which, I hope, will be adopted by council soon,” she said.

Metcalf said most voters she’s met put the same stock in tribal government experience as they do experience in other forms of government. She said local and tribal government constituents have much in common.

“People in my tribe experience the same issues as someone in Concrete or Sedro-Woolley,” she said.

Metcalf’s endorsements include the state Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, the Washington State Labor Council, the Amalgamated Transit Union, Northwest Washington Labor Council, Snohomish County Labor Council, as well as the Lummi, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, and Swinomish nations.

Metcalf was a council member in 2014 when a massive landslide occurred in the Stillaguamish River town of Oso, burying a neighborhood and killing 43 people. She jumped into the recovery effort, advocating for residents affected by the disaster and pushing for the reopening of the only road through the area. She testified before a U.S. Senate committee on federal response to the tragedy, asking that FEMA improve its coordination with tribes and charitable organizations like the Red Cross; and BIA and IHS to formalize disaster response protocols so emergency resources are available when needed.

She continues to advocate on behalf of those lost in the mudslide. She said the county and state have purchased properties on the landslide site and propose installing a walking and bicycling trail there, something she believes is inappropriate. People died there; parts of bodies were not recovered, she said. And a man who was homeless and believed to be in the area when the landslide occurred has not been seen since. This is sacred ground, she said.

Other priorities: Improving transportation services in rural areas (part of her legislative district is rural and not all communities have transportation services); improving access to substance-abuse treatment; and raising the minimum wage to copy5 an hour.

“The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe raised its minimum wage to copy5 an hour in 2008,” she said. “We had 58 employees then and have 102 employees now, and [the higher wage] has not hurt us a bit.”

Families ‘need a voice’

“I am running as an advocate for Washington families,” Metcalf said when she announced her candidacy. “Our families are dealing with economic uncertainty, the difficulty of keeping a roof over their heads, the spread of illegal drugs in our communities, and the challenges and joys of raising children. Our families need a voice in Olympia. So do the veterans who are part of many of our families.”

“In talking with my children and grandchildren, we decided it was time for me to bring my experience and advocacy to Olympia,” she said.

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The 39th is an Amazing Place

We have the best people, the mountains, the rivers,
the tall trees, the prairies, the horses, the most fun,
the people with the biggest hearts. That’s why Ronda
Metcalf, a Sauk Suiattle Tribal Member, calls it home,
and besides it is the ancestral home of her tribe and
two other closely related tribes, making the 39th
even more diverse and amazing. Here is a map of
this page, rural district with many small cities and

Our families are dealing with economic uncertainty, the difficulty of keeping a roof over their heads, the spread of illegal drugs in our communities, and the challenges and joys of raising children. Our families need a voice in Olympia. So do the veterans who are part of many of our families. — Ronda Metcalf


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