2017 Special Election

Are you ready to help flip the Washington State Senate blue this year? With the help of volunteers like you, we’ve identified thousands of left-leaning voters this year—now it’s time to remind them to get out and vote! With your help, Manka Dhingra (D) and other progressives can win up and down the ballot.

Manka Dhingra marches with Roger Goodman, Larry Springer, and a crowd of supporters in Kirkland. Credit: Lincoln Potter

About Manka

Manka has been an attorney in the King County Prosecutor’s Office for almost 20 years. Her work has centered around pioneering alternatives to incarceration. For the past five years, she’s been involved in legislative work on behalf of the County in the areas of mental health, criminal justice, and domestic violence.

Manka also co-founded Chaya, a non-profit organization devoted to South Asian victims of domestic violence, and has been active in PTSA, where she earned the State PTSA Golden Acorn Award.

Manka is particularly passionate about the critical issue of fully, fairly funding education and she shares Democratic progressive values down the line. Manka is razor-sharp on the issues and has a solid knowledge of our District where she lives and seeks to serve.

The 45th District Democrats were pleased to unanimously endorse Manka Dhingra (D) to be our next state Senator.



We are coordinating our canvassing efforts with Manka’s campaign and our approach is a little different this year. We’ll be walking smaller turfs and checking in with the campaign at the end of every day so that we all have the freshest data and are spending our canvassing time as effectively as possible.

If you’d like to canvass, sign up online, stop by Manka’s campaign headquarters, 8151 164th Ave NE, Redmond, or contact your area field organizer:

Before you canvass for the first time, pick up materials and get a quick training at the campaign HQ. The campaign office is open Sunday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. and Friday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. After your first training, you can contact your area field organizer to get your daily walk list any day you’d like to walk. You can call, email, or visit the campaign office in person to get these. Walk lists are available on paper or digitally through the MiniVAN app (download for Android or iOS). Stop by the campaign office to stock up on campaign literature and endorsement guides.

You can also canvass as part of a scheduled canvassing blitz. Sign up here or just come by the campaign office at these times:

  • Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 24, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 1, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 8, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

If you are canvassing, it is important to turn in your walk list before 10 p.m. each day! You can sync your list on the app, scan a paper copy to your field organizer, or call them to arrange a physical pick up. If you weren’t able to finish your list in one day, let your organizer know and they’ll work with you to get an updated list, adjusted to your pace. Syncing keeps us from knocking duplicate doors and lets us know when we need to send additional volunteers to an area.

For PCOs who would like to walk their home precincts, contact your organizer—they are happy to work with you if your precinct hasn’t already been walked.

As with our earlier canvassing, new canvassers are welcome! All volunteers will have a script and most canvassers will be knocking on friendly doors. Experienced canvassers looking for a challenge can ask for a list of independent voters.

Don’t forget to sign up for our volunteer newsletter to get email reminders and notifications about new volunteer opportunities.

Coordinated Phonebanking Drive

After canvassing, phone banking is one of the most effective tools in our campaign toolbox. Phonebanking sessions are held at Manka’s campaign headquarters, 8151 164th Ave NE, Redmond, every Tuesday starting at 5 p.m. First-time phone bankers are welcome. We’ll have training and scripts for you to use.

Sign up online or just come by the campaign office at these times:

  • Monday, September 18, 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 19, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 20, 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 21, 5 p.m.
  • Monday, September 25, 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 26, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 27, 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 28, 5 p.m.
  • Monday, October 2, 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 3, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 4, 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 5, 5 p.m.

For phone banking questions or to volunteer, contact Lainie at lainie@electmanka.com or 360.431.9355.

Have an Urgent Question?

Email PCO@45thDemocrats.org with the subject Special Election and our PCO Support team will get back to you as quickly as possible.


For residents of the 45th, one of the most important actions you can take is to exercise your right to vote, both in the primary and the general election. Every vote counts, especially in local races like this one. Vote for Manka and for progressive candidates and initiatives up and down the ballot.

General election ballots will be delivered around Friday, October 20 and are due Tuesday, November 7, no later than 8 p.m. Find ballot drop box locations and the answers to other election questions at King County Elections.

To vote in the general election, register by mail or online by Monday, October 2. You can also register in person by Monday, October 30.

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While volunteering to canvass or phone bank are the most effective ways to get the word out about this important race, there will always be voters we can’t reach that way. Your generous donation helps us reach voters through other channels, from printed mailers to social media campaigns. Contribute today.

Volunteer for Down Ballot Candidates

Municipal races may not be as high profile as this race, but they can be just as important. From public school budgets to tackling gridlock, elected officials at the local level have a huge impact on your everyday life. Plus, today’s School Board Director or City Council Member could be tomorrow’s State Senator, Governor, or Congressperson. By helping get progressives elected all the way down the ballot, you’re helping build a strong, diverse bench for years to come. Consider volunteering for one of our many endorsed candidates.