2017 Special Election

Are you ready to help flip the Washington State Senate blue this year? Help us identify voters and prepare for our special election this fall. With your help, Manka Dhingra (D) and other progressives can win up and down the ballot.

Our future State Senator Manka Dhingra (D) with our current State Representatives, Roger Goodman (D) and Larry Springer (D). 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 mental health court, veteran’s court, and diversion programs, all of which provide 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 has done much volunteer work in the area of domestic violence protection; she co-founded Chaya, a non-profit organization devoted to South Asian victims of domestic violence. She has also been active in PTSA, where her efforts earned her the State PTSA Golden Acorn Award.

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

Manka’s campaign is off to a tremendous start—since announcing in mid-February, she’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, virtually all of it through individual donations, and none from corporate or PAC interests. She’s already been endorsed by Governor Inslee, Senator Murray, Congresswoman DelBene, and State Representative Larry Springer, among many others.

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


Coordinated Phone Banking

Join us for our first coordinated phone bank with Manka’s campaign! This joint phone banking effort begins May 16. Please pre-register here; more phone banking events will be added as attendance firms up.

If you have your own laptop and cell phone, that’s helpful and cuts down on manual data entry efforts. If you don’t, you’re still welcome to participate—phones and printed lists will be provided.

Coordinated Canvassing Drive

We are coordinating our canvassing efforts with Manka’s campaign. Every door knocked helps Manka and progressives up and down the ballot!

Canvassing check in will generally be held at Manka’s campaign headquarters, 8151 164th Ave NE, Redmond. Days and times will vary—check below for the latest dates and sign up for our volunteer newsletter to get email reminders.

  • Saturday, May 20, Manka’s HQ, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. check in
  • Sunday, May 21, Manka’s HQ, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. check in
  • Additional dates & locations TBA

As with our earlier canvassing, new canvassers are welcome! Volunteers will have a script and training will be available. Canvassers should stop by the check in location to get walk lists and campaign materials. If you’d like to use a digital walk list, please come with the MiniVAN app installed on your phone (download for Android or iOS). Some of these homes are spread out or in hilly areas, so wear good walking shoes.

Sign Up to Canvass


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.

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.