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The Story of NoBo Progressives

Founded in 2019

NoBo Progressives was formed by a group of people who experienced the struggles of progressive candidates getting involved in 2017. This political action committee was formed to help educate progressive candidates on how to run, provide resources to endorsed candidates, and create a support network in the North Boroughs for candidates and campaign volunteers.

 

In 2019, Jodi Cerminara became our first endorsed candidate for Bellevue Council to win, alongside Jillian Edmondson and Amanda Sloane, who ran unopposed. NoBo Progressives endorses candidates who prioritize:

  1. Advocacy and support for underrepresented communities

  2. Increasing funding for public education,

  3. Promotion and funding for youth initiatives, and

  4. Sustainable growth that resists gentrification that would add to or create vulnerability for affected groups.

In 2021, members unanimously voted to endorse all people who came to us for our help getting involved in local politics. Our endorsement committee interviewed every candidate and recommended that we not use a litmus test for progressiveness, but to support everyone who identified with our values who wanted our help. This meant that we over endorsed for two competitive seats.

Following our second primary election, 10 of our Endorsed Candidates and 4 of our Recommended Candidates are moving on to the general election in November.

Our Committees

Fundraising

Campaigns cost money. Be part of the team that sets fundraising goals and thinks outside the box to meet them.

Candidate Care

Ensure candidates have the support they need to succeed. Whether it be childcare, food, or praise, everyone could use the network this team provides candidates.

More to Come

As we grow, we plan on creating more committees to improve our community outreach and ability to serve candidates.

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OUR TEAM

Meet the people who make NoBo Progressives possible! This is a team of volunteers who work tirelessly to support local candidates and increase voter turnout in odd-year elections while supporting the community.

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Alisa Mehlo

President

Emily Marburger

Vice President

Dan McKelvey

Treasurer

Paulie Anne Williams

Assistant Treasurer

Jodi Cerminara

Secretary


 

Hope Arnold

Bellevue

Ron Bedison

Avalon

Molly Brown

Bellevue

Robert Disney

Bellevue

Rachel Durst

Bellevue

Jillian Edmondson

Bellevue 

Roberta Edwards

Avalon

Russell Ellis

Bellevue

Chelsea MacDonald

Bellevue

Mona McGraw

Bellevue

Jess McKelvey

Bellevue

Kendall McKelvey

Bellevue

Stephen Mehlo

Bellevue

Beth Mosley

Avalon

Val Pennington

Bellevue

Mike Rajakovic

Avalon

Becky Smolens

Bellevue

Jessica Stokes

Bellevue

Tom Stokes

Bellevue

Jeff Stuncard

Bellevue

Erin Thompson

Bellevue

Caitlin Venczel

Bellevue

Rob Venczel

Bellevue

Todd Williams

Bellevue

Betty Wu

Bellevue