Ballots Out for Aug. 7 Washington State Primary

Many voters have already received their ballots for the Washington State primary election, scheduled for Aug. 7, 2012, and the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) is finalizing the list of candidates it plans to support through CULAC and CULAF.

NWCUA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Mark Minickiello said that the Association’s list, which is available online, may be updated for the general election in November depending on the outcome of some primary races.

In Washington’s primary election, only the top two vote-getters in each race, regardless of party, advance to the general election.

Primary Voter Guide and Election Resources Online

As voters continue researching and preparing for the election, a number of resources are available to add background and insight. The Washington Secretary of State’s 2012 Primary Voters’ Guide gives voters access to elected office descriptions and in-depth information about the candidates. Voters can also hear directly from the candidates using TVW’s 2012 Video Voters’ Guide.

Often called the Washington state version of C-SPAN, TVW is a private non-profit statewide cable TV network that provides unedited gavel-to-gavel television coverage of state government, elections and public policy events.

On TVW, voters can watch unedited video statements from candidates for 12 statewide elected offices—on statewide cable TV and online at—via the 2012 Video Voters’ Guide, which is produced by TVW in conjunction with the Washington Secretary of State.

The 2012 Video Voters’ Guide includes statements from candidates for the following offices:

  • United State Senate
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • State Auditor
  • Attorney General
  • Commissioner of Public Lands
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • State Supreme Court Justice, Position No. 2
  • State Supreme Court Justice, Position No. 8
  • State Supreme Court Justice, Position No. 9

To find local channel locations for TVW, visit Like all TVW coverage, candidate video statements may be embedded free of charge on any website.

Washington State Treasurer Jim McIntire, running unopposed, decided not to tape a statement.

Learn More About Washington’s Gubernatorial Candidates

Want to know what issues the state’s gubernatorial candidates care about most? Where they stand on issues important to credit unions? Submit your questions!

E-mail questions to Mark Minickiello at The Association will be scheduling interviews with the two leading candidates and encourages credit union advocates to attend the interviews, with dates and times to be announced once confirmed.


Questions? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:

Jennifer Wagner, Vice President of Legislative Advocacy
Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Stacy Augustine, Senior Vice President & General Counsel

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