Native Candidates in the News

John McCoy

John McCoy

As we near the finish line, our local papers are starting to roll out their assessments and endorsements of the so-called “Down Ballot” candidates.  As our readers already know, we have three Native American incumbents seeking re-election this fall in the Washington State legislature.  Two of them are in the news today.

First, the Seattle Times has endorsed the re-election of State Rep. John McCoy (D-Tulalip), a member of the Tulalip Tribes, for a fourth term.  Citing the state and the nation’s troubled economy, the Times says that McCoy “is needed”.  McCoy is the brains behind the Tulalip Tribes’ sparkling economic gem – Quil Ceda Village – which includes the massive Tulalip Casino Resort & Spa.  So it makes sense that the Times would place a strong emphasis on McCoy’s business experience over his challenger’s lack of business experience.

Jeff Morris

Jeff Morris

Up in the State’s 40th Legislative District, Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Anacortes), who is Tsimshian, is running for re-election against Green Party candidate Howard Pellet.  The Bellingham Herald previews this election race with a lengthy write up.  Morris is running for his 7th term and cites education, a balanced budget, and energy as his top priorities.   Morris’s rise to power has taken him to the position of Speaker Pro Tem of the House Democratic Caucus this past legislative session.

We wish both Native candidates well in their re-election bids.


One Response to “Native Candidates in the News”

  1. I am another Native American running for office. I am running for the 36th District, State Rep, Position 2…and I believe I am the only Native in this race. I have a web page you might find very interesting, I fully support Native Sovereignty, and fixing that law that allowed the policeman who shot John T. Williams to slide by without a day in court.
    My website is and I am a Creek, Cherokee and Seminole descendent.

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