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Endorsements

See what the community is saying about Matt.

“I’m excited that Matt is running to represent our district. He understands how to protect our rights, preserve our natural resources, and protect the interests of small businesses.

He has the energy, experience, and understanding of our district that make him the best person for the job.”

Derek Kilmer

Representative, WA- 6th Congressional District, U.S. Congress

Ryan Mello

Council Member, Pierce County Council

“I’ve worked with Matt on brainstorming practical solutions to attract more, equitable healthcare providers for our citizens. He’s somebody who does the hard work to empower and bring together others to achieve real results.”

Jeff Coughlin

Council Member, City of Bremerton

“Matt’s experience makes him a great partner for our criminal justice system.  He listens to people’s concerns and is ready to work on real solutions for our community. As an attorney, he understands how to get the work done in Olympia and has what it takes to take on the challenge. He has my vote.”

Chad Enright

Prosecutor, Kitsap County

 I’m fired up about Matt. From my own years of service in the Legislature, I see in Matt the competent professional we really need right now. From my own Navy service as Commanding Officer of the battleship USS IOWA, I also recognize in Matt the trustworthy personal character and commitment to public service we need to get our politics back on track.  

To be blunt, the folks now in Olympia screwed up our long-term care system. I trust Matt to bring common sense and legal expertise to the fix.

Capt. Larry Seaquist

Fmr. State Representative, 26th Legislative District Pos. 2

“Matthew’s family and work career represent the very best values in our community.   It is time to bring good leadership and judgment to the citizens of the 26th Legislative District.”

Hon. Frank Dacca

Judge (Ret.), Pierce County Superior Court

“I retired recently from a long career in healthcare. I appreciate the experience skilled nursing Matthew will bring to the legislature. Nursing homes were on the frontline during the pandemic and continue to play a critical role in proving care to our senior community. I wholeheartedly endorse Matthew for State Representative, Position 2.”

Kara Aley

Chair, 26th Legislative District Democrats

As a lifelong educator, I support Matthew and his values. He understands the value of public education and will be working for all the people of the 26th LD.

Judy Arbogast

Retired SK Teacher, Fmr. State Senate Candidate

“Matt’s Experience in healthcare will help him to advocate for healthcare reform not only for the 26th district but also across Washington State. His knowledge of long-term care will be an asset to helping to pass legislation to provide needed resources for long-term care communities that care for our most vulnerable citizens. Matt is a voice for those that cannot speak for themselves.”

Casey Fowler, ARNP

Director of Clinical Operations, Optum

“Matt is hard-working, honest, and open-minded. He has a proven track record of obtaining successful outcomes. Matt is driven. He graduated from law school while raising a family, and leading an organization that cared for our elderly and most vulnerable adults. He has always done what he says he will and is not afraid to stand up for what he believes. I have full confidence that he will help get the government moving in a way that will benefit all of us. He has my vote.”

Jared Elliott

CEO, Raydient Health Care

Matt’s background will allow him to effectively connect with 26th LD voters. Matt will be an asset to our 26th LD community as a representative in our state House.

Carl Olson

Retired South Kitsap SD Teacher

“I am so happy that Matt is running to turn the 26th LD blue! We need people who will support action on climate in the legislature. No more stalling and blocking of lifesaving action!”

Marty Bishop

“As a Navy Veteran and long-time union member, I believe we need representation that works for the benefit of everyday working people, instead of fringe extremist groups who want to whitewash history while usurping the flag, the Constitution and the Bible.”

David Stanford

Union Member

“As a social justice advocate, community organizer, and mental health professional, I recognize how important it is that the WA House represent those who understand real issues impacting our local community. Matt has a commonsense approach to addressing disparities in our community and increasing funding for housing and mental health.”

Juanita Beard

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Peninsula Schools Education Foundation Board

Kitsap County Democrats

26th LD Democrats

Pierce County Democrats

Pro Choice Washington

Washington Conservation Voters

Washington State Association for Justice

Kitsap County Democratic Women

“… he is an enthusiastic transit supporter and would make a heckuva improvement over a do-nothing Republican.”

The Urbanist

26th LD Democrats

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