Pinky Vargas

Washington State Senate | District 42

Elected twice to City Council Ward 4, and then by her peers, Pinky helped lead our community as president of the Bellingham City Council. She also balanced Bellingham’s budget without any new tax increases as chair of the finance committee. She's worked hard on making sure that Lake Whatcom – the source for half of Whatcom County’s drinking water – is clean, and worked to increase jobs and grow our economy.

She worked together with the County Executive, the County Council and local elected officials from Ferndale, Lynden and other cities and towns on many initiatives like: emergency medical services, criminal justice, affordable housing and economic development, and worked with Legislatures on funding for aquatic invasive species and waterfront cleanup dollars from the Model Toxins Control Act.

When she's not on the council, she works for Puget Sound Energy to help businesses, both large and small, save both money and energy. This helps the local economy stay strong, while keeping rates down. Working with businesses has prepared her for the state legislature because she understands how critical local businesses are, and also how vulnerable they can be to increased taxes and burdensome regulations.

In recognition of her professional accomplishments, she was awarded PSE’s “Energy Award” for 2017 and was nominated for Whatcom Professional Woman of the Year.

Read more about Pinky on her website.

Why this Race is Important

In 2017, Sister District helped Manka Dhingra in her Washington State Senate seat, gaining Democratic control of both houses of the Washington State Legislature. Democrats now hold a 50-48 majority in the House of Representatives and a 25-24 majority in the Senate, with one “Independent Democrat” senator caucusing with the Republicans.

Democrats hold a majority in the Washington legislature by a razor thin margin, and protecting that majority by winning further seats is critical to maintaining the “blue wall” of the West Coast.


Sister District Policy Scorecard

This candidate has pledged commitment to the following statements:

  • We must protect a woman’s right to choose the health care and reproductive services she wants and needs.

  • We need to protect and expand our social safety net, not dismantle it.

  • We should pursue common-sense gun safety policies, consistent with the Second Amendment and local community standards and needs, which vary from community to community.

  • Climate change is real and we need to protect our environment.

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