John Stafford

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John Stafford
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Former candidate for
Washington State Senate, District 37
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
John Stafford was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 37 of the Washington State Senate.[1]

Stafford was a Democratic candidate for District 37, Washington House of Representatives. The primary election was on August 17, 2010. The state legislative general election was on November 2, 2010.


Campaign themes


Stafford's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

Tax Reform (Washington State has the most regressive tax structure in the nation)

  • Excerpt: "Repeal of Existing Corporate Tax Breaks (en masse, to extent possible)."
  • Excerpt: "Restrictions on New Corporate Tax Breaks."

K-12 Education (Washington State has a low per pupil spending level)

  • Excerpt: "Full (and genuine) compliance with the Supreme Court’s McCLeary Decision that calls for a significant increase in funding for public education."
  • Excerpt: "Support universal kindergarten and pre-kindergarten."

Health Care

  • Excerpt: "Support Single Payer Health Care System."

Minimum Wage

  • Excerpt: "Support $15 minimum wage in Seattle, with possible eventual extension statewide."
  • Excerpt: "Effectively addressing the details is critical. Failure would be costly as this would dampen support for similar efforts nationwide."

Global Warming

  • Excerpt: "This is the nation’s primary area of public policy negligence."
  • Excerpt: "Support introduction of Carbon Tax (revenue neutral) introduced at the state level (due to the likelihood of prolonged federal inaction)."



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 25 districts in the Washington State Senate took place in 2014. A blanket primary election took place on August 5, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 17, 2014. Pramila Jayapal (D) and Louis Watanabe (D) defeated Claude Burfect (D), John Stafford (D), Sheley Secrest (D) and Rowland Martin (R) in the primary. Jayapal defeated Watanabe in the general election.[1][3][4]

Washington State Senate, District 37 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPramila Jayapa 70.7% 26,091
     Democratic Louis Watanabe 29.3% 10,807
Total Votes 36,898
Washington State Senate, District 37 Top Two Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPramila Jayapal 54.2% 12,235
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLouis Watanabe 16.1% 3,639
     Republican Rowland Martin 10.3% 2,317
     Democratic Sheley Secrest 10.1% 2,283
     Democratic John Stafford 7.5% 1,684
     Democratic Claude Burfect 1.9% 436
Total Votes 22,594


See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

John Stafford ran for the Washington House of Representatives District 37b. He was unopposed in the August 17, 2010 primary. He was defeated by Eric Pettigrew in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Washington House of Representatives, District Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Eric Pettigrew (D) 15,401 82.73%
Green check mark transparent.png John Stafford (D) 3,214 17.27%



In 2014, Stafford's endorsements include the following:[6]

  • Renton Chamber of Commerce
  • Eastside Golf Club

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