In the August 7 primary, labor militant and Freedom Socialist candidate Steve Hoffman received over 7,200 votes in his bid to represent Washington state in the U.S. Senate, with support coming in from every county. Given that he ran in a field of 29 candidates, including 17-year Democratic incumbent Maria Cantwell, Hoffman describes himself as pleased with the results.
“Our grassroots campaign found backing in every corner of the state, especially from other public employees,” Hoffman said. Steve is a state worker who maintains the heating and ventilation systems at North Seattle College.
Hoffman travelled to 29 different cities, making trips east of the mountains to Spokane, Cheney, Yakima, Wenatchee and more. He campaigned from Bellingham to Olympia and marched in support of farm workers in Lynden. Campaign Manager Doreen McGrath describes support for a socialist option on the ballot as “widespread and enthusiastic.” Twenty-six hundred signatures on filing fee petitions earned Hoffman an early spot on the ballot... (Read More)