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Olympia Councilmember Jessica Bateman Advances to the General for the State Legislature

I am thrilled to move on to the general election in the race for the 22nd district!

We need a progressive leader with a proven track record of success to represent the people of the 22nd LD. From working as a legislative aide assisting constituents of the 22nd legislative district, to leading the United Way of Thurston County’s Community Impact work, to working as a health policy analyst for Washington’s community health centers – I have dedicated my career to helping working families and our vulnerable neighbors in Thurston County.

I was first elected to the Olympia City Council in 2015 and re-elected last fall. I was elected Mayor Pro Tem by my council colleagues in January 2019. During this time I have fought to create affordable housing, address homelessness, and improve public health and safety. In the legislature, I will fight for working families, seniors, and our most vulnerable to ensure we all have an opportunity to thrive

As we work to make our communities healthier and more vibrant, the challenges we face at the local level require additional support from the state. Our families are struggling with the increasing costs of housing, stagnant wages, and an overburdened mental health system that has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. We urgently need more housing so people can live in the communities in which they work. We must create a comprehensive mental health system that includes substance use disorder and recovery services. As our state plans for a carbon-free future, we need to build infrastructure and capacity to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change and protect the environment.






Recent News

Sunday, October 18, 2020 4:44 PM

The Olympian Endorses Jessica Bateman

The Olympian endorses Bateman. Her policy priorities reflect the values of the majority of residents in this progressive legislative district. And her public service and her career history make her well-prepared to be an effective legislator.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:24 AM

Bateman and Pierpoint compete for 22nd District House seat

In the 22nd Legislative District this election, voters are asked to choose between two familiar names for position 2 in the state House of Representatives.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:12 AM

Jessica Bateman is Listed in the Progressive Voters Guide

Olympia Mayor Pro Tem Jessica Bateman is running for the 22nd Legislative District, House Position 2 to fill the seat vacated by Beth Doglio. Bateman has been a tireless progressive advocate on the city council, working toward equitable housing solutions, protecting our green space, and ensuring no one is left behind.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 1:22 PM

Thurston County Chamber - 22nd Legislative District Candidates Chat

Listen to the legislative district 22 candidates talk about the issues with moderator Doug Mah.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:35 AM

Listen to Jessica Talk to Olympia Indivisible

Jessica talks to Olympia Indivisible about the upcoming legislative session, progressive taxation, and the budget challenges facing Washington State.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 1:35 PM

Jessica Receives Sole Endorsement of the WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility

The Victory Fund is committed to endorsing candidates at all levels of government that will champion, not just support, gun violence prevention. 

Friday, September 25, 2020 5:06 PM

Legislative District 22 LWVs Candidate Forum

Listen in as the LD 22 candidates discuss the issues with the League of Women Voters.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:32 AM


We are living in unprecedented times with health, environmental, equity and political challenges like nothing before in our lifetimes. There are a multitude of lessons to be learned but we believe one thing is clear: Competent leadership and the character of our lawmakers are key to finding our way to a healthy and safe future for all.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:30 AM

Pierpoint & Bateman Move On To the General

Pierpoint, Bateman clear leaders in race for open 22nd Legislative District seat

Monday, July 27, 2020 8:08 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement from the WA Democratic Latino Caucus

Friday, July 24, 2020 10:20 AM

WA Housing Alliance Action Fund Endorses Jessica Bateman

Saturday, July 18, 2020 1:21 PM

The Urbanist Endorses Jessica Bateman

"She’s ready for the urgent progressive moment in which we find ourselves." 

Saturday, July 18, 2020 1:16 PM

WA Progressive Voters Guide Endorses Jessica Bateman

"We recommend Bateman because of her strong track record on the Olympia City Council and support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations."

Friday, July 10, 2020 9:23 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement of Retired Public Employees Council

The RPEC's mission is to unite retired public employees for their mutual benefit and welfare. They promote legislation to improve the financial and medical well-being of retired public employees in WA.

Friday, July 10, 2020 9:13 AM


Letter to the Editor by Whitney Bowerman

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:34 PM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement from PNW Regional Council of Carpenters

The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters is over 28,000 carpenters, piledrivers, drywallers, millwrights, trade show workers, shipwrights, exterior/interior specialists, scaffold erectors, industrial & mill workers, insulators and related craft workers who work together on the job site and in their communities to maintain and improve safety, wages, benefits, training and working conditions.

Sunday, June 28, 2020 9:18 AM


Letter to the Editor by Paul Knox

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:56 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement of SEIU 775

The 45,000 low-wage long-term care workers have fought to ensure quality care for seniors and people with disabilities.

Sunday, June 14, 2020 9:01 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement of Iron Workers Local 86

Friday, June 12, 2020 9:03 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement of Sierra Club

Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:01 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement of WA Building Trades

Friday, June 5, 2020 8:55 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement of LiUNA Local 252

Friday, May 29, 2020 9:48 AM


Kathy Baros Friedt supports Jessica Bateman for the state legislature.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:43 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement of Thurston County Democratic Women

Thurston County Democratic Women enthusiastically endorsed Jessica Bateman for the state legislature.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:18 AM

Bateman receives Thurston County Young Democrats Endorsement

Citing Jessica's record of progressive policy on the Olympia City Council, the Thurston County Young Democrats stated they were excited to work with Jessica in the legislature.

Monday, May 18, 2020 8:01 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement of WA State Labor Council

Jessica Bateman, candidate for state representative received the sole endorsement of the 550,000 member WA State Labor Council.

Friday, May 15, 2020 10:07 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement of IAM 751

Jessica Bateman, candidate for State Representative received the sole endorsement of IAM 751.

Friday, May 15, 2020 8:10 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement from UFCW 21

Jessica Bateman, candidate for state representative received the sole endorsement of UFCW 21 whose grocery, retail, and health workers are on the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis. 

Friday, May 1, 2020 10:02 AM

Bateman Receives Sole Endorsement of AFSCME Council 28

Jessica Bateman, candidate for State Representative receives sole endorsement of AFSCME Council 28, which represents 46,000 state and public employees. 

Friday, March 27, 2020 8:20 AM

Olympia City Council Takes Action on Multiple Fronts to Provide Financial Relief

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 8:39 AM

Olympia City Council's Jessica Bateman Says She's Running for State Legislature

Monday, April 16, 2018 8:37 AM

Olympia Pop Rocks Interviews Jessica Bateman

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:23 AM

Olympia's Home Fund Passing in Early Returns

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:19 PM

Olympia Becomes Sanctuary City in Response to Election

Thursday, June 9, 2016 8:35 AM

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