Campaign will focus on families’ needs
Adrianne Moore, a longtime manager at Room One in Twisp, has made it a three-way contest for Position 1 representing the state’s 12th Legislative District.
Moore, running as a Democrat, will challenge first-term incumbent Keith Goehner (R-Dryden), along with previously declared Independent candidate Ann Diamond, in the Aug. 4 primary. The top two vote-getters in the primary will advance to the November general election.
Moore, who lives in Winthrop, was Room One’s only employee when she started at the nonprofit social services agency in 2007. After the wildfires of 2014-15, she helped lead the overall recovery effort in Okanogan County. Moore left Room One in 2018 and currently works for a national nonprofit.
Diamond, a physician who lives in Mazama, lost to Goehner in the 2018 race for Position 1. She drew 44% of the district-wide vote to Goehner’s 56%, but reversed that outcome in Okanogan County, where she picked up 56% of the vote. Goehner confirmed last week that he will seek re-election.
In a press release, Moore said she is running to better represent families whose needs are not being met, and intends to run a “listening campaign.”
“Most people in North Central Washington share an important value: they believe that no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you look like, if you work hard for a living, you should be able to support your family,” Moore said in the release. “I’ve committed my entire career, including more than a decade of work in Okanogan County, to ensuring all families have a chance to build a better life for themselves.”
A seat at the table
Moore said in an interview that it was evident through her work at Room One and with fire recovery efforts that “the barriers to our work were not being addressed because we did not have a seat at the table.” She said her campaign will be centered around working people and their families, will be responsive to their important issues, and will emphasize a need for more voices at the decision-making table.
Elana Mainer, former executive director of Room One, is Moore’s campaign chair. Mainer and Moore said they are launching a new nonprofit “aimed at bringing people together across the region to organize for local initiatives and county and state policies.”
Moore said she and her supporters have been working on campaign possibilities and strategies for several months. They analyzed a number of potential offices and Moore decided to run for the state Legislature as the best way to make sure the community’s needs are being addressed, she said.
Moore said she hopes to reach the far corners of the large district, which includes Chelan and Douglas counties and parts of Grant and Okanogan counties including Winthrop, Twisp, Brewster, Bridgeport, Nespelem, Grand Coulee, Chelan, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee and Rockland. A lot of campaigning effort will be invested in the Wenatchee area, which has the largest concentration of voters.
Moore said her campaign will work vigorously to raise the necessary funds, largely through individual donations by many people, in order to match Goehner’s fundraising ability. “I come from the nonprofit word,” she said. “I’m used to asking people for money.” Accountability will be key to fundraising, she said. “We know where the money comes from, and what it means to people,” she said. There will be some paid campaign staffers. “The kind of organizing we need to do depends on it,” she said.
One goal of her campaign, Moore said, is to begin building the base of supporters for future elections as well. “We won’t stop in November,” she said.
As for Diamond, Moore said, “I respect Ann, and she is on the right side and will run a good campaign.”
Working class background
Moore grew up on a small farm near Davenport, Washington, in a working class family, one of five children. Her parents divorced and the family, including her mother and stepfather, moved quite a bit, she said.
Moore went to Western Washington University, where she became a single mother of a daughter at age 20 (the daughter’s father has continued to be a part of their lives, Moore said). She continued on to finish school while working as a night manager at a shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Moore moved to the Methow Valley in 2007 to work for Room One — where she was the only employee for several years. Meanwhile, she earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington while continuing to work. Moore’s mother and stepfather are ministers in Wenatchee. She and her partner have a 7-year-old son.
Following the devastating wildfires of 2014 and 2015, Moore helped lead the recovery effort in Okanogan County. She directed the disaster case management program that oversaw the distribution of millions of dollars in direct financial assistance, donations and volunteer time, and managed a countywide staff providing one-on-one support to families who lost their homes and livelihoods.
Moore said the has been asked two recurring questions since she began working on her campaign:
• Why this seat? “I put considerable thought into which state-level seat would have the biggest impact,” Moore said. “Whether or not we agree with everything they do, State Rep. Steele and State Sen. Hawkins are the kind of legislators that answer your calls, engage with communities, and work across the aisle to build libraries and stop mining. Alternately, in his two years in office … [Goehner] has done little to build bridges to communities across the district or level the playing field for working families.”
• Why do we need a Democrat in office? “The state House and Senate both have a Democratic majority,” Moore said. “That means Democrats make the vast majority of decisions on the budget and legislation in a Democrats-only ‘back room.’ We can’t expect Democrats from the west side to advocate for the unique needs of rural working people and families, businesses, and land in North Central Washington. We need a seat at the decision-making table.”
“My family has been in eastern Washington for generations. I’m running to represent the 12th District for the same reason my great-great-grandparents came here: because I want to live in a community where all families can prosper,” Moore said.
Moore’s campaign will kick off with a public event on March 27 at Three Fingered Jack’s in Winthrop, starting at 6 p.m. Learn more at the campaign website, www.voiceofthe12th.com.