To help prepare you to vote in the Aug. 2 primary, The Seattle Times editorial board has interviewed candidates and made recommendations for some of the most important political jobs in the state. Among them, members of Congress, secretary of state and key state legislative races in central Puget Sound counties.

Your mail ballot should be returned and postmarked by Aug. 2. You may deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

And if you’re interested in how the editorial board makes its choices, read editorial page Editor Kate Riley’s recent column

Agree or disagree with our recommendations, please be sure to vote.

Here are our endorsements so far, and check back as we add more candidates each day.

NATIONAL

U.S. CONGRESS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Suzan Delbene, District 1

As chair of the moderate New Democrat Coalition, DelBene is a pragmatic leader who said voters want to see governance work again on issues that will determine the country’s future, including on reproductive health, voting rights, climate change and health care. Read full endorsement →

Rick Larsen, District 2

The pandemic exposed a host of inequities, including gaps in our health care system and labor, in access to broadband internet and lack of child care, Larsen said, and Congress must work on tackling these issues. Read full endorsement →

Derek Kilmer, District 6

Straightforward, good-faith governance deserves a bipartisan renaissance. Kilmer’s work has brought Congress closer to that ideal. Read full endorsement →

Pramila Jayapal, District 7

Jayapal deserves re-election to her fourth term. She is an effective voice for Northwest values and priorities. Read full endorsement →

Kim Schrier, District 8

Schrier deserves reelection for representing her district well, putting political partisanship aside and helping people navigate federal bureaucracies. Read full endorsement →

Adam Smith, District 9

Smith’s experience, ability and political strength as chair of the House Committee on Armed Services serve the state well. Read full endorsement →

Marilyn Strickland, District 10

The Tacoma Democrat has a deep knowledge of business, local government and the diverse needs of South Sound communities. Read full endorsement →

U.S. CONGRESS, SENATE

Patty Murray

Voters should enthusiastically return Murray to the Senate. As her stature has grown, she is able to wield influence for Washington not seen since the days of the late Sens. Henry M. Jackson and Warren Magnusson. Read full endorsement →

STATE

SECRETARY OF STATE

Steve Hobbs

Interim Secretary of State Hobbs has shown the leadership and wisdom to deserve two more years overseeing Washington’s elections and other statewide duties. Read full endorsement →

STATE SENATE

Claire Wilson, District 30

Wilson has focused on improving the lives of families and children. She sponsored the Fair Start for Kids Act, which helped make child care more accessible and affordable, and pushed for comprehensive, age-appropriate sexual health education in all public schools. Read full endorsement →

Chris Vance, District 31

With more than 20 years of experience in public policy, the former state Republican Party chair, who is running as an independent candidate, is the best choice for voters. Read full endorsement →

Jesse Salomon, District 32

Salomon brings a conscientious work ethic that has served 32nd district voters well on issues including housing policy and police reform. Read full endorsement →

Joe Nguyen, District 34

A champion of the underserved, he worked on legislation to modernize and increase access to basic needs programs, and he helped make historic investments in affordable housing and alleviating the homelessness crisis. Read full endorsement →

Javier Valdez, District 46

Voters should elect Valdez, who is seeking to move from his House Position 2 seat, for his experience and commitment to equity and common-sense gun laws. Read full endorsement →

Bill Boyce, District 47

Boyce’s deep public-service involvement in the communities of the 47th District make him the clear choice. Read full endorsement →

STATE HOUSE

Bill Ramos, Legislative District 5, Position 1

The Issaquah Democrat brings experience and deep knowledge of key issues. Read full endorsement →

Lillian Ortiz-Self, Legislative District 21, Position 2

Ortiz-Self has the proven ability to turn her authentic concerns about children’s lives into a deserved focal point for legislative policy and budgeting. Read full endorsement →

Jamila Taylor, Legislative District 30, Position 1

Taylor is a promising legislator who has earned a second term, becoming chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, helping craft the Legislature’s answer to the state Supreme Court decision that decriminalized drug possession and focusing on bills to support people with developmental disabilities. Read full endorsement →

Kristine Reeves, Legislative District 30, Position 2

Reeves has proved she is a strong advocate for her district and willing to stand up against her party for what she thinks is right. Read full endorsement →

Drew Stokesbary, Legislative District 31, Position 1

Over four terms in the Legislature, Stokesbary has been a strong, moderate voice speaking out for his constituents. He has proved himself an effective legislator and leader on budget issues. Read full endorsement →

Emily Alvarado, Legislative District 34, Position 1

 Alvarado’s progressive values and experience in advancing housing, including permanent supportive housing to help people transition from chronic homelessness, make her the right choice. Read full endorsement →

Julia Reed for Legislative District 36, Position 1

Reed has made workforce development a focus, and wants to emphasize hiring people into manufacturing and maritime jobs. Read full endorsement →

Chipalo Street, Legislative District 37, Position 2

A Microsoft program manager, Street emphasizes expanding economic opportunity in the diverse district. He wants more technology education in schools, as well as more funding for vocational programs that lead to trade jobs. Read full endorsement →

Sam Low, Legislative District 39, Position 1

A fiscal conservative, Low wants to provide tax relief to state residents struggling with inflation as well as preserve farmland and open space. He offers a return to a credible, legislative problem-solving style. Read full endorsement →

Carolyn Eslick, Legislative District 39, Position 2

Eslick has taken a well-considered position as a Republican moderate, critical of high-spending Democratic policies and reactionary posturing within her own Republican party. Read full endorsement →

My-Linh Thai, Legislative District 41, Position 2

Thai is a thoughtful and compassionate lawmaker focused on meeting the needs of some of Washington’s most vulnerable residents. Read full endorsement →

Larry Springer, Legislative District 45, Position 2

Springer is a small-business owner, a former elementary-school teacher and a lifelong Eastside resident who has devoted nearly three decades to public service. He is a policy wonk with a long institutional memory and a clear passion for the job. Read full endorsement →

Lelach Rave, Legislative District 46, Position 2

As a pediatrician and legislative committee chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Washington Chapter, Rave has worked with lawmakers in both parties on behalf of the state’s children. Read full endorsement →

Debra Entenman, Legislative District 47, Position 1

Entenman is a dedicated public servant and staunch advocate for her district. Last year, she shepherded the bill to create an Office of Independent Investigation, an agency that aims to improve accountability and help rebuild trust in law enforcement. Read full endorsement →

Carmen Goers, Legislative District 47, Position 2

Goers believes lawmakers need to make good on fully funding public education, to support law enforcement while holding police to a higher standard, and do better in supporting small businesses. Read full endorsement →