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Hilary Franz Earns Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction, Only WA-06 Candidate to Do So

Apr 18, 2024

Tacoma, Washington – Moms Demand Action, the nation’s largest grassroots group advocating for gun safety, named Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz a Gun Sense Candidate. Franz is the only candidate in Washington’s Sixth Congressional District to earn this distinction.

“I’m proud to be the only candidate with the Moms Demand Gun Sense Candidate Distinction,” Franz said. “As a mom of three boys who’ve had school lockdowns due to shootings – and as an attorney who represented domestic violence survivors seeking protection orders – I know how important it is to protect communities from gun violence. In Congress, I will work to secure universal background checks, close the boyfriend loophole that allows domestic abusers to obtain guns, and take action against ghost guns.”

In addition to being recognized as a Gun Sense candidate, Franz is endorsed by the seat’s incumbent, Rep. Derek Kilmer, and his predecessor, Rep. Norm Dicks; 27 labor unions; 10 Washington state Tribes; the National Organization for Women PAC; Democrats Serve; and has secured more endorsements from in-district elected officials than any candidate in this race. She has raised more than $820,000 over the course of her campaign, breaking two fundraising records for this district and outraising her nearest opponent by 55 percent.

About Hilary Franz

Franz’s roots in the Sixth District run deep – she grew up spending time and working on her grandparents’ farm near the Tacoma Mall, where they first settled in 1938. She lives in Grays Harbor County, raised her three boys in Kitsap County, and has a long history of public service in the district. Prior to serving as Lands Commissioner, Franz served on the Bainbridge Island City Council from 2008-2011, where she secured significant federal investments in transportation infrastructure, developed affordable housing policies, secured protections on critical fish and wildlife habitat, and launched a nationally recognized energy efficiency program.

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