Progressive Leader Sharlett Mena Announces  Campaign For 29th District State Representative

Tacoma, WA - Community leader and public servant Sharlett Mena announced her campaign today for State Representative in the 29th Legislative District. This is the seat currently held by State Representative Steve Kirby.  


“Now is the time for change.  Too many policies favor special interests while forgetting regular people and the sacrifices they make to raise their families.” said Mena.


Sharlett Mena is Special Assistant to the Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology, the agency charged with protecting air, land, and water in Washington. In her role, Sharlett continues to lead efforts against regulatory rollbacks and the administration’s attempts to sell our environment to the oil and gas industry. She previously served as the Digital Director for Governor Jay Inslee, and as a communication specialist for the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus.


Mena outlined her inclusive economic agenda for Washington families including: 


  • Building tomorrow’s economy.

  • Ensuring affordable housing and reducing homelessness.

  • Standing up for our kids and our public schools.


Sharlett was born and raised in Pasco, Washington. The first in her family to graduate from college, Sharlett earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Washington State University. After earning her degree, Sharlett worked in various roles in federal and state government.


Sharlett managed immigration policy for U.S. Representative Gene Green during negotiations on comprehensive immigration reform. She worked closely with immigrant communities to ensure their voices were elevated in these national conversations. In 2013, the first year of Open Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, Sharlett led a bilingual outreach effort that helped thousands of Americans get health care for the first time.


Sharlett is currently a volunteer at the Parkland-Spanaway Public Library, active in the 29th District Democrats and lives in South Tacoma.