I am exploring a run to represent Washington's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. I created this page to test the waters and see if there is adequate public support to move ahead with more serious steps. Please read my campaign overview below and if you support this idea please make a pledge and endorsement to this campaign to help reach the funding goal. 

Pledges will not be withdrawn from your account unless I file for candidacy.


When those in power no longer represent the people, it's time for people to take back their power. 


It's Time for a Political Revolution

Our world is in a crisis, and at a time when politics have been corrupted by big money and corporate influence, we need bold leaders who are ready to challenge the status quo and fight alongside the people to create a better future.

The Campaign: One Big Listening Tour

I believe that those elected to serve in government should act as conduits, elevating the diverse voices of their constituents, especially those that are most often left out or underrepresented. We must ask, "Who have we not heard from?" 

This campaign will be one big listening tour and what we learn from constituents will influence the platform and policy positions as we go.

I pledge to listen first, to be willing to self-reflect, to seek truth and to lead from my heart. 

Our Vision

  • Equal rights and dignity for all people regardless of any attribute of their identity or location of their birth
  • A Green New Deal to protect our water, air, forests, soils and the climate
  • A humane economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and powerful
  • Transforming our food system and investing in rural communities
  • Getting big money out of politics and restoring democracy
  • Supporting workers and unions
  • Encouraging employee ownership and strengthening the Cooperative sector of the economy
  • Empowering Tribal Nations 
  • Compassionate immigration policy
  • Ending illegal and counterproductive wars and reining in wasteful military spending
  • Caring for veterans and their families
  • Expanding Social Security benefits by removing the Social Security earnings cap
  • Criminal justice reform and an end to private prisons
  • Tuition-free public colleges and universities
  • Expanded and improved Medicare for All
  • Reining in Wall Street and restoring Glass-Steagall


Equality for All

If collective liberation is our shared goal, then it must be the lens through which we view all policy decisions. It is the duty of those of us with privilege to first acknowledge the advantages we receive from the current system, and then to acknowledge and amplify marginalized voices while working to create the conditions for equality to happen. 

Climate Justice

Climate Change is the single greatest threat facing our nation and the world. According to the IPCC we have until 2030 at most before we reach a tipping point for irreversible climate catastrophe. We can no longer ignore the science. We need bold climate legislation that transforms our energy system away from fossil fuels and restores ocean, forest, and soil health while providing good paying jobs and ensuring that no one is left behind in the process. We need a Green New Deal.

A Humane Economy

In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, no one should have to go hungry or struggle to put a roof over their head. Wages for average Americans have been stagnant for decades and the top 0.1% of families now control as much wealth as the bottom 90%. This is immoral and unsustainable. We need a Trickle-up system in which the wealth of our society flows from a foundation of everyone having the resources they need to live a healthy and dignified life.

A Sustainable Food System

Food can be a vehicle for greater social, environmental, and economic transformation. By creating a sustainable food system, we can tip the scales toward equity and access, mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration, and build resilient local and regional economies.


They have the money, but we have the people.

I would like to serve as our district's next representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, bringing the same drive, integrity, and collaborative spirit that I have brought to a decade of other community endeavors. I know what the stakes are and my conscience won't allow me to give less than all that I have to this effort. I've put in the needed preparation. I can do it. But I cannot do it alone. We will be taking on the fossil fuel industry, the corporate elite, health insurance and drug companies, biotech industry, Wall Street and the military industrial complex. It will be an uphill battle from the start, which is why we need to get started right away. 

We don't need millions upon millions of dollars, but we do need enough money and enough volunteers to run a competitive race in a spread out district. This will be a 100% people-powered campaign, and that means no money whatsoever from corporate PACs or lobbyists. This campaign is not about one person, it's about all of us, and your participation is absolutely essential. They have the money, but we have the people.

And this is where the rubber meets the road... 

In order to take the next step I need to know that my community is behind me. If you would like to join me in taking back our power and creating a better future for all of us, please make a pledge and endorsement to this campaign to help reach the funding goal.


About Me

Having been born and raised in Seattle, I have called Orcas Island home since 2001. Professionally, I am the General Manager and co-founder of the Orcas Food Co-op. Outside of the Co-op I am actively involved in farming, food and agriculture advocacy, and a variety of community service and non-profit work. I became active in the Democratic Party in 2016 and have been working within the party ever since as an avenue to bring about positive change.

I was born in 1985 in the Central District of Seattle. I was the third child of four and the youngest of three boys. My parents divorced when I was four years old, the year my sister was born, and my siblings and I lived with my mother, spending weekends with our father. In addition to raising us four kids, my mother was a caregiver, midwife and music teacher. We would often be brought along and get to know who my mother was caring for. From this I learned respect and care for my elders, and how to be mindful and lend a hand where needed. 

My father was a manager at the community-owned Puget Consumers Co-op (PCC). All of our food (other than what we grew in our own backyard) came from PCC and visits to the co-op were frequent. Growing up in that environment the cooperative principles and culture became a part of who I am. In fact, in a very real way, cooperation is part of my DNA as I am a fourth generation Cooperator. My grandmother had a career working at a Credit Union and my great grandparents co-founded the Albany Food Co-op in New York during the depression era. 

In 2001, I moved to Orcas Island to complete my last two years of high school living with my mom and younger sister. After graduating from Orcas Island High School in 2003, I spent a couple years traveling and learning about farming and sustainability, coming home during the summers to work. In 2006 I returned home to put down roots. From 2006-2013 I managed a small off-grid homestead where people came to learn land-based skills including raising dairy goats, growing vegetables and herbs, seed-saving, wild-crafting, utilizing renewable energy, and much more. I also served as the director for two programs, Food Masters (2010-2013) and Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens (2011-2013).

In 2012 I helped with a successful initiative to ban the growing of GMOs in San Juan County, making us one of only a handful of counties in the country to pass such a ban.

In 2013 I put together a team to spearhead and launch the Orcas Food Co-op, opening the co-op’s doors in June of 2014. Over the past five years I’ve built a strong leadership team and helped grow the co-op from a $2 million business in its first year to a $3 million business serving over 1300 member-owner households (40% of the Orcas population) and providing over 30 year round jobs. The Co-op has become a thriving community hub and a driver in our local economy. 

In 2016 the Co-op received a National Co-op Grocers Sustainability Star award, which recognizes food co-ops that demonstrate outstanding leadership by making a positive impact on social, environmental, and local economic issues. This experience has shown me first hand how the cooperative model can generate value for a community and improve people's lives.

I have served on the Agricultural Resources Committee (ARC) of San Juan County since 2013 (and as its Chairman since 2015).

In 2016 I was appointed to the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee, where I contributed to sections related to Climate and Agriculture, and helped pass the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party. This transformative experience launched me into state and national politics. I also became more involved in local politics in 2016 and, following the General Election, I was elected to represent San Juan County as one of our two members on the Washington State Democratic Central Committee..

As my first two-year term as State Committee Member comes to a close (2017-2018), I plan to seek re-election to another term. I continue to advocate for many of the same progressive platform planks pushed for in the 2016 DNC Platform, in addition to new and emerging progressive priorities. During my time on the WSDCC I have also been on boards of two constituency caucuses of the state party, serving as the Western Washington Vice Chair for the Ag and Rural Caucus and also as an At-large board member for the Environment and Climate Caucus.

Community Involvement:

  • Orcas Food Coop co-founder and General Manager (2013-present)
  • San Juan County Agricultural Resources Committee (2013-present)
  • Rotary Club of the San Juan Islands (2018-present)
  • San Juan County Voluntary Stewardship Program Work Group (2016-2018)
  • Northwest Agriculture Business Center board member (2016-2018)
  • Island Stewards board member, vice president (2015-present)
  • San Juan County Food Hub Project Team (2015-2018)
  • Orcas Island Seed Library co-founder (2013)
  • San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, planning team member (2012-2017)
  • Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens (FEAST), Director (2011-2013)
  • Orcas Island Food Masters, Founder and Director (2010-2013)

Political Involvement:

  • Washington State Democratic Central Committee (2016-present)
  • Precinct Committee Officer, 23-Orcas Central (2016-present)
  • Delegate to the Washington State Democratic Convention (2016 & 2018)
  • WSD Environment and Climate Caucus, Founding Board Member (2017-2018)
  • WSD Ag and Rural Caucus, Western WA Vice Chair (2017-2018)
  • Our Revolution San Juan County Founding Steering Committee Member (2016-2017)
  • DNC Platform Committee Delegate, Appointed by the Sanders Campaign (2016)
  • Initiative 2012-4 GMO Free SJC, co-sponsor (2012)

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “I have worked with Learner professionally for the past 6 years. He continues to demonstrate all of the skills that we want from our representatives: integrity, open mindedness, and perseverance. I wholly support his candidacy.”

  • endorsed

    “I have known Learner since our Leadership San Juan Island scohort. He is an honest, steadfast, highly capable young man who demonstrates action based on careful listening, deep reflection and a genuine understanding of the need to protect our natural environment and resources. I have witnessed firsthand his ability to maneuver the political rapids and remain clearly pointed to true Progressive ideals. He has grown his leadership abilities by both participating in and leading several local, countywide, state and federal activities and actions that build community infrastructures and move ahead a strong voice for agriculture. He continues to grow his knowledge of innovative approaches to community/ business/development and will make the best candidate for this important position.”

  • endorsed

    “While I respect Learner's capabilities and character as an individual, I primarily place my trust on the community that shaped him and he is part of. Each individual is also the company one keeps. I know Learner is surrounded by people who also embody the values he is dedicated to, helping him stay even more rooted in them. Not only will Learner hold himself accountable, but so will his friends, family and the community. Supporting Learner would not mean endorsing one man, but a fellowship of principled visionaries, which his constituents would also become part of.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Learner for many reasons, including that I've agreed with much of what he has stood for throughout the years I've known of his devotion and activities. He seems tireless, he's young and optimistic, and that's what we need in order to get moving in a productive and sustainable direction again.”

  • endorsed

    “I have known Learner (and his family) since he was very young. Most importantly, I have seen him courageously step up to help our community in increasingly important ways. I admire his intelligence and his principles. I am thrilled that he is considering political service and support him enthusiastically.”

  • endorsed

    “Level-headed, principled progressive with great stands on the issues.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Learner as someone fully competent and committed in every way to the well-being of all individuals. I have known him for most of his life and he has continued to demonstrate his willingness to listen. He researches everything thoroughly and educates himself on all topics of interest to him and others!”

  • endorsed

    “This is the time for change. The people’s voices need to be heard. I believe Learner is the person who will listen and who will deliver our message. Thank you Learner for stepping up to this enormous challenge.”

  • endorsed

    “I believe Learner Limbach will be the voice to help the people take back the power! Learner’s passion and drive for change has not been corrupted by cynicism. The fight for a better future must include equality for all, climate justice, a humane economy and a sustainable food system! Join me in endorsing Learner Limbach and Together We Can Change the World—start Local to go Global!”

  • endorsed

    “Go Learner!”

January 8, 2019

We surpassed $10K! Thank you so much

Hello! 

Thank you all for the support you have already given. Your early pledges and endorsements have literally gotten us to where we are now and I will be forever grateful. Thanks to you, we are right on track, having surpassed $10K (and ultimately $11K) on Monday along with almost 130 individual contributions! 

This has been a truly humbling experience already and I am just moved by the outpouring of support. This campaign is not about me alone but about all of us working together to create the change we want to see. I am honored for the opportunity to consider serving in this way.

TODAY (1/8) - Launching on Social Media

Now that we have reached the midway point with donations almost entirely from our island community, tomorrow we will be broadening our reach a bit. I am going to make my very first facebook post to my own page first thing in the morning. After that, the plan is to generate a lot of buzz on facebook by having as many of you share it as possible tomorrow.

We are past the midway point to our goal of $20K by Friday January 11th! Surpassing that goal will be a huge milestone and will demonstrate that we have strong grassroots support that is capable of taking the campaign to the next phase of forming an official exploratory campaign committee and broadening outreach throughout the district. --- Spread the word! Help us reach our funding goal!

https://www.crowdpac.com/c/learnerforcongress

OPTION 1: 

Ideally - Post a facebook update with the campaign link and a personalized message. Use the hashtag #LearnerForCongress

OPTION 2:

Quote your favorite part of the campaign page and say why it appeals to you

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I have worked with Learner professionally for the past 6 years. He continues to demonstrate all of the skills that we want from our representatives: integrity, open mindedness, and perseverance. I wholly support his candidacy.”

  • endorsed

    “I have known Learner since our Leadership San Juan Island scohort. He is an honest, steadfast, highly capable young man who demonstrates action based on careful listening, deep reflection and a genuine understanding of the need to protect our natural environment and resources. I have witnessed firsthand his ability to maneuver the political rapids and remain clearly pointed to true Progressive ideals. He has grown his leadership abilities by both participating in and leading several local, countywide, state and federal activities and actions that build community infrastructures and move ahead a strong voice for agriculture. He continues to grow his knowledge of innovative approaches to community/ business/development and will make the best candidate for this important position.”

  • endorsed

    “While I respect Learner's capabilities and character as an individual, I primarily place my trust on the community that shaped him and he is part of. Each individual is also the company one keeps. I know Learner is surrounded by people who also embody the values he is dedicated to, helping him stay even more rooted in them. Not only will Learner hold himself accountable, but so will his friends, family and the community. Supporting Learner would not mean endorsing one man, but a fellowship of principled visionaries, which his constituents would also become part of.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Learner for many reasons, including that I've agreed with much of what he has stood for throughout the years I've known of his devotion and activities. He seems tireless, he's young and optimistic, and that's what we need in order to get moving in a productive and sustainable direction again.”

  • endorsed

    “I have known Learner (and his family) since he was very young. Most importantly, I have seen him courageously step up to help our community in increasingly important ways. I admire his intelligence and his principles. I am thrilled that he is considering political service and support him enthusiastically.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Level-headed, principled progressive with great stands on the issues.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Learner as someone fully competent and committed in every way to the well-being of all individuals. I have known him for most of his life and he has continued to demonstrate his willingness to listen. He researches everything thoroughly and educates himself on all topics of interest to him and others!”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “This is the time for change. The people’s voices need to be heard. I believe Learner is the person who will listen and who will deliver our message. Thank you Learner for stepping up to this enormous challenge.”

  • endorsed

    “I believe Learner Limbach will be the voice to help the people take back the power! Learner’s passion and drive for change has not been corrupted by cynicism. The fight for a better future must include equality for all, climate justice, a humane economy and a sustainable food system! Join me in endorsing Learner Limbach and Together We Can Change the World—start Local to go Global!”

  • endorsed

    “Go Learner!”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Learner for congress as a true representative of the people. He is principled, yet compassionate, he is highly intelligent and speaks and acts from his heart. Learner is quick to understand the core problems with society and to create just solutions. He has great success collaborating with and uniting people, while steering us towards economic, environmental and social justice. We need Learner to represent us, especially considering the many crises and challenges we face today; from catastrophic climate change, environmental degradation, endless wars, patriarchy and racism. We can count on him to transition us to a cleaner, safer world with justice for all. Learner has my vote and support.”