If the “Washington mom” selling the marijuana legalization initiative in commercials looks familiar—perhaps you’ve seen her with the Von Trapp family.
Kate Pippinger is the face of Initiative 502, starring in the campaign’s advertising as a mom in a coffee shop talking about the benefits of legalizing marijuana. Pippinger also happens to be an actress with plenty of experience in commercials and on stage—including a role as “Maria” in the Sound of Music at the Ovation Musical Theater on Bainbridge Island.
According to her talent bio, she has also played “Kate” and “Laurey” in “Oklahoma,” narrated a Time Management audio book, and played roles in Les Schwab commercials.
Using actors and actresses in political commercials is nothing new. During the initiative to repeal the soda pop tax, we reported in our KING 5 Ad Watch that the grocer was a famous soap opera actor. And years ago, former Governor Gary Locke used local actors and actresses in his commercials.