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26th Legislative District

Primary ELECTION: August 7th, 2018

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U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell

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Senator Maria Cantwell was first elected in 2000 and continues to represent our state's progressive values in our nation's capital. Sen. Cantwell has been a leader on a wide range of issues, including reproductive rights, supporting the Children's Health Insurance Program, defending net neutrality, passing oil spill legislation to protect our water, working on clean energy policies, and much more.

There are 29 challengers in this race, but the most serious is Republican Susan Hutchinson. Hutchinson is a former news anchor and past chair of the state Republican Party. She ran for King County Executive in 2009 and lost by twenty points. Hutchinson is well-known for being a party-line Republican and for her fierce defense of President Trump. Also running in this race is Joey Gibson, a far-right advocate who founded Patriot Prayer, a conservative "free speech" group that attracts largely white nationalists.

Sen. Cantwell has been a tireless advocate for the people of Washington state and is the best choice in this race.

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6th Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 6th Congressional District

Derek Kilmer

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Representative Derek Kilmer is a moderate Democrat who is a reliable supporter of job creation and infrastructure improvement. He has been a leader on small business development and protecting the Puget Sound during his three terms in Congress. A former state Senator, he previously worked as a business consultant and economic development official. Kilmer is a sponsor of a clean Dream Act in support of immigrants who arrived in the country as children with their undocumented parents. He supports commonsense gun safety legislation and cosponsored the Voter Empowerment Act, an online voter registration act that helps keep voting rights equitable. Rep. Kilmer has also worked on several environmental bills, including the Wild Olympics Wilderness and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Kilmer is running against progressive candidate Tyler Myles Vega and Republican Douglas Dightman. Political newcomer Vega is running on a platform of increasing the size of the House of Representatives, sustainability, and checking the size of the military. Dightman is a family physician running on a platform of supporting national defense and the free market. Kilmer is widely supported by our progressive partners and is the best choice in this race.

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26th Legislative District

State Senator

Emily Randall

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Democrat Emily Randall is running to replace retiring Republican state Senator Jan Angel in the 26th Legislative District. Prior to running for public office, Randall worked at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Planned Parenthood, where she advocated for improving health outcomes for local underserved populations. Randall is running for Senate to keep higher education affordable and expand job training programs for graduating high school seniors. Additionally, Randall wants to expand access to affordable health care for Washington families.

Randall is running against Republican Marty McClendon and Independent Bill Scheidler. McClendon is a Trump-style talk show host who is also currently serving as the Pierce County Republican Party Chairman. Both Schiedler and McClendon are perennial candidates who have ran for public office previously without success, including McClendon's run for Lt. Governor in 2016 against Cyrus Habib.

Randall’s dedication to public service and experience working on important public policy issues makes her the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Connie FitzPatrick

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Navy veteran Connie FitzPatrick is running for the 26th Legislative District House Position 1. She is running on a platform of providing affordable higher ed and training programs, reducing transportation costs, and improving veterans care.

Fitzpatrick is running against Republicans Naomi Evans and Rep. Jesse Young. Incumbent Rep. Young's priorities include reducing the number of people on Medicaid and replacing the Affordable Care Act, though he does not say what the alternatives will be for health care. Evans is a Bremerton School Board member who is focused on education reform and public safety. She is opposed to a carbon tax and determined to support the Second Amendment..

Fitzpatrick is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Joy Stanford

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Democrat Joy Stanford is a substitute teacher who has worked in the district with underserved and elderly populations, helping them gain access to health care. Her campaign is focusing on keeping infrastructure projects on budget and ensuring health care access for all.

Joy Stanford is challenging Republican Rep. Michelle Caldier for the 26th Legislative District House Position 2. Rep. Caldier deserves credit for voting for a gun safety bill and for standing up for sexual assault survivors. However, Rep. Caldier has also voted against automatic voter registration, which has been proven to expand democracy by making it easier for eligible citizens to vote, and she voted against legislation to expand access to reproductive health care.

Navy veteran Marco Padilla is also running as an independent in this race. He founded Latino Veterans in Action in 2016, an organization that helps Latino veterans transition back to civilian life. He also co-founded Bremerton Visionaries, a nonprofit that connects professionals in Bremerton. His campaign is focused on veteran reintegration, with policies like a transitioning boot camp, attracting different industries to the area, and making public colleges tuition and debt free.

Also running in this race is Republican Randy Boss, who is running on a platform focused almost solely on taxes and crime.

Stanford is the best choice in this race.

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Pierce County

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney

Two veteran prosecutors are running for Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney: Mary Robnett and incumbent Mark Lindquist, both of whom have received progressive endorsements. We lean towards the highly respected and experienced Robnett for a fresh start after years of controversies under Lindquist.

Mary Robnett

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Mary Robnett spent 18 years working in the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office. She worked in the office’s special assault unit before being promoted to chief criminal deputy prosecutor. Robnett now works as an Assistant Attorney General in the Sexually Violent Predators unit in Bob Ferguson’s office. She is running as a non-partisan candidate with a focus on restoring integrity and de-politicizing the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office and letting veteran prosecutors do their job. She has very strong support in the legal and law enforcement communities.

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Mark Lindquist

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Mark Lindquist is running for his third term as Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney. He has earned a reputation for being a hard worker, and his accomplishments include forming an Elder Fraud and Identity Theft team to prosecute targeted scams against the elderly and helping increase penalties against drunk drivers.

Unfortunately, Lindquist is has also generated several ethics controversies that have undermined public confidence in his leadership. He faced a whistleblower investigation that found he ran a highly politicized office and retaliated against subordinates and critics who disagreed with him. Lindquist is facing a formal bar disciplinary hearing for discussing an active murder trial on a national cable television show while the jury was still deliberating, against the advice of his staff. If Lindquist loses the case, he could lose his license to practice law and be unable to carry out the duties of his office. In addition, Lindquist lost a long-running lawsuit over his refusal to release text messages in public disclosure requests, costing Pierce County taxpayers more than $1 million in fines and fees. We also have concerns about Lindquist's lack of progress toward reducing racial inequities in the local criminal justice system.

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Pierce County Council

Pierce County Council, District #1

Lorra Jackson

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Democrat Lorra Jackson is running to relieve traffic congestion, preserve farmland, and provide more public spaces for a growing population in Pierce County. She supports a $15 minimum wage in Pierce County and mass transit expansions for commuters and in future residential areas.

She is running against Republicans Sharon Hanek, Dave Morrell, and Milton Tremblay. Hanek has few concrete policy details available. She is promoting public safety, a business-friendly environment, property rights, and reversing Sound Transit taxes. Morrell is a former state representative running on a platform of public safety and fiscal responsibility. Tremblay is a veteran who self-describes his campaign as conservative and patriotic and is focused on fiscal responsibility.

We believe Jackson is the most progressive choice in this race.

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Pierce County Council, District #5

Democrats Suzanne Skaar and Marty Campbell are both solid progressive candidates, though Campbell has wider support from local Democratic organizations.

Marty Campbell

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Marty Campbell is a Community Association Manager and former Tacoma City Councilmember of 8 years. His campaign is focused on fully funding mental health services and supporting family wage jobs and local businesses. He wants to add electric vehicle infrastructure and solar incentives to the county's plans. He also supports affordable housing measures like increasing housing density where appropriate and increasing tiny housing options.

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27th Legislative District Democrats, 25th Legislative District Democrats, Pierce County Democrats

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Suzanne Skaar

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Suzanne Skaar is a vocational rehabilitation counselor and community activist. She currently serves on the South End Neighborhood Council Board, and has formerly served on Radio Tacoma’s Board of Directors and Tacoma's Human Rights Commission. Skaar is running to centralize government services to the food insecure, homeless, and underhoused, and aims to provide job programs in the clean energy sector and partner with local business to narrow the wage gap. She is committed to giving underrepresented communities a voice in local government.

Skaar and Campbell are running against Republican and perennial candidate Justin Van Dyk, who has no campaign information available.

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Pierce County Democrats

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Pierce County Council, District #7

Derek M. Young

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Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young is a former four-term Gig Harbor city councilmember. He has prioritized improving mental health services and environmental protections during his four years on the county council. He also serves on numerous boards representing Pierce County, including the National Association of Counties and the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board. As a board member for Pierce Transit, Young fought to minimize cuts to public transportation options for Pierce County citizens.

He is running against Navy veteran and school board member David Olson, who is running on a standard Republican platform of public safety and fiscal responsibility.

Young's experience, ties to the communities, and knowledge of policy issues facing the county make him the best choice in this race.

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General Progressive: Fuse WA
Environment: Washington Conservation Voters

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