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City of Auburn

Primary ELECTION: August 7th, 2018

Welcome to the the 2018 Progressive Voters Guide! The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information you need to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please return your ballot by August 7 and share this guide with your friends and family.

This guide only contains races that will be on your August 7th Primary Ballot. We will update the guide for the general election.

King County Ballot Measures

Depending on where you live, you may have the following ballot measures on your ballot.

King County Proposition #1

Proposition 1 has recently emerged as a somewhat controversial measure with progressives on both sides.

The King County Council is proposing Proposition No. 1, a renewal of a six-year levy that raises $21 million annually for the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). AFIS is the primary tool that law enforcement officers in King County’s 39 cities and unincorporated areas use to conduct investigations. AFIS allows law enforcement to identify perpetrators and release innocent people, as well as help victims of identity theft clear their name. The controversy stems from a non-binding amendment that was added by the King County Council that permits AFIS to explore the use of advanced bio-metric technology. This year's levy renewal would replace an expiring levy that expires this December. The levy rate is 3.5 cents per $1,000 of property value, or $25.03 per year for the owner of a median $715,000 home, to fund the AFIS program through 2024.

Yes on Proposition 1

YES
Proponents including King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht and King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci argue that renewing the levy would maintain the basic, essential services provided to every law enforcement agency in King County. The levy has existed since 1986 and has been approved by voters six times. The council approved the bio-metrics amendment so that AFIS funding could be used to help alleviate the backlog in rape kits waiting to be tested. Advocates worry that if the levy fails, staff and services would be cut and the responsibility for fingerprinting could be left to individual police departments and agencies. This would reduce the efficiency of the program and negatively impact law enforcement's ability to identify criminal suspects or clear those wrongfully accused of crimes. AFIS also says they have no plans or funding to pursue facial recognition technology.

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No on Proposition 1

NO
Some community organizations and The Stranger newspaper have raised concerns about giving AFIS the ability to pursue advanced biometric technology. Opponents of the levy renewal worry that it could empower law enforcement to misuse invasive technologies like facial recognition. They argue that the lack of comprehensive state regulation around the use of facial recognition could lead to the technology being used to target protesters or other groups who practice civil disobedience. Additionally, anti-racist community groups in Seattle have raised concerns about the potential for the technology to be used to profile and discriminate against people of color.

Progressive Opponents

 

Federal

U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell

Democrat
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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 Hutchison. Hutchison 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. Hutchison 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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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8th Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District

There are three leading progressive candidates in this race: Shannon Hader, Jason Rittereiser, and Kim Schrier. The candidates below are listed in alphabetical order. They largely agree on most major issues, so we’ve tried to highlight their policy priorities and unique backgrounds to help you make your own decision.

Dr. Shannon Hader

Democrat
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Dr. Shannon Hader grew up in Auburn and until recently was the Director of the Division of Global HIV and TB at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hader cites her experience leading nearly 2,000 people across 45 countries as well as managing an annual budget of $2.4 billion as evidence of her readiness to lead in Congress. Hader describes her platform as building “Safe, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” communities through gun violence prevention, expanding access to health care, creating an economy that works for everyone, and improving public education. Hader supports giving states the ability to implement single-payer health care and she would like to allow more people to opt-in to Medicare. One of her priorities would be to change the law to allow the CDC to research and identify solutions to gun violence. Hader has received the most endorsements from Democratic Party organizations across the district.

What sets her apart: Hader has managed the largest teams and budgets among the three Democrats and is the only one who has worked for the federal government. This experience gives her valuable insight into the budgeting and oversight of federal agencies.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: National Organization for Women, OneAmerica Votes
Other: King County Democrats, Pierce County Democrats, Kittitas County Democrats (dual)

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Jason Rittereiser

Democrat
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Jason Rittereiser is an employment lawyer and a former King County prosecutor working in the Special Assault and Violent Crimes units. Rittereiser has defended workers’ rights in the courtroom, including winning a discrimination lawsuit against a religious university after they fired his client for being unmarried and pregnant. Rittereiser is also the only major candidate with roots on the east side of the district. He grew up in Ellensburg and cites his experience working on a hay farm in the Kittitas Valley to show that he understands the needs of residents across the 8th Congressional District. Rittereiser supports the creation of a national single-payer health care system and would support Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act. In addition, Rittereiser is a member of the State Advisory Council on Homelessness and would make affordable housing and reducing homelessness a priority in office.

What sets him apart: Rittereiser has a deep understanding of legal issues and would be well positioned to make reforms to our criminal justice system. He also has valuable experience in defending the rights of working people.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Washington State Labor Council
Media: The Stranger
Other: Indivisible CD 8 (dual), Kittitas County Democrats (dual)

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Dr. Kim Schrier

Democrat
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Dr. Kim Schrier is a pediatrician from Issaquah who was inspired to run for Washington’s 8th Congressional District because of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. She is committed to building an economy that works for everyone and protecting Social Security and Medicare for all. She also wants to bring her voice to the debates about women’s health care and abortion rights in Congress, where there are currently no women doctors. Schrier supports letting Americans of any age buy into Medicare on a sliding scale to reduce overhead costs and increase competition for private insurers. Schrier has received the most endorsements from national organizations and raised the most money among the Democrats in this race.

What sets her apart: As a practicing doctor, Schrier has the most first-hand experience with our health care system. Her practical knowledge and experience with health care would be valuable in crafting legislation and overseeing important federal agencies.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Education: American Federation of Teachers
Economic Justice: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Washington State Labor Council
Other: EMILY's List, Planned Parenthood Action Fund (national), International Association of Machinists (IAM) 751, Indivisible CD 8 (dual)

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Other Candidates

U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District

Also running in this race is the Republican front-runner Dino Rossi, as well as Jack Hughes-Hageman, Gordon Allen Pross, and a handful of other less viable candidates.

Rossi previously ran unsuccessful campaigns for Washington governor and U.S. Senate. Rossi has consistently sided with congressional Republicans, including supporting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy few. He is also strongly anti-choice and does not support commonsense gun safety legislation. Rossi would be another reliable vote for the Republican leadership and powerful special interests in Washington, D.C.

We need new leadership in Congress that puts working families before corporations and the wealthy elites who rig the rules. Any of the three Democrats in this race would be a better choice than Rossi.

 

Legislative Races

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below districts on your ballot.

30th Legislative District

State Senator

Claire Wilson

Democrat
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Claire Wilson is the President of the Federal Way School Board and previously worked for 25 years at the Puget Sound Educational Service District specializing in early learning. She has devoted her career to education and is running for state Senate in Legislative District 30 to improve opportunities for students across the state. In addition, Wilson is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable health care and streamlining transportation projects that have left South King stuck in traffic.

Wilson’s opponent is socially conservative Republican Senator Mark Miloscia. Sen. Miloscia is opposed to safe and legal abortion access and marriage equality. He supports allowing employers to deny coverage for birth control and co-sponsored a bill that could ban many forms of birth control. Sen. Miloscia voted against LGBTQ protections for school kids during this year’s session and even called those who participated in the Women’s March “unAmerican” and “un-Christian.” However, Miloscia has been a reliable vote on important labor issues and was endorsed by some of our union partners.

Also running in this race is Tirzah Idahosa, an activist and Precinct Committee Officer with the 30th District Democrats. We believe Wilson is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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State Representative, Position #1

Mike Pellicciotti

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Mike Pellicciotti is running for re-election to the 30th Legislative District House Position 1. Pellicciotti is a former South King County prosecutor who has worked alongside public safety officials to keep our community safe for more than a decade. He is the former chair of the Washington Equal Justice Coalition. This year, Rep. Pellicciotti worked with fellow representative Kristine Reeves on improving schools and creating local jobs.

Rep. Pellicciotti is running against Republican Linda Kochmar, who served as a state representative for the 30th District from 2013 to 2017. During her time in the Legislature, Kochmar voted against raising the minimum wage and against ensuring women earn equal pay for doing the same job as men.

Rep. Pellicciotti is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Kristine Reeves

Democrat
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Democratic state Representative Kristine Reeves was first elected in 2016. She is the Director of Economic Development for the Military and Defense sector for Washington state, where she has helped secure millions of dollars for small businesses and local infrastructure. Rep. Reeves is a champion of paid family and medical leave and was appointed this year to the Child Care Collaborative Task Force where she will explore public-private partnerships that can help make raising a family more affordable. She has also advocated for vital progressive reforms this year, including funds to build a shelter for homeless women and children in Federal Way, as well as common sense gun safety legislation.

Rep. Reeves is running against veteran Mark Greene, a perennial candidate for several positions across the state. A deeply conservative candidate who is determined to fight "the Radical Left" and the "globalist mentality," his platform includes preserving American rights to self-defense and veterans' care.

Reeves is by far the best choice in this race.

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31st Legislative District

State Senator

Immaculate Ferreria

Democrat
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Community activist Immaculate Ferreria is running for the 31st Legislative District Senate seat. Ferreira has worked tirelessly to build bridges across cultural divides in rural Washington by hosting community events with both local law enforcement and Black Lives Matter activists.

Ferreria is running against Republican state Senator Phil Fortunato, a social conservative who has wavered in his support of working families while in the office. This past legislative session, Fortunato voted against protections for LGBTQ school children and against expanding access to reproductive health care for women. While Senator Fortunato deserves credit for being one of the few Republicans to support union families on some bills, his extreme positions on other issues put him out of step with the people he is supposed to represent. Also in this race is Jeff Benson, an independent candidate running a modest progressive campaign focused on Medicare for all and forcing companies to have workers on their boards of directors.

Ferreria is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU Local 6

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State Representative, Position #1

Victoria Mena

Democrat
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Community organizer Victoria Mena is the Policy Director and Development Strategist of Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, an organization that advocates for immigrants' rights and migrant justice. Her campaign is focused on strengthening communities with health care for all, strong unions, and a clean environment. She supports policies such as De-Escalate Washington, which is focused on police reform and accountability, as well as reproductive health care access and supporting those who are homeless.

Mena is challenging Republican Rep. Drew Stokesbary. Rep. Stokesbary is, in his own words, "a resolute defender of the Second Amendment," and resists gun safety reforms, including restrictions on assault weapons. Mena is the clear choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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State Representative, Position #2

Mark Boswell

Democrat
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Navy veteran Mark Boswell is a former Democratic Precinct Committee Officer and Chair of the 31st Legislative District Democrats. His campaign goals include advocating for a shift to clean energy, supporting education, and upgrading the area's transportation system.

He is running against non-politically affiliated candidate Steve Skutt, who is not running a competitive campaign, and incumbent Republican Rep. Morgan Irwin, a police officer whose mission focuses on hardline "law and order" policies. Irwin states that he opposes common sense gun safety laws and that the "cycle of gun violence starts with property crime." Boswell is the best choice in this race.

47th Legislative District

State Senator

Mona Das

Democrat
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Democrat Mona Das is challenging Republican Senator Joe Fain for the 47th Legislative District Senate seat. Das is a small business owner who is running to address the housing affordability crisis impacting South King County. Additionally, Das is focused on creating jobs, easing traffic congestion, and fighting to fix our state’s upside-down tax system. Prior to running for the state Senate, Das entered the race for the 8th Congressional District before switching her focus to more local issues.

Das faces a competitive race against Sen. Fain, a moderate conservative who has chosen to stand with the far-right members of his caucus on a broad range of issues. Sen. Fain has served as the Republican Floor Leader since 2013 and played a consequential role in blocking progress on fully funding public education. Additionally, Sen. Fain has been an opponent to tax reform and racial justice measures. While Sen. Fain has a poor record on social justice issues, he deserves some credit for sponsoring legislation for paid family sick leave and increased protections for victims of sexual assault.

Based on her commitment to progressive values and her vision for Washington, Mona Das is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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State Representative, Position #1

Debra Entenman

Democrat
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Debra Entenman is the district director for U.S. Representative Adam Smith. She was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees. An advocate for K-12 and higher learning, Entenman's campaign is centered on improving educational opportunities for local students.

Entenman is challenging Republican Representative Mark Hargrove, a socially conservative Republican who barely won his seat in 2012. He infamously compared marriage equality to a Jack in the Box commercial in a speech on the House floor. This legislative session, Rep. Hargrove voted against automatic voter registration, mandatory state insurance coverage for contraception, and a ban on gay conversion therapy on minors. Also in this race is Independent candidate James Dillon, whose campaign platform doesn't include clear policy goals.

Entenman is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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State Representative, Position #2

Pat Sullivan

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Pat Sullivan is the former mayor of Covington and the current House Majority Leader. He has sponsored bills to invest more in our schools, deliver tax credits to small businesses, and strengthen laws against online predators. Rep. Sullivan also played a leadership role in passing a host of progressive legislation this year, including automatic voter registration, net neutrality, and expanding access to women's health care.

Rep. Sullivan is running for re-election to the state House in the 47th Legislative District against Ted Cooke and Lindsey Shumway. Cooke is a software tester who supports putting Sound Transit on hold, charter school vouchers, encouraging more fossil fuel energy production, and a state law that repeals two regulations for every regulation passed. Lindsey Shumway owns a private health coaching practice in Kent and is running on a platform focused almost solely on taxes.

Rep. Sullivan is the clear choice in this race.

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Pierce County

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

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.

Mary Robnett

Non-Partisan
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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 de-politicizing and restoring integrity to 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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Several local Democratic Party organizations
Pierce County Minority Bar Association rating: “Exceptionally Well Qualified”

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Mark Lindquist

Democrat
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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. He has earned the support of many local progressive organizations.

Unfortunately, Lindquist has also generated several high-profile ethics controversies. 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, his license to practice law could be suspended and he would 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 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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: WA State Council of Firefighters
Other: Pierce County Central Labor Council, several local Democratic Party organizations

Campaign Information

Pierce County Council

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

Pierce County Council, District #1

Lorra Jackson

Democrat
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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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Democrats, 25th LD Democrats

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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

Democrat
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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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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

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Suzanne Skaar

Democrat
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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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Democrats

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Pierce County Council, District #7

Derek M. Young

Democrat
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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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Environment: Washington Conservation Voters

Campaign Information

Other Ballot Measures

Depending on where you live, you may have the following ballot measures on your ballot.

South King County Fire and Rescue Proposition #1

South King Fire and Rescue Proposition 1

YES
When a loved one is having a heart attack, the last thing to be worrying about is whether firefighters and ambulance services have the training, equipment, and staff they need to arrive quickly. South King County Fire and Rescue - serving the cities of Federal Way, Des Moines, and surrounding unincorporated areas - is putting forth Proposition No. 1 to keep up with the growing demand for fire and emergency services. The rapid population growth and development in recent years has placed a strain on the limited funding sources available. Since 2013, call volume for emergency fire and medical services in South King County has increased by 24% and now exceeds 20,000 calls a year.

Since most calls received are for emergency medical services, reinstating this levy is critical for maintaining current 24/7 emergency service levels. Proposition No. 1 would increase the current levy level to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value for 2019 and limit the rate of increase to 6 percent while capping the levy at $1.50 through 2024. If the levy fails, the fire district could lose more than $1.2 million annually, which would lead to cutbacks in services, layoffs, and the potential elimination of services like specialized rescue teams.

Vote YES to give our local first responders the support they need to keep us safe.