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City of Bainbridge Island

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.


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 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.

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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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23rd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Sherry V. Appleton

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Representative Sherry Appleton is seeking re-election to the 23rd Legislative District House Position 1. A former two-term Poulsbo City Council member, Rep. Appleton brings a wealth of experience to the Legislature and has been a reliable progressive voice for military families and seniors. She has advocated for sustainable transit development and was the prime advocate for creating a "Silver Alert" to help elderly citizens who are missing. In 2018, Rep. Appleton was named the 2018 Humane Legislator of the Year by the Humane Society of Washington for her work to make Washington a better state to live for humans and animals alike.

Rep. Appleton is opposed by Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson. Recently, Erickson sought to raise her own pay as mayor and was denied by the city council. If elected, Erickson has stated that she will not resign as mayor and instead serve in both elected offices simultaneously. Based on her commitment to the residents of Kitsap County and track record in the Legislature, Rep. Appleton is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Drew Hansen

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Democratic Representative Drew Hansen is running unopposed for re-election. Rep. Hansen serves as the chair of the House Higher Education Committee and has been deeply focused on job creation and improving educational opportunities in the Puget Sound region. During his tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Hansen has worked to expand engineering training at local colleges, protect maritime industry jobs, and sponsor legislation to prepare high school students for technology jobs. Rep. Hansen deserves your vote for another term.

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