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City of Bothell

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.

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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.

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Congress

Depending on where you live, you will have one of the below candidates on your ballot.

U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District

Suzan DelBene

Democrat
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Representative Suzan DelBene has served the 1st Congressional District since 2013. DelBene is a former executive at Microsoft who has used her technology background to become a leader in protecting privacy rights against government surveillance. Her priorities include creating family wage jobs in areas like the aerospace, sustainable agriculture, and clean energy industries. She also supports raising the federal minimum wage and passing comprehensive tax reform to ensure that those making more than a million dollars don't pay a lower tax rate than low- and middle-income families.

Rep. DelBene is running against Scott Stafne, Jeffrey Beeler, Adam Pilskog, and Robert Mair. Republican Scott Stafne is an attorney who is running to reform the judicial system and to grow the middle class. Jeffrey Beeler is focused on "securing our borders," health care, and the deficit. Teacher Adam Pilskog is running on a "conservative approach to fiscal policy, and a liberal to libertarian approach to social issues." Mair has no platform or information available at this time.

Rep. DelBene is clearly the best choice in this race.

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U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District

Rick Larsen

Democrat
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Representative Rick Larsen is a moderate Democrat who has been a strong advocate for jobs, transportation, and infrastructure projects in the 2nd District. Before serving in Congress, he served on the Snohomish County Council and worked on economic development for the City of Everett. Rep. Larsen has also supported efforts to protect voting rights, fought to reform student loans, and championed Wall Street reform. Unfortunately, Larsen joined Republicans to repeal some banking rules imposed after the Great Recession intended to prevent another economic collapse.

He is running against Uncle Mover, a perennial candidate who runs to advertise his business, Democrat Collin Richard Carlson, who is running on his entirely rewritten federal budget plan, Libertarian Brian Luke, Independent Gary Franco, and Green Party candidate Stonewall Jackson Bird, who is running on progressive values but isn't running a competitive campaign.

Rep. Larsen is the best choice in this race.

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Legislative Races

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

1st Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Derek Stanford

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Derek Stanford was first elected in 2010 and has emerged as an effective progressive leader in Olympia. Throughout his tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Stanford has been a strong proponent of LGBTQ rights, consumer protections, environmental sustainability, and strengthening access to higher education in Washington state. Most recently, Rep. Stanford sponsored legislation that prohibited state agencies from creating databases based on an individual's religious affiliation to protect Washingtonians' right to privacy.

Stanford is opposed by Republican Josh Colver and non-affiliated political newcomer Colin McMahon. Colver has been endorsed by the Washington State Republican Party. His platform includes anti-abortion and anti-government positions that stand in direct opposition to progressive values. McMahon is a public defender who is running to improve mental health services and increase housing development to keep prices down.

Representative Derek Stanford is the clear choice for the 1st Legislative District.

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State Representative, Position #2

Shelley Kloba

Democrat
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State Representative Shelley Kloba is running for re-election to the 1st Legislative District House Position 1. During her tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Kloba has been a strong advocate for affordable housing and quality education. This year, Rep. Kloba was the primary sponsor of a bill that extended the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council to increase opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds. Prior to joining the Legislature, Rep. Kloba served her community as a trustee for the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, as a Kirkland City Councilmember, and as the Washington State PTA Legislative Director for two years.

Representative Shelley Kloba is being challenged by Snohomish County Republican Chair Debra Blodgett and Bothell small business owner and Libertarian Matt Seymour. Seymour wants to reduce the national debt and shrink the size of government, while Blodgett is not running a competitive campaign.

Representative Shelley Kloba is best choice in this race.

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21st Legislative District

State Senator

Marko Liias

Democrat
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Democratic state Senator Marko Liias has been a consistent progressive advocate for all families. As the Democratic Senate Floor Leader, Sen. Liias has led the fight on LGBTQ equality and helped create a student loan bill of rights. This past legislative session, Sen. Liias' legislation to ban the inhumane practice of gay conversion successfully became law with bipartisan support.

Liias is opposed by Democrat Riaz Khan, Independent Scott West, and Republican Mario Lionel Lotmore. While Lotmore is the only serious challenger in the field, his campaign has failed to provide a comprehensive set of policy solutions that address the needs of working families and small businesses. Liias is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Strom Peterson

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Strom Peterson is running for re-election for the 21st Legislative District House Position 1. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Rep. Peterson served on the Edmonds City Council for six years, where he proved to be a smart and capable leader in Snohomish County. Rep. Peterson is leading the fight against the opioid crisis in Washington state. This past year, he was the primary sponsor of the Secure Drug Take Back Act, an innovative program to limit the usage of unused and expired prescriptions present in Washington communities.

Rep. Peterson is opposed by Republican Amy Schaper, who lacks Peterson's public policy experience and is opposed to progressive economic reforms. Rep. Peterson is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Lillian Ortiz-Self

Democrat
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Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self is running for re-election to the 21st Legislative District House Position 2. Since joining the state House in 2008, Rep. Ortiz-Self has emerged as a progressive leader fighting tooth and nail to improve the lives of mothers and children in Washington state. Currently, Rep. Ortiz-Self serves as Deputy Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and on the House Early Childhood and Human Services Committee. Additionally, she has been a member of the state’s Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee for more than six years. An active community member, Rep. Ortiz-Self is strong on social issues and focused on creating new pathways to strengthen the middle class and early childhood education.

Rep. Ortiz-Self is facing a challenge from Republican Petra Bigea, who is running on an anti-tax and anti-regulation platform. Rep. Ortiz-Self is the clear choice in this race.

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44th Legislative District

State Senator

Steve Hobbs

Democrat
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Democratic Senator Steve Hobbs is running for re-election in the 44th Legislative District. Sen. Hobbs is a veteran, father, and moderate Democrat who is a reliable vote on social issues. Throughout his tenure, he has been an unwavering advocate for military families and has sponsored legislation to protect access to safe and legal abortion. During the most recent legislative session, Sen. Hobbs served as the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and worked to improve the efficiency of local transit options offered in Snohomish County. While Sen. Hobbs is progressive on social issues, he leans more conservative on taxes and fiscal issues.

Republican Doug Roulstone and Libertarian Jeremy Fitch are challenging Sen. Hobbs. Roulstone is a retired Navy captain who is running on a narrow anti-tax platform that fails to address many of the challenges facing our region. Fitch lacks the policy experience necessary to be an effective senator.

Based on his demonstrated commitment to representing Snohomish families, Sen. Hobbs has earned another four years.

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State Representative, Position #1

John Lovick

Democrat
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Democratic Representative John Lovick is a former Snohomish County executive and a former Mill Creek city councilmember. He has been an outspoken advocate of requiring Boeing to keep jobs in Washington state in order to receive tax incentives and has been a strong supporter of working people. This year, Rep. Lovick sponsored legislation that would partner law enforcement with mental health professionals when calls involve a mental health crisis.

Rep. Lovick's opponent is Jeff Sax. A former Republican county councilmember, Sax is focused on taxes, tolls, and transparency, but doesn't offer a platform for any progressive change for the district. Rep. Lovick is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Jared Mead

Democrat
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Mill Creek City Councilmember Jared Mead is running for the 44th Legislative District House Position 2. Prior to serving on the city council, Mead served two terms on the Mill Creek Planning Commission where he worked closely with residents, local businesses, and government officials. Mead is now running for the Legislature on a platform of reducing traffic congestion, creating jobs, and improving public schools.

Mead is challenging Republican Rep. Mark Harmsworth. Rep. Harmsworth has pushed a very conservative agenda in Olympia, including voting against the Washington Voting Rights Act and expanding access to women's health care. He also has wasted taxpayer money on a politically-driven investigation into Sound Transit.

Mead is the clear choice for Legislature.

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Snohomish County

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

Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney

Adam Cornell

Democrat
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Adam Cornell has served as the Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor for 15 years and has been endorsed by Mark Roe, the departing incumbent. His platform is centered on alternative justice programs, alternative sentences, and treatment programs for those suffering from mental illness and addiction issues. Adam Cornell is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

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