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City of Bremerton

Primary ELECTION: August 7th, 2018

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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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6th Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 6th Congressional District

Derek Kilmer

Democrat
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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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Legislative Races

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

23rd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Sherry V. Appleton

Democrat
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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

Democrat
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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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26th Legislative District

State Senator

Emily Randall

Democrat
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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

Democrat
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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 incumbent Jesse Young. 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. Similarly, Rep. Young decries the Washington State Department of Transportation, but offers no solutions for better, more accessible public transit.

Fitzpatrick is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Joy Stanford

Democrat
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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 seat. 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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35th Legislative District

State Senator

Irene Bowling

Democrat
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Democrat Irene Bowling is running for the 35th Legislative District Senate seat. A lifelong Washington resident, small business owner, and educator, Bowling hopes to unite communities by pursuing solutions that will bring more jobs and educational opportunities to the 35th Legislative District. Bowling aims to address the rising costs of medical expenses as well as growing concerns over state protection for local waterways. Bowling will also work to ensure that both rural and urban communities have access to quality K-12 education and health care.

Bowling is challenging "Democratic" Senator Tim Sheldon, who actually caucuses with the Senate Republicans and has a reliably conservative voting record. From opposing pay increases for teachers to voting against protections for abortion and LGBTQ rights, Sen. Sheldon has done a poor job representing the working families living in the district. Also in this race are three Republican candidates, Marco Brown, John (Wes) Martin, and George Sevier, whose candidacy has not been officially endorsed by the Washington State Republican Party.

Bowling is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

James Thomas

Democrat
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James Thomas is running for the 35th Legislative District House Position 1. Thomas is Chair of the Economic Development Council of Mason County, as well as a member of the Mason County Planning Commission.

Thomas is challenging Republican Rep. Dan Griffey. In the Legislature, Rep. Griffey has taken a hard-line conservative approach to most legislation. He voted against prohibiting conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth, opposed expanding women's health care access, and voted against a common sense gun safety law that banned bump stocks.

Thomas is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

David Daggett

Democrat
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David Daggett is a retired Boeing engineering leader who is now running for the 35th Legislative District House Position 2. He is running as a fiscally conservative Democrat who is focused on creating more environmentally friendly jobs and decreasing income equality.

Daggett is challenging Republican Rep. Drew MacEwen, who is on the wrong side of a host of progressive issues. In the past, he has opposed increasing the minimum wage and requiring employers to provide sick leave to workers. He has also opposed this year's ban on bump stocks, democracy-expanding automatic voter registration, and prohibiting conversion therapy on LGBTQ minors.

Daggett is a better choice over Rep. MacEwen in this race.

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