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City of Edmonds

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.

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, 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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U.S. Representative, 7th Congressional District

Pramila Jayapal

Democrat
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Representative Pramila Jayapal has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic fairness, and civil liberties. She founded OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in 2001 and built it into the largest immigrant rights organization in the state and a national model. Rep. Jayapal also played a key role on the Mayoral Advisory Committee that created Seattle’s $15 minimum wage.

In her first term in Congress, Rep. Jayapal has fought the Trump administration at every turn and provided a voice for progressives across the country. She has supported the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Dream Act that would provide a path to citizenship for young DACA recipients. She has also fought back against the Trump administration's inhumane policy of separating families seeking asylum and she introduced legislation that paves a pathway towards a universal health care system.

Her opponent Seattle resident Craig Keller is most well-known as the founder of an anti-immigrant organization that tried to repeal the City of Burien's sanctuary city ordinance. His organization has been recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

Rep. Jayapal is by far 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.

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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32nd Legislative District

State Senator

Maralyn Chase

Democrat
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Democratic Senator Maralyn Chase is the Chair of the Economic Development and International Trade Committee. First elected to serve in 2001, Sen. Chase has been a tireless advocate for workers' rights and job creation in Washington state. Sen. Chase has introduced a single-payer health care bill that would ensure fair prices from drug companies. During the 2018 legislative session, Sen. Chase was the sponsor of legislation to create the Future of Work Task Force that will work to help prepare Washington's workforce for the changing economy.

Sen. Chase is being challenged by Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon and Republican James Wood. Salomon is a highly capable public defender in the Seattle Municipal Court and has been an effective social justice and environmental leader for the city of Shoreline. Republican James Wood is a fire lieutenant with 17 years of public service under his belt. However, Wood's campaign has failed to provide a comprehensive public policy platform that adequately addresses the concerns of Washington's working families. While we respect Salomon's vision for Washington, Sen. Chase has earned another term in office.

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State Representative, Position #1

Cindy Ryu

Democrat
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Formerly the mayor of Shoreline, Democratic Representative Cindy Ryu was the first Korean American mayor in the country and the first to serve in the state Legislature. She is the Chair of the Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee. In this role, Rep. Ryu has been an advocate for affordable housing, including supporting the development of tiny homes, supporting upzoning in urban areas, and proposing a bill that creates "housing opportunity zones" near high-quality transit. She has also advocated for reforms to hold law enforcement officers accountable.

Rep. Ryu is running against Diodato (Dio) Boucsieguez and Keith Smith. Boucsieguez is a member of the College Republicans at the University of Washington and is not running a competitive campaign. Smith, who also ran against Rep. Ryu in 2016, does not have a pragmatic platform and is running on a simplistic promise to make government more efficient.

Rep. Ryu is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

There are two good candidates in this race Lauren Davis and Chris Roberts. We lean toward Davis because she has received more endorsements from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

Lauren Davis

Democrat
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Lauren Davis is the founding Executive Director of Washington Recovery Alliance, which seeks to help families and individuals who are struggling with mental health and addiction issues. She helped launch the suicide prevention nonprofit Forefront in King County, and serves on King County's Behavioral Health Advisory Board as well as the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington State. Her campaign is focused on addiction recovery, affordable housing, and criminal justice reforms.

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Chris Roberts

Democrat
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Chris Roberts has served as a Shoreline city councilmember since 2009, and as mayor of Shoreline in 2016 and 2017. A member of the Choctaw Nation, Roberts serves in the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board and the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Committee. He has pushed for inclusive policies in local government and in the city itself. In 2016, Roberts wrote a letter declaring that Shoreline would stand against deportation and discrimination and asked other mayors in the region to sign on as well. Roberts is seeking a regional approach to Shoreline's homelessness issues, and is focusing on affordable housing and transportation in the upcoming years.

Also running in this race is Republican Frank Deisler, who wants to "reverse the failed socialist, progressive, Seattle policies that have wreaked havoc on our State." He would like to see more prosecution of those with addiction issues, and an end to safe needle programs and sanctuary city policies.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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Snohomish County

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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Northeast District Court

Northeast District Court, Judge, Position #1

Marcus Naylor

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Attorney Marcus Naylor has more than 26 years of experience serving the community through the King County Department of Public Defense. Having conducted over a hundred jury trials working as a pro-tem judge for eight years, Naylor has the breadth of experience and temperament to provide fair and impartial treatment for everyone in the courtroom. Naylor’s passion for the law and for helping others navigate the judicial process extends beyond the courtroom through his volunteer work for the Neighborhood Legal Clinic. Naylor has been rated "exceptionally well qualified" by several bar associations including the King County Bar Association, the Joint Asian Bar Association of Washington, and the Latino/a Bar Association of Washington.

Naylor is running a highly competitive race against Attorney Mychal Schwartz and Public Defender Joshua Schaer. Schwartz is a full-time industrial appeals judge with 29 years of legal and judicial experience under his belt. Schaer is a former two-term Issaquah city council member who now works as a judge pro-tem for King County District Court and as an attorney at a private law firm.

While all three candidates possess relevant experience and are qualified for the position; we believe attorney Marcus Naylor is the best choice in this race based on his high judicial ratings from state law associations, engagement in his community, and the considerable support he has received from the judicial community.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Media: The Stranger
Bar Association Ratings:
King County Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified "
Joint Asian Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
QLaw, LGBT Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Latino/a Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Other: King County Democratic Party

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Other Ballot Measures

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

Fire District 1 Proposition #1

Proposition 1: Emergency Medical Services Property Tax Levy

YES
South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue - serving the cities of Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, and surrounding unincorporated areas - is putting forth Proposition 1 to keep up with our growing population. Proposition 1 would renew the current voter-approved levy level of $.50 per $1,000 property value and create a single uniform levy that would enable South Snohomish County Fire to operate more efficiently.

Emergency services call volume in South Snohomish county has increased by 34% since 2013. Since most calls received are for emergency medical services, renewing the EMS levy is critical to maintaining current 24/7 emergency service levels, including the purchase and staffing of an additional ambulance. Vote YES to give our local firefighters the support they need to keep us safe.