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City of Federal Way

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

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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Congress

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

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.

 

U.S. Representative, 9th Congressional District

Adam Smith

Democrat
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Representative Adam Smith is a moderate Democrat who has been a reliable vote on progressive taxation and immigration reform. He represents Washington's first majority-minority district, a community with 30 percent foreign-born residents and large Asian, Hispanic, and African-American communities. Rep. Smith is an advocate for greater equality, supports a path to citizenship for immigrants, reforming the tax code, and making health care accessible to all. Rep. Smith has used his position on the Armed Services Committee to introduce and support legislation that tempers Trump's belligerent foreign policy moves, including a bill that states the U.S. will not strike a country with nuclear weapons first.

Smith is running against Republican Doug Basler and Democrat Sarah Smith. Basler is the owner of a TV advertising production company who is running again after losing his 2014 race against Smith. Basler is also the Senior Vice Chairman of the King County Republican Party and is running a campaign against H1-B and guest worker visas, as well as against "career politicians." Sarah Smith is challenging Rep. Smith from the left on a comprehensive progressive platform, including raising the federal minimum wage and making tuition free at public colleges. Her anti-war sentiments represent the biggest difference between her and Smith.

Rep. Adam Smith has earned your vote in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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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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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.