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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.

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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.

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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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1st Congressional District

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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46th Legislative District

State Senator

David Frockt

Democrat
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Democratic Senator David Frockt has established himself as a strong progressive leader in the Legislature. Sen. Frockt is a champion for equality who has fought for bills that help tenants, higher education, women's health, and transportation. This year, Sen. Frockt sponsored a bill to raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21, as well as a bill supporting single-payer health care.

Sen. Frockt faces a challenge from Republican Beth Daranciang, an anti-choice candidate who has been featured in the news protesting Planned Parenthood. Daranciang also defends unlicensed, limited service pregnancy centers that don't have a nurse or doctor present for pregnancy and STI testing procedures. Frockt is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Gerry Pollet

Democrat
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Rep. Gerry Pollet is the Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest, a group devoted to cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. In the Legislature, he has been a reliable vote for protecting the environment and has become an education champion through his bills to reduce class sizes and offer free community college. This year, Rep. Pollet sponsored a bill protecting students from for-profit colleges' predatory high-interest loans, as well as another bill aimed at protecting students' financial aid from prepaid debit card fees.

Rep. Pollet is being challenged by Republican Jeff Patton, who is running to support the 2nd Amendment and reduce taxes for big businesses. Rep. Pollet is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Javier Valdez

Democrat
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Representative Javier Valdez was appointed to the state House in Legislative District 46 in 2017 to replace Jessyn Farrell during her bid to become Seattle's next mayor. He serves on the executive board of the Washington Democratic Party and is a former chair of the King County Young Democrats. Rep. Valdez was the prime sponsor on a couple of bills aimed at protecting vulnerable populations, including a bill that defines "willful" abuse of seniors in nurses homes. A son of immigrant farm workers, Rep. Valdez's platform is focused on protecting immigrant communities, fully-funded education, and health care.

Rep. Valdez is running against Jerry Zeiger-Buccola, the managing broker of a real estate business. Zeiger-Buccola is running on a platform of reducing traffic and limiting government. Rep. Valdez is the best choice in this race.

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