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City of Mercer Island

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 County Proposition #1

King County Proposition 1

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. This replaces an expiring levy that funds county law enforcement agencies' ability to identify criminal offenders based on database matches of crime scene fingerprints and palm prints. If approved, funds may also be used to research and launch other, more accurate, types of technology to help investigators solve crimes. The levy rate is 3.5 cents per $1,000 of property value. Vote YES to maintain and improve existing technology and operations through 2024.


U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell

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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 Hutchinson. Hutchinson 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. Hutchinson 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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9th Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 9th Congressional District

Adam Smith

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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.

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41st Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Tana Senn

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Democratic representative Tana Senn is a former city councilmember from Mercer Island and a reliable progressive advocate in Olympia. She passed legislation this year to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work and sponsored commonsense gun regulation that would allow the State Patrol to destroy confiscated firearms.

Rep. Senn is running against Libertarian Nathaniel Deily and Republican Timothy Cruickshank, who are both running campaigns centered on fiscal responsibility and supporting businesses. Rep. Senn is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

My-Linh Thai

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My-Linh Thai is a Bellevue pharmacist and current Bellevue School Board President who is running for state House in Legislative District 41. Since 2013, Thai has been a unifying leader on the Bellevue School Board and has shown unwavering commitment to providing a high-quality education for every Bellevue student. She is running to improve education opportunities for all children as well as to reform public health services.

Thai is running against Democrat Wendy Weiker and Republican Michael Appleby. Weiker is a Mercer Island City Councilmember and a customer outreach manager at Puget Sound Energy. Her top campaign priorities are transportation and gun violence. Appleby has run for office as a Republican before and opposed increasing transportation options to reduce traffic gridlock.

We believe Thai’s experience in education, track record of leadership, and bold vision for progress in Olympia make her the best choice in this race.

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