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City of Renton

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.

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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.

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Legislative Races

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

5th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Bill Ramos

Democrat
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Issaquah City Councilmember and small business owner Bill Ramos is running to fill the House seat vacated by retiring Representative Jay Rodne. Prior to serving on the city council, Ramos served on the Human Services Commission and the Planning Policy Commission. Ramos has earned a reputation as an environmentalist by fighting for sustainable development and growth policies. Ramos is passionate about uniting the 5th Legislative District behind commonsense solutions that address our state's most pressing challenges like traffic congestion, housing affordability, and homelessness, and supports policies like expanding local transit options.

Ramos is running against former Republican state Representative Chad Magendanz. In 2016, Magendanz stepped down from the House to launch a failed campaign for state Senate. While in the Legislature, Magendaz maintained a conservative track record, including being the sole East King County legislator of either party to vote against a transportation bill that would've reduced traffic gridlock on the I-405 corridor.

Bill Ramos is the best choice for the 5th Legislative District House Position 1.

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State Representative, Position #2

Lisa Callan

Democrat
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Democrat Lisa Callan is running for the 5th Legislative District House Position 2. Callan currently serves on the Issaquah School Board and is a member of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. Callan is prioritizing transportation solutions and improving the quality of K-12 education. If elected, Callan would focus on reducing traffic gridlock, implementing sustainable growth policies, and increasing transparency within Olympia.

Callan is challenging incumbent Republican Representative Paul Graves. Rep. Graves does not support fixing Washington's upside-down tax code and has voted against progressive reforms that would address our state's toughest budget problems. Also in this race is non-politically affiliated candidate Ryan Dean Burkett, who is not running a highly visible campaign. Callan is the best choice in this race.

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11th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Zack Hudgins

Democrat
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Democratic Rep. Zack Hudgins has been a strong progressive advocate in the Legislature. He chairs the House Government Committee where he oversees election and voting access improvements. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Hudgins has focused on standing up for vulnerable Washingtonians, strengthening election transparency, and making effective investments into our state economy. Outside of the Legislature, Representative Hudgins serves on the Task Force on Cybersecurity for the National Conference on State Legislatures as well as on the board of the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, an organization that aids survivors of domestic violence. Representative Hudgins is unopposed and has earned another term in office.

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State Representative, Position #2

Steve Bergquist

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Steve Bergquist is running unopposed for re-election. A former public school teacher, Rep. Bergquist has fought hard to fully fund education and is focused on improving the quality of education in Washington state. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Bergquist has also been a reliable advocate on social justice, health care, and environmental issues. Recently, Representative Bergquist sponsored a bill that will strengthen participation in our democracy by allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote. Working across the aisle and alongside community stakeholders, Rep. Bergquist ensured its successful passage into law in 2018. Rep. Bergquist has earned another term in the Legislature.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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33rd Legislative District

State Senator

Karen Keiser

Democrat
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Democratic Senator Karen Keiser is a longtime progressive champion for working families and gender equality. Sen. Keiser has served in the state Senate since 2001 and has fought for consumer protections, affordable health care, and workers’ rights. During this past legislative session, Sen. Keiser worked with fellow Democratic senators to pass the Reproductive Parity Act and the Gender Pay Equity bills.

Sen. Keiser is opposed by Libertarian candidate Charles Schaefer and Republican Kun Wang, who is running to get "tough on the homelessness crisis." Neither candidate is running a visible campaign. Senator Keiser is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Tina L. Orwall

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Tina Orwall is a reliable vote on most progressive issues. In Olympia, she sponsored legislation to prevent truancy issues for students and a bill to help fight human trafficking. Unfortunately, Rep. Orwall has a mixed record on gun safety legislation. She played a lead role in defeating an earlier gun safety bill that would have allowed families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if an individual is threatening harm to themselves or others.

Rep. Orwall is the lead on a suicide prevention taskforce, and has sponsored a bill that would provide suicide prevention training and messaging in firearm literature. She is also spearheading a campaign for funding to process the state's 6,000 to 10,000 rape kit backlog. She is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

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State Representative, Position #2

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Mia Gregerson has long been a transportation advocate for South King County, where she has fought for light rail infrastructure, safe and complete streets, and transit-oriented development. She wrote two important pieces of legislation to hold corporations accountable. One would have closed a tax loophole for oil companies and invested the money saved into K-12 education, and another held companies accountable for job performance if the state issued the company a tax break. This year, Rep. Gregerson was the prime sponsor of the House version of the Washington Voting Rights Act.

She is running against Anthony Lamb, who is running against taxes on business like Seattle's head tax, supports charter schools, and is campaigning to make Good Friday a state holiday. Rep. Gregerson is the best choice in this race.

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37th Legislative District

State Senator

Rebecca Saldaña

Democrat
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Sen. Rebecca Saldaña is running for re-election to the Senate in the 37th Legislative District. Prior to entering public office, Saldaña worked as the Executive Director for Puget Sound Sage, a nonprofit tackling issues such as environmental justice, affordable housing, and workers' rights. Throughout her first term, Sen. Saldaña has stood steadfast in her mission to serve communities of color and the working families of Washington. She was selected to serve as the Majority Whip and pushed for full education funding and for progressive reforms to strengthen our democracy like automatic voting registration. Most notably, Sen. Saldaña sponsored the Washington Voting Rights Act and co-signed bills to protect net neutrality.

Sen. Saldaña is being challenged by Republican Beth Broadway, a Hebrew teacher with no elected experience. She is running on a fiscal responsibility platform and does not support reforming our state's regressive tax laws.

For her commitment to progressive values, Sen. Saldaña deserves your vote.

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State Representative, Position #1

Sharon Tomiko Santos

Democrat
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Democratic Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos is a moderate Democrat and longtime representative of the 37th Legislative District. As Chair of the House Education Committee, she has been an advocate of opportunity for all kids, including her sponsorship of an education opportunity gap bill that passed this past session. Rep. Santos has also stood with progressives in support of gun safety, funding for education, and other progressive revenue reforms. She supports a capital gains tax on the wealthy to fund schools and she introduced legislation this session that would allow parents to sue if their children are wrongfully killed.

Rep. Tomiko Santos is running unopposed and has earned your vote.

State Representative, Position #2

Eric Pettigrew

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Eric Pettigrew is the Majority Caucus Chair. He has worked to promote affordable housing and economic development, though progressives have been sometimes surprised in the past to find him uncommitted to working family issues such as paid sick leave and raising the minimum wage. However, he sponsored a bill in 2018 that would revise the asset limits for public assistance, making it easier for families to qualify.

Pettigrew is opposed by John Dickinson and real estate agent Tamra Smilanich, neither of whom are running competitive campaigns. Overall, Rep. Pettigrew is a reliable progressive vote in the Legislature and deserves your support.

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41st Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Tana Senn

Democrat
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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

Democrat
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My-Linh Thai is a 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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District Court

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

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.

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.