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City of Seattle

General ELECTION: November 6th, 2018

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 share this guide with your friends and remember to vote by November 6!

Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative #1631

Vote YES for Jobs and Clean Energy

YES
Initiative 1631 is our best opportunity to accelerate clean energy solutions and build healthier communities for everyone in Washington.

This initiative will charge our state’s largest corporate polluters a fee that will be used to create local jobs by investing in clean energy, healthy forests, and clean water. I-1631 is essential to pass a clean and healthy Washington on to future generations. It will create 40,000 jobs by investing in water and forestry projects, energy efficiency, and clean transportation. These investments are a practical first step to ensure clean air and clean water for everyone in Washington. These will look different in every community, from energy efficiency upgrades for our homes and businesses to keeping our forests healthy so they clean our air and investing in cleaner transportation options for more communities.

The oil industry is spending tens of millions of dollars to confuse voters about I-1631 so they can continue polluting for free and raking in record profits. We can't wait any longer to act. Vote YES on I-1631.

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Initiative #1634

Vote NO on I-1634

NO
Initiative 1634 would prevent cities and counties in Washington from passing new taxes on sugary beverages. Such taxes are aimed at discouraging people from buying sweetened drinks that have been linked to type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and tooth decay.

I-1634 is backed primarily by millions of dollars from a handful of big soda companies. It also has support from some labor unions that represent workers whose jobs could be impacted by soda taxes. The campaign’s highly deceptive ads focus on grocery taxes despite the fact that groceries have been exempt from sales taxes since 1977.

Progressive advocates oppose efforts like this to use state laws to prevent localities from taking action that’s right for their communities. In recent years, Republican legislators have sought to use similar legislation to reverse Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and progressive paid sick leave laws in Tacoma and Spokane.

We’re sympathetic to the concerns of union workers in the beverage industry and we agree that our tax system is upside-down and disproportionately hurts low-income families. However, we don’t think that preempting local legislation that taxes sugary drinks is the way to fix it.

Don’t be fooled by Big Soda’s misleading ads. Vote NO on I-1634.

Progressive Opponents

WA Federation of State Employees, The Stranger, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Children’s Alliance, El Centro de La Raza

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Initiative #1639

Vote YES to Reduce Gun Violence

YES
Initiative 1639 is the most comprehensive gun violence prevention measure put forward in Washington state history. It's a commonsense initiative that will reduce gun violence and keep our schools and communities safe. I-1639 would raise the age to purchase semi-automatic assault rifles from 18 to 21 and require enhanced background checks and safety training for purchasing these particularly lethal weapons. It will also incentivize secure storage of all firearms by holding gun owners accountable if a child or other legally prohibited person uses their weapon to harm themselves or someone else.

Someone is killed with a gun in Washington state every 14 hours and more than 200,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine. Unfortunately, the gun lobby has prevented our elected officials from acting to prevent it, so we'll do it ourselves. Vote YES on I-1639 to keep our schools and communities safe.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Education: American Federation of Teachers - WA
General Progressive: Fuse WA
Reproductive Freedom: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
Media: The Stranger
Other: Washington Education Association

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Initiative #940

Vote YES for Police Accountability

YES
Last year, more people in Washington were killed in encounters with law enforcement than in 45 other states, and almost one-third of them were experiencing a mental health crisis. Initiative 940 would improve de-escalation, first aid, and mental health crisis training for law enforcement and help save lives.

Currently, officers are only required to receive eight hours of "crisis intervention training." Initiative 940 would ensure that every officer receives extensive training and continuing education in de-escalating potential confrontations. The primary goal is preventing tragedies in the first place, but when a tragedy does occur Initiative 940 would also create a fair and independent investigation process and bring our use of force standard in line with 27 other states.

Vote YES on Initiative 940 to improve training for law enforcement and help save lives.

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Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #19

Maintain Funding for Oil Spill Prevention

MAINTAINED
A bipartisan group of legislators passed Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6269 to fund oil spill prevention and cleanup. The legislation directs the Department of Ecology to improve prevention for oil spills in Puget Sound, as well as around oil refineries, railroads, and pipelines. This bill was funded by a $0.05 tax per 42-gallon barrel of oil used by boats and marine terminals.

Because of a Tim Eyman initiative the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote MAINTAINED on Advisory Vote 19.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger

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 many more.

Sen. Cantwell is opposed by 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 Donald Trump, including calling fellow Republican Ted Cruz a "traitor" for not supporting the president's campaign.

Sen. Cantwell has been a tenacious 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, 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 a national model and the largest immigrant rights organization in the state. 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 best 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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U.S. Representative, 9th Congressional District

Adam Smith

Democrat
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Representative Adam Smith has been a reliable vote in Congress on progressive issues from taxation to 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 Medicare for 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.

Rep. Smith is running against Democrat Sarah Smith, who is challenging Rep. Smith from the left. She's running on a comprehensive progressive platform including Medicare for All, alleviating student loan debt, supporting a nationwide tenants’ bill of rights, and building 10 million social homes. Sarah Smith is highly critical of Rep. Smith’s votes in favor of the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. However, during her interview with Fuse staff, she failed to produce a robust and detailed plan for how she would implement the sweeping reforms she supports, politically and economically.

Rep. Adam Smith is the best choice in this race because of his experience, in-depth knowledge of public policy, and strong support from a wide range of progressive advocacy organizations.

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Legislative Races

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

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 State Government, Elections, and Information Technology 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 schools in Washington state. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Bergquist has also been a reliable advocate on social justice, health care, and environmental issues. Recently, he sponsored a bill that will strengthen participation in our democracy by allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote. Rep. Bergquist has earned another term in the Legislature.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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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 in 2002, 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. 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. He also serves on King County’s Children and Youth Advisory Board to early learning and families with kids. While Salomon received the endorsements of the Seattle Times, Everett Herald, and The Stranger newspapers, he hasn’t received as much support from progressive advocates.

We lean toward Chase because of her strong support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

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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. Boucsieguez is a member of the College Republicans at the University of Washington who is running on a fiscal responsibility platform, but he has failed to provide details about his policy ideas.

Rep. Ryu is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

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 the King County 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.

Davis's opponent is former paramedic Frank Deisler, who is running 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.

Davis is the clear choice for the 32nd Legislative District House Position 2.

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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 Republican Kun Wang, who is running on a simple platform of getting "tough on the homelessness crisis" and promoting a business-friendly agenda. 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 Su-Ling 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 maintaining local jobs if they received a state tax break. This year, Rep. Gregerson was the prime sponsor of the House version of the Washington Voting Rights Act to improve local representation.

Rep. Gregerson is running against Anthony Lamb, who wants to reduce business taxes, 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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34th Legislative District

State Senator

There are two strong progressive candidates running to fill the seat of retiring Senator Sharon Nelson: Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen. Shannon Braddock has received the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

Shannon Braddock

Democrat
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Democrat Shannon Braddock is the Deputy Chief of Staff for King County Executive Dow Constantine. Braddock is running for the 34th Legislative District Senate seat to address housing affordability, reform our state’s upside-down tax code, and reduce gun violence. As a single mom of three school-age kids, Braddock is passionate about expanding access to affordable child care for working families. She supports lifting the state ban on rent control to allow cities to innovate and would push for more affordable housing and building density near transit hubs.

What sets her apart: Braddock’s work in county government has given her extensive policy knowledge and experience building bi-partisan coalitions to pass legislation. She would likely hit the ground running in Olympia and be an effective legislator. In addition, she would bring a valuable perspective as the only single mom of school-age kids in the state Senate.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters
Economic Justice: SEIU 775, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 21, WA Federation of State Employees, Washington State Labor Council
Other: Aerospace Machinists 751, Washington State Nurses Association PAC (dual), King County Democrats (dual), 34th District Democrats (dual), Vashon Progressive Alliance (dual)

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Joe Nguyen

Democrat
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Democrat Joe Nguyen is a Senior Manager at Microsoft and the son of Vietnamese immigrants. He serves as the chair of the Wellspring Family Services Associate Board, which works on homelessness issues, and on the Community Advisory Committee for law enforcement oversight in King County. Nguyen is prioritizing health care for all, reforming our state’s upside-down tax code, and closing the opportunity gap in schools. As the father of two young children and the husband of a public school teacher, Nguyen wants to increase teacher pay and recruit and retain more teachers of color. He is also focused on maintaining affordable housing so that seniors, in particular, are not priced out of their homes.

What sets him apart: Nguyen is deeply connected to the community and is committed to building grassroots power. He would be more likely to push the envelope on progressive policies and wants to disrupt the status quo in the Senate. In addition, he is not accepting corporate donations and he would be the first person of color ever elected to the Legislature from the 34th District.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters
Economic Justice: SEIU Local 6
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
Media: The Stranger
Other: King County Democrats (dual), 34th District Democrats (dual), Vashon Progressive Alliance (dual), Washington Education Association.

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State Representative, Position #1

Eileen L. Cody

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Eileen Cody is the Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee and a leading advocate for reproductive freedom and improving mental health services. She worked to expand access to reproductive health care and supported a bill to end tax loopholes for corporate jets, big banks, and a dirty coal-fired power plant in order to fund basic health care. This year, Rep. Cody supported LGBTQ equality by voting for the conversion therapy ban, as well as a public health initiative that gives $3 million to Seattle and King County's Public Health Department. She is running unopposed and has earned your support.

State Representative, Position #2

Joe Fitzgibbon

Democrat
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Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon is a progressive star in the Legislature and a real leader on conservation issues. He supports progressive tax reform, expanding transit, protecting the environment, and making it easier to participate in politics. Rep. Fitzgibbon championed a plan to help fund our schools through a fee on carbon pollution and supported a measure to allow the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to halt unpermitted construction in Washington waters. He also supported a measure to bring the state's climate pollution reduction strategies in line with climate science. He is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

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36th Legislative District

State Senator

Reuven Carlyle

Democrat
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Democratic Senator Reuven Carlyle is running for re-election in the 36th Legislative District. After serving 7 years in the House of Representatives, Carlyle was elected in 2016 to replace Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles. Throughout his tenure in the Legislature, Sen. Carlyle has been a tireless advocate for environmental protections and reforming our state's regressive tax system by closing wasteful tax loopholes for special interests groups. Most recently, he led the charge on reducing carbon pollution and increasing investments in clean energy.

Sen. Carlyle is being challenged by Libertarian candidate Bryan Simonson, who ran an unsuccessful state Senate campaign in 2016 in the 41st District on the Eastside. He has stated no policy preferences or campaign goals aside from transparency. Based on his proven track record of effective representation and prioritizing the issues that matter most, Sen. Carlyle deserves your vote.

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State Representative, Position #1

Noel Frame

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Noel Frame has put her organizing skills to use as a strong advocate for funding public schools and fixing our state's regressive tax system. Previously, Rep. Frame served as the Washington State Director of Progressive Majority, where she worked to recruit and elect progressive candidates from underrepresented communities, including young people, women, people of color, and openly gay candidates. Rep. Frame has worked on legislation for sexual assault survivors and is dedicated to improving the lives of people of color, the LGBTQ community, and the disabled community by bringing an equity lens into her work on climate justice, reproductive freedom, and voter access.

She is running against Libertarian Sydney Gillman Wissel, whose platform is vaguely populist. Wissel has little political experience and hasn't advocated for many specifics in her campaign. For example, she says a balanced budget and climate action are necessary but doesn't offer any solutions.

Rep. Frame is an emerging leader in Olympia who has earned your support.

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State Representative, Position #2

Gael Tarleton

Democrat
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Former port commissioner Gael Tarleton has been a strong advocate for environmental causes such as Governor Jay Inslee's initiative to reduce carbon pollution. She sponsored bills during her first term in the House to strengthen the maritime industry, protect the environment, and improve access to health care. This year, she also supported the gender pay equity bill.

Rep. Tarleton is facing Libertarian Matthew Dubin, an attorney and a member of community organizations like the Washington State Association for Justice and the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. Much of his campaign is focused on taking the "us vs. them" out of politics and discussing issues of homelessness and addiction.

Rep. Tarleton 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-sponsored 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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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 a bill to close the education opportunity gap 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 has served in the state Legislature for more than 16 years and is now the Majority Caucus Chair. Pettigrew has worked to promote affordable housing and economic development. Pettigrew is committed to addressing the issues facing South Seattle through a racial justice and socio-economic lens. He wants to strengthen the quality of K-12 education by increasing funding to the schools that need additional resources.

Pettigrew is opposed by real estate agent Tamra Smilanich, who is running as an independent. Smilanich's goals include educating the public about smart electricity meters and opposing efforts to reform the way we fund road projects, but her platform is not detailed or comprehensive. While several of Smilanich's campaign stances are left of center, Rep. Pettigrew is a reliable progressive leader in the Legislature and deserves your vote.

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43rd Legislative District

State Senator

Jamie Pedersen

Democrat
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Senator Jamie Pedersen is running for re-election in the 43rd Legislative District. Throughout his tenure, Pedersen has proven himself to be a champion for reproductive freedom and the LGBTQ community. For the past several years, Sen. Pedersen has worked to protect the relationships between children and their non-biological parents, which culminated in the passage of the Parentage Act of 2018. This act set a nationwide precedent for protecting the rights of same-sex couples and relatives who choose to become parents.

Sen. Pedersen is being challenged by Republican Dan Harder. Harder is a Boeing engineer who is running on a platform of defending Washington's regressive tax structure, curtailing public transportation projects, and enforcing "community standards" to solve the issue of homelessness. Sen. Pedersen has earned another four years in office due to his record of public service and demonstrated commitment to progressive policy solutions.

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State Representative, Position #1

Nicole Macri

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Nicole Macri has worked as an advocate for those with a mental illness and people struggling with homelessness. She was formerly the Director of Housing at the Downtown Emergency Service Center and President of the Board of Directors of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. This year she has focused her efforts on affordable housing by introducing a measure to lift the state's ban on rent control.

Rep. Macri is running against Boeing engineer John Peeples, who often testifies in the city using extreme and insulting language. Peeples even compared Seattle's potential 2.25% income tax on single-filers making over $250,000 to sexual assault. Rep. Macri has earned your vote for state House.

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State Representative, Position #2

Frank Chopp

Democrat
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Speaker of the House Frank Chopp has established an impressive track record as a strong advocate and effective leader on a wide range of progressive issues. He has played a critical role in helping prevent even more destructive budget cuts to essential investments in health care, housing, and social services during the economic downturn. This past year, Speaker Chopp has focused on creating long-term resources for homelessness and housing and supporting the party's bills on issues like the bump stock ban. In addition, he supported legislation for workers' rights, including increasing the minimum wage and paid sick leave.

Speaker Chopp is running against Republican Claire Torstenbo, who supports the state's regressive tax structure and wants to curb mass transit. Speaker Chopp is the best choice for 43rd Legislative District House Position 2.

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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, as well as bills that support higher education, women's health, and better 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 46th Legislative District House Position 2 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 Republican Jerry Zeiger-Buccola, the managing broker of a real estate business. Zeiger-Buccola wants to limit the role of government, reduce taxes, and believes that "our freedom is threatened by over-taxation and over-regulation." Rep. Valdez is the best choice in this race.

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King County

King County Prosecuting Attorney

Dan Satterberg

Non-Partisan
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King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg is running for re-election on a platform of reforming and modernizing King County’s criminal justice system. His office’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program has become a national model for shifting low-level drug offenders and sex workers out of the criminal justice system and into community support services. Satterberg has been an outspoken advocate for outlawing the death penalty in Washington and he recently announced that his office will halt prosecutions for possession of small amounts of drugs.

Satterberg acknowledges the painful history of institutional racism in the King County prosecutor’s office and in the broader criminal justice system. He is actively working to change department policies and to train his staff to reduce the disproportionate impact of the criminal justice system on people of color. He offers thoughtful and detailed analyses of the challenges facing King County and he is willing to experiment with innovative new ways to support the community.

Satterberg is being challenged by progressive public defender Daron Morris. Morris has criticized Satterberg for not moving quickly and boldly enough to reform King County’s criminal justice system. In particular, Morris opposes the new youth jail that is currently under construction. Unfortunately, medical problems forced Morris to suspend his campaign in September.

Satterberg is the best choice for King County Prosecuting Attorney.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger
Other: Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Washington State Council of County and City Employees AFSCME Local 2, Teamsters Local 174

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Judicial Races

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State Supreme Court

State Supreme Court Justice, Position #2

Susan Owens

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First elected in 2000, Supreme Court Justice Susan Justice Owens brings more 40 years of legal experience to Washington's Supreme Court. Prior to serving on the court, Justice Owens served nineteen years as a District Court Judge in Western Clallam County. Justice Owens has been a leader in the judicial community on addressing the impacts of domestic violence on children. Nationally, Justice Owens is a judicial trainer on this topic and participated in the writing of the Northwest Tribal Judges Domestic Violence Manual. Justice Owens is running unopposed for re-election and has earned your support.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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State Supreme Court Justice, Position #8

Steve Gonzalez

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Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez has earned national recognition for his judicial expertise and work to increase access to the judicial system. Before serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Gonzalez served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and on the King County Superior Court for more than 10 years hearing criminal, juvenile, and family law cases. Justice Gonzalez is devoted to working for the people of Washington and serves as a board member for the Washington Leadership Institute, an organization that supports emerging community leaders from diverse backgrounds. As one of the few multi-lingual justices, he chairs the Interpreter Commission. Justice Gonzalez is rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by 10 independent bar associations in Washington state.

Gonzalez is being challenged by Bellevue-based attorney Nathan Choi, who ran unsuccessfully for a judicial seat on the Court of Appeals in 2016. Since then, Choi has faced numerous ethical controversies. In 2017, the King County Bar Association formally reprimanded Choi for violating KCBA's fair campaign practices guidelines by releasing misleading campaign materials and failing to follow state candidate rules. In February of this year, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson formally filed a lawsuit against Nathan Choi in a Thurston County Court. The case is still open.

Justice Steve Gonzalez is the best choice for Supreme Court Justice Position 8.

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State Supreme Court Justice, Position #9

Sheryl Gordon McCloud

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Washington Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud has been a fierce defender of constitutional rights and has written the decision in several consequential court cases. Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, she worked as an accomplished appellate court attorney for nearly three decades and was a founding member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association. Her strong judicial track record has earned a rating of "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by 10 independent state bar associations, including Washington Women Lawyers and the newly-minted Veterans Bar Association.

Justice McCloud in running unopposed for Position 9 and deserves your vote.

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Court of Appeals, Division One, District One

Court of Appeals, Division One, District One: Judge, Position #4

Beth M. Andrus

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Appointed earlier this year by Gov. Jay Inslee to this seat vacated by Judge Ronald Cox, Judge Beth M. Andrus is seeking to retain the Court of Appeals, District 1, Division 1 seat. Prior to entering the judiciary as a King County Superior Court Judge in 2010, Judge Andrus had a 21-year career as a private attorney practicing commercial litigation, intellectual property, construction, and employment law as well as appellate advocacy. In 2016, the King County Chapter of the Washington Women Lawyers Bar Association awarded her their Judge of the Year Award. Judge Andrus is known as an impartial problem solver who has a “tireless work ethic." It is also worth noting that she was nominated for a U.S. District Court appointment by former President Barack Obama, but the U.S. Senate refused to act on the nomination. Judge M. Andrus is unopposed and deserves your vote.

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King County Democrats

Court of Appeals, Division One, District One: Judge, Position #7

Marlin Appelwick

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Chief Judge Marlin Appelwick has served on Washington’s Court of Appeals since 1998. Prior to entering the judiciary, Judge Appelwick was a private attorney and served for 16 years in the Legislature, including 12 years as a state representative for the 46th Legislative District. During his final three years in the Legislature, Judge Appelwick also served as the House Democratic Leader.

Since his appointment to the appellate court, Judge Appelwick has been committed to making just decisions, balancing judicial administration, and serving the public. He is committed to ensuring that information about the law is accessible for everyone and cares deeply about educating Washingtonians about their civil rights. He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his judicial expertise and conduct. Judge Marlin Appelwick is running unopposed for re-election and has earned another term.

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King County Young Democrats

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 more than one hundred jury trials over eight years as a judge pro tem, Naylor has the breadth of experience and temperament to be a fair and impartial administrator of justice 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 with the Neighborhood Legal Clinic.

Naylor is running against public defender Joshua Schaer. Schaer is a former two-term Issaquah city councilmember who now works as a judge pro tem for the King County District Court and as an attorney at a private law firm.

Attorney Marcus Naylor is the best choice in this race based on his impressive judicial ratings, community engagement, and the considerable support he has received from the legal 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 Democrats

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Northeast District Court, Judge, Position #2

Ketu Shah

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Judge Ketu Shah was appointed to the King County District Court, Northeast Division in 2013 and then elected in 2014. Judge Shah brings with him more than 24 years of combined judicial and legal experience. Previously, he served as a prosecutor who helped create the domestic violence unit in Bellevue to hold domestic abusers accountable. Judge Shah values integrity, independence, hard work, and fairness. He presides over the Regional Veterans and Mental Health Courts and oversees the court’s therapeutic response, which helps veterans in their recovery. Judge Ketu Shah is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: King County Democrats

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Shoreline District Court, Judge, Position #1

Joe Campagna

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Attorney Joe Campagna is running for election to the King County District Court, Shoreline Position 1. Campagna's legal background includes a career in private practice and service as a pro tem (substitute) judge in the district and in the municipal courts of King and Snohomish Counties. Campagna recognizes that district court is the first point of contact for most people, and wants to ensure that the courts are operating efficiently and are accessible. He also volunteers as an attorney at El Centro de La Raza’s free legal clinic. Rated as "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by five of Washington state's independent bar associations, Campagna has earned broad support from progressive elected officials and the judicial community.

Campagna is running against Superior Court Commissioner Les Ponomarchuk, who unsuccessfully ran for a judicial seat in 2008. While Ponomarchuk has served as a lead family court commissioner since 1998, his candidacy lacks substantial support from the legal community. Campagna is the best choice in this race.

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Shoreline District Court, Judge, Position #2

Marcine Anderson

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In 2010, Judge Marcine Anderson became the first Asian American woman elected to the King County District Court. Prior to entering the judiciary, Judge Anderson worked as a King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and was also the first Asian American to serve on the Board of the Washington State Bar Association in 2004. During her tenure, she has served as the Presiding Judge for the West Division of the King County District Court in 2014 and 2016. Judge Anderson supports efforts to make the court more accessible and believes the law must be fair and impartial. She is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #1

Jason Poydras

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Appointed to King County's Southeast Electoral District Court in April 2017, Judge Jason Poydras is running unopposed for re-election to the bench. During his 15-year career of practicing law, Judge Poydras has served as a public defender for the city of Seattle, prosecuting attorney for Pierce County, and an administrative law judge for the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings. Judge Poydras is dedicated to public service, due process, and access to justice. Currently, he sits on the King County District Technology Committee - an entity that works to make the court system more accessible. Judge Jason Poydras has earned your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Bar Association Ratings:
Latina/o Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Q-Law Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
King County Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

Other: King County Young Democrats

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Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #2

Matthew York

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Appointed to the court in April of 2017, Judge Matthew York previously served as a county Prosecuting Attorney and a pro tem (substitute) judge for King County's municipal courts. With more than two decades of combined judicial and legal experience behind him, Judge Matthew York received an "Exceptionally Well Qualified Rating" from several major independent bar associations including the King County Bar Association and Q-Law, the LGBTQ bar association. Judge Matthew York is focused on improving access to justice and cares deeply about ensuring that everyday people are equipped with resources they need to navigate the judicial system. Judge Matthew York is running unopposed and has earned another term.

Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #3

Nathaniel B. Green

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First elected in 2010, Judge Nathaniel B. Green is a U.S. Navy veteran and a former Adjunct Professor at DeVry University who serves on the King County District Court. Judge Green "believes that justice and fairness are not just words to be spoken, but goals to be achieved." He is running unopposed and has earned another term.

Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #4

Corinna Harn

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Judge Corinna Harn was elected in 1998 to serve on the King County District Court. After 20 years of public service, Judge Harn has become a leader on the district court, having served as a Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge for the West Division over the course of her career. Currently, Judge Harn also serves as a King County Superior Court pro tem (substitute) judge where she hears cases related to the Dependency Pre-Trial calendars at Juvenile Court and the Regional Justice Center. She cares deeply about serving the community, effective judicial administration, and giving each case the attention it rightfully deserves. Judge Corinna Harn is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #5

Virginia M. Amato

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Private attorney Virginia Amato is running for this open seat on King County's District Court. With more than 25 years of combined judicial and legal experience in the Pacific Northwest, Amato has earned the rating of "Exceptionally Well Qualified" from four independent bar associations. Her legal experience includes serving as a prosecuting attorney for several jurisdictions in Washington State. Additionally, Amato has served a pro tem (substitute) judge on King County's District Court since 2014. Virginia Amato is unopposed in this race and deserves your support.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Bar Association Ratings:
King County Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Cardoza Society of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Q-LAW: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Washington Women Lawyer: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

Other: 31st District Democrats

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Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #6

Rhonda Laumann

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Attorney Rhonda Laumann is running unopposed for election to King County's Southeast Electoral District Court, Position 6. Her legal and judicial experience includes working as a prosecutor, a pro tem (substitute) judge in district and municipal courts, and as an independent mediator. Laumann has worked with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for over 12 years educating and mentoring lawyers who want to be advocates. Laumann believes that judges should understand the challenges facing working people and are tasked with the responsibility of communicating the expectations of the justice system to everyone who stands before them. Rhonda Laumann deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: King County Democrats

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West District Court, Judge, Position #1

Lisa Paglisotti

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Judge Lisa Paglisotti was elected to this position in 2016. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Paglisotti worked 22 years as a King County public defender. She is passionate about serving the community, justice, and connecting offenders with resources and programs that will help them exit the criminal justice system. Judge Lisa Paglisotti is running unopposed for reelection and has earned another term.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Bar Association Ratings: King County Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

West District Court, Judge, Position #2

Mark Chow

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First elected in 1990, Judge Mark Chow was the first Asian American elected to a King County District Court seat as well as one of the first Asian Americans to graduate from the University of Washington Law School. Previously, Judge Chow was a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and private attorney. Now serving in his sixth term, Judge Chow has been recognized for playing a pivotal role in founding the King County's Mental Health Court and reducing recidivism. He is also a member of the District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association, where he successfully advocated for gender and diversity issues to be incorporated into the Judicial College's curriculum.

Judge Chow is considered an effective leader in the Chinese American community. He has been endorsed by eight members of the state Supreme Court, countless statewide and local judges, community leaders, and individuals. Judge Mark Chow is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

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King County Young Democrats

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West District Court, Judge, Position #3

Art Chapman

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After serving two years on the Seattle Municipal Court Bench, Judge Art Chapman was elected to the King County District Court in 2002. Over the course his tenure, Judge Chapman has presided over the Mental Health Court and served on the court's executive committee. Judge Chapman is supportive of therapeutic courts and prioritizes public safety, equity, and justice. Judge Chapman is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

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37th District Democrats

West District Court, Judge, Position #4

Gregg Hirakawa

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Judge Gregg Hirakawa was first elected to the King County District Court West Division, Position 4 in 2016. Prior to entering public service, Judge Hirakawa was a judge pro tem for the King County District Court for two years and worked as a public defense attorney primarily representing clients with mental and physical disabilities. He is dedicated to serving the community and the fair administration of justice. Judge Hirakawa is running unopposed and has earned your support.

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West District Court, Judge, Position #5

Anne C. Harper

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Judge Anne Harper is running unopposed for reelection to King County's West Electoral District Court, Position 5. Judge Harper is committed to improving programs and services offered by the district court and played a critical role in developing the Regional Mental Health Court. Prior to serving on the bench, she served as a public defender in Snohomish and King counties. Judge Anne Harper is unopposed and has earned your vote.

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32nd Democrats

Seattle Municipal Court

Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #1

Ed McKenna

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Prior to serving as a Seattle Municipal Court, Judge Ed McKenna was an Assistant Seattle City Attorney and served as an administrative court judge. During his tenure on the Seattle Municipal Court, Judge McKenna has presided over the domestic violence court, trial court, and mental health court. He is focused on implementing new programs to increase the general public's trust in the court system. Specifically, Judge Ed McKenna has gone on the record stating that addressing the lack of racial and ethnic jury diversity must remain a priority for the Seattle Municipal Court. Judge Ed McKenna is running unopposed for reelection and deserves your vote.

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Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #2

Andrea Chin

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Attorney Andrea Chin has worked as an Assistant City Attorney for 26 years training new lawyers and arguing criminal and appeals cases. Prior to becoming a public servant for the city of Seattle, Chin worked for several years as an Assistant Director of Admissions at the California Institute of Technology specializing in the development of recruitment programs for women. Chin is focused on maintaining public safety and strengthening Seattle's specialized courts that address mental health issues and serve veterans. She has received a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from six of seven independent bar associations. Chin is unopposed and deserves your vote this November.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: King County Democrats, International Union of Painters & Allied Trades

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Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #3

Adam Eisenberg

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Appointed in January 2017, Judge Adam Eisenberg is running unchallenged for Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 3. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Eisenberg worked as a court magistrate, criminal prosecutor, and court commissioner. Currently, Judge Eisenberg is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington who teaches law and ethics to graduate students. He has earned a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from the independent King County Bar Association. Judge Eisenberg deserves another term.

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Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #4

Anita Crawford-Willis

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Judge Anita Crawford-Willis was appointed in 2017 after serving nearly three decades as a judge of administrative law, public defender, and judge pro tem. She strongly believes that judges should be willing to build bridges with the community and work in collaboration with various stakeholders to uphold public safety and increase access to the justice system. Outside of the courtroom, Judge Crawford-Willis serves on the board of Seattle University Board of Regents and was recently selected as the board chair. She received a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from six out of seven independent bar associations. Judge Anita Crawford-Willis has earned your vote for Seattle Municipal Court Position 4.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: King County Democrats

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Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #5

Willie Gregory

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Judge Willie Gregory was first elected to the Seattle Municipal Court in 2010 and currently oversees a general trial court and the Veterans Treatment Court. Previously, he has presided over the mental health and community courts. Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Gregory worked 14 years as a public defender with the Associated Counsel for the Accused. Judge Gregory is extremely active within the community and values judicial integrity and listening with compassion. Among his many achievements, Judge Willie Gregory is a founding member of the King County Bar Association, the Loren Miller Bar Association, and the Washington State Bar Association. He is running unopposed for reelection to Seattle Municipal Court Position 5.

Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #6

Faye Chess

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Appointed in April 2018, Judge Faye Chess is running unopposed for Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 6. Prior to her appointment, Judge Chess served as a Seattle Municipal Court Magistrate and for twenty-two years as a pro-tem (substitute) judge for the Seattle Municipal Court and King County District Court. Outside of the courtroom, Judge Chess is an active member on the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission and is a teacher at the Lake Washington Human Resources Association. She is committed to ensuring that the Seattle Municipal Court is accessible to the community and prioritizes the effective administration of court resources.

Judge Chess has been rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by four independent bar associations including the Loren Miller and Joint Asian Bar Associations. Judge Faye Chess deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Bar Association Ratings: Joint Asian Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Q-Law Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Loren Miller Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Cardozo Society of Washington State: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

Other: King County Young Democrats, King County Democrats

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Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #7

Damon Shadid

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Judge Damon Shadid was elected to Seattle Municipal Court in 2014 and is the first democratically elected judge of Middle Eastern descent in the state. Previously, he worked as a private defense and immigration attorney. Judge Shadid is committed to working with organizations and agencies to address racial disparities within the criminal justice system as well as the growing heroin epidemic. Judge Shadid prioritizes supporting programs and services that hold violators of the law accountable and supports their permanent exit from the criminal justice system. Off the bench, he sits on the Board of Directors of the District and Municipal Judges' Association and mentors new attorneys. Judge Damon Shadid is running unopposed and has earned your support.

Seattle Ballot Measures

City of Seattle Proposition #1

Vote YES on Seattle Proposition 1

YES
The Families, Education, Pre-school, and Promise Levy combines two expiring levies into a comprehensive package to support students from early learning to college.

Affordable, high-quality early learning and childcare are critical for working families and set our children up for a lifetime of success. Unfortunately, Seattle’s childcare is some of the most expensive in the country. A majority of the funding from Proposition 1 would go toward increasing access to the Seattle pre-K program, as well as expanding free childcare for low-income and homeless families. In addition, nearly one-third of the funding will go to wrap-around services for our K-12 students, including additional health services, summer learning, and support staff. Finally, the levy provides some funding for Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Seattle Promise Program to provide free tuition at Seattle colleges for graduates of Seattle public schools. This levy is funded by a property tax that would cost the average Seattle homeowner an additional $9 per month for a total of $20 per month.

Vote YES on Seattle Proposition 1 to give every Seattle student the opportunity to learn and succeed.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Economic Justice: SEIU Local 925
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
Media: The Stranger

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