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City of Seattle

Primary ELECTION: August 7th, 2018

Welcome to the the 2018 Progressive Voters Guide! The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information you need to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please return your ballot by August 7 and share this guide with your friends and family.

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King County Ballot Measures

King County Proposition #1

Proposition 1 has recently emerged as a somewhat controversial measure with progressives on both sides.

The King County Council is proposing Proposition No. 1, a renewal of a six-year levy that raises $21 million annually for the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). AFIS is the primary tool that law enforcement officers in King County’s 39 cities and unincorporated areas use to conduct investigations. AFIS allows law enforcement to identify perpetrators and release innocent people, as well as help victims of identity theft clear their name. The controversy stems from a non-binding amendment that was added by the King County Council that permits AFIS to explore the use of advanced bio-metric technology. This year's levy renewal would replace an expiring levy that expires this December. The levy rate is 3.5 cents per $1,000 of property value, or $25.03 per year for the owner of a median $715,000 home, to fund the AFIS program through 2024.

Yes on Proposition 1

YES
Proponents including King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht and King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci argue that renewing the levy would maintain the basic, essential services provided to every law enforcement agency in King County. The levy has existed since 1986 and has been approved by voters six times. The council approved the bio-metrics amendment so that AFIS funding could be used to help alleviate the backlog in rape kits waiting to be tested. Advocates worry that if the levy fails, staff and services would be cut and the responsibility for fingerprinting could be left to individual police departments and agencies. This would reduce the efficiency of the program and negatively impact law enforcement's ability to identify criminal suspects or clear those wrongfully accused of crimes. AFIS also says they have no plans or funding to pursue facial recognition technology.

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No on Proposition 1

NO
Some community organizations and The Stranger newspaper have raised concerns about giving AFIS the ability to pursue advanced biometric technology. Opponents of the levy renewal worry that it could empower law enforcement to misuse invasive technologies like facial recognition. They argue that the lack of comprehensive state regulation around the use of facial recognition could lead to the technology being used to target protesters or other groups who practice civil disobedience. Additionally, anti-racist community groups in Seattle have raised concerns about the potential for the technology to be used to profile and discriminate against people of color.

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Federal

U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell

Democrat
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Senator Maria Cantwell was first elected in 2000 and continues to represent our state's progressive values in our nation's capital. Sen. Cantwell has been a leader on a wide range of issues, including reproductive rights, supporting the Children's Health Insurance Program, defending net neutrality, passing oil spill legislation to protect our water, working on clean energy policies, and much more.

There are 29 challengers in this race, but the most serious is Republican Susan Hutchison. Hutchison is a former news anchor and past chair of the state Republican Party. She ran for King County Executive in 2009 and lost by twenty points. Hutchison is well-known for being a party-line Republican and for her fierce defense of President Trump. Also running in this race is Joey Gibson, a far-right advocate who founded Patriot Prayer, a conservative "free speech" group that attracts largely white nationalists.

Sen. Cantwell has been a tireless advocate for the people of Washington state and is the best choice in this race.

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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 the largest immigrant rights organization in the state and a national model. 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 most well-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 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.

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.

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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 to serve in 2001, 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 and Republican James Wood. 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. Republican James Wood is a fire lieutenant with 17 years of public service under his belt. However, Wood's campaign has failed to provide a comprehensive public policy platform that adequately addresses the concerns of Washington's working families. While we respect Salomon's vision for Washington, Sen. Chase has earned another term in office.

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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 and Keith Smith. Boucsieguez is a member of the College Republicans at the University of Washington and is not running a competitive campaign. Smith, who also ran against Rep. Ryu in 2016, does not have a pragmatic platform and is running on a simplistic promise to make government more efficient.

Rep. Ryu is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

There are two good candidates in this race Lauren Davis and Chris Roberts. We lean toward Davis because she has received more endorsements from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

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 King County's 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.

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Chris Roberts

Democrat
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Chris Roberts has served as a Shoreline city councilmember since 2009, and as mayor of Shoreline in 2016 and 2017. A member of the Choctaw Nation, Roberts serves in the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board and the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Committee. He has pushed for inclusive policies in local government and in the city itself. In 2016, Roberts wrote a letter declaring that Shoreline would stand against deportation and discrimination and asked other mayors in the region to sign on as well. Roberts is seeking a regional approach to Shoreline's homelessness issues, and is focusing on affordable housing and transportation in the upcoming years.

Also running in this race is Republican Frank Deisler, who wants 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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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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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34th Legislative District

State Senator

There are many progressive candidates running to fill the seat of retiring Senator Sharon Nelson, including Shannon Braddock, Joe Nguyen, and Sofia Aragon. Shannon Braddock has received the most support from progressive advocates.

Shannon Braddock

Democrat
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Democrat Shannon Braddock is the former Chief of Staff for King County Councilmember Joe McDermott. Braddock is running for the 34th Legislative District Senate seat to address housing affordability and transit access for West Seattle. She is prioritizing finding regional solutions to reduce drug addiction and homelessness in our communities. As a long-time West Seattle resident, Braddock wants to improve planning so that the Puget Sound region grows in a smart and thoughtful way for all families.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU 775, UFCW 21
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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Sofia Aragon

Democrat
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Democrat Sofia Aragon is a registered nurse and the Executive Director of the Washington Center for Nursing. Aragon serves on the board of the WA Low Income Housing Alliance and on the board of Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE). Aragon wants to bring her background in nursing and health care to the Legislature to expand access to quality health care, with a particular focus on mental health and the opioid crisis. She is also passionate about creating more affordable housing and reducing homelessness in our communities.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Social Justice: Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE)
Other: Washington State Nurses Association PAC (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. As the father of two young children, Nguyen is prioritizing fully funding education and increasing teacher pay in his campaign. He also wants to bring his experience from Wellspring to Olympia to work on housing affordability in our fast-growing region.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger
Other: King County Democrats (dual), 34th District Democrats (dual), Vashon Progressive Alliance (dual)

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Other Candidates

State Senator
There are eight other candidates running for this seat: Democrats Lois Schipper, Annabel Quintero, Lemuel Charleston, and Lisa Ryan Devereau; Republicans Courtney Lyle and Darla Green; Independent Debi Wagner; and Hillary Shaw, who states no party preference. Schipper is a nurse who is focused on improving children's health care and Quintero is an education policy consultant who is prioritizing improving schools. None of the other candidates in this race are running competitive campaigns.
 

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 addressing mental health. 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 supporting 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 price 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 state 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 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 carbon pricing legislation and to increase investments in clean energy.

Sen. Carlyle is being challenged by Libertarian candidate Bryan Simonson, who ran an unsuccessful state Senate campaign in 2016 on the Eastside. Based on his proven track record of prioritizing the issues that matter most, Senator 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 says climate action is 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 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-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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43rd Legislative District

State Senator

Jamie Pedersen

Democrat
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Senator Jamie Pedersen is running for re-election to the state Senate 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 codify Washington’s laws that 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 supported legislation for workers' rights, including increasing the minimum wage and paid sick leave. He 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 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.

Speaker Chopp is running against Republican Claire Torstenbo, who supports the state's regressive tax structure and curbing mass transit, and Independent Boris Joffe, who is largely running on a platform of fiscal responsibility. Speaker Chopp is the best choice in this for the 43rd Legislative District state 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, higher education, women's health, and transportation. This year, Sen. Frockt sponsored a bill to raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21, as well as a bill supporting single-payer health care.

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

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State Representative, Position #1

Gerry Pollet

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

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

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State Representative, Position #2

Javier Valdez

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

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

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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.