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City of Vancouver

Primary ELECTION: August 7th, 2018

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

This guide only contains races that will be on your August 7th Primary Ballot. We will update the guide for the general election.


U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell

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

There are 29 challengers in this race, but the most serious is Republican Susan 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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3rd Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 3rd Congressional District

Carolyn Long

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Carolyn Long is an associate professor at the School of Politics at WSU Vancouver. Her platform includes robust health care policies, including protecting the health care of those with preexisting conditions, stabilizing the Affordable Care Act, and providing substantive and equitable health care for those with addiction and mental health issues. She is also prioritizing treating gun violence like a public health crisis, caring for veterans, reforming the tax code to make it fairer for middle-class families, and protecting Medicare and Social Security.

The other Democrats in the race are Dorothy Gasque, David McDevitt, and Martin Hash. Gasque has been endorsed by Our Revolution and is an Iraq war veteran and community organizer who lives in Hazel Dell. She is advocating for ending our wars in the Middle East, as well as a 100 percent renewable energy economy, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and ending the War on Drugs. McDevitt is an Army veteran who is focused on “Putting People First” on a range of issues, including protecting the environment, creating family wage jobs, and expanding health care access. Hash is a perennial candidate whose main campaign focus is "no tolls" and securing "individual rights over group rights."

The leading Republican candidate is incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, an extremely conservative Republican who has consistently sided with far-right members of her party on important issues. In particular, Rep. Herrera Beutler voted in favor of congressional Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy few. Michael Cortney and Earl Bowerman are even more extreme.

Long has the broadest support and is the best choice 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.

17th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Tanisha Harris

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Community leader Tanisha Harris is running for the 17th Legislative District House Position 1. Harris works with the Clark County YWCA helping guide families and others through the complicated court system. With more than 10 years of experience working in the Evergreen School District, Harris has been an outspoken advocate for working families struggling to make ends meet. If elected, Harris would fight to improve local health care options, protect abortion access, and work hard to support the women and the children of Clark County.

Harris is running against Republican Rep. Vicki Kraft, who fought against progressive economic reforms like raising the minimum wage and paid sick leave. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Rep. Kraft worked for the Freedom Foundation, a conservative anti-worker organization.

Also running in this race is Democrat James Tolson, a veteran and an anti-poverty activist who seeks to address the growing homelessness crisis and to reduce divisive partisanship in Olympia. However, his campaign has failed to gain broad support from local progressive groups. Harris is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Damion E. Jiles, Sr.

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Democrat Damion Jiles, Sr. is running for the 17th Legislative District House Position 2. As a political newcomer, Jiles Sr. is running on three key issues: infrastructure, education, and health care. He believes that partisan politics has prevented the Legislature from fully serving the needs of Southwest Washington residents, including rebuilding the Interstate 5 bridge.

Jiles is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Paul Harris, who is opposed to most progressive reforms including fixing our state's upside-down tax code by closing wasteful tax loopholes for special interest groups. Jiles is the clear choice in this race.

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Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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18th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Chris Thobaben

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Retired Marine officer and moderate Democrat Chris Thobaben is running for the 18th Legislative District House Position 1. Thobaben wants bring jobs to Southwestern Washington by working with both the private sector and organized labor. He is also passionate about addressing the region's homelessness crisis and has a plan to work with health care providers to better serve rural communities.

Thobaben is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Brandon Vick, who has been a consistent obstacle to progress on key environmental and women's health issues. Thobaben is the stronger choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Kathy Gillespie

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Kathy Gillespie is a former newspaper editor and a current Vancouver Public Schools Board member. A strong supporter of workers' rights and K-12 education, Gillespie gives back to the community by mentoring young women and volunteering with the PTA. Gillespie is focused on ensuring that Southwestern Washington communities are authentically represented in Olympia. She will work hard to ensure that they receive funding for infrastructure development, job creation, and social services.

Gillespie is running against Republican small business owner Larry Hoff. Hoff is a former CEO of Fiber Federal Credit Union and a U.S. Navy veteran. He is running on a pro-gun conservative platform that fails to offer pragmatic solutions to the tough challenges facing Southwest Washington. Gillespie is the best choice in this race.

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49th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Sharon Wylie

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Rep. Sharon Wylie is a current board member and past president of the Council for the Homeless of Clark County and is a current board member for the Affordable Community Environments (ACE). This year in Olympia, she voted to increase funding for homeless assistance services and supported automatic voter registration. She also pledged to pass campaign finance restrictions on the no-limit port commissions races that allowed candidates to accept vast sums from the fossil fuel industry,

Rep. Wylie is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

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State Representative, Position #2

Monica Jurado Stonier

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Democratic Representative Monica Jurado Stonier won election to the state House of Representatives for the 49th Legislative District in 2016 after previously representing the 17th Legislative District. She is an instructional coach at Vancouver's Pacific Middle School and is an advocate for education. Rep. Stonier has sponsored recent bills like the student loan bill of rights and Breakfast After the Bell, which provides meals to low-income students.

Rep. Stonier does not have an opponent this year and has earned your vote.

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Clark County Council

Clark County Council, Council Chair

Eric Holt

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Eric Holt is a Precinct Committee Officer and vice-chair of the Washington State Progressive Caucus who, if elected, would be the only Democrat on the council. He is prioritizing creating more union-supported jobs and living wage jobs, protecting farm space from development while supporting sustainable growth, lifting the moratorium on marijuana in the county, and fixing infrastructure issues.

Holt is running against incumbent Mark Boldt, Eileen Quiring, and Christy Stanley. Stanley is the owner of a recreational marijuana shop in Kitsap County. She considers herself a more conservative-leaning Democrat. Stanley's priorities include addressing traffic concerns, land-use laws, and government inefficiencies. Quiring is a real estate broker and a current Clark County councilmember. She is a former planning commissioner for Clark County as well as a former state Senator. Her campaign is mostly crafted around fiscal responsibility, property rights, and fully funding law enforcement.

Incumbent Mark Boldt is a conservative-leaning no-party candidate who formerly ran for this seat as a Republican. Though previously open to the idea, Boldt decided not to lift the county's ban on recreational marijuana businesses and is open to negotiating using the just north-of-Portland Wapato Jail to replace Clark County's aging facility.

Holt is the best choice for Clark County Council.

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49th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee

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Clark County Council, District #1

There are two Democrats running for this race: Temple Lentz and James Moeller. We lean toward Moeller because of his experience and track record in elected office.

Temple Lentz

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Temple Lentz is the host and producer of Hello Vancouver, a live talk show in Southwest Washington. After a vote by Clark County residents in 2014, the county was mandated to establish a council-manager form of government, and Lentz was elected to the board of freeholders that worked on the new Home Charter Rule. She also currently serves on the Clark County Commission on Aging. If elected, Lentz is prioritizing attracting new jobs, building more middle- and low-income housing, building public-private partnerships to support the homeless, and supporting universal design that accommodates the elderly.

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18th Legislative District Democrats

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James Moeller

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James Moeller is a former 49th Legislative District state representative and a retired chemical dependency counselor. He was first elected to the Legislature in 1995 and served seven terms. His platform includes lifting Clark County's ban on recreational marijuana sales, replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge, and supporting gun violence prevention legislation.

Also running in this race are Jeanne Stewart and Veny Razumovsky. Razumovsky is a member of the CascadiaNow Party, has no platform or info available, and failed to file a financial disclosure form with the state.

Former Vancouver city councilmember Jeanne Stewart is a Republican that sometimes trends independent, earning ire and praise from both sides of the aisle on the county council. She voted against lifting the marijuana ban in Clark County in unincorporated areas.

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Clark County Council, District #2

No Good Choices Elisabeth Veneman

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There are no good choices in this race.

Elisabeth Veneman is a deeply conservative candidate who worked on Ted Cruz's 2016 campaign. She does not support abortion access, even in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the mother's life. She also does not support light rail in the county, and her homelessness and addiction platform consists of discouraging its symptoms, in other words, enforcing panhandling and camping laws.

Incumbent Republican Julie Olson sat on the Ridgefield School Board for eight years, including as president and vice president. Like her opponent, Olson holds very conservative views on women's health and LGBTQ rights. She previous opposed marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples and opposes abortion unless the mother's life is in danger.

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Vancouver City Council

Vancouver City Council, Position #1

There are two good candidates running for Vancouver City Council Position 1: Councilmember Laurie Lebowsky and Mary Elkin. Read the full guide below for more details.

Laurie Lebowsky

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Clark County Planner Laurie Lebowsky was appointed to the council after candidate Scott Campbell passed away during the election cycle and was posthumously elected to the council last year. She has worked as a planner for more than 20 years and is putting a special focus on issues of growth and inclusion. In her retainment campaign, she is prioritizing increasing affordable housing, supporting family wage jobs, policies that help resident age in place, and enhancing the park system.

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Mary Elkin

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Mary Elkin is the Chair of the Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance and founder of Friends of Fire Station 6. Her priorities are public safety, education, and supporting small businesses.

Also running in this race are Maureen McGoldrick and Adam Shetler. McGoldrick is a former computer programmer who also ran last year. At the time, she had no campaign information available, and the same is true this time as well. Shetler has announced that he will "make Vancouver great again." His campaign is focused on homelessness, mental health, school safety and jobs, but he is being advised by Justin Forsman, a far-right libertarian candidate who ran in the 2017 election.

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