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City of Yakima

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

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

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4th Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 4th Congressional District

Christine Brown

Democrat
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Christine Brown is a former news anchor who has served on many community boards, including the Board of Directors for the Yakima Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is seeking bipartisan action on climate change, a path towards citizenship for undocumented workers, and health care for all through a single payer system that would extend the coverage of the Affordable Care Act. She also supports the transition to clean energy and consumer protections against big banks.

Brown is challenging Republican Representative Dan Newhouse. Rep. Newhouse is the former director of the state Department of Agriculture and a pro-Trump representative who has voted with the president 96 percent of the time. He supports Trump's tax plan and repealing the Affordable Care Act that provides health care to hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians.

Brown is the best choice in this race.

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Legislative Races

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14th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Sasha Bentley

Democrat
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Democrat Sasha Bentley is running to address the opioid crisis in Washington state. Bentley has a progressive, solution-oriented platform that seeks to strengthen Washington's education and health care systems. She wants to push the Legislature to seriously explore alternative ways to deliver critical services like universal pre-k and single-payer health care. Additionally, Bentley believes that in order to strengthen central Washington's economy, the state must invest in solar and wind energy jobs as well as the Skamania lumber and agriculture sectors.

Bentley is opposed by Democrat Earl Steven Lee, Republican Kathy Coffey, and Republican Chris Corry. Steven Lee is an educator and CEO of an educational organization. Lee is running because he wants to work across the aisle to find community-oriented solutions to address gang violence and homelessness. However, Lee does not appear to be running a competitive campaign. Coffey is a moderate Republican who has a poor track-record on racial equity issues on the city council. In 2017, she voted against proposals to make Yakima an inclusive city for both immigrant and non-immigrant residents. Finally, Corry is a small business owner who has very conservative stances and is opposed to reforms that would fix our state's broken tax system. Bentley is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Liz Hallock

Democrat
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Small business owner and attorney Liz Hallock is running for the 14th Legislative District House Position 2. Hallock is prioritizing improving government transparency, protecting women's health care, and strengthening Internet privacy. Hallock is also focused on affordable housing and implementing common-sense gun safety measures that do not undermine the 2nd amendment.

Also in this race is Democrat Noah Ramirez, an recent Yakima Valley College graduate who is running to address the growing opioid abuse problem and to increase civic engagement among younger residents.

Hallock and Ramirez are opposed by incumbent Republican Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, who is a strict social conservative. Since assuming office in 2015, Rep. Mosbrucker has maintained a poor voting record on environmental protections and women's health issues. This year, Rep. Mosbrucker voted against expanding access to women's health care, as well as against 10 out of 11 common-sense environmental protection bills, which earned her a failing grade from the Washington Conservation Voters.

Hallock is the best choice in this race.

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15th Legislative District

State Senator

Bengie Aguilar

Democrat
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Democratic community leader Bengie Aguilar is challenging Republican Senator Jim Honeyford for the privilege of representing the 15th Legislative District in the state Senate. As a former Sunnyside city councilmember and 40 year resident of the Yakima Valley, Aguilar understands the challenges facing rural communities in Central Washington. Aguilar's campaign is focused on providing legislative solutions that support agricultural businesses and the economies of smaller cities and towns. Additionally, Aguilar wants to address the rising health care costs and the impacts of climate change on rural Washington communities.

Aguilar faces an uphill challenge against Sen. Honeyford, who has held this Senate seat for the past 20 years. Throughout his tenure, Senator Honeyford has been staunch conservative and a major obstacle to progressive budget solutions that protect the most vulnerable. Aguilar is the stronger choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Jack McEntire

Democrat
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Democrat Jack McEntire is running to represent the 15th Legislative District in Olympia. Currently, McEntire serves as the Vice Chair of the Yakima County Democrats. He is heavily involved in the community and believes that Washington's working families deserve leadership that prioritizes children and public safety.

McEntire is challenging Republican Rep. Bruce Chandler, who has done a poor job providing policy solutions to struggling working families. Rep. Chandler has opposed progressive economic reforms like raising the minimum wage and ensuring equal pay protections for women and minorities. McEntire is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

A.J. Cooper

Democrat
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Career educator AJ Cooper is running for the 15th Legislative District House Position 2. Cooper previously worked at Grafton Integrated Health Network and as a high school mathematics teacher taking a job working with seniors at the YWCA . Cooper is prioritizing bringing living wage jobs to central Washington, protecting workers' rights, and fighting climate change. If elected, Cooper also wants to protect a woman's right to safe abortion access, quality health care, and inclusive workplace protections.

Cooper is challenging Rep. Taylor, who has been an obstacle to progress on many progressive priorities, including closing wasteful tax loopholes that benefit powerful special interest groups. Rep. Taylor also has a poor record on women's health and social justice issues.

Also, in this race is Republican Selah City Councilmember Jeremie Dufault and former Mabton Mayor Mario Martinez, a non-partisan candidate who is not running a visible campaign. Councilmember Dufault is serving his first term in office and is the Vice Chairman of the Yakima County Republican Central Committee. While Dufault aims to be a stern conservative voice in Legislature, his campaign has yet to win the support of major Republican groups.

AJ Cooper is the clear progressive choice in this race.

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