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Benton County

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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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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4th Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 4th Congressional District

Christine Brown

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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, which 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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8th Legislative District

State Senator

Leo Perales

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Democrat Leo Perales is a Kennewick civic leader looking to unseat incumbent Republican Sharon Brown for the 8th Legislative District Senate seat. Perales would bring to the position a wealth of experience and an in-depth understanding of the many challenges facing the communities in the Tri-Cities area. Perales is running because he believes that public safety, sustainable infrastructure development, and job growth policies for rural areas must become a higher priority in the Legislature. Prior to running for public office, Perales served as the Vice Chair of the Kennewick Housing Authority and as the Vice Chair of the Benton County Planning Commission.

Perales faces an uphill race against Sen. Brown, who has been a staunch conservative voice in Olympia. Brown regularly votes against progressive reforms to support working families and opposes LGBTQ and reproductive rights. Also running in this race are Republican Matthew Bishop and Libertarian Ryan Cooper, neither of whom are running viable campaigns. Perales is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Shir Regev

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Democrat Shir Regev is running for the 8th Legislative District House Position 1. Regev is a health physics technician at the Hanford site and has previously served in the Peace Corps and in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician. Regev is a vocal advocate for LGBTQ equality and inclusion. She is running because she believes that government must remain accessible, open, and accountable to the public. Regev is prioritizing the revitalization of the local economy and addressing the underlying issues that are causing many working families in Benton County to face economic insecurity.

Regev's opponent is conservative Republican Rep. Brad Klippert, who is one of the most extreme ring-wing legislators in the House. For years, Klippert has voted against investments in local infrastructure and efforts to create clean energy jobs. Also is this race is Richland City Councilmember Phillip R. Lemley. Lemley is running on a conservative platform and would be another rubber stamp for the Republican leaders in Olympia. Regev is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Christopher Tracy

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Christopher Tracy is running for the 8th Legislative District House Position 2 to replace the retiring Rep. Larry Haler. A political newcomer with a background in public service, Tracy would bring a fresh perspective to the Legislature. He is running on a moderate platform that includes reducing tuition rates at universities and community colleges, lowering medical expenses for middle-class families, and working to improve school safety measures. Tracy is also very involved with the local community as an animal rescue volunteer.

Tracy faces an uphill race against two Republican challengers, Kennewick City Councilman Republican Matt Boehnke and former Tri-City Herald publisher Gregg McConnell. Boehnke is a staunch conservative and has won the support of the Washington State Republican Party. McConnell is positioning himself as a fiscal conservative and social moderate focused on the issues as opposed to party loyalty. Tracy is the best choice in this race.

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16th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Everett Maroon

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Democrat Everett Maroon is running to ensure that the economic needs of Central Washington are represented in Olympia. Currently, Maroon is the executive director of a local health care nonprofit. If elected, Maroon plans to focus on strengthening health care in rural communities and supporting local infrastructure development.

Maroon is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. William "Bill" Jenkin. Rep. Jenkin is a conservative Republican who is opposed to fully funding schools and reproductive freedom for women. Maroon is the better choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Rebecca Francik

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Former Pasco City Council member and career educator Rebecca Francik is seeking to fill the House seat in Legislative District 16 vacated by retiring Representative Terry Nealey. Since beginning her career in public service 21 years ago, Francik has been committed to fighting for the needs of Southeast Washingtonians. If elected, Francik wants to bridge the partisan divide by putting the needs of working families first. Her campaign platform is focused on infrastructure development, education, and creating more economic opportunity for small business owners and farmers.

Francik faces a tough race against Walla Walla County Republican Chairman Skylar Rude. Currently, Rude works as Republican state Sen. Maureen Walsh's legislative aide. Rude is extremely conservative on fiscal issues. In 2016, Rude and Francik faced one another in the primary for a legislative seat, where Rude lost to Francik by less than 400 votes. Also in this race is former Kennewick School Board Director Dan Mildon, who is not running a competitive campaign. Francik is the best choice in this race.

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