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48th Legislative District

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.

King County Ballot Measures

King County County Proposition #1

King County Proposition 1

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. This replaces an expiring levy that funds county law enforcement agencies' ability to identify criminal offenders based on database matches of crime scene fingerprints and palm prints. If approved, funds may also be used to research and launch other, more accurate, types of technology to help investigators solve crimes. The levy rate is 3.5 cents per $1,000 of property value. Vote YES to maintain and improve existing technology and operations through 2024.


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 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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Depending on where you live, you will have one of the below candidates on your ballot.

U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District

Suzan DelBene

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Representative Suzan Delbene has served the 1st Congressional District since 2013. DelBene is a former executive at Microsoft who has used her technology background to become a leader in protecting privacy rights against government surveillance. Her priorities include creating family wage jobs in areas like the aerospace, sustainable agriculture, and clean energy industries. She also supports raising the federal minimum wage and passing comprehensive tax reform to ensure that those making more than a million dollars don't pay a lower tax rate than low- and middle-income families.

Rep. Delbene is running against Jeffrey Beeler, Adam Pilskog, and Robert Mair. Jeffrey Beeler is focused on "securing our borders," health care, and the deficit. Teacher Adam Pilskog is running on a "conservative approach to fiscal policy, and a liberal to libertarian approach to social issues." Mair has no platform or information available at this time.

Rep. Delbene is clearly the best choice in this race.

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U.S. Representative, 9th Congressional District

Adam Smith

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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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48th Legislative District

State Senator

Patty Kuderer

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Democratic Senator Patty Kuderer is a former prosecutor and city attorney who has been an effective progressive champion in the state Senate. In her first years in the Legislature, Sen. Kuderer has worked to improve our schools, strengthen gun safety laws, and protect women’s health care access. Kuderer also voted to reduce regressive property taxes and to fix our state’s upside-down tax system.

Kuderer is running for re-election for the 48th District Senate seat against Independent Bill Hirt and “Democrat” Rodney Tom. Hirt is a longtime conservative activist who previously ran for Legislature as a Republican on a platform of opposing light rail expansion. Tom is the infamous turncoat Democrat who switched sides in 2012 to give control of the state Senate to Republicans. As the leader of the Senate Republicans, Tom blocked efforts to expand access to women’s health care and pass background checks for all gun purchases. If elected, Tom would send the Legislature back into gridlock and sideline progressive legislation for years to come.

Sen. Patty Kuderer is the clear progressive choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Vandana Slatter

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Democratic Representative Vandana Slatter was elected to the state House in the 48th Legislative District seat last year after Rep. Patty Kuderer ran for the state Senate. Rep. Slatter was Bellevue's first Indian-American city councilmember. She has served on the boards of several organizations and nonprofits, including the Children's Institute for Learning Differences, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Global Social Business Partners, and the Cancer Center at Overlake Hospital Foundation. In the Legislature, Rep. Slatter has focused on education and equity issues, working on legislation benefiting homeless youth, fully funding schools, and providing health care for all.

Rep. Slatter is running unopposed for this position and deserves your vote.

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State Representative, Position #2

There are two progressive candidates running for the 48th Legislative District House Position 2: Amy Walen and Cindi Bright.

Amy Walen

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Amy Walen is running for the 48th Legislative District state House Position 2 vacated by the retirement of Rep. Joan McBride. Walen is currently the mayor of Kirkland and the co-owner of Ford of Kirkland. Walen is passionate about gun violence prevention. Her priorities include fixing Washington's upside-down tax code as well as addressing homelessness and taking action on climate change.

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Cindi Bright

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Leadership consultant Cindi Bright is also running for the 48th Legislative District House Position 2. Bright serves on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Urban League and formerly sat on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Street Center and as Co-Chair for the Board of Directors for Mentoring Works Washington. Bright is particularly passionate about improving representation in leadership for women and people of color.

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King County Democrats, 48th Legislative District Democrats

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