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Okanogan 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.

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

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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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, which provides health care to hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians.

Brown is the best choice in this race.

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Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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Legislative Races

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7th Legislative District

State Senator

Karen Hardy

Democrat
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Democrat Karen Hardy is a ranch teamster who is running to represent the 7th Legislative District in the state Senate. Hardy is determined to fight for single-payer health care, clean energy jobs, and fully-funded education with quality trade and apprenticeship programs.

Hardy is challenging incumbent Republican Senator Shelly Short. During her first term in the Legislature, Sen. Short voted to undermine safe and legal abortion access and against widely-popular net neutrality protections for Internet users. Hardy is the clear choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Environment: Sierra Club
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: WA Federation of State Employees, Washington State Labor Council

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State Representative, Position #1

Randall (Randy) Michaelis

Democrat
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Democrat Randy Michaelis is running for the 7th Legislative District House Position 1. Michaelis is the interim dean of Whitworth University’s School of Education and is a self-described "classic moderate." Michaelis supports Gov. Jay Inslee’s plans to increase state mental health services and wants to expand state resources into rural parts of the 7th Legislative District.

Michaelis faces an uphill race against Republican Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, who has been an outspoken opponent of reproductive freedom and workers' rights. Michaelis is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA

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State Representative, Position #2

Mike Bell

Democrat
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Democrat Mike Bell is a retired accountant who is focused on improving both K-12 and post-secondary education in Washington. Bell has experience working on congressional campaigns as well as progressive environmental initiatives in Eastern Washington. He is a strong supporter of cleaning up Washington's upside-down tax code and limiting corporate money in politics. Bell is not accepting corporate donations or PAC money during this campaign cycle.

Bell faces an uphill race against incumbent Republican Rep. Joel Kretz. Rep. Kretz has been an obstacle to progress since 2004 and opposes commonsense reforms like gender pay equity. Also running in this race are Christine Ives, who has no party preference, and Democrat Crystal Oliver. Ives is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and former paralegal. Oliver is running on a platform of expanding health care access and reforming marijuana policy, but her positions on other issues are less clear. Bell is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA

12th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Dr. Ann Diamond

Independent
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Independent Ann Diamond is a community doctor and local clinic owner who is running for the 12th Legislative District House Position 1. While Diamond has good progressive values, she doesn't identify as a Democrat or Republican and is only concerned with representing the residents of the 12th District. Dr. Diamond currently serves on the Winthrop Planning Commission and the Board of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians. Diamond supports sensible gun safety measures like universal background checks and wants to use her experience as a doctor to improve access to quality health care for rural communities.

Diamond is running against Democrat Chery Stacy Weigle and Republicans JD Greening and Keith Goehner. Greening is running as a moderate Republican focused on veterans' issues and homelessness. Goehner is running to be a conservative defender of the constitutional rights of property owners. Weigle is a committed local activist who has fought against racial prejudice, LGBTQ inequality, and unfair labor practices. She works in the technology industry and is currently serving as the Vice Chairman of the Okanogan Democrats.

We believe Diamond is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Valerie Sarratt

Democrat
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Middle school English teacher Valerie Sarrett is running for the 12th Legislative District House Position 2 to bring affordable health care to Central Washington. She is focused on providing fair solutions to our immigration challenges and revitalizing the local economies of rural communities. As a career educator, Sarrett believes in the value of effective public service and aims to serve the working families of the 12th District.

Sarret's opponents are non-partisan candidate Alan Fahnestock and incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Steele. Rep. Mike Steele has spent his political career opposing abortion access and voting against environmental protections. His re-election campaign has gained the support of the GOP establishment. Fahnestock is running a bare-bones populist campaign focused on income inequality and universal health care. Sarret is the clear choice in this race.

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