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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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Congress

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

U.S. Representative, 6th Congressional District

Derek Kilmer

Democrat
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Representative Derek Kilmer is a moderate Democrat who is a reliable supporter of job creation and infrastructure improvement. He has been a leader on small business development and protecting the Puget Sound during his three terms in Congress. A former state Senator, he previously worked as a business consultant and economic development official. Kilmer is a sponsor of a clean Dream Act in support of immigrants who arrived in the country as children with their undocumented parents. He supports commonsense gun safety legislation and cosponsored the Voter Empowerment Act, an online voter registration act that helps keep voting rights equitable. Rep. Kilmer has also worked on several environmental bills, including the Wild Olympics Wilderness and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Kilmer is running against progressive candidate Tyler Myles Vega and Republican Douglas Dightman. Political newcomer Vega is running on a platform of increasing the size of the House of Representatives, sustainability, and checking the size of the military. Dightman is a family physician running on a platform of supporting national defense and the free market. Kilmer is widely supported by our progressive partners and is the best choice in this race.

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U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District

There are three leading progressive candidates in this race: Shannon Hader, Jason Rittereiser, and Kim Schrier. The candidates below are listed in alphabetical order. They largely agree on most major issues, so we’ve tried to highlight their policy priorities and unique backgrounds to help you make your own decision.

Dr. Shannon Hader

Democrat
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Dr. Shannon Hader grew up in Auburn and until recently was the Director of the Division of Global HIV and TB at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hader cites her experience leading nearly 2,000 people across 45 countries as well as managing an annual budget of $2.4 billion as evidence of her readiness to lead in Congress. Hader’s describes her platform as building “Safe, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” communities through gun violence prevention, expanding access to health care, creating an economy that works for everyone, and improving public education. Hader supports giving states the ability to implement single-payer health care and she would like to allow more people to opt-in to Medicare. One of her priorities would be to change the law to allow the CDC to research and identify solutions to gun violence. Hader has received the most endorsements from Democratic Party organizations across the district.

What sets her apart: Hader has managed the largest teams and budgets among the three Democrats and is the only one who has worked for the federal government. This experience gives her valuable insight into the budgeting and oversight of federal agencies.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: National Organization for Women, OneAmerica Votes
Other: King County Democrats, Pierce County Democrats, Kittitas County Democrats (dual)

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Jason Rittereiser

Democrat
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Jason Rittereiser is an employment lawyer and a former King County prosecutor working in the Special Assault and Violent Crimes units. Rittereiser has defended workers’ rights in the courtroom, including winning a discrimination lawsuit against a religious university after they fired his client for being unmarried and pregnant. Rittereiser is also the only major candidate with roots on the east side of the district. He grew up in Ellensburg and cites his experience working on a hay farm in the Kittitas Valley to show that he understands the needs of residents across the 8th Congressional District. Rittereiser supports the creation of a national single-payer health care system and would support Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act. In addition, Rittereiser is a member of the State Advisory Council on Homelessness and would make affordable housing and reducing homelessness a priority in office.

What sets him apart: Rittereiser has a deep understanding of legal issues and would be well positioned to make reforms to our criminal justice system. He also has valuable experience in defending the rights of working people.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Washington State Labor Council
Media: The Stranger
Other: Indivisible CD 8 (dual), Kittitas County Democrats (dual)

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Dr. Kim Schrier

Democrat
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Dr. Kim Schrier is a pediatrician from Issaquah who was inspired to run for Washington’s 8th Congressional District because of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. She is committed to building an economy that works for everyone and protecting Social Security and Medicare for all. She also wants to bring her voice to the debates about women’s health care and abortion rights in Congress, where there are currently no women doctors. Schrier supports letting Americans of any age buy into Medicare on a sliding scale to reduce overhead costs and increase competition for private insurers. Schrier has received the most endorsements from national organizations and raised the most money among the Democrats in this race.

What sets her apart: As a practicing doctor, Schrier has the most first-hand experience with our health care system. Her practical knowledge and experience with health care would be valuable in crafting legislation and overseeing important federal agencies.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Education: American Federation of Teachers
Economic Justice: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Washington State Labor Council
Other: EMILY's List, Planned Parenthood Action Fund (national), International Association of Machinists (IAM) 751, Indivisible CD 8 (dual)

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Other Candidates

U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District

Also running in this race is the Republican front-runner Dino Rossi, as well as Jack Hughes-Hageman, Gordon Allen Pross, and a handful of other less viable candidates.

Rossi previously ran unsuccessful campaigns for Washington governor and U.S. Senate. Rossi has consistently sided with congressional Republicans, including supporting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy few. He is also strongly anti-choice and does not support commonsense gun safety legislation. Rossi would be another reliable vote for the Republican leadership and powerful special interests in Washington, D.C.

We need new leadership in Congress that puts working families before corporations and the wealthy elites who rig the rules. Any of the three Democrats in this race would be a better choice than Rossi.

 

U.S. Representative, 9th Congressional District

Adam Smith

Democrat
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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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U.S. Representative, 10th Congressional District

Denny Heck

Democrat
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Incumbent Denny Heck has had a long, effective career in both the private and public sectors. In Olympia, he served as a five-term state representative, House majority leader, chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and is the co-founder of TVW. In Congress, he has fought to make college more affordable, lower health care costs, ensure veterans get the benefits they deserve, and create middle class jobs. He supports immigration policies that create a path to citizenship, and has been working this year to help prevent health care premium increases due to Trump's policies.

Heck is running against Republican Joseph Brumbles, Independent Centrist Nancy Dailey Slotnick, and Independent Progressive Tamborine Borrelli. Brumbles is a business manager and a gun rights advocate. His campaign platform is undetailed and states that he is standing for "liberty." Slotnick is a U.S. Army veteran who seeks to reduce partisanship in politics and put people first. Borrelli is a small business owner and local activist who was inspired to run for office by Bernie Sanders' campaign. She is running to fully fund education, close unnecessary corporate tax loopholes, and get money out of politics.

Heck 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.

2nd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Anneliese Feld

Democrat
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Democrat Anneliese Feld is running to unseat Republican Rep. Andrew Barkis in the 2nd Legislative District House Position 1. Feld wants to work across the aisle to fix our state's upside-down tax code and address the growing homelessness crisis in the Puget Sound Region. Additionally, Feld believes that local elected officials must be responsive to their constituents regardless of any ideological differences and she aims to increase residents' access to elected officials.

Feld faces an uphill battle against Rep. Barkis, who is a party-line conservative. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Barkis has taken a hardline conservative stance on most progressive reforms, including voting against equal pay protections for women this past legislative session. Feld is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

No Good Choices JT Wilcox

Republican
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There are no good choices in this race. Since 2010, incumbent Republican Representative JT Wilcox has been a hindrance to progress in the Legislature and prides himself on being a conservative figurehead. During this past legislative session, Wilcox voted against progressive reforms like common-sense gun safety measures and net-neutrality protections for Internet users.

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25th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

There are two good progressives in this race. We lean toward Door in this race because she has received more support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

Julie Door

Democrat
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Puyallup City Councilmember and local small business owner Julie Door is running for the open seat in Legislative District 25. On the city council, Door supported the purchase of the Van Lierop farm to create a new park, implemented a Safe Routes to Schools initiative, and worked on securing adequate shelter for homeless people in inclement weather. She is the community services chair of the Puyallup Kiwanis Club and a board member of the South Sound 911 Board, among other community involvement. If elected, Door would prioritize improving local schools and ensuring access to quality, affordable health care for all families.

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Jamie Smith

Democrat
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Democrat Jamie Smith is a teacher in the Puyallup School District who is also active in the Puyallup United Methodist Church. She has seen firsthand the importance of reducing class sizes so that every child can receive the personal attention they need to learn. In addition, she is passionate about reducing homelessness and cites the challenges students face if they are living in a car or on the streets. If elected, Smith would also prioritize reducing traffic gridlock and improving transportation options for Pierce County residents.

Also running in this race are Republicans Kelly Chambers and Emmett Smith, neither of whom have released a comprehensive campaign platform.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU Local 925

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State Representative, Position #2

Brian Duthie

Democrat
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Firefighter Brian Duthie is vying for the 25th Legislative District House Position 2 vacated by retiring Rep. Joyce McDonald. Duthie aims to strengthen K-12 education by reducing class sizes and giving teachers the resources they need to succeed. As a first responder and active community member, Duthie understands the importance of defending public services that support people struggling with mental illness and homelessness. If elected, Duthie would also focus on keeping communities safe, health care affordability, and reducing traffic congestion in Pierce County.

Duthie is opposed by Republican Chris Gildon and Independent Ned Witting. While both challengers have articulated concern for the growing homelessness crisis, their campaigns have failed to convey pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing working families living in the 25th Legislative District.

Duthie is best choice in this race.

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26th Legislative District

State Senator

Emily Randall

Democrat
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Democrat Emily Randall is running to replace retiring Republican state Senator Jan Angel in the 26th Legislative District. Prior to running for public office, Randall worked at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Planned Parenthood, where she advocated for improving health outcomes for local underserved populations. Randall is running for Senate to keep higher education affordable and expand job training programs for graduating high school seniors. Additionally, Randall wants to expand access to affordable health care for Washington families.

Randall is running against Republican Marty McClendon and Independent Bill Scheidler. McClendon is a Trump-style talk show host who is also currently serving as the Pierce County Republican Party Chairman. Both Schiedler and McClendon are perennial candidates who have ran for public office previously without success, including McClendon's run for Lt. Governor in 2016 against Cyrus Habib.

Randall’s dedication to public service and experience working on important public policy issues makes her the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Connie FitzPatrick

Democrat
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Navy veteran Connie FitzPatrick is running for the 26th Legislative District House Position 1. She is running on a platform of providing affordable higher ed and training programs, reducing transportation costs, and improving veterans care.

Fitzpatrick is running against Republicans Naomi Evans and Rep. Jesse Young. Incumbent Rep. Young's priorities include reducing the number of people on Medicaid and replacing the Affordable Care Act, though he does not say what the alternatives will be for health care. Evans is a Bremerton School Board member who is focused on education reform and public safety. She is opposed to a carbon tax and determined to support the Second Amendment..

Fitzpatrick is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Joy Stanford

Democrat
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Democrat Joy Stanford is a substitute teacher who has worked in the district with underserved and elderly populations, helping them gain access to health care. Her campaign is focusing on keeping infrastructure projects on budget and ensuring health care access for all.

Joy Stanford is challenging Republican Rep. Michelle Caldier for the 26th Legislative District House Position 2. Rep. Caldier deserves credit for voting for a gun safety bill and for standing up for sexual assault survivors. However, Rep. Caldier has also voted against automatic voter registration, which has been proven to expand democracy by making it easier for eligible citizens to vote, and she voted against legislation to expand access to reproductive health care.

Navy veteran Marco Padilla is also running as an independent in this race. He founded Latino Veterans in Action in 2016, an organization that helps Latino veterans transition back to civilian life. He also co-founded Bremerton Visionaries, a nonprofit that connects professionals in Bremerton. His campaign is focused on veteran reintegration, with policies like a transitioning boot camp, attracting different industries to the area, and making public colleges tuition and debt free.

Also running in this race is Republican Randy Boss, who is running on a platform focused almost solely on taxes and crime.

Stanford is the best choice in this race.

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27th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Laurie Jinkins

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Laurie Jinkins has been a passionate and effective champion for progressive values, particularly in her fight for women, equality, and closing tax loopholes. She was the first lesbian to serve openly in the state Legislature, and helped pass marriage equality. Rep. Jinkins also sponsored bills to improve education funding and secured funding for a new low-income health clinic in Hilltop. She has advocated for a capital gains excise tax on the wealthy that would fund schools.

Her opponent Kyle Paskewitz is a business consultant and the founder of Family Court Reform Nation. He was a headlining speaker at a local "March for Our Rights" pro-gun rally, and believes that government should step back from providing services for people who are homeless or struggling with addiction.

Rep. Jinkins is by far the better far choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Jake Fey

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Jake Fey is a reliable progressive who has championed youth, environmental, and education issues in his first few years in Olympia. As the son of German immigrants who helped raise his younger siblings at age 13 when his father passed away, Rep. Fey is very committed to ensuring future generations of Washingtonians have the support they need to succeed. Fey sponsored the Homeless Student Stability Act and a 2017 bill that extends foster care services for those who are 18 to 21 years old, increasing housing stability for these young people. He also proposed a ban on diesel delivery trucks that don't meet federal standards.

Rep. Fey is running against Donald Golden, who has only advanced an anti-Sound Transit message as his platform so far. Rep. Fey is the best choice in this race.

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28th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Mari Leavitt

Democrat
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Mari Leavitt is challenging Representative Dick Muri for the 28th Legislative District House Position 1. Leavitt is the deputy director of Pierce County Connections and a former president of the University Place PTSA. Through her community leadership, she has gained a vast amount of experience supporting veterans, enhancing early childhood learning, and promoting workforce development to help struggling families land on their feet. Leavitt believes we need to close corporate tax loopholes so that out-of-state corporations will finally pay what they owe. She'll work in Olympia to give our schools the funding they need and improve graduation rates so that students can excel after high school.

Leavitt is challenging far-right Republican Representative Dick Muri, who was appointed to fill the seat of Steve O'Ban when he was moved up to the Senate. This year, Rep. Muri doubled down on his conservative platform by voting against automatic voter registration, against expanding access to women's health care, and against a responsible gun storage bill.

Leavitt is the best choice in this race to bring new leadership to Olympia.

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State Representative, Position #2

Christine Kilduff

Democrat
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Rep. Christine Kilduff is a former University Place School Board member who serves as Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. She is a strong and effective advocate for improving economic opportunities in the district, strengthening our schools, and improving access to health care. She has also been a great advocate for veterans and military families during her time in the Legislature. This past session, Rep. Kilduff sponsored legislation to increase community outreach programs to veterans in rural and remote areas, ensuring they can access health care, education, and employment services. As a PTA parent, she has supported tuition freezes at two- and four-year colleges and a college loan bill of rights.

Rep. Kilduff is running against Republican Maia Espinoza, the Founder of the Center for Latino Leadership. While Espinoza avoids calling herself a Republican candidate on her website, her conservative policy positions and endorsements from prominent Republicans speak for themselves.

Rep. Kilduff has earned your vote for state House.

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29th Legislative District

State Senator

Steve Conway

Democrat
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Democratic Senator Steve Conway is the Vice President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Conway sponsored a bill this year that gives first responders compensation for PTSD suffered while on the job. A skilled negotiator and respected leader in the Senate, Sen. Conway has been endorsed by advocates for workers, the environment, social justice, and reproductive choice.

Sen. Conway is running against independent Pierre Malebranche, who is prioritizing crime rates and taxes, and is not running a competitive campaign. Conway is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Melanie Morgan

Democrat
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Melanie Morgan is a longtime community leader who is now running for state House in Legislative District 29. Morgan is a U.S. Army Veteran and current Franklin-Pierce School board member who will work to close the achievement gap in our schools. Her campaign platform is focused on affordable housing and reducing traffic gridlock in Pierce County. If elected, she would also work to restore trust between the community and the Legislature by holding regular town halls with constituents across the district. As a school board member, she also recognizes the importance of good teachers and will work to increase pay for educators and ensure they have the resources they need in the classroom.

Morgan is challenging incumbent Rep. David Sawyer. While Sawyer is progressive on most issues, he has been accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by at least 8 women he has worked with in Olympia. An independent investigation by House Democrats found that Sawyer violated workplace ethics and harassment policies with a wide range of behavior. We expect our elected leaders to uphold the highest ethical standards and treat women with dignity and respect. We believe Sawyer’s treatment of women is unacceptable and has no place in our state Legislature or any workplace.

Also running in this race are Republicans Janice Clark and Terry Harder, neither of whom share Morgan’s progressive values and relationships with the community they are seeking to represent. We recommend Melanie Morgan for new leadership for Legislative District 29.

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State Representative, Position #2

Steve Kirby

Democrat
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Rep. Steve Kirby is in his seventh term as representative for the 29th District and previously served four terms on the Tacoma City Council. Kirby has a long track record of public service and positive votes to ensure all workers have the opportunity to succeed. He is running unopposed for re-election and has earned your vote.

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30th Legislative District

State Senator

Claire Wilson

Democrat
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Claire Wilson is the President of the Federal Way School Board and previously worked for 25 years at the Puget Sound Educational Service District specializing in early learning. She has devoted her career to education and is running for state Senate in Legislative District 30 to improve opportunities for students across the state. In addition, Wilson is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable health care and to streamline transportation projects that have left South King stuck in traffic.

Wilson’s opponent is socially conservative Republican Senator Mark Miloscia. Sen. Miloscia is opposed to safe and legal abortion access and to marriage equality. He supports allowing employers to deny coverage for birth control and co-sponsored a bill that could ban many forms of birth control. Sen. Miloscia voted against LGBTQ protections for school kids during this year’s session and even called those who participated in the Women’s March “unAmerican” and “un-Christian.” However, Miloscia has been a reliable vote on important labor issues and was endorsed by some of our union partners.

Also running in this race is Tirzah Idahosa, an activist and Precinct Committee Officer with the 30th District Democrats. We believe Wilson is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Environment: Washington Conservation Voters
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Economic Justice: UFCW 21
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
Media: The Stranger

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State Representative, Position #1

Mike Pellicciotti

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Mike Pellicciotti is running for re-election to the 30th Legislative District House Position 1. Pellicciotti is a former South King County prosecutor who has worked alongside public safety officials to keep our community safe for more than a decade. He is the former chair of the Washington Equal Justice Coalition. This year, Rep. Pellicciotti worked with fellow Rep. Kristine Reeves on improving schools and creating local jobs.

Rep. Pellicciotti is running against Republican Linda Kochmar, who served as a state representative for the 30th District from 2013 to 2017. During her time in the Legislature, Kochmar voted against raising the minimum wage and also voted against ensuring women earn equal pay for doing the same job as men.

Rep. Pellicciotti is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Kristine Reeves

Democrat
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Democratic state Representative Kristine Reeves was first elected in 2016. She is the Director of Economic Development for the Military and Defense sector for Washington state, where she has helped secure millions of dollars for small businesses and local infrastructure. Rep. Reeves is a champion of paid family and medical leave and was appointed this year to the Child Care Collaborative Task Force where she will explore public-private partnerships that can help make raising a family more affordable. She has also advocated for vital progressive reforms this year, including funds to build a shelter for homeless women and children in Federal Way, as well as common sense gun safety legislation.

Rep. Reeves is running against veteran Mark Greene, a perennial candidate for several positions across the state. A deeply conservative candidate who is determined to fight "the Radical Left" and the "globalist mentality", his platform includes preserving American rights to self-defense and veterans' care.

Reeves is by far the best choice in this race.

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31st Legislative District

State Senator

Immaculate Ferreria

Democrat
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Community activist Immaculate Ferreria is running for the 31st Legislative District state Senate seat. Ferreira has worked tirelessly to build bridges across cultural divides in rural Washington by hosting community events with both the local law enforcement and Black Lives Matter activists.

Ferreria is running against Republican state Senator Phil Fortunato, a social conservative who has wavered in his support of working families while in the office. This past legislative session, Fortunato voted against protections for LGBTQ school children and against expanding access to reproductive health care for women. While Senator Fortunato deserves credit for being one of the few Republicans to support union families on some bills, his extreme positions on other issues put him out of step with the people he is supposed to represent. Also, in this race is Jeff Benson, an independent candidate running a modest progressive campaign focused on Medicare for all and forcing companies to have workers on their boards of directors.

Ferreria is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Victoria Mena

Democrat
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Community organizer Victoria Mena is the Policy Director and Development Strategist of Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, an organization that advocates for immigrants' rights and migrant justice. Her campaign is focused on strengthening communities with health care for all, strong unions, and a clean environment. She supports policies such as De-Escalate Washington, which is focused on police reform and accountability, as well as reproductive health care access and supporting those who are homeless.

Mena is challenging Republican Rep. Drew Stokesbary. Rep. Stokesbary is, in his own words, "a resolute defender of the Second Amendment," and resists gun safety reforms, including restrictions on assault weapons. Mena is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Mark Boswell

Democrat
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Navy veteran Mark Boswell is a former Democratic Precinct Committee Officer and Chair of the 31st Legislative District Democrats. His campaign goals include advocating for a shift to clean energy, supporting education, and upgrading the area's transportation system.

He is running against non-politically affiliated candidate Steve Skutt, who is not running a competitive campaign, and incumbent Republican Rep. Morgan Irwin, a police officer whose mission focuses on hardline "law and order" policies. Irwin states that he opposes common sense gun safety laws and that the "cycle of gun violence starts with property crime." Boswell is the best choice in this race.

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Pierce County

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney

Two veteran prosecutors are running for Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney: Mary Robnett and incumbent Mark Lindquist, both of whom have received progressive endorsements. We lean towards the highly respected and experienced Robnett for a fresh start after years of controversies under Lindquist.

Mary Robnett

Non-Partisan
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Mary Robnett spent 18 years working in the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office. She worked in the office’s special assault unit before being promoted to chief criminal deputy prosecutor. Robnett now works as an Assistant Attorney General in the Sexually Violent Predators unit in Bob Ferguson’s office. She is running as a non-partisan candidate with a focus on restoring integrity and de-politicizing the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office and letting veteran prosecutors do their job. She has very strong support in the legal and law enforcement communities.

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Mark Lindquist

Democrat
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Mark Lindquist is running for his third term as Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney. He has earned a reputation for being a hard worker, and his accomplishments include forming an Elder Fraud and Identity Theft team to prosecute targeted scams against the elderly and helping increase penalties against drunk drivers.

Unfortunately, Lindquist is has also generated several ethics controversies that have undermined public confidence in his leadership. He faced a whistleblower investigation that found he ran a highly politicized office and retaliated against subordinates and critics who disagreed with him. Lindquist is facing a formal bar disciplinary hearing for discussing an active murder trial on a national cable television show while the jury was still deliberating, against the advice of his staff. If Lindquist loses the case, he could lose his license to practice law and be unable to carry out the duties of his office. In addition, Lindquist lost a long-running lawsuit over his refusal to release text messages in public disclosure requests, costing Pierce County taxpayers more than $1 million in fines and fees. We also have concerns about Lindquist's lack of progress toward reducing racial inequities in the local criminal justice system.

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Pierce County Council

Pierce County Council, District #1

Lorra Jackson

Democrat
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Democrat Lorra Jackson is running to relieve traffic congestion, preserve farmland, and provide more public spaces for a growing population in Pierce County. She supports a $15 minimum wage in Pierce County and mass transit expansions for commuters and in future residential areas.

She is running against Republicans Sharon Hanek, Dave Morrell, and Milton Tremblay. Hanek has few concrete policy details available. She is promoting public safety, a business-friendly environment, property rights, and reversing Sound Transit taxes. Morrell is a former state representative running on a platform of public safety and fiscal responsibility. Tremblay is a veteran who self-describes his campaign as conservative and patriotic and is focused on fiscal responsibility.

We believe Jackson is the most progressive choice in this race.

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Pierce County Council, District #5

Democrats Suzanne Skaar and Marty Campbell are both solid progressive candidates, though Campbell has wider support from local Democratic organizations.

Marty Campbell

Democrat
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Marty Campbell is a Community Association Manager and former Tacoma City Councilmember of 8 years. His campaign is focused on fully funding mental health services and supporting family wage jobs and local businesses. He wants to add electric vehicle infrastructure and solar incentives to the county's plans. He also supports affordable housing measures like increasing housing density where appropriate and increasing tiny housing options.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

27th Legislative District Democrats, 25th Legislative District Democrats, Pierce County Democrats

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Suzanne Skaar

Democrat
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Suzanne Skaar is a vocational rehabilitation counselor and community activist. She currently serves on the South End Neighborhood Council Board, and has formerly served on Radio Tacoma’s Board of Directors and Tacoma's Human Rights Commission. Skaar is running to centralize government services to the food insecure, homeless, and underhoused, and aims to provide job programs in the clean energy sector and partner with local business to narrow the wage gap. She is committed to giving underrepresented communities a voice in local government.

Skaar and Campbell are running against Republican and perennial candidate Justin Van Dyk, who has no campaign information available.

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Pierce County Democrats

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Pierce County Council, District #7

Derek M. Young

Democrat
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Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young is a former four-term Gig Harbor city councilmember. He has prioritized improving mental health services and environmental protections during his four years on the county council. He also serves on numerous boards representing Pierce County, including the National Association of Counties and the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board. As a board member for Pierce Transit, Young fought to minimize cuts to public transportation options for Pierce County citizens.

He is running against Navy veteran and school board member David Olson, who is running on a standard Republican platform of public safety and fiscal responsibility.

Young's experience, ties to the communities, and knowledge of policy issues facing the county make him the best choice in this race.

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General Progressive: Fuse WA
Environment: Washington Conservation Voters

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