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Skagit 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.

Skagit County Ballot Measures

Skagit County County Proposition #1

Skagit County Proposition 1

APPROVED
Skagit County is seeking to maintain funding for emergency medical services and paramedics by passing an Emergency Services System Levy. Proposition No. 1 levies a $0.44 tax for every $1,000 of property value, which costs the owner of a $200,000 home $88 per year. The levy provides for ambulances, training, equipment, and personnel for all emergency medical services in Skagit County. Vote YES to maintain emergency medical services for our community.

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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Congress

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

U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District

Suzan DelBene

Democrat
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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 Scott Stafne, Jeffrey Beeler, Adam Pilskog, and Robert Mair. Republican Scott Stafne is an attorney who is running to reform the judicial system and to grow the middle class. 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, 2nd Congressional District

Rick Larsen

Democrat
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Representative Rick Larsen is a moderate Democrat who has been a strong advocate for jobs, transportation, and infrastructure projects in the 2nd District. Before serving in Congress, he served on the Snohomish County Council and worked on economic development for the City of Everett. Rep. Larsen has also supported efforts to protect voting rights, fought to reform student loans, and championed Wall Street reform. Unfortunately, Larsen joined Republicans to repeal some banking rules imposed after the Great Recession intended to prevent another economic collapse.

He is running against Uncle Mover, a perennial candidate who runs to advertise his business, Democrat Collin Richard Carlson, who is running on his entirely rewritten federal budget plan, Libertarian Brian Luke, Independent Gary Franco, and Green Party candidate Stonewall Jackson Bird, who is running on progressive values but isn't running a competitive campaign.

Rep. Larsen 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.

10th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Scott McMullen

Democrat
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Firefighter Scott McMullen is challenging Republican Rep. Norma Smith for the 10th Legislative District seat in the state House. As a veteran, McMullen has more than 26 years of experience in the Air Force creating apprenticeship opportunities. McMullen is highly focused on improving the quality of K-12 education and wants to work across the aisle to create job programs for veterans after they return from duty. McMullen is also prioritizing creating local jobs, supporting small businesses, and supporting local transit projects.

McMullen faces a competitive race against Rep. Smith, a social conservative who has voted against expanding access to women's health care and investments in local infrastructure. McMullen is the better choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

Campaign Information

State Representative, Position #2

Dave Paul

Democrat
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Local Oak Harbor educator Dave Paul is running for the 10th Legislative District House Position 2. Paul is the Vice President at Skagit Valley College and serves as Board President for the Oak Harbor Educational Foundation. Paul is prioritizing improving the quality of public education, streamlining government spending, and supporting military families.

Paul is opposing Republican Representative Dave Hayes. First elected in 2012, Rep. Hayes has spent the last six years obstructing progressive reforms designed to help improve the lives of working people. From voting against expanding access to women's health care to opposing commonsense economic reforms like workplace protections for women and people of color, Rep. Hayes has shown that he prioritizes party over people. Paul is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington

Campaign Information

39th Legislative District

State Senator

Claus Joens

Democrat
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Moderate Democrat Claus Joens is running for the 39th Legislative District Senate seat. Joens is an educational instructor, an advocate for children, and a local precinct committee officer. Joens is prioritizing the restoration of salmon fisheries and Skagit County water rights. He is also focused on protecting consumers from high-interest rates and believes that wasteful tax loopholes should be closed before raising taxes on working families.

Joens is facing an uphill race against incumbent Republican Senator Keith Wagoner, who has been an obstacle to progress throughout his tenure in the Legislature. Also in this race is Independent Jamel Rabieh and Republican Elizabeth Scott, who is running as an independent conservative campaign. Scott held this seat previously and was known for her extreme and inflammatory positions.

Claus Joens is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

Campaign Information

State Representative, Position #1

Ivan Lewis

Democrat
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Democrat Ivan Lewis co-owns a math and reading tutoring center in Snohomish County. He has released a thorough progressive campaign platform that includes support for single payer health care, reducing gun violence, fighting climate change, supporting labor unions, and improving education. Lewis also wants to increase investment in local infrastructure to help families and businesses across the large 39th Legislative District.

Lewis is running against Randy Hayden and Robert Sutherland. Hayden owns a construction company and mini storage business. His platform is focused on pushing for smaller government and less business regulation. Hayden stands against tax reform that would fix the state's regressive tax code, even regulations that affect only the very wealthiest. His social media presence, which includes posts celebrating Tim Eyman and his "Bullets and BBQ" fundraiser, are not encouraging for those seeking progressive reforms. Sutherland is a veteran whose platform centers on supporting the 2nd Amendment, charter schools, and reducing property taxes.

Lewis is the best choice for the 39th Legislative District House Position 1.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council
Other: Snohomish County Democrats, Skagit County Democrats

Campaign Information

State Representative, Position #2

Eric Halvorson

Democrat
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Eric Halvorson is a tax accountant who runs an animal rescue farm from his home. His campaign supports reproductive freedom of choice, the Second Amendment, and not instituting a state income tax

Former Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick was appointed to the House in 2017 after Rep. John Koster resigned. She has a standard Republican economic platform of resisting all taxes, even policies like the carbon tax to reduce pollution or fixing the state's regressive tax code, which heavily favors the wealthy few. Rep. Eslick also voted against this year's health care bills that would require state insurers to cover contraception and abortion care for women, and against the ban on bump stocks, the device used in the mass killing in Vegas.

While Halvorson is not extremely progressive, we expect that he would likely have a better voting record than Rep. Eslick in the state House.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Campaign Information

40th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

There are several good progressives running strong campaigns for this open seat: Debra Lekanoff, Alex Ramel, and Rud Browne. Lekanoff has earned the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations, followed by Ramel.

Debra Lekanoff

Democrat
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Debra Lekanoff is the Government Affairs Director for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. She has spent her career working with various levels of government on complex policies and having conversations about what’s important for local families. Lekanoff is running to protect the Salish Sea for future generations, improve educational opportunities, and sustainably build the economy. If elected, Lekanoff would be the only Native woman in the state Legislature.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: SEIU Local 925, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 21
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes

Campaign Information

Alex Ramel

Democrat
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Alex Ramel is an environmental organizer who played an important role in the campaign to reject the Cherry Point coal export terminal. He also helped found the “Community Energy Challenge” that has created jobs and helped homeowners and local businesses save money through energy efficiency improvements. As the former President of the Kulshan Community Land Trust, Ramel understands the need to prioritize affordable housing funding in Olympia.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Other Candidates

State Representative, Position #1

There are several other candidates running for the 40th Legislative District House Position 1. Whatcom County Councilmember Rud Browne is a strong environmental candidate. Browne is the founder of Ryzex, an eco-friendly company and one of Whatcom’s largest employers. He was integral in starting the “Towards Zero Waste” campaign that encouraged businesses and schools to reduce unnecessary waste. His campaign platform includes attracting technology and recreation jobs, diverting the poor and those with mental health and substance abuse issues out of jails, protecting the environment, and helping the homeless.

Rancher and auctioneer Tom Pasma is also running as a progressive Democrat. He has served in the community as a volunteer auctioneer for organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and founded Leadership Education and Advanced Development (LEAD), which connects professional athletes to youths for mentoring. He is focused on a campaign that centers working people and the issues of affording housing, health care, and education. Republican Michael Petrish is a carpenter at the Andeavor refinery in Anacortes. In the words of his GOP press release, Petrish is running on a "pro-second amendment, pro-school choice, anti-abortion" campaign.

State Representative, Position #2

Jeff Morris

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Jeff Morris is the former House Democratic Floor Leader. He is a moderate Democrat who has sponsored numerous bills to protect the environment and promote alternative energy, though he at times frustrates environmentalists by watering down good bills. Rep. Morris introduced a "right-to-repair" bill that would make it illegal for electronic makers to produce devices with hard-to-replace batteries in Washington. Rep. Morris is running unopposed for re-election.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Court of Appeals, Division One, District Three

Court of Appeals, Division One, District Three: Judge, Position #1

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez

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There are five judicial candidates running for the Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 3, Judge Position 1. Public Defender Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez possesses more than 10 years of legal experience representing low-income clients in Skagit County courtrooms. Previously, Hazelrigg-Hernandez worked as a adjunct faculty in American Cultural Studies at Western Washington University.

Also in this race are attorneys Rita Latsinova, Lisa Kneeler, Tom Seguine, and Roger Leishman. Attorney Tom Seguine is the wrong choice for a non-partisan judicial role. A Republican Precinct Committee Officer, Seguine has been endorsed by Skagit Republicans and has attended several partisan fundraisers since announcing his candidacy. While Latsinova, Leishman, and Kneeler are highly qualified and possess a wealth of experience, they lack compelling support from community leaders and our progressive partners.

We believe Hazelrigg-Hernandez is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Whatcom County Democrats, Skagit County Democrats

Campaign Information

Other Ballot Measures

Depending on where you live, you may have the following ballot measures on your ballot.

Skagit County Fire District 24 Proposition #1

Skagit County Fire Proposition 1

YES
When a loved one is having a heart attack, the last thing to be worrying about is whether firefighters and ambulance services have enough funding to arrive quickly. Skagit County Fire District 24 - serving both Snohomish and Skagit Counties - is putting forth Proposition 1 to keep up with growing demand for emergency services. Over the last six years, the number of annual 911 calls has increased by more than 60% and overwhelmed the Fire District's resources. Proposition 1 would increase the levy to $1.25 per $1,000 of property value in order to maintain and improve the level of fire protection and emergency medical services in the community. We must ensure that our first responders are prepared during emergency responses in our growing communities. Vote YES to give our local firefighters the support they need to keep us safe.