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Snohomish County

General ELECTION: November 6th, 2018

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 share this guide with your friends and remember to vote by November 6!

Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative #1631

Vote YES for Jobs and Clean Energy

YES
Initiative 1631 is our best opportunity to accelerate clean energy solutions and build healthier communities for everyone in Washington.

This initiative will charge our state’s largest corporate polluters a fee that will be used to create local jobs by investing in clean energy, healthy forests, and clean water. I-1631 is essential to pass a clean and healthy Washington on to future generations. It will create 40,000 jobs by investing in water and forestry projects, energy efficiency, and clean transportation. These investments are a practical first step to ensure clean air and clean water for everyone in Washington. These will look different in every community, from energy efficiency upgrades for our homes and businesses to keeping our forests healthy so they clean our air and investing in cleaner transportation options for more communities.

The oil industry is spending tens of millions of dollars to confuse voters about I-1631 so they can continue polluting for free and raking in record profits. We can't wait any longer to act. Vote YES on I-1631.

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Initiative #1634

Vote NO on I-1634

NO
Initiative 1634 would prevent cities and counties in Washington from passing new taxes on sugary beverages. Such taxes are aimed at discouraging people from buying sweetened drinks that have been linked to type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and tooth decay.

I-1634 is backed primarily by millions of dollars from a handful of big soda companies. It also has support from some labor unions that represent workers whose jobs could be impacted by soda taxes. The campaign’s highly deceptive ads focus on grocery taxes despite the fact that groceries have been exempt from sales taxes since 1977.

Progressive advocates oppose efforts like this to use state laws to prevent localities from taking action that’s right for their communities. In recent years, Republican legislators have sought to use similar legislation to reverse Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and progressive paid sick leave laws in Tacoma and Spokane.

We’re sympathetic to the concerns of union workers in the beverage industry and we agree that our tax system is upside-down and disproportionately hurts low-income families. However, we don’t think that preempting local legislation that taxes sugary drinks is the way to fix it.

Don’t be fooled by Big Soda’s misleading ads. Vote NO on I-1634.

Progressive Opponents

WA Federation of State Employees, The Stranger, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Children’s Alliance, El Centro de La Raza

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Initiative #1639

Vote YES to Reduce Gun Violence

YES
Initiative 1639 is the most comprehensive gun violence prevention measure put forward in Washington state history. It's a commonsense initiative that will reduce gun violence and keep our schools and communities safe. I-1639 would raise the age to purchase semi-automatic assault rifles from 18 to 21 and require enhanced background checks and safety training for purchasing these particularly lethal weapons. It will also incentivize secure storage of all firearms by holding gun owners accountable if a child or other legally prohibited person uses their weapon to harm themselves or someone else.

Someone is killed with a gun in Washington state every 14 hours and more than 200,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine. Unfortunately, the gun lobby has prevented our elected officials from acting to prevent it, so we'll do it ourselves. Vote YES on I-1639 to keep our schools and communities safe.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Education: American Federation of Teachers - WA
General Progressive: Fuse WA
Reproductive Freedom: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
Media: The Stranger
Other: Washington Education Association

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Initiative #940

Vote YES for Police Accountability

YES
Last year, more people in Washington were killed in encounters with law enforcement than in 45 other states, and almost one-third of them were experiencing a mental health crisis. Initiative 940 would improve de-escalation, first aid, and mental health crisis training for law enforcement and help save lives.

Currently, officers are only required to receive eight hours of "crisis intervention training." Initiative 940 would ensure that every officer receives extensive training and continuing education in de-escalating potential confrontations. The primary goal is preventing tragedies in the first place, but when a tragedy does occur Initiative 940 would also create a fair and independent investigation process and bring our use of force standard in line with 27 other states.

Vote YES on Initiative 940 to improve training for law enforcement and help save lives.

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Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #19

Maintain Funding for Oil Spill Prevention

MAINTAINED
A bipartisan group of legislators passed Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6269 to fund oil spill prevention and cleanup. The legislation directs the Department of Ecology to improve prevention for oil spills in Puget Sound, as well as around oil refineries, railroads, and pipelines. This bill was funded by a $0.05 tax per 42-gallon barrel of oil used by boats and marine terminals.

Because of a Tim Eyman initiative the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote MAINTAINED on Advisory Vote 19.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger

Snohomish County Ballot Measures

Snohomish County County Proposition #1

Vote YES to Modernize Emergency Services

APPROVED
The Snohomish County Council has put forth Proposition No. 1 to replace the outdated 20-year-old emergency radio system used by first responders. When natural disasters such as wildfires and landslides take place; firefighters, EMTs, and police depend on a functioning radio system to communicate and save lives. The sales tax increase would fund a modern, $70 million emergency radio system and would cost a consumer $.01 on a $10 purchase beginning in April of 2019. Approve Proposition No. 1 to modernize Snohomish County's 911 system!

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 many more.

Sen. Cantwell is opposed by 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 Donald Trump, including calling fellow Republican Ted Cruz a "traitor" for not supporting the president's campaign.

Sen. Cantwell has been a tenacious advocate for the people of Washington state and is the best choice in this race.

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1st Congressional District

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 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 a year don't pay a lower tax rate than low and middle-income families.

Rep. DelBene is running against Republican Jeffrey Beeler. Beeler is a Sultan city councilmember focused on "securing our borders," health care, and the deficit. However, he lacks Rep. DelBene's knowledge and experience with the important policies that impact working families in the 1st District.

Rep. DelBene is clearly 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.

1st Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Derek Stanford

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Derek Stanford was first elected in 2010 and has emerged as an effective progressive leader in Olympia. Throughout his tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Stanford has been a strong proponent of LGBTQ rights, consumer protections, environmental sustainability, and strengthening access to higher education in Washington state. Most recently, Rep. Stanford sponsored legislation that prohibited state agencies from creating databases based on an individual's religious affiliation to protect Washingtonians' right to privacy.

Stanford is opposed by Republican Josh Colver. His platform includes opposing abortion, defunding Planned Parenthood, letting the free market determine energy policy, and privatizing and phasing out Medicaid and Medicare.

Representative Derek Stanford is the clear choice for the 1st Legislative District House Position 1.

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State Representative, Position #2

Shelley Kloba

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Shelley Kloba is running for re-election to the 1st Legislative District House Position 2. During her tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Kloba has been a strong advocate for affordable housing and quality education. This year, Rep. Kloba was the primary sponsor of a bill that grew the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council for students from low-income backgrounds. Prior to joining the Legislature, Rep. Kloba served her community as a trustee for the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, as a Kirkland city councilmember, and as the Washington State PTA Legislative Director for two years.

Representative Shelley Kloba is being challenged by Snohomish County Republican Chair Debra Blodgett. Blodgett's campaign is focused on protecting private property, constitutional rights, and funding education.

Representative Shelley Kloba is best choice in this race.

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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 House Position 1. 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 tough 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.

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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 challenging 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
Economic Justice: SEIU Local 925

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21st Legislative District

State Senator

Marko Liias

Democrat
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Democratic state Senator Marko Liias has been a consistent progressive advocate for all families. As the Democratic Senate Floor Leader, Sen. Liias has led the fight on LGBTQ equality and helped create a student loan bill of rights. This past legislative session, Sen. Liias' legislation to ban the inhumane practice of gay conversion successfully became law with bipartisan support.

Liias is opposed by Republican Mario Lionel Lotmore. Lotmore opposes efforts to fight climate change action and refuses to acknowledge Washington's regressive tax system, which disproportionately affects low-income families. Liias is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Strom Peterson

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Strom Peterson is running for re-election to the 21st Legislative District House Position 1. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Rep. Peterson served on the Edmonds City Council for six years, where he proved to be a smart and capable leader in Snohomish County. Rep. Peterson is leading the fight against the opioid crisis in Washington state. This past year, he was the primary sponsor of the Secure Drug Take Back Act, an innovative program to limit the usage of unused and expired prescriptions in Washington communities.

Rep. Peterson is opposed by Republican Amy Schaper, who lacks Peterson's public policy experience and is opposed to progressive economic reforms. Rep. Peterson is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Lillian Ortiz-Self

Democrat
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Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self is running for re-election to the 21st Legislative District House Position 2. Since joining the state House in 2009, Rep. Ortiz-Self has emerged as a progressive leader fighting tooth and nail to improve the lives of mothers and children in Washington state. Currently, Rep. Ortiz-Self serves as Deputy Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and on the House Early Childhood and Human Services Committee. Additionally, she has been a member of the state’s Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee for more than six years. An active community member, Rep. Ortiz-Self is strong on social issues and focused on creating new pathways to strengthen the middle class and early childhood education.

Rep. Ortiz-Self is facing a challenge from Republican Petra Bigea, who is running on an anti-tax and anti-regulation platform. Rep. Ortiz-Self is the clear choice in this race.

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32nd Legislative District

State Senator

Maralyn Chase

Democrat
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Democratic Senator Maralyn Chase is the Chair of the Economic Development and International Trade Committee. First elected in 2002, Sen. Chase has been a tireless advocate for workers' rights and job creation in Washington state. Sen. Chase has introduced a single-payer health care bill that would ensure fair prices from drug companies. During the 2018 legislative session, Sen. Chase was the sponsor of legislation to create the Future of Work Task Force that will work to help prepare Washington's workforce for the changing economy.

Sen. Chase is being challenged by Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon. Salomon is a highly capable public defender in the Seattle Municipal Court and has been an effective social justice and environmental leader for the city of Shoreline. He also serves on King County’s Children and Youth Advisory Board to early learning and families with kids. While Salomon received the endorsements of the Seattle Times, Everett Herald, and The Stranger newspapers, he hasn’t received as much support from progressive advocates.

We lean toward Chase because of her strong support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

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State Representative, Position #1

Cindy Ryu

Democrat
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Formerly the mayor of Shoreline, Democratic Representative Cindy Ryu was the first Korean American mayor in the country and the first to serve in the state Legislature. She is the Chair of the Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee. In this role, Rep. Ryu has been an advocate for affordable housing, including supporting the development of tiny homes, supporting upzoning in urban areas, and proposing a bill that creates "housing opportunity zones" near high-quality transit. She has also advocated for reforms to hold law enforcement officers accountable.

Rep. Ryu is running against Diodato (Dio) Boucsieguez. Boucsieguez is a member of the College Republicans at the University of Washington who is running on a fiscal responsibility platform, but he has failed to provide details about his policy ideas.

Rep. Ryu is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Lauren Davis

Democrat
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Lauren Davis is the founding Executive Director of Washington Recovery Alliance, which seeks to help families and individuals who are struggling with mental health and addiction issues. She helped launch the suicide prevention nonprofit Forefront in King County, and serves on the King County Behavioral Health Advisory Board as well as the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington State. Her campaign is focused on addiction recovery, affordable housing, and criminal justice reforms.

Davis's opponent is former paramedic Frank Deisler, who is running to "reverse the failed socialist, progressive, Seattle policies that have wreaked havoc on our State." He would like to see more prosecution of those with addiction issues and an end to safe needle programs and sanctuary city policies.

Davis is the clear choice for the 32nd Legislative District House Position 2.

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38th Legislative District

State Senator

John McCoy

Democrat
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Incumbent Democratic state Senator John McCoy has been an environmental champion and strong supporter of working people. Prior to joining the Legislature, Sen. McCoy was in the United States Air Force for 20 years and returned to Washington to bring computer education to the Tulalip Tribes. In the Senate, Sen. McCoy has been on the front lines fighting against special interests who want to roll back Washington's strong environmental protections. Moving forward, Sen. McCoy is focused on bringing internet access to rural communities, supporting local businesses, and increasing mental health services available to K-12 students.

Sen. McCoy faces a challenge from Republican Dr. Savio Pham, a Vietnamese refugee who resettled in Everett 20 years ago. While Dr. Pham's platform states his opposition to higher property taxes, progressive tax reform, and heroin injection sites, his campaign fails to offer pragmatic policy solutions to the many challenges facing the Puget Sound region.

Sen. McCoy is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

June Robinson

Democrat
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Democratic Representative June Robinson made a name for herself in Olympia by leading efforts to keep Boeing's manufacturing jobs in the state. In addition, she sponsored legislation to protect working families from landlords who are raising rent prices astronomically and partnered with the Everett School District to protect at-risk youth. In 2017, Rep. Robinson helped working families by introducing a bill on paid family leave for new parents or those with critically ill or dying family members. She also sponsored a bill that would allow counties to get a share of state retail sales tax on purchases within their county to be used for affordable housing.

She is running against independent Bert Johnson, who is determined to "run the state like a business" and is focused on taxes and tolls. Rep. Robinson has earned your vote.

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State Representative, Position #2

Mike Sells

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Mike Sells is a longtime leader in the Legislature, serving as the Chair of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee. Rep.Sells is a former teacher and labor advocate who previously served as the president of the Everett Education Association. In the legislature, Rep. Sells is dedicated to improving higher education and led efforts to bring a nursing program to Everett Community College University Center. He is running unopposed and has earned your vote.

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 faces an uphill race against incumbent Republican Senator Keith Wagoner, who has been an obstacle to progress throughout his tenure in the Legislature. Sen. Wagoner routinely votes against commonsense legislation that supports working families,.

Though we don't agree fully with Claus Joens's political positions, he is the better choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Ivan Lewis

Democrat
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Democrat Ivan Lewis is running for the 39th Legislative District House Position 1. Lewis co-owns a math and reading tutoring center in Snohomish County and has previously served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He is focused on supporting living wage jobs and wants to increase investment in local infrastructure to help families and businesses across the region. Lewis is also supportive of health care reform, reducing gun violence, fighting climate change, supporting labor unions, and improving education.

Lewis is running a competitive race against Robert Sutherland, a veteran whose platform centers on supporting the 2nd Amendment and 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
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: SEIU Local 6, Washington State Labor Council
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Snohomish County Democrats, Skagit County Democrats

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State Representative, Position #2

Eric Halvorson

Democrat
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Moderate Democrat Eric Halvorson is a tax accountant who runs an animal rescue farm from his home. His campaign supports reproductive health care, the Second Amendment, and not instituting a state income tax. Halvorson wants bipartisan solutions that will help protect farmland and the district's natural resources. He is prioritizing roads, access to higher education, apprenticeships, and job training programs.

Halvorson is running a competitive race against former Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick, who was appointed to the House in 2017 after Rep. John Koster resigned. She has a standard Republican economic platform which favors the wealthy few, resists all taxes, and opposes fixing the state's regressive tax code. Rep. Eslick also voted against this year's health care bills that expanded access to contraception.

While Halvorson is a moderate on most issues, we expect that he would have a better voting record than Rep. Eslick in the state House. Halvorson deserves your vote.

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44th Legislative District

State Senator

Steve Hobbs

Democrat
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Democratic Senator Steve Hobbs is running for re-election in the 44th Legislative District. Sen. Hobbs is a veteran, father, and moderate Democrat who is a reliable vote on social issues. Throughout his tenure, he has been an unwavering advocate for military families and has sponsored legislation to protect access to safe and legal abortion. During the most recent legislative session, Sen. Hobbs served as the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and worked to improve the efficiency of local transit options offered in Snohomish County. While Sen. Hobbs is progressive on social issues he leans more conservative on taxes and fiscal issues.

Sen. Hobbs is opposed by Republican Doug Roulstone, a retired Navy captain who is running on a narrow anti-tax platform that fails to substantively address climate action, the state's regressive tax structure, or many other challenges facing our region.

Based on his demonstrated commitment to representing Snohomish families, Sen. Hobbs has earned another four years.

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State Representative, Position #1

John Lovick

Democrat
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Democratic Representative John Lovick is a former Snohomish County executive and a former Mill Creek city councilmember. He has been an outspoken advocate of requiring Boeing to keep jobs in Washington state in order to receive tax incentives and has been a strong supporter of working people. This year, Rep. Lovick sponsored legislation that would partner law enforcement with mental health professionals when calls involve a mental health crisis.

Rep. Lovick's opponent is Jeff Sax. A former Republican county councilmember, Sax is focused on taxes, tolls, and transparency, but doesn't offer a platform for any progressive change for the district. Rep. Lovick is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Jared Mead

Democrat
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Mill Creek City Councilmember Jared Mead is running for the 44th Legislative District House Position 2. Prior to serving on the city council, Mead served two terms on the Mill Creek Planning Commission where he worked closely with residents, local businesses, and government officials. Mead is now running for the Legislature on a platform of reducing traffic congestion, creating jobs, and improving public schools.

Mead is challenging Republican Rep. Mark Harmsworth. Rep. Harmsworth has pushed a very conservative agenda in Olympia, including voting against the Washington Voting Rights Act and expanding access to women's health care. He also has wasted taxpayer money on a politically-driven investigation into Sound Transit.

Mead is the clear choice for Legislature.

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Snohomish County

Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney

Adam Cornell

Democrat
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Adam Cornell has served as the Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor for 15 years and has been endorsed by Mark Roe, the departing incumbent. His platform is centered on alternative justice programs, alternative sentences, and treatment programs for those suffering from mental illness and addiction issues. Adam Cornell is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Snohomish County Labor Council, Snohomish County Democrats, Aerospace Machinists District Lodge 751

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Judicial Races

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State Supreme Court

State Supreme Court Justice, Position #2

Susan Owens

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First elected in 2000, Supreme Court Justice Susan Justice Owens brings more 40 years of legal experience to Washington's Supreme Court. Prior to serving on the court, Justice Owens served nineteen years as a District Court Judge in Western Clallam County. Justice Owens has been a leader in the judicial community on addressing the impacts of domestic violence on children. Nationally, Justice Owens is a judicial trainer on this topic and participated in the writing of the Northwest Tribal Judges Domestic Violence Manual. Justice Owens is running unopposed for re-election and has earned your support.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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State Supreme Court Justice, Position #8

Steve Gonzalez

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Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez has earned national recognition for his judicial expertise and work to increase access to the judicial system. Before serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Gonzalez served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and on the King County Superior Court for more than 10 years hearing criminal, juvenile, and family law cases. Justice Gonzalez is devoted to working for the people of Washington and serves as a board member for the Washington Leadership Institute, an organization that supports emerging community leaders from diverse backgrounds. As one of the few multi-lingual justices, he chairs the Interpreter Commission. Justice Gonzalez is rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by 10 independent bar associations in Washington state.

Gonzalez is being challenged by Bellevue-based attorney Nathan Choi, who ran unsuccessfully for a judicial seat on the Court of Appeals in 2016. Since then, Choi has faced numerous ethical controversies. In 2017, the King County Bar Association formally reprimanded Choi for violating KCBA's fair campaign practices guidelines by releasing misleading campaign materials and failing to follow state candidate rules. In February of this year, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson formally filed a lawsuit against Nathan Choi in a Thurston County Court. The case is still open.

Justice Steve Gonzalez is the best choice for Supreme Court Justice Position 8.

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State Supreme Court Justice, Position #9

Sheryl Gordon McCloud

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Washington Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud has been a fierce defender of constitutional rights and has written the decision in several consequential court cases. Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, she worked as an accomplished appellate court attorney for nearly three decades and was a founding member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association. Her strong judicial track record has earned a rating of "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by 10 independent state bar associations, including Washington Women Lawyers and the newly-minted Veterans Bar Association.

Justice McCloud in running unopposed for Position 9 and deserves your vote.

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District Court

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

Northeast District Court, Judge, Position #1

Marcus Naylor

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Attorney Marcus Naylor has more than 26 years of experience serving the community through the King County Department of Public Defense. Having conducted more than one hundred jury trials over eight years as a judge pro tem, Naylor has the breadth of experience and temperament to be a fair and impartial administrator of justice for everyone in the courtroom. Naylor’s passion for the law and for helping others navigate the judicial process extends beyond the courtroom through his volunteer work with the Neighborhood Legal Clinic.

Naylor is running against public defender Joshua Schaer. Schaer is a former two-term Issaquah city councilmember who now works as a judge pro tem for the King County District Court and as an attorney at a private law firm.

Attorney Marcus Naylor is the best choice in this race based on his impressive judicial ratings, community engagement, and the considerable support he has received from the legal community.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Media: The Stranger
Bar Association Ratings:
King County Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified "
Joint Asian Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
QLaw, LGBT Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Latino/a Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

Other: King County Democrats

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Northeast District Court, Judge, Position #2

Ketu Shah

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Judge Ketu Shah was appointed to the King County District Court, Northeast Division in 2013 and then elected in 2014. Judge Shah brings with him more than 24 years of combined judicial and legal experience. Previously, he served as a prosecutor who helped create the domestic violence unit in Bellevue to hold domestic abusers accountable. Judge Shah values integrity, independence, hard work, and fairness. He presides over the Regional Veterans and Mental Health Courts and oversees the court’s therapeutic response, which helps veterans in their recovery. Judge Ketu Shah is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: King County Democrats

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City of Everett

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

City of Everett Proposition #1

Vote YES for Stronger Representation

APPROVED
The City of Everett has introduced Proposition No. 1, a set of five proposed charter amendments that would allow the city of Everett to move to a district-based representation system. As cities like Everett continue to grow and to become more diverse, it's increasingly important to ensure fair representation at the local level. Already, more than 23 cities in Washington including Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, and Yakima have adapted similar district-based city council structures to ensure that every community's voice is represented at the table at when decisions are being made.

If approved, Proposition No. 1 would create a process for drawing new city council district maps based on census data collected every 10 years and establish the parameters for a smooth transition to a combination of at-large and district-based representation. The transition would be completed by 2022. Vote YES on Proposition No. 1 for fair representation!

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
Other: Casa Latina, League of Women Voters, NAACP, Everett Firefighters 46

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City of Everett Proposition #2

Support Option A for Equitable Representation

APPROVED
The City of Everett has put forth Proposition No. 2, a measure to determine the number of districts and at-large city council seats if voters approve Proposition No. 1. Option A, an electoral system based on five Council Districts and two Citywide positions, is the stronger choice.

Each of the five districts in Option A would have an elected representative on the city council who lives in the district. Option A would enable the city council to be more responsive to community-based concerns because each councilmember would be aware of local issues and equipped to address the needs of the community.

Option B is a weaker proposal for a four district and three citywide position model. This is problematic because it could lead to inequitable representation if three citywide candidates and a district candidate are elected from the same district. Voters should be mindful that the enactment of Proposition No. 2 is contingent upon the passage of Proposition No. 1. Vote for Option A.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes

City of Everett Proposition #3

Vote YES for Emergency Medical Services

APPROVED
When a loved one is having a heart attack, the last thing to be worrying about is whether first responders have the necessary staffing, equipment, and training to assist. The City of Everett has proposed Proposition No. 3, an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy to meet the needs of the growing population. The increase in demand for EMS services has grown by 26 percent over the past decade. In 2017, Everett Fire and Rescue responded to 17,237 patients despite a decrease in funding. Proposition No. 3 would restore the EMS levy to $0.50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would cost the owner of a $200,000 home $100 per year. If the levy fails, it is estimated that the existing funding source will fall short by more than $1 million dollars and that critical life-saving services would have to be cut. Vote to approve Proposition No. 3.

Everett City Council, Position #4

There are two good candidates in this race: Liz Vogeli and Tyler Rourke. We lean towards Vogeli because of the support she has earned from local progressive partners.

Liz Vogeli

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Progressive activist Liz Vogeli is focusing on affordable housing and supporting those with mental illness or addiction issues find social services. Vogeli is also seeking to attract more family wage jobs to Everett. She is a community organizer, precinct committee officer, and former ombudsman for the Coast Guard.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Snohomish County Democrats, Women's Political Caucus of Washington, IAM Local 751

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Tyler Rourke

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Tyler Rourke is a project engineer at Electroimpact in Mukilteo. He was in the running for the appointment to Position 4 last winter to fill Cassie Franklin's seat after she was elected as mayor of Everett. He is prioritizing pedestrian safety, the city's Master Bike Plan, and a law and order-oriented view when it comes to homelessness and addiction, stating that we must be compassionate but "people who choose to break the law must also be held to account."

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Other Ballot Measures

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

Snohomish County Fire Protection District No. 15 Proposition #1

Fire District #15 - Proposition Number 1

YES
As the regional population has increased over the previous five years, the demand for emergency medical and fire protection services has increased by more than 50 percent. To continue providing 24/7 life-saving services to the community, Snohomish County Fire Protection District No. 15 - serving the northern half of the Tulalip Indian Reservation - is seeking to restore funding levels of the EMS levy to the 2002 voter-approved tax rate of a $1.50 tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Passage of this critical levy would finance fire protection operations, equipment replacement, stabilize staffing, and an increase in emergency medical service levels. Vote YES to give our local first responders the support they need to keep us safe.