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Snohomish County

Primary ELECTION: August 7th, 2018

Welcome to the the 2018 Progressive Voters Guide! The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information you need to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please return your ballot by August 7 and share this guide with your friends and family.

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

Federal

U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell

Democrat
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Senator Maria Cantwell was first elected in 2000 and continues to represent our state's progressive values in our nation's capital. Sen. Cantwell has been a leader on a wide range of issues, including reproductive rights, supporting the Children's Health Insurance Program, defending net neutrality, passing oil spill legislation to protect our water, working on clean energy policies, and much more.

There are 29 challengers in this race, but the most serious is Republican Susan 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, 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 has been a champion of 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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U.S. Representative, 7th Congressional District

Pramila Jayapal

Democrat
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Representative Pramila Jayapal has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic fairness, and civil liberties. She founded OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in 2001 and built it into the largest immigrant rights organization in the state and a national model. Rep. Jayapal also played a key role on the Mayoral Advisory Committee that created Seattle’s $15 minimum wage.

In her first term in Congress, Rep. Jayapal has fought the Trump administration at every turn and provided a voice for progressives across the country. She has supported the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Dream Act that would provide a path to citizenship for young DACA recipients. She has also fought back against the Trump administration's inhumane policy of separating families seeking asylum and she introduced legislation that paves a pathway towards a universal health care system.

Her opponent Seattle resident Craig Keller is most well-known as the founder of an anti-immigrant organization that tried to repeal the City of Burien's sanctuary city ordinance. His organization has been recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

Rep. Jayapal is by far 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 and non-affiliated political newcomer Colin McMahon. Colver has been endorsed by the Washington State Republican Party. His platform includes anti-abortion and anti-government positions that stand in direct opposition to progressive values. McMahon is a public defender who is running to improve mental health services and increase housing development to keep prices down.

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

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State Representative, Position #2

Shelley Kloba

Democrat
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State Representative Shelley Kloba is running for re-election to the 1st Legislative District House Position 1. 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 extended the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council to increase opportunities 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 and Bothell small business owner and Libertarian Matt Seymour. Seymour wants to reduce the national debt and shrink the size of government, while Blodgett is not running a competitive campaign.

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 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.

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Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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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 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.

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Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington

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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 Democrat Riaz Khan, Independent Scott West, and Republican Mario Lionel Lotmore. While Lotmore is the only serious challenger in the field, his campaign has failed to provide a comprehensive set of policy solutions that address the needs of working families and small businesses. 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 for 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 present 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 2008, 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 to serve in 2001, 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 and Republican James Wood. 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. Republican James Wood is a fire lieutenant with 17 years of public service under his belt. However, Wood's campaign has failed to provide a comprehensive public policy platform that adequately addresses the concerns of Washington's working families. While we respect Salomon's vision for Washington, Sen. Chase has earned another term in office.

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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 and Keith Smith. Boucsieguez is a member of the College Republicans at the University of Washington and is not running a competitive campaign. Smith, who also ran against Rep. Ryu in 2016, has not released a platform and is running with only a promise to make government more efficient.

Rep. Ryu is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

There are two good candidates in this race Lauren Davis and Chris Roberts. We lean toward Davis because she has received more endorsements from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

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 King County's Behavioral Health Advisory Board as well as the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington State. Her campaign will focus on addiction recovery, affordable housing, and criminal justice reforms.

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Chris Roberts

Democrat
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Chris Roberts has served as a Shoreline city councilmember since 2009, and as mayor of Shoreline in 2016 and 2017. A member of the Choctaw Nation, Roberts serves in the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board and the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Committee. He has pushed for inclusive policies in local government and in the city itself. In 2016, Roberts wrote a letter declaring that Shoreline would stand against deportation and discrimination and asked other mayors in the region to sign on as well. Roberts is seeking a regional approach to Shoreline's homelessness issues, and is focusing on affordable housing and transportation in the upcoming years.

Also running in this race is Republican Frank Deisler, who wants 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.

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Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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38th Legislative District

State Senator

John McCoy

Democrat
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Democratic state Senator John McCoy has been an environmental champion and strong labor supporter. Sen. McCoy is also the only member of a tribal nation in the Senate. 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, McCoy has been on the front lines fighting special interests who want to roll back Washington's strong environmental protections.

Sen. McCoy is facing a challenge from Democrat Bruce Overstreet and Republican Dr. Savio Pham. Both candidates are running on policy platforms that lack pragmatic solutions to the 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. 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 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.

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Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Republican Doug Roulstone and Libertarian Jeremy Fitch are challenging Sen. Hobbs. Roulstone is a retired Navy captain who is running on a narrow anti-tax platform that fails to address many of the challenges facing our region. Fitch lacks the policy experience necessary to be an effective senator.

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.

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Snohomish City Council

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

Everett City Council, Position #4

There are three good candidates in this race. We lean towards Vogeli because of the support she has earned from local progressive advocates.

Liz Vogeli

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Progressive activist Liz Vogeli is focusing on affordable housing, supporting those with mental illness or addiction issues find social services. She is a community organizer and former omsbudsman for the Coast Guard.

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Snohomish County Democrats

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Ethel McNeal

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Ethel McNeal was appointed to the 4th Position this January to replace Cassie Franklin, who was elected as mayor of Everett. McNeal's family is of African American and Native American descent, making her the first person of color on the Everett City Council, according to city officials. She worked in the Edmonds School District for 18 years, and volunteers with the Everett School District. She has not taken many votes yet, but did recently vote against the ordinance to double the number of retail marijuana stores in Everett.

Tyler Rourke

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Tyler Rourke is a project engineer at Electroimpact in Mukilteo. He was in the running for 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.

Fire District 1 Proposition #1

Proposition 1: Emergency Medical Services Property Tax Levy

YES
South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue - serving the cities of Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, and surrounding unincorporated areas - is putting forth Proposition 1 to keep up with our growing population. Proposition 1 would renew the current voter-approved levy level of $.50 per $1,000 property value and create a single uniform levy that would enable South Snohomish County Fire to operate more efficiently.

Emergency services call volume in South Snohomish county has increased by 34% since 2013. Since most calls received are for emergency medical services, renewing the EMS levy is critical to maintaining current 24/7 emergency service levels, including the purchase and staffing of an additional ambulance. Vote YES to give our local firefighters the support they need to keep us safe.