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Spokane 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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5th Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 5th Congressional District

Lisa Brown

Democrat
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It’s time for new leadership in Congress, and that starts here in Eastern Washington with Lisa Brown. Brown is a former state Senator and chancellor of Washington State University Spokane. Brown is committed to building an economy that works for all of us and ensuring access to quality, affordable health care for every family. She is focused on listening to the needs of our local communities, not lobbyists, campaign donors, and national political leaders. She will protect our local environment, supports reproductive rights, and supports comprehensive immigration reform that protects Dreamers.

Brown’s opponent, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, is a party-line member of the House Republican leadership who has lost touch with the people she is supposed to represent. McMorris Rodgers was an enthusiastic supporter of the Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to billionaires and corporations. Last year, McMorris Rodgers was the only member of the Washington state delegation to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would have eliminated health care for 23 million Americans, including 36,200 people in Eastern Washington.

Also running against Rep. McMorris Rodgers are conservatives Jered Gavin Bonneau, Kari Olavi Ilonummi, and Dave Saulibio, who are not running competitive campaigns. Brown is the clear choice in this race because she will always put working families first. Vote Lisa Brown for Congress.

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Legislative Races

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below districts on your ballot.

3rd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Marcus Riccelli

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Marcus Riccelli has been an effective advocate for Eastern Washington families. Rep. Riccelli has fought tirelessly to expand access to health care and increase government transparency. Prior to joining the Legislature, Rep. Riccelli served as U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell's Eastern Washington Director and as former state Senator Lisa Brown's senior policy aide.

Rep. Riccelli is facing Republican Tom Taylor, who is not running a competitive campaign. Rep. Riccelli has earned your vote for re-election to the 3rd Legislative District House Position 1.

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State Representative, Position #2

Timm Ormsby

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Timm Ormsby is running for re-election to the 3rd Legislative District House Position 2. An active member of the Spokane community, Rep. Ormsby is the current president of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and a former board member of the United Way of Spokane County. Since joining the Legislature, Rep. Ormsby has helped write and pass bills to bring good jobs to Spokane, protect the environment, and preserve critical health care services. Rep. Ormsby is also the chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and is in a strong position to advocate for the interests of Eastern Washington in Olympia. While we were disappointed that Rep. Ormsby was charged with drunk driving this winter, after studying the incident and his response we strongly believe that he’s still the best candidate in this race.

Rep. Ormsby is opposed by Republican Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Dave Lucas. Lt. Col. Lucas is running on a “tough on crime” platform, which has earned him the support of the most conservative members of the Republican party, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Rep. Ormsby has earned your vote.

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4th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Ted Cummings

Democrat
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Democrat Ted Cummings is running to unseat Republican Representative Matt Shea from the 4th Legislative District House Position 1. As an active member of the United Steelworkers, Cummings is committed to fighting for working families in Olympia and creating job opportunities in rural communities. Currently, Cummings and his wife raise Angus cattle on their ranch in Chattaroy. Cummings is very active with the agricultural community and supports several Arabian horse and cattle groups. Cummings hopes to restore the community’s trust in this position by responding to the concerns of every community member regardless of their political background.

Cummings faces a tough race against incumbent Republican Rep. Matt Shea, who is one of the most extreme conservatives in the Legislature. Rep. Shea has been cited for pulling an illegal handgun on a motorist, hosted secessionist campaign events, and has even filed legislation to have Eastern Washington secede to become the 51st state. Cummings is the best choice in this race

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council
Social Justice: WA State National Organization for Women PAC

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State Representative, Position #2

Mary May

Democrat
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City planner Mary May is running for the privilege of representing the 4th Legislative District. May is a dedicated public servant who would bring more than 25 years of city planning and policy experience to the position. May is running to bolster unity among communities, protect the earned benefits of seniors and veterans, and to improve the quality of K-12 education in our public school system. Additionally, May is prioritizing policy solutions that strengthen environmental protections and keep health care affordable for working families.

May is challenging Republican Rep. Robert “Bob” McCaslin, who is aligned with the far-right members of his party. Rep. McCaslin voted against measures to protect abortion access and practical environmental protections like this year’s Oil Spill Prevention Act. May is the progressive choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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6th Legislative District

State Senator

Jessa Lewis

Democrat
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Democratic candidate Jessa Lewis is running for the 6th Legislative District Senate seat vacated by retiring state Sen. Michael Baumgartner. A dedicated community activist and fierce advocate for affordable health care, Lewis is currently serving as the Eastern Washington Director of Health Care for All – WA, a non-profit focused on identifying solutions to increase access to affordable health care across the state.

Lewis is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Jeff Holy. During his time in the Legislature, Rep. Holy has earned a reputation one of the most conservative members of the Republican caucus. He is a staunch opponent of environmental protections, abortion access, and LGBTQ rights.

Lewis is the clear choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Education: American Federation of Teachers - WA
General Progressive: Fuse WA
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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State Representative, Position #1

Kay Murano

Democrat
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Local activist Kay Murano is running for the 6th Legislative District House Position 1. Murano is seeking to bring community-oriented policy solutions to the Legislature to address homelessness and the rising high costs of health care. As the executive director of the Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium, Murano has an extensive understanding of the growing affordable housing challenges facing the greater Spokane community. Murano's demonstrated commitment to progressive values and policy solutions show that she would be strong voice for working families in Olympia.

Murano is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Volz, who has been staunchly opposed to economic reforms like raising the minimum wage and gender pay equity. Kay Murano is the progressive choice in this race.

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General Progressive: Fuse WA

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State Representative, Position #2

Rion Ametu

Democrat
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Democrat Rion Ametu is running to strengthen the working class in Washington state. Ametu is a customer service representative and an outspoken progressive who believes it is essential that Olympia works harder to maintain a stable economy and creates professional support structures for the next generation of workers. As a first-time candidate for public office, Ametu is prioritizing making health care more affordable and creating living wage jobs in Eastern Washington. Ametu is also committed to giving a voice in Olympia to those who are frequently left out of the legislative process.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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David Wilson

Democrat
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Democrat David Wilson is running for the 6th Legislative District House Position 2. Wilson is a former small business owner and a founding board member of the Spokane-based bipartisan coalition People for Effective Government. Wilson is focused on supporting legislation that invests in local schools, infrastructure, and environmental protections for Spokane’s water sources. While Wilson is more moderate than Ametu, he shares our positions on most major policy issues.

Ametu and Wilson are running against conservative Republican activist Virginia "Jenny" Graham who opposes abortion access and supports the death penalty.

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7th Legislative District

State Senator

Karen Hardy

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

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

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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

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State Representative, Position #1

Randall (Randy) Michaelis

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

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

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA

State Representative, Position #2

Mike Bell

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

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

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA

9th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Jenn Goulet

Democrat
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Pasco progressive Jennifer Goulet is a community activist who is active with the Franklin County Democrats. Goulet has a long history of community involvement on racial equity, women’s rights, and the environment. Her political background includes serving as a local PCO and as a member of the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Goulet has been a vocal advocate for affordable health care, increased government accountability, and reining in the influence of corporations on our elections.

Goulet is challenging incumbent Republican Representative Mary Dye. Rep. Dye is a social conservative who is most well known for asking visiting teens lobbying for Planned Parenthood if they were virgins. In 2018, Rep. Dye was also one of the few House Republicans to vote against a measure that would provide breakfast to hungry school children. Throughout her time in Olympia, Rep. Mary Dye has shown that she lacks the willingness to build bridges across the aisle on important social issues. Goulet is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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State Representative, Position #2

Matthew Sutherland

Democrat
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Army Veteran Matthew Sutherland is currently serving in the National Guard. Sutherland is running to address the rising costs of health care and medical prescriptions. Sutherland believes that working people should come first and is committed to bringing living wage jobs to central Washington. He is also focused on improving K-12 education.

Sutherland is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Joe Schmick. First elected in 2007, Rep. Schmick has spent the past 11 years opposing abortion access and common sense tax reform measures like closing wasteful tax loopholes for powerful special interest groups. Sutherland is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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Spokane County

Spokane County Sheriff

No Good Choices Ozzie D. Knezovich

Non-Partisan
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There are no good choices in this race. In the aftermath of the shooting at Freeman High School last year in Spokane County that left one student dead, incumbent sheriff Ozzie Knezovich blamed video games, people dressed in black, the media, gangs, and society for school shootings. Despite his office receiving an arsenal of weapons from the Department of Defense, Knezovich states that police militarization is a myth.

DumpOzzie Dot Com, who legally changed his name from Scott Maclay, has no law enforcement training and runs a website of Ozzie Knezovich conspiracies.

Spokane County Treasurer

David Green

Democrat
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Certified Public Accountant David Green is running for Spokane County Treasurer. With 35 years of financial planning experience and local political activism, Green is uniquely qualified to serve in this position. Green is the Chair of the 3rd Legislative District Democrats and was previously a board trustee of Fox Theater and the Spokane Symphony Society.

Green faces a competitive race against former Republican state Senator Micheal Baumgartner, who retired from the state Senate to run for this seat. During his tenure, Baumgartner rightfully earned the reputation as one of the most extreme and bombastic member of the Legislature. From his anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion stances to his constant attacks on working people, Baumgartner is out of step with the people of Spokane and unfit to serve as Treasurer.

Green is the clear choice in this race.

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Spokane County Commission

Spokane County Commission, District #3

Robbi Katherine Anthony

Democrat
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Robbi Katherine Anthony is a trans woman and self-described progressive. Her campaign is prioritizing a data-driven approach to decision-making, repairing the $10 million county budget shortfall, and ensuring that the county is using up-to-date technology. She believes diversity boosts economic growth and is devoted to making Spokane County more inclusive.

Her opponent, Al French, is a conservative developer with a combative style and history of ethics complaints. He has alienated local cities by promoting aggressive urban sprawl and caused them to opt out of a regional garbage system that has cost the county millions in revenue. Anthony is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA

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