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General ELECTION: November 7th, 2017

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #16

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 16

MAINTAINED
A bipartisan group of legislators passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1597, which included a small excise tax in order to increase environmental protections for regional fish and wildlife. 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 16.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #17

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 17

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Our state has been under Supreme Court order to fully fund education for several years. This June, Republicans and Democrats came together to approve a bipartisan package of revenue increases for public schools, including expanding the Business and Occupation tax. While this does not solve the education funding problem, the package goes a long way towards providing a quality education for all students. ...
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Our state has been under Supreme Court order to fully fund education for several years. This June, Republicans and Democrats came together to approve a bipartisan package of revenue increases for public schools, including expanding the Business and Occupation tax. While this does not solve the education funding problem, the package goes a long way towards providing a quality education for all students. This non-binding advisory vote is required thanks to a Tim Eyman ballot measure. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 17. ...

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #18

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 18

MAINTAINED
In addition to the legislation covered by Advisory Vote 17, a strong bipartisan majority of state legislators voted to increase local property taxes to fund schools. We have concerns about raising regressive property taxes that disproportionately impact working families and make our upside-down tax code even worse. However, we are optimistic about retaking the state Senate this fall and working with progressives in Olympia next year to reduce this tax and instead make the wealthy pay their fair share. ...
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In addition to the business taxes covered in Advisory Vote 17, a strong bipartisan majority of state legislators voted to increase local property taxes to fund schools. We have concerns about raising regressive property taxes that disproportionately impact working families and make our upside-down tax code even worse. However, we are optimistic about retaking the state Senate this fall and working with progressives in Olympia next year to reduce this tax and instead make the wealthy pay their fair share.

Like the other advisory votes, this is a non-binding measure required by a Tim Eyman ballot initiative. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 18. ...

King County Ballot Measures

King County Proposition #1

Vote to Approve Proposition 1: Veterans and Seniors Levy

YES
The King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy expands our commitment to strengthening communities by providing vital services like job training, employment opportunities, and housing stability to veterans, seniors, domestic violence survivors, and more. The levy extends existing efforts that have proven effective in reducing unemployment, homelessness, and emergency medical costs.

The levy, which is up for voter renewal after 12 years of success, provides $350 million over six years in investments in programs that support veteran employment and empowerment, housing stability and homelessness programs, and services like Meals on Wheels to aide seniors, the fastest-growing segment of the county's population. It will cost the median King County homeowner approximately $45 per year, or $3.75 per month. Vote to approve King County Proposition 1.

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48th Legislative District

State Senator

Patty Kuderer

Democrat
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Patty Kuderer has been an effective and reliable progressive leader in her first few months in the state Senate. After winning her re-election campaign for the House in 2016, she was appointed to the Senate to replace Cyrus Habib. In her first years in the Legislature she focused on equitable education funding and passed bills to help students with hearing issues succeed. Her resume of community engagement includes serving as Co-President of Chinook Middle School PTSA, as well as serving in organizations such as NARAL, the Peace Alliance, and the Chrysalis Domestic Violence Center. If re-elected, she intends to focus on education, health care access, and fixing our state's upside down tax code.

Kuderer is opposed by Libertarian Michelle Darnell, who is running on an anti-tax platform that would shortchange our schools and necessary transportation improvements. Kuderer is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Vandana Slatter

Democrat
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A biotech professional and former member of the Bellevue City Council, Vandana Slatter was appointed to the state House in early 2017 and is now running to retain her seat. In her role as representative, Slatter has focused on education and equity issues, working on legislation benefiting homeless youth, fully funding schools, and providing health care for all. She has served on the boards of several organizations and nonprofits, including the Children's Institute for Learning Differences, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Global Social Business Partners, and the Cancer Center at Overlake Hospital Foundation.

She is running against Libertarian Ciaran Dougherty, a computational linguist who lacks Slatter's knowledge and experience with public policy. Slatter is the clear choice in this race.

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King County

King County Executive

Dow Constantine

Non-Partisan
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Incumbent Dow Constantine has been a strong and effective leader for King County. Throughout his two terms in office, Constantine has improved King County Metro transit service and promoted the health of our natural environment. Constantine is leading efforts to protect King County from the Trump administration by proposing to triple the Veterans and Human Services Levy and offering regional support for the Paris climate agreement.

He is running against retired engineer and light rail opponent Bill Hirt, who is not running an effective campaign. Constantine has clearly earned another term as King County Executive.

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King County Sheriff

Mitzi Johanknecht

Non-Partisan
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Mitzi Johanknecht has worked in law enforcement for 32 years and is running to "restore honor and integrity to the Office of Sheriff." She believes the controversies surrounding the Sheriff’s office have been demoralizing for the department and a distraction for officers in the community. Johanknecht is against safe injection sites but has pledged to uphold any local laws surrounding these sites. She says she has never reported anyone to ICE and is a strong proponent of restorative justice. Johanknecht earned the support of staunch progressives such as Rep. Pramila Jayapal and The Stranger newspaper.

Johanknecht is challenging Sheriff John Urquhart, who was first elected in 2012 after serving 23 years as a sergeant and department spokesperson, where he was twice named Officer of the Year. As Sheriff, Urquhart has been an ally on a wide range of progressive issues. He supports sanctuary cities and protecting immigrant communities, and he was an outspoken critic of two anti-transgender ballot measures. He has been endorsed by a number of progressive organizations.

However, Urquhart has also been plagued by very troubling ethics issues in recent months. Late last year, reports surfaced that Urquhart was accused of raping a colleague 15 years ago. The FBI, Seattle Police Department, and the King County Prosecutor’s office investigated the allegations and did not find grounds to pursue criminal charges against him. However, the county ombudsman’s office faulted Urquhart for blocking an internal investigation into his behavior. You can read a lengthy description of the events here. In the closing days of the election, Urquhart has faced renewed criticism for attempting to bully and intimidate people who accuse him of wrongdoing and because a representative of his campaign threatened to release one accuser’s medical records to discredit her charges.

We expect our leaders in law enforcement to uphold the highest ethical standards and maintain the trust of the community they are sworn to protect. For this reason, we cannot recommend Urquhart and believe Johanknecht is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Media: The Stranger

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King County Council

Depending on what district you live in, you may have one of the below races on your ballot.

King County Council, District #3

John Murphy

Non-Partisan
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Progressive John Murphy is running for King County Council, District 3. From serving as a Vietnam Navy corpsman to working as a Deputy Fire Chief at Eastside Fire and Rescue for 20 years, Murphy has devoted his life to public service. Murphy prioritizes the economic needs of working families and wants to implement responsible infrastructure development throughout the county. If elected, Murphy would also focus on affordable housing, public safety, transportation, and improving waste water management in King County.

Murphy is running against conservative incumbent Kathy Lambert, whose track record on health and human services shows that she prioritizes conservative ideology over the needs of her constituents. John Murphy is the clear choice in this race.

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King County Democrats

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Port of Seattle

Port Commissioner, Position #1

Both Ryan Calkins and incumbent John Creighton have earned the support of progressive advocates. We lean toward Calkins in this race because of the need for fresh leadership at the Port of Seattle.

Ryan Calkins

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Progressive Ryan Calkins is challenging the incumbent, John Creighton, to bring new leadership to the Port of Seattle. Calkins is a small business owner who supports a $15 minimum wage and wants to improve environmental protections at the Port. He has proposed electrifying port vehicles to reduce pollution and the carbon footprint of the port.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Economic Justice: SEIU Local 6, SEIU Local 925
Media: The Stranger, The Urbanist

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John Creighton

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John Creighton is running for his fourth term on the Port of Seattle Commission. He has sought to increase public accountability and protect family-wage jobs at the port. Creighton also helped create the Northwest Seaport Alliance so that Seattle and Tacoma work together collaboratively instead of competing with each other.

We were extremely disappointed that Creighton voted in 2015 to allow Shell Oil to base its arctic drilling operations in Seattle. While Creighton has earned the endorsements of some progressive advocates, we lean toward Calkins in this race.

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Port Commissioner, Position #3

Both Ahmed Abdi and incumbent Stephanie Bowman have earned the support of progressive advocates. We lean toward Abdi in this race because of the need for fresh leadership at the Port of Seattle.

Ahmed Abdi

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Ahmed Abdi is a Somali immigrant who fled a civil war to start a family here in Seattle. He worked as an organizer on the campaign to raise the SeaTac minimum wage to $15 per hour and other workers' rights issues. Today, he provides trainings to low-wage workers about their labor rights through the Fair Work Center. Abdi has been endorsed by many progressive groups and Representative Pramila Jayapal.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU Local 6, SEIU 775, SEIU Local 925
Media: The Stranger
Other: Teamsters Local 117

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Stephanie Bowman

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Stephanie Bowman has an extensive background in economic development, transportation, and community planning. Prior to joining the Port of Seattle, Bowman was the Manager of Federal Governmental Affairs for the Port of Tacoma and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Bowman has focused on jobs and trade as Port Commissioner, including connecting students in Seattle Public Schools with internships at the Port.

We were extremely disappointed that Bowman voted in 2015 to allow Shell Oil to base its arctic drilling operations in Seattle. In addition, she voted to use taxpayer money to file a legal challenge against SeaTac's $15 per hour minimum wage. While Bowman has earned the support of some progressive advocates, we lean toward Abdi in this race.

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Port Commissioner, Position #4

There are two good candidates in this race: Preeti Shridhar and Peter Steinbrueck. We lean towards Shridhar in this race because of her support from our progressive partners and the need for new leadership at the port.

Preeti Shridhar

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A devoted environmental advocate, Preeti Shridhar would bring decades of public affairs experience to the Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 4 seat. Shridhar has worked in a variety of relevant government positions throughout King County. She is passionate about ensuring that the interests of all King County communities are represented. Shridhar is focused on building regional partnerships and increasing port transparency so residents can be informed of important decisions. Because of her track record of balancing environmental protections with the need for robust development, we lean towards Preeti Shridhar in this race.

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Peter Steinbrueck

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Former Seattle City Council member Peter Steinbrueck is running to ensure that the Port of Seattle balances job growth and development with environmentally friendly environment platforms. He aims to make the Port of Seattle a leader in reducing emissions and restoring habitats. While Peter has a proven track record on supporting workers' rights, living wages, and environmentally responsible policies, we lean toward Shridhar for Port of Seattle, Position 4.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Teamsters Local 117, King County Democrats

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Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals, Division One, District One: Judge, Position #2

Michael Spearman

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Judge Michael Spearman is running for re-election to the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1, Position 2. Appointed by former Governor Christine Gregoire in 2010, Spearman has more than three decades of legal experience including 14 years as a Superior Court judge. Spearman has also been rated as "exceptionally well qualified" by more than 5 Washington state bar associations including the King County Bar Association and QLAW, the LGBT Bar Association of Washington. He is opposed by attorney Nathan W. S. Choi, who lacks Spearman's depth of judicial experience. Spearman has earned another term on the appellate court.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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

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Court of Appeals, Division One, District One: Judge, Position #5

David Mann

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Judge David Mann is unopposed in this race. With more than three decades of experience, Judge Mann was appointed to this seat in 2016 because of his extensive judicial track record. He is a former board member of Conservation Northwest, the Northwest Fund for the Environment, and the Washington Environmental Council. He also successfully argued before the Supreme Court in the case of Milner v. Dept. of Navy, which improved government transparency through the Freedom of Information Act. Mann has earned your vote.

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Redmond City Council

Redmond City Council, Position #4

Tanika Padhye

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Tanika Padhye was appointed to the Redmond City Council in March 2017 when Kim Allen, the former Position 4 councilmember, stepped down. As a lawyer, Padhye represented low-income residents through the Northwest Justice Project and worked as an investigator for the Seattle Office for Civil Rights. She served on the city's Planning Commission and the Parks and Trails Commission, and is focused on the issues of diversity, affordable housing, and traffic.

Padhye is opposed by Eugene Zakhareyev, a software development manager. Much of his focus has been on balancing urban growth, encouraging community involvement in land use planning, and supporting small businesses. Padhye is the more qualified candidate in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: 45th District Democrats, 48th District Democrats

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Redmond City Council, Position #6

Jeralee Anderson

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Jeralee Anderson is the executive director of the Greenroads Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes and rates sustainable transportation infrastructure. A civil engineer by trade, she has been internationally recognized as a sustainability leader for Greenroads' rating system and won a Champion of Change award from the Obama White House in 2013. Anderson's platform focuses on green, resilient transportation systems, STEM education, and attracting new small businesses to Redmond. She is running against software engineer Jason Antonelli. Anderson is the best choice for Redmond City Council Position 6.

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Lake Washington School District No. 404

Lake Washington School Board Director, District #3

Anita Damjanovic

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Eastside high school teacher Anita Damjanovic has more than 13 years of experience in the field of education. Damjanovic is passionate about revitalizing K-12 education programs. She wants to invest in STEM education and early arts programs, create an early world language education program, and promote stronger teacher recruitment and retention strategies. Damjanovic also advocates for having school nurses present in all schools to ensure that the health and safety needs of students are met.

Cassandra Sage is a family advisor for Seattle Children’s Hospital and a Cub Scout leader who serves the community in many ways. As a mother with two sons with special needs, Sage wants to see more inclusion of special education kids in general school population. If elected, she would support increasing vocational programs, promote fully funded, equitable education, and increased support for college-bound students and their parents.

Both candidates have promising visions for the school district, however we lean towards Anita Damjanovic in this race because of the support she has earned from our progressive partners.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Washington Education Association, King County Young Democrats, National Women's Political Caucus

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