YOUR VOTING GUIDE:
DemocratSuzan DelBene won a tough race in 2012 to represent the 1st Congressional District, which reaches from Kirkland to the Canadian border. In Congress, she has used her technology background to lead on protecting privacy rights against government surveillance. She has also been a strong advocate for women's health and immigration reform. DelBene's top challenger is Pedro Celis, a Republican retired Microsoft engineer who was a leader for the George W. Bush re-election effort in 2004. Celis recently gained national attention by making unfortunate comments comparing gay marriage to polygamy. Edwin Moats, Robert Sutherland, and several other candidates in this race are not running competitive campaigns. DelBene's experience and strong track record in her first term make her the clear choice in this race.
DemocratRep. Rick Larsen has been a reliable supporter of progressive causes since he was first elected to Congress in 2000. He has been a strong advocate for jobs, transportation, and infrastructure projects in the 2nd District. Larson has also led efforts to protect voting rights, fought to reform student loans, and has been a champion of Wall Street reform. Unfortunately, Larsen angered many progressives when he encouraged Boeing Machinists to hastily accept a bad contract. Larsen is facing two opponents in the primary. Conservative BJ Guillot currently serves on the Marysville Library Board and is running on a Tea Party platform. Independent Mike Lapointe is running against Larsen from the left with a message of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour immediately. We believe Larsen's generally progressive agenda make him the best choice in this race.
DemocratBob Dingethal is running because he supports a stronger middle class, equal pay for equal work, and investments in education, infrastructure, and good jobs here in the United States. Dingethal would bring more than 35 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sector with him to Congress. Dingethal faces a tough race against incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler, a far-right conservative. She has sided with some of the most conservative members of her party on issues of immigration reform, health care, and services for low-income families. Also running to the right of Herrera Beutler is Republican Michael Delavar. Dingethal is the best choice in this race.
DemocratTwelve candidates are running in this largely conservative district to replace Doc Hastings, who is retiring this year. Among those running are eight Republicans, two Democrats, and two Independents. Estakio Beltran has received the most support from progressives among these candidates. Beltran is a former foster child who wants to end the gridlock in Congress and ensure farm workers and tribal communities have a voice at the federal level. The main conservative candidates in the race are former Rep. Dan Newhouse, Janea Holmquist Newbry, a far-right state Senator who led a number of bills that hurt working families this past year, and Clint Didier, the former NFL player who has put his own money into numerous Congressional races. Other candidates include Democrat Tony Sandoval and Republicans George Cicotte, Kevin Midbust, Glen Stockwell, and Gavin Seim, who are not running competitive campaigns. Beltran would be a better voice to represent the people of this district.
DemocratJoe Pakootas is an environmentalist and businessman credited with turning around the Colville tribe during his time as the tribe's chairman. He is challening conservative Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who is the top ranking female Republican in the House. She has consistently voted in line with the House Republican leadership, including cutting $40 billion from food stamps, which would have taken basic food away from 4 million people including seniors, veterans and kids. Pakootaswould be a refreshing change of leadership for the 5th Congressional District
DemocratDerek Kilmer is a moderate Democrat who is a reliable supporter of creating jobs and improving infrastructure. Kilmer faces a familiar challenger, Republican Marty McClendon, whom he easily defeated in his 2010 state Senate race. Also running to the left of Kilmer is Green Party candidate Douglas Milholland, who has switched back and forth between Green and Democratic Party affiliation over the years. Milholland is running on a campaign of environmentalism and nonviolence. Due to his experience and ability to work across the aisle for the good of the district, Kilmer is the best choice in this race.
DemocratRep. Jim McDermott has represented the 7th District since 1989 and is a champion of progressive values. McDermott is a member of the Progressive Caucus and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. A physician by trade, he specializes in health care issues, particularly regarding the international fight against AIDS, his sponsorship of a bill to provide a single payer health care system, and women's rights. He has also been a vocal advocate fighting for working families who have been hurt by Wall Street, alternative energy, and an official end to the war in Iraq. McDermott faces two Republican challengers: Independent West Seattle lawyer Doug McQuaid, who lost badly in Seattle's mayoral primary in 2013, and perpetual candidate GoodSpaceGuy. McDermott deserves your vote.
DemocratJason Ritchie is a rising star who is running an energetic campaign to defeat incumbent Dave Reichert. Ritchie started a business remodeling homes for the disabled after his father had a stroke and suffered from limited mobility. With a strong belief in progressive values such as immigration reform, leaving a woman's pregnancy decision between herself and her doctor, and fully funding education, Ritchie would be a welcome change to the district. Conservative Republican Dave Reichert has yet to sponsor one piece of legislation that has been passed into law and is an ineffective representative for the district. Ritchie deserves your vote.
DemocratRepresentative Adam Smith has served in the U.S. House since 1997. Smith is a moderate Democrat who has been a reliable vote on progressive issues, including marriage equality and eliminating Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Smith is also in favor of more progressive taxation and immigration reform. Smith worked hard to meet his new constituents after this district changed considerably in the redistricting process. He continues to be an advocate for greater equality, especially in the fight to cut food stamps from the most recent farm bill. Three opponents have thrown their hat in the ring against Smith. Though none of them are running competitive campaigns, progressive Democrat Don Rivers deserves mention because he is a supporter of the $15 minimum wage, robust prison reform, and other widely supported values. However, Smith has the support of all major progressive organizations in this race.
DemocratDenny Heck had a long career in both the private and public sector, most notably as a five-term state representative, House majority leader, chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and TVW co-founder. As a Congressman for the last two years, he has fought to make college more affordable, worked to lower healthcare costs, ensure veterans get the benefits they deserve, and create middle class jobs. Heck's most credible opponent, Joyce McDonald, is a former Republican state legislator and current Pierce County Councilwoman who is running on a platform of beefing up the military. Also running are independent Jennifer Gigi Ferguson, a great progressive who is not running a competitive campaign, and Human Rights Party member Sam Wright. Heck is the best choice in this race.