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Primary ELECTION: August 4th, 2015

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King County

King County Elections Director

Zack Hudgins

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Zack Hudgins is a current representative of the 11th legislative district and the chair of the House Government Oversight Committee who is running for King County Elections Director. Hudgins' experience leading fair elections internationally, including Iraqi elections, along with his technology background at both Amazon and Microsoft make him extremely qualified for this position. Hudgins is running to increase accountability, improve access for underprivileged voters, and add more tools for ballot tracking and security. He has been a thoughtful and effective leader in the legislature who has been endorsed by a wide variety of our progressive partners.

Hudgins’ opponents include current King County Deputy Elections Director Julie Wise, who was endorsed by The Stranger as well as far-right conservative Pastor Joe Fuiten. She has helped conduct more than 60 elections and is running to implement 24-hour ballot boxes, increase the number of ballot boxes, and has promised to maintain accountability and transparency. A third candidate, Christopher Roberts, is a progressive Shoreline City Council member who was chair of the Native American Caucus for the Washington State Democrats and was endorsed by our partner Equal Rights Washington. Although Roberts taught elections law at UW while earning his PhD, he does not share the depth of experience of Hudgins or Wise. Hudgins is the best choice for fair and accountable elections.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Port of Seattle

Port Commissioner, Position #2

Courtney Gregoire

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Courtney Gregoire was appointed to the Seattle Port Commission in February of 2013 and won election to a full term that November. She brings substantial international trade experience from both the public and private sectors to the Port of Seattle, including having served as the first Director of the National Export Initiative at the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Obama. She is passionate about connecting younger generations with good jobs, protecting our environment, and tourism, and she rightly questioned the decision to park the Shell Oil Arctic drilling rig in Seattle.

Her opponents, John Naubert and Goodspaceguy, are not running competitive campaigns. Gregoire is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA
Economic Justice: Teamsters Joint Council 28
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Media: The Stranger
Other: King County Labor Council, King County Democrats

Port Commissioner, Position #5

There are a number of progressives in this race, but two great candidates stand out: Fred Felleman and Marion Yoshino. See the full guide below.

Fred Felleman

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There are a number of progressives in this race, but we believe two great candidates stand out among the rest: Fred Felleman and Marion Yoshino. Fred Felleman is an environmental consultant and marine biologist who is running for Seattle Port Commission Position 5. Felleman brings a commitment to fighting climate change and increasing the port's green, clean energy jobs. He has experience lobbying the port to bring about environmental cleanup, and also has served on a finance committee at the port that was involved with a plan to bring 100,000 new jobs. If you're looking for an environmentally-minded candidate, Felleman is a good choice.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters
Media: The Stranger
Other: King County Democrats, 1st and 31st District Democrats

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Marion Yoshino

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Marion Yoshino is a progressive who brings great experience to the race. She is a former economic development manager in Des Moines and the only woman running for Port Commission Position 5. Her extensive experience working on port issues in South King County, from bringing more women and minority-run businesses to the area to holding the port accountable for environmental mitigations, make her highly qualified for the job. If you want a social justice progressive who can hit the ground running on all of the issues facing the port, Yoshino deserves your vote.

Other candidates in the race include Herb Krohn, a Republican former labor lobbyist and 25-year activist for LGBTQ equality who has received the endorsement of both Equal Rights Washington and the King County Labor Council, as well as a number of conservative groups. Unfortunately, Krohn supports the decision to lease Terminal 5 to Shell Oil for Arctic drilling. Another candidate is Norman Sigler, a former candidate for Seattle mayor and the only person of color in the race. Sigler believes the port should be responsible for reconciliation with the dirty Duwamish River and all the pollution caused in the underprivileged communities near it. Mark Hennon is a port activist and journalist who says his main priority is that an environmentalist gets elected to the port and not an industry insider. Finally, moderate Ken Rogers is a former Delta Air Lines pilot and board member who has some smart ideas about supporting clean fuels and increasing transparency but has made some anti-labor comments and has not said whether or not he would vote for the Shell oil rig.

There are two conservative candidates in the race as well, both of whom supported Shell's oil rig lease in a local debate: Daniel Reandeau and Darrell Bryan. Additionally, perennial candidate Richard Pope is not running an effective campaign.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA
Other: 5th, 11th, 43rd, 47th, and 48th District Democrats

Judicial Races

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State Supreme Court

Seattle City Council

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

Seattle City Council, Position #8 (At-Large)

There are four strong candidates in this crowded race: Tim Burgess, John Roderick, Jon Grant, and John Persak. See the full guide below.

Tim Burgess

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Moderate City Council President Tim Burgess has a broad background as a police officer, journalist, business owner, and community activist. Burgess helped write the city’s wage theft law, played a key role in the renewal of the Families and Education levy, and supported the city’s efforts to expand high-quality preschool options for all. Some environmental advocates have criticized Burgess for undermining efforts to fund light rail within Seattle, as well as walking and bicycle improvements. If you’re looking for a pragmatic, experienced leader, Burgess is a good choice.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Cascade Bicycle Club, Washington Conservation Voters
Economic Justice: SEIU 775
Other: Martin Luther King County Labor Council

Jon Grant

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Jon Grant is the Executive Director of the Tenants Union, which advocates for housing affordability and displaced renters. Grant is running to improve housing affordability and reduce the influence of wealthy developers at City Hall. He wants to cap fees for renters and push for the legislature to remove the cap on rent control. If you’re looking for a strong progressive advocate focused on income inequality and housing affordability, Grant is a good choice.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU Local 925, UFCW 21
Media: The Stranger
 

John Roderick

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John Roderick is a musician and member of the Seattle Music Commission who is running to expand transit options, take aggressive action on climate change, and reform the Seattle Police Department. Roderick supports investments in light rail to connect Seattle’s neighborhoods and wants to pilot new technologies to expand clean energy and achieve carbon neutrality in Seattle. If you’re looking for a progressive newcomer focused on transit and police reform, Roderick is a good choice.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club

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John Persak

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John Persak is a union longshoreman with a long history of progressive activism, from protesting the WTO to legislative activism in Olympia. His issues include housing affordability, transparency around the deep bore tunnel, and police accountability. If you’re looking for a committed labor voice on the council, John Persak is a good choice.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Martin Luther King County Labor Council

Campaign Information

 

Seattle City Council, Position #9 (At-Large)

Lorena Gonzalez

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Lorena Gonzalez is a civil rights attorney and most recently legal counsel for Mayor Ed Murray who is running for the at-large Position 9 seat on the Seattle City Council. Gonzalez brings a valuable social and environmental justice perspective from her days as a migrant farm worker in Eastern Washington. Her grasp of the issues facing the city, from the minimum wage and transit to cleaning up the Duwamish, is impressive and vast. She brings a much needed perspective to the City Council.

Gonzalez faces five opponents in this race, including Bill Bradburd, a progressive neighborhood activist who has made a name for himself as a "slow growth advocate". He is focused on improving renters’ rights, working with the legislature to legalize rent control, and reforming the police department. Also in the race is urban planner Alan Bassok, Omari-Tahir-Garrett, an activist who served 21 months in prison for assaulting former Mayor Paul Schell in 2001, Marine Corps veteran and government accountability advocate Thomas Tobin, and a fringe "anti-fascism" candidate Alex Tismerman. Due to her endorsements from our progressive partners and grasp of the issues, we highly recommend Gonzalez in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Seattle City Council, District #1

There are three strong candidates in this crowded race in District #1: Brianna Thomas, Shannon Braddock, and Lisa Herbold. See the full guide below.

Lisa Herbold

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Lisa Herbold, Councilmember Nick Licata's legislative aide for 17 years, is also running for Seattle City Council in District 1. Herbold is a solid progressive with an organizing background and a strong grasp of the issues facing our city, from affordable housing to paid sick leave to raising the minimum wage. Her work on Seattle’s paid sick and safe leave policy in Councilmember Licata’s office was one of her proudest accomplishments. She is a longtime resident of the Highland Park neighborhood in West Seattle and she will fight to increase transit options for West Seattle.

Herbold would make a good choice if you are a fan of Licata's style of progressive social justice governing.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA
Economic Justice: Service Employees International Union, UFCW 21
Media: The Stranger
Other: King County Labor Council

Brianna Thomas

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Brianna Thomas is a community organizer and housing advocate who helped lead the $15-per-hour minimum wage campaign in SeaTac. As the current Field Director for the Washington Housing Alliance Fund, she has been a vocal and active leader for housing affordability. Some of her main issues include encouraging a grocery store to open in Delridge to improve access to quality food, fighting for light rail, living wages, and supporting linkage fees as a method to increase housing affordability.

Thomas is a good choice if you’re looking for an energetic new voice on the City Council.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: Service Employees International Union
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: King County Labor Council

Shannon Braddock

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Shannon Braddock is the Chief of Staff for King County Councilmember Joe McDermott who is running for Seattle City Council District 1. Her top priority will be working to address housing affordability and transit access as our city grows. She wants to improve planning so that our city grows in a smart and thoughtful way for all families. Braddock has an impressive number of progressive elected officials endorsing her and would make a good choice in this race.

Other candidates running for District 1 include Charles "Chas" Redmond III, a retired NASA employee and former West Seattle neighborhood council chair who advocates for sustainability, music, and the arts. Philip Tavel is also running as a progressive teacher, game maker, and attorney who opposes the Alaskan Way Viaduct project. In addition, candidate Arturo Roble has worked in public health and wants to ensure pre-K is available for all children. Jody Rushmer is running because she feels West Seattle is unrepresented on the council. Finally, Karl Wirsing is a late comer who wants to encourage smart growth and rapid transit and Pavel Goberman is a less viable candidate who promotes health and fitness on his website.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Seattle City Council, District #2

There are two good candidates for Seattle City Council in District #2: Tammy Morales and Bruce Harrell. See the full guide below.

Bruce Harrell

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Bruce Harrell is a current city council member running in the newly created District 2, which includes Rainier Valley. Harrell has been a member of the Seattle City Council since 2007 and is currently the Chair of the council's Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee. A former Husky football star and lawyer, he has worked as Chief Counsel for QWEST and in private practice. Harrell is weaker on environmental issues, including the need to diversify our modes of transportation in the city. He brings to the race a passion and commitment to social justice, support for re-striping Rainier Avenue to improve safety, and adding a linkage fee to developers' building costs to help create more affordable housing.

While Harrell has received a majority of the support from our progressive partners, we believe both he and Morales have shown strong progressive leadership and either deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Tammy Morales

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Tammy Morales is a principal partner at Urban Food Link, which plans healthy communities and food systems. She has been an advocate for South Seattle for many years, including her work on the Rainier Beach Moving Forward committee and in the Columbia City Business Association. She is running to expand affordable housing, increase accountability in the police department, and create a healthy environment.

Also in the race is socialist-leaning Joshua Farris, who is running on an anti-eviction platform but hasn’t gained the support of progressive organizations. While Harrell has received a majority of the support from our progressive partners, we believe both he and Morales have shown strong progressive leadership and either deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA

Seattle City Council, District #3

There are several progressive candidates running for District #3. We recommend Kshama Sawant due to her accomplishments thus far and endorsements from our progressive partners. See the full guide below.

Pamela Banks

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Pamela Banks is the CEO of the Urban League and a longtime City of Seattle employee who is running for Seattle City Council District 3. Banks, a resident of the Central District, has worked under five different mayors in her time as a City of Seattle employee and has been very involved in the Rainier Valley and Central District neighborhoods. She is committed to creating jobs and opportunities, particularly in communities of color that have been left behind in the recent economic boom. She’s also focused on affordable housing but wants to look for tools other than rent control or linkage fees. Disappointingly, Banks has expressed opposition to I-122: Honest Elections Seattle.

While Banks is highly qualified and progressive, we recommend Sawant in this race due to her accomplishments on the council thus far and her endorsements from our progressive partners.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Kshama Sawant

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Kshama Sawant is an economics professor and current City Councilmember running for Seattle City Council District 3. Sawant has racked up an impressive number of progressive victories in her short two years on the City Council, from the historic $15 minimum wage to blocking rent increases for low-income housing to ensuring funding for basic services for the homeless, which was included in the city's budget.

Sawant faces three progressive opponents in this race: Pamela Banks, Rod Hearne, and Morgan Beach. A fourth opponent, Lee Carter is not running a competitive campaign.

While Sawant's take-no-prisoners style of advocacy and governing can be abrasive, overall we believe she has served a valuable role in shaking up the status quo and pushing the City Council to make lives better for working people in Seattle. Her effectiveness on the council is reflected in her impressive list of endorsements from progressive organizations, especially given the strength of the field in this race. We recommend Sawant in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Education: American Federation of Teachers - WA
General Progressive: Fuse WA
Environment: Sierra Club
Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA
Economic Justice: Service Employees International Union, UFCW 21, Washington CAN!
Media: The Stranger
Other: King County Labor Council, Humane Voters of Washington

Campaign Information

 

Morgan Beach

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Morgan Beach is a women's rights advocate who works with Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and is a member of the Seattle Women's Commission. Her goals are to change city policy regarding gender pay inequities, fund maternity and parental leave, and reduce housing discrimination.

While Beach is a qualified progressive, we recommend Sawant due to her support from our progressive partners and her accomplishments on the council.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA
Other: King County Young Democrats

Rod Hearne

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Rod Hearne is a former Executive Director of Equal Rights Washington who helped launch the statewide marriage equality campaign. Hearne is focused on bringing people together and fostering more collaboration to get things done on the City Council.

While Hearne is a strong progressive, we recommend Sawant in this race due to her support from our progressive partners and accomplishments while on the council.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

King County Democrats

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Seattle City Council, District #4

While Michael Maddux and Jean Godden are both highly qualified, we lean toward Rob Johnson in District #4 because of his broad support from progressive organizations. See the full guide below.

Rob Johnson

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Rob Johnson is the Executive Director of Transportation Choices Coalition who is running for Seattle City Council District 4. Johnson has been a strong advocate of building more affordable housing options and making neighborhoods more safe for people who walk, bike, and ride buses. He's also committed to expanding affordable housing options, especially around planned light rail stations in District 4. We lean toward Johnson due to his experience advocating for transit and broad support from progressive organizations.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Cascade Bicycle Club, Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club
Economic Justice: SEIU Local 925, UFCW 21
Other: Martin Luther King County Labor Council

Michael Maddux

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Michael Maddux is a Democratic Party and labor activist who recently served on the Parks Levy Oversight Committee. Maddux is a strong progressive who would be more of a Nick Licata-style of social justice council member, advocating for many of those who don't have a voice such as the homeless and LGBTQ people who need safe places.

While Maddux and Godden are both highly qualified, we lean toward Johnson because of his broad support from progressive organizations.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Media: The Stranger
Other: King County Young Democrats

Jean Godden

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Incumbent City Councilmember Jean Godden, a former longtime columnist with the Seattle Times and Seattle PI, is running for Seattle City Council District 4. Godden has pushed for gender pay equity and maternity leave during her 12 years on the City Council. She first became involved in City of Seattle administration in the late 1960s when then-Mayor Wes Uhlman appointed her to his charter review committee. She has extensive knowledge about the city.

Other candidates in this race include Tony Provine, who is a local neighborhood district council leader, and Abel Pacheco, who is not running a competitive campaign. While Godden and Maddux are both highly qualified, we lean toward Johnson because of his broad support from progressive organizations.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA
Economic Justice: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Other: Seattle Firefighters, Martin Luther King County Labor Council

Campaign Information

 

Seattle City Council, District #5

There are several good candidates running in District 5, but two stand out: Sandy Brown and Halei Watkins. See the full guide below.

Sandy Brown

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Sandy Brown is a Methodist minister who has been a leader on progressive issues ranging from homelessness to marriage equality to gun violence prevention. He is a founding member of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County and former Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Brown’s priorities include improving public safety and reducing police response times, expanded transit and transportation options, and affordable housing. If you’re looking for a candidate with a track record of building coalitions to address tough problems, Brown is a good choice.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: Service Employees International Union, UFCW 21
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Martin Luther King County Labor Council

Halei Watkins

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Halei Watkins has an extensive track record as a progressive organizer, having worked to pass marriage equality and expand minority representation in Yakima. Currently, she is an organizer at Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and serves on the King County Civil Rights Commission. Watkins’ campaign is focused on ensuring affordable housing and expanding basic infrastructure like sidewalks, stormwater drainage, and improved transit options. If you want to support an emerging progressive leader with an activist background, Watkins is a good choice.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Debadutta Dash

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Debadutta Dash is a business professional running for Seattle City Council District 5. Dash has served on the Governor’s Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders Affairs, the board of Asian Counseling and Referral Service, and two business and trade committees. He is focused on economic vitality in the North End, empowering youth and communities, and housing issues.

Also running for District 5 are Kris Lethin, David Toledo, and Hugh Russell. Lethin and Toledo are neighborhood activists who are focused on North Seattle's needs, while Hugh Russell is a professor who is running a less competitive campaign. We lean toward Brown and Watkins in this crowded field.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Mercedes Elizalde

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Mercedes Elizalde is a passionate housing and homelessness advocate running for Seattle City Council District 5. Elizalde works at the Low Income Housing Institute and also serves on the Seattle Women’s Commission and the board of the Transit Riders Union. She has a deep, detailed knowledge on issues facing low income families, and would focus on affordable housing, equitable access to social services, and public safety. Her background in direct service would be a valuable asset in translating council policy to implementation in the community.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA
Social Justice: Latino PAC

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Debora Juarez

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Debora Juarez is a former Superior Court judge running for Seattle City Council District 5. An enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation, Juarez has worked as a public defender and has provided Native American legal services for years. Juarez’s campaign is focused on transportation needs in North Seattle, housing affordability, and public safety. Unfortunately, Juarez has dodged questions about her stance on Shell’s Arctic drilling platform’s presence at the Port.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Seattle City Council, District #6

Mike O'Brien

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Current City Councilmember Mike O'Brien is a former Sierra Club leader who is running to represent the new Seattle City Council District 6. O'Brien has been dedicated to finding an affordable housing solution that works for residents and encourages new development. He created a pilot program to help homeless families as they transition to stable housing and has supported other social justice issues such as paid sick leave. He has long worked to reform the city's campaign finance system and has been a leading advocate for Initiative-122: Honest Elections Seattle, to get big money out of politics.

O'Brien is challenged by non-profit facilities manager Catherine Weatbrook. Weatbrook has similar philosophies as O'Brien regarding housing, transit, and affordability. Also in the race are Jon Lisbin and Stan Shaufler, who are not running competitive campaigns. Due to his impressive track record and endorsement from progressive advocates, we strongly recommend O'Brien.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Seattle City Council, District #7

Sally Bagshaw

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Sally Bagshaw is a former King County deputy prosecutor and current City Councilmember who is running to represent the council in downtown's District 7. Since her election in 2009, Bagshaw has supported legislation to help survivors of domestic violence, created new resources for homeless women, and funded immigrant rights and refugee programs. As chair of the council's Parks and Neighborhood Committee, Bagshaw championed pedestrian and bicycle policies to create safer infrastructure to help women and their families become more comfortable with alternative transportation.

Bagshaw has two opponents who both filed near the deadline. Greg Hartmann is a Google engineer who is focused on affordable housing. Deborah Zech Artis is a longtime Queen Anne Recreation Advisory Council member who wants to see more communication between the council and residents. Bagshaw is the best choice in this race due to her support from progressive organizations and her track record on the council.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Seattle Public Schools

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

Seattle School Board Director, District #3

Lauren McGuire

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Lauren McGuire is a past president of the Seattle Council Parent Teacher Student Association who is running for Seattle School Board District 3. McGuire is a smart, collaborative leader who knows the inner workings of the school board and brings more experience than any other candidate in this race. She has been active in the school system for a number of years, from her time working on the school levies to her volunteer experience on the Seattle Public Schools Special Education Task Force. The school board would benefit from her breadth of knowledge and her ability to hit the ground running.

McGuire's opponents include Jill Geary, an administrative law judge who is running to bring a stronger special-ed program to the schools, but is unknown on many other issues; Stephen Clayton, an unknown candidate who is not running a competitive campaign; and David Blomstrom, a perennial candidate who is not running a competitive campaign. McGuire is clearly the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

46th District Democrats

Seattle School Board Director, District #6

Marty McLaren and Leslie Harris are both decent choices for school board. See the full guide below.

Leslie Harris

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Leslie Harris has been a litigation paralegal for more than 30 years. She has been involved in schools as an activist and as a member of the Parent Teacher Student Association for 13 years. She is passionate about ensuring Middle College High School remains an option for students at South Seattle College. Harris could make a great difference as a School Board Director with her energy and prioritization of transparency if she can focus on collaborative policy-making. If you want a candidate who will shake things up on the school board, Harris deserves your vote.

Also running is Nick Esparza, who does not have children in the school system but is running because he thinks the administration needs to cut spending.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger
Other: King County Labor Council, King County Democrats, King County Young Democrats, 11th, 32nd, 34th, and 46th Legislative District Democrats

Marty McLaren

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There are two decent choices in this race for Seattle School Board Director District 6. Martha "Marty" McLaren is a retired teacher who has been involved in the school district for many years as a parent, a teacher at many levels, and an education activist. She is passionate about the math curriculum and filed a lawsuit against the district challenging the textbooks in use. McLaren has shown some growth in her first term as a School Board Director with recent good governance votes that have moved our schools forward. If you prefer an experienced candidate on the council, McLaren should get your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

King County Labor Council, 46th District Democrats