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John McCarthy

John McCarthy photo John McCarthy is running for Position 1 for Tacoma Port Commissioner against army veteran and port security specialist Eric Holdman. McCarthy served as a Tacoma Port Commissioner Port Commissioner from 1983 to 1992, and a Pierce County District Court judge for 22 years. While McCarthy is not the most progressive candidate, his previous experience and community involvement makes him the best choice in this race. Read more...

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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 that 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

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 packages 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 packages 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

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. ...

Pierce County Ballot Measures

Pierce County County Charter Amendment #46

Vote YES on Charter Amendment No. 46

APPROVED
Voters should vote YES on Pierce County Charter Amendment No. 46. This charter amendment clarifies the appointment process by outlining two processes for filing vacancies in Pierce County elected officials. It would enable the county council to solicit applications for all non partisan vacancies, thereby increasing the pool of qualified applicants. For partisan vacancies, the charter amendment stipulates that the county political party nominates three qualified candidates for the council to pick from. Voters should vote YES on this charter ammendment.

Pierce County County Charter Proposition #No. 47

Vote YES on Charter Amendment No. 47

APPROVED
Voters should vote YES on Pierce County Charter Amendment No. 47. Pierce County is one of the few counties in Washington state with term limits for councilmembers. Charter amendment number 47 would allow councilmembers to serve one additional term for a total of three consecutive 4-year terms in office. The goal is to strike a balance of allowing councilmembers to gain experience so they can better serve their constituents, while maintaining the notion of term limits for elected officials.

31st Legislative District

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

State Senator

Michelle Rylands

Democrat
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Michelle Rylands is an Army veteran and PTA president running against incumbent Senator Phil Fortunato. She is strongly in favor of fully funding K-12 education, and also advocates for fixing our state's upside-down tax code and helping local small businesses.

Fortunato was chosen by Republicans to replace long-time senator Pam Roach. While he is very conservative on many issues, he deserves credit for playing a key role in breaking the final state budget impasse this year by pushing his Republican colleagues to fund the contracts of state employees. Nevertheless, Rylands is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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State Representative, Position #2

Nate Lowry

Democrat
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Edgewood city councilmember Nate Lowry is a landscape architect who has been a strong progressive voice in the community. He's running for the 31st District House seat to fix Washington's upside-down tax code and fund Head Start and STEM education. He is running against Republican Morgan Irwin, who was recently appointed to this seat and has not demonstrated support progressive values. Lowry is the progressive choice in this race.

Campaign Information

Port of Tacoma

Port Commissioner, Position #1

John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is running for Position 1 for Tacoma Port Commissioner against army veteran and port security specialist Eric Holdman. McCarthy served as a Tacoma Port Commissioner Port Commissioner from 1983 to 1992, and a Pierce County District Court judge for 22 years. While McCarthy is not the most progressive candidate, his previous experience and community involvement makes him the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Economic Justice: WA Federation of State Employees
Other: Tacoma - Pierce County Black Collective, Tacoma Firefighters IAFF Local 31, Pierce County Central Labor Council

Campaign Information

City Races

City of Puyallup

Puyallup City Council, District #2, Council Position #2

Heather Shadko

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Incumbent Heather Shadko is serving her first term on the city council. She is a contracts manager for the Port of Tacoma, and has served as hair of the Puyallup Library Board, a member and vice-chair of the Planning Commission. Shadko's time on the council has been positive - fighting for humane treatment of the homeless, supporting Puyallup as Washington's second pollinator-friendly "Bee City," and advocating for public open space.

Cynthia Jacobsen is a math teacher at Pierce College. A fiscal conservative, her main campaign goals are mitigating population growth issues, fiscal responsibility, and working with charities and regional governments to address homelessness.

Shadko is the experienced, progressive pick for this position.

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Puyallup City Council, District #3, Council Position #2

Julie Door

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Julie Door is running for reelection to the Puyallup City Council District 3, Position 2 seat. Door was first elected to city council in 2013. Since then, she has made strengthening the economy on behalf of working families one of her main priorities. On the council, Door supported the purchase of the Van Lierop farm to create a new park, implemented a Safe Routes to Schools initiative, and has worked on securing adequate shelter for the homeless in inclement weather. Door works with the Pierce County Opioid Task Force; she is the community services chair of the Puyallup Kiwanis Club and a board member of the South Sound 911 Board, among other community involvement.

Her opponent, Jeremy Hamel, is a DJ whose campaign focuses on curbing non-local development buyers and mitigating traffic issues. He has no political or community organization experience. Door is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Other: Pierce County Central Labor Council, Washington Education Association

Campaign Information

City of Steilacoom

Steilacoom City Council, Position #3

Joe Aboubakr

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Joe Aboubakr is a board member of the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce and a U.S. Navy veteran. His campaign is focused on reducing energy costs, improving the relationship between the city council and the Chamber of Commerce, and fixing crosswalks. Aboubakr is running against Roger Neal, who is not running a competitive campaign, and P.K. Thumbi, an immigrant from Kenya, mental health technician, and a community volunteer with the Kiwanis Club and the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association. Aboubakr is the best choice for Steilacoom City Council Position 3.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Democrats

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City of Tacoma

Tacoma Mayor

Victoria Woodards

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Victoria Woodards was a member of the Tacoma City Council for 7 years and resigned her seat to run for mayor late last year. She is a U.S. army veteran and president of the Tacoma Urban League, an organization which supports the local African American community. She will focus on responsible budgets, local businesses, and a lasting solution to the homelessness and mental health crisis. Woodards wants to increase funding for public safety and bring more living-wage jobs to Tacoma while focusing on affordability for those who live here.

Woodards is running against progressive Jim Merritt, who lost to Mayor Strickland in previous run in 2009. Merritt is an architect and board member of the Northend Neighborhood Council. He has advocated for sustainability initiatives for the city like geothermal energy and wants to speed up light rail to Tacoma.

Woodards is the best choice in this race because of her experience, knowledge of policy issues, and her broader support from our progressive partner organizations.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Economic Justice: SEIU Local 925, UFCW 21
Other: Teamsters Local 117

Campaign Information

Tacoma City Council, Position #2

There are two progressive candidates in this race: Robert Thoms and Philip Cowan. We lean toward Cowan because of his stronger positions on environmental issues.

Philip Cowan

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Community leader Philip Cowan is running for the Tacoma City Council, Position 2. Cowan has worked as the Executive Director of Tacoma's Grand Cinema for more than ten years and is running to make Tacoma a healthier place to live for all residents. He believes that it is necessary to address Tacoma's long history of environmental problems and prioritizes environmentally sustainable solutions regarding future developement. Cowan is focused on strengthening workers' rights in the local economy and ensuring that Tacoma remains a great to place to live for people of all income levels.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters
Reproductive Freedom: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Other: Tacoma Education Association, Teamsters Local 117

Campaign Information

Robert Thoms

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Deputy Mayor Robert Thoms is running for reelection to the Tacoma City Council, Position 2. Thoms has an extensive twenty year public service record including several years as a Naval Commander and his tenure in Senator Maria Cantwell's office. Since Robert Thoms was first elected to city council, he has demonstrated a commitment to policies that improve transportation infrustructure and reinvest in the local community. However, Thoms has been on the wrong side of some issues related to the environment, particularly when it comes to fossil fuel projects in the Tideflats area.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Bikes
Economic Justice: Teamsters Joint Council 28
Other: Tacoma Professional Firefighters Local 31

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Tacoma City Council, Position #6 (At-Large)

There are two progressive candidates in this race: Meredith Neal and Lillian Hunter. We lean toward Meredith Neal because of her broader support from progressive advocates.

Lillian Hunter

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Lillian Hunter is a teacher at Lincoln High School who has garnered support from both sides of the aisle. Her family immigrated to Tacoma from Denmark. She has served two terms on the local library board and was appointed by the Governor to serve as a Trustee for Bates Technical College. If elected, she would focus on collaborative efforts to reduce homelessness, community policing and liaison programs, providing job training, and equitable infrastructure development that protects the environment.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Meredith Neal

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Meredith Neal served on the YWCA Pierce County Board, City of Tacoma Planning Commission, and the Forterra Regional Leadership Council. Neal's campaign priorities are increasing living wage job opportunities, incentivizing affordable housing development, upgrading Tacoma's stormwater infrastructure to protect the Puget Sound, and increasing the tree canopy.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Tacoma City Council, District #4

Catherine Ushka

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Catherine Ushka is the president of the Tacoma School Board. She has served in the U.S. Navy, and as Vice President of the Tacoma Charter Review, Commissioner for the City of Tacoma Human Services, and on the Executive Team and Steering Committee for the Eastside Community Center. Her campaign is focused on public safety, housing, and sustainable career paths. She advocated against state initiative 1515, which would repeal non-discrimination protections for transgender people in housing, employment, schools.

The other candidate in this race, real estate developer Kevin Grossman, is a former Shoreline City Councilmember and former Vice Chair of the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board. Ushka is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Tacoma City Council, District #5

Chris Beale

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Chris Beale is Chair of the Planning Commission and has also served as Vice Chair of the South Tacoma Neighborhood Council, a member of Pierce County Transit’s Citizen Advisory council, and as Board President of the local non-profit ForeverGreen Trails. Beale is advocating for more affordable housing, storm water quality maintenance, support for Safe Routes to Schools, the Neighborhood Councils, and equitable road improvements. He aims to give specific attention to South Tacoma to "address historic inequality of public investments."

Beale is running against Brian Arnold, a conservative insurance company owner and Board Member of the South Tacoma Business District. Arnold's campaign is focused on increased policing and community safety. Beale is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy photo
John McCarthy is running for Position 1 for Tacoma Port Commissioner against army veteran and port security specialist Eric Holdman. McCarthy served as a Tacoma Port Commissioner Port Commissioner from 1983 to 1992, and a Pierce County District Court judge for 22 years. While McCarthy is not the most progressive candidate, his previous experience and community involvement makes him the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Economic Justice: WA Federation of State Employees
Other: Tacoma - Pierce County Black Collective, Tacoma Firefighters IAFF Local 31, Pierce County Central Labor Council

Campaign Information