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There are two good candidates in this race: John Pascal and Uzma Butte. We lean toward Pascal in this race because of his experience and support from progressive advocates.

Jon Pascal

Jon Pascal photo Jon Pascal was appointed to Position 2 in late 2016, and is running now for Doreen Marchione's seat in Position 7. Pascal has a long history of civic engagement, including serving on the Kirkland Transportation Commission, Planning Commission, and the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods. Pascal wants to expand Green Kirkland Partnership's volunteer program for parks and open spaces as well as increase park-and-ride options to increase mass transit ridership. 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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MAINTAINED
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 YES on 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 YES for King County Proposition 1.

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Legislative Races

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

45th Legislative District

State Senator

Manka Dhingra

Democrat
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It is vital that Manka Dhingra is elected as State Senator for the 45th District. Dhingra is the Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, an anti-domestic violence activist, and a supervisor for both the Mental Health and Veterans courts. Her experience prepares her to handle issues of homelessness, substance abuse, closing tax loopholes, and promoting equity, justice, and inclusion.

Dhingra is running against Republican Jinyoung England. Englund spent her career as a political operative working for Republicans from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jeb Bush to Dino Rossi. She only recently moved to the district from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a lobbyist.

This race is important because the Republican-controlled state Senate has used their single-seat majority to grind Olympia to a halt on climate change, tax reform, workers’ rights, health care, voting rights, and other key issues. If a progressive wins this race, it will flip control of the Senate from Republicans to Democrats and open the door to passing many priority issues. Manka Dhingra is clearly the best choice in this race.

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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 has focused on equitable education funding and passed bills to help students with hearing issues succeed. Her resume of community engagement includes the PTSA and organizations such as NARAL, the Peace Alliance, and the Chrysalis Domestic Violence Center. If re-elected, she intends to focus on education, health care rights, and fixing our state's upside down tax code.

Kuderer is opposed by Republican 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 three terms in office, Constantine has improved King County Metro transit service and key infrastructure, 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

The Sheriff’s race is challenging this year. Incumbent John Urquhart is a strong progressive and has broader endorsements but faces serious and troubling ethical issues. Mitzi Johnaknect -- currently a major in the Sheriff’s office – is a reasonably progressive alternative. Although not as strong as Urquhart on some issues, she is running “to restore integrity to the office.” Please read the full descriptions below to learn more about this race.

John Urquhart

Non-Partisan
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King County Sheriff John Urquhart 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 supports body cameras for officers and has been an advocate for criminal justice reform.

Urquhart has also been plagued by 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. Recently, The Stranger newspaper released video of Urquhart saying one thing to Republican groups and the opposite to progressive audiences, including bragging about reporting people to ICE and arresting Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

You can read a lengthy description of the events here.

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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 Urquhart 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. Despite Urquhart being more outspoken on some important issues, Johanknecht earned the support of staunch progressives such as Rep. Pramila Jayapal and The Stranger newspaper.

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 #1

Rod Dembowski

Non-Partisan
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Rod Dembowski has played a key role on the King County Council promoting responsible regional development that balances environmental protections and job growth. Dembowski has prioritized improving domestic abuse services, green transit, and voting access in King County. He has strong stances on progressive issues like affordable housing and homelessness, but it is worth noting that he did take some questionable votes on revenue and health and human services during his most recent term. Dembowski is running unopposed for reelection.

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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 are working collaboratively instead of in competition against one another.

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. Because of the support from our progressive partners and the desire for diversity at the port, we lean towards Preeti Shridhar in this race.

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. She is focused on building regional partnerships and increasing port transparency so residents can be informed of important decisions. Her track record of balancing environmental protections with the need for robust development makes her the best choice 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 S. 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 the QLAW, the LGBT Bar Association of Washington. He is facing 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.

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Kirkland City Council

Kirkland City Council, Position #1

Jay Arnold

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Kirkland Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold was elected to the City Council in 2013 and has emerged as a real leader in the community. He chairs the Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, participates in the regional King County-Cities Climate Collaboration, and has held leadership roles in YES! For Great Kirkland Parks, Futurewise, and Northwest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development). In his first term, Arnold has prioritized smart development and transportation plans for Kirkland, funding for parks, revitalizing Totem Lake Mall, and supporting individual neighborhood plans. Arnold is also a part-time technology consultant at Fuse. He was not involved in this recommendation.

Jay Arnold's opponent is Martin Morgan, a perennial candidate who has sued Kirkland several times as part of a multi-year feud with the city. Arnold is clearly the best choice for Kirkland City Council Seat 1.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Bikes, Washington Conservation Voters
Economic Justice: SEIU Local 925
Other: Transportation for Washington

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Kirkland City Council, Position #2

Tom Neir

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Tom Neir is running unopposed for Seat 2 on the Kirkland City Council. He has served in several community organizations, including as co-founder and board member of the Kirkland Parks Foundation, board member of Tilth Alliance, and as Chairman of the Kirkland Transportation Commission. His platform includes improving local sustainability efforts, education, and equality.

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Kirkland City Council, Position #3

Penny Sweet

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Penny Sweet is running unopposed for Kirkland City Council Seat 3. She has served on the council since 2010 and serves in the community on the Board of Directors of the Kirkland Downtown Association. Sweet is also the co-founder of Celebrate Kirkland. She is focused on continuing Kirkland's economic successes through the redevelopment at Totem Lake and making the city more inclusive and welcoming.

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Kirkland City Council, Position #5

Amy Walen

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Amy Walen has served as the mayor of Kirkland since 2014 and as a councilmember since 2009. She is the vice president of the Sound Cities Association and a member of the Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board. Walen's track record includes supporting the Totem Lake revitalization and seeking to improve transportation infrastructure throughout the city. Her challenger, Jory Hamilton, is not running a competitive campaign. Walen is the best choice in this race.

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Kirkland City Council, Position #7

There are two good candidates in this race: John Pascal and Uzma Butte. We lean toward Pascal in this race because of his experience and support from progressive advocates.

Jon Pascal

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Jon Pascal was appointed to Position 2 in late 2016, and is running now for Doreen Marchione's seat in Position 7. Pascal has a long history of civic engagement, including serving on the Kirkland Transportation Commission, Planning Commission, and the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods. Pascal wants to expand Green Kirkland Partnership's volunteer program for parks and open spaces as well as increase park-and-ride options to increase mass transit ridership.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club, Washington Bikes, Washington Conservation Voters
Other: Kirkland Firefighters, IAFF Local 2545, King County Democrats, King County Young Democrats

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Uzma Butte

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Uzma Butte is the Director of Spectrum Academy and a progressive activist in Kirkland. Butte is a member of Kirkland Downtown Rotary Club, a PTSA member, and an activist with ACLU People Power, Indivisible, and East Shore Unitarian Universalists. Butte prioritizes affordable housing, stronger transit systems, improved senior centers, and promoting religious and cultural acceptance. If elected, Butte would be the only woman of color on the Kirkland City Council.

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Jon Pascal

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Jon Pascal was appointed to Position 2 in late 2016, and is running now for Doreen Marchione's seat in Position 7. Pascal has a long history of civic engagement, including serving on the Kirkland Transportation Commission, Planning Commission, and the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods. Pascal wants to expand Green Kirkland Partnership's volunteer program for parks and open spaces as well as increase park-and-ride options to increase mass transit ridership.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club, Washington Bikes, Washington Conservation Voters
Other: Kirkland Firefighters, IAFF Local 2545, King County Democrats, King County Young Democrats

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