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Primary ELECTION: August 1st, 2017

The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. We will continue to add more candidates, ballot measures, and endorsements as we get closer to the election. Please share this guide with your friends and family!

This guide only contains races that will be on your August 1st Primary Ballot. We will update the guide for the general election.

King County Ballot Measures

Depending on where you live, you may have the following ballot measures on your ballot.

King County Proposition #1

Vote YES on Prop 1: Access for All

YES
Public funding for arts and science programs has been cut in half over the last decade. These cuts predominantly hurt schools in low-income communities, despite the fact that exposure to arts, science, and heritage experiences can dramatically improve a child's educational success. King County Prop. 1 will improve education outcomes for every student in King County by expanding access to arts, science, and heritage education. Prop. 1 will fund in-class programs and free field trips for every student in every district to our region's world-class museums, science institutions, and cultural centers, as well as provide free and reduced-price memberships to regional institutions for people on a fixed budget, including seniors, low-income, and middle-class families. Finally, Prop 1. will provide stable funding for more than 300 small community-based arts, science, and heritage institutions throughout the entire county, with money set aside to further boost grants for small organizations that primarily serve communities of color.

Access for All is funded by a 1/10 of one cent increase in the county sales tax, or one penny for every $10 you spend. Vote YES on Proposition 1 to ensure every student in King County has access to arts, science, and heritage education.

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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 Sen. 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

Teamsters Local 117

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State Representative, Position #2

Nate Lowry

Democrat
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Nate Lowry is a landscape architect and Edgewood city councilmember who has been a strong progressive voice in Edgewood. 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. Lowry is the progressive choice in this race.

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King County

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

King County Executive

Dow Constantine

Non-Partisan
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Incumbent Dow Constantine has been a strong and effective leader for King County. In his three terms, Constantine has defended King County Metro transit service, improved 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 three perennial candidates: Goodspaceguy, retired engineer and light rail opponent Bill Hirt, and physicist Stan Lippmann. Constantine has clearly earned another term as county executive.

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City of Auburn Mayor

Auburn Mayor

Nancy Backus

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Elected in 2014, financial manager Nancy Backus is the first female mayor of Auburn. Prior to her first term, she served on the Auburn City Council for 10 years as Chair of the Finance and the Planning & Community Development committees, among other roles. In 2016, she served as president of Sound Cities Association (SCA) and was the first board member from Auburn to be elected to the Sound Transit board. Backus' first term is backed by an impressive list of accomplishments. Unemployment in Auburn is among the lowest in the state. Backus has made economic development a priority, including welcoming new small businesses to the downtown area, launching a downtown facade improvement program, and seeking additional expansion from Boeing. In 2016, the mayor led the charge for a homelessness task force and the city is currently working on 40 of the 56 recommendations issued by the task force, including extending availability at the emergency shelter. Backus' leadership has earned her another term.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

47th LD Dems

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Other Ballot Measures

Depending on where you live, you may have the following ballot measures on your ballot.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue Proposition #1

Vote Yes to Lift the Levy Lid

YES
East Pierce Fire and Rescue has put forth Proposition Number 1, a four-year, $1.8 million per year property tax levy. The proposition would maintain the current levy rate of $1.50 per $1000 on your property taxes for the first year. For the subsequent three years, any increase in the annual rate would be capped to no more than 6% of the previous year. East Pierce Fire and Rescue states that the levy will maintain the current level of fire suppression, rescue, and fire prevention services, and hire an additional paramedic unit. Your YES vote will help East Pierce Fire and Rescue maintain its high levels of fire and emergency medical services.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue Proposition #2

Vote Yes on Proposition 2

YES
East Pierce Fire and Rescue has put forth Proposition Number 2, a four year, $160,000 per year EMS levy. The proposition would maintain the current levy rate of $0.50 per $1000 on your property taxes for the first year. For the subsequent three years, any increase in the annual rate would be capped to no more than 6% of the previous year. East Pierce Fire and Rescue states that the levy will help maintain and operate emergency medical aid vehicles. Your YES vote will help East Pierce Fire and Rescue and emergency medical staff to effectively carry out their duties.

Pierce County Fire Protection District 18 Proposition #1

Vote Yes on Proposition 1

YES
Pierce County Fire Protection District 18 has put forth Proposition Number 1, a four-year, $1.2 million per year renewal of the maintenance and operations expense levy. The levy rate will be between $0.89 and $0.92 per $1000 on your property taxes. Your YES vote will help Fire Protection District 18 continue providing fire and emergency medical service at current levels for the next four years.