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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

King County Proposition #1

Vote YES on Prop 1: Access for All

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.

Campaign Information

King County

King County Executive

Dow Constantine

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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 Federal Way Mayor

Federal Way Mayor

Jim Ferrell

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Jim Ferrell is running for a second term as mayor of Federal Way. A Former King County Prosecutor and a Republican for 20 years, Ferrell switched parties to become a moderate Democrat in his last run for mayor. Ferrell wants to continue the development of Federal Way downtown core, as well as maintaining the police department (he added nine new officers to the force). Ferrell has banned homeless encampments on public property and endorsed cleaning sweeps through the Homeless Encampment Services Initiative.

Ferrell's opponents are Mark Greene and Susan Honda. Honda is a current councilmember. Elected in 2011, Honda currently serves on currently on the Finance, Economic Development & Regional Affairs Committee, and is the president of women's organization Soroptimists International and incoming co-president of the local Kiwanis Club. Honda is focused on hiring a city administrator to run the day-to-day governmental needs of Federal Way.

While Ferrell is not the most progressive candidate, he has earned the most support from our partner organizations and is the best choice in this race.

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Federal Way City Council

Federal Way City Council, Position #4

Sharry Edwards

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Sharry Edwards is a licensed practical nurse who is running for Federal Way City Council Position 4. Her platform includes creating more I-5 access points, fully staffing the police department, enacting business-friendly tax policies, and protecting parks. Her main opponent is Republican Diana Noble-Gulliford. Jack Stanford and Hoang Tran are also running for this position, though neither have any campaign information available. Edwards in the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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