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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. 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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: The Washington Bus
Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Media: The Stranger

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45th Legislative District

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

State Senator

Here in the 45th Legislative District, we have a special election that will have a big impact on the future of our state.

Manka Dhingra

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It is vital that Manka Dhingra be 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. She has the experience necessary to handle her targeted issues of homelessness, substance abuse, closing tax loopholes, and promoting equity, justice, and inclusion.

Dhingra is running against Republican Jinyoung Englund and Parker Harris, who declared no party. Englund has spent her career as a political operative working for Republicans from 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 so 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 legislation addressing many priority issues. Manka Dhingra is clearly the best choice in this race.

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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 first two 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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Port of Seattle

Port Commissioner, Position #1

We believe there are several good candidates in this race. John Creighton has earned the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations in the primary.

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. Nevertheless, Creighton has earned the broadest support from progressive advocates in this race.

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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. Calkins has earned the support of many local Democratic organizations while Creighton has the lead among labor unions and progressive advocacy organizations.

Also running in this race is former state Senator Claudia Kauffman. Currently the Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she was an effective progressive legislator in Olympia and was the first Native American woman elected to the state Senate in Washington history.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger
Other: SEIU Local 6

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Port Commissioner, Position #3

We believe there are several good candidates in this race. Stephanie Bowman has earned the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations in the primary

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. However, like her colleague John Creighton, Bowman has earned the broadest support from progressive advocates.

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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.

Also running in this race is Lisa Espinosa, a sustainability consultant with the King County Housing Authority who is not running a viable campaign.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU 775
Media: The Stranger
Other: Teamsters Local 117, King County Democrats, SEIU Local 6

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Port Commissioner, Position #4

We believe there are several good candidates in this race. John Persak has earned the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations in the primary.

John Persak

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John Persak has been a longshore worker for the last 13 years and has worked on port issues for the last six years through the Longshoremen Worker’s Union. In addition to supporting a working waterfront, Persak supports policies to reduce the port’s environmental impact and wants to protect low-income neighborhoods and communities of color around the Port. Persak has earned strong support from labor unions and a sole endorsement from the King County Democrats.

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Peter Steinbrueck

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Progressive former City Council president Peter Steinbrueck is also a strong candidate for Port of Seattle Position 4. He is drawing upon his lengthy experience in public policy and civic activism to build a campaign platform focused on making the Port of Seattle a leader in reducing carbon emissions and protecting shorelines. Steinbrueck has earned the support of several local Democratic organizations.

There are six other candidates running for the open Position 4 at the Port of Seattle: Preeti Shridhar, Richard Pope, Brooks Salazar, Ray S. Armitstead, Fernando Martinez, and Ken Rogers. Shridhar has distinguished herself as a public affairs administrator for the City of Renton and earned the endorsement of The Stranger newspaper.

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Sammamish City Council

Sammamish City Council, Position #3

Minal Ghassemieh

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Minal Ghassemieh is an immigration attorney and the Board Chair at API Chaya, a domestic abuse and sexual assault/trafficking assistance organization. She also serves as a pro-bono attorney for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Ghassemieh's city council campaign is focused on alleviating traffic, developing strong educational and after-school programs, and balancing growth with infrastructure improvements. She places special emphasis on making Sammamish safe and inclusive for all. She is running against marketing consultant and progressive Karen Howe and Karen Moran, commissioner of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District. Ghassemieh is the best choice in this race.

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Sammamish City Council, Position #5

Rituja Indapure

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Rituja Indapure is a Senior Analyst at Costco. She has served in the community as Treasurer at Challenger Elementary, co-president of the Beaver Lake PTSA, and a United Way volunteer. Indapure is seeking cost-effective transportation solutions and sustainable growth that protects parks and the environment. She also seeks ways to improve emergency response times, specifically services deployed in natural disasters, and to decrease language barriers between the police department and the community.

Indapure is running against attorney Ryika Hooshangi and conservative Chris Ross. We recommend Indapure in this race.

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Sammamish City Council, Position #7

Pam Stuart

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Pam Stuart is a Senior Manager in Customer and Partner Advocacy at Microsoft. Her campaign principles include balancing growth with environmental sustainability, investing in parks and senior services, and improving transportation options to reduce traffic.

She is running against Melanie Curtright, Republican John Robinson, and Roger Chapanis. Chapanis has dropped out of the race due to health problems. He will still appear on the ballot, but has stated that he will not take office if elected. Curtright is a program and project management consultant. As council member, she would vote for the city to buy and preserve wetlands and green spaces, create a standing Health and Human Services Commission, keep teens engaged and supported with targeted programs, and hold developers accountable for building infrastructure to support increased density. We lean toward Stuart in this race because of her support from progressive advocates.

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