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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.

7th Legislative District

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

State Senator

Karen Hardy

Democrat
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Karen Hardy is a ranch teamster and the first progressive to run for legislature in the 7th Legislative District in ten years. She is a proponent of single payer health care, green jobs, and fully funded education with certificate courses for trade students. Hardy's opponent, Republican Shelly Short, was appointed to represent District 7 in the state senate after Sen. Brian Dansel was chosen for a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Short is one of the most conservative members of the Legislature and is an obstacle to funding schools. Hardy would be a progressive change for District 7.

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State Representative, Position #1

Susan Swanson

Democrat
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Democrat Susan Swanson is running against Republican Jacquelin Maycumber for state Representative in the 7th District. Swanson served in the U.S. Navy and later worked for the Navy, Veteran Affairs, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. She supports funding education to state standards, improving rural education access, and serving rural veterans. Swanson is the best choice to represent the 7th District.

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Spokane City Council

Depending on what district you live in, you may have one of the below races on your ballot.

Spokane City Council, Position #1

Kate Burke

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Kate Burke is running for Spokane City Council Position 1 to improve infrastructure and increase investments in Northeast Spokane. Burke is also a strong supporter of increasing racial equity and anti-bias training for the Spokane Police Department. She is the founder of the Spokane Edible Tree Project, which donates extra fruit to local food banks, and currently works as a Legislative Aide for State Senator Andy Billig.

Burke is running against Kathryn Alexander and Tim Benn. Alexander is a progressive teacher who is prioritizing housing affordability, and Benn is a conservative anti-labor union activist. Burke is the best choice in this race and has earned the most endorsements from our progressive partners

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Spokane City Council, District #2, Council Position #2

Breean Beggs

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Breean Beggs is the best choice for Spokane City Council Position 2. Beggs is a strong champion of smart justice and criminal justice reform. He has a long track record of holding corporations accountable and protecting the rights of low-income residents. Beggs is the former Executive Director of the Center for Justice in Spokane. He also recently pushed to increase safety protections for coal and oil trains that run through downtown Spokane. Beggs is running against Tony Kiepe, Andy Dunau, and Bruce Vonada. Beggs is clearly the best choice in this race.

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

Candace Mumm

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Incumbent City Councilmember Candace Mumm has a long track record of community involvement and leadership on land use issues and women’s health. She voted to support earned sick leave for all workers in Spokane and is a vocal advocate for a better bus system. Mumm is also the past president of the City's Planning Commission where she oversaw adoption of the city's first Comprehensive Plan. She co-authored the city's Crosswalk Ordinance and co-led on the city's Gender and Racial Equity task force. She is running against Brian Burrow and Matthew Howes. Mumm is the best choice in this race.

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Spokane School District

Spokane School District Director, Position #5

Mike Wiser

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Mike Wiser was recently appointed to the Spokane School Board and is now running for a full term. Wiser is running to bring a data-driven analysis to school improvement while ensuring that standarized tests don't dominate the classroom. He's also committed to supporting students with the community services they need to show up to school ready to learn.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Spokane Education Association

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