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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

John Persak photo 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. Read more...

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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!

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King County Ballot Measures

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.

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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Legislative Races

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

31st Legislative District

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.

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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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37th Legislative District

State Senator

Rebecca Saldaña

Democrat
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Rebecca Saldaña is running unopposed for re-election to the Senate seat in Legislative District 37. She previously worked as the Executive Director for Puget Sound Sage, a nonprofit tackling issues such as environmental justice, affordable housing, and workers' rights. In her first term in the Senate, Saldaña has pushed for an end to Washington's regressive tax system and for full education funding. Her first bill signed by Governor Inslee expanded HOV lane access for blood donation vehicles and she has co-signed bills to protect Internet privacy and prohibit criminal record check-boxes on job applications.

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45th Legislative District

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

Democrat
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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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48th Legislative District

State Senator

Patty Kuderer

Democrat
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Patty Kuderer has been an effective and reliably 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 who are deaf or hard of hearing succeed. Her resume of community engagement includes 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 Michelle Darnell and Richard Knierim. 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 best 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. 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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City Races

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

City of Auburn

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

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters
Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: 47th LD Dems

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City of Bellevue

Bellevue City Council, Position #4

Karol Brown

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Karol Brown is the founder of World One Law Group, a law practice that helps businesses and families handle their immigration affairs. She chaired the 41st District Democrats and is also the former Policy and Advocacy Director at OneAmerica. Her campaign is focused on keeping Bellevue affordable for working families, improving transit, and public safety. She wants to establish a $15 minimum wage in Bellevue.

Brown is running against Heidi Chiat, a Democrat Socialist who is not running a competitive campaign, and Jared Nieuwenhuis, the marketing director for Her Interactive, Inc. who is backed by the conservative members of the current Bellevue City Council. Brown is the strongest progressive candidate in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

King County Democrats, SEIU Local 6

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City of Burien

Burien City Council, Position #1

Pedro Olguin

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Pedro Olguin is an Organizing Coordinator with Teamsters Local 117. As an advocate for workers, Olguin's campaign has focused on the lack of family wage jobs and affordable housing that disproportionately impacts women, children, and people of color. He supports alternatives to arresting people for being homeless and wants to improve relationships between the police and community groups.

Pedro Olguin is running against Libertarian Charles Schaefer, Gary Wood, Robert Richmond III, who is running on an energy/homelessness platform, and Joel Manning, who advocates for aggressive anti-homeless policies. Olguin is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, SEIU 775, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Other: Teamsters Local 763

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Burien City Council, Position #3

Jimmy Matta

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Jimmy Matta is running for Position 3 with a deep understanding of the struggles of working families. His family immigrated to the U.S. from Guatemala, and by the time he was a teenager Matta had dropped out of high school to support his family in the fields. He later started a construction business, and went on to become a representative for the Carpenters Union for over 20 years. If elected, Matta wants to create dedicated positions in the city to support local businesses and to assist with the homelessness crisis and connect people to existing services. He would also work on issues of affordable housing and developing community policing programs.

Matta is running against Austin Tucker, who is not running a competitive campaign, and conservative incumbent Debi Wagner, who has voted against sanctuary city status. Matta is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: Teamsters Local 117

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Burien City Council, Position #5

Nancy Tosta

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Incumbent Nancy Tosta is serving her first term on the Burien City Council and has served as Deputy Mayor for two years. She has served on a multitude of local government and policy groups, including the King County City Climate Collaboration, the Burien Ad-Hoc Social Services Funding Committee, and as a South Correctional Entity (SCORE) administrative board member. Her campaign emphasizes funding social services, implementing block watches and other community methods of public safety, and improving youth programs and parks. In the last four years, Tosta has worked on non-arrest solutions for homelessness, advocated for more transportation options, and voted to increase investments in social services.

Tosta is running against a slate of similar candidates who are running on a conservative anti-crime platform: Jill Esau, Darla Green, and Mary Russell. Tosta is the most experienced and progressive candidate in this race.

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Burien City Council, Position #7

Krystal Marx

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Krystal Marx is running for Position 7 on a "Burien for All" platform that focuses on social equity and community-based crime solutions. She promotes the Housing First approach to homelessness and would seek involvement and feedback on community issues from the most-impacted groups. She is a former nonprofit Operations Manager and community educator. Marx is the best choice in this race.

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City of Des Moines

Des Moines City Council, Position #1

Anthony Martinelli

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Formerly the Campaign Manager for King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, Anthony Martinelli is the Communications Director for Sensible Washington, a nonprofit political committee for the reformation of state drug laws. A significant focus of Martinelli's campaign is workers' rights - raising the minimum wage and providing paid sick and maternity leave. He also promotes the lowering cost of car tabs and utility taxes, increasing revenue through a cannabis tax, increasing homeless services, and installing municipal broadband. His opponent, Curtis Hamon, does not appear to be running a competitive campaign.

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City of Federal Way

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, 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. Edwards in the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Other: Teamsters Locals 117

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City of Kent

Kent Mayor

Dana Ralph

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Current Kent City Councilmember Dana Ralph is active in many local nonprofits, including as council liaison of the Kent Arts Commission, chair of the Drug Free Communities Coalition, and board member of Kent Kiwanis Club. On the council, Ralph sits on the Public Works Committee and Public Safety Committees and is the Chair the Operations Committee.

Ralph is running against Jim Berrios, Elizabeth Albertson, and DeLon Lewis. Berrios is a former Kent School Board member and current city council member who brings an impressive resume of community service. Albertson sat on the council between 2006 and 2013 and left her position on the council for a run for the 33rd Legislative District House seat. Albertson is running again in opposition to the decision to give a tax break to the development across from the Par 3 golf course. The fourth candidate, DeLon Lewis, is not running a competitive campaign.

Ralph has earned the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations and is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, UFCW 21
Other: Teamsters Local 117

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Kent City Council, Position #2

Satwinder Kaur

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Satwinder Kaur is an IT professional and a former city council executive assistant. She has been deeply involved with local community organizations, including as chair of the Kent Cultural Communities Board, steward of Green Kent Parks, member of the Kent International Festival Steering Committee, board member of the Kent Historical Society, and member of Living Well Kent. Her platform includes ensuring safe neighborhoods, fiscal transparency, traffic reduction, and making the police force more diverse.

Also in this race is Libertarian Paul Addis, as well as Elizabeth Peang and Jeff Piecewicz, neither of whom are not running competitive campaigns. Kaur is the clear progressive choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, SEIU 775, UFCW 21
Other: Teamsters 117

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Kent City Council, Position #4

Tye Whitfield

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Tye Whitfield has a long history of civic activism and serving our community. She was the chair of the Puget Sound Service District and a Parks and Recreation commissioner, and has worked with local businesses to create community events like the Taste of Kent. Whitfield is also a small business owner who is running to bring more jobs to Kent and keep it a great place to raise a family.

Whitfield is running against Kent Civil Service Commissioner Ronald Johnson and conservative-leaning PTSA president Toni Troutner. Whitfield is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, SEIU 775, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 21
Other: Teamsters Local 117

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City of Kenmore

Kenmore City Council, Position #6

Debra Srebnik

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Debra Srebnik is a human services program manager at the University of Washington. She has served on the Kenmore Planning Commission, and is a member of Friends of St. Edwards State Park and the Northshore School District nutrition and fitness advisory council, among other community organizations. She supports shoreline and habitat restoration in local parks, reducing industrial pollution, and downtown growth. Her opponent, Bob Black, is running on a conservative platform. Srebnik is the best choice in this race.

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46th LD Democrats

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City of Kirkland

Kirkland City Council, Position #7

There are two good candidates in this race: Jon Pascal and Uzma Butte. Read the full guide below for more information.

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

Kirkland Firefighters, IAFF Local 2545

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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. Her campaign has prioritized affordable housing, stronger transit systems, improved senior centers, and promoting religious and cultural acceptance.

The third candidate, Imran Peerbhai, is not running a competitive campaign. We lean toward Pascal in this race because of his experience and broader progressive support.

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City of Redmond

Redmond City Council, Position #6

Jeralee Anderson

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Jeralee Anderson is the executive director of the Greenroads Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes and rates sustainable transportation infrastructure. A civil engineer by trade, she has been internationally recognized as a sustainability leader for Greenroads' rating system and won a Champion of Change award from the Obama White House in 2013. Anderson's platform focuses on green, resilient transportation systems, STEM education, and attracting new small businesses to Redmond. She is running against realtor Roy Captain and software engineer Jason Antonelli. Anderson is the best choice for Redmond City Council, Position 6.

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City of Renton

Renton City Council, Position #2

Armondo Pavone

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Lifelong Renton resident Armondo Pavone was elected to the Renton City Council in 2014. Pavone was the past president of the Downtown Renton Association and is a board member of the regional Economic Development Council. Pavone's priorities on the council are supporting local businesses and maintaining city services. His opponent, Max Heller, does not appear to be running a competitive campaign.

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Renton City Council, Position #6

There are two good candidates in this race: Ruth Pérez and Jami Smith. While Smith has earned a large number of personal endorsements, Pérez has earned more endorsements from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

Ruth Pérez

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Appointed to the city council in 2014, incumbent Ruth Pérez is the first Hispanic councilmember in Renton. As chair of the Transportation Committee, Perez is focused on inclusive transit options, safe communities, and attracting more jobs to Renton.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, SEIU 775
Social Justice: Latino PAC
Other: Teamsters Local 117, Renton Firefighters IAFF 864

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Jami Smith

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Jami Smith is the daughter of a Jamaican immigrant who brings her 18 years of marketing and operations experience to her campaign for Renton City Council. Smith's top priorities are economic: filling vacant downtown storefronts with live/work spaces, increasing the skilled labor workforce, and creating affordable housing mandates for new development. She also serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for the city and is a member of the City of Renton Planning Commission.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Other: 41st District Dems, 37th District Dems, 5th District Dems

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City of Mercer Island

Mercer Island City Council, Position #6

There are two good candidates in this race: Mark Coen and Benson Wong. Coen is the more progressive candidate while Wong has earned the endorsement of our partners at Washington Conservation Voters.

Mark Coen

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Mark Coen is a former Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Board member and the founder of Attachment and Trauma Specialists. He has also worked previously with Earthcorps, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Alliance of Child Mental Health. Coen's campaign is focused on updating infrastructure, residential code, and mobility. We believe Coen will bring a fresh progressive perspective to the Mercer Island City Council.

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Benson D. Wong

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Benson Wong has served one term on the city council and is seeking re-election in 2017. In his first term, Wong worked on Mercer Island's library renovation and worked to identify and fix the city's water contamination issues. He is running on a platform of mitigating mobility issues due to light rail construction, keeping the budget balanced, and improving the Town Center.

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City of Sammamish

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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City of SeaTac

SeaTac City Council, Position #2

Kathryn Campbell

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Incumbent Kathryn Campbell was recently appointed to the National League of Cities' Energy, Environment and Natural Resources committee, where she will work on national and regional environmental policy. Campbell has been an advocate for community gardens, increased police patrols, and restoration of the Green/Duwamish river basins. She is running against parking enforcement officer Terry Farden and retired businessman Joel Wachtel. In this relatively weak race, we'd recommend a vote for Campbell.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

SeaTac City Council, Position #4

Shaunie Wheeler

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Shaunie Wheeler is the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77's Political Action Director. She also serves as a board member of South King County Votes, Win With Women, and as the president for Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders. If elected, Wheeler will focus on public safety and economic development that creates family wage jobs.

She is running against conservative Pam Pollock and Clyde Fuzz Hill. Wheeler is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, SEIU 775
Other: Teamsters Local 117

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City of Seattle

Seattle Mayor

The open race for Mayor of Seattle has attracted a large and well-qualified field of progressive candidates. We believe there are a number of good choices in this race. Rather than recommend a single candidate, we’re presenting information from our research on the leading candidates to help you make your own decision. It’s worth noting that Seattle’s only woman mayor was Bertha Landes in 1928, and there is a good chance that will change in 2017.

Jessyn Farrell

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State Representative Jessyn Farrell has been an effective legislator in Olympia, particularly on environmental issues and workers’ rights. She resigned her seat in the state House to focus on her campaign for mayor. She is the former Executive Director of the Transportation Choices Coalition and she has worked hard to expand buses, light rail, and other transportation options for our rapidly growing region. She was also the prime sponsor of the bill to raise Washington state's minimum wage for working families and helped push through workplace protections for pregnant mothers. Farrell has sought to build upon her strong track record in the Legislature to establish herself as a progressive choice for both environmental and labor advocates.

From the campaign trail: Farrell references several pieces of legislation as evidence of her ability to get things done
Her single most important priority: Housing affordability
What she believes sets her apart: Her track record of results as an activist and legislator.
What we believe sets her apart: Her experience with transportation, and a track record of legislative leadership on both environmental and economic justice issues.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, UFCW 21
Other: Teamsters 117, Aerospace Machinists District 751 (Boeing)

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Jenny Durkan

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Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan is running for mayor on a platform of police accountability, housing affordability, and justice for all. She was the first openly gay U.S. Attorney in our country’s history. At the U.S. Department of Justice, she pushed to improve accountability for the Seattle Police Department, created a civil rights unit, and was an advocate for criminal justice reform. While Durkan’s support from business groups has raised questions among some progressives, she does not shy away from progressive positions and emphasizes that she is willing to stand up to anyone to make the right decisions when necessary. With a long track record of working on complex issues and fighting for civil rights, Durkan is positioning herself as a consensus-building candidate who can work with advocates on all sides.

From the campaign trail: Durkan has a very confident, strong presence, focuses on issues, and emphasizes that she is willing to make difficult decisions. She has raised the most funds of any candidate by a significant margin.
Her single most important priority: Equity and justice across all issues
What she believes sets her apart: Her executive experience, ability to make decisions and move forward
What we believe sets her apart: Her executive experience

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU 775
Other: Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27

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Nikkita Oliver

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Nikkita Oliver was the first candidate to declare her run for mayor back in March. Oliver rose to prominence through her leadership with the Block the Bunker campaign against the expensive North Seattle Police Precinct and more recently with the No New Youth Jail efforts. She is an educator, spoken-word artist, attorney, and community organizer. She is running as part of the local, grassroots People’s Party to improve housing affordability, reduce inequalities in educational opportunities, and improve police accountability. Oliver has built an impressive grassroots campaign and is running as a populist who will engage community members in government and be a voice at City Hall for those who are often shut out of the process.

From the campaign trail: Oliver lays out a compelling vision for the city based on a commitment to equity and better community engagement and she backs up her vision with specific policies. Oliver has an impressive number of small donors.
Her single most important priority: Housing affordability
What she believes sets her apart: A commitment to engaging the people most impacted by economic and social problems in developing solutions and to building community leadership.
What we believe sets her apart: A strong grassroots approach to campaigning and governance, and her enthusiastic support from young people.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Seattle Weekly, Seattle Education Association, Transit Riders Union

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Cary Moon

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Cary Moon is an urban planner, engineer, and civic activist who is best known for her leadership in the People’s Waterfront Coalition that opposed the deep-bore tunnel. She laid out a vibrant alternative vision for Seattle’s waterfront and was named 2009 “Citizen of the Year” by the Municipal League. Moon is running to improve housing affordability by cracking down on real estate speculators, expanding renters’ rights, and expanding alternative housing options for working people, like duplexes and co-ops. In this crowded field, Moon is campaigning as an innovative, big-picture thinker who can organize coalitions and solve the root problems Seattle faces rather than just addressing the symptoms.

From the campaign trail: Moon is very smart and offers thoughtful policy responses to the complex challenges facing our city.
Her single most important priority: Housing affordability
What she believes sets her apart: Her deeper systemic analysis of problems, ability to identify solutions, and the 20 years she has spent engaged in Seattle’s issues.
What we believe sets her apart: Her systems-level approach to solving problems.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger

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Mike McGinn

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Mike McGinn was the Mayor of Seattle from 2009 to 2013 and prioritized climate change and improving transportation choices, particularly through his work to accelerate light rail in Seattle. In the past four years, McGinn has continued his environmental advocacy and has been vocal supporter of an NBA arena to bring back the Sonics. McGinn is now running for mayor again under the banner slogan of “Keep Seattle” by addressing housing affordability and making Seattle a leader in the fight against climate change. He’s seeking to position himself as an environmental advocate with the experience at City Hall to get things done.

From the campaign trail: McGinn has a good grasp of policies and an in-depth knowledge about the inner workings of city hall. He is thoughtful and reflective about lessons learned from his time as mayor, as well as what he would do differently in a second term.
His single most important priority: Both housing affordability and climate change
What he believes sets him apart: He has already learned how to be mayor.
What we believe sets him apart: He has already learned how to be mayor.

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Bob Hasegawa

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Longtime state legislator and labor leader Bob Hasegawa has distinguished himself through his social justice advocacy. Since first being elected to the House in 2005, his focus has been on supporting working families, small businesses, and disenfranchised communities. Before becoming a legislator, he helped lead the fight for democratic reforms in the Teamsters union. He’s running for mayor on a platform of addressing income inequality and reducing corporate power by creating a municipal bank and developing municipal broadband. Hasegawa has sought to use his organizing background to build a populist campaign around corporate accountability. The extended legislative session has prevented him from raising money and it’s hard to see how he generates enough resources to run a competitive campaign.

From the campaign trail: While very progressive, Hasegawa’s message is confusing at times, and he relies heavily on a municipal bank as the solution to most of the city’s problems.
His single most important priority: Changing Seattle’s governance structure to one that is grassroots and community-based
What he believes sets him apart: His experience as an organizer and leader reforming the Teamsters union
What we believe sets him apart: The combination of running for mayor largely without raising funds and a platform focused on creating a municipal bank

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Seattle City Council, Position #8 (At-Large)

There are many strong progressive candidates running in this race. In this impressive field, the Progressive Voters Guide recommends Teresa Mosqueda as the best choice because of her long track record of outstanding leadership. She also has the broadest support from our Progressive Voters Guide partners.

Teresa Mosqueda

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Teresa Mosqueda is the Political and Strategic Campaign Director at the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and a former Fuse board member. She was a leader in the statewide campaign to raise the minimum wage in 2016 and also worked to expand health care access and promote environmental justice. She is running for city council to improve housing affordability and support workers. Her experience advocating for working families at the state and local level has given her an impressive depth of knowledge about both policy details and the legislative process. Mosqueda is the best choice for Seattle City Council, Position 8.

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Other Candidates

Seattle City Council, Position #8 (At-Large)
This race has attracted many smart and qualified progressive candidates. Jon Grant is the former Director of the Seattle Tenants’ Union. He is prioritizing housing affordability and emphasizing a grassroots approach to campaigning and policy development. Grant is running as a Democratic Socialist with a very bold platform and has earned the sole endorsement of The Stranger newspaper. Sheley Secrest is a local NAACP leader who is focusing on economic justice and criminal justice reform and wants to elevate the concerns of communities of color in government decision-making. Charlene Strong is a longtime civil rights activist and small business owner who rose to prominence through her effective advocacy for LGBTQ equality. Sara Nelson is the owner of Fremont Brewing. She takes a more centrist position on some issues and is concerned about the needs of small businesses. Nelson is committed to sustainability and has earned a dual endorsement from our partners at Washington Conservation Voters.

Seattle City Council, Position #9 (At-Large)

M. Lorena González

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Lorena González has been a truly impressive leader in her two years on the Seattle City Council. González is a civil rights attorney who runs a bilingual legal clinic for low-income residents and is the President Emeritus of OneAmerica, a Seattle-based immigrant advocacy organization. She supports comprehensive police reform, paid parental and family leave for all workers. She also supports much of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) for more equitable housing policy and as a part of the solution to homelessness in the city. If re-elected, González wants to create a legal defense fund for immigrants and to continue working on fixing our city's upside-down tax code.

González is being challenged by six candidates: Ty Pethe, Pauly Giuglianotti, Ian Affleck-Asch, David Preston, Eric W. Smiley, and Pat Murakami. However, none of them are mounting a viable challenge. González is the clear choice in this race.

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City of Shoreline

Shoreline City Council, Position #5

Susan Chang

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Shoreline Planning Commissioner Susan Chang is running for Shoreline City Council Position 5 against Democratic precinct committee officer Carol Ahlgreen and social worker Bergith Kayyali. A civil engineer by trade, Chang is also a volunteer with Richmond Beach Community Association Board and Richmond Beach Advocates. Her priorities are a balanced budget, regional solutions to affordable housing, public safety, and preservation of the city's tree canopy. She has also emphasized the need for traffic and congestion improvements in rezoned areas like Aurora Ave.

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Seattle Public Schools

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

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

Seattle Public Schools DIrector, District #4

Eden Mack

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Eden Mack is the co-founder of Washington’s Paramount Duty, a relatively new group that has rapidly become a major force in Olympia advocating to fully fund public schools. Prior to that, Mack was the Legislative Chair of the Seattle Council of Parent, Teacher, and Student Associations. Mack is now running for Seattle School Board in District 4 on a platform of giving every school, teacher, and student the support and resources they need to succeed. She has three kids in Seattle Public Schools and is focused on ensuring schools keep up with the city’s rapid growth. Mack is running the strongest campaign and has earned the broadest support from progressive advocates in this race.

Megan Locatelli Hyska is another good candidate in this race. Hyska has earned the endorsement of the Seattle Education Association and has shown a strong commitment to addressing racial disparities in Seattle schools. Other candidates include Herbert J. Camet, Jr., Lisa Melenyzer, Darrell Toland, Jennifer Crow, and Sean Champagne.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger

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Seattle Public Schools Director, District #5

There are two good candidates in this race. Zach DeWolf has earned the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

Zachary Pullin DeWolf

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Zach DeWolf is the president of the Capitol Hill Community Council and has been a prominent community activist, particularly for affordable housing and LGBTQ causes. DeWolf is running for Seattle School Board in District 5 to close the opportunity gap and reduce inequities in the school system for students of color, LGBTQ students, and others facing institutional barriers. Endorsed by the Seattle Education Association, DeWolf wants to use his background as a community organizer to engage and include families who are frequently left out of the school board decision-making process.

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Omar Vasquez

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Omar Vasquez is a young lawyer at Davis Wright Tremaine who wants to increase oversight and accountability on the Seattle School Board. He also brings a strong focus on equity and recently served on the Mayor’s Education Advisory Council to identify policy solutions to close the opportunity and achievement gap.

Andre Helmstetter is another good candidate in this race who received the endorsement of The Seattle Weekly and some local Democratic organizations. Also running for Seattle School Board Director in District 5 are Candace Vaivadas and Alec Cooper.

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Seattle Public Schools Director, District #7

There are two good candidates in this race. Betty Patu has earned more support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

Betty Patu

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Betty Patu is a longtime education advocate with deep ties to her community. She is the only incumbent running for re-election on a school board that has struggled with frequent turnover. Endorsed by the Seattle Education Association, Patu brings a strong equity focus to her work and if re-elected will continue to work to address barriers to education for students of color. Patu has earned the most support from progressive advocates in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger

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Chelsea Byers

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Chelsea Byers is a former 7th grade math teacher who was inspired to run for office after the 2016 election. She holds a Master’s Degree in Qualitative Analysis Political Science and wants to put her skills to work improving the district’s finances and budgeting. She is also committed to improving graduation rates and closing the achievement gap for students of color.

Also in this race is Tony Hemphill, who is not running a viable campaign.

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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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