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Mike Wiser

Mike Wiser photo 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. Read more...

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Spokane County

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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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Reproductive Freedom: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii

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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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA

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Spokane County Superior Court

Spokane County Superior Court Judge, Position #6

All three candidates in this race come with strong qualifications. Read the full recommendations below for more information.

Tony Hazel

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Tony Hazel has gathered an impressive list of bipartisan supporters. He is an experienced prosecutor appointed to the position this year and has been proactive in making reforms to the criminal justice system in his time as judge. However, some progressives are concerned with Hazel's past campaigning for conservative candidates and his "law and order" statements as a prosecutor.

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J. Scott Miller

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J. Scott Miller is a lawyer with 32 years of experience. Miller has practiced a wide range of civil law and is an adjunct professor of law at Gonzaga and Whitworth University. He's also active in the community, supporting Spokane Public Radio and low-income housing organizations.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Bar Association Ratings: Washington State Veterans Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified; Latina/o Bar Association of Washington: Well Qualified
Other: Spokane Democrats

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Jocelyn Cook

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Jocelyn Cook has 10 years of experience as a public defender working on criminal and dependency cases. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and her experience as a public defender would be a welcomed addition to the bench.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

6th Legislative District Democrats, Spokane Regional Labor Council

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City Races and Ballot Measures

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

City of Spokane

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

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Economic Justice: SEIU 775, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Other: Firefighter Locals 29

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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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Reproductive Freedom: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Economic Justice: SEIU 775, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 21

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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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City of Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley City Council, Position #1

There are two good candidates in this race: Chris Jackson and Al Merkel.

Al Merkel

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Merkel is a former USAID worker who currently works in logistics in the Department for Veteran's Affairs. His top priorities are economic, including bringing more tech jobs to the city, requiring developers to pay for the infrastructure their projects rely on, and saving money by changing up the city contracting process.

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Chris Jackson

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Jackson is defending his doctorate at the University of Otago. He seeks to increase transparency on the council, attract tech jobs to the city, and conduct more community outreach.

Both Jackson and Merkel are more on the moderate side, but both are better than the more conservative incumbent, Mayor Rod Higgins.

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Spokane Valley City Council, Position #5

Angie Beem

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Angie Beem is running for Position 5 on a platform of affordable housing and social equality. She is a consultant, an organizer of the Women's March, and a former microbiology lab technician. Beem supports full education funding, rezoning vacant lots to create more affordable housing options, and incentivizing clean energy industries to open in Spokane Valley to create sustainable jobs.

Beem is running against Pamela Haley, Rocky Samson, and Ingemar Woods. Beem is the best choice in this race.

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Spokane School District No. 81

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

Spokane School Board 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

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Other: Spokane Education Association

Campaign Information

Mike Wiser

Mike Wiser photo
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

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Other: Spokane Education Association

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