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Maralyn Chase is listed in the Progressive Voters Guide below. The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information you need 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 remember to vote by November 6!

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Maralyn Chase

Maralyn Chase photo Democratic Senator Maralyn Chase is the Chair of the Economic Development and International Trade Committee. First elected in 2002, Sen. Chase has been a tireless advocate for workers' rights and job creation in Washington state. Sen. Chase has introduced a single-payer health care bill that would ensure fair prices from drug companies. During the 2018 legislative session, Sen. Chase was the sponsor of legislation to create the Future of Work Task Force that will work to help prepare Washington's workforce for the changing economy.

Sen. Chase is being challenged by Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon. Salomon is a highly capable public defender in the Seattle Municipal Court and has been an effective social justice and environmental leader for the city of Shoreline. He also serves on King County’s Children and Youth Advisory Board to early learning and families with kids. While Salomon received the endorsements of the Seattle Times, Everett Herald, and The Stranger newspapers, he hasn’t received as much support from progressive advocates.

We lean toward Chase because of her strong support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations. Read more...

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative #1631

Vote YES for Jobs and Clean Energy

YES
Initiative 1631 is our best opportunity to accelerate clean energy solutions and build healthier communities for everyone in Washington.

This initiative will charge our state’s largest corporate polluters a fee that will be used to create local jobs by investing in clean energy, healthy forests, and clean water. I-1631 is essential to pass a clean and healthy Washington on to future generations. It will create 40,000 jobs by investing in water and forestry projects, energy efficiency, and clean transportation. These investments are a practical first step to ensure clean air and clean water for everyone in Washington. These will look different in every community, from energy efficiency upgrades for our homes and businesses to keeping our forests healthy so they clean our air and investing in cleaner transportation options for more communities.

The oil industry is spending tens of millions of dollars to confuse voters about I-1631 so they can continue polluting for free and raking in record profits. We can't wait any longer to act. Vote YES on I-1631.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Initiative #1634

Vote NO on I-1634

NO
Initiative 1634 would prevent cities and counties in Washington from passing new taxes on sugary beverages. Such taxes are aimed at discouraging people from buying sweetened drinks that have been linked to type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and tooth decay.

I-1634 is backed primarily by millions of dollars from a handful of big soda companies. It also has support from some labor unions that represent workers whose jobs could be impacted by soda taxes. The campaign’s highly deceptive ads focus on grocery taxes despite the fact that groceries have been exempt from sales taxes since 1977.

Progressive advocates oppose efforts like this to use state laws to prevent localities from taking action that’s right for their communities. In recent years, Republican legislators have sought to use similar legislation to reverse Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and progressive paid sick leave laws in Tacoma and Spokane.

We’re sympathetic to the concerns of union workers in the beverage industry and we agree that our tax system is upside-down and disproportionately hurts low-income families. However, we don’t think that preempting local legislation that taxes sugary drinks is the way to fix it.

Don’t be fooled by Big Soda’s misleading ads. Vote NO on I-1634.

Progressive Opponents

WA Federation of State Employees, The Stranger, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Children’s Alliance, El Centro de La Raza

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Initiative #1639

Vote YES to Reduce Gun Violence

YES
Initiative 1639 is the most comprehensive gun violence prevention measure put forward in Washington state history. It's a commonsense initiative that will reduce gun violence and keep our schools and communities safe. I-1639 would raise the age to purchase semi-automatic assault rifles from 18 to 21 and require enhanced background checks and safety training for purchasing these particularly lethal weapons. It will also incentivize secure storage of all firearms by holding gun owners accountable if a child or other legally prohibited person uses their weapon to harm themselves or someone else.

Someone is killed with a gun in Washington state every 14 hours and more than 200,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine. Unfortunately, the gun lobby has prevented our elected officials from acting to prevent it, so we'll do it ourselves. Vote YES on I-1639 to keep our schools and communities safe.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Education: American Federation of Teachers - WA
General Progressive: Fuse WA
Reproductive Freedom: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
Media: The Stranger
Other: Washington Education Association

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Initiative #940

Vote YES for Police Accountability

YES
Last year, more people in Washington were killed in encounters with law enforcement than in 45 other states, and almost one-third of them were experiencing a mental health crisis. Initiative 940 would improve de-escalation, first aid, and mental health crisis training for law enforcement and help save lives.

Currently, officers are only required to receive eight hours of "crisis intervention training." Initiative 940 would ensure that every officer receives extensive training and continuing education in de-escalating potential confrontations. The primary goal is preventing tragedies in the first place, but when a tragedy does occur Initiative 940 would also create a fair and independent investigation process and bring our use of force standard in line with 27 other states.

Vote YES on Initiative 940 to improve training for law enforcement and help save lives.

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Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #19

Maintain Funding for Oil Spill Prevention

MAINTAINED
A bipartisan group of legislators passed Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6269 to fund oil spill prevention and cleanup. The legislation directs the Department of Ecology to improve prevention for oil spills in Puget Sound, as well as around oil refineries, railroads, and pipelines. This bill was funded by a $0.05 tax per 42-gallon barrel of oil used by boats and marine terminals.

Because of a Tim Eyman initiative the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote MAINTAINED on Advisory Vote 19.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger

Snohomish County Ballot Measures

Depending on where you live, you may have the following ballot measures on your ballot.

Snohomish County County Proposition #1

Vote YES to Modernize Emergency Services

APPROVED
The Snohomish County Council has put forth Proposition No. 1 to replace the outdated 20-year-old emergency radio system used by first responders. When natural disasters such as wildfires and landslides take place; firefighters, EMTs, and police depend on a functioning radio system to communicate and save lives. The sales tax increase would fund a modern, $70 million emergency radio system and would cost a consumer $.01 on a $10 purchase beginning in April of 2019. Approve Proposition No. 1 to modernize Snohomish County's 911 system!

Federal

U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell

Democrat
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Senator Maria Cantwell was first elected in 2000 and continues to represent our state's progressive values in our nation's capital. Sen. Cantwell has been a leader on a wide range of issues including reproductive rights, supporting the Children's Health Insurance Program, defending net neutrality, passing oil spill legislation to protect our water, working on clean energy policies, and many more.

Sen. Cantwell is opposed by Republican Susan Hutchison. Hutchison is a former news anchor and past chair of the state Republican Party. She ran for King County Executive in 2009 and lost by twenty points. Hutchison is well-known for being a party-line Republican and for her fierce defense of President Donald Trump, including calling fellow Republican Ted Cruz a "traitor" for not supporting the president's campaign.

Sen. Cantwell has been a tenacious advocate for the people of Washington state and is the best choice in this race.

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Congress

Depending on where you live, you will have one of the below candidates on your ballot.

U.S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District

Rick Larsen

Democrat
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Representative Rick Larsen is a moderate Democrat who has been a strong advocate for jobs, transportation, and infrastructure projects in the 2nd District. Before his time in Congress, he served on the Snohomish County Council and worked on economic development for the City of Everett. Rep. Larsen has also supported efforts to protect voting rights, fought to reform student loans, and championed Wall Street reform. Unfortunately, Larsen joined Republicans to repeal some banking rules imposed after the Great Recession intended to prevent another economic collapse.

Rep. Larsen is running against Libertarian Brian Luke, who has worked in the grocery business for 22 years. His campaign is focused on reducing the national debt and cutting regulations.

Rep. Larsen is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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U.S. Representative, 7th Congressional District

Pramila Jayapal

Democrat
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Representative Pramila Jayapal has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic fairness, and civil liberties. She founded OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in 2001 and built it into a national model and the largest immigrant rights organization in the state. Rep. Jayapal also played a key role on the Mayoral Advisory Committee that created Seattle’s $15 minimum wage.

In her first term in Congress, Rep. Jayapal has fought the Trump administration at every turn and provided a voice for progressives across the country. She has supported the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Dream Act that would provide a path to citizenship for young DACA recipients. She has also fought back against the Trump administration's inhumane policy of separating families seeking asylum and she introduced legislation that paves a pathway towards a universal health care system.

Her opponent, Seattle resident Craig Keller, is best known as the founder of an anti-immigrant organization that tried to repeal the City of Burien's sanctuary city ordinance. His organization has been recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

Rep. Jayapal is by far the best choice in this race

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32nd Legislative District

State Senator

Maralyn Chase

Democrat
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Democratic Senator Maralyn Chase is the Chair of the Economic Development and International Trade Committee. First elected in 2002, Sen. Chase has been a tireless advocate for workers' rights and job creation in Washington state. Sen. Chase has introduced a single-payer health care bill that would ensure fair prices from drug companies. During the 2018 legislative session, Sen. Chase was the sponsor of legislation to create the Future of Work Task Force that will work to help prepare Washington's workforce for the changing economy.

Sen. Chase is being challenged by Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon. Salomon is a highly capable public defender in the Seattle Municipal Court and has been an effective social justice and environmental leader for the city of Shoreline. He also serves on King County’s Children and Youth Advisory Board to early learning and families with kids. While Salomon received the endorsements of the Seattle Times, Everett Herald, and The Stranger newspapers, he hasn’t received as much support from progressive advocates.

We lean toward Chase because of her strong support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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State Representative, Position #1

Cindy Ryu

Democrat
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Formerly the mayor of Shoreline, Democratic Representative Cindy Ryu was the first Korean American mayor in the country and the first to serve in the state Legislature. She is the Chair of the Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee. In this role, Rep. Ryu has been an advocate for affordable housing, including supporting the development of tiny homes, supporting upzoning in urban areas, and proposing a bill that creates "housing opportunity zones" near high-quality transit. She has also advocated for reforms to hold law enforcement officers accountable.

Rep. Ryu is running against Diodato (Dio) Boucsieguez. Boucsieguez is a member of the College Republicans at the University of Washington who is running on a fiscal responsibility platform, but he has failed to provide details about his policy ideas.

Rep. Ryu is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Lauren Davis

Democrat
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Lauren Davis is the founding Executive Director of Washington Recovery Alliance, which seeks to help families and individuals who are struggling with mental health and addiction issues. She helped launch the suicide prevention nonprofit Forefront in King County, and serves on the King County Behavioral Health Advisory Board as well as the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington State. Her campaign is focused on addiction recovery, affordable housing, and criminal justice reforms.

Davis's opponent is former paramedic Frank Deisler, who is running to "reverse the failed socialist, progressive, Seattle policies that have wreaked havoc on our State." He would like to see more prosecution of those with addiction issues and an end to safe needle programs and sanctuary city policies.

Davis is the clear choice for the 32nd Legislative District House Position 2.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Countywide Races

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

King County

King County Prosecuting Attorney

Dan Satterberg

Non-Partisan
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King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg is running for re-election on a platform of reforming and modernizing King County’s criminal justice system. His office’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program has become a national model for shifting low-level drug offenders and sex workers out of the criminal justice system and into community support services. Satterberg has been an outspoken advocate for outlawing the death penalty in Washington and he recently announced that his office will halt prosecutions for possession of small amounts of drugs.

Satterberg acknowledges the painful history of institutional racism in the King County prosecutor’s office and in the broader criminal justice system. He is actively working to change department policies and to train his staff to reduce the disproportionate impact of the criminal justice system on people of color. He offers thoughtful and detailed analyses of the challenges facing King County and he is willing to experiment with innovative new ways to support the community.

Satterberg is being challenged by progressive public defender Daron Morris. Morris has criticized Satterberg for not moving quickly and boldly enough to reform King County’s criminal justice system. In particular, Morris opposes the new youth jail that is currently under construction. Unfortunately, medical problems forced Morris to suspend his campaign in September.

Satterberg is the best choice for King County Prosecuting Attorney.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger
Other: Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Washington State Council of County and City Employees AFSCME Local 2, Teamsters Local 174

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Snohomish County

Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney

Adam Cornell

Democrat
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Adam Cornell has served as the Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor for 15 years and has been endorsed by Mark Roe, the departing incumbent. His platform is centered on alternative justice programs, alternative sentences, and treatment programs for those suffering from mental illness and addiction issues. Adam Cornell is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Snohomish County Labor Council, Snohomish County Democrats, Aerospace Machinists District Lodge 751

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Judicial Races

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State Supreme Court

State Supreme Court Justice, Position #2

Susan Owens

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First elected in 2000, Supreme Court Justice Susan Justice Owens brings more 40 years of legal experience to Washington's Supreme Court. Prior to serving on the court, Justice Owens served nineteen years as a District Court Judge in Western Clallam County. Justice Owens has been a leader in the judicial community on addressing the impacts of domestic violence on children. Nationally, Justice Owens is a judicial trainer on this topic and participated in the writing of the Northwest Tribal Judges Domestic Violence Manual. Justice Owens is running unopposed for re-election and has earned your support.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

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State Supreme Court Justice, Position #8

Steve Gonzalez

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Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez has earned national recognition for his judicial expertise and work to increase access to the judicial system. Before serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Gonzalez served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and on the King County Superior Court for more than 10 years hearing criminal, juvenile, and family law cases. Justice Gonzalez is devoted to working for the people of Washington and serves as a board member for the Washington Leadership Institute, an organization that supports emerging community leaders from diverse backgrounds. As one of the few multi-lingual justices, he chairs the Interpreter Commission. Justice Gonzalez is rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by 10 independent bar associations in Washington state.

Gonzalez is being challenged by Bellevue-based attorney Nathan Choi, who ran unsuccessfully for a judicial seat on the Court of Appeals in 2016. Since then, Choi has faced numerous ethical controversies. In 2017, the King County Bar Association formally reprimanded Choi for violating KCBA's fair campaign practices guidelines by releasing misleading campaign materials and failing to follow state candidate rules. In February of this year, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson formally filed a lawsuit against Nathan Choi in a Thurston County Court. The case is still open.

Justice Steve Gonzalez is the best choice for Supreme Court Justice Position 8.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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State Supreme Court Justice, Position #9

Sheryl Gordon McCloud

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Washington Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud has been a fierce defender of constitutional rights and has written the decision in several consequential court cases. Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, she worked as an accomplished appellate court attorney for nearly three decades and was a founding member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association. Her strong judicial track record has earned a rating of "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by 10 independent state bar associations, including Washington Women Lawyers and the newly-minted Veterans Bar Association.

Justice McCloud in running unopposed for Position 9 and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Court of Appeals, Division One, District Two

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

Court of Appeals, Division One, District One: Judge, Position #4

Beth M. Andrus

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Appointed earlier this year by Gov. Jay Inslee to this seat vacated by Judge Ronald Cox, Judge Beth M. Andrus is seeking to retain the Court of Appeals, District 1, Division 1 seat. Prior to entering the judiciary as a King County Superior Court Judge in 2010, Judge Andrus had a 21-year career as a private attorney practicing commercial litigation, intellectual property, construction, and employment law as well as appellate advocacy. In 2016, the King County Chapter of the Washington Women Lawyers Bar Association awarded her their Judge of the Year Award. Judge Andrus is known as an impartial problem solver who has a “tireless work ethic." It is also worth noting that she was nominated for a U.S. District Court appointment by former President Barack Obama, but the U.S. Senate refused to act on the nomination. Judge M. Andrus is unopposed and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

King County Democrats

Court of Appeals, Division One, District One: Judge, Position #7

Marlin Appelwick

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Chief Judge Marlin Appelwick has served on Washington’s Court of Appeals since 1998. Prior to entering the judiciary, Judge Appelwick was a private attorney and served for 16 years in the Legislature, including 12 years as a state representative for the 46th Legislative District. During his final three years in the Legislature, Judge Appelwick also served as the House Democratic Leader.

Since his appointment to the appellate court, Judge Appelwick has been committed to making just decisions, balancing judicial administration, and serving the public. He is committed to ensuring that information about the law is accessible for everyone and cares deeply about educating Washingtonians about their civil rights. He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his judicial expertise and conduct. Judge Marlin Appelwick is running unopposed for re-election and has earned another term.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

King County Young Democrats

District Court

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

Shoreline District Court, Judge, Position #1

Joe Campagna

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Attorney Joe Campagna is running for election to the King County District Court, Shoreline Position 1. Campagna's legal background includes a career in private practice and service as a pro tem (substitute) judge in the district and in the municipal courts of King and Snohomish Counties. Campagna recognizes that district court is the first point of contact for most people, and wants to ensure that the courts are operating efficiently and are accessible. He also volunteers as an attorney at El Centro de La Raza’s free legal clinic. Rated as "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by five of Washington state's independent bar associations, Campagna has earned broad support from progressive elected officials and the judicial community.

Campagna is running against Superior Court Commissioner Les Ponomarchuk, who unsuccessfully ran for a judicial seat in 2008. While Ponomarchuk has served as a lead family court commissioner since 1998, his candidacy lacks substantial support from the legal community. Campagna is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Shoreline District Court, Judge, Position #2

Marcine Anderson

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In 2010, Judge Marcine Anderson became the first Asian American woman elected to the King County District Court. Prior to entering the judiciary, Judge Anderson worked as a King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and was also the first Asian American to serve on the Board of the Washington State Bar Association in 2004. During her tenure, she has served as the Presiding Judge for the West Division of the King County District Court in 2014 and 2016. Judge Anderson supports efforts to make the court more accessible and believes the law must be fair and impartial. She is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

West District Court, Judge, Position #1

Lisa Paglisotti

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Judge Lisa Paglisotti was elected to this position in 2016. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Paglisotti worked 22 years as a King County public defender. She is passionate about serving the community, justice, and connecting offenders with resources and programs that will help them exit the criminal justice system. Judge Lisa Paglisotti is running unopposed for reelection and has earned another term.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Bar Association Ratings: King County Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

West District Court, Judge, Position #2

Mark Chow

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First elected in 1990, Judge Mark Chow was the first Asian American elected to a King County District Court seat as well as one of the first Asian Americans to graduate from the University of Washington Law School. Previously, Judge Chow was a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and private attorney. Now serving in his sixth term, Judge Chow has been recognized for playing a pivotal role in founding the King County's Mental Health Court and reducing recidivism. He is also a member of the District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association, where he successfully advocated for gender and diversity issues to be incorporated into the Judicial College's curriculum.

Judge Chow is considered an effective leader in the Chinese American community. He has been endorsed by eight members of the state Supreme Court, countless statewide and local judges, community leaders, and individuals. Judge Mark Chow is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

King County Young Democrats

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West District Court, Judge, Position #3

Art Chapman

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After serving two years on the Seattle Municipal Court Bench, Judge Art Chapman was elected to the King County District Court in 2002. Over the course his tenure, Judge Chapman has presided over the Mental Health Court and served on the court's executive committee. Judge Chapman is supportive of therapeutic courts and prioritizes public safety, equity, and justice. Judge Chapman is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

37th District Democrats

West District Court, Judge, Position #4

Gregg Hirakawa

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Judge Gregg Hirakawa was first elected to the King County District Court West Division, Position 4 in 2016. Prior to entering public service, Judge Hirakawa was a judge pro tem for the King County District Court for two years and worked as a public defense attorney primarily representing clients with mental and physical disabilities. He is dedicated to serving the community and the fair administration of justice. Judge Hirakawa is running unopposed and has earned your support.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

West District Court, Judge, Position #5

Anne C. Harper

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Judge Anne Harper is running unopposed for reelection to King County's West Electoral District Court, Position 5. Judge Harper is committed to improving programs and services offered by the district court and played a critical role in developing the Regional Mental Health Court. Prior to serving on the bench, she served as a public defender in Snohomish and King counties. Judge Anne Harper is unopposed and has earned your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

32nd Democrats

Seattle Municipal Court

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

Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #1

Ed McKenna

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Prior to serving as a Seattle Municipal Court, Judge Ed McKenna was an Assistant Seattle City Attorney and served as an administrative court judge. During his tenure on the Seattle Municipal Court, Judge McKenna has presided over the domestic violence court, trial court, and mental health court. He is focused on implementing new programs to increase the general public's trust in the court system. Specifically, Judge Ed McKenna has gone on the record stating that addressing the lack of racial and ethnic jury diversity must remain a priority for the Seattle Municipal Court. Judge Ed McKenna is running unopposed for reelection and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #2

Andrea Chin

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Attorney Andrea Chin has worked as an Assistant City Attorney for 26 years training new lawyers and arguing criminal and appeals cases. Prior to becoming a public servant for the city of Seattle, Chin worked for several years as an Assistant Director of Admissions at the California Institute of Technology specializing in the development of recruitment programs for women. Chin is focused on maintaining public safety and strengthening Seattle's specialized courts that address mental health issues and serve veterans. She has received a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from six of seven independent bar associations. Chin is unopposed and deserves your vote this November.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: King County Democrats, International Union of Painters & Allied Trades

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Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #3

Adam Eisenberg

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Appointed in January 2017, Judge Adam Eisenberg is running unchallenged for Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 3. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Eisenberg worked as a court magistrate, criminal prosecutor, and court commissioner. Currently, Judge Eisenberg is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington who teaches law and ethics to graduate students. He has earned a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from the independent King County Bar Association. Judge Eisenberg deserves another term.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #4

Anita Crawford-Willis

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Judge Anita Crawford-Willis was appointed in 2017 after serving nearly three decades as a judge of administrative law, public defender, and judge pro tem. She strongly believes that judges should be willing to build bridges with the community and work in collaboration with various stakeholders to uphold public safety and increase access to the justice system. Outside of the courtroom, Judge Crawford-Willis serves on the board of Seattle University Board of Regents and was recently selected as the board chair. She received a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from six out of seven independent bar associations. Judge Anita Crawford-Willis has earned your vote for Seattle Municipal Court Position 4.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: King County Democrats

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Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #5

Willie Gregory

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Judge Willie Gregory was first elected to the Seattle Municipal Court in 2010 and currently oversees a general trial court and the Veterans Treatment Court. Previously, he has presided over the mental health and community courts. Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Gregory worked 14 years as a public defender with the Associated Counsel for the Accused. Judge Gregory is extremely active within the community and values judicial integrity and listening with compassion. Among his many achievements, Judge Willie Gregory is a founding member of the King County Bar Association, the Loren Miller Bar Association, and the Washington State Bar Association. He is running unopposed for reelection to Seattle Municipal Court Position 5.

Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #6

Faye Chess

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Appointed in April 2018, Judge Faye Chess is running unopposed for Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 6. Prior to her appointment, Judge Chess served as a Seattle Municipal Court Magistrate and for twenty-two years as a pro-tem (substitute) judge for the Seattle Municipal Court and King County District Court. Outside of the courtroom, Judge Chess is an active member on the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission and is a teacher at the Lake Washington Human Resources Association. She is committed to ensuring that the Seattle Municipal Court is accessible to the community and prioritizes the effective administration of court resources.

Judge Chess has been rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by four independent bar associations including the Loren Miller and Joint Asian Bar Associations. Judge Faye Chess deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Bar Association Ratings: Joint Asian Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Q-Law Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Loren Miller Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Cardozo Society of Washington State: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

Other: King County Young Democrats, King County Democrats

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Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #7

Damon Shadid

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Judge Damon Shadid was elected to Seattle Municipal Court in 2014 and is the first democratically elected judge of Middle Eastern descent in the state. Previously, he worked as a private defense and immigration attorney. Judge Shadid is committed to working with organizations and agencies to address racial disparities within the criminal justice system as well as the growing heroin epidemic. Judge Shadid prioritizes supporting programs and services that hold violators of the law accountable and supports their permanent exit from the criminal justice system. Off the bench, he sits on the Board of Directors of the District and Municipal Judges' Association and mentors new attorneys. Judge Damon Shadid is running unopposed and has earned your support.

City Races and Ballot Measures

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

City of Seattle

City of Seattle Proposition #1

Vote YES on Seattle Proposition 1

YES
The Families, Education, Pre-school, and Promise Levy combines two expiring levies into a comprehensive package to support students from early learning to college.

Affordable, high-quality early learning and childcare are critical for working families and set our children up for a lifetime of success. Unfortunately, Seattle’s childcare is some of the most expensive in the country. A majority of the funding from Proposition 1 would go toward increasing access to the Seattle pre-K program, as well as expanding free childcare for low-income and homeless families. In addition, nearly one-third of the funding will go to wrap-around services for our K-12 students, including additional health services, summer learning, and support staff. Finally, the levy provides some funding for Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Seattle Promise Program to provide free tuition at Seattle colleges for graduates of Seattle public schools. This levy is funded by a property tax that would cost the average Seattle homeowner an additional $9 per month for a total of $20 per month.

Vote YES on Seattle Proposition 1 to give every Seattle student the opportunity to learn and succeed.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Economic Justice: SEIU Local 925
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
Media: The Stranger

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City of Shoreline

City of Shoreline Proposition #1

Vote YES for Safer Streets and Sidewalks

APPROVED
Well-paved sidewalks and access ramps ensure that all of us reach our destination safely and on time. The City of Shoreline is proposing Proposition No. 1, a twenty-year sales and use tax increase of 0.2 percent to fund transportation maintenance and improvement projects. Proposition No. 1 is a dedicated funding source that would finance the building of 12 new high-priority sidewalk projects and fund the repayment of costs associated with the repaving, repair, and ongoing maintenance of more than 75 miles of sidewalks existing within city limits. Voters should vote YES on Proposition No. 1!

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Urbanist

Other Progressive Candidates in Local Races

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

Public Utility District Commissioner District 1

Mary Rollins

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Mary Rollins is running to ensure that utilities are managed in the most equitable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly way possible. She serves as chair of the 38th Legislative District Democrats and is focused on reducing energy costs for Snohomish County families. One of Rollins' proposals is to build charging stations at the local PUD office to support the growing number of electric vehicle users.

Rollins is running against conservative incumbent Sidney "Sid" Logan. Logan is a former Shell engineer and consultant who is running after being appointed to this seat last year.

Rollins is the best choice for Snohomish County PUD Commissioner Position 1 because of her commitment to renewable energy and keeping costs low for consumers.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters
Other: Snohomish County Democrats

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Public Utility District Commissioner District 2

Rebecca Wolfe

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Rebecca Wolfe is an educator running for Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioner in District 2. Wolfe has volunteered and worked with a variety of environmental groups, such as the Washington State Sierra Club and the City of Edmonds Tree Board, as well as local commissions like the Edmonds Economic Development Commission. Wolfe is running to promote climate protection, clean energy sources, and evidence-based energy policy. She's also running to increase fiscal responsibility in the district. Wolfe cites the $9 million used on the tabled hydroelectric project at Sunset Falls on the Skykomish River as an example of funding that could have been used for solar and energy-efficient projects instead.

Wolfe is running against business consultant and South Snohomish Fire & Rescue Commissioner David Chan, who is running to increase efficiencies within the department and keep rates low. If elected, Chan has pledged to negotiate deals from bulk suppliers. Chan was reprimanded last year for a racist comment made about "cheap" Mexican workers during a Snohomish County Fire District 1 meeting.

Wolfe is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters
Other: Snohomish County Democrats

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Maralyn Chase

Democrat
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Democratic Senator Maralyn Chase is the Chair of the Economic Development and International Trade Committee. First elected in 2002, Sen. Chase has been a tireless advocate for workers' rights and job creation in Washington state. Sen. Chase has introduced a single-payer health care bill that would ensure fair prices from drug companies. During the 2018 legislative session, Sen. Chase was the sponsor of legislation to create the Future of Work Task Force that will work to help prepare Washington's workforce for the changing economy.

Sen. Chase is being challenged by Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon. Salomon is a highly capable public defender in the Seattle Municipal Court and has been an effective social justice and environmental leader for the city of Shoreline. He also serves on King County’s Children and Youth Advisory Board to early learning and families with kids. While Salomon received the endorsements of the Seattle Times, Everett Herald, and The Stranger newspapers, he hasn’t received as much support from progressive advocates.

We lean toward Chase because of her strong support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

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