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Anneliese Feld is listed in the Progressive Voters Guide below. Welcome to the the 2018 Progressive Voters Guide! 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 return your ballot by August 7 and share this guide with your friends and family.

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Anneliese Feld

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Democrat Anneliese Feld is running to unseat Republican Rep. Andrew Barkis in the 2nd Legislative District House Position 1. Feld wants to work across the aisle to fix our state's upside-down tax code and address the growing homelessness crisis in the Puget Sound Region. Additionally, Feld believes that local elected officials must be responsive to their constituents regardless of any ideological differences and she aims to increase residents' access to elected officials.

Feld faces an uphill battle against Rep. Barkis, who is a party-line conservative. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Barkis has taken a hardline conservative stance on most progressive reforms, including voting against equal pay protections for women this past legislative session. Feld is the best choice in this race.

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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 much more.

There are 29 challengers in this race, but the most serious is Republican Susan Hutchinson. Hutchinson 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. Hutchinson is well-known for being a party-line Republican and for her fierce defense of President Trump. Also running in this race is Joey Gibson, a far-right advocate who founded Patriot Prayer, a conservative "free speech" group that attracts largely white nationalists.

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

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Congress

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

U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District

There are three leading progressive candidates in this race: Shannon Hader, Jason Rittereiser, and Kim Schrier. The candidates below are listed in alphabetical order. They largely agree on most major issues, so we’ve tried to highlight their policy priorities and unique backgrounds to help you make your own decision.

Dr. Shannon Hader

Democrat
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Dr. Shannon Hader grew up in Auburn and until recently was the Director of the Division of Global HIV and TB at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hader cites her experience leading nearly 2,000 people across 45 countries as well as managing an annual budget of $2.4 billion as evidence of her readiness to lead in Congress. Hader’s describes her platform as building “Safe, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” communities through gun violence prevention, expanding access to health care, creating an economy that works for everyone, and improving public education. Hader supports giving states the ability to implement single-payer health care and she would like to allow more people to opt-in to Medicare. One of her priorities would be to change the law to allow the CDC to research and identify solutions to gun violence. Hader has received the most endorsements from Democratic Party organizations across the district.

What sets her apart: Hader has managed the largest teams and budgets among the three Democrats and is the only one who has worked for the federal government. This experience gives her valuable insight into the budgeting and oversight of federal agencies.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: National Organization for Women, OneAmerica Votes
Other: King County Democrats, Pierce County Democrats, Kittitas County Democrats (dual)

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Jason Rittereiser

Democrat
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Jason Rittereiser is an employment lawyer and a former King County prosecutor working in the Special Assault and Violent Crimes units. Rittereiser has defended workers’ rights in the courtroom, including winning a discrimination lawsuit against a religious university after they fired his client for being unmarried and pregnant. Rittereiser is also the only major candidate with roots on the east side of the district. He grew up in Ellensburg and cites his experience working on a hay farm in the Kittitas Valley to show that he understands the needs of residents across the 8th Congressional District. Rittereiser supports the creation of a national single-payer health care system and would support Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act. In addition, Rittereiser is a member of the State Advisory Council on Homelessness and would make affordable housing and reducing homelessness a priority in office.

What sets him apart: Rittereiser has a deep understanding of legal issues and would be well positioned to make reforms to our criminal justice system. He also has valuable experience in defending the rights of working people.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Washington State Labor Council
Media: The Stranger
Other: Indivisible CD 8 (dual), Kittitas County Democrats (dual)

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Dr. Kim Schrier

Democrat
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Dr. Kim Schrier is a pediatrician from Issaquah who was inspired to run for Washington’s 8th Congressional District because of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. She is committed to building an economy that works for everyone and protecting Social Security and Medicare for all. She also wants to bring her voice to the debates about women’s health care and abortion rights in Congress, where there are currently no women doctors. Schrier supports letting Americans of any age buy into Medicare on a sliding scale to reduce overhead costs and increase competition for private insurers. Schrier has received the most endorsements from national organizations and raised the most money among the Democrats in this race.

What sets her apart: As a practicing doctor, Schrier has the most first-hand experience with our health care system. Her practical knowledge and experience with health care would be valuable in crafting legislation and overseeing important federal agencies.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Education: American Federation of Teachers
Economic Justice: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Washington State Labor Council
Other: EMILY's List, Planned Parenthood Action Fund (national), International Association of Machinists (IAM) 751, Indivisible CD 8 (dual)

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Other Candidates

U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District

Also running in this race is the Republican front-runner Dino Rossi, as well as Jack Hughes-Hageman, Gordon Allen Pross, and a handful of other less viable candidates.

Rossi previously ran unsuccessful campaigns for Washington governor and U.S. Senate. Rossi has consistently sided with congressional Republicans, including supporting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy few. He is also strongly anti-choice and does not support commonsense gun safety legislation. Rossi would be another reliable vote for the Republican leadership and powerful special interests in Washington, D.C.

We need new leadership in Congress that puts working families before corporations and the wealthy elites who rig the rules. Any of the three Democrats in this race would be a better choice than Rossi.

 

U.S. Representative, 10th Congressional District

Denny Heck

Democrat
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Incumbent Denny Heck has had a long, effective career in both the private and public sectors. In Olympia, he served as a five-term state representative, House majority leader, chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and is the co-founder of TVW. In Congress, he has fought to make college more affordable, lower health care costs, ensure veterans get the benefits they deserve, and create middle class jobs. He supports immigration policies that create a path to citizenship, and has been working this year to help prevent health care premium increases due to Trump's policies.

Heck is running against Republican Joseph Brumbles, Independent Centrist Nancy Dailey Slotnick, and Independent Progressive Tamborine Borrelli. Brumbles is a business manager and a gun rights advocate. His campaign platform is undetailed and states that he is standing for "liberty." Slotnick is a U.S. Army veteran who seeks to reduce partisanship in politics and put people first. Borrelli is a small business owner and local activist who was inspired to run for office by Bernie Sanders' campaign. She is running to fully fund education, close unnecessary corporate tax loopholes, and get money out of politics.

Heck is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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2nd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Anneliese Feld

Democrat
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Democrat Anneliese Feld is running to unseat Republican Rep. Andrew Barkis in the 2nd Legislative District House Position 1. Feld wants to work across the aisle to fix our state's upside-down tax code and address the growing homelessness crisis in the Puget Sound Region. Additionally, Feld believes that local elected officials must be responsive to their constituents regardless of any ideological differences and she aims to increase residents' access to elected officials.

Feld faces an uphill battle against Rep. Barkis, who is a party-line conservative. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Barkis has taken a hardline conservative stance on most progressive reforms, including voting against equal pay protections for women this past legislative session. Feld is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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State Representative, Position #2

No Good Choices JT Wilcox

Republican
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There are no good choices in this race. Since 2010, incumbent Republican Representative JT Wilcox has been a hindrance to progress in the Legislature and prides himself on being a conservative figurehead. During this past legislative session, Wilcox voted against progressive reforms like common-sense gun safety measures and net-neutrality protections for Internet users.

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Countywide Races

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

Pierce County

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney

Two veteran prosecutors are running for Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney: Mary Robnett and incumbent Mark Lindquist, both of whom have received progressive endorsements. We lean towards the highly respected and experienced Robnett for a fresh start after years of controversies under Lindquist.

Mary Robnett

Non-Partisan
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Mary Robnett spent 18 years working in the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office. She worked in the office’s special assault unit before being promoted to chief criminal deputy prosecutor. Robnett now works as an Assistant Attorney General in the Sexually Violent Predators unit in Bob Ferguson’s office. She is running as a non-partisan candidate with a focus on restoring integrity and de-politicizing the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office and letting veteran prosecutors do their job. She has very strong support in the legal and law enforcement communities.

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Mark Lindquist

Democrat
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Mark Lindquist is running for his third term as Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney. He has earned a reputation for being a hard worker, and his accomplishments include forming an Elder Fraud and Identity Theft team to prosecute targeted scams against the elderly and helping increase penalties against drunk drivers.

Unfortunately, Lindquist is has also generated several ethics controversies that have undermined public confidence in his leadership. He faced a whistleblower investigation that found he ran a highly politicized office and retaliated against subordinates and critics who disagreed with him. Lindquist is facing a formal bar disciplinary hearing for discussing an active murder trial on a national cable television show while the jury was still deliberating, against the advice of his staff. If Lindquist loses the case, he could lose his license to practice law and be unable to carry out the duties of his office. In addition, Lindquist lost a long-running lawsuit over his refusal to release text messages in public disclosure requests, costing Pierce County taxpayers more than $1 million in fines and fees. We also have concerns about Lindquist's lack of progress toward reducing racial inequities in the local criminal justice system.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Thurston County

Thurston County Auditor

Mary Hall

Democrat
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Democrat Mary Hall is running for re-election for Thurston County Auditor. In 2013, Hall became the first Democrat to be elected to the auditor position in 71 years. Since taking office, Hall has worked across the aisle and has successfully advocated for same-day voter registration, automatic voter registration, pre-registration for 16- and 17 year-olds, and the Washington Voting Rights Act. Hall is passionate about her commitment to public service and wants to continue to serve the people of Thurston County.

Hall is opposed by independent candidate Stuart Holmes. Holmes has only been endorsed by Republicans and lacks the broad range of support from progressives. Hall is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Washington Federation of State Employees 443, Thurston, Lewis, Mason Central Labor Council

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Pierce County Council

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

Pierce County Council, District #1

Lorra Jackson

Democrat
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Democrat Lorra Jackson is running to relieve traffic congestion, preserve farmland, and provide more public spaces for a growing population in Pierce County. She supports a $15 minimum wage in Pierce County and mass transit expansions for commuters and in future residential areas.

She is running against Republicans Sharon Hanek, Dave Morrell, and Milton Tremblay. Hanek has few concrete policy details available. She is promoting public safety, a business-friendly environment, property rights, and reversing Sound Transit taxes. Morrell is a former state representative running on a platform of public safety and fiscal responsibility. Tremblay is a veteran who self-describes his campaign as conservative and patriotic and is focused on fiscal responsibility.

We believe Jackson is the most progressive choice in this race.

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Pierce County Council, District #5

Democrats Suzanne Skaar and Marty Campbell are both solid progressive candidates, though Campbell has wider support from local Democratic organizations.

Marty Campbell

Democrat
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Marty Campbell is a Community Association Manager and former Tacoma City Councilmember of 8 years. His campaign is focused on fully funding mental health services and supporting family wage jobs and local businesses. He wants to add electric vehicle infrastructure and solar incentives to the county's plans. He also supports affordable housing measures like increasing housing density where appropriate and increasing tiny housing options.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

27th Legislative District Democrats, 25th Legislative District Democrats, Pierce County Democrats

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Suzanne Skaar

Democrat
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Suzanne Skaar is a vocational rehabilitation counselor and community activist. She currently serves on the South End Neighborhood Council Board, and has formerly served on Radio Tacoma’s Board of Directors and Tacoma's Human Rights Commission. Skaar is running to centralize government services to the food insecure, homeless, and underhoused, and aims to provide job programs in the clean energy sector and partner with local business to narrow the wage gap. She is committed to giving underrepresented communities a voice in local government.

Skaar and Campbell are running against Republican and perennial candidate Justin Van Dyk, who has no campaign information available.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Democrats

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Pierce County Council, District #7

Derek M. Young

Democrat
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Pierce County Councilmember Derek Young is a former four-term Gig Harbor city councilmember. He has prioritized improving mental health services and environmental protections during his four years on the county council. He also serves on numerous boards representing Pierce County, including the National Association of Counties and the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board. As a board member for Pierce Transit, Young fought to minimize cuts to public transportation options for Pierce County citizens.

He is running against Navy veteran and school board member David Olson, who is running on a standard Republican platform of public safety and fiscal responsibility.

Young's experience, ties to the communities, and knowledge of policy issues facing the county make him the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Environment: Washington Conservation Voters

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Thurston County Commission

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

Thurston County Commission, District #3

Tye Menser

Democrat
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Democrat Tye Menser is running for Thurston County Commissioner in District 3. Previously, Menser served on the Water Conservancy Board and spent a decade serving the community in the Thurston County Public Defense office. Menser is running on a comprehensive platform that includes planning for the projected 100,000 new residents to Thurston County by 2040, preserving the local farming economy, and working to restore the county's fiscal health. He is also focused on ensuring that Thurston County leads in coordinated efforts to address regional housing affordability, homelessness, and drug addiction.

Menser faces a competitive race against incumbent Commissioner Bud Blake, who has been a moderately conservative voice on the commission and has not pursued progressive reforms in his tenure. His other opponents are independent candidate Jed Haney who has yet to release detailed policy goals and Democrat Melissa Denton. Denton is running on a platform that is prioritizing the environment, drug addiction treatment programs, and diversity. We lean towards Menser in this race because he received the most endorsements from local progressive groups.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Our Revolution (National), Thurston County Democratic Women, Thurston Environmental Voters, Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council, Sierra Club South Sound

Campaign Information

Anneliese Feld

Democrat
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Democrat Anneliese Feld is running to unseat Republican Rep. Andrew Barkis in the 2nd Legislative District House Position 1. Feld wants to work across the aisle to fix our state's upside-down tax code and address the growing homelessness crisis in the Puget Sound Region. Additionally, Feld believes that local elected officials must be responsive to their constituents regardless of any ideological differences and she aims to increase residents' access to elected officials.

Feld faces an uphill battle against Rep. Barkis, who is a party-line conservative. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Barkis has taken a hardline conservative stance on most progressive reforms, including voting against equal pay protections for women this past legislative session. Feld is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Campaign Information