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Shelley Kloba 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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Shelley Kloba

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State Representative Shelley Kloba is running for re-election for the 1st Legislative District House Position 1. During her tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Kloba has been a strong advocate for affordable housing and quality education. This past legislative session, Rep. Kloba was the primary sponsor of a bill that extended the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council to increase opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds. Prior to joining the Legislature, Rep. Kloba served her community as a trustee for the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, as a Kirkland City Councilmember, and as the Washington State PTA Legislative Director for two years.

Representative Shelley Kloba is being challenged by Snohomish County Republican Chair Debra Blodgett and Bothell small business owner and Libertarian Matt Seymour. Seymour wants to reduce the national debt and shrink the size of government, while Blodgett is not running a competitive campaign.

Representative Shelley Kloba is best choice in this race.

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King County Ballot Measures

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

King County County Proposition #1

King County Proposition 1

APPROVED
The King County Council is proposing Proposition No. 1, a renewal of a six-year levy that raises $21 million annually for the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

AFIS is the primary tool that law enforcement officers in King County’s 39 cities and unincorporated areas use to conduct investigations. This replaces an expiring levy that funds county law enforcement agencies' ability to identify criminal offenders based on database matches of crime scene fingerprints and palm prints. If approved, funds may also be used to research and launch other, more accurate, types of technology to help investigators solve crimes. The levy rate is 3.5 cents per $1,000 of property value. Vote YES to maintain and improve existing technology and operations through 2024.

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.

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Congress

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

U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District

Suzan DelBene

Democrat
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Representative Suzan Delbene has served the 1st Congressional District since 2013. DelBene is a former executive at Microsoft who has used her technology background to become a leader in protecting privacy rights against government surveillance. Her priorities include creating family wage jobs in areas like the aerospace, sustainable agriculture, and clean energy industries. She also supports raising the federal minimum wage and passing comprehensive tax reform to ensure that those making more than a million dollars don't pay a lower tax rate than low- and middle-income families.

Rep. Delbene is running against Jeffrey Beeler, Adam Pilskog, and Robert Mair. Jeffrey Beeler is focused on "securing our borders," health care, and the deficit. Teacher Adam Pilskog is running on a "conservative approach to fiscal policy, and a liberal to libertarian approach to social issues." Mair has no platform or information available at this time.

Rep. Delbene is clearly the best choice in this race.

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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 serving 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 has been a champion of Wall Street reform. Unfortunately, Larsen joined Republicans to repeal some banking rules imposed after the Great Recession intended to prevent another economic collapse. According to the SeattlePI.com, Rep. Larsen "holds more town meetings than anybody else in the Washington delegation".

He is running against Uncle Mover, a perennial candidate who runs to advertise his business, Democrat Collin Richard Carlson, who is running on his entirely rewritten federal budget plan, Libertarian Brian Luke, Independent Gary Franco, and Green Party candidate Stonewall Jackson Bird, who is running on progressive values but isn't running a competitive campaign.

Rep. Larsen is the best choice in this race.

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1st Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Derek Stanford

Democrat
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Democratic Representative Derek Stanford was first elected in 2010 and has emerged as an effective progressive leader in Olympia. Throughout his tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Stanford has been a strong proponent of LGBTQ rights, consumer protections, environmental sustainability, and strengthening access to higher education in Washington state. Most recently, Rep. Stanford sponsored legislation that prohibited state agencies from creating databases based on an individual's religious affiliation to protect Washingtonians' right to privacy.

Stanford is opposed by Republican Josh Colver and non-affiliated political newcomer Colin McMahon. Colver has been endorsed by the Washington State Republican Party. His platform includes anti-abortion and anti-government positions that stand in direct opposition to progressive values. McMahon is a public defender who is running to improve mental health services and increase housing development to keep prices down.

Representative Derek Stanford is the clear choice for the 1st Legislative District.

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State Representative, Position #2

Shelley Kloba

Democrat
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State Representative Shelley Kloba is running for re-election for the 1st Legislative District House Position 1. During her tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Kloba has been a strong advocate for affordable housing and quality education. This past legislative session, Rep. Kloba was the primary sponsor of a bill that extended the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council to increase opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds. Prior to joining the Legislature, Rep. Kloba served her community as a trustee for the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, as a Kirkland City Councilmember, and as the Washington State PTA Legislative Director for two years.

Representative Shelley Kloba is being challenged by Snohomish County Republican Chair Debra Blodgett and Bothell small business owner and Libertarian Matt Seymour. Seymour wants to reduce the national debt and shrink the size of government, while Blodgett is not running a competitive campaign.

Representative Shelley Kloba is best choice in this race.

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Snohomish County

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

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.

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District Court

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

Northeast District Court, Judge, Position #1

Marcus Naylor

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Attorney Marcus Naylor has more than 26 years of experience serving the community through the King County Department of Public Defense. Having conducted over a hundred jury trials working as a pro-tem judge for eight years, Naylor has the breadth of experience and temperament to provide fair and impartial treatment for everyone in the courtroom. Naylor’s passion for law and for helping others navigate the judicial process extends beyond the courtroom through his volunteer work for a Neighborhood Legal Clinic. Naylor has been rated "exceptionally well qualified" by several bar associations including the King County Bar Association, the Joint Asian Bar Association of Washington, as well as the Latino/a Bar Association of Washington.

Naylor is running a highly competitive race against Attorney Mychal Schwartz and Public Defender Joshua Schaer. Schwartz is a full-time industrial appeals judge with 29 years of legal and judicial experience under his belt. Schaer is a former two-term Issaquah city council member who now works as a judge pro tem for King County District Court and as an attorney at a private law firm.

While all three candidates possess relevant experience and are qualified for the position; we believe attorney Marcus Naylor is the best choice in this race based on his high judicial ratings from state law associations, engagement in his community, and the considerable support he has received from the judicial community.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Media: The Stranger
Bar Association Ratings:
King County Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified "
Joint Asian Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
QLaw, LGBT Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Latino/a Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Other: King County Democratic Party

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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 2

Rebecca Wolfe

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Rebecca Wolfe is an educator challenging incumbent Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioner Kathy Vaughn. 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 challenging incumbent Kathy Vaughn, who has served in this position for more than 20 years. In last year's interview process to appoint a new commissioner, Vaughn qualified that she would only accept candidates who have no objections to nuclear energy.

Also running in this race are Maggie Mae, David Chan, and Kaili Chickering. Mae is the chair of the Snohomish County Libertarian Party. She is running on a platform of allowing residents to sell back solar power to your public utility, allowing more flexibility for homes to go off-grid, and energy banking for all-year self-sufficiency. Chan is a business consultant running to increase efficiencies within the department and keep rates low. Chickering is a neurodegenerative research technician who is running to reduce spending and to "comply with the growing demands of local industry."

Wolfe is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters
Other: Snohomish County Democrats

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Other Ballot Measures

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

Fire District 1 Proposition #1

Proposition 1: Emergency Medical Services Property Tax Levy

YES
South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue - serving the cities of Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, and surrounding unincorporated areas - is putting forth Proposition 1 to keep up with our growing population. Proposition 1 would renew the current voter-approved levy level of $.50 per $1,000 property value and create a single uniform levy that would enable South Snohomish County Fire to operate more efficiently.

Emergency services call volume in South Snohomish county has increased by 34% since 2013. Since most calls received are for emergency medical services, renewing the EMS Levy is critical to maintaining current 24/7 emergency service levels including the purchase and staffing of an additional ambulance. Vote YES to give our local firefighters the support they need to keep us safe.

Shelley Kloba

Democrat
Shelley Kloba photo

State Representative Shelley Kloba is running for re-election for the 1st Legislative District House Position 1. During her tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Kloba has been a strong advocate for affordable housing and quality education. This past legislative session, Rep. Kloba was the primary sponsor of a bill that extended the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council to increase opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds. Prior to joining the Legislature, Rep. Kloba served her community as a trustee for the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, as a Kirkland City Councilmember, and as the Washington State PTA Legislative Director for two years.

Representative Shelley Kloba is being challenged by Snohomish County Republican Chair Debra Blodgett and Bothell small business owner and Libertarian Matt Seymour. Seymour wants to reduce the national debt and shrink the size of government, while Blodgett is not running a competitive campaign.

Representative Shelley Kloba is best choice in this race.

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