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The King County Council is seeking approval of Proposition No. 1, which would provide funding for local parks, open spaces, trails, recreation, public pools, zoo operations, and an aquarium capital project. Renewing and replacing the County Parks levy is crucial for protecting thousands of acres of forest, investing in parks of all sizes, and expanding access to recreation and learning for underserved communities.
All children in King County deserve fun and safe places to play, and preserving our open spaces now will help combat climate change as well as protect air and water quality for generations to come. Proposition No. 1: Parks for All will cost the average homeowner less than $8 per month and will ensure King County's parks and other open spaces will continue to thrive. Vote yes on Proposition No. 1.
There are several good progressives in this race, including Preeti Shridhar, Sam Cho, Dominic Barrera, and Grant Degginger. Shridhar and Cho have earned the most support from our progressive partners.
Preeti Shridhar is a devoted environmental advocate who would bring decades of public affairs experience to the Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 2. Shridhar has worked in a variety of relevant government positions throughout King County and is passionate about ensuring that the interests of all King County communities are represented. She helped launch the City of Seattle’s Climate Protection Initiative and worked to improve relations between immigrant communities and the City of Renton, where she now works. Shridhar is focused on building regional partnerships and creating good jobs at the port while protecting the environment.
Sam Cho, the co-founder of an international export company, is now running for Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 2. He served on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and previously worked on trade issues for a member of Congress. As the son of South Korean immigrants, Cho is running to make the Port of Seattle work better for all people in King County, from reducing congestion at SeaTac Airport to supporting low-income families south of the airport who are impacted by noise and air pollution. He also wants to use the port as an economic engine to create opportunities for the county’s rapidly growing population.
Incumbent Fred Felleman is an environmental consultant and marine biologist. He is running to retain his seat on the Seattle Port Commission to continue fighting climate change and increasing the port's green energy jobs. He has been a leader on the commission in protecting orcas, publicly opposing the dangerous Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and promoting transparency at the port while advocating for well-paying jobs. The port faced criticism following the Trump Muslim Ban when some protesters on the light rail were forced to skip the airport station. However, Felleman was among numerous leaders who released a statement condemning the ban and calling for an evaluation of the numerous government agencies’ response at the airport.
Felleman is being challenged by Garth Jacobson and Jordan Lemmon. Attorney Jacobson's priorities include pausing cruise line terminal growth until pollution cleanup efforts are further along, finding a way to eliminate the bus shuttles from the car rental facility, and installing availability lights in the airport parking structure. Lemmon is a theatre supervisor who was inspired to run to encourage voting and is using his campaign to engage the voter base prior to the 2020 election. He has no detailed campaign information available.
Felleman is the best choice for Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 5.
There are two good progressives in this race with a track record of public service: Ruth Perez and Marcie Maxwell. Perez has earned the support of more of our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.
Two-term city council member Ruth Pérez is running to be the next mayor of Renton. Previously, Pérez worked in state government for Governor Gary Locke promoting trade and economic development. Pérez also helped expand Spanish-language education programs during her 10 years working for the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle. Her campaign platform is focused on expanding access to affordable housing, continuing to build a strong economy, reducing crime and homelessness, and tackling the city’s transportation issues. As to her successes on the council, Pérez points to her efforts as a council member to lobby legislators on including Renton projects in the 2015 transportation package.
Former state representative and former Renton School Board member Marcie Maxwell's effective leadership and strong policy background have served Renton well. She has advocated strongly for K-12 funding, invested in infrastructure, and protected the environment while creating green jobs. Now, the Senior Education Policy Adviser for Gov. Jay Inslee is running to work with state and local officials to effectively lead the growing city so that both residents and businesses can thrive where they live.
Perez and Maxwell are facing Randy Corman and Armando Pavone. Corman is a seven-term Renton City Council member who spent 33 years working at Boeing. He characterizes his time on city council as a success because of numerous expansions in their retail spaces. He wants Renton to become a tech hub and suggests reducing the minimum size for a house and developing or redeveloping land to address housing issues.
Renton Regional Community Foundation member Valerie O’Halloran is running for the open Renton City Council, Position 3 seat, which was vacated by Carol Ann Witschi. O’Halloran is running to improve transportation infrastructure and to build a city that is welcoming and affordable for veterans and low-income families. She has numerous endorsements from progressive leaders and groups.
O'Halloran is facing Max J. Heller III, James Alberson, and Rev. Dr. Linda Smith. Heller is a security guard and former Democratic precinct committee officer. He hasn't updated his campaign page since 2017 and does not appear to be running a competitive campaign. Alberson is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Renton Chamber of Commerce and is running to create jobs and improve business opportunities. Smith, the Executive Director and Senior Pastor at S.K.Y. Urban Empowerment and Transformation, is prioritizing helping those who cannot help themselves via affordable housing and investing in mental health and addiction-focused case management. She is extraordinarily active in the church community and with homeless and youth advocacy organizations. She has been dual endorsed with O'Halloran by two Renton city councilmembers.
We lean towards O'Halloran because she swept sole endorsements from seven local Democrat organizations.