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Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative 1433


Vote Yes on I-1433: Raise Up Washington

No one who works hard and plays by the rules should still struggle to make ends meet. Yet too many working people, particularly women and people of color, work two or three jobs and still have trouble providing basic necessities like food and shelter for their families. Additionally, Washingtonians should be able to take care of themselves or a sick child without losing a paycheck. Initiative 1433 would give all workers the opportunity to earn paid sick and safe leave and raise the state minimum wage to $13.50 over four years. It would also allow counties and cities - like Seattle and Tacoma - to pass stronger measures. When more workers have more money in their pockets, they spend it at local businesses and boost our economy.

Vote YES on Initiative 1433 to help businesses, workers, and families across Washington thrive.

Initiative 1464


Vote YES to Limit Big Money in Politics

Initiative 1464, known as Integrity Washington, aims to give ordinary people a stronger voice in our government. I-1464 prohibits lobbyists and government contractors from making big contributions to the candidates they are trying to influence. Notably, I-1464 also features an innovative public financing system that will allow candidates to focus their campaigning and fundraising on ordinary voters rather than the wealthy and well-funded special interests. Modeled in part after “Honest Elections Seattle,” it would give each voter $150 in "Democracy credits" to contribute to candidates of their choice. I-1464 also strengthens enforcement of our existing campaign finance laws. The reforms are mostly funded by repealing a tax loophole for out-of-state shoppers.

While we strongly support the goals of this initiative, we have some concerns about the details and the potential for unintended consequences that undermine the initiative’s goals. For example, there are concerns that the limits on contributions to candidates will shift more money into attack ads funded by hidden donors, and that it would have been wiser to wait until the similar measure in Seattle had been implemented to work out any problems. If voters approve I-1464, we hope the initiative backers will work closely with state officials to clarify the language and engage more people in the process.

Despite these issues, we believe that the influence of money in our elections is one of the biggest problems facing our democracy, and that it’s past time to take action. Vote YES on Initiative 1464 to move Washington forward in testing new approaches to limiting the influence of big money on politics.

Endorsed By: League of Women Voters, Young Democrats of Washington, Economic Opportunity Institute, Sightline Institute, and many county and district Democratic organizations.

Initiative 1491


Vote Yes To Keep Families Safe

I-1491 allows families and law enforcement to ask a judge for an Extreme Risk Protection Order that temporarily removes firearms from individuals showing a demonstrated risk of violent behavior. The vast majority of people who commit a mass shooting or suicide show signs of their intentions. Families are often the first to see those signs, but under our current laws they are often powerless to remove firearms from individuals who display violent intentions. Initiative 1491 will empower families to prevent tragedies by temporarily removing firearms from people who are a danger to themselves or others.

Vote YES on I-1491 to keep our communities safe and help prevent more tragedies from gun violence.

Initiative 1501


Vote Yes on I-1501 to Prevent Fraud and Protect Seniors

When it comes to consumer fraud and identity theft, we are all at risk – but seniors are especially vulnerable. Initiative 1501 will discourage scams and crack down on criminals who prey on the elderly and vulnerable. I-1501 increases penalties for identity theft and fraud and prevents the state from releasing private information about vulnerable people and their in-home caregivers.

I-1501 also protects the privacy, names, and contact information of home care workers like health care workers and child care providers, which is why the right-wing Freedom Foundation is strongly opposed to this initiative. They have been working to acquire the names and contact information of home health care workers and child care providers as part of a deceptive campaign to destroy unions, and this initiative would prevent them from acquiring that private personal data from the state.

Vote YES to protect the privacy and safety of seniors and their in-home caregivers.

Initiative 732


Vote NO on I-732

Initiative 732 has divided groups committed to fighting climate change. It would reduce carbon pollution by taxing it and cut other taxes by a similar amount. Although it’s well-intended, puts a strong price on carbon emissions, and tackles an incredibly urgent problem, it has some serious flaws that have generated strong opposition from many progressive groups that are committed to reducing carbon pollution. Opponents have several concerns:
  1. Although I-732 is supposed to be revenue neutral, drafters inadvertently created huge additional tax breaks for companies like Boeing so it would cost more than it will bring in. A recent state budget analysis has determined that these tax breaks would cost taxpayers approximately $797 million over six years. As a result, I-732 would blow a giant hole in the state budget at a time when we are already failing to adequately fund schools, health care, and other essential services.
  2. It fails to invest any carbon tax revenue in clean energy sources. Increasing our use of clean energy like solar and wind power is a critical part of fighting climate change, as well as decreasing our use of fossil fuels. In addition, it fails to limit carbon pollution or to enforce the carbon pollution reductions already required by law.
  3. I-732 proponents failed to engage communities of color and workers – the ones disproportionately impacted by climate change -- in developing an approach to provide an economically just transition away from fossil fuels. The result is an initiative that does not adequately address their priorities and faces strong opposition from groups representing communities of color and labor unions.
I-732 supporters argue the urgency of fighting climate change compels us to act immediately and that we can’t afford to wait for a different proposal. Although we are highly motivated to reduce carbon pollution and appreciate the sentiments of the initiative's supporters, I-732’s flaws are serious enough that we – like most statewide environmental groups - cannot support the proposal.

We look forward to working with a wide range of advocates to create and pass a stronger plan to fight climate change in the near future.

Here are some additional sources of information about I-732:

The Yes on 732 campaign explains their side of the story here:

General Progressive: Fuse
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
Other: Front and Centered, Puget Sound Sage, Progreso, Children's Alliance <br/><br/> Other groups that do not support I-732: Washington Conservation Voters, Washington Environmental Council, Sierra Club

Initiative 735


Vote YES on I-735 to Get Big Money Out of Politics

Corporations are not people. Money is not speech. These are two truths that a huge majority of the public agrees upon, and yet the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the opposite when it made Citizens United the law of the land. Initiative 735, known as WAmend, puts our state on the record calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution clarifying that corporations are not people, money is not speech, and political donations should be disclosed.

Vote YES on I-735 to tell Congress that Washington supports returning power to the people and common sense to our election rules.

Advisory Vote 14


Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 14

A bipartisan majority of legislators came together earlier this year to clarify that some stand-alone family dental plans can be charged a small insurance premium tax. Legislators passed House Bill 2768 by a vote of 135 to 11. 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 to "maintain" this measure.

Advisory Vote 15


Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 15

In order to encourage the use of clean alternative fuel vehicles in Washington, a broad majority of legislators voted to extend an existing tax break for customers who buy the clean energy cars. Legislators voted to pass Second Engrossed House Bill 2778 by a vote of 93 to 47. 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 to "maintain" this measure.

Constitutional Amendment 8210


Vote YES for a better redistricting plan

Every 10 years, the Washington State Constitution requires a bipartisan commission to update the lines that draw state legislative and congressional districts as the population grows and shifts. Senate Joint Resolution 8210 will shorten the time for the commission to complete a redistricting plan by six weeks, saving taxpayers money and allowing voters more time to provide feedback before spring elections. This common sense reform received a unanimous vote from the state Legislature. Vote YES on SJR 8210.

King County Ballot Measures

King County Charter Amendment #1


Vote NO on the Nonpartisan Prosecuting Attorney

Voters need all of the information available about a candidate in order to make an informed decision. While most of us dislike partisan politics, King County Charter Amendment No. 1 would take valuable information away from King County voters - the political affiliation of candidates for prosecuting attorney. Studies show that votes rely on party labels to help evaluate candidates they know very little about. Knowing a candidate’s political party shines a spotlight on the values and beliefs guiding their decisions. A person’s political leanings are often indicative of their stance on issues such as criminal justice reform, LGTBQ rights, a women’s right to make her own pregnancy decisions, racial justice, climate change, and many more of the things we care about. This belief system strongly influences their position on legal matters.

Informed voting is the foundation of a healthy democracy. Voters cannot make informed choices unless they know what candidates stand for. Vote NO on King County Charter Amendment No. 1.

King County Charter Amendment #2


Vote YES for Gender Neutral Language

This charter amendment is an important step toward ensuring that all individuals regardless of gender identity are equally represented in our government. Presently, the King County Charter uses outdated masculine language to describe positions such as “councilman” and “chairman”. Replacing such language with the consistent use of neutral pronouns like “council member” would provide much-needed clarity and consistency to our governing document. Additionally, incorporating gender-neutral language makes the King County Charter more inclusive and ensures that our governing document applies to men, women, transgender people, and gender non-conforming persons.

Vote YES on King County Charter Amendment No. 2 to ensure that our charter reflects our voters.



Hillary Clinton photo

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made history when she became the first woman nominated by the Democratic Party for president. As President, she will continue her legacy of advocacy for women, children, and families, which began with working at the Children's Defense Fund to provide education to students with disabilities. She also promises to fight for equal pay, protect our environment, expand background checks to more gun sales, support comprehensive immigration reform, and stand up to Republican attacks on President Barack Obama's landmark health care law.

Her main opponent, Republican Donald Trump, has amassed a troubling track record of actions and positions that are divisive, dishonest, disrespectful to women, and far too uninformed and unstable to lead our nation and be our Commander in Chief. Also in this race is Green Party nominee Jill Stein, a former Lexington, Massachusetts Town Council member, and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian former governor of New Mexico.

Hillary Rodham Clinton deserves your vote.

U.S. Senator

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Since Patty Murray was first elected in 1992, the "Mom in Tennis Shoes" has been an incredible champion for women, working people, veterans, and an economy that works for everyone. The fourth-ranking Democrat in the Senate, she has earned the respect of Democrats and Republicans alike by forging agreements on the budget, education, women's health, and other critical issues, all while continuing to fight for working people across our state.

Her opponent is former Washington State Republican Party Chair Chris Vance. Vance, a partisan operative who championed George W. Bush for president, has led a lackluster campaign and does not bring new ideas to the table. Murray's leadership, experience, and progressive values make her the clear choice in this race.



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Governor Jay Inslee has been a strong, principled leader on the important challenges facing Washington, including tackling transportation problems, increasing the minimum wage, and fighting global warming. He has also worked to fund schools by closing unjust tax loopholes and fought to close the gender pay gap. Before he was elected Governor in 2012, Inslee represented both sides of the Cascades in Congress, opposed the Iraq war, and worked to increase accountability and oversight for Wall Street banks.

In contrast, Republican Bill Bryant opposes the Washington Voting Rights Act, is opposed to many public transportation projects, and is an obstacle to closing unjust tax loopholes. While Inslee has his work cut out for him in his second term, we believe his strong moral compass and vision for improving our state makes him the best choice in this race.

Lt. Governor

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State Senator Cyrus Habib has been an effective champion for public education, transit solutions, and gun safety. Habib authored a successful jobs bill to connect entrepreneurs with additional funding options, and has been named one of 12 legislators to watch in the country by Governing Magazine.

His opponent, Republican Marty McClendon, is a far-right conservative who advocates for Tea Party proposals such as eliminating the IRS, shutting down the Affordable Care Act, and pursuing energy exploration without regard to the environment. Due to his leadership and accomplishments, Habib deserves your vote.

Secretary of State

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Tina Podlodowski is running for Secretary of State to increase voter participation and turnout as the state’s chief elections officer. Podlodowski has spent her life fighting for equality and driving forward progress. She understands just how important voting and an equitable election system are to a functioning and flourishing democracy. She is a former Microsoft executive who also served on the Seattle City Council and has a strong track record of non-profit leadership.

Podlodowski is challenging incumbent Republican Kim Wyman for failing to improve declining voter participation. Wyman has opposed the Washington Voting Rights Act and has refused to support common-sense measures to increase voter participation such as Election Day voter registration and pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds. Podlodowski deserves your vote.

State Treasurer

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Elected in 2003, Benton County Treasurer Duane Davidson is the better of two conservative candidates vying to replace outgoing State Treasurer Jim McIntire. Davidson is currently serving his second term as the President of the Washington State Association of County Treasurers and has been endorsed by both Republican and Democratic treasurers as well as most major newspapers from around the state. While we disagree about how to reform our state's upside-down tax code, Davidson brings years of experience with government finance, managing staff, smart investments of taxpayer dollars, and a commitment to transparency and accountability.

In contrast, banker Michael Waite has no experience overseeing government finances. We have concerns that he would use the office as a platform for anti-tax activism and insert himself into legislative debates outside the scope of the Treasurer’s office. Waite does support safe and legal abortion access and has earned the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii as well as NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.

We recommend Davidson as the best of two conservative options.

State Auditor

Pat McCarthy photo

Current Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has run the operations of Pierce County government for eight years, managing 3,000 employees and a $900 million budget. Prior to that, she served as the Pierce County Auditor, where she was honored as the 2005 Washington State Auditor of the Year. McCarthy is running to bring back integrity to the Auditor's office after a criminal indictment derailed Troy Kelley's term, and promises to improve efficiency and transparency in our state government.

Her opponent is socially-conservative Republican Senator Mark Miloscia. Unfortunately, Miloscia is opposed to safe and legal abortion access and to marriage equality. He supports allowing employers to deny coverage for birth control and co-sponsored a bill that could ban many forms of birth control. We're concerned that if elected, Miloscia could use his office to launch politically-fueled investigations of Planned Parenthood and other women's health groups that receive public funds to provide health care to women.

Miloscia has been good on labor issues and was endorsed by some of our labor partners, including SEIU 925, SEIU 775, and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, as well as a dual endorsement from the Washington Federation of State Employees. However, McCarthy's support is broader and she deserves your vote due to her accomplished record, experience, and trusted values.

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson photo

Attorney General Bob Ferguson's accomplishments in four years are impressive. From delivering millions of dollars back to consumers who were wronged by fraudulent corporations and his ongoing battle with the federal government to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site to successfully fighting two Tim Eyman initiatives, Ferguson has been a strong and effective advocate for people in Washington.

Ferguson faces Libertarian Josh Trumbull, who is not running a viable campaign and is not qualified for this office. Ferguson deserves your vote.

Commissioner of Public Lands

Hilary Franz photo

Hilary Franz is the Executive Director of Futurewise and former Bainbridge Island Councilmember who brings 20 years of experience working at the state and local level protecting working families and communities that rely on forestry, farmland, and waterways. Franz is a former Washington Environmental Council and Conservation Northwest board member, she sat on the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council, and was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to the Washington State Climate Action Team. She will prioritize restoring forest health, preventing wildfires, and creating clean energy jobs on our public lands. Franz has the leadership skills to develop solutions that respect the needs of our communities that depend upon timber and shellfish sales while also protecting critical natural and recreational resources.

Franz faces Republican Steve McLaughlin, an ally of right-wing extremist movements who has claimed that the federal government shouldn’t own land outside of Washington D.C. and aligned himself with numerous global warming deniers in his party. For the future of our state, our health, and our public lands, Hilary Franz deserves your vote.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Rep. Chris Reykdal is a progressive legislator from Thurston County who has been an outspoken advocate for education funding and income inequality issues. As a former teacher and school board member who now works in the community college system, Reykdal has seen the struggle schools are facing to get their job done. He supports reforming our state's upside down tax code to ensure our public schools have the funding they need to provide a quality education for every student. Reykdal currently has two children in Washington's public schools.

Erin Jones photo

Erin Jones is a teacher of foreign languages and African American studies who has won multiple awards for her innovative work to make learning more accessible for students of color. Jones most recently worked at Tacoma Public Schools as a literacy coach and previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement for the state of Washington, where she worked on policy and instruction practices to make schools a place where all students can learn. Jones' three kids attended Washington public schools.

There are some concerns about the support Jones has received from prominent right-wing Republicans and conservative interest groups. In addition, The Stranger and Equal Rights Washington have raised important concerns about some of Jones' statements and positions on LGBTQ issues and associations with conservative groups opposed to LGBTQ equality. We take those concerns very seriously. After a careful review and a long discussion with her, it’s clear she has changed those positions. Although she had some learning to do on LGTBQ equality, we believe her heart is in the right place.

While Jones has earned dual endorsements from several of our Progressive Voters Guide partners, we lean toward Reykdal in this race.

Insurance Commissioner

Mike Kreidler photo

As the state Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler has brought a range of experience to the position and defended the interests of Washington residents against big insurance companies. Kreidler cut insurance rates, required that contraceptives be included in prescription drug coverage for women, and helped increase the transparency of the health insurance market. If re-elected, Kreidler will work on expanding health care access, limiting insurance company exploitation, and eliminating credit scoring as a determinant of insurance rates.

Kreidler faces Republican Richard Schrock, who is not running a credible campaign. Kreidler deserves your vote.


Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

7th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

Pramila Jayapal photo

State Senator Pramila Jayapal has a long history of effective civic leadership on immigration reform, economic fairness, civil liberties, and women’s issues. She founded OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in 2001 and built it into the largest immigrant rights organization in the state and a national model. Jayapal also played a key role on the Mayoral Advisory Committee that negotiated Seattle’s $15 minimum wage. As a state Senator, she has been tireless and effective speaking out for racial equity, voting access, and a more progressive budget.

We recommend Jayapal in this race to replace Rep. Jim McDermott.

Brady Walkinshaw photo

State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw has served in the House since December 2013. Walkinshaw was previously a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working on sustainable agriculture and also serves on the board of the Trust for Public Land. In Olympia, he has been a very effective legislator who has prioritized environmental sustainability and equal opportunity for seniors, renters, and those leaving the criminal justice system. He's prioritizing climate change and economic justice in his campaign for Congress.

Endorsed By: LGBT Equality PAC, Aerospace Machinists District 751, United Farm Workers

9th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

Adam Smith photo

Representative Adam Smith is a moderate Democrat who has been a reliable vote on progressive taxation and immigration reform. Smith has worked hard to connect with and represent his new constituents after the 9th CD became one of the most racially diverse districts in the state during the redistricting process. He continues to be an advocate for greater equality, and fought House Republicans' efforts to slash food stamps in the most recent farm bill.

Smith is facing Republican candidate Doug Basler. Smith has received the majority of our partner endorsements and deserves your vote.

Legislative Races

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

11th Legislative District

State Senator

Bob Hasegawa photo

Senator Bob Hasegawa has distinguished himself through his social justice work. Since first being elected to the House in 2005, his focus has been on supporting working families, small businesses and disenfranchised communities. Hasegawa has also been a strong advocate for reforming our state's regressive tax system in order to fully fund our public schools.

He faces Libertarian Dennis Price in this race, who is not running a competitive campaign. Hasegawa has earned your vote.

State Representative, Position #1

Zack Hudgins photo

Rep. Zack Hudgins is a strong progressive incumbent and the chair of the House Government Oversight Committee who is running for re-election. He has been a thoughtful and effective leader in the legislature who has led on issues of veterans affairs, election transparency, and affordable housing.

He faces conservative Erin Aboudara, a member of the Log Cabin Republicans of Washington. She has not addressed the issues of affordable housing, racial justice, and transportation that are facing the district. Hudgins has been endorsed by a wide variety of our progressive partners and deserves your vote.

State Representative, Position #2

Steve Bergquist photo

Rep. Steve Bergquist is a public school teacher who has been a strong advocate for public schools. As one of the few teachers in the Legislature, Bergquist brings a much-needed perspective to many important education issues. Bergquist is running unopposed for re-election and deserves your vote.

32nd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Cindy Ryu photo

Representative Cindy Ryu is the former Mayor of Shoreline and a strong progressive running for re-election to her seat. In the Legislature, she currently serves as the Vice Chair to the Business and Financial Services committee, and also sits on the Rules, Transportation, and Economic Development committees, respectively. She has been a highly effective public safety advocate in the House, sponsoring a bill to stop human trafficking and a bill to promote safe streets, both of which passed.

Ryu faces Alvin Rutledge in this race. Rutledge is a far right conservative who supports discriminating against some of the LGBTQ members of our community. Ryu is the best choice in this race.

State Representative, Position #2

Ruth Kagi photo

Representative Ruth Kagi serves as the Chair of the Early Learning Committee. Kagi has a strong progressive track record and prioritizes education and child welfare issues. She has passed bills to fund preschool programs, ensure that incarcerated juveniles can close their records, and prevent childhood homelessness.

Kagi faces Republican David Schirle, who lacks the broad leadership skills of Kagi. Due to her support from our progressive partners, Kagi deserves your vote.

33rd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Tina Orwall photo

Representative Tina Orwall is a reliable vote on most progressive issues. In Olympia, she has sponsored legislation to prevent truancy issues for students and has also sponsored a bill to help fight human trafficking. Unfortunately, Orwall played a lead role in defeating gun safety legislation that would have allowed families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if an individual is threatening harm to themselves or others.

Orwall is opposed by Republican John Potter, who opposes access to safe and legal abortion for women. Despite her poor record on gun safety, Orwall is still the best choice in the race.

State Representative, Position #2

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson photo

Representative Mia Gregerson has long been a transportation advocate for SeaTac, where she has fought for light rail infrastructure, safe and complete streets, and transit-oriented development. She also wrote two pieces of important legislation to hold corporations accountable. One would have closed a tax loophole for oil companies and invested the money saved into K-12 education, and another held companies accountable for job performance after the state issued the company a tax break.

Gregerson faces Republican Pam Polluck, who has opposed transit expansions that are necessary to reduce traffic gridlock. Gregerson deserves your vote.

34th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Eileen Cody photo

Rep. Eileen Cody is the Chair of the House Health and Wellness Committee and a leading advocate for reproductive freedom and addressing mental health. She worked on the Reproductive Parity Act and a bill that would end tax loopholes for corporate jets, big banks, and a dirty coal-fired power plant in order to fund basic health care.

Cody is opposed by Republican Matthew Benson, a political newcomer who is not running a competitive campaign. For her tireless work on behalf of her community, Cody deserves your vote.

State Representative, Position #2

Joe Fitzgibbon photo

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon is a progressive star in the Legislature and a real leader on conservation issues as the Chair of the House Environment Committee. He supports progressive tax reform, expanding transit, protecting the environment, and making it easier to participate in politics. Fitzgibbon championed a plan to help fund our schools through a price on carbon pollution.

He faces Republican Andrew Pilloud, an anti-tax conservative who does not share Fitzgibbon's breadth of policy experience. Fitzgibbon's smart and effective leadership and endorsements from a wide variety of progressive advocates make him the best choice in this race.

36th Legislative District

State Senator

Reuven Carlyle photo

After serving in the state House since 2009, Sen. Reuven Carlyle was recently appointed to the state Senate to replace Jeanne Kohl-Welles. Sen. Carlyle has been an outspoken advocate for reforming our state's regressive tax system and closing loopholes. We need more people like Carlyle in Olympia fighting to make our tax system work for everyone. Carlyle is unopposed and deserves your vote.

State Representative, Position #1

Noel Frame photo

Rep. Noel Frame was recently appointed to fill Reuven Carlyle's seat when he moved to the state Senate. Frame has hit the ground running in Olympia, putting her organizing skills to use as a strong advocate for funding public schools and fixing our state's regressive tax system. Previously, Frame served as the Washington State Director of Progressive Majority, where she worked to recruit and elect progressive candidates from underrepresented communities, including young people, women, people of color, and openly gay candidates. Frame is running unopposed and deserves your support.

State Representative, Position #2

Gael Tarleton photo

Gael Tarleton has been a strong advocate for environmental causes such as Governor Jay Inslee's initiative to reduce carbon pollution. She sponsored bills during her first term in the House to strengthen the maritime industry, protect the environment, and improve access to health care, though we were disappointed last year when she vocally opposed Seattle's "Honest Elections" transparency law, which passed with more than 60 percent approval. Tarleton is running unopposed, and due to her mostly reliable progressive record, deserves your vote.

37th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Sharon Tomiko Santos photo

Sharon Tomiko Santos is a moderate Democrat and longtime representative in the 37th. As Chair of the House Education Committee, she has been an advocate of opportunity for all kids, including her sponsorship of an education opportunity gap bill that passed this past session. Santos has also stood with progressives in support of gun safety, funding for education, and other progressive revenue reforms.

Her opponent, John Dickinson, is a conspiracy theorist without realistic plans to improve the 37th district. For her solid record on education, Santos deserves your vote.

State Representative, Position #2

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Eric Pettigrew is a moderate Democrat running to retain his seat. Pettigrew has been a leader on women's health, sponsoring the Reproductive Parity Act, and has also led on criminal justice issues, including work to help prisoners obtain higher education and a bill to ensure young offenders have equal access to rehabilitation services. Though Pettigrew has a less than stellar record on labor and education issues, including votes against public employee health care pensions, we were happy to see he voted in favor of raising the minimum wage this year.

Pettigrew faces no party candidate Tamra Smilanich, who ran for this seat and lost twice before in 2012 and 2014. Due to the unique and important work he is doing on criminal justice issues, Pettigrew deserves your vote.

43rd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Nicole Macri photo

Nicole Macri has been an effective leader on affordable housing, homelessness, human services, and mental health for many years. She is running to expand affordable housing options, create a sustainable transportation system, fully fund our schools, close the gender pay gap, and ensure LGBTQ people are free from discrimination. Macri - an out lesbian - would be the first woman elected to the state House in the 43rd in more than 20 years.

Her opponent, Dan Shih, is also progressive and a leader in the LGBTQ community. He received a dual endorsement along with Macri from NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. However, Macri's experience and numerous endorsements from our Progressive Voters Guide partners make her the best choice in this race.

State Representative, Position #2

Frank Chopp photo

Speaker of the House Frank Chopp has established an impressive track record as a strong advocate and effective leader on a wide range of progressive issues. He played a critical role in helping prevent even more destructive budget cuts to essential investments in health care, housing, and social services during the economic downturn, and this year led even the most conservative members of his caucus to unprecedented support around the minimum wage and voting rights. Chopp is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

46th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Gerry Pollet photo

Rep. Gerry Pollet is the Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest, a group devoted to cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. In the Legislature, Pollet is a strong, reliable vote for protecting the environment and has become an education champion through his bills to lower class sizes and offer free community college. He faces Libertarian Stephanie Viskovich, who is not running a competitive campaign. Pollet deserves your vote.

State Representative, Position #2

Jessyn Farrell photo

Rep. Jessyn Farrell is a strong progressive champion and advocate for working people. The former Executive Director of the Transportation Choices Coalition has worked hard to improve efficiency for buses, light rail, and other transportation options. She was the prime sponsor of the bill to raise Washington state's minimum wage for working families and also a strong advocate for increased transparency in oil shipments. Farrell is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

State Supreme Court

Position #1

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Justice Mary Yu served 14 years as a trial court judge in King County, where she presided over hundreds of criminal, civil, and family law cases before Governor Jay Inslee appointed her to Washington’s Supreme Court. As the first Asian American, the first Latina, and the first open member of the LGBTQ community to serve on the Supreme Court, Yu brings a community-based approach and respect for every person to her service.

Justice Yu is also highly involved in the Washington state law community. She serves as a Co-Chair for the Leadership Institute of UW, the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, and the Washington State Bar Association.

Yu faces Gonzaga Law Professor David Dewolf, who is best known for his far-right pro-creationism and anti-evolution views. Because of her remarkable record and extensive experience, Justice Mary Yu is the clear choice for this Supreme Court Justice Position 1.

Position #5

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen has led our state Supreme Court in a fair and impartial manner through a series of high profile cases. First elected in 1992, Madsen was only the third woman to ever serve on our highest court. She has won numerous awards for her service, especially for her work creating opportunities for young female lawyers and judges. Despite Republican efforts to politicize our court over rulings about education funding and several Tim Eyman initiatives, Madsen has maintained a steadfast commitment to upholding equal justice under the law.

Madsen is opposed by Greg Zempel, a Republican prosecutor from Kittitas County. Zempel has said he is running because he disagrees with some recent decisions. Madsen deserves your vote.

Position #6

Elected in 2010, Justice Charlie Wiggins is highly regarded, bringing his sharp eye for judicial ethics and more than 30 years of law and justice experience to the Supreme Court, where he has written more than 100 court opinions. Justice Wiggins is an active volunteer in his community for Habitat for Humanity and other good causes. He worked to support campaign contribution limits in state judicial elections before he was elected to the court. Wiggins is rated “exceptionally well qualified” by several bar associations.

Justice Wiggins faces Dave Larson, a Federal Way Municipal Court Judge. Larson is not highly rated by bar associations, and as a Federal Way School Board Member he voted to ban the documentary An Inconvenient Truth from classrooms after a parent complained that the film didn't include the perspective of global-warming deniers. Larson is heavily backed by huge expenditures from conservative interests unhappy with Justice Wiggins' decisions. Ignore their misleading attack ads. Justice Charlie Wiggins' experience, qualifications, and commitment to judicial ethics makes him the best choice for Supreme Court Justice Position 6.

King County Superior Court

King County Superior Court Judge, Position #14

King County Pro-Tem Judge Nicole Gaines Phelps brings nearly 20 years of combined judicial and legal experience to the office of Superior Court Judge. Her commitment to racial equity and ending discrimination in our criminal justice system has led her to educating the public about their legal rights, and speaking out against racial disparity in our state prisons. Gaines Phelps is rated as “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by five statewide legal associations and is one of the few judicial candidates endorsed by every Justice on the state Supreme Court.

Her opponent, David Greenspan, is not running a competitive campaign. Judge Gaines Phelps is the clear choice in this race for her commitment to judicial excellence, criminal justice reform, and her work eliminating barriers to legal services in Washington.

King County Superior Court Judge, Position #26

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David Keenan began life as a high school drop-out. Despite a challenging upbringing, he was able to graduate with top honors from law school, and has since dedicated much of his legal career to marginalized communities. The King County Pro-Tem District Court Judge has shown commitment to criminal justice reform through volunteer work on behalf of vulnerable youth, immigrants, and those facing racial bias in policing. Keenan has received the endorsements of all nine Supreme Court Justices and a number of our progressive partners.

His opponent, John O’Rourke, does not practice in King County. For his leadership and commitment to criminal justice reform, Keenan deserves your vote.

King County Superior Court Judge, Position #31

Judge Helen Halpert has served on the King County Superior Court since 1999. During her tenure, she has prioritized child welfare cases and addressing domestic violence, serving as the Chief Judge of the Criminal and Juvenile Divisions of the Court. She currently presides over all child welfare cases filed in King County. Judge Halpert is endorsed by a wide range of judges, including all nine members of the state Supreme Court, as well as our progressive partners.

Her opponent, Marc Stern, has not received the same broad community support. Due to her outstanding commitment to serving Washington’s families and children, Halbert deserves your vote.

King County Superior Court Judge, Position #44

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Eric Newman is a good choice for King County Superior Court Position 44. Newman is a veteran and trial lawyer who has served for three years on the King County District Court as a judge presiding over hearings and trials in criminal and civil cases. He has also volunteered at El Centro de la Raza for a legal clinic that serves immigrants and as a bus driver for a women's shelter. He shares many Democratic district endorsements and the MLK Labor Council endorsement with Cathy Moore.

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Cathy Moore is a trial lawyer with six years experience on the King County Superior Court presiding in family, juvenile, and mental illness courts. Moore approaches the world with a strong racial and social justice lens, and has done an impressive amount of free legal work for those who cannot afford an attorney. She has been endorsed by a number of progressive legislators and shares a MLK Labor Council endorsement as well as numerous Democratic district endorsements with Eric Newman.

We lean toward Moore as she would bring a new perspective due to the overwhelming number of male judges in our state.

King County Superior Court Judge, Position #52

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Anthony Gipe is a Gulf War veteran who helped found “QLaw,” the state LGBTQ Bar Association. The King County Pro-Tem Judge and trial lawyer is a longtime volunteer working with homeless and LGBTQ youth. Gipe has also served as the past chair of the State Bar Diversity, and as a founding board member of the Washington Leadership Institute. He has been rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by two of the major bar associations and has been endorsed by all nine Supreme Court Justices.

Either of these candidates would make a great judge. We hope whomever comes in second is either appointed or runs again for a different judicial seat.

Kristin Richardson is a longtime King County prosecutor who has dedicated much of her career to eliminating disadvantages for marginalized communities. She currently serves as a board member for both the Washington Women Lawyers Foundation and Victim Support Services, and also works with the East African Outreach Advisory Committee to help Ethiopian immigrants navigate the justice system. Richardson has been rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by four of the major bar associations and has been endorsed by four of the nine Supreme Court Justices.

King County Superior Court Judge, Position #53

Judge Mariane Spearman has 31 years of combined judicial and legal experience. She was first elected to King County Superior Court in 2008, and previously served on the Kirkland Municipal and King County District courts. Judge Spearman has prioritized recruiting and training young, diverse lawyers for the bench, and is a member of the Judicial Institute, formerly serving on the Minority and Justice Commission and the Initiative for Diversity Governing Council.

Her opponent, Thomas Cline, is an attorney who was ordered to pay legal fees in a court case. Spearman has earned the endorsement of all nine state Supreme Court justices as well as numerous other judges and attorneys. For her broad community support, Spearman deserves your vote.

Seattle Ballot Measures

Seattle Initiative #124


Vote YES on Initiative 124

Initiative 124 would protect hotel housekeepers from sexual harassment and improve working conditions. While it protects people of all genders, more than 80 percent of hotel housekeepers are women, and a majority are immigrants or people of color. They are consistently subject to the threat of harassment and assault while working alone in hotel rooms. I-124 would provide hotel housekeepers with a “panic button” they could press for help in a dangerous situation. The initiative would also limit workloads to reduce injuries, which housekeepers suffer at higher rates than coal miners, and expand hotel workers’ access to affordable family healthcare and job security.

Vote YES on Seattle's I-124.