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Congress

7th Congressional District

Statewide

Governor

  • 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. Also in this race are Democrats James Deal, Johnathon Dodds, and Patrick O'Rourke; Republicans Goodspaceguy and Bill Hirt; Mary Martin of the Socialist Workers Party; Independent Steve Rubenstein; David Blomstrom of the Fifth Republic Party; and Christian Pierre Joubert of the Holistic Party, none of whom are running competitive campaigns. 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 make him the best choice in this race.

    Jay Inslee

    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.

    Jay Inslee

    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.

Lt. Governor

  • Sen. 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. He is an impressive legislator who has received the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

    Cyrus Habib

    Sen. 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.

    Cyrus Habib

    Sen. 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.

Secretary of State

  • Tina Podlodowski is running for Secretary of State to increase voter participation and turnout as the state’s chief elections officer. She is a former Microsoft executive who also served on the Seattle City Council and has 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. Timothy Turner, a Libertarian who is not a credible candidate, is also in this race. Podlodowski deserves your vote.

    Tina Podlodowski

    Tina Podlodowski is running for Secretary of State to increase voter participation and turnout as the state’s chief elections officer. She is a former Microsoft executive who also served on the Seattle City Council and has strong track record of non-profit leadership.

    Tina Podlodowski

    Tina Podlodowski is running for Secretary of State to increase voter participation and turnout as the state’s chief elections officer. She is a former Microsoft executive who also served on the Seattle City Council and has strong track record of non-profit leadership.

State Auditor

  • Jeff Sprung is a lawyer and former Planned Parenthood Votes board member who is running to increase transparency and accountability in state government. He previously worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney investigating and prosecuting corruption in low-income housing programs. He supports increasing whistleblower protections to better identify fraud and potential inefficiencies in government. Sprung is running the strongest campaign and has received the most support from our progressive partners.

    Former Pierce County Auditor and current Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy is another good candidate in this race. She is running to use her experience managing large budgets and agencies to improve efficiency and transparency.

    Their opponent is the socially-conservative Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, who earned dual endorsements along with Sprung from our labor partners at SEIU 925, SEIU 775, and the Washington Federation of State Employees. Miloscia also earned a sole endorsement from the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters. Unfortunately, Miloscia 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.

    Also in this race is Independent Mark Wilson and No Party Preference candidate David Golden. Sprung is the best choice in this race.

    Jeff Sprung

    Jeff Sprung is a lawyer and former Planned Parenthood Votes board member who is running to increase transparency and accountability in state government. He previously worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney investigating and prosecuting corruption in low-income housing programs.

    Jeff Sprung

    Jeff Sprung is a lawyer and former Planned Parenthood Votes board member who is running to increase transparency and accountability in state government. He previously worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney investigating and prosecuting corruption in low-income housing programs.

  • Jeff Sprung is a lawyer and former Planned Parenthood Votes board member who is running to increase transparency and accountability in state government. He previously worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney investigating and prosecuting corruption in low-income housing programs. He supports increasing whistleblower protections to better identify fraud and potential inefficiencies in government. Sprung is running the strongest campaign and has received the most support from our progressive partners.

    Jeff Sprung

    Jeff Sprung is a lawyer and former Planned Parenthood Votes board member who is running to increase transparency and accountability in state government. He previously worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney investigating and prosecuting corruption in low-income housing programs.

    Jeff Sprung

    Jeff Sprung is a lawyer and former Planned Parenthood Votes board member who is running to increase transparency and accountability in state government. He previously worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney investigating and prosecuting corruption in low-income housing programs.

State Legislature

3rd Legislative District

  • Marcus Riccelli is an effective progressive advocate who has served as U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell's Eastern Washington Director and former state Senator Lisa Brown's senior policy aide. Ricelli has been a strong advocate of a state basic health plan, and has also been a vocal supporter of equal pay, sustainable education funding, and mental health reform.

    He faces Libertarian Randy McGlenn II, who is not running a competitive campaign. Riccelli is a great choice in this race.

    Marcus Riccelli

    Marcus Riccelli is an effective progressive advocate who has served as U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell's Eastern Washington Director and former state Senator Lisa Brown's senior policy aide.

    Marcus Riccelli

    Marcus Riccelli is an effective progressive advocate who has served as U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell's Eastern Washington Director and former state Senator Lisa Brown's senior policy aide.

  • Timm Ormsby is a reliable progressive and an active member of the Spokane community. He is the current president of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and a board member of the United Way of Spokane County. In the past session, Ormsby helped write and pass bills to bring good jobs to Spokane, protect the environment, and preserve critical health care services. He is the new chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and is in a strong position to advocate for the interests of Eastern Washington in Olympia.

    His opponent is Republican Laura Carder, who is not running an effective campaign, and Libertarian Paul Delaney. Ormsby is the clear choice in this race.

    Timm Ormsby

    Timm Ormsby is a reliable progressive and an active member of the Spokane community. He is the current president of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and a board member of the United Way of Spokane County.

    Timm Ormsby

    Timm Ormsby is a reliable progressive and an active member of the Spokane community. He is the current president of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and a board member of the United Way of Spokane County.

28th Legislative District

41st Legislative District

  • Lisa Wellman started out as a public school teacher before building a very successful career in marketing and technology, including serving as a vice president at Apple. Wellman is running to ensure our schools are fully funded, reduce traffic gridlock, and protect women's health.

    Wellman is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Litzow. Litzow voted with his Republican Party leadership 97 percent of the time during the 2016 legislative session. His commitment to voting in lockstep with the extremely conservative members of his caucus the vast majority of the time has made him an obstacle to progress on many education, environmental, labor, and women's health issues. Also in this race is Libertarian Bryon Simonson, who is not running a competitive campaign. Due to her leadership in education and commitment to fully funding our schools, Wellman deserves your vote.

    Lisa Wellman

    Lisa Wellman started out as a public school teacher before building a very successful career in marketing and technology, including serving as a vice president at Apple. Wellman is running to ensure our schools are fully funded, reduce traffic gridlock, and protect women's health.

    Lisa Wellman

    Lisa Wellman started out as a public school teacher before building a very successful career in marketing and technology, including serving as a vice president at Apple. Wellman is running to ensure our schools are fully funded, reduce traffic gridlock, and protect women's health.

9th Legislative District

  • Jennifer Goulet is a local progressive leader with a long history of community involvement on racial equity, women’s rights, and the environment. She is running as a Bernie Sanders progressive, advocating for a $15 minimum wage, universal health care, and reining in the influence of corporations on our election system.

    Goulet faces incumbent Republican Mary Dye, who is most well known for asking visiting teens lobbying for Planned Parenthood if they are virgins. Also in the race is Republican college student Hailey Romer, who does not appear to be running a campaign. If you want a candidate who supports equality for all, Goulet is the best choice in this race.

    Jennifer Goulet

    Jennifer Goulet is a local progressive leader with a long history of community involvement on racial equity, women’s rights, and the environment.

    Jennifer Goulet

    Jennifer Goulet is a local progressive leader with a long history of community involvement on racial equity, women’s rights, and the environment.

30th Legislative District

  • Mike Pellicciotti is a prosecuting attorney who has worked alongside public safety officials to keep our community safe for more than a decade. This past year, he worked with Attorney General Bob Ferguson to hold pharmaceutical companies and other health care providers who overcharged vulnerable consumers accountable. Pellicciotti is running to bring the same commitment to corporate and government accountability to Olympia.

    Pellicciotti faces incumbent Rep. Linda Kochmar, a conservative Republican who voted against raising the minimum wage and also voted no to ensuring women earn equal pay for doing the same job as a man. Pellicciotti is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote.

    Mike Pellicciotti

    Mike Pellicciotti is a prosecuting attorney who has worked alongside public safety officials to keep our community safe for more than a decade.

    Mike Pellicciotti

    Mike Pellicciotti is a prosecuting attorney who has worked alongside public safety officials to keep our community safe for more than a decade.

County Commission Races

Spokane County Commission

  • Spokane City Council Member Candace Mumm is running for the open county commissioner seat vacated by Republican Todd Mielke. Mumm has a long track record of community involvement and leadership on land use issues and women’s health. She voted to support earned sick leave for all workers in Spokane and is a vocal advocate for a stronger bus system.

    Mumm's opponents include former Spokane city council member Nancy McLaughlin, a social conservative appointed to the vacant commission seat this year, and conservative Josh Kerns, the current legislative aide for Republican Rep. Jeff Holy. Candace Mumm is the clear choice in this race.

    Candace Mumm

    Spokane City Council Member Candace Mumm is running for the open county commissioner seat vacated by Republican Todd Mielke. Mumm has a long track record of community involvement and leadership on land use issues and women’s health.

    Candace Mumm

    Spokane City Council Member Candace Mumm is running for the open county commissioner seat vacated by Republican Todd Mielke. Mumm has a long track record of community involvement and leadership on land use issues and women’s health.

  • Andrew Biviano is a civil rights attorney, former prosecutor, and mental health counselor. He is intimately familiar with all aspects of the criminal justice system, which makes up 75 percent of Spokane County’s budget, as well as the needs of under-represented communities. His experience growing up in poverty in a mixed race family makes him very passionate about racial equity and addressing income inequality.

    His opponent is incumbent County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn, a moderate Republican. O'Quinn has campaigned against much needed funding for our local bus system and has recently made headlines over intense infighting on the entirely Republican County Commission. For his strong grasp of the issues facing our community, Andrew Biviano is the clear choice in this race.

    Andrew Biviano

    Andrew Biviano is a civil rights attorney, former prosecutor, and mental health counselor. He is intimately familiar with all aspects of the criminal justice system, which makes up 75 percent of Spokane County’s budget, as well as the needs of under-represented communities.

    Andrew Biviano

    Andrew Biviano is a civil rights attorney, former prosecutor, and mental health counselor. He is intimately familiar with all aspects of the criminal justice system, which makes up 75 percent of Spokane County’s budget, as well as the needs of under-represented communities.

  • Endorsed By: Fuse

City Ballot Measures

Seattle Initiative #123

  • VOTE NO

    Vote NO on Initiative 123

  • When the 2001 earthquake shook Seattle, it left us with a crumbling, dangerous Alaskan Way Viaduct and a heavily damaged seawall. After many years of public input, environmental review, and a transparent budgeting process, city and community leaders came together and agreed on a Waterfront Seattle plan to rebuild the seawall and create a public waterfront that connects new parks, bike and pedestrian paths, and access to Elliott Bay.

    The elevated park created by Initiative 123 directly conflicts with that waterfront plan and the public process that created it. Additionally, the initiative's details have caused serious concern with everyone from the League of Women Voters to labor unions to the AIA Architectural Group of Seattle. There is no defined funding source for I-123, though it says the city's general fund will cover it--putting at risk more critical budgeted items like affordable housing and bike and pedestrian safety. It also forms an unelected board called the “Downtown Waterfront Preservation and Development Authority” to develop a plan that the City will then be legally obligated to pay for, no matter what the cost.

    Vote NO on Initiative 123.
    When the 2001 earthquake shook Seattle, it left us with a crumbling, dangerous Alaskan Way Viaduct and a heavily damaged seawall. After many years of public input, environmental review, and a transparent budgeting process, city and community leaders came together and agreed on a Waterfront Seattle plan to rebuild the seawall and create a public waterfront that connects new parks, bike and pedestrian paths, and access to Elliott Bay.

    The elevated park created by Initiative 123 directly conflicts with that waterfront plan and the public process that created it. Additionally, the initiative's details have caused serious concern with everyone from the League of Women Voters to labor unions to the AIA Architectural Group of Seattle. There is no defined funding source for I-123, though it says the city's general fund will cover it--putting at risk more critical budgeted items like affordable housing and bike and pedestrian safety. It also forms an unelected board called the “Downtown Waterfront Preservation and Development Authority” to develop a plan that the City will then be legally obligated to pay for, no matter what the cost.

    Vote NO on Initiative 123.
  • Endorsed By: Fuse, M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, The Stranger , League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County