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Vicki Somppi is listed in the Progressive Voters Guide below. The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you 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 share this guide with your friends and family.

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There are two good candidates in this race: Rosemary McAuliffe and Vicki Somppi. McAuliffe has decades of progressive experience and leadership in the state capitol, while Somppi is running a thoroughly progressive campaign.

Vicki Somppi

Vicki Somppi photo Vicki Somppi is a principal at an architecture firm. She volunteers with the Boy Scouts and has worked for decades with the Landmark Preservation Board to preserve historical landmarks. Somppi's campaign is focused on smart growth, environmental sustainability, affordable housing, and maintaining a responsible budget. She'd like to see tree cover maintained, have developers accept vouchers that make houses more affordable, improve the city's multi-modal transportation system, and save the Shelton View Forest. Read more...

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #16

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 16

MAINTAINED
A bipartisan group of legislators passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1597, which included a small excise tax in order to increase environmental protections for regional fish and wildlife. 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 “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 16.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #17

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 17

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Our state has been under Supreme Court order to fully fund education for several years. This June, Republicans and Democrats came together to approve a bipartisan package of revenue increases for public schools, including expanding the Business and Occupation tax. While this does not solve the education funding problem, the package goes a long way towards providing a quality education for all students. ...
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Our state has been under Supreme Court order to fully fund education for several years. This June, Republicans and Democrats came together to approve a bipartisan package of revenue increases for public schools, including expanding the Business and Occupation tax. While this does not solve the education funding problem, the package goes a long way towards providing a quality education for all students. This non-binding advisory vote is required thanks to a Tim Eyman ballot measure. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 17. ...

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #18

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 18

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In addition to the legislation covered by Advisory Vote 17, a strong bipartisan majority of state legislators voted to increase local property taxes to fund schools. We have concerns about raising regressive property taxes that disproportionately impact working families and make our upside-down tax code even worse. However, we are optimistic about retaking the state Senate this fall and working with progressives in Olympia next year to reduce this tax and instead make the wealthy pay their fair share. ...
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In addition to the business taxes covered in Advisory Vote 17, a strong bipartisan majority of state legislators voted to increase local property taxes to fund schools. We have concerns about raising regressive property taxes that disproportionately impact working families and make our upside-down tax code even worse. However, we are optimistic about retaking the state Senate this fall and working with progressives in Olympia next year to reduce this tax and instead make the wealthy pay their fair share.

Like the other advisory votes, this is a non-binding measure required by a Tim Eyman ballot initiative. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 18. ...

King County Ballot Measures

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

King County Proposition #1

Vote to Approve Proposition 1: Veterans and Seniors Levy

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The King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy expands our commitment to strengthening communities by providing vital services like job training, employment opportunities, and housing stability to veterans, seniors, domestic violence survivors, and more. The levy extends existing efforts that have proven effective in reducing unemployment, homelessness, and emergency medical costs.

The levy, which is up for voter renewal after 12 years of success, provides $350 million over six years in investments in programs that support veteran employment and empowerment, housing stability and homelessness programs, and services like Meals on Wheels to aide seniors, the fastest-growing segment of the county's population. It will cost the median King County homeowner approximately $45 per year, or $3.75 per month. Vote to approve King County Proposition 1.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Campaign Information

King County

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

King County Executive

Dow Constantine

Non-Partisan
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Incumbent Dow Constantine has been a strong and effective leader for King County. Throughout his two terms in office, Constantine has improved King County Metro transit service and promoted the health of our natural environment. Constantine is leading efforts to protect King County from the Trump administration by proposing to triple the Veterans and Human Services Levy and offering regional support for the Paris climate agreement.

He is running against retired engineer and light rail opponent Bill Hirt, who is not running an effective campaign. Constantine has clearly earned another term as King County Executive.

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King County Sheriff

Mitzi Johanknecht

Non-Partisan
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Mitzi Johanknecht has worked in law enforcement for 32 years and is running to "restore honor and integrity to the Office of Sheriff." She believes the controversies surrounding the Sheriff’s office have been demoralizing for the department and a distraction for officers in the community. Johanknecht is against safe injection sites but has pledged to uphold any local laws surrounding these sites. She says she has never reported anyone to ICE and is a strong proponent of restorative justice. Johanknecht earned the support of staunch progressives such as Rep. Pramila Jayapal and The Stranger newspaper.

Johanknecht is challenging Sheriff John Urquhart, who was first elected in 2012 after serving 23 years as a sergeant and department spokesperson, where he was twice named Officer of the Year. As Sheriff, Urquhart has been an ally on a wide range of progressive issues. He supports sanctuary cities and protecting immigrant communities, and he was an outspoken critic of two anti-transgender ballot measures. He has been endorsed by a number of progressive organizations.

However, Urquhart has also been plagued by very troubling ethics issues in recent months. Late last year, reports surfaced that Urquhart was accused of raping a colleague 15 years ago. The FBI, Seattle Police Department, and the King County Prosecutor’s office investigated the allegations and did not find grounds to pursue criminal charges against him. However, the county ombudsman’s office faulted Urquhart for blocking an internal investigation into his behavior. You can read a lengthy description of the events here. In the closing days of the election, Urquhart has faced renewed criticism for attempting to bully and intimidate people who accuse him of wrongdoing and because a representative of his campaign threatened to release one accuser’s medical records to discredit her charges.

We expect our leaders in law enforcement to uphold the highest ethical standards and maintain the trust of the community they are sworn to protect. For this reason, we cannot recommend Urquhart and believe Johanknecht is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Media: The Stranger

Campaign Information

County Council

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

King County

King County Council, District #1

Rod Dembowski

Non-Partisan
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Rod Dembowski has played a key role on the King County Council promoting responsible regional development that balances environmental protections and job growth. Dembowski has prioritized improving domestic abuse services, green transit, and voting access in King County. He has strong stances on progressive issues like affordable housing and homelessness, but it is worth noting that he did take some questionable votes on revenue and health and human services issues during his most recent term. Dembowski is running unopposed for reelection.

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Snohomish County

Snohomish County Council, District #4

Terry Ryan

Democrat
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Terry Ryan is seeking re-election to the Snohomish County Council. He previously served on the Mill Creek City Council, as well as numerous community boards, including the Community Transit Board of Directors and the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Advisory Board. Ryan has focused strongly on addressing quality of life issues in the county including supporting pedestrian sidewalk improvements, senior center updates, and public safety investments to the Violent Offender Task Force and the Office of Neighborhoods. He is running against Republican Marcus Barton, whose campaign focuses on infrastructure improvements and public safety. Ryan is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Other: Snohomish County Democrats, Snohomish County Labor Council

Campaign Information

Snohomish County Council, District #5

Kristin Kelly

Democrat
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Kristin Kelly is running for the Snohomish County Council's District 5 position. A former Snohomish County Program Director at Futurewise and Snohomish County Charter Review Commissioner for District 5, Kelly is a well-known land use and conservation advocate in Snohomish County. She is currently working as the Smart Growth Executive Director for the Pilchuck Audubon Society. As a candidate, Kelly is focused on balancing environmental protections solutions with the need for sustainable development. Currently, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Lands Strategy and works to restore wildlife and salmon habitats along the Skykomish, Snohomish, and Stillaguamish River basins and estuaries. Kristin Kelly's vision for Snohomish includes supporting living wage jobs, preserving farmland, increasing affordable housing, and fully funding public health and education in the annual budget.

Kelly is running against Republican incumbent Samuel Low, who was elected to a one-year special term in this position. Low opposes transit options that keep the community moving and is backed by some of the most far-right members of the Republican Party. We believe Kelly is the best choice in this race because of her broad progressive support and experience with public policy.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Sierra Club - Snohomish Chapter, Snohomish County Democrats, Snohomish County Young Democrats

Campaign Information

Port of Seattle

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

Port Commissioner, Position #1

Both Ryan Calkins and incumbent John Creighton have earned the support of progressive advocates. We lean toward Calkins in this race because of the need for fresh leadership at the Port of Seattle.

Ryan Calkins

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Progressive Ryan Calkins is challenging the incumbent, John Creighton, to bring new leadership to the Port of Seattle. Calkins is a small business owner who supports a $15 minimum wage and wants to improve environmental protections at the Port. He has proposed electrifying port vehicles to reduce pollution and the carbon footprint of the port.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Economic Justice: SEIU Local 6, SEIU Local 925
Media: The Stranger, The Urbanist

Campaign Information

John Creighton

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John Creighton is running for his fourth term on the Port of Seattle Commission. He has sought to increase public accountability and protect family-wage jobs at the port. Creighton also helped create the Northwest Seaport Alliance so that Seattle and Tacoma work together collaboratively instead of competing with each other.

We were extremely disappointed that Creighton voted in 2015 to allow Shell Oil to base its arctic drilling operations in Seattle. While Creighton has earned the endorsements of some progressive advocates, we lean toward Calkins in this race.

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Port Commissioner, Position #3

Both Ahmed Abdi and incumbent Stephanie Bowman have earned the support of progressive advocates. We lean toward Abdi in this race because of the need for fresh leadership at the Port of Seattle.

Ahmed Abdi

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Ahmed Abdi is a Somali immigrant who fled a civil war to start a family here in Seattle. He worked as an organizer on the campaign to raise the SeaTac minimum wage to $15 per hour and other workers' rights issues. Today, he provides trainings to low-wage workers about their labor rights through the Fair Work Center. Abdi has been endorsed by many progressive groups and Representative Pramila Jayapal.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU Local 6, SEIU 775, SEIU Local 925
Media: The Stranger
Other: Teamsters Local 117

Campaign Information

Stephanie Bowman

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Stephanie Bowman has an extensive background in economic development, transportation, and community planning. Prior to joining the Port of Seattle, Bowman was the Manager of Federal Governmental Affairs for the Port of Tacoma and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Bowman has focused on jobs and trade as Port Commissioner, including connecting students in Seattle Public Schools with internships at the Port.

We were extremely disappointed that Bowman voted in 2015 to allow Shell Oil to base its arctic drilling operations in Seattle. In addition, she voted to use taxpayer money to file a legal challenge against SeaTac's $15 per hour minimum wage. While Bowman has earned the support of some progressive advocates, we lean toward Abdi in this race.

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Port Commissioner, Position #4

There are two good candidates in this race: Preeti Shridhar and Peter Steinbrueck. We lean towards Shridhar in this race because of her support from our progressive partners and the need for new leadership at the port.

Preeti Shridhar

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A devoted environmental advocate, Preeti Shridhar would bring decades of public affairs experience to the Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 4 seat. Shridhar has worked in a variety of relevant government positions throughout King County. She is passionate about ensuring that the interests of all King County communities are represented. Shridhar is focused on building regional partnerships and increasing port transparency so residents can be informed of important decisions. Because of her track record of balancing environmental protections with the need for robust development, we lean towards Preeti Shridhar in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Peter Steinbrueck

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Former Seattle City Council member Peter Steinbrueck is running to ensure that the Port of Seattle balances job growth and development with environmentally friendly environment platforms. He aims to make the Port of Seattle a leader in reducing emissions and restoring habitats. While Peter has a proven track record on supporting workers' rights, living wages, and environmentally responsible policies, we lean toward Shridhar for Port of Seattle, Position 4.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Teamsters Local 117, King County Democrats

Campaign Information

Bothell City Council

Bothell City Council, Position #3

There are two good candidates in this race: Rosemary McAuliffe and Vicki Somppi. McAuliffe has decades of progressive experience and leadership in the state capitol, while Somppi is running a thoroughly progressive campaign.

Rosemary McAuliffe

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Rosemary McAuliffe is a former Washington state Senator who retired this year after representing the 1st District for 24 years. McAuliffe is prioritizing preserving parks and green spaces, including the creation of new parks and securing grants for the Friends of North Creek Forest. She will also focus on a smooth rollout of Proposition 1, the Safe Streets & Sidewalks levy, that Bothell residents voted on last year, and working with the North Shore School District to continue her good work on comprehensive education.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Other: King County Democrats, 45th District Democrats, King County Young Democrats

Campaign Information

Vicki Somppi

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Vicki Somppi is a principal at an architecture firm. She volunteers with the Boy Scouts and has worked for decades with the Landmark Preservation Board to preserve historical landmarks. Somppi's campaign is focused on smart growth, environmental sustainability, affordable housing, and maintaining a responsible budget. She'd like to see tree cover maintained, have developers accept vouchers that make houses more affordable, improve the city's multi-modal transportation system, and save the Shelton View Forest.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Bikes
Other: 1st Legislative District Democrats, King County Democrats, Snohomish County Democrats

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Bothell City Council, Position #5

Liam Olsen

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Liam Olsen is running for Bothell City Council Position 5. Olsen is a civil engineer who has also worked with the Bothell Landmark Preservation Board since 2010. If elected, Olsen wants to protect Bothell's open spaces, develop more parks, and improve access to multiple modes of transportation.

Olsen is running against Jeremy Michel, who has no website or campaign info available. Olsen is the best choice in this race.

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Bothell City Council, Position #7

Aaron Moreau-Cook

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Aaron Moreau-Cook is a Senior Engineering Manager at Microsoft. He is the Chair of Bothell’s Safe School Walk Routes Taskforce. Moreau-Cook is seeking reforms to housing, including increasing aging-in-place services, improving affordable housing options, securing affordable housing for workers making less than a living wage, and preventing Section 8 discrimination. If elected, he supports applying for federal and state grants to preserve forested areas, restoring wildlife habitats, implementing safe sidewalk plans, and adding bikeways to Bothell.

He is running against Thomas Agnew, who was elected to the council in 2009 and is running on a platform of public safety, fiscal responsibility, infrastructure improvement, bringing a Boys and Girls Club to Bothell, and the environment.

Moreau-Cook is the best choice in this race because of his broader support from progressive advocates.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Bikes
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington

Campaign Information

Vicki Somppi

Vicki Somppi photo
Vicki Somppi is a principal at an architecture firm. She volunteers with the Boy Scouts and has worked for decades with the Landmark Preservation Board to preserve historical landmarks. Somppi's campaign is focused on smart growth, environmental sustainability, affordable housing, and maintaining a responsible budget. She'd like to see tree cover maintained, have developers accept vouchers that make houses more affordable, improve the city's multi-modal transportation system, and save the Shelton View Forest.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Bikes
Other: 1st Legislative District Democrats, King County Democrats, Snohomish County Democrats

Campaign Information