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Don't Believe The Deceptive Mail Pieces That Lie About Our Recommendations!

Fuse enthusiastically supports Erin Frasier, Jessa Lewis, and Connie FitzPatrick for Legislature and Tye Menser for the Thurston County Commission. All four of these candidates received a sole recommendation in our 2018 Progressive Voters Guide. This dirty hit piece uses our recommendations from previous years to intentionally confuse and mislead voters. We are not recommending any write-in candidates this year. Read more...

Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative 1631

VOTE YES

Vote YES for Jobs and Clean Energy

Initiative 1631 is our best opportunity to accelerate clean energy solutions and build healthier communities for everyone in Washington.

This initiative will charge our state’s largest corporate polluters a fee that will be used to create local jobs by investing in clean energy, healthy forests, and clean water. I-1631 is essential to pass a clean and healthy Washington on to future generations. It will create 40,000 jobs by investing in water and forestry projects, energy efficiency, and clean transportation. These investments are a practical first step to ensure clean air and clean water for everyone in Washington. These will look different in every community, from energy efficiency upgrades for our homes and businesses to keeping our forests healthy so they clean our air and investing in cleaner transportation options for more communities.

The oil industry is spending tens of millions of dollars to confuse voters about I-1631 so they can continue polluting for free and raking in record profits. We can't wait any longer to act. Vote YES on I-1631.


Initiative 1634

VOTE NO

Vote NO on I-1634

Initiative 1634 would prevent cities and counties in Washington from passing new taxes on sugary beverages. Such taxes are aimed at discouraging people from buying sweetened drinks that have been linked to type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and tooth decay.

I-1634 is backed primarily by millions of dollars from a handful of big soda companies. It also has support from some labor unions that represent workers whose jobs could be impacted by soda taxes. The campaign’s highly deceptive ads focus on grocery taxes despite the fact that groceries have been exempt from sales taxes since 1977.

Progressive advocates oppose efforts like this to use state laws to prevent localities from taking action that’s right for their communities. In recent years, Republican legislators have sought to use similar legislation to reverse Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and progressive paid sick leave laws in Tacoma and Spokane.

We’re sympathetic to the concerns of union workers in the beverage industry and we agree that our tax system is upside-down and disproportionately hurts low-income families. However, we don’t think that preempting local legislation that taxes sugary drinks is the way to fix it.

Don’t be fooled by Big Soda’s misleading ads. Vote NO on I-1634.

Other: American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Children’s Alliance, El Centro de La Raza


Initiative 1639

VOTE YES

Vote YES to Reduce Gun Violence

Initiative 1639 is the most comprehensive gun violence prevention measure put forward in Washington state history. It's a commonsense initiative that will reduce gun violence and keep our schools and communities safe. I-1639 would raise the age to purchase semi-automatic assault rifles from 18 to 21 and require enhanced background checks and safety training for purchasing these particularly lethal weapons. It will also incentivize secure storage of all firearms by holding gun owners accountable if a child or other legally prohibited person uses their weapon to harm themselves or someone else.

Someone is killed with a gun in Washington state every 14 hours and more than 200,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine. Unfortunately, the gun lobby has prevented our elected officials from acting to prevent it, so we'll do it ourselves. Vote YES on I-1639 to keep our schools and communities safe.


Initiative 940

VOTE YES

Vote YES for Police Accountability

Last year, more people in Washington were killed in encounters with law enforcement than in 45 other states, and almost one-third of them were experiencing a mental health crisis. Initiative 940 would improve de-escalation, first aid, and mental health crisis training for law enforcement and help save lives.

Currently, officers are only required to receive eight hours of "crisis intervention training." Initiative 940 would ensure that every officer receives extensive training and continuing education in de-escalating potential confrontations. The primary goal is preventing tragedies in the first place, but when a tragedy does occur Initiative 940 would also create a fair and independent investigation process and bring our use of force standard in line with 27 other states.

Vote YES on Initiative 940 to improve training for law enforcement and help save lives.


Advisory Vote 19

VOTE MAINTAINED

Maintain Funding for Oil Spill Prevention

A bipartisan group of legislators passed Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6269 to fund oil spill prevention and cleanup. The legislation directs the Department of Ecology to improve prevention for oil spills in Puget Sound, as well as around oil refineries, railroads, and pipelines. This bill was funded by a $0.05 tax per 42-gallon barrel of oil used by boats and marine terminals.

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 19.


Federal

U.S. Senator

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Democrat


Senator Maria Cantwell was first elected in 2000 and continues to represent our state's progressive values in our nation's capital. Sen. Cantwell has been a leader on a wide range of issues including reproductive rights, supporting the Children's Health Insurance Program, defending net neutrality, passing oil spill legislation to protect our water, working on clean energy policies, and many more.

Sen. Cantwell is opposed by Republican Susan Hutchison. Hutchison is a former news anchor and past chair of the state Republican Party. She ran for King County Executive in 2009 and lost by twenty points. Hutchison is well-known for being a party-line Republican and for her fierce defense of President Donald Trump, including calling fellow Republican Ted Cruz a "traitor" for not supporting the president's campaign.

Sen. Cantwell has been a tenacious advocate for the people of Washington state and is the best choice in this race.


Congress

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

3rd Congressional District

U.S. Representative

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Democrat


Democratic Carolyn Long is an associate professor at the School of Politics at WSU Vancouver. Her platform includes protecting the health care of those with preexisting conditions, stabilizing the Affordable Care Act, and providing effective health care for those with addiction and mental illnesses. She is also prioritizing treating gun violence like a public health crisis, caring for veterans, reforming the tax code to make it fairer for middle-class families, and protecting Medicare and Social Security.

Long is running against incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, an extremely conservative Republican who has consistently sided with far-right members of her party on important issues. In particular, Rep. Herrera Beutler voted in favor of congressional Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy few.

Long is the best choice for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.


6th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

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Democrat


Representative Derek Kilmer is a moderate Democrat who is a reliable supporter of job creation and infrastructure improvement. He has been a leader on small business development and protecting the Puget Sound during his three terms in Congress. A former state Senator, he previously worked as a business consultant and economic development official. Kilmer is a sponsor of a clean Dream Act in support of immigrants who arrived in the country as children with their undocumented parents. He supports commonsense gun safety legislation and cosponsored the Voter Empowerment Act, an online voter registration act that helps keep voting rights equitable. Rep. Kilmer has also worked on several environmental bills, including the Wild Olympics Wilderness and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Kilmer is running against Republican Douglas Dightman. Dightman is a family physician running on a platform of supporting national defense and the free market. He also supports legislation to weaken protections for workers in labor unions.

Kilmer is widely supported by our progressive partners and is the best choice in this race.


19th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

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Democrat


Career educator Erin Frasier is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Representative Jim Walsh. Prior to running for public office, Frasier served as a Director of the Pacific County Programming office and as the Associate Dean of Workforce Educations for Grays Harbor College. She recently completed a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership from Brandman University. Frasier is prioritizing public safety, access to affordable health care, and building additional support for community hospitals.

Frasier is running against Republican Rep. Jim Walsh. In his first term in Olympia, Walsh had a highly partisan record and refused to work across party lines to solve problems.

Frasier is the clear progressive choice in this race.


State Representative, Position #2

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Democrat


Democratic Rep. Brian Blake is seeking re-election to the 19th Legislative District House Position 2. Since 2002, Rep. Blake has prioritized the creation of local family wage jobs and funding for K-12 education. Blake is a moderate Democrat who has been willing to buck party leadership when necessary to put his constituents first.

Blake's opponent is Republican and Marine Corps reservist Joel McIntire. McEntire is a teacher who is running on an anti-Seattle platform that offers no explanations or solutions. Rep. Blake is the clear choice in this race.



State Supreme Court

Position #2

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First elected in 2000, Supreme Court Justice Susan Justice Owens brings more 40 years of legal experience to Washington's Supreme Court. Prior to serving on the court, Justice Owens served nineteen years as a District Court Judge in Western Clallam County. Justice Owens has been a leader in the judicial community on addressing the impacts of domestic violence on children. Nationally, Justice Owens is a judicial trainer on this topic and participated in the writing of the Northwest Tribal Judges Domestic Violence Manual. Justice Owens is running unopposed for re-election and has earned your support.


Position #8



Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez has earned national recognition for his judicial expertise and work to increase access to the judicial system. Before serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Gonzalez served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and on the King County Superior Court for more than 10 years hearing criminal, juvenile, and family law cases. Justice Gonzalez is devoted to working for the people of Washington and serves as a board member for the Washington Leadership Institute, an organization that supports emerging community leaders from diverse backgrounds. As one of the few multi-lingual justices, he chairs the Interpreter Commission. Justice Gonzalez is rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by 10 independent bar associations in Washington state.

Gonzalez is being challenged by Bellevue-based attorney Nathan Choi, who ran unsuccessfully for a judicial seat on the Court of Appeals in 2016. Since then, Choi has faced numerous ethical controversies. In 2017, the King County Bar Association formally reprimanded Choi for violating KCBA's fair campaign practices guidelines by releasing misleading campaign materials and failing to follow state candidate rules. In February of this year, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson formally filed a lawsuit against Nathan Choi in a Thurston County Court. The case is still open.

Justice Steve Gonzalez is the best choice for Supreme Court Justice Position 8.


Position #9



Washington Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud has been a fierce defender of constitutional rights and has written the decision in several consequential court cases. Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, she worked as an accomplished appellate court attorney for nearly three decades and was a founding member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association. Her strong judicial track record has earned a rating of "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by 10 independent state bar associations, including Washington Women Lawyers and the newly-minted Veterans Bar Association.

Justice McCloud in running unopposed for Position 9 and deserves your vote.


Grays Harbor County Superior Court

Grays Harbor County Superior Court Judge, Position #3



Judge Ray Kahler is running to retain his seat on the Grays Harbor Superior Court. With more than two decades of legal experience under his belt, Judge Kahler has been rated "Well Qualified" by several independent bar associations. In addition, his campaign is supported by leading members of the judicial community including Washington Supreme Court Justices Mary Yu and Barbara Madsen. Currently, Judge Kahler serves as the President of the Grays Harbor Bar Association and is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice. He is focused on building an "atmosphere of respect and integrity in the courtroom" and believes in the impartial administration of justice that serves the needs of the community.

Judge Kahler is running a competitive race against former District Court Judge David Mistachkin. Mistachkin has more than 15 years of criminal justice and family law experience but his campaign has yet to earn broad support in the legal community. Judge Ray Kahler is the best choice in this race.


Cowlitz County District Court

Cowlitz County District Court Judge, Position #6



Criminal law attorney Debra Burchett is running for Cowlitz County District Court, Position 6. Burchett has more than 20 years of combined legal and judicial experience. Currently, she is a pro tem (substitute) judge in both Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties and previously served 5 years as a prosecuting attorney. Burchett's campaign is focused on improving the court's mental health, drug assistance, and homelessness services programs.

Burchett is facing a tight race against criminal defense attorney Kevin Blondin, who has worked as a district court pro tem judge for 12 years and has 18 years of legal experience. Burchett has secured support from local progressive groups and is the best choice in this race.

Endorsed By: Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Central Labor Council, Democratic Woman's Club of Cowlitz County